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 Wed- Sweat, struggle and stronger.


List 3 Words to describe the Adventure Hike:
"Hard rewarding fun." ~Harper
"Strenuous, motivational (because I wanted to go faster to get to the top), and strengthening." ~ Erin
"Struggle. Accomplished. Fun." ~ Caroline
"Exciting, tiring, and hot." ~ Sophia
"Challenging, fun, and hot." ~ Sylvie
"Sweat, struggle, and stronger." ~ Maddie
"Extremely hot, rocky, and long." ~ Mardi
"Fun, challenging, motivating." ~ Lindsay
"Painful, tough, funish." ~ Donatella
"Hard, challenging, exciting." ~ Sienna
"Fun, challenging, limit pushing." ~ Peyton
"Hard, fun, exciting." ~ Avery
"Hard, fun, adventurous." ~ Lindsay

What was your favorite part of the adventure hike?
"Making it to the summit, I felt proud of myself for making it that far." ~ Avery
"Making it to the top." ~ Peyton
"The Organ Grinder was so steep. The steepest I've ever hiked, but it pushed my limits and it was good fun!" ~ Sienna
"Having other people carry me on a thing-a-ma-jig." ~ Mardi
"When I got carried, and the chairlift." ~ Donatella
"From Allyen's to the top." ~ Lindsay
"Going down the chairlift." ~ Maddie
"Climbing up Organ Grinder to the top." ~ Sylvie
"Getting to the top and seeing the view." ~ Sophia
"Carrying and getting carried on the platform." ~ Caroline
"My favorite part was getting carried on the board, walking (made me stronger), and getting to the top because it showed my hard work." ~ Erin
"My favorite part was making it up Organ Grinder!" ~ Harper
"My favorite part of the hike was the feeling I had when I got to the top." ~ Lindsay

What made you laugh today?
"What made me laugh was being carried on the throne!" ~ Harper
"When we ran down the hill there was these bumps to stop you, I kept running into them. Also, I almost fell down hiking down." ~ Erin
"Coming down the lift with some friends and they were sharing funny things that happened with their group." ~ Caroline
"When my friend and I almost fell running down the mountain." ~ Sophia
"When we had to carry people on the slosh pipes." ~ Sylvie
"Running down super fast." ~ Maddie
"Calling my friend granny." ~ Lindsay
"My friends." ~ Donatella
"Funny comments." ~ Mardi
"When we tried to sing!!! :-)" ~ Sienna
"When we carried Doug on the carrier and he started to stand up and surf." ~ Peyton
"Being carried on the throne. It was really fun not having to walk too!" ~ Avery
"When Carly was forced to get a divorce." ~ Lindsay

SIDE NOTE: "Dad, make a lot of Lemon poundcake for the POUNDCAKE Dorm, please!!" ~ Mardi

COACHES CORNER... Wed highlights:
Julia: Only a few steps into the hike Harry said, “I already need a funeral for my quads”
Jimmy: Eli said, “This morning, when I got out of bed, I couldn’t get out of bed”
Jess: I loved it when my team and Jimmy’s team asked for 100 foot paces rather than 50 foot paces atop the throne of struggle…because they thought it was too easy.
- I laughed when I saw Cooper doing bicep curls with the bucket, he later said, “If you’re going to work out, you might as well work out hard”
- Natan after finishing our struggle-filled but awesome hike, “We climbed the distance of Everest today”
- Referring to the steep hike today, Hunter said, “My thighs just fell off”.
Devon: On Organ Grinder my group came to the consensus that “We’re gonna make it. We’re gonna struggle. But we’re gonna get to the top!”

WC2 Tues- The struggle is worth it


What was your favorite activity today and why?
Colter: I liked soccer the most because it included everyone. Everyone was playing all the time.
Calvin: Ropes course because I liked climbing.
Cooper: The obstacle course. It was SUPER fun.
Tyler: All of the ropes course, was very challenging and fun.
Luke: The vertical play pen because it challenged me but I still did it.
Birken: Ropes course.
Harry: The ropes course was my favorite because I could really push my limits and it was a lot of fun. I was sad I couldn’t do them all.
Shea: Slalom, because I got to hit the gates.
Maddie: The ladder in the Vertical Playpen because I got all the way up blindfolded.
Alli: I liked the leg routine because even though it was hard I know that it will make me stronger.
Poppy: The launch pad, because it pushed me out of my comfort zone. I have trouble jumping off high things sometimes. But today I committed and did it six times and twice blindfolded.
Sophia: My favorite was in the ropes on the vertical play pen because I had to work and believe in myself.
Emma: Ropes course, because it really pushed me to my limits.

