Welcome to USA Camp at UC Irvine!

  • UCI is close to beaches, mountains and many popular Southern California attractions
  • While the university is located in Irvine, the campus is directly bounded by the city of Newport Beach and the community of Newport Coast on many sides
  • Get a taste of the collegiate experience by staying in dorm facilities
  • Enjoy large outdoor teaching areas with plenty of room for practicing your new skills
  • Some sessions will make use of indoor facilities in the evenings

 

Location Tips

  • Because you will be on a college campus, coaches can enjoy other eateries all within a short drive of campus
  • Bring snacks for your room

Dance, Song/Pom State Director: Nicole Cestone | ncestone@varsity.com | 949.324.1973

Cheer State Director: Tsutae Johnson | tsutae.johnson@varsity.com | 626.277.5671

Click HERE for instructions on completing UC Irvine Event Waivers in advance.

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Camp Notes

Camp Theme

In 2020, we want to Make The Connection with you and your teams and help you Make the Connection with your other school groups and community!

What to Bring

Overnight Participants:

  • Sleeping bag or blankets, pillow, linens and towels
  • Fan/Snacks/Water for Dorm Room (optional)
  • Toiletries and Shower Shoes
  • Alarm clock

All Participants:

  • Completed and signed Release and Waiver Form
  • Practice clothes, tennis shoes/dance shoes, sweatshirt or jacket (Dressy clothes not necessary)
  • Sunscreen and Bug Spray
  • Notebook and pen/pencil
  • Water bottle to keep with you during class times
  • Spending money to use at the Varsity Spirit Shop (optional)
  • Most participants bring $50 – $55 for snacks, water, t-shirts, souvenirs, etc. (optional)
  • Matching uniforms/outfits for evaluations, etc. (optional) – Spirit and Dance Camps Only
  • MP3 player with speaker (these are not provided at camp). Note: Each school will receive a code which will allow you to download the USA Summer Camp music.
  • Activity equipment (e.g. poms, mascot costume, etc.).
  • Signs, poms, megaphones, banners and flags to incorporate into Game-Action Cheers Evaluation – Spirit Camps Only
  • Rally Attire – See Rally Night Information Form – Spirit Camps Only
  • Mace or Military Baton, Gloves, and Whistle – Drum Major Camps Only

What to Wear

Comfortable, athletic attire and proper footwear for each day at camp. Many teams wear matching attire each day and bring uniforms for final day evaluation (recommended but not required). Your local Varsity Rep can assist you with affordable campwear.

Spirit Camps – Better Together! Rally (Dress up ideas are endless; Peanut Butter & Jelly, Charlie’s Angels, Thing 1-Thing 2…have fun partnering up with your teammates dressing up as things that go together!)
Costumes/Outfit/Props

Showtime camps, Performance Dance camps & Camp of Champs – Class Competition
Night Color themed costumes/outfit
• Seniors – Pink
• Juniors – Blue
• Sophomores – Green
• Freshman – Orange

Testimonials from Camp

"'We became closer to each other as a team. It was really fun and pushed us out of our comfort zones. The staff were really helpful and realized our potential.'" Varsity Song TeamMonta Vista High School, CA
"'USA Camp instructors go above and beyond to instill leadership, confidence and the skills needed to be a successful team!'" Varsity Cheer CoachIndian Springs High School, NV
"'The staff is extraordinarily caring, passionate and driven to make students into the best student-leaders they can be. Their talent is unparalleled, and their mentorship has made an impact on my life that will stay with me forever'" Drum Major Camp AttendeeConcord High School, CA

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