The Dick Fosbury Track & Field Camp is designed to strengthen athletic skills and build a winning attitude. Top technical coaching is the heart of our program, but we also emphasize discipline and sportsmanship.
We have more spirit and character than other camps because our staff spends more time with the campers. Our staff enjoys the discipline of camp life. Campers can converse with the coaches during meals, free times in the dorm, and other activities.
Campers are free to choose between events during each of the 8 event sessions. Athletes may work on as many events as they want, or to specialize and focus on one. There is no advanced signup for each event session; events are dismissed from the camp meeting and anyone can go with any event they choose. Campers are encouraged to try a new event if they are interested.
Each athlete receives personal and group coaching from the camp's staff of coaches who have had success at the high school, college, and even Olympic level. Most coaches are assisted by current collegiate athletes who can demonstrate proper technique. Group sizes vary from session to session; there are 10 event groups and 130 - 140 campers for an average of 13 or 14 campers per event. Typically the high jump group has 30 to 40 campers while the throwing events are smaller.
Shot put, discus & hammer usually group together for warmups and strength training, and then split up for practice. Depending on demand, hammer is usually only practiced a few times; if you want more hammer practice please ask the coach. Javelin is its own group separate from the other throws.
Distance & middle distance usually train together, with highly variable workout groups doing different mileage & paces. The distance group has an excellent set of runs and trails to explore during the week. Wednesday they go to Popham beach state park for a beach run on the sand and a chance to swim in the Maine ocean. They also visit Wolfe's Neck Farm for great trails along the scenic and rocky Maine coast.
While each session may look different, a typical event session will start off with a warmup in which campers learn a series of drills, exercises, and dynamic warmups to help their technique, strength, and flexibility improve. Then they will practice technique through several drills, games, or activities-schedule. After that they might complete some full jumps / throws / runs, before moving onto some strength or speed training. After cooling down, coaches usually lecture on a topic such as technique, nutrition, strength training, or competition procedure.
Locker rooms and showers are available at the fieldhouse for campers to use. Most campers return to the dorm to shower since it is adjacent to the dining hall. The event sessions both end when meals begin, so campers can fuel up right after their workouts.
Between event training sessions and scheduled activities, campers are free to explore the Bowdoin campus, play games on the lawns around the dorm, or hangout in the common areas which have a foosball table and many tables for playing cards.