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Dear Summer Campers, Families and Partners,
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainties it presents for group gatherings, St. Olaf has elected not to host programming, summer camps, events, or conferences during June, July, and August 2021.
This was a very difficult decision as we carefully assessed the risks and weighed them with the benefits of different summer scenarios. Certainly the availability of vaccines was considered as a reason to host a smaller version of summer offerings, but the COVID-19 virus’ continuing presence in Rice County and across the state continues to reflect a risk to our staff, students, faculty and guests. We have made this decision with the welfare and safety of all at the forefront of our considerations.
We appreciate your partnership, interest and support of St. Olaf and we truly look forward to having the pandemic behind us and to welcoming camps, conferences and events to the St. Olaf campus in 2022.
College Events Team
St. Olaf College
Excellence has become a trademark of the St. Olaf Swim Camps in the more than 30 years that Bob and Dave Hauck have been directing them. Our coaches provide a team-oriented learning environment that is exciting, fun, and challenging:
St. Olaf swim camps — including Stroke Technique and High-Performance — are designed for swimmers who have been swimming competitively in associations or school programs and have yet to complete their senior year. Pool time and other training activities are balanced with recreational activities supervised by camp coaches and counselors.
The camp provides a complete experience on the beautiful St. Olaf campus in historic Northﬁeld, Minnesota.
“Our goal is to provide each swimmer with the necessary tools to become the best swimmer he or she can be — today, next week, and in the years to come.”
—Coach Bob Hauck
Stroke Technique Camp
Stroke Technique Camp: $$$
A systematic teaching approach gives swimmers in this camp an understanding of stroke development as well as repetitive skill rehearsal throughout the week. Attention also is paid to starts, turns, and streamlining. Swimmers work on core-body exercises to increase body strength and flexibility through a variety of dry-land exercises. Classroom activities include current video instruction from world-class swimmers and coaches, plus individual video review and analysis throughout the week. Group sessions cover topics ranging from nutrition and goal setting to team-building exercises and race/training strategies.
• Professional, individualized coaching with low athlete-to-coach ratio
•Team-building principles & small group discussions
•Three daily pool sessions
•Underwater recording with one-on-one review
•Written analysis of strokes, starts, and turns
•Final swim meet
•Digital video recording for each swimmer
Stroke Technique Camp
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High Performance Camp
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High-Performance Camp: $$$
This camp is designed for experienced swimmers who are ready to learn and implement conditioning principles, more effective training components, and technical skill development. Swimmers work on core-body exercises to increase body strength and flexibility through a variety of dry-land exercises. The camp also focuses on goal setting, psychological skills training, race and training strategies, nutrition, and team-building principles that will lead to consistent, successful performance.
Swimmers are challenged daily with three workouts: one that focuses on conditioning, one technical workout on a particular stroke and one video recorded workout. To maximize the benefits of this training, each camper should be in excellent condition at the beginning of swim camp.
Camp Fee Includes
Lodging, meals, and camp t-shirt. Campers are housed in comfortable, secure students residence halls. Bedding and bath towel are provided. Coaches and counselors live in the residence halls and provide 24-hour supervision. St. Olaf employs a professional security staff that is on duty 24/7.
Commuter - Additional Housing
Contact the St. Olaf camp office to inquire about commuter, additional housing, and transportation options to and from the airport.Transportation Options
Campers are housed two per room and may request a specific roommate. Roommates need to request each other on their registration form. Camp space is filled on a first-come basis and spots can not be held for a late-registering roommate.
Stav Dining Hall
Meals are prepared by Bon Appetit. Healthy options include the salad bar, grilled meats and veggies, and hot entrees, cereals, yogurt, fresh fruit, a deli station, soup, and dessert station. There are plenty of food options for vegetarians, gluten-free, and other specific needs. However, if you have a specific food allergy, please email us so we can get your camper connected with the kitchen.
Joey Clapp has nine years of St. Olaf Swim Camp experience (three as a former camper and five as a coach). At UWSP, Joey was a 14 time All-American and a 20-time conference champion. Currently, Joey is the head coach of the high school girls and boys swim teams in Albert Lea.
St. Olaf Camps
The Hill that transforms your summer