Doug and Kelley's Eliteam Blog

Since 1991, ELITEAM has been teaching kids about Sports Physiology, Sports Psychology and Sports Nutrition. But more importantly, it’s about having the kids discover their limits, and then try to push through them. Here is where you'll find our blog entries of daily activities, challenges, photos and fun in the height of the summer camp sessions.

WC2 Friday: Last Day Fast Day

Today at ELITEAM we …  started the morning with our daily jog & stretch, which was badly needed as most of us have muscles that are starting to feel the effects of a big and busy week. Fueled with whole grain pancakes, scrambled eggs and fresh berries, we transitioned seamlessly into the dreaded, yet oh so loved "Sufferfest" workout. Campers tested their limits with 100 burpees, 100 push-ups, 100 box-jumps, hill sprints, rock lunges, rock twists, and hundreds of tires. The intense heat added to our suffering, but we ended our grueling workout with a refreshing river walk and fun duckie race. Following lunch, campers slipped on their sandpit shoes and got ready to dig deep and run fast through the sandy gates. After a careful inspection run and three practice runs, campers concluded that success on the course required quick feet, tight turns and a high line. We had many exciting runs this afternoon along with a few wipe outs. As usual, the sandpits did not disappoint. After sun, sand and grit, we enjoyed some fruit & veggie popsicle treats and a very refreshing dunk in our favorite secret swimming hole. The fun was back ON again by 6:30pm as the campers gathered for relays, jello-drop and their newly minted ELITEAM 2017 t-shirts. It's hard to believe we've reached the end of the week already. It's been another great week here at ELITEAM! We'll see you tomorrow at 10am for the ELITEAM Olympics.




What is the best part of Sufferfest and why?

Russell- The coaches because they are very encouraging and helpful.

Monty- Going into the middle of the circle and jumping on the big box because it was harder.

Will P.- The hill sprints because I love to run.

Nate M- How hard it was and how good I felt when I finished it.

Ford- The suffer and struggle because it makes me stronger.

Drew- The box jumps because last year I was super slow and this year I was much faster so it was cool to see my improvement.

Will S- That we suffered together which makes it more fun.

Grace- The rock workouts because it was fun and also hard at the same time.

Libby-  The Riverwalk because it wasn’t unbearably hot. 

Anna- The push-ups! I am getting better at them. 

Blake - I liked the box jumps because they are fun. 


What did you learn about yourself this week?

Russell- No matter how tired you are, you can always push yourself a little bit harder.

Monty- I learned that I could push myself way farther than I could.

Will P- That I can go farther than I ever thought I could.

Nate M- That I am a hard worker and that I can make it through the camp.

Ford- I learned that I am good at the Berg und thal.

Drew- I learned that I can push myself much farther than I thought I could.

Will S- My strengths and weaknesses and how to work on them.

Grace- If I don’t give up and keep working I will feel good after doing it. 

Anna- I need to put effort into EVERYTHING to make it count!

Blake- I learned that pushing your limits pays off. 





Russell- Something I look forward to every year. It is a place that inspires and teaches many. I love ELITEAM.

Monty- ELITEAM isn’t just a camp, it’s a lifestyle.

Will P- ELITEAM taught me to push my limits and then try one more time.

Nate M- One of my favorite camps.

Ford- A great experience that teaches you great skills.

Drew- Awesome.

Will S- Fun but hard at the same time.

Nate B- Taught me how to commit and never give up. 

Cailin- A great camp. The obstacle course is full of power and fun.

Cha- Extremely motivational and helpful to me.

Julian- Critical for athletes who want to succeed.

Jackson L- So much fun, even when you have to do 100 pushups.

Jackson H- An amazing conditioning camp that not only makes you stronger physically, but also makes you stronger mentally too. 

Ben H- It is the reason I love summer. It makes me push my limits and dig deeper.

Grace - Awesome 

Libby: Awesome and without a doubt the MOST FUN EVER. 

Anna- Amazing and about making it count!

Blake- really, really, fun


Coaches Corner:

Coach Ben: It was amazing to see representatives from last year’s Europa Cup in this year’s sand pit final. Chloe transitioning seamlessly to WC by taking the win was a highlight as was seeing her smiling the whole way down.

