2002 Skate Camps

The dog days of summer are upon us, and it’s time to ask yourself what you and your customers are going to make of these skate-friendly three months of warm weather. There’s the vision of skating school yards seven days a week instead of the usual two, and an extra couple hours of sunlight before you need to break out the generators and light racks.

Summer can cure a lot, but cops, knobs, and burnt-out spots are year-round. If you want to log some serious hassle-free hours on your board, why not check out a skate camp? Whether you want to stay at the famous Woodward, Pennsylvania camp or just session the local park with visiting pros, new terrain plus new tricks equals good times. With the number of diverse camps skyrocketing to handle skateboarding’s demand, here are some specs to help you decide on a suitable summer residence:

DTourUSA
New Ideas For A New Era Inc.
460 Driggs Ave. #3
Brooklyn, New York 11211
Phone: (718) 486-3125
Web: dtourusa.com
Season/Session: three-, nine-, or thirteen-day traveling overnight tours, June 5 to August 31.
Price: 500 dollars for three-day tours, 1,400 dollars for nine-day tours, and 1,850 dollars for thirteen-day tours.

Traveling throughout the best skateparks in NorCal and Oregon, Dtour strives to embody the skating, filming, and traveling lifestyles of skateboarders. Campers are provided video cameras and taught about formats, lighting, lenses, angles, the hand trick, and filmer etiquette (staying out of skaters’ way). Portable computers are brought along so skaters can learn editing techniques and make their own videos for the Web as well as conventional output. Skaters can choose to specialize in shooting, editing, or both.

Traveling, obviously a big part of the camp, will enable campers to meet new skaters and check out their scenes while they shred parks like Ripon, Healdsburg, Medford, Lincoln City, and Astoria.

The Incline Club
485 Locust St.
Lakewood, New Jersey 08701
Phone: (732) 901-7900
Web: sk8tic.com
Season/Session: one-, three-, or five-day sessions, June 24 to August 30, day camp.
Price: 225 dollars for five-day sessions, 135 dollars for three-day sessions, and 50 dollars for one-day sessions.

Skaters from ages six to sixteen can attend camp virtually all summer, up to ten weeks if they please. The 24,000-square-foot indoor park is also scheduling pro-skater appearances this summer. The street course includes a 60-foot-wide mini ramp, a rhythm section, and a six-foot hip quarter with a sub box. The Incline Club’s skateboard shop is now open and fully stocked with boards and accessories. For extra fun and exercise, a full-featured gymnastics/jungle gym is connected to the skatepark.

Lake Owen Camp
HC 60 Box 60
Cable, Wisconsin 54821
Phone: (715) 798-3785
Web: lakeowen.com
Season/Session: one-week sessions, June 2 to August 17, Sunday through Saturday, overnight camp.
Price: 695 dollars includes skating, food, and lodging.

Affiliated with the world-famous Woodward Camp, Lake Owen has an 11,000-square-foot indoor park full of mini ramps, street courses, and a foam pit and resi jump box to learn new tricks without the fear of injury. The outdoor park has a vert ramp and easily interchangeable ramps and obstacles for constantly evolving terrain. After a hot session, skaters can take a dip in Lake Owen.

Magdalena Ecke YMCA
200 Saxony Rd.
Encinitas, California 92023
Phone: (760) 635-8720
Web: ymca.org
Season/Session: one-week sessions, day camp.
Price: 143 dollars for Ecke YMCA members, 172 dollars for nonmembers.

A vert dog’s dreamland, the Encinitas Y has an 80-foot-wide, thirteen-foot-high vert ramp designed by Tony Hawk himself. It sits adjacent to the 80-foot-long, double-hipped keyhole pool with a ten-foot deep end and a seven-foot shallow end. If vert’s not your cup of tea, there’s always the 25,000-square-foot street course packed with the usu quarters, banks, pyramids, and rails. An assortment of mini ramps and a ‘tot lot’ for the groms assure fun for all.

Muskoka Woods
20 Bamburgh Circle, Suite 200
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Phone: (416) 495-6960
Web: b3.muskokawoods.com
Season/Session: one-week sessions, June 29 to August 30, overnight camp.
Price: 530 dollars (U.S.) includes skating, food, and lodging.

