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.

Supa Fun!


I laughed when I heard Will at morning run ask “have you seen any bears….not including Zack?”
Lucy: During Sufferfest Jabes added a push-up to the inch worm stretch and said “this is what savages do”
Also, girls in New Dorm were exchanging phone numbers/insta accounts with each other and were talking about how much they’re going to miss each other and how much they don’t want to leave ELITEAM :(
Morgan: I was inspired when Christian told me during Sufferfest that “i’ve never sweat this much before”
Jess: I loved watching Alice beat all the fourteen year old boys in the hill sprints…girl power.
Also, I was inspired by Pippa's enthusiasm for an activity in Sufferfest she said, “I love the river walk! I wish we could do it again”
Devon: My team insisted on doing some river burpees and push-ups before walking back down the river during the river walk challenge!
Tasha: At first some of the girls in my group didn’t want to get wet. So they tried to opt out of the river pushups, but in the end Finn, Lily, Mayson and Anna said “oh well”, hopped down, and did them anyways.
Julia: I walked in on my entire dorm fake crying because they didn’t want camp to end.


What was the best part of Sufferfest…and what was the toughest part?
James: The best part was finishing the 100 rock squats because I felt like it was hard but productive. The toughest part was the last set of burpees. I was feeling the tickle.
Peyton: Best part…the end! Toughest part…burpees.
Lily: The best part of Sufferfest was the Russian twists with the rocks. The toughest part was the push-ups.
Pippa: The best part of Sufferfest was the river walk and the toughest part was the 100 burpees.
Ellie K: The best part was the sandpit sprint up the hill and the hardest part was the burpees.
Aiden: The best part of Sufferfest was the hill sprints and the worst part was the rock squats.
Cal: I liked the river walk and the hardest part was the burpees.
Maddie: The best part was doing it with everyone and the worst part was the push-ups.
Gabe: The best part of the Sufferfest was the river walk and the toughest part was the burpees and rock exercises.
Alice: The best part was the hill sprints and the worst part was the planks.
Sara: I thought the best part was when we did the rock squats because it wasn’t too hard but it had a fun struggle element to it when you did it 100 times. The toughest part was when we did 100 pushups because I struggle with those.
Ella: The best part of Sufferfest was knowing that everyone else was suffering with me. The toughest part was getting through all of it.
Addie: The best part was the hill sprints and squats and the worst part was the push-ups.
Gwynn: The best part of Sufferfest was the box jumps and the worst part was the rocks.
Grace: The best part was the box jumps and the worst part was the burpees.

What did you think of the Sandpits today? What advice would you give to people who are running Sandpits for the very first time?
Jabes: Sandpits were dope as usual, I would recommend keeping your intensity up throughout the course.
Peyton: Sandpits was a lot of fun. If you're doing Sandpits for the very first time just go all out and it will be fun.
Lily: Sandpits were awesome! I loved the course. I would tell people who are doing it for the first time to be early for the turns and put power into them!
Pippa: I thought the sandpits were very fun because it was fun to do it with my friends. Advice I would give to someone for their very first time is to just have fun!
Ellie K: They were fun!!) I would tell them to be careful on the turns when you are going fast.
Aiden: The sandpits were awesome and advice I would give is to always be quick on your feet.
Cal: I liked the sandpits and I would tell people to be early on the turns.
Maddie: It was my first sandpits and I’d probably say just go for it because it doesn't hurt if you fall!
Alice: I live for Sandpits! I would tell them to go for the high line and at the flats to sprint it out!
Sara: My advice would be to have quick feet and to go all out on the speed aspect because the times in the end are very close.
Ella: The sandpits are challenging but fun. My advice for the first timers would be to forget being cautious and to just go for it!
Addie: Sandpits were awesome and my advice would be to wear your worst sneakers.
Gwynn: They were fun, I would tell them to start slow and get to know the course.
Grace: Sandpits were fun. I would tell people to keep a high line around the gates.

Jabes: a workout for the body and mind.
Peyton: gnarly mannnnn.
Lily: an awesome camp that taught me a lot such as: eating right, staying in shape, handling emotions and sports psychology.
Pippa: the best camp I have even been to and I hope I can come back!
Ellie K: awesome, fun and you’ll want to do it all over again until you grow too old.
Aiden: a great place for young athletes to come and make gains!
Maddie: Supa fun!
Gabe: awesome.
Alice: the best part of my summer.
Sara: a fun and struggle full camp where you can learn your limits and them push them down!
Ella: a camp where many people come to struggle and have the most fun out of their summer.
Addie: a place where you can build confidence, strength and push the limits where you though they could never be pushed.