Coach Zack: As Ethan ran by me in the sandpit slalom he screamed “Conor is going to run me over”. Fortunately Ethan torched Conor on the run.

Coach Tasha: Riley B’s shoe came off during the box jumps and she didn’t skip a beat. “Eliteam prepares me for the worst and the best of times”

Coach Sami: I loved hearing from Chloe that “so sad we only have one day left”

Coach Conor: It was awesome hearing Alex Krupa exclaim “once I do these rock curls i’ll have bigger arms than Zack!”

WC2 Thursday: Testing, Pies, TRX

Today at ELITEAM we… started the day with a quick run, followed by stretching and core. We fueled up for a big morning of testing with breakfast sandwiches, french toast, fresh berries and melon. At 8:30 campers sat down for a notebook meeting and set their sights and goals high for the morning of testing. They would measure their abilities on the vertical jump, flexibility, broad jump, box jumps, push-ups, sit-ups, tires and Berg. As if testing wasn't enough, we jumped into circuit training, cranked the tunes and pushed each other to make it count. We all left dripping in sweat but full of smiles. A camp wide game of dodgeball marked the ending of the morning session. Following lunch campers broke off into rotations between a TRX workout, cooking and the woods obstacle. Campers baked up a pumpkin pecan pie storm jacked up with nutrients from chia seeds, raw honey, organic apple sauce, almond flour and apple cider vinegar. By 5:00pm campers were ready to roll in their 70’s flared jeans, disco tops, beads, and glitter. After dinner we were all treated to ice cream and the delicious-nutritious pumpkin pies they made earlier. The night ended with a movie (the Sandlot) and then straight to bed at 9:00!


Top moments of your day and why?

Ben H - Circuits because it was energizing and cooking because getting messy was fun.

Julian - Love the TRX because it was challenging, but not impossible. I liked the cooking because we used all natural ingredients to makes something that tastes so good.

Max - The Plyo was fun and you got to do a variety of exercises. I also liked cooking the pie that we get to eat.

Ian - Fitness testing was really fun because all my tests went really well. I also liked dodgeball because I had never played classic dodgeball.

Will S - The hula hoops in the circuit. The slideboard was also awesome.

Ethan - Circuits were non stop action. In dodgeball I got coach Zack out multiple times and then he targeted me the rest of the game!

Nate B - Dodgeball because I got Zack out. And cooking because the pies look so good.


How did today’s training help you become a better athlete?

Ben H - It made me feel better prepared for different scenarios.

Julian - I am learning every day and things like the marine wall were easier today.

Max - The Workouts today made me sore and I will be getting stronger later.

Ian - Although I cut myself in the obstacle I decided to still run and it taught me to push through my limits.

Will S - I realize now my strengths and weaknesses.

Ethan - The TRX helped my muscles.

Nate B - I feel stronger and more confident.


Coaches Highlights: 

Coach Zack: Julian was supper supportive in the balance portion of the TRX rotation. He would cheer on his teammates in the one leg routine as he completed it. 

Coach Tasha: I laughed when Cha said to Coach Chauncey “that really is a small dog on your head” speaking about his wig. 

Coach Julia: I loved seeing how excited the kids got to make their pies and learn about the awesome ingredients we put in it. 

WC2 Wednesday: Food never tasted so good!

Today at ELITEAM we… started the day with morning run & stretch. Before we sat down for breakfast we managed to squeezed in time for the campers to assemble their bag lunches. Some packed three granola bars and one particular applesauce devotee packed six packets for himself!! Needless to say, campers had plenty of fuel for the awesome day ahead. After pancakes, pure VT maple syrup, fresh berries, campers were ready to hit the grassy slopes of Sugarbush for a big day of hiking. We completed several challenges on our five mile hike including: building a cairn, making an “au natural" hat, singing a song, building a star and writing a poem. After a very nice breezy chairlift down, campers clambered back onto the bus and we headed back to campus to rest for a bit. Some campers and staff, however, still had enough energy to walk down to the river and splash around for awhile. After our siesta, we were back in action soon again. The rest of the day was filled with dancing, fencing, tires, and our friends "Pain" and "Agony". Another awesome, action-packed day!




