Camp space is secured by registering online AND paying the NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $125 per session (or full clinic fee). Campers registering online will receive immediate confirmation of enrollment. Please keep the confirmation email as it will contain a link to access your online account. Final summer camp fees are due by a May 1. Once full payment has been received, your spot in camp/clinic is secure. Due to high demand, summer camp balances not paid by May 1 will result in forfeiture of camp space.
How soon should I register?
As soon as possible once registration opens! Camp sessions and clinics fill earlier and earlier each year. Registrations are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. No phone registrations are taken.
****Be sure your e-mail address is correct, and enable any spam/junk e-mail blockers to accept e-mails from email@example.com. You receive confirmation e-mails and statements, as well as any future news or updates regarding camp sessions through e-mail.
Is credit card the only accepted form of payment?
Can I pay part of my balance now and the rest later?
For summer camps, yes. By default during registration, you can select to pay the full amount or just the deposit (with remaining balance charged to your credit card on May 1). However, you can log into your online account at any time to make additional payments towards your balance. Full balance is due by May 1.
For any clinics, full payment is due at time of registration.
Is there a sibling discount?
Yes. 2nd (and 3rd, 4th, etc) sibling will be given a 10% discount. If you purchase the extra underwater video add-on, the sibling discount will not apply to this.
Are there any other discounts available?
No discounts other than sibling discounts are available.
Do you keep waitlists in case of cancellations?
Yes. Once a session sells out, the online system will open a waitlist option to allow people to register for a particular session’s waitlist. There is no charge to register for the waitlists, but it does require you to fill out all of the registration info.
Cancellations are rare, but do happen, and sometimes occur at the last minute. It is impossible for us to predict who will get in off of the lists, when that might occur, and how many cancellations we may have for each summer’s camps. We understand that summer plans are made well in advance, but if your schedule is flexible, waitlisting may be an option for you.
If space becomes available, you will be contacted by E-MAIL to accept or decline the opening. Please be sure to provide an e-mail address that is checked frequently. There is no guarantee that space will become available, or when it will happen. Cancellations can happen months in advance or the day before a session begins. If space does not become available, your e-mail address will be added to the e-mail distribution list for the next camp. If your e-mail changes, please notify the Camp.
What are the refund procedures?
For summer camps, the $125 deposit is non-refundable for any reason at any time. Cancellations prior to May 1 receive a full refund of the camp fee less the $125 deposit and the ACTIVE Network processing fee. For any cancellations made after May 1, you will receive camp credit toward a future camp (less the $125 deposit and ACTIVE processing fee). If the cancellation is for injury or illness (and doctors note is submitted within 10 days of notification), you will receive refund (less the $125 deposit and ACTIVE processing fee).
There are no refunds for a “no show” or if a camper leaves early due to homesickness.
There are no refunds once a session has started.
Campers who switch from overnight camp to commuter camp after their session has started do not receive a refund or credit for the difference.
Campers who cancel their space due to a medical reason have 10 days from the date of cancellation to submit a physician’s note to the camp as proof. There is NO REFUND after 10 days. These may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For clinics, full refund (less ACTIVE processing fee) is given if cancellation is received more than 2 weeks prior to the start of the clinic. Cancellations made 2 weeks or less prior to the start of the clinic will receive camp credit toward a future camp (less ACTIVE processing fee). No refunds for no shows or leaving early.
What should I do if I find out I cannot attend my camp session?
As a courtesy, please notify the camp immediately if you are unable to attend. We do keep waiting lists, and this can allow someone else to attend camp. Sorry, the camp will no longer issue credit toward the next year’s camp.
If I cannot attend camp, can I try to fill my spot with a friend or teammate?
No. The space belongs to the Camp and cannot be switched out with another person. We do maintain wait lists for those trying to attend, and this is camp procedure. It’s also the fairest method, as switching with someone is similar to cutting in line.
How are refunds processed?
Refunds will be made to the credit card listed on your online account.
Does my swimmer really need to have competitive experience to attend?
