Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 20, 2013

Spirit Camps


OU Camps & Clinics

Dear Coach, Advisor, and Parents,

Greetings from the OU Sooners! The University of Oklahoma Cheer and Pom squads are excited to invite you to the 65th year of cheerleading, mascot and dance camps here at University of Oklahoma where national championships are won almost every year in one or more sports. We hope that the information in our web site will be helpful as you go through the process of selecting a camp for your team/squad.

We are very proud of our facilities here at the University of Oklahoma.  We get to use our athletic and university facilities for all our camps.  The Sarkey's Fitness Center is popular among our camp participants because it is about a block from the residence hall and cafeteria. Our residence halls have been renovated in the past few years and give our camp participants some privacy with the suite-style rooms. The Couch Cafeteria offers an all-you-can-eat meal plan with hot entrees, a sandwich bar, salad and fruit bar, and dessert bar. 

We have been in the camp business for 65 years and our camps are managed by adult university staff members. The University and OU Camp Staff do everything possible to ensure that you and your squad have the most positive, safe, and secure camp experience. We have University personnel and camp managers on site 24 hours a day to provide you with any and all help that you might need. Campus police are available at all times and routinely stop by our camp activities.

Peggy Whaley
Spirit Camps Director

Questions? Please email pwhaley@ou.edu or call (405) 325-3220

2018 Cheer Camps

Registration Form

Date Camp
May 29-June 1 NCA Leadership Camp
June 1-3 NCA Cheer/Mascot Camp
Includes a separate session for Jr. High and Middle Schools
June 4-7 UCA Cheer/Mascot Camp
June 4-7 UCA Stunt & Performance Camp
June 11-13 NCA INNOVATIVE SPEED Camp
June 14-16 UCA Cheer/Mascot Camp
June 18-20 NCA Cheer/Mascot Camp
Includes a separate session for small schools and small squads (8 or less)
July 17-20 NCA Cheer/Mascot Camp

Cheer Camp Prices

Traditional Format (3-night, 4-day camps)
May 29-June 1, June 4-7, July 17-20

$343 - Resident Student
$315 - Resident Advisor/Coach
$230 - Instruction Only Student
$107 - Instruction Only Advisor/Coach

Two-NightFormat (2-night, 3-day camps)
June 1-3, June 14-16, June 18-20

$286 - Resident Student
$258 - Resident Advisor/Coach
$222 - Instruction Only Student
$97 - Instruction Only Advisor/Coach

June 11-13 INNOVATIVE SPEED Camp
$305 - Resident Student
$258 - Resident Advisor/Coach
$222 - Instruction Only Student
$97 - Instruction Only Advisor/Coach

2018 Dance Camps

Registration Form

Date  Camp
May 29-June 1 NDA Dance Camp
June 4-7 UDA Dance Camp
July 10-13 NDA Dance Camp

Dance Camp Prices

$335 - Resident Student
$315 - Resident Director/Coach
$222 - Instruction Only
$107 - Instruction Only Director/Coach


How to choose a camp for your squad/team?
All of the OU cheer camps are open to any squad, regardless of the type of squad you have. We do have some camp dates that have traditionally drawn specific squad types.
For instance, most small schools and small squads (8 or less members) attend the June 18-20 session.  Most junior highs and middle schools attend the June 1-3 session.  The June 4-7 Stunt camp is for competitive squads. The NCA INNOVATIVE stunt camp is strictly a stunt camp (no school cheer material or mascot material is offered at this session).

2018 Camp Features
New for 2018:

  • All OU Cheer Camps are OSSAA sanctioned.
  • First night pizza party for dinner.
  • One free advisor/director/coach per team/squad.
NFHS Squad Credential Program offered at all OU Camps.  This program will be a requirement to attend the 2019 NCA High School and Junior High Nationals and the 2019 UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship.  This credentialing program is only offered at Varsity Spirit Camps (NCA & UCA).
Water slide, dance party with D.J. and FREE sno-cones.
Free OU camp t-shirts for every registered participant (advisor/coaches also)
Members of the OU Spirit Squads will greet you and your squad/team and assist you in the check-in process.
All OU Spirit campers will be invited to a 2018 OU football game and perform a cheer/dance routine at halftime.  Price of the game ticket TBA.