Describe your “struggle moment” today .
Colter: Today climbing up the rope on the vertical playpen. It tore at my arms but I made it.
Calvin: The leg workouts were tiring because we did the ropes course earlier.
Cooper: The dangle duo (not mentally but physically) challenging.
Tyler: I had a struggle moment on the tango because one of my arms were tired.
Luke: I struggled when I did the cargo net because it was high up and I wasn’t good at it.
Birken: Trying to hug the boxing bag off the jump.
Harry: My struggle moment was hanging onto the punching bad off the launching pad.
Shea: My struggle moment was the tango because I was blindfolded.
Maddie: My “struggle moment” was on the Vertical PlayPen. I got to the top of the “V” and had to pull myself up, but this was after climbing the entire course below it.
Alli: The backwards tuck walks because they hurt.
Poppy: My struggle moment today was the cargo net, I had one foot in the net and the other on the orange rope. I had to dig deep in the end because I got stuck.
Sophia: When I was at the top pf the launch pad because I was very afraid.
Emma: Today on the last part of the Dangle Duo, my partner Avery and I pushed each other to reach the top.

What did you learn from your “struggle moment”?
Colter: I learned to persevere, then I will probably make it.
Calvin: That I can push through any struggle.
Cooper: To go 200%, not just 100%.
Tyler: That even though it was hard I could still do it.
Luke: That you can push your limits a lot and it makes you feel good.
Birken: Anything is possible :))!!
Harry: That if I really push my limits I feel good after.
Shea: You need to be calm.
Maddie: I learned that overcoming struggles feels really good.
Alli: That you need to push through even if it’s tough.
Poppy: I learned to stay positive and take a deep breath and that its okay to have a struggle moment.
Sophia: I learned that you have to believe in yourself and push yourself.
Emma: That the struggle is worth it.

COACHES CORNER- Tues highlights:
Jess: In response to the burpees during leg routine, Cody said, “that looks fun.". Also...
- Jackson during the same exercise, “I’m already in agony and I’m not even halfway up the hill."
- It was awesome to see Case carrying Coach Jimmy all the way up the agility hill on his back!
- At the TRX workout, Ian said, “Looks like I found what I am going to do on a rainy day”
- Timmy told me “Eliteam is like boot camp…I love it though and I’m definitely coming back next year”
- Quinn during TRX said, “That killed me but now I love TRX’s”
- When Logan said “My favorite part of today was the pain cave for the leg routine. I loved the one where we walked in planks backwards”
Devon: Colter and Win got a little hungry at the top of the Dangle Duo and pulled out some Luna bars for a quick snack!
Zack: Colter did the launch pad blindfolded and legs tied together and still explained to us “it is hard to see”
Tasha: Win and Harper on the Tango were superstars. Win hopped one legged and Harper helped by pushing the blocks.
Also, Poppy and Donatella told me “We are ambitious…wait what does that word mean?!”
Cody “Oh FMS, this is the best kind of testing…I am so ready”
Conor: Maya was super scared before the cargo net, after she came down she finished it with a huge smile on her face and said “that was so much fun”
Molly: Grant called down from the top of the Vertical Playpen and said “I’m just hanging out guys!!”

WC2 Mon- Taste the Rainbow


What activity did you like best today and why?
Luci: The rocks because it was challenging.
Sienna: I liked lifting up the rocks and throwing them even though they were 14lbs. We also jogged with them. It was really hard. I also liked the boxing because it built up my upper body.
Libby: Basketball.
Mardi: I liked basketball because you could knock down other balls with yours.
Ellie: I like the duck activity the best.
Peyton: I liked the rocks because I liked doing workouts using my legs and arms.
Logan:I liked the FitLight because even though I am shorter than some of the other athletes I still got a good score.
Natan: Boxing, because it was a sport that i’ve never experienced before.
Cody: Slalom, because its very fun.
Cooper: Boxing, I got to take anger out, ha ha ha!
Will: I liked the stretching.
Shea: Boxing, because I have never done it before.
Evan: Slalom was the most fun.
Eli: Slalom-so much fun.