The camp provides a fun, but challenging atmosphere. We highly recommend that every camper coming into the Wolfpack Swim Camp has some form of competitive experience prior to attending, but it is not required. However, the instruction offered by the camp is not geared toward beginning swimmers, nor is it learn to swim. Campers get the most from the camp if they have been involved in a competitive swimming program of some kind – summer league, high school, YMCA, USA Swimming, etc. If you have any questions about whether you believe the program is right for your swimmer, please call Mary Holloway, Camp Director, at (919) 703-6305 or e-mail: email@example.com.
Who makes up the staff?
Aside from the NC State coaches, we employ experienced coaches who work the camp start to finish and stay in the dorms. This creates a close bond where the coaches get to know the swimmers well in and out of the pool. These coaches come with high recommendations, and typically coach at the high school, club or collegiate level, or have finished their NCAA eligibility as collegiate swimmers and are looking to get into coaching as a profession. We also employ members of the NC State teams and post-graduate athletes to work with the campers on a daily basis.
How are campers grouped?
For summer camps, campers are grouped based foremost on the track they select (training or technique), then on their age at camp, and their submitted 50-yard freestyle time. While we understand that not everyone is a 50 freestyler, it is the “common ground” that allows us to group swimmers leading into camp. We make changes if warranted, but we must also maintain manageable groups within the camp. New for 2020 – we will have a short practice on Sunday night. During this practice, we will make adjustments to groups.
The camp reserves the right to make all adjustments we deem necessary to ensure campers are placed in the correct group for maximum benefit from the camp. THIS INCLUDES SWITCHING FROM TRAINING TO TECHNIQUE. We will not switch a camper from Technique to Training but if a camper has selected the Training track and cannot perform at the level required in the pool and dryland, we will move them to the Technique track so they can maximize their benefits from camp. The Camp makes no guarantee that friends / siblings will be in the same group nor does it take group requests. Campers should be prepared for this if it should happen.
For clinics, groupings may be similar to that of summer camps or may differ depending upon the type of clinic.
What if my 50-yard freestyle time has changed since I registered for camp?
You may access your online account at any time to update your camper’s 50 freestyle time. The time we have on file one week prior to the first day of camp is the time we use to group the campers. We understand that times improve frequently from the time a camper has registered for camp, and we do our best to have our groups be as evenly matched as possible. But, that depends on the information we have in front of us, some of which may be months old and outdated since registration. Please help us in keeping your campers 50 freestyle time current and up to date.
What are the workouts like?
For summer camps we offer the option to select Training track or Technique track. The majority of our campers will select Technique. The Technique track is the camp we’ve always offered. Campers swim 3.5 – 4 hours every day plus a 30-minute dry land routine daily. The focus each morning is on drills and technique and the afternoon is a workout that will incorporate the stroke changes from the morning focus. Campers of all ages participate in this track. A technique focus can lead to impressive time drops immediately following camp (or even best times during camp!). We’ve had many, many campers write us within weeks of camp to let us know of their quick success.
The Training track we started in Summer 2019 as an option for those campers that needed more yardage and more intensity as part of their daily training. They are older (at least 12 years old) and train at a high level on a regular basis. They swim doubles with their club teams and do a regular dryland routine. The Training group is challenging. They will swim 3 times each day at camp and do a 45 minute intense dryland daily. 1 of the 3 daily pool sessions will be technique-focused and the other 2 will be higher in yardage/intensity.
What is the ratio of campers to coaches?
We generally have about a 7:1 or 8:1 ratio during swim workouts.
Do you do video analysis of the campers strokes?
We offer underwater video analysis as an optional add-on purchase for all campers. You may choose 1 stroke, or all 4 strokes+start, or anything in between.
Those that select this option will be filmed on the first full day of camp and will review the footage with a coach during the course of the camp. This video and associated feedback is emailed to the parent email address on file. Underwater video footage can be extremely helpful to a swimmer so that they may visualize what it is they need to correct. In addition, they may keep going back to the video to review in the future and it can be shared with their home coach.
What equipment do campers need to bring?
TECHNIQUE TRACK: Campers must bring suits, towels, WATER BOTTLE, and goggles for water sessions. Other equipment is not required.
TRAINING TRACK: In addition to the above, campers in the TRAINING track must also bring: kickboard, pull buoy, snorkel, and fins
For dryland sessions, shorts, t-shirt, and sturdy athletic shoes are required. A backpack works well for bringing things to and from the pool. Due to locker space and user groups at the pool, campers may not leave their belongings in a locker during the day.
