Welcome to Carthage!

  • Speed Camp location
  • Camp is held in an indoor, matted facility
  • Located right on the lake
  • Facilities are located in close proximity to each other
  • Options for AC dorms and non-AC dorms
  • For more information, contact your NCA State Director, Carrie Nichols, at cnichols@varsity.com.

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Location Tips

  • These camps are intense! The teams here are hungry to learn. It’s non-stop skill work. You’re going to get a look at some of the top teams in IL. You’ll learn the most innovative stunts and many teams walk out of camp with a competition pyramid! – Lexi
  • The Speed camps at Carthage are a great way to assess the skill level of your team. -Simba
  • The Carthage camps are home to some of the top cheerleaders and coaches. Team’s love camp and look forward to coming back each year! – Jared
  • You can definitely tailor this camp to fit your needs. If there is something you really want your team to focus on don’t be afraid to tell your staff. Staff will customize camp so you walk away accomplishing your goals! – Shawn
  • Any level is welcome to speed camp. It’s not just for the elite teams. – Carson

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Testimonials from Camp

"'We are very new to stunting, so just being able to go back after seeing each class and build on what we had been working on was so beneficial. After each new stunt taught, staff broke it down by base, back, and flyer for them to better understand.'" Coach LizParker High School
"'I love the atmosphere that the staff brings each day. Easily changing within programs showing that things CAN hit and showing us that we need to stop over thinking and just focus on the progressions into the advanced skills. Thank you NCA staff for making our first Speed Camp experience great!'" Coach HaileyEisenhower High School
"'We LOVED our camp staff. They were AMAZING and catered to our teams needs. We made so many memories and cannot wait for next year.'" Coach CassieCoach Cassie Mundelein High School

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Camp Notes

Camp Theme


Greatness can be portrayed in many ways, including becoming a leader, helping others, or inspiring the feeling of spirit. Since 1948 NCA has pursued our mission of empowering great athletes and building strong teams.

Join us this year to discover how to pursue your greatness.

What to Bring

  • A great attitude!
  • Camp Wear
  • Cheer Shoes
  • Water Bottle
  • Game Day Props such as poms, signs, megaphones and flags

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Team Up for St. Jude

Since 2011, Varsity Spirit has raised over $6.5 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital because of cheerleading teams just like yours – through game days, donation letters, and online fundraising. Join the fight and pre-order your letters for NCA Summer Camp today!

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Required Forms & FAQs

Come into NCA Summer Camp fully prepared! Access required forms and read through our frequently asked questions before coming to camp.

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