Fun. Challenging. Packed.


Coach Lucy: When all the boys were amazed by Ben’s triple jump of 27"7 in regards to our testing this morning.
Also,  watching Kyle 1 and Kyle 2 holding Christian back from running to the second cone in the bungee slalom.
Coach Tasha: When Raymond jumped more than 24" on his first try on the vertical jump.
Also, I heard Will explain that “I think there is a horse in my tummy after that hill run”
Coach Devon: When Graham took a tumble. When asked if he was okay and if he ate some grass responded, “yes to both”
Coach Doug: Hearing Sara say after adding yogurt to her Banana Bread “this does not look very pretty”
Coach Jess: I smiled when Emily S. explained that “I had never heard of Chia seeds or Flax seeds until today”
Coach Kelley: Overheard Counselor Jake- "Hey, good news Teddy. Our room is not 82 degrees anymore, it's 80."


List three words that describe your day.
Ava: Fun, challenging and packed.
Blake: Fun, hot and rainy.
Winter: Active, Hawaiian and rainy.
Ella: Challenging, sore and rainy.
Sara: Struggle, rainy and entertaining.
Anna: Fun, challenging and exciting.
Mayson: Exhausted, strong and proud.
Emily: Fun, extreme and awesome
Christian: Ton of fun, tiring and exhilarating.
Max: Struggle, fun and tough.
Cole: Fun, struggle and awesome!
Aiden: Awesome, hilarious and challenging.
Thomas: Rainy/Thurderstormy, dirty and fast!
Cal: Fun, hard and painful.
Ben: Awesome, rainy and fun.
James: Circuits, banana and ripcord.
Gabe: Fun, hard and tiring.

Which training activity did you like the best today? How did it help you become a better athlete?
Ava: I liked the vertical jump, this will make me a better athlete because I will get off the swim blocks faster and be able to go further.
Blake: My favorite activity today was the slalom course. It helped me become a better athlete by helping deal with distractions.
Winter: I liked the bungee activity because it helped me visualize what it would’ve been like being in a ski racing course in windy and tough conditions.
Ella: I liked the fitness testing box jumps the best because I realize that’s an activity I really like because it’s a great leg workout.
Sara: I liked the bungee activity. I liked it because although it was a struggle, it was a lot of fun and it trains your legs to resist weight and makes them stronger and faster!
Anna: My favorite activity was the bungee run because it made me work hard, dig deep and not give up.
Mayson: I liked the bungee run because it gave us a great leg workout. In the end, it made me a stronger athlete.
Emily B.: The obstacle course was my favorite and I became a better athlete because it was so hard.
Christian: Distractions: It helped me focus my attention on the course.
Max: Fitness test because I learned my weak points.
Cole: I liked the obstacle course the most and it helps you with agility.
Aiden: The bungees because it helped you to get through and push through.
Thomas: I liked the obstacle course the best because climbing the dirt was tiring and I had to push through.
Cal: I liked the distraction slalom because it really teaches you how to deal with distractions.
Ben: The obstacle course because it helped my footwork.
Jabes: I liked the circuits because they tested a lot of different muscles in the body and gave me new ideas for future workouts.
Gabe: I liked the bungee because it was a little bit of agility and strength.

Adventure Hike- The tickle turned into a pinch


Coach Devon: My highlight today was hearing Max explain that “everyone thinks this is suffering, but honestly I think this is a lot of fun”
Also, we had some awesome archery teams today: cactus evergreen, terrific targets, eagle eyes, yellow jackets and spud
Coach Tasha: I loved hearing the boys in my hiking group sing The Climb by Miley Cyrus.
Also, I laughed when Ben exclaimed “I’m tiny let me ride the whole way up” regarding the slosh pipe suffer throne.
Coach Morgan: I was inspired when Franky pushed her limits and carried the throne of struggle every time.
Coach Jess: Hearing Aiden say that “the tickle is turning into more of a pinch” and Finn later in the hike exclaim that “I didn’t know how high Sugarbush was until we hiked it!”
Coach Doug: Watching Zach introduce Devon into the pond by “escorting” (throwing) her in.