 Group Conor’s Poem:

ELITEAM is the best!!

It’s far better than the rest.

We eat more and make it count!

We’re here today to hike this mount.

We struggle hard to become strong

All the while we sing great songs.

If we can make it to the top

We can beat Zack in the Jello Drop.


Group Molly’s Poem:

Even though our poem was late

It takes time to make it great.

At lunch we chew our food 10 times

And afterwards we made some rhymes.

Once we hit the long trail

We made this poem and did not fail.

Even though we need new socks

We still think ELITEAM rocks

This morning Doug said to make a lunch

So we packed a whole bunch.

At the chairlift we scream and shout

Hey Doug! We made it count!!!


Group Devon’s Poem: 

This week at ELITEAM

We’ve sweat so much we truly gleam.

We arrived just two days ago

From all over afar and fro.

We’ve jumped real far and climbed real high

We’ll make it count as we reach for the sky.

And to make sure this poem rhymes

we’ll remind you to chew your food ten times!

We’ll push our limits at Sufferfest

And Saturday night we’ll get lots of rest.

Sandpits & Olympics are to come

You can be sure we’ll have the most fun!


What were you top 3 moments on the hike and why? 

Meredith: (1) Reaching the top because I felt very accomplished. (2) Riding back on the chairlift because the views were awesome. (3)Walking through the traverse because it was really cool and a great leg workout!

Molly: (1) Reaching the top because we pushed through the pain and achieved our goal of making the struggle count! (2) Looking up at what we had accomplished because the top looked so far away from the bottom. (3) The pain because my legs hurt and knowing I could accomplish my goal I Made It Count!!

Alli: (1) Finishing because I felt very accomplished. (2) When I finally got to the top! (3) Sunshine!

Cate: (1) Presenting our poem. (2) Listening to music. (3) The feeling when we finished the hike - it felt so good!.

Brenna: (1) The view at the top because it was so pretty. (2) Presenting because it was so funny to watch. (3) Listening to music because it helped me stay focused on finishing. 

Cha: (1) When my group reached the top 1st, after having passed every team. (2) The poem. It was interesting. (3) When I dropped the water before we had even started the hike and I didn’t have to do push ups. 

Drew: (1) When we reached the top of the mountain, because it meant that we got to ride the chairlift down. (2) Afterwards, when we looked up from the bottom of the mountain because it made me realize how far we had hiked. (3) When we took a break for lunch because food has never tasted so good!!!

Liam: (1) Snack— because food. (2) Lunch — because food. (3) The chairlift ride down because it was so relaxing. 

Ford: Getting to the very top because it was very rewarding (2) Standing on the rocks I saw from the bottom because it had a nice view and I saw how far I had come. 

Monty: (1) Making it to the top because the view was awesome. (2) Eating lunch because you know…lunch! (3) Going down on the chair because there was a nice breeze.


What did your group do well today?

Meredith: We were great about sticking together and cheering each other on! I made a lot of new friends of all ages.

Molly: My group worked very well together and worked hard to complete the list of challenges. 

Alli: We kept our spirits high.

Cate: We made a great poem.

Brenna: We did well with the determination to finish.

Cha: We started fifth and finished first. 

Drew: My group came up with a poem really easily. 

Liam: We didn’t stop as much and we kept on going. 

Ford: We made a good star. 

Monty: We passed some of the other teams. 


How did you “make it count” today on the hike? 

Meredith: I made it count when I pushed through the pain and kept walking, because now I’m stronger!

Molly: I pushed through the pain and suffering until I reached the top and could enjoy the views and feeling of satisfaction.

Alli: Pushed it as hard as I could.

Cate: I pushed as hard as I could. 

Brenna: By pushing myself to finish.

Cha: We pushed through the heat and steep incline at the end, but it was worth it. 

Drew: I carried the water job with me the whole time. 

Liam: I carried both water gallons for a while.

Ford: I hiked hard and pushed on. 

