Welcome to Illinois State University!

Learn more about this specific location below. The UCA instructional staff cannot wait to start working with you and your students.
We are excited to partner with you to build skills, confidence, routines, friendships and memories to last a lifetime!

Location Tips

  • Dorm housing is a fun experience for team bonding
  • Dorms, dining hall, and field house are all right next to each other -minimal walking!
  • Great opportunity for cheerleaders to visit a college campus
  • Cafeteria style dining court with a salad bar at both lunch and dinner
  • Camp is held indoors in Horton Fieldhouse. This camp is not air conditioned.
  • This location uses mats for camp
  • Shop the latest trends in cheer fashion at the Varsity Spirit Shop on site!
  • State Director: Kaylin Dietrich | kdietrich@varsity.com | 815.451.0307

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Testimonials from Camp

"'Our camp experience was an amazing one! The UCA instructors are fantastic. They are knowledgeable, experienced and their energy is contagious! Our 30 girls look forward to camp every year and are never disappointed! The food that ISU provides is of great quality and meets everyone's individual needs including those with specific dietary restrictions.'" Coach KristiMorton High School
"'I have been attending the very same camp at Illinois State University since 1999, as a cheerleader, and for the past 9 years, as a Coach. The professionalism of the ISU Staff and campus is the best around! All of the facilities are very close to the dorms, the dining hall is amazing, but most of all, I know that the UCA Staffers at the ISU Camps are amazing Each and every year, the UCA Staff set the bar higher and give my Cheerleaders great role models to look up to and admire. It is because of the hard work and dedication of all those involved that my teams are able to learn and achieve more than they ever knew possible. That is why we keep coming back to UCA at Illinois State University'" Coach EmilyPrinceton High School
"'For over 20 years, the Carroll County Cheerleaders have attended UCA Camp and we are tremendously pleased each and every year. From the outstanding staff, wonderful facilities and the material learned while at camp, the UCA program is incredible. The attention and dedication given to the young people is amazing and always top-notch. I can honestly say that I enjoy camp each year because of the UCA Staff and our overnight camp experience. I feel that 20+ years should attest to the fact that the UCA program is second to none.'" Coach NicoleCarroll County High School

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Camp Notes

Camp & Pep Rally Theme

This year’s theme is Spirit Power featuring our Pep Rally: Super Squad Rally! On night three, be ready to get creative and dress up with your team for an interactive, super hero-themed rally!

What to Bring

  • Spirit Raising Props such as signs, poms, megs and flags.
  • Addresses for St. Jude Letters (or see the link below to pre-order your Letter Writing Kit!)
  • Outfits for the Pep Rally: Super Squad Rally! Dress as your favorite super hero, create your own super hero or wear a costume that represents your favorite super power!

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 UCA Summer Camp today HERE! 

Required Forms & FAQs

Don’t come to #UCAcamp unprepared! Access the required forms and view the frequently asked questions here.