Welcome to USA Camp at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge!

  • Experience the ultimate Resort Camp at the award-winning, AAA 4-Diamond JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
  • Guest rooms and suites feature private balconies or patios with dramatic desert vistas, mountain views, and tech-friendly amenities
  • Bring your swimsuit so you can take advantage of the outdoor pools and lazy river
  • Onsite restaurants and Starbucks
  • Rooms, meals, and camp facility all under one roof with a short walking distance at the beautiful resort
  • Meals are catered with a great variety of food
  • Camp is held indoors in an air-conditioned facility

Location Tips

Dance State Director: Nicole Cestone | ncestone@varsity.com | 949.324.1973

Cheer State Director: Megan Bamford | mbamford@varsity.com | 435.253.1800

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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
"'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
"'This camp provides so much material that we will use all year long'" Varsity Cheer CoachFounders Academy of Las Vegas, NV
"'Our favorite parts of camp were the Spirit Rally and the camp dance. The staff was friendly and was always ready to help!'" Varsity Cheer TeamArbor View High School, NV
"'One of the best weekends our team has had together. While the camp is about dancing, it is also about leadership, bonding and love for our art.'" Dance Team DirectorRancho Bernardo High School, CA

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