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Summer Camp FAQ

General

Why should I attend Homegrown Lacrosse Summer Camp?

Our Summer Camps have been a staple of Minnesota lacrosse since 2004. Developed as Minnesota's first youth and high school lacrosse specific camps, Homegrown Lacrosse's philosophy focuses on building each player’s strengths - physically and mentally. Homegrown Lacrosse engages and challenges players of all skill levels.

Who is the staff of Homegrown Lacrosse Summer Camp?

The staff at our camp is made up of HG’s Senior Staff who all have collegiate playing backgrounds and years of experience coaching at the youth, high school, and collegiate levels.  As well as current collegiate lacrosse players from Universities all over the country.

What is the camper:staff ratio?

One thing that we pride ourselves on is giving each camper as much individual instruction as possible. With that being said, we have one of the lowest camper to staff ratios in the country at about 4:1.

Are Homegrown Lacrosse Summer Camps geared for specific positions or all positions (Attack, Midfield, Defense, Goalie)?

We make sure every position gets the individual attention it deserves. At our Summer Camp, each position has a number of position specific-coaches who are tremendous teachers of the game and are able to teach players the most intricate skills at each position. During field time, much of the time will be spent on position-specific drills and skills.

Does my camper have to be a registered US Lacrosse member? And why?

Yes, each camper needs to have a USL membership for insurance purposes.


For Parents

Is my child safe at camp?

Keeping our campers safe is of the utmost importance to Homegrown Lacrosse. Each camper stays in a specified dorm room which is under supervision 24 hours a day. More specifically, we have multiple staff members who are assigned to each floor and are responsible to oversee and monitor the campers at all times. We also have a certified EMT on campus 24-hours a day.

What happens in case of an injury/emergency?

Homegrown Lacrosse will provide a certified EMT 24 hours a day. Certified EMTs will provide campers assessments and treatments for injuries, illnesses, etc. If at any time during the duration of camp, a camper feels injured or ill, they are to immediately report it to a staff member and they will direct the concern to the EMT.

If treatment goes beyond our staff member’s abilities the appropriate person(s) will be contacted. The University of St. Thomas has 24-hour security guards and on-campus Public Safety attendants. For any other medical issues, Regions Hospital and United Hospitals are located approximately 10 minutes from the UST St. Paul campus.

Will my camper have fun at camp?

We certainly hope so! Our camps are designed with the primary goal of being fun. At the end of each Summer Camp, we send surveys out to campers asking them to reflect on their experience. We took that information and created a blog “Top Ten Reasons We Love Summer Camp.” Check it out to see what past campers said was their favorite parts of camp.

Can my camper bring / should my camper bring his cell phone?

Short answer: No, they should not. Long answer: We encourage campers to “unplug” while at camp and focus on the experience. You can always call the camp director for updates and if your camper ever needs anything, we are more than happy to provide them with a phone.

My camper has special dietary restrictions - will this be accommodated?

Yes, absolutely. The chef and cafeteria staff at UST is phenomenal. There are plenty of vegetarian, lactose-free, gluten-free options as well as peanut and tree nut free options. During registration, we will ask if your camper has any dietary restrictions and work with your camper to make sure they are eating properly.

My child is brand new - is this camp “okay” for them to attend?

Every lacrosse player ever has had a “first day” of lacrosse. You have to start somewhere, right? Our camp is a great and welcoming place to start. Our camp staff and councilors are great at creating a welcoming environment to make sure every camper is challenged individually at their personal skill level.

My child wants to play lacrosse in college - is this a good camp for them?

Short answer: Yes. Long answer: There is not one camp, team or coach that will get your child on a college lacrosse roster. Their work ethic and drive will determine that.


Registration

When will I receive confirmation?

You should receive a confirmation receipt immediately after registering, if you have issues please contact camp director Ben MacLean at ben@homegrownlacrosse.org. A final logistics email will be sent out 7 days prior to the start of camp outlining: check-in process, what to bring to camp, medical forms, maps with directions, etc.