What did you think of the adventure hike today?
Emily: I thought it was  very hot and tiring but when you got to the top it was worth it.
Alyssa: I thought it was fun but also a struggle.
Maddie: Challenging but interesting in a good way.
Alice: Tiring.
Corriann: A good workout
Casey: It was both fun and challenging.
Ellie: I thought it was hard but fun!
Pippa: I thought the adventure hike was fun but challenging at the same time.
Lily: Definitely challenging, especially the hard core hike. But the challenges made it very fun and I ended up forgetting about the struggle.
Will: I definitely liked the hike today because it made me dig deep and push to the top.
Connor: I thought it was very painful and difficult. I had to really push myself.
Max: It was awesome! The struggle was tough but the reward was better.
Charlie: It was intense.
Teddy: It made me suffer, therefore made me stronger. Also it was a LONG hike.
Owen: It was a challenge that helped bring your confidence up.
Ben R: It was great except for the part where my feet really hurt because I was pushing my limits!
Graham: It was challenging but worth it after reaching the top.
Gavin: It was a challenge but it was totally worth it.

What was your favorite part of the adventure hike?
Emily: The chairlift on the way down was awesome and had a great view.
Alyssa: My favorite part was sitting on the slosh pipes.
Maddie: Getting a “shower”
Alice: Getting carried on the slosh pipes.
Corriann: The challenges.
Casey: My favorite part was when I was lifted off the ground while sitting on the slosh pipes.
Ellie: When I got carried on the slosh pipe and board. Now that…..was FUN!
Pippa: My favorite part of the adventure hike was going back down on the chairlift.
Lily: I loved being at the top after the hardcore hike.
Will: Probably running down from the top to the chair lift, down Jesters.
Connor: It was the steep part of the hike because it was so grueling and fun.
Max: The view from the top because it was so rewarding to look down.
Charlie: Dumping the slosh pipes and reaching the top!
Teddy: Getting to the bottom.
Owen: The chair lift down!
Ben R: The food and the ride down. The view was great.
Graham: Reaching the top.
Gavin: Getting carried on the platform we built.

What make you laugh today, during the hike?
Emily: When we were lifting each other up on the slosh pipes.
Alyssa: When we lifted Morgan.
Maddie: The team songs and team names.
Casey: When we all carried Morgan on the slosh pipes.
Ellie: When a water bottle hit me in the stomach. hehe :)
Pippa: I laughed when Tasha started singing songs.
Lily: What made me laugh was our team name “lamadama ticklet”
Will: Throwing water balloons at Dan, Christian and Zach at the lodge. I also laughed during the water ballon toss, when they hit the ground and didn’t pop.
Connor: When Jéfe was in our pledge.
Max: Being on the carrier.
Charlie: When Doug said we were going up Organ Grinder…then I realized he wasn’t kidding.
Teddy: Jake from state farm.
Owen: Our team name WebeTaco.
Ben R: Ben G. getting soaked by the slosh pipe.
Graham: Being carried up.
Gavin: Being carried up.

What was the hardest part of the adventure hike and what helped you get through the struggle?
Madelyn: The hardest part was the second part of the hike because I thought we were going to be done after we ate lunch. I got through the struggle by thinking about how nice it would feel to take the chair lift down
Mayson: I struggled when carrying the slosh pipes and during the second part of the hike. Remembering that I was always getting closer to the top helped me get through the struggle.
Winter: The second part of the hike was the hardest because my legs were burning. I remembered the feeling in my legs when I rested while taking water breaks and knew that as soon as I got to the top my legs would feel like that again.
Emily M.: The most difficult parts of the hike for me were the beginning and end because they were both really steep. During the homestretch I just kept telling myself that we were almost there and that helped me get through the struggle.
Addie: Hiking up Organ Grinder (the second part of the hike) was when I struggled the most. I remembered to keep breathing and just took one step at a time.

