Overview and Features

The Advanced Skateboarding Camp has been designed for skateboarders who have mastered the basics and want to dramatically push their skills to the next level. Previous skateboarding experience is required. Skateboarders who plan to attend this camp have a love of skateboarding and want to make tangible improvements in their skill set. Standout features of the advanced camp include:

  • focus on coaching
  • the opportunity to skate with a small group of other advanced skaters
  • daily skating with elite-level amateur skateboarders who are coaching assistants
  • skateboarding at a variety of parks to diversify camp experience and skill set
  • low coach/camper ratio
  • individualized personal assessment and development plan
  • introduction to competitive skateboarding
  • individualized video replay analysis of selected daily sessions
  • guest speakers, small group discussions and video presentations designed to build appreciation for the history of skateboarding, the origins of tricks and legends of the sport
  • introduction to cross-training options that will improve long-term skateboarding skills
  • end-of-week demo session @ CJ's for recreational campers
  • transportation to and from other skateparks provided
  • 10% discount on Pro-Shop equipment

Learn more about our advanced camp program below:



Who Can Come to Camp? (Eligibility)

Becoming an elite-level skateboarder requires effort, persistence and commitment. For this reason, only those skateboarders whose level of skill is matched by their passion for skating should consider this camp. Perspective campers should:

  • be at least 8 years of age
  • have a minimum of 2 years previous skateboarding experience (or equivalent)
  • be recommended by our CJ staff (or a third-party reference)
  • arrange for an interview and skill assessment (or equivalent for out-of-town campers)

Interview and Skill Assessment

To attend the advanced skate camp, each candidate (along with a parent) is required to meet with the camp director/head coach for a short, informal interview and skill assessment session. This session, which will take a maximum of 20 minutes, signals the actual start of camp. It provides the head coach with an opportunity to meet with each camper and his or her family to informally discuss the camp experience and begin to understand the camper's long-term skateboarding goals and aspirations. It also provides an opportunity for the camper and parent to ask questions and gain more insight into the program. The skill assessment session complements the interview and allows the head coach to observe first-hand the camper's current skills. The assessment is not a test or competition. It simply provides the head coach with an accurate picture of the skating strengths and weaknesses of each skater to ensure the camp experience is appropriate.

For out-out-town prospective campers, the skill assessment can be conducted by an appropriate third-party park instructor and the interview can be done via telephone and/or Skype.

I've gone to CJ's camp for two years and I think it's great. Everyone is so friendly and the ramps and courses are the best. I recommend this camp for anyone who loves skateboarding.



How to Register

There are two (2) ways to register for camp:

 


Cost
  • $375.00 per week. Discounts apply for early registration. (Register now.)
  • Note: $300.00 for 4 day/holiday week
 


Goals and Approach

The goal of the advanced skate camp is to help good skateboarders become great. The advanced camp accomplishes this within a structured program that delivers tangible results under the guidance of its elite coaches.

The advanced camp focuses on skateboard coaching - not training. Skateboard "training" essentially means teaching new skills and/or tricks through repetitive practice and instruction.

In contrast, our advanced camp relies heavily on a coaching philosophy. We view "coaching" as an interactive, structured, ongoing conversation between the coach and skater. Through this strategy, the coach empowers the skater to discover his or her own answers. Coaching focuses on the long-term goals of skaters, so they can come up with an individualized plan that will help them accomplish these goals - long after camp is finished.

While challenging, this camp experience reinforces the sheer joy of skateboarding that's rooted in each participant. As well, our camp provides like-minded skaters the chance to improve side by side and make lifelong friendships.

Skateboarding is my favourite thing to do. When I went to CJ's camp they taught me tons of new tricks that I didn't know. The vert ramps are awesome!



Program and Structure

The advanced skateboard program has been designed by our staff, reviewed and enhanced by seasoned skateboard coaches who are affiliated with the park and, finally, tested on our elite young skaters. It focuses on individualized development, camaraderie and skating diversity.

