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About USA

The United Spirit Association represents a 70+ year tradition of summer training camps and special events, offering quality instruction and a creative environment where students can develop friendships and enjoy a positive learning experience.

The USA was established as an outgrowth of Robert Olmstead’s original California Specialty Camps. Mr. Olmstead conducted his first summer training camp in 1950 and since that time, hundreds of thousands of students have enjoyed “A summer vacation where learning is fun.” Today, as a part of the Varsity Spirit Corporation, the USA actively promotes the values, ideals and vision of the Olmsteads while working to reach students now and in the future. The USA is the largest summer camp and special event organization of its kind in the western United States, conducting camps primarily in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Through its “Home” camps and Special Events/Competitions, the USA reaches students and performers nationwide.

Living up to its name, the United Spirit Association provides specialized instruction and year-round events for spirit, dance and band auxiliary activities. This summer, USA camps will offer complete programs at all levels for cheerleaders, Songleaders/Pom, Dance Teams, Drum Majors, Mascots, Pep/Short Flags, Dance/Drill Teams, Advisors, Leadership Teams, Directors and Coaches.

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USA / VARSITY SPIRIT is committed to creating a safe and positive environment for its participants’ physical, emotional and social development, and promoting an environment free from abuse and misconduct.

All of our BRAND Instructors complete the following certifications:

  • Background Check
  • Heads Up Concussion Training
  • USA Cheer Safety Certification (Cheer Brands Only)
  • Athlete Safety and Wellness Program – must pass a 25 question, scenario-based test on the maltreatment of children and understanding mandatory reporting requirements
  • Good Moral Character Affidavit
  • Comprehensive Staff Training Program
  • Fingerprinting – as required by state law and camp requirements
  • COVID-19 Safety & Preparedness Training – educated on specific local guidelines prior to every camp
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About Our Staff

Selected for their technical skills and ability to effectively communicate with students of all ages, the USA prides itself on a staff that is professional and loves to teach. Each instructor is dedicated to supporting and helping our students be the very best they can be in a safe, positive and productive environment. United by this common sense of purpose, discipline and pride, the USA Staff is focused on taking our teams to the next level.

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Give back with Varsity Spirit! The USA is proud to partner with Varsity Spirit and St. Jude to help create better lives for youth.

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Testimonials About USA

"'Being apart of the USA staff means endless opportunities, lifelong friendships and making a difference in kids camp experience'" Missy M.USA Staff Member
"'Being on USA Staff means being part of an amazing family. It means sharing your love for cheer, growing as a person, and embodying the USA’s philosophies of teamwork, leadership, and unity.'" Robin E.USA Staff Member
"'The United Spirit Association is life changing, not only for the campers but as a staff member and the life long friendships and memories this amazing company has helped create!'" Jermaine S.USA Staff Member
"'Being apart of USA staff means being apart of something bigger than ourselves. We come together to inspire young athletes and each other to work together as a team and work harder than before. Being apart of USA means creating memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.'" Ashleigh G.USA Staff Member

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