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USA Summer Training

Welcome to USA Camp! The USA instructional staff cannot wait to start working with you and your students. Below is information to help you prep and get to your USA summer training. See you soon!

  • U.C. Santa Cruz (1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95064)

  • Premier Camp — August 5-8, 2017 / Your Way Camp — August 6-8, 2017

  • Every attendee is required to complete and bring a Varsity Release and Waiver Form, as well as a Santa Cruz required Release and Waiver Form. The university required form will be loaded once we receive it. Please check back approximately 1 week prior to camp for the university required form. Thank you!

  • Please check your invoice on the camp portal. If you have a balance due, it must be paid before your camp’s start date. To make the registration process run smoothly, please bring a copy of your method of payment (purchase order, school check, etc.) and a copy of your zero balance invoice.

  • Registration runs from 9 a.m. until noon at College 8 at UC Santa Cruz. Please see the map button for the best route for pick up and drop off. Be sure to look for the Varsity Camp Administration (VCA) staff wearing the red polo shirt for assistance upon arrival. Once you know the specific location of your dorm, unload your students and your belongings. Please get your team(s) to the Opening Ceremony meeting location by 1:30 p.m. for a 2 p.m. start.

  • Meals start with dinner on night 1 and end with breakfast on the last day.

  • Wifi will not be available to attendees while on campus.

  • Keep in mind that this is a closed camp. Parents/guardians, family and friends are welcome to support the students during the Home Routine on night 1 and during closing ceremonies on the last day beginning at 11:30 a.m. Thanks!

  • Please bring your own water bottles to camp. Please see the “no cups” Santa Cruz policy below. Thanks for doing your part!

Map to College 8 at UC Santa Cruz
Varsity Release and Waiver Form
University Release and Waiver Form — Premier Camp
Premier Cheer Camp Schedule
University Release and Waiver Form — Your Way Camp
Your Way Cheer Camp Schedule
Your Way Song Camp Schedule

Program specific information is located under the Event Paperwork tab of My Team Registrations. We are excited to partner with you to build skills, confidence, routines, friendships and memories to last a lifetime!

Scroll down and keep reading on for info on what to bring, camp music and more! Feel free to share this page with your students and parents/guardians.

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Other Camp Notes

Overnight Participants:

  • Sleeping bag or blankets, pillow, linens and towels
  • Fan/Snacks/Water for Dorm Room (optional)
  • Toiletries and Shower Shoes
  • Alarm clock

All Participants:

  • Completed and signed Release and Waiver Form
  • Practice clothes, tennis shoes/dance shoes, sweatshirt or jacket (Dressy clothes not necessary)
  • Sunscreen and Bug Spray
  • Notebook and pen/pencil
  • Water bottle to keep with you during class times
  • Spending money to use at the Varsity Spirit Shop (optional)
  • Most participants bring $50 – $55 for snacks, water, t-shirts, souvenirs, etc. (optional)
  • Matching uniforms/outfits for evaluations, etc. (optional) – Spirit and Dance Camps Only
  • MP3 player with speaker (these are not provided at camp). Note: Each school will receive a code which will allow you to download the USA Summer Camp music.
  • Activity equipment (e.g. poms, mascot costume, etc.).
  • Signs, poms, megaphones, banners and flags to incorporate into Game-Action Cheers Evaluation – Spirit Camps Only
Each year the USA chooses an inspirational theme to go along with the camp season that teams can use throughout the year at their own schools. This theme, STRONG AS ONE, is reflected in the cheers, handbooks, ribbons and even the annual USA Camp Dance. In creating your own signs, posters, t-shirts, etc. for camp, show how strong your team’s spirit can be!

For program specific curriculum and evaluation information, please see the Event Paperwork tab of My Team Registrations in the Varsity Portal.

We value your feedback! In addition to the curriculum specific How Was Camp form given on the last day of camp, we would love to have each coach attending camp provide their feedback via a short digital survey. Either text “USA” to 36698 or visit to get started!

Be part of something bigger! Please remind each participant to bring 2 addresses to camp to complete the 2 St. Jude letters for the Squad Credentialing program. Students completing 5 letters will receive a St. Jude pin!

For rules and procedures (including camp rules, videotaping policy, etc.), please visit the Event Paperwork tab of My Team Registrations in the Varsity Portal.

Future Opportunities

USA/UCLA Spirit Spectacular, Cal Spirit Day or Sac State Spirit Day!

Take part in an exciting on field performance and experience the best of college game days!

  • UCLA vs. Hawaii football game on September 9, 2017, at the historic Rose Bowl!
  • Sac State vs. Southern Utah football game on September 23, 2017, at Hornet Stadium!
  • Cal vs. Oregon State football game on November 4, 2017, at Memorial Stadium!

Ask your State Director for more information!

Cheer — Jesa Herman (

Song/Pep Flag/Dance — Nicole Cestone (

Want even more one-on-one time with a USA Instructor?

Sign up for GAMETIME LIVE! Schedule a USA Instructor to watch you in action on the sideline in the fall, then get immediate verbal feedback, followed up with written feedback and a 2 hour private clinic to make adjustments that will wow your crowd!

Need a unity routine for a pep rally or halftime? Call your State Director! We can add transitions and stunts that will pull your routines and program together on the field and off.

Travel with the USA!

Students selected as All Americans at camp have the opportunity to travel to London with Varsity Spirit and perform in the London New Year’s Day Parade. Have fun meeting other spiritleaders, dancers and drum majors from across the country and make amazing memories that will last a lifetime!

Captains and co-captains have the opportunity to take part in the Varsity Spirit Spectacular in Orlando, Florida, while Superior Plaque winners can take part in a fun Citrus Bowl performance over New Year’s!

Click HERE for more info!