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Velocity Throw Camp

About Velocity Throw Camp

Campers will learn how to build huge explosive power, and how to channel that power into big throws in competition.
Campers will have an inspirational week of instruction in all aspects of track & field throwing events. Campers can specialize in one throwing event, or split their time with multiple throwing events. The camp will provide coaching in the shot put, discus, javelin, and hammer.

Campers will learn to achieve the proper summation of forces by using their legs, staying low, staying back, and accelerating into the finish. They will develop the fundamental techniques that lead to big throws in high school competition.

Coaches will put the campers through high level strength & conditioning sessions. Campers will learn about the best weight lifting exercises for each throwing event. Campers will also learn about and perform plyometrics, hill sprints, jump rope, and medicine ball circuits. There will be water workouts, beach running, and lumberjack exercise options such as log dragging, sawing, and chopping. Lectures and demonstrations will help campers get ready for championship competition. Presentations will be made about visualization, warm-up, peaking, competitive poise, and coming through in the clutch.

Camp Philosophy

Campers are in for an unforgettable experience straight out of a kid's dream. Free from the distraction of glowing screens, campers will learn to have fun the way their parents did — playing outside. They will engage in unique, thrilling activities that teach vital real-life skills such as how to work alone and in teams, and how to quickly adapt to new rules and conditions.

In the fun of competition campers forge new friendships, and strengthen old ones. Our carefully selected staff is trained to maintain and enforce fair play, good sportsmanship, and fun.

Campers sing around a campfire at slovenski camps

A day at camp contains many structured activities, but also some free time periods that teach kids how to interact with their peers, and give campers the freedom they enjoy at school recess or playing with friends in the neighborhood.

Each evening concludes with a campfire that features contests, singing, dancing, recognition, stories, and encouragement for good standards of outdoor living and self-reliance. The "thoughts for the day" read aloud by campers each night include such wisdom as George Washington's "It is better to be alone than in bad company", and "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" from the Book of Matthew...

Slovenski camps road sign at the entrance

Who We Are

The Slovenski Family has been in the summer camp business since 1987: "We love camps. We are excited to show you what an incredible experience we can give your child."

Director Peter Slovenski or "Coach" coaches track at Bowdoin College, and is the founder and director of the Bowdoin Summer Day Camp, and co-founder and co-director of the Dick Fosbury Track Camp. He has been running outstanding camps for over 25 years.

Steve Slovenski, director, lives in Nashville, TN with his wife Courtney. He teaches high school math, physics, robotics, and engineering. Steve graduated from Princeton University where he founded a club for dodgeball, laser tag, and other active events. Steve has a Masters in Education from Vanderbilt University and has been teaching and directing Slovenski Camps since 2010.

The Maine Lodge with the lake in the background on a fall day

Dugan Slovenski, director and 'Camp Mom', is a mother of three boys. She is "outnumbered, but not outsmarted". She is an experienced SAT tutor and former high school math teacher.

Paul Slovenski, assistant waterfront director, is the assistant athletic director at Noble High School in Maine. Paul has years of experience supervising waterfront activities to ensure maximum safety.

Dave Slovenski, waterfront director, is a graduate of Princeton University where he held the Ivy League Pole Vault record and ran the school dodgeball tournament. Dave coached track & field at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute before teaching math, physics, and robotics at Choate Rosemary Hall and then Franklin Road Academy. When he’s not at camp, Dave lives in Nashville, TN with his wife Ieva.

Jim Brennan, Director of External Affairs, is an alum of Camp Hawthorne. Jim coordinates alumni activities and produces many of the excellent slideshows of past summers that you see on YouTube.