As tournaments and showcases continue to fill the summer months, many parents have a hard time finding what used to be the unrivaled champion of June and July: the overnight camp. At Trilogy, we have remained steadfast in our belief that every kid deserves to experience all that overnight camps offer. This conviction, in conjunction with hiring top coaches, developing cutting-edge curriculum, and utilizing awesome facilities, is the reason we successfully run 10+ overnight camps across the nation every summer.
Here are 3 reasons why the residential experience is still important and more relevant than ever:
We see it too often. Players elect to attend showcases too early in their development or forgo training opportunities altogether. Instead of taking another summer to focus on getting better, they compete in front of college coaches before they're ready or attend practices where the focus is on implementing team strategies, leaving their individual skills behind. With the later recruiting timeline, the emphasis will return to what we've always believed in: individual player development.
At camp, players are able to focus on the skills THEY need to work on all under the watchful eyes of experts who are happy to stay after hours.
2.) Coaches AND Role Models
Players are not only coached by some of the greatest lacrosse players in the world, they also learn life lessons off the field from accomplished role models. Players who attend our Millbrook NY overnight camp will learn from an MLL & NLL All Star and Champion, 2X All-American and a 2X Academic All-American. It goes without saying that being coached by Mitch Belisle helps with on-field development and boosting players’ lacrosse IQ.
More importantly, off the field Mitch is a father, husband, and leader at Trilogy Lacrosse - roles that campers learn more about when they spend a full week living among the impressive men and women, like Mitch, that form our staff. Our staff take their responsibilities as role models seriously and ensure that the time spent on and off-the field makes a positive influence on impressionable young players.
3.) Lifelong Friendships
"Drew made some great friends last year at camp. The kids all keep in touch, and Drew had a game against some of the players he met at camp last summer. Those kids talked all during the game and for a half hour after the game. Drew and another player from Memphis he met at camp are planning spring break together." These are the types of emails we receive time and again from parents.
Overnight camps get kids out of their comfort zones and open to meeting people from all over the country. They spend a full week sharing meals, playing lacrosse and hanging out in the dorms. Sure, everyone starts out a bit timid, but after the first training session, something magical starts to happen: the nervousness disappears and friendships begin to form over lacrosse and late-night pizza.
We still believe the memories, role models and development players experience by living in an immersive lacrosse environment remain important, and overnight camp is where that happens!