Why OU Camps continue to be popular for squads and teams
All classes are held in the Sarkey’s Fitness Center (formerly Huston Huffman Center). and McCasland Fieldhouse (both air conditioned) and all cheer classes will utilize cheer mats.
The best coach's education and tips on how to be the best advisor/director/coach. Benefit from $1 MILLION DOLLAR Secondary Liability Insurance. Free curriculum DVD, coaches manual and coaches gift.
All cheer instructional staff is AACCA safety certified.
 Suite-style dorms.
Advisors/Directors/Coaches get a single room at no additional cost.
Payment plans for those squads/teams that have financial concerns.

Game day format will be taught at each cheer camp so that squads/teams can learn material to compete in the OSSAA Game Day competition held in the fall.

Camp Information

The University of Oklahoma is located in Norman, Okla. The campus is reached by traveling east of I-35 on Lindsey Street approximately two miles. The residence halls can be reached by turning south onto Asp Avenue and traveling to a stop sign. A campus map will be included in your camp confirmation packet. 

Advisors/Directors/Coaches
OU has a campus supervision policy where 1 adult per 12 minors is required.  For example, if a squad has 16 members, then 2 adults would be required to stay overnight with the group. To help alleviate this cost, we would offer a reduced price for the 2nd person.  If the 2nd person is an assistant coach, they would pay the regular coach’s fee.  If the second person is a bus driver, chaperon, or manager/trainer, they would only pay for meals & housing. The bus driver, chaperone, or manager would be required to stay with the squad while the coaches are in their meetings.  Advisors/directors/coaches must be an adult at least 21 years of age. No one under the age of 21 will be allowed to act as an advisor/director and be responsible for the squad/team overnight.
 
Check-In
You will be assigned a check-in time and residence hall in your camp confirmation packet.
 
Housing
All residence halls are air-conditioned, double occupancy and suite style. Two campers will be assigned to a room and four campers will share a bath. Advisors/director/coaches will have a single room but may share a bath. A room assignment form will be included in the camp confirmation packet. Please email this list to pwhaley@ou.edu, or fax to (405) 325-4151, one week prior to camp. Damages to rooms will be charged to the persons occupying the rooms, but schools are ultimately responsible for student's actions.
 
Meals
All meals will be eaten in Couch Cafeteria which is adjacent to the residence halls. The cafeteria offers an all-you can-eat plan with a selection of entrees, a salad bar and sandwich bar. Your room key/access card packet is required to be admitted to the cafeteria for your meals.

Athletic Trainers
OU Spirit Camps will provide athletic trainers who will be available at all classes and sessions.  Please contact the trainer in the event of an injury or illness.
 
Camp T-Shirt
All participants and advisors/directors will receive a FREE official OU Camp t-shirt as a way of saying thanks for attending OU camps. You will be able to order t-shirts from the room assignment form.
 
Medical Information
The University of Oklahoma's Goddard Health Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and available to the participants of the spirit camps. Any major illnesses or injury will be referred to Norman Regional Hospital. Participants will be responsible for paying their own medical expenses at the time treatment is received. A limited-coverage accident and sickness insurance policy is provided for all paid campers.  This coverage acts as a secondary carrier to the camper’s primary coverage.   
 
Release Form
Minor's Release & Acknowledgment must be signed by a parent or legal guardian of the camp participant. Please bring this form and all forms to camp.

Camp Partners

The National Cheerleaders Association and the University of Oklahoma began a partnership in 1953 by offering cheerleader and drill-team camps on the OU campus. NCA is the oldest and the first cheerleading company. For information on NCA Camps and Competitions go to nca.varsity.com.
 
National Dance Alliance, the dance division of NCA, started holding pom and dance camps on the OU campus in 1976. For information on NDA Camps and Competitions go to nda.varsity.com.
 
Universal Cheerleaders Association and Universal Dance Association began their partnership with OU in 1994. UCA and UDA is the choice of the University of Oklahoma Spirit Squads. For information on UCA Camps and Competitions go to uca.varsity.com. For information on UDA Camps and Competitions go to uda.varsity.com.

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