Program & Philosophy | High Standards Vault | Slovenski Camps

About High Standards Vault Camp

Vaulters of all levels will improve their technique through our rigorous curriculum of drills, coaching, & video review.

At High Standards Vault Camp, campers will engage in thrilling activities offered only at High Standards Vault Camp. High Standards Vault Camp will emphasize 1) pole vault fundamentals, 2) competition pole vault skills, and 3) strength & conditioning for vaulters. Campers will have extensive vault sessions on the runway every morning and afternoon with low vaulter-to-coach ratios. Vaulting groups are limited to 12 or fewer vaulters. Campers will have the opportunity to watch their vaulting on videotape throughout the week. Camp coaches will help vaulters break bad habits, and improve technique.

The High Standards Vault Camp staff believes that a successful vaulting career begins by learning and repeating drills that teach vaulters the basics of advanced vaulting technique. After the basic drills are covered, Coach Dave will show athletes how to progress from fundamentals to advanced technique which includes acceleration at the takeoff, high plants, dynamic swing-ups, and bar clearances that maximize height.

Coach Dave Slovenski has been instructing high school vaulters for over ten years. Before coaching, Dave was a national high school champion in the vault jumping 16-9 indoors, and held the Ivy League indoor record in the vault while competing for Princeton.

Camp Philosophy

Slovenski Camps believe in helping campers learn what we call the liberal arts for children: swimming, dodgeball, capture the flag, singing, dancing, paddling, sailing, reading, manners, thoughtfulness, and cleaning up after ourselves. Summer camp should be a place free from the distraction of glowing screens. Campers will learn to have fun the way their parents and grandparents did — playing outside. They will engage in unique, exciting activities that teach real-life skills such as mental toughness, how to work alone and in teams, how to quickly adapt to new rules and conditions, and how to defend yourself with Nerf weapons.

In the fun of competition campers will create new friendships. Our carefully selected staff is trained to inspire fair play, good sportsmanship, bravery, and exercise.

Campers sing around a campfire at slovenski camps

A day at camp includes games, education, and exposure to the arts including classic literature, music, dance, and poetry. Camp also includes free time periods similar to the freedom children have during school recess or while 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. “Thoughts for the Day" are read aloud at campfires each night, and include wisdom of the ages such 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 St. 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."

Owner Peter Slovenski or "Coach" has been a high school and college track coach since 1982. He has been running educational, fun, and safe camps for over 30 years.

, director, lives in Nashville, TN with his wife Courtney, son Sawyer and daughter Daisy. He teaches high school math, physics, robotics, and engineering at University School Nashville. 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, owner 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, associate director, is the father of three girls and a former athletic director at Bay View Glenn School in Toronto. Paul has years of experience supervising waterfront activities to ensure maximum safety.

, director, is a graduate of Princeton University where he broke the Ivy League Pole Vault record and ran the school dodgeball tournament. Dave coached track & field at RPI 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 and son Henry.

Jim Brennan, Director of External Affairs, is an alum of our predecessor, Camp Hawthorne. Jim coordinates alumni activities, lives on the lake and can often be found teaching sailing at the camp.