Players will improve the skills they have, and also learn new skills. Training sessions are divided by ability. Advanced and intermediate players practice in groups, and also receive one-on-one instruction from our coaches. Beginners are also welcome at camp, and have tutoring and separate groups for their drills.
Every volleyball training session will be followed by optional periods when campers can elect to swim, kayak, canoe, play beach volleyball, or enjoy other summer activities by a lake in Maine. Recreational activities that enhance volleyball player strength & conditioning will include tug-of-war, capture the flag, dodgeball, ultimate Frisbee, and kayaking.
A day at camp contains many structured activities, but also some "free time" periods that allow campers to relax with their peers and enjoy such camp activities as swimming, kayaking, and capture the flag.
Each evening concludes with a campfire that features contests, singing, dancing, awards, 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..
Attendance is taken eight times each day. All waterfront activities are monitored by our professionally trained Red Cross Certified Lifeguards. Campers will be closely supervised at night by counselors in the cabin who read the campers to sleep. Counselors also patrol between the girls' and boys' cabin areas and throughout the peninsula.
The Slovenski Family has been in the summer camp business since 1987: "We love running 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, 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 and has been teaching high scool math, physics, and engineering for five years.
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, waterfront director, is the Athletic Director at Bayview Glen School in Toronto, Canada. Paul has years of experience supervising waterfront activities to ensure maximum safety.
Dave Slovenski, program director, is a recent graduate of Princeton University where he, too ran the school dodgeball tournament. Dave coached track & field at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and now coaches and teaches math, physics, and robotics at the Franklin Road Academy in Nashville, TN.
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.