Muskoka Woods’ skateboard terrain boasts some impressive square footage. Designed by New Line Skateparks, builders of Slam City Jam, new additions for this summer include a 10,000-square-foot indoor street course, a 10,000-square-foot outdoor street course, an additional 4,000-square-foot indoor street course, and an outdoor vert ramp. They’ve redesigned their existing 18,000-square-foot street course as well as their 12,000-square-foot outdoor ramp course.

Focusing on skill development, balance, and style, with daily group instruction sessions, attention is also turned toward riders’ individual tricks, where instructors and pros work one-on-one throughout the park. For skaters age twelve to seventeen.

Skatelab Skateboarding Camp
4226 Valley Fair St.
Simi Valley, California 93063
Phone: (805) 578-0040
Web: skatelab.com
Season/Session: two four-day sessions, July 9-12 and August 6-9, day camp.
Price: 100 dollars includes drinks, snacks, and camp T-shirt.

This 20,000-square-foot park is going on its fourth year of running summer camps. Instructor-to-skater ratio is usually one to ten to ensure close attention to campers’ needs. Renowned for bringing in elite pros as guest instructors, past participants include Rick Howard, Lance Mountain, Keith Hufnagle, Mike Vallely, Mark Appleyard, Wee Man, Mike Carroll, Chico Brenes, Tony Alva, Steve Berra, Daewon Song, Richard Mulder, Paul Rodriguez, Mike Taylor, Keenan Milton, Clyde Singleton, and Sal Barbier. This year attendance is expected to be the camp?s largest yet, with many of the above pros committed to appear. Skatelab also has a skateboarding museum on its premises with over 2,000 vintage skateboards.

Skater Island Skate Camp
1747 W. Main Rd.
Middletown, Rhode Island 02842
Phone: (401) 848-8078
Web: skaterisland.com
Season/Session: one-week sessions, July 8 to August 30, day camp.
Price: 425 dollars for Skater Island Skatepark members, 475 dollars for nonmembers.

Being immortalized as a level in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3, Skater Island’s layout has made it a favorite among skaters across the country. Open to skaters of all ages, instructors foster learning in a fun environment and stress sportsmanship and respect. Skater Island promises new terrain and activities every summer and attracts a healthy number of return campers.

Skate Sessions
13875 Old El Camino Real
Del Mar, California 92130
Phone: (858) 481-1450
Web: skatesessions.com
Season/Session: one-week sessions, June 17 to August 30, day camp.
Price: 230 dollars.

This summer camp is great for skaters of all skill levels. Instructors give personalized lessons on the private ramp and street course. Skate Sessions staffers are experienced skaters who love skateboarding and working with kids. The camp ensures constant supervision and development of skating skills. Skaters are kept to small groups with a low skater-to-instructor ratio. The program is balanced and structured, all in the name of fun.

Strawberry Canyon Youth Sports
University Of California, Berkeley
5 Haas Clubhouse #4430
Berkeley, California 94720-4430
Phone: (510) 643-1299
Web: oski.org
Season/Session: two-week sessions, June 17 to August 23, day camp. Girls-only optional sessions. One-day clinics August 26-28.
Price: 275 dollars for members, 345 dollars for nonmembers. One-day clinics cost 85 dollars for members and 110 dollars for nonmembers.

Talent Skatepark
2069 Wilson Rd.
Willston, Vermont 05403
Phone: (802) 864-2069
Web: talentskatepark.com
Season/Session: one-week sessions, July 8-12, 22?26, August 5-9, day camp.
Price: 300 dollars for the week with the option to buy evening sessions at half price.

Available to skaters of all ages and abilities, camps are kept to small numbers-about 30 skaters-for maximum attention and learning. Guest pro instructors this summer will include Steve Nesser, Emerick Pratt, and Clint Peterson. The large indoor wood park features a hipped wood bowl, various funboxes and pyramids, a vert wall, a five-foot mini ramp, and several movable ledges and rails. The skatepark checks in at 9,000 square feet, and has its own 3,000-sqaure-foot pro shop.

Vans Skate Camp At High Cascade
P.O. Box 6689
Bend, Oregon 97701
Phone: 1-800-334-4272
Web: highcascade.com
Season/Sessions: eight- and ten-day overnight camps.
Price: 795 dollars for an eight-day camp, and 975 dollars for a ten-day camp. There is an optional snowboarding day available for an additional charge.