Personal Assessment and Development Plan

A key component of the advanced camp experience is a Personal Assessment and Development Plan (PADP). The PADP is jointly created by each camper and the head coach at the beginning of camp. It documents the strengths and weakness of each camper (based on the initial assessment), and what each camper wants to accomplish during the week at camp. Over the course of the week, each camper, in collaboration with his or her coach, will work to expand the PADP to include personal skateboarding goals and a plan to accomplish these goals over the next three months. This enables skaters to leave camp with a realistic plan of action to help them achieve their defined goals.

Skill, Style and Creativity

Skateboarding at an elite level is a seamless blend of skill, style and creativity. Skill is the basic building block for all skaters, and it's the ability to technically perform a portfolio of tricks correctly. Style is unique to each skater. It evolves over time and reflects how a skater performs each trick. Creativity is perhaps the most elusive, yet rewarding, aspect of skateboarding. It demonstrates how a skater can combine and create new tricks and styles.

The advanced camp assumes a basic level of skill. Video analysis allows skaters an opportunity to see and study their own style, often for the first time. This gives skaters a chance to decide with their coach if they want to make subtle adjustments to their skating. The advanced camp focuses on and nurtures creativity. Campers are challenged individually and as a group to re-think how they can link existing tricks to create new runs using different combinations.

Core, Open and Alternate Elements

Our advanced program includes; core, open and alternate sessions. This session allows the head coach to introduce the common skills, tactics and strategies necessary to skate the selected park feature (i.e. a pool/bowl) at an appropriate level for the group. The focus of the core session is not to learn new tricks, which may on occasion be introduced. The primary goal is to help skaters develop tactics to "read" the flow, terrain and unique features of each park correctly. Besides allowing the head coach to introduce common strategies, core sessions provide the opportunity for the coach to monitor overall progress. Our advanced program offers core coaching in the following areas:

  • pool/bowls
  • street
  • transitions/mini
  • vert (optional stream)
  • competition preparation
  • cross-training options (i.e. gymnastics)

In contrast, the open session provides the opportunity for skaters to work independently, together and side by side with assistant coaches as they review, practice and expand on the earlier core session. The head coach will informally monitor the open session and provide appropriate guidance and support. This session also provides the forum for the coaching staff to monitor and document each skater's progress in their personal development plan.

Core and open sessions are designed to be intense learning experiences. To give skaters a chance to recover and decompress, we integrate alternate, non-skateboarding activities into and between these sessions. These varying activities are also designed to be fun, and they help to build camaraderie and trust between campers and assistant coaches as the week develops. Sample alternate activities include:

  • open field soccer
  • dodge ball
  • water sports
  • open discussions on past competition experiences

Competition Skating

Another unique element of the advanced camp is the formal introduction to competitive skateboarding. Competitive skating is a growing aspect of our sport and places skaters in head-to-head contests that are based on style (i.e. vert, street, pool) and age or skill level. Points are awarded for trick complexity, density, style and diversity. The advanced program explores the following aspects of competitive skating:

  • local, national and international competitions (How and where to learn more.)
  • scoring (How it is done, what has more value, scoring strategies.)
  • preparation, strategies and recovery (i.e. What to do when you miss a trick.)
  • conduct and etiquette (i.e. how to win and lose with grace)
  • nutrition and cross-training benefits

Video Analysis

An integral part of the advanced camp experience is the video recording, review and analysis of selected daily skate sessions. Video analysis is done under the watchful eye and commentary of the head coach during one-on-one and/or small group sessions at the end of selected days. Video analysis provides a valuable coaching tool that empowers each skater to see, review, analyze, and adjust specific aspects of their skating.

Video analysis is also used to highlight and review selected tricks and techniques identified by the coaching staff. These video sessions break down key tricks and techniques to their fundamental parts, as well as explain terminology, the technical aspects and mechanics behind tricks, and theory progression. These short sessions are often held first thing in the morning, prior to going to the skatepark, in preparation for the upcoming day.

Selected historical videos - from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s - are identified by the coaching staff and introduced throughout the week. These videos will provide a unique historical look at key milestones in the evolution of different skateboarding styles, tricks and personalities in the sport. Understanding the history of the sport provides a meaningful building block that will help skaters to excel in and contribute to the sport.

