Who Should AttendPenn State Track and Field Camp and Cross-Country and Distance Running Camp are designed for students entering grades 7-12 next fall. High school graduates are also eligible to enroll.
About the CampsPenn State Track and Field Camp and Cross-Country and Distance Running Camp help develop skills and techniques for track and field, cross-country and distance running. They are learning camps -- not training camps. Participants take part in drills, attend lectures and demonstrations and use visual aids for each event, including the decathlon and heptathlon. Other aspects of competition -- nutrition, rest, relaxation and general health -- are also part of the daily training. Because performance levels of campers may vary from beginner to advanced, instruction is individualized to accommodate that range. Campers use Penn State athletic facilities, including practice areas, equipment and training rooms.
These are separate camps; you must choose either Track and Field or Cross-Country and Distance Running.
The ratio of campers to staff varies between ten-to-one and eight-to-one. Campers will be given a firsthand opportunity to work with experts in each of their respective events. All campers will receive an instructional guide for all events.
Sessions are scheduled for mornings, afternoons and evenings on full days, with a single session on the first day and a morning and afternoon session on the last day. Practices are held outdoors at the track and field facility or, in case of inclement weather, at an indoor facility. Distance runners may choose refreshing runs in the mountains, in rural areas or on trails bordering golf courses. Evening sessions include films, informative talks, competitions and recreational activities.
If possible, all campers are asked to bring their own implements and poles for field events. Some equipment will be supplied on a limited basis. Several lightweight poles will be available but will not be appropriate for all athletes.
Recreation -- During camp, participants can spend their free time enjoying Penn State's many recreational facilities, including the outdoor swimming pool.