Sunday, June 10 - Saturday, June 16, 2018
at Camp Hiawatha
Closing games Saturday morning at Hodgins-Berardo Ice Arena in Coleraine, MN
Hockey Camp at Camp Hiawatha was was developed over 35 years ago to offer youth hockey players the opportunity to hone their skills while having a Christ-centered Bible camp experience. Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry believes in showing youth that God is a part of everything they do – be it hockey, swimming, canoeing or hanging out with friends. Learn more by checking out these Hockey Camp FAQs.
Hockey Camp Highlights:
- Daily ice time and training
- Excellent Coaching Staff
- Daily campfire, all-camp game, worship, small group team building, and interactive Bible studies
- Great meals for hungry athletes
- Outstanding Counselors
* Participants need to provide their own hockey gear.
Q: What is different about Camp Hiawatha compared to other summer hockey schools?
A:The core focus is on God, it is a bible camp where you also get to play some hockey- in that order. The camp is set on Beautiful Deer lake and the it one of the most beautiful campus settings in the state.
Q: What kind of hockey player would benefit most from this camp
A: Because the week is not singularly focused on hockey, this camp is great for a player that enjoys the game, wants to improve his/her skills, but doesn’t want to necessarily spend 8 hours a day in the summer on the ice. And yes, for players that want to become closer to God. B and C level players are most common, but open to players of all abilities. Approximately 2-2.5 hours of ice time a day, so plenty of time left for fun back at camp!
Q: Is the camp for both boys and girls?
A: Yes, this is one of the best parts. Both boys and girls work and compete together on the ice simultaneously. Camp is usually split into an upper and lower age session to match up age and skill. No body checking allowed.
Q: What is the format of the hockey school?
A: Hosted at the legendary Coleraine Ice Arena, there are 5 days of clinic sessions, followed by a “championship” exhibition game on Saturday . Each clinic session is approximately 2.5 hours and each day there is a “theme” where we focus on a specific hockey skill (edgework, agility, stickhandling, shooting, passing). Players are given confidential skill evaluations at the beginning and end of camp. Each day will end with a scrimmage session or competitive game. We make sure to incorporate plenty of fun along with the skill development. 3v3 games, skill competitions, tug of wars, and even obstacle courses are part of the week.
Q:Who are the coaches?
A: The roots of the hockey week at Camp Hiawatha were established by Donnie Roberts, the former head coach of the Gustavus Adolphus Men’s Varsity hockey team. For the past 36 years, Gustie alumni hockey players have been coming up to run the camp. These alumni as also active coaches in their local youth associations. Also, several former campers and current varsity level high school and college players come back to camp each summer to assist on the ice. The level of coaching given to each camper is considered on par with AA level youth level.