Once the decision was made, signing up for it was easy. We did it online, and then the information on what to expect was sent to us very quickly. A list of what to bring to camp was e-mailed, and a schedule was sent to parents. There were FAQs answered, and e-mails answered immediately if questions arose.
The packing list:
- Basketball with your name written on it
- Gym Shoes
- Change of Clothes for Each Day
- Soap, Shampoo, Deodorant, Toothbrush/Toothpaste, any other Toiletries
- Sheets, Pillow, Blanket for the Bed
- Fan (the room had air, so we didn't need one)
- Snacks for the room
- Reusable Water Bottle
- An alarm clock or phone/charger (to wake yourself up for breakfast)
- Slides (to let your feet breathe when you're not in the gym)
- A backpack or drawstring bag to carry items back and forth from the room to the gym (it was immediately clear that this was going to be a necessity. We were on a college campus for this particular camp, so we purchased one from their bookstore).
- Extra Pens (because pens can run out of ink, malfunction, or get lost)
- A laundry bag so they have a place to put their dirty clothes
- Be sure to get your child's camp counselor's information in case you need to get ahold of an adult directly while your child is in attendance
There are several kinds of camp to choose from...day camps, overnight camps, Point Guard Camp, Playmaker Camp, Shooting Camp, etc.
When we were taking our elevator to the dorm room on check-in day, all of the parents on board were assuring us (first-time attendees) of how great it would be. Everyone had been before, most of them mulitple times, and the woman with the wagon full of things (cases of water, snacks, bedding, etc.) said it was her sons SIXTH time enrolling and that her older son had been dropped off at a different PGC Basketball camp in another city the day before. All good signs that my son was going to have a quality camp experience.
- There is one game mid-week when parents can attend a game the kids are playing
- There is a closing ceremony on the last day, parents attend and the atmosphere is electric.
- When camp is over, a survey is sent to get genuine feedback from parents
- Kids will be sore when camp is over (they're using muscle groups they didn't even know they had, lol!). If you're a parent like me, you'll snicker internally (or loudly and out loud). ;)
- Kids will come home happy.