High Cascade is for ages twelve and up and all skill levels. Campers will hone their skills at the High Cascade Vans Triple Crown street course, ramps, and bowls, and tour around Oregon hitting some of the best parks anywhere. Campers are treated to skate-movie premieres and demos by pros like Jason Adams, Geoff Rowley, Chet Childress, Kristian Svitak, Cara-Beth Burnside, Omar Hassan, and Tony Trujillo.

Visalia YMCA
211 W. Tulare Ave.
Visalia, California 93277
Phone: (559) 627-0700
Web: sequoialakeymca.org
Season/Session: one-week sessions and three-day holdover sessions, July 20 to September 2, overnight camp.
Price: 525 dollars for weeklong sessions and 95 dollars for holdover sessions include skating, food, and lodging.

Bring your sleeping bag and spend a week skating against the backdrop of Sequoia Lake. In between sessions, campers can silk-screen shirts, learn how skateboards are made, or just hang out with new friends. The park’s prime location offers canoeing, fishing, rowing, and the infamous jump ramp into the lake. Mike Greenwald of MG Creations designs and builds the progressive park each year keeping all skill levels in mind.

Whistler Skateboard Camp
103-4338 Main St., Suite 981
Whistler, B.C., Canada V0N 1B4
Phone: (604) 932-3238
Web: whistlersnowboardcamps.com
Season/Session: one week only, July 12-19, overnight camp.
Price: 1,450 dollars (Canadian) includes all meals, hotel, coaching, airport transfers, and a bonus day of snowboarding.

Campers are accommodated in large hotel suites in the famous Whistler Resort Village. Coaches work with skaters at the world-famous Whistler Skatepark and are kept to small ratios to provide the best supervision. In addition to the optional snowboard day, campers can also go wakeboarding, paintballing, or just explore Whistler Village with its movie theater, arcade, restaurants, and shops.

Woodward Camp
Box 93, Route 45
Woodward, Pennsylvania 16882
Phone: (814) 349-5633
Web: woodwardcamp.com
Season/Session: one-week sessions, May 26 to August 31, Sundays through Saturdays, overnight camp.
Price: 795 dollars includes skating, food, and lodging.

Country living in rustic cabins, two outdoor grills, and a peanut-butter bar are a few things campers can look forward to at Woodward. Famous for pioneering the use of injury-proof foam and resi pits, Woodward now has seven indoor foam and resi pits, two outdoor resi jump boxes, and a foam and resi vert ramp. Campers can learn skills in relative safety and progress to regular competition terrain gradually.

Young Life Skate Camp
Hope, B.C., Canada
Phone: (604) 807-3718
Web: younglife.com
Season/Session: two one-week sessions, August 18?23 and August 25-30, overnight camp.
Price: 320 dollars (Canadian) includes skating, food, and lodging.

Young Life is a Christian ministry that reaches out to junior high and high school-aged kids.talentskatepark.com
Season/Session: one-week sessions, July 8-12, 22?26, August 5-9, day camp.
Price: 300 dollars for the week with the option to buy evening sessions at half price.

Available to skaters of all ages and abilities, camps are kept to small numbers-about 30 skaters-for maximum attention and learning. Guest pro instructors this summer will include Steve Nesser, Emerick Pratt, and Clint Peterson. The large indoor wood park features a hipped wood bowl, various funboxes and pyramids, a vert wall, a five-foot mini ramp, and several movable ledges and rails. The skatepark checks in at 9,000 square feet, and has its own 3,000-sqaure-foot pro shop.

Vans Skate Camp At High Cascade
P.O. Box 6689
Bend, Oregon 97701
Phone: 1-800-334-4272
Web: highcascade.com
Season/Sessions: eight- and ten-day overnight camps.
Price: 795 dollars for an eight-day camp, and 975 dollars for a ten-day camp. There is an optional snowboarding day available for an additional charge.

High Cascade is for ages twelve and up and all skill levels. Campers will hone their skills at the High Cascade Vans Triple Crown street course, ramps, and bowls, and tour around Oregon hitting some of the best parks anywhere. Campers are treated to skate-movie premieres and demos by pros like Jason Adams, Geoff Rowley, Chet Childress, Kristian Svitak, Cara-Beth Burnside, Omar Hassan, and Tony Trujillo.

Visalia YMCA
211 W. Tulare Ave.
Visalia, California 93277
Phone: (559) 627-0700
Web: sequoialakeymca.org
Season/Session: one-week sessions and three-day holdover sessions, July 20 to September 2, overnight camp.
Price: 525 dollars for weeklong sessions and 95 dollars for holdover sessions include skating, food, and lodging.