Monty: I never gave up. 


Coaches Corner: 

Coach Zack: My highlight of the day came from Russell when he said “working on this hat takes my mind off the struggle”. 

Coach Julia: I really enjoyed seeing how determined my group was not only to finish together but to finish first. So it was a cool feeling when we were able to pass every other group despite being one of the last groups to leave. 
Counselor Teddy: I discovered the boys in Hydration Haven lying on the floor with their legs up the wall. They said, "We are draining the acid out of our legs and it's coming out of our ears."


WC2 Tuesday: The Thought of Lunch!

Today at ELITEAM we …  woke up bright and early for the first morning run of camp, broke up into groups by sneaker color and followed our jog with a core workout. We propelled into the morning with the fuel of champions; bagels, lox, french toast, VT maple syrup and fresh berries. For the morning session, we split into two groups. Half headed off to the ropes course to test their nerves and courage. The other half spent a busy morning cranking out a calorie-crunching-muscle-building leg routine, followed by a slalom course, tire relay and Berg Und Thal activity. After all the stations were completed in the afternoon, the entire ELITEAM camp combined for a game of Ultimate Frisbee. By 5pm, campers were spent and sweaty, so they headed back to their dorms for a bit of rest time before Taco Tuesday dinner. The evening was split between Tasha's Games on the field and AcroYoga in the gym. Tasha's field games included a variety of Team Challenges involving mummies, frogs, cheers, water balloons and skits. The yoga group practiced some sweet moves accompanied by soothing spa tunes. After a final relaxation session with Doug, the campers were sent back to their dorms to rest up for the big hike tomorrow. (Although the boys dorm managed to find time to host the Bop-It World Championships before bed.)




Jackson H shared a quote with us today - “Never determine life by how many breaths you take… but by all the moments that take your breath away”


What was your favorite activity and why?

Ben Ruth - Ropes Course

Cody - The Dangle Duo because Cailin and I did well.

Jackson H - The Launching Pad because it was a lot of fun when I went BLINDFOLDED!

Nate B - Vertical Playpen. I had never done it before and was super excited to try.

Will P - The Dangle Duo because we finished it and it was the most challenging.

Brian - Ropes Course was so much fun and I reached my goals.

Julian - The Ropes Course because I like the heights and the brilliant feeling of completing them.

Kate: The Vertical Playpen, because I could push my limits and try to get to the top. 

Libby: The ropes— the launch pad was awesome. 

Riley W: The ropes course because it was fun and challenging. 

Grace: The ropes course because they were challenging but also really fun at the same time.

Winter: The ropes course.


What was your most challenging moment today and how did you push through it?

Ben Ruth - The Leg Routine was hard and I got through it with the thought of lunch.

Cody - The backwards tucks. I just didn’t think about the pain.

Jackson H - The Vertical Playpen. I pushed through knowing lunch was next.

Nate B - The leg workouts. I kept going because I wanted to win against myself.

Will P - The Dangle Duo. I made it through because of Nate’s help.

Brian - The Vertical Playpen. It was so hard on my arms, but I pushed through it.

Julian - The Dangle Duo was the hardest as you had to push yourself. I struggled with my partner at one beam, but we persevered through it. We eventually were able to pull ourselves up.

Kate- The launching pad, I pushed through it by not thinking about it and just jumping.

Libby - Twisting my ankle on the slalom. I pushed through it by focusing on the course. 

Riley W- Getting over the fear of how hard it might be to do the Vertical and told myself I was capable.

Grace - The first part of the leg routine and I pushed through it by thinking its almost over and its benefiting me in multiple ways.

Winter - The Dangle Duo because we set a goal and we reached it while having fun and losing a shoe!


How did you “Make It Count”?

Ben Ruth - I beat a speed record on the Vertical Playpen.

Cody - I just sent it.

Jackson H - By pushing through obstacles that felt impossible to do.

Nate B - I pushed myself to the limits.

Will P - By pushing my limits through the high ropes

Brian - I pushed through even though I was tired and finished each course.

Julian - I tried to do anything I could twice and pushed it every time.

