UCA Junior
High Camps

Super charge your Spirit Power with UCA!

The UCA Junior High Camp Experience

For over 45 years, UCA has been building spirit and training leaders for life! These camps are similar to our traditional overnight camp but at the perfect pace for Junior High and Middle School squads! Focused on crowd leading, skill fundamentals and team bonding with exclusive, special material and dances.

Sample Schedule & Curriculum Highlights

Spirit Prop Workshop & Game Day Training
Squads will learn how to create excitement and engage the crowd during a game with poms, signs, megs, flags and proper spiriting techniques in the Spirit Prop Workshop! During Game Day Training, teams will learn exciting and crowd effective sidelines, cheers and band chants to become the ultimate crowd leaders at school.
NEW - Stunt & Pyramid Curriculum
Updated partner stunt and pyramid curriculum from beginner to elite with new transitions, inversions and dismounts while still following the UCA progressions squads know and love. Includes a Safety Awareness Test, Spotting Seminar and Stunt Qualification.
Sideline Private Coaching
Personalized and situational sideline instruction with the UCA Staff for football or basketball with training on motions, voice inflection, incorporating crowd effective stunts and more.
FNL Frenzy
Squads will learn how to create excitement and engage the crowd in different game situations such as kickoff / tip-off, first down, free throw and more!
Team Building
Build, bond and grow through team building exercises, encouraging evaluations and leadership training.
Cheer Private Coaching
One-on-one time with the UCA Staff incorporating spirit props such as signs, poms, megs and flags along with skills and spirit into a cheer of choice.
NEW - Coaches' and Captains' Workshop
Coaches will have the opportunity to bring their captains to the first Stunt Workshop and the Goal Setting meeting to ensure the leaders of the squad are aligned on both stunt training and goals for the season.
Sideline Stunts
The UCA Staff will help teams work on utilizing simple but fun stunts to coordinate with the band and entertain the crowd at games!
NEW - Fan Chants
Squads will learn several short, crowd effective line dances to popular house / band music with call backs to get the fans back home involved!
Rally Routine Private Coaching
Individualized time with the UCA Staff to help create an eleven 8-count performance customized to the squad’s unique strengths and abilities.
NEW - Super Squad Rally!
The UCA Staff will host an interactive and FUN Super Hero themed pep rally, reformatted to encourage more squad participation and team bonding than ever before.
Big Brother / Big Sister
Quality time with the UCA Staff to focus on setting goals and working on whatever a team would like to master at summer camp!
Team Time
Additional time on the morning of day four with Big Brother / Big Sister to work on whatever a squad needs to work on with the UCA Staff in a more one-on-one setting.
Camp Awards
UCA Camp brings out the very best in teams through daily spirit awards like the Spirit Stick and Top Banana, camp wide leadership and traditions awards and more!
Additional NEW Benefits
Added daily Material Reviews to help squads master the material and Team UCA bonding time. Moved Timeout Dance (Hip Hop) to an Elective Class option to allow for more time to be spent on Private Coaching and Game Day.

Coaches' Education & Safety

Educational and Safety Best Practices
UCA’s Coaches’ Meetings are powered with the knowledge of both Varsity University and Spirit Works! Learn proven techniques for successful spirit program management as well as elevating your school’s spirit like never before. Also, 100% of the UCA Staff are AACCA safety certified so you learn safety the right way from the start!
Coaches’ Meetings
Attend daily Coaches’ Meetings, a Coaches’ Goal Setting and a Final Coaches’ Q&A with your Head Instructor discussing topics such as safety, new rules, unifying your spirit program, credentialing and more. In addition to this – all new coaches’ will attend a First Time Coaches’ Meeting. Then after camp, your State Director is a year-round resource for all of your questions and needs!
Coaches' Stunt Workshop
UCA offers TWO Coaches' Stunt Workshops. The Head Instructor and UCA Staff will demonstrate skills, stunt technique and stunt progressions–all geared towards training coaches! Gain valuable safety knowledge to support your own stunt coaching after camp is over!
$1 Million Dollar Secondary Liability Insurance
UCA provides coverage for cheer coaches employed full time by a school or school district. Must be 21 years of age. Member coverage remains in force through May 15, 2020, subject to the renewal of the master policy.
Take Home Gifts
UCA loves our Coaches! Attend UCA Camp and receive a Coaches' Field Guide, Summer Bonus Material, Game Day Playbook, membership to the Varsity Club and a Tryout Kit.