Bring your sleeping bag and spend a week skating against the backdrop of Sequoia Lake. In between sessions, campers can silk-screen shirts, learn how skateboards are made, or just hang out with new friends. The park’s prime location offers canoeing, fishing, rowing, and the infamous jump ramp into the lake. Mike Greenwald of MG Creations designs and builds the progressive park each year keeping all skill levels in mind.

Whistler Skateboard Camp
103-4338 Main St., Suite 981
Whistler, B.C., Canada V0N 1B4
Phone: (604) 932-3238
Web: whistlersnowboardcamps.com
Season/Session: one week only, July 12-19, overnight camp.
Price: 1,450 dollars (Canadian) includes all meals, hotel, coaching, airport transfers, and a bonus day of snowboarding.

Campers are accommodated in large hotel suites in the famous Whistler Resort Village. Coaches work with skaters at the world-famous Whistler Skatepark and are kept to small ratios to provide the best supervision. In addition to the optional snowboard day, campers can also go wakeboarding, paintballing, or just explore Whistler Village with its movie theater, arcade, restaurants, and shops.

Woodward Camp
Box 93, Route 45
Woodward, Pennsylvania 16882
Phone: (814) 349-5633
Web: woodwardcamp.com
Season/Session: one-week sessions, May 26 to August 31, Sundays through Saturdays, overnight camp.
Price: 795 dollars includes skating, food, and lodging.

Country living in rustic cabins, two outdoor grills, and a peanut-butter bar are a few things campers can look forward to at Woodward. Famous for pioneering the use of injury-proof foam and resi pits, Woodward now has seven indoor foam and resi pits, two outdoor resi jump boxes, and a foam and resi vert ramp. Campers can learn skills in relative safety and progress to regular competition terrain gradually.

Young Life Skate Camp
Hope, B.C., Canada
Phone: (604) 807-3718
Web: younglife.com
Season/Session: two one-week sessions, August 18?23 and August 25-30, overnight camp.
Price: 320 dollars (Canadian) includes skating, food, and lodging.

Young Life is a Christian ministry that reaches out to junior high and high school-aged kids. Ray Barbee, Jamie Thomas, and Richard Mulder pay regular visits to this nondenominational, nonprofit organization. The camp’s mission is to introduce adolescents to Christianity and help them grow in their faith.

Zero Gravity
Giorgetti Park, Oak St.
Rutland, Vermont 05701
Phone: (802) 786-2468
Web: zgravsk8.com
Season/Session: one-week sessions, July 7-12, 21-26, July 28 to August 2, August 4-9, overnight camp.
Price: 595 dollars includes all meals and lodging.

Skaters are taught the full spectrum of skateboarding, from beginning ollies up to difficult grinds and airs. Experienced instructors, who double as snowboard instructors in the winter, teach ‘board awareness’ on and off ramps with a variety of aggressive games, drills, and contests.

The 25,000-square-foot indoor park features Skatelite Pro surfaces on their various ramps, banks, and funboxes. It’s housed in an airy building with open sidewalls in a scenic wooded area. Classes are kept small, about 35 to 40 skaters, in order to emphasize the teaching and learning aspect of the camp.ids. Ray Barbee, Jamie Thomas, and Richard Mulder pay regular visits to this nondenominational, nonprofit organization. The camp’s mission is to introduce adolescents to Christianity and help them grow in their faith.

Zero Gravity
Giorgetti Park, Oak St.
Rutland, Vermont 05701
Phone: (802) 786-2468
Web: zgravsk8.com
Season/Session: one-week sessions, July 7-12, 21-26, July 28 to August 2, August 4-9, overnight camp.
Price: 595 dollars includes all meals and lodging.

Skaters are taught the full spectrum of skateboarding, from beginning ollies up to difficult grinds and airs. Experienced instructors, who double as snowboard instructors in the winter, teach ‘board awareness’ on and off ramps with a variety of aggressive games, drills, and contests.

The 25,000-square-foot indoor park features Skatelite Pro surfaces on their various ramps, banks, and funboxes. It’s housed in an airy building with open sidewalls in a scenic wooded area. Classes are kept small, about 35 to 40 skaters, in order to emphasize the teaching and learning aspect of the camp.

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