Kate - I tried to surpass my goals on every activity. 

Libby - By making the most of every moment I had. 

Riley W -  I tried my hardest even when I felt like it was tough.

Winter - I twisted my ankle in the tires but I kept pushing through.


Coaches Corner: 

Coach Zack: My favorite part of the day was watching Ian and Ford complain that the launching pad was too easy so they decided to try and head butt it. They did so successfully!

Coach Tasha: My highlight was when Winter was climbing the Dangle Duo, when BAM she lost a shoe. Luckily Cody was there to catch the shoe and place it back on Winter’s foot before they landed on the ground. 

Coach Doug:I laughed when I heard a conversation between Ben and camper Abi. She said to Ben “ What you said worked” and he responded “It’s bizarre what happens when you listen to me".

Later during the ropes courses Jackson H explained to me that he is not a big fan of being blindfolded or jumping off a plank— so that is what he did, he said “its all about trust”. 

WC2 Monday: Rainbow Relays

Today at ELITEAM… campers arrived ready to dig deep and Make It Count! We put those mottos to the test with 100 high knee tires, and a five station rotation in the afternoon which included: core, kettle bells, FitLight, a mental numbers game, and an obstacle course. After chowing down on some brussel sprouts, pasta and Red Hen Bakery bread rolls, campers were ready to take on the agility poles and relays... under a rainbow! 9:00pm lights out. Time to rest up for tomorrow.


What activity did you like best today?

Ben D. - Core and stretching because my core was BURNING at the end of the 20 minute period.

Brian - I like the core and mobility best.

Cailin - I like the agility course because I pushed myself in the hops.

Russell - The obstacle course because it got your heart rate up and it was fun.

Charlie - Stretching - it is relaxing.

Cody - Kettle Bells

Jackson L- Fitlight because it was high tech.

Abi: The obstacle course.

Ava: I liked the water balloon name game because I got to learn peoples names :)

Anna: I loved the core!

Lea: I loved the water balloons because I didn’t drop any and I didn't get wet so I was really proud of myself.


How are you going to make it count this week?

Ben D. - Savor every moment of every day since it is my last year here as a camper.

Brian - Try my best and be serious.

Cailin - Pushing myself and not giving up.

Russell - I will make every practice and activity teach me something so it counts.

Charlie - Get good sleep.

Cody - By training every day like it is a race.

Ben H - By focusing and being serious.

Jackson L - Go all OUT!

Abi: By working my hardest.

Ava: I am going to work extra hard.

Anna: I’ll try harder than ever this week!!!

Lea: Work as hard as possible.


If you could tell your mom one thing this week, what would it be?

Ben D. - Can I be a counselor here next year?

Brian - This is really fun.

Cailin - Today was great.

Russell - The week long camp is better.

Charlie - I’m all good.

Cody - I don’t miss you.

Ben H - I am sleeping in the basement.

Jackson L - Camp is fun.

Abi: I’m having fun- so don’t worry!

Ava: I miss you! Have fun at work :)

Anna: I miss you and love you, but I’m having so much fun!!

Lea: Can you smuggle me some chocolate or candy?


Coaches Highlights: 

Doug - When told that their penalty was going to be 30 push-ups, one group demanded that it be 50!

Julia: I really enjoyed seeing how focused and determined campers were to push their limits and use heavier weights for the kettle bell station. 

Ben: During the fit light, in boys against girls, the boys broke down the eight sensory lights into three sections Larry in the first section, Curly in the second and in the third Moe. The other boys on the team would call out which section the illuminated light was in to decrease time and increase efficiency. The girls team quickly caught onto this and started yelling out random names and directions. Cate referred to it as “good distraction training”. 

2017 Dates


Europa Cup: July 5-8
World Cup 1: July 10-15
World Cup 2: July 17-22
GMVS Campus- Waitfield, VT

GPC 1: July 29- Aug. 1
GPC 2: Aug 3- 6
BMA Campus- East Burke, VT

Sorry, no PC camps in 2017.
We plan to return in 2018!

All 2017 camps are overnight.

Europa Cup- $775
World Cup- $1275
Girls Camps- $825