It's the Struggle that makes you Strong

Coaches Corner: Tuesday Highlights

Hearing Christian atop the tangle while tango-ing with Gabe “this is magical” and later that day in regards to the leg routine “I’m so sore it hurts”
I loved walking in on Ellie, Grace, Gwyn and Emily Hawaiian dancing around their room with grass skirts and leis on.
Hearing Will exclaim “Doug racks up my Instagram feed!”.
I also heard Christian during the leg routine say “my calves are becoming rock hard” and Finn say “it wasn’t the hardest suffer of my life but it was definitely the best”.
I smiled when Madeline explained “I’m gonna have a six-pack when I go home. TRX rocks!” and found it empowering when Kyle and Connor grabbed medals to make lunges during TRX harder! Also, Jeffery made me laugh when he stated “i just did one and think I died a little inside” in regards to my TRX crunches.
Christian and Gabe cracked me up today when they said “Dan is part bunny and frog…He’s the best of both worlds”
Also, I loved hearing Conner, Kyle B, Ben D encourage their teammates by saying “keep on Berging” in unison.
Doug- I found it inspiring when Kyle B. stated “You just have to devote and jump. Devotion is the key”.
Molly proclaiming her biggest accomplishment at Eliteam “getting up the firecracker and the rest of the vertical playpen”
Morgan- I loved hearing from Jeffery when he explained that “the three most important things in life and strength, trust and pixie dust”
I laughed when Ben explained after his ropes course experience that “I was wondering why I was going so fast then I saw Morgan flying through the air”
It was awesome hearing all the funny team biathlon names for archery. Some include: deadeye, orange cone, beautiful brows, shrimp fried rice and elite arrows.
I loved it when Jeffery pronounced “Jéfe us now taller than everyone, whatcha gonna do about it now?” when he reached the top of the dangle duo.
I also found it inspirational when Lily helped Anna push her limits to climb at least halfway when she doubted she could even try in the first place.
Hearing Ben push his limits on the ropes course and say “ I am spider man!”


What was your favorite activity today and why?
Grace: My favorite activity was the ropes course and the Berg Und Thal. I got the record for the girls and it was awesome to see all that I had achieved today, especially after the ropes course.
Emily: My favorite activities were the obstacle course in the RPC, the TRX workout and the ropes courses. I liked them the best because they were a lot of fun.
Blake: I liked the obstacle course in the RPC, because it was really fun.
Addie: The agility course in the RPC was my favorite. It was super fast and super fun.
Mayson: My favorite activity was the ropes course because I worked hard and felt stronger in the end.
Ellie: The vertical playpen because it was challenging and I fought through the pain.
Gwynn: My favorite activity today was the ropes courses because I like to challenge myself to go high up and not be scared. I liked the leg workout because it was hard and I knew I was getting stronger!
Madelyn: My favorite activity was the ropes course because I got to push my limits in all of the activities while having a ton of fun.
Corriann: My favorite activity was the ropes course because it was nice to be in the cooler woods and to be doing elements that you know you can push through at and get to the top.
Maddie: Ropes course because I tried a lot of new things and felt different parts of my body hurt and ache that I haven’t done before.
Emma: I really liked the cargo net climbing station because I liked how it felt to come down.
Finn: Vertical play pen, I liked it because it was very hard but it was very fun.
Alice: All ropes courses especially the dangle duo and the vertical play pen because they were challenging and they took a while to complete.

Describe your “struggle moment” today.
Grace: The vertical playpen because I think it is very difficult physically.
Emily: When I was almost at the top of the vertical playpen and I felt like my arms were gonna fall off, but I just kept going and finished it!
Blake: Jumping off onto the punching bag in the ropes course.
Addie: Jumping off the launch pad in the ropes course. I pushed through it by not overthinking it.
Mayson: The Dangle-Duo, because I felt like I couldn’t get up to the next step.
Ellie: When I was waiting on the platform just before I jumped.
Gwynn: In the leg workout walking the planks up the hill was VERY hard for me, I almost couldn’t do it.
Madelyn: Crawling backwards in a plank position up hill!
Corriann: The leg routine because your legs were already sore and then we added onto it by doing more leg work.
Maddie: The TRX workout was really hard but I pushed through and got a lot stronger so I felt really good afterwards.
Emma: When doing the leg routine on the hill.
Finn: When I was doing the dangle duo and I couldn’t get up.
Alice: Climbing the fire cracker rope and the one leg cargo traverse.

What did you learn from your struggle moment?
Grace: I learned that if you push yourself to your limits you will be happy with what you have achieved.
Emily: That it makes you stronger and it can sometimes be fun!!:)
Blake: I just jumped further and I got it!
Addie: Don’t hesitate!
Mayson: That you can never give up and never say “I can’t”
Ellie: Don’t hesitate because it won’t be fun in the end.
Gwynn: To keep pushing myself.
Madelyn: That I can do it!
Corriann: I learned from my struggle moment that you just have to keep on pushing through because you will feel good after you’re done.
Maddie: That real pain is temporary and pays off in the end.
Emma: I learned to keep pushing and that even if you are in physical pain it will go away eventually.
Finn: That it’s okay to struggle as long as you keep trying.
Alice: Breathe. Slow and steady is the key. Don’t give up. Push your limits.