What was your most challenging moment, and how did you push through it?
Luci: The lights but I pushed through it.
Sienna: The most challenging moment was jogging with the rock. But then I pushed through it so it was okay.
Libby: Being hit by a rubber ducky…I hit it back.
Mardi: It was the rocks, my wrist started to hurt so I took a lot of breaks.
Ellie: I didn’t have a challenging morning.
Peyton: The fitlight because I am not a fast runner. I gave it all I had and pushed through it.
Logan: When I did the rock throw and run my legs gave out and I felt tired, but I still pushed through it.
Natan: Going through all the poles at a fast tempo I pushed through it by believing in myself.
Cody: Repetitive push ups- I just dug deep.
Cooper: Boxing, it was hard and a good workout!
Will: Doing the rock throwing, I struggled but I didn’t give up. I found a rhythm and followed it.
Shea: Rock lunges…I worked hard.
Evan: Rock squats were the most challenging.
Eli: Rock run—by pushing through it.

If you could tell your mom one thing right now, what would it be?
Luci: Hi Mom.
Sienna: This is hard!!!
Libby: Hi Moms
Mardi: Hi.
Ellie: I hope you had fun in Stowe, I love you!
Peyton: Hi Mom, Eliteam is the best!!!
Logan: With Geico you an save 15% or more on car insurance. I love you and feel Rusty for me. I am doing great! P.S. take my phone with you when you run.
Natan: I am having the BEST TIME.
Cody: I had brussel sprouts…eww!!!
Cooper: I am having a great time.
Will: Hi!
Shea: Havin’ fun
Evan: I had brussel sprouts.
Eli: I had brussel sprouts.

COACHES CORNER- Monday highlights
Tasha: Natan at the rock exercises said to me, “Taste the rainbow and feel the reverse tickle” in response to reverse rock lunges!
Doug: I laughed when Hunter explained to me that you have to, “Keep your eye on your ball as well as your other eye on the Storm Ball”
In reference to Dan walking around the dining hall handing out brussels sprouts at dinner... “Dan, Dan the Brussels Sprout Man!”
During relays, when I told the kids that if you have a bad leg, you can to the hops on your good leg, Sam shouted, “What if you have two bad legs?!”
Jess: When Will said, “Both my cheeks hurt so much from the butt-kicks relay... my cheeks from smiling so much and my butt from all the butt-kicks!"

EC2 Friday- Unlimited Awesome

What did you think of Sandpits today?
Sara: I think it was challenging but extremely fun! At the end my shoes were completely filled with sand, and I think at least half came from Doug putting it there.
Marion: It was hard but fun. it was hard because I fell into the sand.
Clara: It was fun, hard and sandy.
Alli: Challenging.
Alex: Awesome
Jack: It was awesome!
Will: Fun…unless you fall.
Joseph: Awesome, I really loved the Sandpits.
Ben M: I thought it was really awesome and fun.
Ian: Awesome.
Ben: Weary, tiring and exciting.
Cadish: Fun because it’s fun.

What advice would you give to people who are running the Sandpits for the very first time?
Sara: I would say take a good look at the course and go fast! If you fall down, get back up and try and do better next time. Also…practice, practice, practice!
Marion: Take small steps, but fast ones.
Clara: Don’t be afraid to go fast.
CC: Try and stay on the path.
Alli: Don’t fall of the ledge…
Alex: Don’t think about falling.
Jack: On turns chop your feet.
Will: You should lean into your turns.
Joseph: Don’t cut to the outside of your turns, cut to the inside.
Ben M: Be close to the gates and take a high line.
Ian: Go slow the first time and get a feel for the course.
Ben B: Don’t be afraid of the course or the steeples of the Sandpits.
Cadish: Try and try again.

What did you think of the Black Bean Brownies?
Sara: I think they tasted very similar to regular brownies, and I barely realized that they were healthy and I was getting all the nutrition I need!
Marion: They were different but GOOD.
Clara: Delicious
CC: Yummy
Alli: Great!
Alex: They were okay.
Jack: I thought they would be bad but they were good!
Will: I cannot even taste the black beans.
Joseph: Surprisingly good.
Ben M: I thought they were delicious and people should make them all the time.
Ian: Great.
Ben B: Good, they weren’t as bad as I expected.
Cadish: I think that they were very good.

Sara: Amazing, awesome and the best camp ever!
Marion: Awesome.
Clara: Awesome.
Alli: The best camp ever!!!! :))
Alex: is unbelievable.
Jack: Awesome.
Will: Exhausting.
Joseph: Amazing.
Ben B: Unlimited.
Cadish: Awesome.


Jess: In reference to his cooking partner Henry, Cooper said, “I have the best stirrer I could ever ask for”
I loved watching Doug put coconut oil all over Kelley’s face as a moisturizer.
Doug asked the campers today during our nutrition talk “What does protein build?” and Aiden replied “CHARACTER!”

