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.

EC Friday: A little too much peanut butter...

Today at Eliteam we… started the day with a morning run & stretch to get our muscles warmed up for the last big day at ELITEAM! At breakfast, we fueled up with yummy french toast, VT maple syrup from Kelley & Doug's backyard and fresh berries! The morning workouts were filled with another round of ropes courses and agility work. After lunch we sampled our ELITEAM Energy Bites for the first time. They turned out to be quite the hit! Next we loaded up the bus and headed off to the sandpits where we took a total of three practice runs and two race runs, putting our agility and speed to the test! Just as we ended, the rain came so we headed back to the dorms to clean up and pack. After dinner we finished our last rotation of rock wall and field games, which included a very intense game of dodgeball! The last part of our busy day entailed running through the dance again, crazy relays and the infamous jello drop. After 6 rounds of heavy competition, Henry and Coach Zack emerged as the Jello victors!



Memorable Moments-

Coach Zack: When Matt said “I don’t have good balance but I’m going to make it count.” 

Coach Conor: I laughed this afternoon when Kate D said that once she gets home she’ll be able to plank for seven straight minutes because of how hard she is working her core at camp!

Coach Molly: I loved seeing campers charge up the hills during the leg routine!

Coach Livy: I thought it was awesome when Logan M. exclaimed “THIS IS EPIC” atop the slalom course.

Coach Julia: I loved seeing all the campers be really positive and psyched up to run through the slalom course.
Coach Kelley: When Cade walked into Doug's room at 5:54am and asked, "Is Teddy up? Can we go run some tires?" We told him to go stack cups instead.



Camper Quotes-

What was your favorite part about the sandpits?

Mackenzie G: I really liked the quick turns. 

Brielle: My favorite part about the sandpits was the competition all while having fun.

Sonja: I liked the fact that they took the top 5, and I liked the fact that the start was uphill.

Natalie: I liked that it was steep and hard, so we had to dig deep.

Kristina: My favorite part was cheering all my friends on. 

Counselor Abbi: Watching kids pushing their limits, diving across the finish and MAKING IT COUNT! 

Sofia: I liked going around the sharp turns and almost jumping into them.

Anna: My favorite part was trying to keep your balance all while trying to go fast.

Noelle: My favorite part was when you were falling down, and being able to get back up and try to do better.


Name one thing you learned today?

Izzi: I learned how to run in better form today. 

Natalie: I learned how to do better tuck jumps and push myself during the leg workout.

Noelle: I learned that some things may be challenging but you should keep trying,


How did you “make it count” today?

Izzy: That I was brave enough to do the rock wall today, even though I was scared. 

Mackenzie G: I made it count by pushing myself in all the activities. 

Sonja: I made it count by getting into the top five during the sandpit slalom. 

Anna: I made it count by pushing my limits and trying not to fall in the sandpits!

Noelle: I made it count by pushing myself really hard and trying to go faster each time. 

Kristina: I made it count when I fell at the sandpits and decided to get right back up and finish it. 


How were the energy bites that we made?

Natalie: Amazing!

Sonja: Awesome!!!

Mackenzie G: Good :))

Kate D: Not my favorite…but healthy.

Mere: They were good, and tasted really healthy!

Anna: They were good!! I think we put too much peanut butter in though! 

Kristina: The best in the world!

EC Thursday: Everything is Awesome

Today at Eliteam we…  started the day with a speedy morning run and stretch. After we got the blood flowing we fueled up with fresh fruit, eggs and pancakes (there was not a single pancake left behind). The rest of the morning was spent crushing agility and ropes courses, where the campers were able to push themselves, be competitive and MAKE IT COUNT! They challenged themselves on things called; the Vertical Playpen, the Burma Bridge, and the Berg Und Thal. After lunch, campers put on their disco dancing shoes to start prep for the Eliteam dance, and put their cooking skills to the test while making energy bites packed with antioxidants, fiber and healthy fats. 5:30pm marked both a staff favorite and dish duty headache...Taco Thursday. Following dinner, campers used their last bit of energy on games of wall ball, sleds, tires and dodgeball. After yoga and a quick notebook meeting, lights out! 


Coaches Corner- Memorable Moments...

Coach Zack: When Micah completed the incline log, walked it backwards and finished it with the meat grinder— all while blindfolded. Also, Sonja was the first to finish the incline log backwards, with three jumping jacks and the meat grinder as well! 

Coach Tasha: When Levi exclaimed “Look I can do yoga poses on the Burma Bridge!”... then went on to do a tree pose! Later in the day I laughed when campers taunted “Can’t touch this” as they avoided the distraction balls in the quick feet slalom course!

Coach Conor: When Campbell said “Oh my goodness my legs need lemonade, we should get some lemonade”. 

Coach Devon: In the ropes course this morning when I heard Natalie say to Anna (when she was blindfolded) “don’t worry I’ll keep you safe”. 