Squad Credentialing

Credentialing Overview
Since 1974, UCA has been dedicated to providing instruction, competitive opportunities and memorable experiences for cheerleaders with an emphasis on leadership and safety. Cheerleaders have the honor and responsibility of creating a strong sense of school pride and elevating spirit within their school and community through five key roles – crowd leader, spirit raiser, ambassador, athlete and entertainer. When squads focus on achieving excellence in each role of the cheerleader, they lead the way in elevating spirit within their school and community.

Along with the five roles of a cheerleader, teaching proper progressions and safety training are top priorities at UCA. As stated by the National Federation of State High School Associations, the four crucial aspects of leadership are communication, team building, problem solving and motivation – each of which are a focus in our summer camp curriculum. Together, as partners in building strong school spirit programs, this makes up the Varsity Spirit / NFHS Credentialing program.

The UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship (NHSCC) is the only Cheerleading National Championship endorsed by the NFHS. The NFHS works with nearly 20,000 schools, 11 million students across 50 states. Their endorsement is a reflection of the values we share and the high standards we have developed for the NHSCC and our camp curriculum. Because safety and leadership is so important to both the NFHS and UCA, completing the NFHS Squad Credentialing program at a Varsity Spirit Summer Camp is required for teams to be eligible to qualify for the 2019 UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship.

The implementation of the Varsity Spirit / NFHS Squad Credentialing Program is part of our continued mission to elevate the profile of cheerleaders, whether on campus, at a game or in the community.

Crowd Leader
The title cheerleader says it all, leading the crowd through cheers. They can do this by using a combination of crowd-effective chants and skills to rally the crowd and together, support the athletes on the field or court. Signs, poms, megaphones and flags are vital tools to get the crowd’s attention and communicate loudly and clearly how they should participate. This should strengthen unity among the fans, encourage sportsmanship and foster pride and loyalty for the school and community.
Spirit Raiser
When cheerleaders spread their sense of pride for their school both on and off the field, they are helping others build a connection to their place of learning and the community within it. Spirit raising is taking the pride cheerleaders have for their school and sharing it with others. Whether it means making signs and encouraging their peers to attend the big game, planning and hosting pep rallies, organizing sprit weeks or keeping the positivity up in and out of the classroom, spirit starts with the cheerleading team.
Ambassador
As some of the most visible students on campus, it is important for cheerleaders to be positive role models for others both inside the classroom and out in the community. As examples for other students, cheerleaders can help raise the bar for academics, school spirit and behavior. At games, the cheerleader’s primary role is to support the success of others. How many other athletes can say that? Cheerleaders celebrate other team’s victories just like it’s their own. Win, lose or tie, cheerleaders understand the value of sportsmanship and the importance of supporting others, teaching them to be better role models both on and off the field.
Athlete
Just like all athletes, cheerleaders have the natural drive to perfect their skills and progress to new ones. Cheerleading requires strength and flexibility to perform stunts, jumps and tumbling. Technique creates a strong foundation for hitting skills and learning new ones. Physical endurance is required to cheer throughout an entire game, during practices and at competition. Competition is an opportunity for recognition for the incredible job cheerleaders do throughout the year. While it does showcase great athleticism, it should not be the team’s primary focus.
Entertainer
Not only do cheerleaders support the athletes on the field, they entertain the crowd in the stands in between plays, during timeouts or halftimes and during other spirit raising events. By performing visual dances, partner stunts and tumbling, cheerleaders create a visual interest to supplements the in-game entertainment never distracting what is happening on the field. If the crowd is engaged with what the cheerleaders are performing on the sidelines, they are more likely to yell for the athletes on the field or court.
Safety
Through our camps, we have consistently stressed safety awareness classes that emphasize the importance of proper technique and progressions for all cheerleaders. There is no more important issue in cheerleading than safety. Our goal moving forward is to continue to make cheerleading safer and safer, and to ensure that our athletes understand it is vital in their team's success. We will go through a Safety Awareness and Spotting Seminar before we start stunt class, too!
Leadership
From individuals leading within a squad to a squad leading on campus and in the community, spirit leaders will focus on developing the fundamental NFHS leadership skills. The four crucial aspects of leadership as stated by the NFHS are communication, team building, problem solving, and motivation. The UCA Staff will lead you every step of the way through the Squad Credentialing Program!

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