School is out, summer is here, don’t let cheer and dance
camps give you fear! Whether you’re a rookie to camps or it’s a summer ritual, the JAM Brands staff is here to help! We’ve got great suggestions for your packing list, as well as how to make the most out of your cheer and dance camp experience!
New to camp? Don’t sweat it! Don’t be afraid of walking into a gym full of people you don’t know. Remember, lots of them are new as well, so stand next to someone new and make a friend! Our JAM Staff has been in your shoes, so check out what they had to say about being new to camp!
“Always have your head up, eyes and ears open to learn. Don’t get discouraged if you don’tcatch on to something as quickly as others. Ask for help if you need it, that is what camp is for!”
-Mady Mitchell, Former WKU Cheerleader
“Be sure to eat and drink more than you normally would! Cheer camp is very intense and takes a lot out of your body, so you need to make sure your body has the fuel it needs to keep up with the demands of camp! It’s very easy to get tired and dehydrated, so you will want to make sure to pack extra water and (non-meltable) snacks in your backpack! This will help you feel and perform your best!!!”
-Lauren Grady, Former UK and Team USA Cheerleader
“Be prepared to work hard and learn a lot. This will be the greatest few days with your teammates, so enjoy the experience.”
-Amanda Fow, Former UL Cheerleader
Being new to camp, you might not know what to bring. Here are some “Must-Have” items our JAM Staff suggested you pack in your bag!
- Shower Flip Flops
- Sleeping bag/pillow
- Camp clothes
- Positive attitude
- Cheer or Dance shoes
- Phone charger…. Social Media!
For those of you who have learned the ropes of camp, don’t forget to make the most of your experience, now that you know what to expect. Our JAM Staff has good advice for improving your skills and helping the beginners adjust to this exciting opportunity!
“Help make it a fun experience for the people who have never been. You know you can get overwhelmed, so if you see someone struggling give them a hug and let them know you are there to help them. That’s what teammates are for!“
-Tara Kleinhenz, Former UK Dancer
“You know how rough cheer and dance camp can be. Come in with an attitude that you are going take more away from camp this year than you did the last year. Everyone can always improve -look at your weaknesses and focus on those areas. Take a good balance of different classes to show you can do it all. Be confident when you walk into classes knowing you have done this before, but be humble enough to give someone you’ve never met a compliment. Help others and encourage members on your team that have never been to camp before because not only is it a chance to better yourself, but it’s also a chance to bond and get closer as a team! Remember people are always watching, so try to get noticed and stand out of the crowd.”
-Jenny Beeler, Current Dance Coach
“Now that you are an experienced camper, it is time for you to help those who are new to cheer camp! Make sure all of your new teammates know what to expect and are prepared before you get to camp! Once you get there, help them understand what is going on! We all remember our first camp experience, it was intimidating and confusing! The more comfortable and prepared the team is for camp, the more y’all will get out of it! Pair up with a new comer, and help them along throughout the week! “
-Lauren Grady, Former University of Kentucky & USA Cheerleader
“Look for new ways to improve yourself and your team. You can always learn something new if you’re ready to take the challenge.”
-Amanda Fow, Former UL Cheerleader
Since you already know the necessities of your packing list, here are a few “Just in Case” items our JAM Staff recommends!
- Bug Spray
- Sweat Towel
- Extra travel size toiletries
- Small battery operated fan
- Lots & lots of hair ties
Whether you’re new to camp or you’ve been for years, don’t forget it is all about having FUN! Our JAM Staff put together a few FUN items all of you want to be sure not to forget!
- Fun accessories-have your team pick a theme and have some fun with your camp clothes
- Inspirational gifts for teammates
- Games for hanging out at night
School will start again before you know it, so you want to be ready for those football games and competitions! Enjoy your summer, and use your camp opportunities to not only bond with your teammates, but improve your skills as well! Pack your bags, and have the time of your life!