What if a camper has a pre-existing injury?
Camp is a physically demanding and challenging week, and campers should be in good physical condition prior to arrival. Please notify the Camp of any injuries prior to check-in. In addition, include the information in the Emergency Information and Consent form. It is very important that we know any and all medical conditions a camper may have, or special situations that parents feel we should know about. We can substitute exercises or training sets to an extent to fit the situation as long as we are informed in advance, but in some cases, it is better to focus on recovery and stay home. If a camper cannot participate in the full camp schedule, they should not be at camp. These are handled on a case by case basis and all information is confidential. Please help us to help your camper.
Do you have an Athletic Trainer on staff?
Yes. A licensed athletic trainer is at all pool sessions and living in the dorm.
What about medications?
The camp can help with dispensing OTC medications IF we have the proper form on file. Prescription medications (with the exception of inhalers) MUST be checked in at camp check-in to the Athletic Trainer in a zip-loc bag with medication, dosage directions, dosage amounts and times, and parent contact information. The trainer will arrange times to help administer to the camper. Inhalers should be brought out on deck during all training sessions.
What is the address for Casey Aquatic Center/Carmichael Rec Center?
Yes! Every camper will be assigned to a counselor. In addition to counselors, some of the Wolfpack Swim Camp staff will be housed in the dorms as well.
Where will the overnight campers be staying?
Campers will stay on Central Campus – exact dorm building TBD.
How many campers per room?
NC State University Housing limits us to two campers per room for overnight camps.
Will my child be matched with her roommate preference?
We will do our best to accommodate roommate preferences. Please make sure that both campers list each other as their requested roommate when registering. You can also update this information after registering by accessing your online account.
Will we need to bring linens and toiletries? Anything else?
Yes. All campers will need bed linens for an extra-long twin bed (regular twin bed fitted sheet will not fit). You will also need to send toiletries and two to three towels with your camper. Many campers bring appropriate games, cards, personal music players, snacks, and drinks to make their stay more comfortable. Every room will have a refrigerator and microwave. The camp is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. Please leave expensive and/or sentimental items at home. Camp is not the place for them.
Is there anything campers cannot bring?
Televisions, laptops, and excessive amounts of cash are not allowed. Contraband items that have no place at camp: matches, lighters, knives, firearms, alcoholic beverages, rope, razor blades, tobacco products, illegal drugs, candles, fireworks, incense, etc. If it requires a second thought or question about whether it belongs at camp or not – it doesn’t! Please contact the camp administrator with any questions on this. It’s better to ask, then be sent home for having something you should not have in the first place! We do not hesitate to contact parents, call local authorities, and send campers home for possession of illegal items.
Are cell phones allowed?
Cell phones are permitted at camp. However, we caution sending them with your camper. If a camper becomes homesick, they can hinder more than help in the camp experience. Many campers will also call home first instead of receiving immediate help from a staff member, which lengthens the response time. Cell phones are ONLY to be kept and used in the campers room, and not allowed in the lounge of the dorm, activities, dining hall, or on walks to/from the pool. The Camp reserves the right to confiscate cell phones from campers who do not follow this policy. If you feel a cell phone may be abused while at camp, please do not send one with your camper.
What if I lose my room key during camp?
NC State charges $125 for a lost key and $25 for a lost key card (used to enter dorm building).. This will be billed to the credit card used for payment of camp fees. If a key is lost, it should be reported right away, as making a new key does take time. There are no refunds for lost keys (even if they are found upon arrival at home – the new one has already been made).
What if campers don’t get along as roommates?
Once rooming assignments are made, there is no changing of rooms at any time. This will not be the last time a camper may have a disagreement with another person in their lifetime, and it can be an important learning experience. Roommates that are having disagreements are encouraged to seek out their floor or group counselor before calling home. The counselor will help the campers find a solution to the problem.
What if a camper gets homesick while at camp?
It is completely normal for someone to feel this way especially if it’s their first time away at camp. We have found that the most helpful solution is to STAY BUSY during the down time at the dorm. This situation is where a cell phone is not helpful. Hanging out with friends, signing up for activities, and staying busy helps, but hanging out in the room and doing nothing only intensifies the homesick feeling. We recommend that campers only call home one to two times during the week, as calling home can also intensify the homesick feeling. Counselors can help in this situation, and we encourage the campers, and parents, to make it thru to the end of the week. It is highly recommended that your child have experience being away from home prior to attending camp. There are no refunds for those campers that leave camp early due to homesickness.