Lucy: I laughed at the Bungee station when Henry said to me “I pump irons that are thirty five pounds… I should be fine”.
I was inspired when coach Conor told the camper on the bungee that, “Sometimes you have to go backwards to go forwards.”

Tasha: My highlights of the day...
When Alli said, “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”
I loved when Chloe creamed all the boys in the obstacle course.
When Henry said to his partner Cooper in the obstacle course “Cooper we are a great team because you are amazingly good!”
Excitement was at an all time high when the campers watched the counselors run the obstacle course.

Zack: Henry followed all his partners on the obstacle to cheer them on at each element!

Doug: I loved hearing Ben H tell me that “I was so sore I had to roll out of bed instead of sit up or use my legs” and Ben B. say that “Even the muscle that blinks my eye is sore”. Aiden chimed in by telling us “I have soreness on my soreness”
Also, loved it at dish duty when Logan said, “I would do the dishes a lot more if I had a sprayer like this at home!”

EC2 Thursday- Awesome, scary, tough.


List three words that describe your day?
Gigi: Ropes course, obstacle course, slalom, BurgUndThal, TacoThursday, FUN!
Willa: Fun, strong, challenging.
Ava: Hard, fun, challenging.
Talise: Awesome, fun, amazing.
Alli: Awesome, scary, tough.
Chloe: High ropes, fun, exciting.
Kate: Amazing, tired, breathtaking.
Elsa: Ropes, slalom, fun.
Carly: Fun, hard, hot.
Dante: Awesome, tiring, challenging.
Cooper: Awesome, hard, different.
Ian: BergUndThal, ropes course, slalom.
Logan: Hard, fun, okay.
Cadish:Fun, hot, height.
James:Fun, great, exciting.
Finn: Awesome, sweaty, fun.
Matthew: Fun, cool, awesome.

Describe your “struggle moment” today (mentally or physically).
Gigi: I struggled pulling myself up the tire for the vertical Playpen and the Tango.
Willa: Falling on the slalom course.
Ava: I thought it was really hard when we did the vertical playground.
Talise:The leg routine.
Alli: I got really scared during the Tango.
Chloe: I struggled during the one leg part of the Cargo.
Kate: In the middle of the vertical playpen I felt like giving up but I pushed forward.
Elsa: BergUndThal.
Carly: The leg routine.
Dante: When we did the struggle bus.
Cooper: It was hard and scared.
Ian: On the vertical challenge trying to transition to the ladder.
Logan: It was hard during the struggle bus.
Will S: The trampolines on the obstacle course, because I kept falling.
Cadish: Pushing myself to climb the last ladder.
James: I didn’t think I could squeeze the chicken in the obstacle course but I did.
Finn: Crawling up the hill backwards during the leg routine.
Matthew: In the obstacle course.

What did you learn from your “struggle moment”?
Gigi: If you keep pushing you will get there.
Willa: I can live through everything.
Ava: To try harder.
Talise:It makes you stronger.
Alli: Don’t move the blocks too far.
Chloe: If you keep going, you will get there.
Kate: To keep going no matter what.
Elsa: To just keep working.
Carly: To keep going.
Dante: To push through it.
Cooper: I learned that I just have to push through it sometimes.
Ian: Push until you can’t go anymore.
Logan: To try and think a different way.
Will S: To try and aim for the middle of the trampoline.
Cadish: That I can do it!
James: Never give up.
Finn: Not to crawl backwards up a hill…
Matthew: You can do things that are hard.

COACHES CORNER- Thursday Highlights...