Coach Livy: When Micah proudly stated “ I finished the vertical playpen even though my pinkie is broken, I pulled the chicken and everything”. Also, later in the day when I asked Natalie “What was your favorite ropes course?” and she replied “everything”. Then I asked, “What was your favorite activity in general today?” ...and again she replied “Everything!”
Coach Doug: At the ropes course, overhearing Cade tell his partner Levi, "Just breathe and look up. The ground is not very interesting."
Coach Kelley: While on dish duty, Mark spontaneously declared, "Everything is awesome here!"



What was your favorite activity today and why?

Molly: My favorite activity was the Berg Und Thal because it helped me work on my agility and it was a competition — and I love competitions!

Mackenzie G: Obstacle course, because it was fun, fast and competitive!

Sofia: The rock wall, because it was something different, and new. It helped me with my balance and strength. 

Lillian: I liked the Slalom course, because I like Slalom the best when I ski!

Maggie: I liked the obstacle course because if we finished under a minute we could give a coach five pushups. So it was fun trying to finish in under a minute. 

Meredith: My favorite activity today was the slalom course because it was fun and challenging. 

Kate L: My favorite activity today was the cooking because I love learning about nutrition to stay healthy!!

Kristina: The slalom course was my favorite because I learned to stay focused during different kinds of situations and distractions. 

Madison: My favorite activity today was the obstacle course because there were very creative obstacles and it was challenging. Also I got to give a counselor five push ups. 

Brielle: The cooking portion, because I got to learn about healthy foods and which kids of foods I should be eating.


Name one thing you learned today?

Molly: I did not know that Chia seeds were one of the worlds most nutritious foods!

Makenzie G.: I learned about the nutrition behind a lot of ingredients today!

Sofia: I learned of new ways to make regular food healthy for you. 

Lillian: I learned that dark chocolate is better for you than milk chocolate. 

Maggie: I learned one of the most nutritious foods on the planet is chia seeds. 

Meredith: I learned that the chia seeds are some of the healthiest food in the world. 

Kate L: Today I learned that chia seeds are some of the healthiest foods in the world!

Kristina: I learned how to pace myself correctly when I do the obstacle course.

Madison: Today, I learned that Chia seeds were the healthiest foods you can eat, and that pure dark chocolate helps ward of cancer.

Brielle: I learned about different types of Nutrients. 



How did you “make it count” today?

Maggie: I pushed my limits and went on the Burma Bridge without falling even though I was shaking. 

Meredith: I made it count on the obstacle course and during the hill exercises. 

Kate L: I made it count this morning on the hill exercises. Especially when we did the backwards walking tuck and the slowest person won. I made it count even though my legs were burning, I went as slow as possible because I knew it would make me stronger!!

Kristina: I made it count when I did backwards tuck jumps up the hill. 

Madison: I “made it count” by working my hardest throughout out the day. 

Brielle: I tried my hardest on everything I did today!

EC Wed- Fast and Fun on Day 1

Today at ELITEAM...
We pledged to MAKE IT COUNT, to push ourselves, and to have fun! After orientation and exactly one hundred high knees tires, campers made their way to the RPC Gym for some intense "name games", followed by group rotations through the slalom course, the numbers game, the rock walk, and more tires! After refueling with a big dinner of spaghetti and meatballs, we finished the day with pole agility and crazy relays... trying desperately to tire them all out!


Coach Molly: I loved when Logan R. came running around the corner of the quick feet slalom and high fived the tree! It was awesome.
Coach Tasha: I loved when all the girls in Poundcake immediately banded up in one big group and took a tour of the dorm— room by room, so they could meet everyone.
Coach Conor: My highlight happened on the fast feet slalom course when Curt sang “doo a dooo dee” as he made his way down the course. Still finishing with a speedy time of 17.27 seconds.
Coach Zack: I liked when Madison exclaimed during the Rock rotation “It was challenging because you could feel the burn and had to keep going”.
Coach Doug: Our "Numbers Game" was awesome! The teamwork was very impressive, with each group evaluating their performance, learning from their mistakes and creating a new focused strategy with each attempt.
Coach Kelley: Fun to meet some of our new furry ELITEAM friends while visiting the dorms... "Avalanche", "Hobbs" and "Pandy" in the boys dorm and too many to name in girls dorm!


What activity did you like best today and why?
Daniel- Slalom because it was fast and fun.
Mark- Slalom because I’ve never done it outside in shoes.
Bennett- Slalom because I haven’t skied it for two months.

What was your most challenging moment, and how did you push through it?
Lucas S- No challenges today. I just had fun!
Bennett- Rocks. They were heavy. I thought to myself- I can do this.
Mark- The tires. You have to have good rhythm.

If you could tell your mom one thing right now, what would it be?
Mark- I love you.
Micah- I love you.
Daniel- Can I stay longer?



Welcome to ELITEAM 2017!

Our first of FIVE camps start on Wednesday July 5th at the Green Mountain Valley School. We end on Sunday, Aug 6th with our final day of the Girls Power Camps held up at Burke Mtn Academy. This Summer we will train, inspire and educate over 200 young committed athletes.