How are rooms and bathrooms arranged by gender?
This is dependent upon the dorm building we are in, but in general girls and boys are on separate floors.
What do campers do in between swim sessions?
We will have team activities, video viewing, discussions on nutrition, college, etc and of course some down time. Especially as the week progresses, the campers need recovery breaks and even (gasp!) naps.
What about in the evening?
Evening activities have consisted of talent show, scavenger hunt, Minute to Win It, Spike Ball tournaments, movie night, an Ice Cream Social, etc.
FOR OVERNIGHT CAMPERS
How do I get in touch with my camper?
In emergencies, the camp staff will have a cell phone number to call Mary Holloway, the camp administrator, immediately. This number will also be published in the camp information packet.
Will my child have a telephone or internet access in their room?
Cell phones may only be used in the camper’s room. Laptops are not allowed and should be left at home. For those concerned about data plans, there is free wi-fi available in the dorms (ncsu_guest), though the camper will have to log into it each time they access the internet
What time is check-in for the overnight camps?
Check-in will begin at 3:00pm and will end at 5:00pm.
What airport should my camper fly into for the Wolfpack Swim Camp?
All campers should fly into RDU.
Will someone be able to pick my son/daughter up from the airport?
Yes, one of the Wolfpack Swim Camp staff members will meet your camper at the airport and transport them back to the NC State campus. Be sure to email firstname.lastname@example.org with your itinerary. The cost for this service is $30.
Can I send mail or a care package to my camper?
We have not had good luck in the past with mail or care packages being delivered to the camper, so we do not recommend it.
FOR COMMUTER CAMPERS
Do commuters participate in the activities on the first night?
Yes. Overnighters will check in from 3:00-5:00 pm with our introductions kicking off at 5:00 pm followed by dinner and then swim and group meetings. Commuters should arrive by 5:00 pm and will be done at 9:00 pm. This year the Sunday evening session is not considered optional as we will be doing a short swim workout and finalizing our group placements.
What time do I need to drop my camper off in the morning? When do I get to pick them up?
This will depend on whether your camper is in the Training track or the Technique track. Training track will start at 8:30 am daily and end at 7:30pm (except Thursday). Technique track will start at 9:00am daily and end at 7:15 pm (except Thursday).
How much money should my camper bring to camp?
All meals are included in your cost. We will have a camp store that will be open during check-in and during check-out and also during specific hours during the day. Camp store will include: NC State Swimming apparel, swimsuits, caps, Gatorade, and snacks.
My child has food allergies. How is this handled?
In the dining halls at NC State, they mark items that contain gluten, nuts and tree nuts, fish and shellfish, eggs, dairy and soy. In the dining halls on campus, they have allergy-friendly foods in the Worry-Free refrigerator. Dining will have gluten-free bread, bagels, muffins, and granola for your convenience. You will have access to a toaster dedicated to gluten-free bread only.
Peanut and Other Nut Allergies: Please check the iPad or touch screen before eating at the dining hall. The dining halls have items that contain nuts, so be wary of your choices. You need to be very careful with desserts. They are produced in a kitchen that uses nuts and peanuts.
Dairy Allergy: the dining halls offer soy milk in the worry-free station. Check the iPad or touch screen for menu choices without dairy.
To find more information about allergens check out the nutrition and allergy chart on our website dining.ncsu.edu or check the iPad and allergen board located in each dining hall. Menu items are marked at the point of service using a menu identifier card that displays the allergens in each dish.
NC State has a registered dietician we can work with to get daily menus ahead of time with allergens marked. If you need this information, please email email@example.com so we can coordinate this for you.
Can I pick up my child early during camp (for example, to go to their summer league swim meet)?
Pack Swim Camp is open to any and all entrants limited only by number, age, grade, and/or gender. Owned & operated by Pack Swim Camp, LLC. This camp is a privately owned and operated entity, not affiliated with NC State University. Every employee of Pack Swim Camp will complete Minors on campus training from NC State REG 01.25.18 for the protection of minors and register with the Office of Youth Programs and Compliance