Doug: My highlight for today was when Ava was beating her chest and yelling before running off the launching pad.
Also, I loved hearing teammates tell Willa just to "hug it out" when jumping for the punching bag.
Ethan explained to me that “on the Vertical Playpen don’t look at what you have achieved, look at what you can achieve”
Dan: I laughed when I said “Time for the pain cave” and Henry replied “I think you mean pan cakes”
Conor: Chloe doing the cargo net with one leg/ankle tied to her harness.
Also, Alex and Ben both did the cargo net with only one hand.
Jess: I loved hearing Marion explain that “I definitely had a drop of sweat roll down my cheek on that last one”
Also, Gigi “I’m having fun but that last one was really hard”
I loved hearing Aiden explain that “practice doesn’t make perfect, only practice makes perfect”
I was inspired by Logan improving his indoor obstacle course time by twenty seconds.  a theory: if you think you’re going to die during a workout, you won’t. But if you think it will be easy, you will die.”
Lucy: I loved watching Chloe start the Vertical Playpen by climbing blindfolded.
Also, James really pushed his limits on the Vertical Playpen. When he came down after reaching the chicken at the top, he had a huge smile on his face and said “wow I didn’t think I could do that”
Aleks said to me this afternoon that “I own the leap of faith! When I jumped, I got all of the fear out of me”
Zack: My highlight was when Will and Oliver both completed the Tango, both blindfolded.
Tasha: Zane and James asked Parker today “could you photo shop dresses on us” after he had taken photos of them on the Tango.
Rachel: I loved hearing Ben and Zanes conversation, Ben stated that “I like the slalom better it’s more fun then the Berg” and Zane responded with “Lemme show you how fun it is!!!! I’m gonna do this whole thing with a smile on my face”.
Lauren: Ian says the trick to slalom is to finish your turn at the gate and look ahead!
Also, I loved hearing Talise explain that “you can’t give up on the uphill part of the slalom” and Sonja explain that “just because you didn't win doesn't mean you didn’t ski your best and get a PR!”

EC2 Wednesday- I don’t miss you right now….because I am having so much fun.

COACHES CORNER- Highlights for Wednesday...
I loved hearing Ethan sing I came in like a wrecking ball on the Nitro.
Also, Zane explaining that “I think the key to success is doing a penguin huddle to hold onto everyone”
Henry told me that he wanted to get a fake ID so he could be old enough for Eliteam last year…he was only seven.
I also loved hearing my relay line sing “stayin in line, stayin in line, uh, uh,uh”
Rachel: Finn exclaimed to Teddy that “I bet you $500 that I know more about Greek mythology than you do”
Zack: A group at the Spider Web activity today made a table for Carly to crawl across, from one side to the other.
Doug: I loved hearing Aiden today say that “Boxing is: hard, fun, tough, tiring and a great thing to do after a stressful day”
Conor: I laughed when James explained in boxing that “these are my its of fury”

What activity did you like the best today and why?
Sara: I really loved Nitro! I liked that we all had to work as a team to get everyone on the boxes!
Meredith: FitLight
Sonja: Boxing and meeting new people.
Tailse: Spider web, because we had a record of thirty one seconds.
Carly:  I liked boxing the best because it’s something new.
Aleks: Morning stretch.
Ben M: My favorite was the agility and the box jumps. I liked the agility because it took a lot of balance and strength.
Ben B: Nitro because it was fun to try and fit on the box.
Zane: The relays because it tested agility and we got to do funny skits in between.
Jack: The relay races because we got to do funny skits.
Flynn: FitLight
Dante: The relays because it pushed me to my limits.
Oliver: Nitro because It never missed the bucket.
Jackson: Spider web because w head to figure out a way to put people through it.

What was your most challenging moment, and how did you push through it?
Sara: The spider web was the most challenging because we had to lift our teammates through the web!
Meredith: Obstacle
Sonja: FitLight, I pushed through it by not thinking about it.
Tailse: Putting water in our cups in the woods activity.
Carly: Pouring water into the bucket and swinging on the rope.
Aleks: My most challenging moment was running backwards.
Ben M: My most challenging moment was when we did the four person pole jumping during field agility. I pushed through it by staying next to and keeping up with people around me.
Ben B: The burpees in the morning.
Zane: I kept hitting the Spider Web but I continued and figured out that hugging the tree helps :))
Jack: Boxing, I pushed through it by listening to what Doug said about how it’s the struggle that makes you better.
Flynn: Pole agility I pushed through it by going slower and using more control.
Dante: The stretches.
Oliver: Agility because it was hard to face the sun and still move quickly.
Jackson: The turbo because we had to try to not knock anyone out of it.

If you could tell your mom one thing right now, what would it be?
Sara: I am having such a great time and don’t worry about me i’m fine! Love you Mom! <3
Meredith: Hi
Sonja: I’m having lots of fun!
Tailse: I am having fun.
Aleks: I miss you. I had a really fun day.
Ben M: This.Camp.Is.So.Much.Fun.Again!!!
Ben B: I’m glad my friends are here.
Zane: This is so awesome.
Jack: I don’t miss you right now….because I am having so much fun.
Flynn: Best year out of all of them.
Dante: Thanks for always supporting me! Love You <3
Oliver: Thanks for sending me. I will miss you and I am having lots of fun.
Jackson: The food is delicious.

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