Summer cheerleading camps are just around the corner, so it’s time for your squad to start getting ready!
For most middle school and high school students, summer break means extra time at the pool, endless hours in the sun and daily sandal wearing. But for cheerleaders, summer break means that it’s time for training and one big event: cheer camp!
Cheerleading apparel just so happens to be one of ARES Sportswear’s specialties, so we’ve helped countless cheer teams get ready for camp by providing the gear that they’ll need to make the most out of these great experiences.
Below we’ll be going over 5 tips on how you and your squad can be fully prepared to take on your camp adventures this summer, so here are some things to keep in mind that you and your cheerleading team can do before you even show up to camp:
1. Set Pre-Determined Goals
Cheer camp is always one of the best ways for cheer squads to get to know each other better and kick off a new season with a whole lot of training and bonding. There are some cheer teams that will practice in the days and weeks leading up to camp, while other teams will consider the first day of camp as their first practice session.
But no matter which direction your squad is going as you prepare for cheer camp, one of the first and foremost things you all should do is establish team and individual goals. The whole team should mutually agree upon group goals, and these goals should also be measurable so it’s easy keep track of progress.
When you get your team on board with a set of goals and steps for individuals to take to reach those goals, you’ll put your team in a great position for them to learn faster and fully understand all of the intricate roles that must be filled.
2. Embracing The Cheer Camp Experience
The vast majority of cheer camps will also have specific themes that help cheerleading squads better understand how to make the most out of team spirit and bring their entire school community together for pep rallies and games.
It’s really important to fully embrace these themes throughout camp, mainly because it makes cheer camp more fun and gets your team more prepared to pump up the fans in the fall during the big games!
3. Perfecting Your Props
We all know that cheerleaders help get the crowd pumped up and yelling all sorts of chants and cheers during each game; and that signs, poms and other game day props are a great way to get the crowd’s attention and motivate them towards GETTING LOUDER!
So if your cheer squad has these types of props, you should definitely bring them with you to camp. Cheer camp staff members will always be ready to fully prepare your squad to be as creative as possible in a whole variety of ways, and that includes teaching your team how to get your fans to start yelling and being engaged while supporting your school’s teams.
4. Be Sure To Make The Very Most Out Of Your Time
Every cheer camp is unique, but every camp will also be the same in that there will be a ton to do in such a brief amount of time. In many ways cheer camp is like a marathon as squads do as much training as possible within about a week or two, and this can get exhausting.
Make sure to do the following prior to arriving at camp to ensure that you’re making the most out of these crucial training periods:
- Assign stunt groups and other sections of your squad
- Make a “training map” to give camp staff more guidance on what you’d like to get out of their private coaching
- Assign squad captains and provide them with specific responsibilities
5. Be Ready To Learn!
Your cheer squad is definitely going to learn all sorts of new skills and stunt techniques at cheer camp, but there are also a lot of intangibles that they’ll learn as well during these experiences. Cheer camp will many times provide some of the best team memories from the entire season, and it’s undoubtedly one of the most fun ways for your team to bond together and develop closer relationships.
Common cheer camp traditions will include things like all sorts of contests, team bonding activities, rallies, senior ceremonies and a lot more; so it’s safe to say that your cheer camp will be where your group of individuals develops into a cohesive team!
Make The Most Out Of ARES Sportswear’s Team Stores To Get Your Cheer Squad Prepped For Cheer Camp With High-Quality Custom Apparel
One thing that’s important to know about cheer camp is that the training sessions are usually really tough, which means that your squad will be sweating each day as they continue to develop their skills.
Most cheer camps will also require different looks for squads each day, which means that your team will need a comprehensive set of custom apparel that allows them to be ready for each daily activity. This is where a team store through ARES Sportswear can be really convenient, because we’ll be sure to make the entire design and ordering process a lot easier on coaches, cheerleaders and parents.
All you’ll need to do is list the apparel items that each team member will need within your team store, and then we’ll take it from there and make sure your squad will be prepped and ready to go for camp!
The following are some custom apparel items to consider while your cheer squad gets ready for camp this summer:
- Ladies Olympus Shorts, $22.99 ea.*
- B-Core Girls Racerback Tank, $.7.49 ea.*
- HB100 Solid Color Hair Bow, $6.99 ea.*
Obviously these are just a few options to keep in mind as you’re getting your squad ready for camp and the upcoming fall sports season, so check out our 2021 CHEERLOUDER catalog to see the endless custom apparel options that ARES provides to cheer teams!
Reach Out To The Custom Apparel Specialists At ARES Sportswear To Learn More About How We Can Support Your Cheer Squad This Summer!
ARES Sportswear has been a cheerleading custom apparel leader throughout the entire United States for decades, and our cheer specialists will be more than happy to work with you as you’re developing your custom apparel orders for cheer camp this summer.
Reach out to us via our online contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible with a custom apparel specialist that has years of experience helping cheer teams get ready for camp!
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