Our theme this year is MAKE IT COUNT! So many athletes just “go through the motions” during training and never really progress. Not at ELITEAM. We will learn how a little planning and a focused mental state can help you improve from EVERY run or practice. Check the blog daily during camp for a quick report on the highlights of the day and a few photos of the campers. This year, we will be posting the majority of the photos following the last day of each camp.

Thanks for supporting ELITEAM and we #cantwaitforcamp!
Also follow us on Instagram at “eliteamdigdeep” for posts throughout the camps.

WC2 Fri- The best camp in the WORLD!!


What did you think of sandpits?
Monty: It was really fun…but some turns were tricky.
Cooper: Fun as ever!! The sandpits never get old.
Tyler: I thought they were amazing.
Harry: A very fun, competitive and all around amazing experience. I really felt like I as on a mountain.
Evan: It was fun!!
Eli: It was the best part of camp.
Drew: It was fun, but hard.
Jackson: I think that sandpits were really fun because you get to see how you line up against your friends.
Timothy: I thought the sandpits were really challenging but fun at the same time.

What advice would you give to people who are running Sandpits for the very first time?
Monty: Get high and get early!
Cooper: try your hardest! Stay high on the gates!
Tyler: To just fun as fast as you can even if you are tired.
Harry: to act like its a real ski-race and to take it serious but have a lot of fun.
Evan: Be quick and be fast.
Eli: Have fun.
Drew: Keep your balance, go hard because its only 20/30 seconds of your life…
Cody W: Watch others who are good on the training runs and practice their technique.
Jackson: Jump into every turn don;t just run through them.
Timothy: I would tell them to stay calm and have fun and just go for it!

Eliteam is…
Monty: The best camp in the WORLD!!
Cooper: A great camp for everyone…hard or not I always have fun.
Tyler: The best sleep away camp I have ever been to.
Harry: Fun, athletic, hard experience that everyone can do and experience.
Evan: Hard.
Eli: The best.
Drew: Amazing.
Cody W: a nonstop athletic but extremely fun camp.
Jackson: A very effective muscle building camp but also a really good time.
Timothy: a fun yet challenging camp that made me push my limits.


Tasha- Poppy explained to me after her sandpit run "I think I just got a speeding ticket"
Jess- When I asked what Poppy was going to focus on she responded "being like Jimmy"
- Eli later asked me what to do if a squirrel ran onto the course while he was racing and then he followed up by saying "never mind...I did that distraction training"
- During cooking Shea sneezed with "Ah-Chia" and later stirred his banana bread mix while explaining "this is how Rachel Ray does it"
Doug- I challenged Maddie G to take a spoonful of puréed Black beans and she replied "no but I will eat a spoonful of chocolate chips"
Molly- Grant "I always race with eye yes closed anyways"

WC2 Thurs- I wanted to suffer faster

What was the best part of SUFFERFEST?
Logan - Probably the Planks, River walk, Hill sprints, Box jumps, Tuck Jumps or the Push-ups.
Natan - 100 Tuck jumps because everyone was cheering everyone on.
Jackson - Knowing that in the long run I would be a stronger and better skier.
Cody C. - The River walk, Duck race, swimming.
Evan - The River walk was the best.
Timmy - The best part was the River walk.
"River walk." ~Riley B
"Knowing I was getting stronger." ~ Madeline C.
"My favorite parts were the river walk, rock sprints, and hill sprints." ~ Avery
"Hill sprints." ~ Ava K
"River walk." ~ Donatella

What was the toughest part of SUFFERFEST?
Logan - The, um, waiting part. I wanted to suffer faster.
Natan - Doing the Burpees.
Jackson - The toughest was the 100 Tuck Jumps.
Cody C - Burpees were tough.
Evan - Burpees were super tough.
Timmy - Tuck Jumps.
"Planks or pushups." ~ Donatella
"Planks." ~ Ava K
"The toughest part was the 100 burpies." ~ Avery
"The planks." ~ Madeline C.
"Tuck jumps." ~ Riley B

How did today’s training help you become a better athlete?
Logan - It made me suffer so I built muscle.
Natan - The training mentally made me mentally better at pushing myself to the fullest.
Jackson - Physically I have worked muscles that otherwise I would not usually work.
Cody C. - Conditioning for skiing.
Evan - It made me stronger.
Timmy - It taught me how to push myself over the limits.
"Mentally it taught me to keep pushing harder because in the long run it will make you stronger and faster." ~ Riley B
"It taught me to push my limits and try harder on the field and slopes." ~ Madeline C.
"It showed me that I have to push myself and motivate myself to get through hard situations." ~ Avery
"It made me become stronger." ~ Ava K
"Made me stronger." ~ Donatella

COACHES CORNER- Thurs highlights:
Jessica- At Sufferfest when Mardi said, "I'm going to love my bed tonight."

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