Sample Daily Schedule

A sample daily schedule is provided below.

8:30 am Arrive @ CJs
8:30 am - 9:00 am Prep for departure
  • Meet and greet
  • Gear/safety check
  • Video analysis (optional)
9:00am -9:30am Transportation to selected park
  • Review selected park and core program focus
9:30 am - 10:00 am Park Arrival
  • Security check (all campers present)
  • Park inspection and walk-around
  • Stretching and warm-up
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Core Program (i.e. bowl skating today)
  • Group instruction and practice
  • Amateur demos (when available)
  • Snacks and break
Lunch 12:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Security check (all campers present)
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Individualized Program (i.e. street skills, other)
  • One-one-one coaching and monitoring
  • Personalized development (open skate)
  • Activity (i.e. dodge ball)
  • Snacks and break
4:00 pm - 4:15 pm Prep for departure
  • Security check (all campers present)
  • Gear checked and packed
  • Clean-up (no garbage left anywhere)
4:15 pm - 4:45 pm Transport back to CJ's
  • Review of day
  • Outline park for next day
5:00 pm Arrival back @ CJ's
  • Ready for pick-up

Park Selection

An important aspect of the advanced camp program will be visiting different outdoor skateparks around the Greater Toronto Area (weather permitting). This will help to diversify and expand each camper's skill set.

Weather

The advanced camp will visit different outdoor skateparks during the week, weather permitting. Weekly and daily weather conditions are monitored closely to adjust the camp park visits accordingly. Foul weather days (i.e. rain) will be held at the CJ's base facility and/or affiliated indoor parks.

Refunds are not provided for camp weeks that have multiple foul weather days. The decision to cancel an outdoor park visit due to foul weather is based on daily weather conditions and safety concerns.

My wife and I are very impressed with your facility and programs. We never thought that skateboarding could do so much for our daughter's self-esteem.



Camp Hours

8:30-9:00 a.m. is drop-off.
4:30-5:00 p.m. is pick-up.
Both times are flexible with prior notice. There is a $5.00 fee for early drop-off and/or late pick-up.

 


What to Bring (and What We Provide)

All skaters under 18 years of age must have their waiver signed by a PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN (Click here).

What to bring:

  • complete skateboard - must be in good condition
  • all skaters are required to wear an approved helmet (and knee pads for vert/pool skating)
  • campers under 13 years old are required to wear complete safety gear which includes: elbow, wrist and knee pads, plus an approved skateboard helmet
  • sunscreen/sunblock
  • appropriate outdoor skate clothing
  • backpack
  • water bottle

What we provide:

  • 2 snacks (morning and afternoon)
  • healthy, balanced lunch
  • refreshments
  • all transportation to and from selected skateparks


Safety and Security

All skaters are required to wear a helmet (and knee pads for vert/bowl ramps). All campers under 13 years old are required to wear complete safety gear which includes: elbow and knee pads, plus an approved skateboard helmet.

A park inspection and walk around is mandatory for every park visit on arrival. This provides the coaching staff (and campers) to make a first- hand inspection of the park conditions including; surfaces, rails, ramps and unique features. Once the inspection has been completed, the walk-around also provide the opportunity for the coaching staff to discuss the major features of the park (i.e. pool skating).

Select CJ's staff members and instructors are First Aid certified through the St. John Ambulance training program. As a parent, you can rest assured that your camper will be in good hands in the unlikely event of an accident.

Skating outdoors in the summer is simply amazing but it can also be hot and often in direct sun light. Summer weather conditions are monitored closely. Frequent breaks are mandatory. We provide a shaded open tent for campers to cool off. Each camper should bring their own ample supply of sun screen. Campers are encouraged to buddy up to ensure proper sun screen application.



Visiting from Out of Town

A number of options are available to accommodate out-of-town campers who would like to attend the advanced camp. Please contact us at camp@cjskateboardpark.com for more information on how to arrange accommodations.

 


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