Rock Walk and Rubber Duckies

Note from Doug-
A great first day at WC1! After a pretty intense agility-name-game competition (Christian's group cheated and got busted), the entire camp split into five groups and hit the field for some fun and challenging team-building activities. Next all sat down to a big pasta meal to refuel for the evening session. During dinner, Coach Dan was walking around the Dining Hall trying to dole out brussels sprouts. They were a tough sell! Dan is now in charge of "all things green" in the kitchen. After dinner, we were outside running, jumping, skipping, shuffling and racing through the pole agility course and relays. We finished the day with a notebook and journal session before bed. They are now dreaming of ropes courses and leg routines, which happen tomorrow.


What activity did you like the best today and why?
Blake: Basketball, rubber ducky, fitlight and boxing because they were really fun.
Addie: Boxing and fitlight because they were hard but they were also fun.
Winter: I like the duck station because you were able to workout with your teammates and it was exciting trying to find them in order.
Molly: I really liked the duck station. I liked it because it was fun trying to find them blindfolded, with a guider. I also enjoyed it because it was exciting trying to find the duck with the right number.
Emily: The rock hike because it was challenging and we went into the woods.
Ava: Today I enjoyed the fitlight exercise because it was very fun!
Anna: My favorite activity was the fitlight because we got to run.
Mayson: Fitlight
Morgan: I liked the rubber duck activities. I liked it because it was really fun to try and find them blindfolded.
Peyton: The giant basketball, because it was fun and challenging.
Timothy: The activity which I liked most of all was probably the duck activity, because it allowed us to think about our surroundings.
Connor: The rock workout was by far the best. It was grueling and painful, but I felt the gain from the pain!
Jeffery: The Berg because I haven't been on it on a long time.
Kyle: Playing basketball because it was fun to strategize.
Owen: Pole agility because we had to trust ourselves to believe we can go through the poles without messing up.
Isak: The agility workout was my favorite because we did a lot of fun workouts and we did a really fun relay.

What was your most challenging moment, and how did you push through it?
Blake: The rock walk. The way I pushed through it was I just kept walking.
Addie: The rock workout, I got through it by taking it one squat at a time.
Winter: the most challenging moment at the rock walk was when I was walking up and down on the steep slick part. I pushed through it by digging deep and by keeping moving to the top.
Molly: My most challenging moment was during the Rock Walk. I pushed through it by digging deep and by steadily pushing myself.
Emily: The rock hike, and I knew that I was only getting closer to the top and that I could do it.
Ava: The most challenging part of today was the rock exercise. I pushed through it by thinking “if I drop this I have to do twenty five push-ups”
Anna: My most challenging moment was getting up the mountain with my rock so I just kept going and didn’t give up.
Mayson: My most challenging moment was holding up my rock up during the rock walk. I pushed through by saying to myself “I can’t give up. I have to be strong!”
Morgan: The rock hike was very challenging. I pushed through it by breathing steady and I kept going.
Peyton: The most challenging moment today was the rock walk. I pushed through it by thinking of the reward of being able to complete it.
Timothy: The most challenging moment was walking up the hill from the river with our rock because it was so heavy. I pushed through it be keeping on walking.
Connor: It was walking up the hill with my rock. My back was very sore and I wanted to give up but I persevered.
Jeffery: The poles and I pushed through it and took a rest in between.
Kyle: The rock climb because the ground was slippery.
Owen: The rock carrying. I had a rock that weighed like twenty pounds and I pushed through by digging deep.
Isak: The rock walk was very hard because the rock was very heavy, but I pushed through and ended it.

If you could tell your mom one thing right now, what would it be?
Addie: I love you an the fam and give my pony Simon a kiss for me because he’s an angel. I’m still happy about last weekend!
Blake: Tell Paco I say hi.
Winter: I would tell my mom that i’m having tons of fun and happy that i’m here.
Molly: I would tell my mom that I am having a lot of fun and am super happy that I am here!
Emily: I went up a slippery hill with a twelve pound rock.
Ava: Thank you so much for taking me here. I love and miss you <3 :)
Anna: Mom and Dad, thanks so much for bringing me here. I love you!
Mayson: I would tell her she would love all of these moves and that when I get home she will tell me to do all these exercises.
Morgan: I would tell my mom that I love her and I am having a good time.
Peyton: Sup?
Timothy: You know exactly what I’m thinking right now. Monday, July 11th.
Connor: Hi there…go to bed early so you aren’t tired. If you don’t you’ll feel it in the morning.
Jeffery: I’m fine go back to bed.
Kyle: I love you.
Owen: I am sore!
Isak: I really don’t miss you because I am having so much fun.

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