Is there a registration deadline? Do camps sell out? Is there a waiting list?

The registration deadline is June 15. A late fee of $25 is applied to all registrations received thereafter. Registrations are accepted on the first-come-first-serve basis and camps do fill to capacity. We do also have a waiting list - we are able to accept names from the waitlist in case of cancellation.

What is your cancellation/refund policy?

See our Refund Policy page for specific details.

My son is a goalie - can we get a “goalie” discount for camp?

We don't provide goalie discounts for camp. Goalies actually receive really great coaching and in a fantastic coach to player ratio - usually 1:3. Morning sessions are reserved for position specific work - positions break out with coaches into groups and focus on concepts, skills, and mechanics directly related to their positions. If cost is a concern, please know that we provide scholarships for all of our individual registration programs to those in need. We would be happy to discuss that with you.

My son doesn’t want to miss his association team’s game or practices during the week - can I pick him up in the afternoon and drop him off after?

Short answer: yes, we will work with you to coordinate pick-up and drop-off times. Long answer: campers are encouraged to stay at camp during the entire duration of it, in hopes that they are able to create friendships with other campers from different associations and that really blossoms in the downtime spent in the dorms.


Camp Life

What is enrichment and why is that important?

The daily enrichment sessions take place immediately after lunch and the content varies for each age group. During enrichment, we challenge campers to develop the mental aspect of their game and understand the importance of positive self-talk, in-game visualization and mental toughness. Furthermore, enrichment serves as a tool to learn about setting goals and how an effective, positive reflection process can help you accomplish your goals. Campers are challenged to think about what their future holds for them and why making good decisions is important to being a good teammate. Campers engage in discussions on topics from false masculinity to ideal traits that make up a good lacrosse player.

Will there be a camp store?

Campers will have the opportunity to buy items from Homegrown’s apparel line. Items include lacrosse shorts, t-shirts, sweatshirts and sweatpants. Items range from $20.00 to $50.00.

How many campers per room?

There will be 2-3 campers assigned per room. Each camper will have their own bed.

What are the bed sheet sizes?

The beds in the UST dorms are twin sized extra long. We do not supply bed sheets so it is the campers responsibility to supply their own bed sheets.  

What happens if there is bad weather (thunderstorm, heat advisory, etc.) ?

Homegrown Lacrosse Camps will train in rain and inclement weather at the discretion of the HG Staff. We will have access to indoor facilities at St. Thomas but availability varies. We will not train outside in lightning and severe weather including extremely high heat indexes.

Where do overnight campers reside?

The overnight campers will remain on campus during the duration of the camp. They will be housed in the Ireland and Brady dormitories on the UST campus.

Can I request roommates? And how are roommate requests honored?

In your online registration, include the name of one individual you would like to room with (the dorm rooms are double occupancy). If you don't know someone prior to camp, you will be assigned a roommate at check-in. We will do the best we can to pair you up with your desired roommate but cannot guarantee that to be the case.

Are there any activities outside of lacrosse sessions?

Absolutely, we make sure that the fun does not end once the on-field sessions are over. We have a number of activities planned such as nature walks, stick stringing clinics, and counselor panels to make camp as enjoyable as possible.

Will my son have an air-conditioned room?

The dorm rooms at UST are not air-conditioned unfortunately. We recommend that each camper brings their own fan to make sure that they are able to sleep comfortably throughout the duration of camp.

What happens if my son loses his key?

Lost keys result in a $50 bill towards that camper / family. However, the staff is very experienced in ways to effectively teach campers how to “keep an eye” on their key so they do not lose them.

Where is the University of St. Thomas?

The University of St. Thomas is located at 2115 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105.

What time are drop-off and pick-up?

Drop off is 8:30 am and pick up is 4:00 pm. Parents will be responsible for dropping off their camper(s) as well as picking them up once camp has finished. Parents are also responsible for transportation to and from engagements outside of camp during the week.