Welcome to Northern Illinois University!

Attending UDA Camp will ensure your team shines bright all year long! Below you will find information and tips to prepare you for your camp experience. We are so excited for you to start your season with UDA!

Release and Waiver Form
Camp Dates & Pricing

Location Tips

  • Big Facility, Big Camp, Big Number of Routines!
  • Recently renovated dorm housing is a fun experience for team bonding
  • Camps at NIU are consistently larger which gives you the opportunity to take home the maximum amount of routines
  • There are plenty of options for food in the cafeteria with large amounts of space to dine
  • Camp is held in large air conditioned practice facilities
  • Great opportunity for dancers to visit a college campus
  • Shop the latest trends in dance fashion at the Varsity Spirit Shop on site

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Testimonials from Camp

"'This location is great and I love the space at Northern. Alyssa was great at this camp, can’t wait to be back next year!” - Julie G., Larkin High School'"
"'There gym is full of spaces to practice and do things full out. It helps the girls feel extra prepared for evaluations!” –Keely F.'"
"'This is consistently a great camp with great material. My girls always leave so happy!” – Jen P., Oak Forest Dance Team'"

Camp Notes

2019 Camp Theme

Get ready to RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE! This year during Crazy Night, get wild with your team as you participate in a variety of team-building activities and games.

What to Bring

To make sure you have the BEST camp experience possible, check out the list below to make sure you are bringing the correct items for day-to-day activities!

Prior to Camp :

  • Be sure to camp your camp music by downloading the Clementune app.
  • Team Up for St Jude Fundraising Letters: Bring at least 5 letters to camp and receive a collectible Team Up for St. Jude pin! To find out how to complete these forms and to learn more about St Jude go to https://uda.varsity.com/Camps/St-Jude.
  • Completed Medical Release Forms for each person (this includes advisors, chaperones and coaches) are to be brought to the registration table at camp. We must have the original copy. DO NOT send Medical Release forms to the office. You can find these forms at https://uda.varsity.com/Camps/Required-Forms.

At Camp :

  • For UDA Overnight Camps only (University locations): Toiletries such as toothbrush, toothpaste, face wash, shampoo and deodorant. Also bring bed linens (extra-long sheets, pillows, blankets, towels), a fan and shower shoes.
  • A copy of your home routine music on a CD and/or in mp3 format to be played on a smartphone. Please bring a backup CD. You may also bring a CD player/soundsystem to practice camp routines. For more information on home routine music guidelines go to http://varsity.com/music.
  • Five addresses for family and friends! During teamleader time, your team will receive the Team Up for St. Jude letters! By turning in five addressed letters at camp, you will receive a collectible Team Up for St. Jude pin!
  • Water bottle (for each person)
  • Spending Money (optional). Most participants bring $50 – $55 for snacks, apparel, souvenirs, etc.
  • Sunscreen, lip balm, medications for muscle soreness or headaches (Tylenol, aspirin, etc.). Varsity is not allowed to administer any kind of medication at camp. Most camps have first aid personnel on duty.
  • Optional decorating supplies for spirit sticks and dorms. Please check with your State Director on dorm rules regarding decorating.
  • NOTE: If your team is commuting to camp (which means you are receiving instruction only), meals are NOT provided. Be sure to bring your meals or money for meals. You may purchase your meals at some locations.

What to Wear

  • Dance attire (t-shirts, shorts and tennis/dance shoes). Most teams wear matching outfits. This is NOT required but is a good way to identify you as a group. Whenever possible, please mark all belongings by name and address. Please make sure to bring shoes for BOTH feet!
  • Uniforms (may be worn during evaluations if desired but are not required).
  • Crazy Night : This year we are going on a safari to “Rumble in the Jungle“! Get wild with your team and dress in your favorite animal prints!