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Resident Camp

July 25-28, 2021     $475 ($375 Commuter)   Grades 7-12

Resident Camp is targeted towards athletes heading into grades 7 through 12 who have an interest in quality training and competition within a safe environment.  We do allow Rising 6th Graders to attend Resident Camp and participate in the 7th-8th Grade Group, but they must attend as Commuters.

The morning session focuses on both technical (skill) and tactical (decision making) training. The afternoon session consists of a ladder tournament which combines technical development with strong competition. In the evening, league games are played which allow the material learned earlier in the day to be applied on a larger scale.

The camp is divided into three age groups for training/competition based on Rising Grades and/or Club Age Group.  With the changes to club soccer age groups to Jan. 1st, be sure your son signs up for the correct camp section so he is with his friends.  As a result, you might choose differently if your son is coming with some club teammates rather than some school teammates.


Coach McCarty,

I want to sincerely thank you for a wonderful soccer camp last week. My son once again had a wonderful week. He has been coming to your day camp for many years and this was his first year for the sleep-over soccer camp. He called me every night raving about the day. I have sent him to other camps (both other sports and other schools, locations), and Messiah is truly a highlight.

Not only do the boys receive top notch training, but I also feel like I always receive clear directions and complete information about what to bring, what the kids are doing and this year, how to check out! I sincerely appreciated everything you had to say at the closing ceremony on Thursday and am so happy that we have this opportunity for him to train at Messiah.

You run a great camp,
Tara, (Parent)


Training Groups (Grades Based on next Fall):
Group 1:  Grades 7-8 (U13/U14/U15)  (6th Graders as Commuters Only)
Group 2:  Grade 9 (U15/U16)
Group 3:  Grades 10-12 (U16/U17/U18/U19).

Within the groups listed above, players will be assigned a team and a coach for the week. The majority of our staff members are either current players or former players of the Messiah program. Our coach-to-player ratio is better than 1:9, and all staff must be committed to high moral and ethical standards.

Commuter Option: We offer the ability to commute from home and receive a $100 discount. The day runs from 9:00am until 8:40pm and includes lunch and dinner. If interested, you will have the option of choosing a Commuter Discount in the Registration Process.  The Commuter Option is a requirement for anyone entering 6th Grade who wants to attend Res Camp.

Goalkeeper Training: We offer an excellent goalkeeper training section as part of our Resident Camp. This is an important part of our camp as we typically have 30-40 goalkeepers sign up each year. They train exclusively as goalkeepers for the entire morning session each day and then are assigned a team for the afternoon and evening sessions.  Be sure to choose to your son's appropriate grade and "Goalkeepers" when you choose your camp at the start of the Camp Registration.

General Information

Sunday Check-In:
Check-In will be held in the Lobby of the Jordan Science Center from 11:30-1:00 p.m. Sunday. The Jordan Science Center is located adjacent to the dorm complex and shares the same parking lot as the dorms.

Sunday Schedule:
11:30-01:00pm Check-In
01:45-02:15pm Orientation / Teams on Shoemaker Field
02:30-04:30pm Training Session
04:45-05:15pm Dinner
06:45-08:30pm League Play
08:40-08:45pm Commuters Picked up
08:45-09:00pm Meeting on Shoemaker
09:45-10:15pm Pizza
10:30-10:45pm Dorm Meeting
11:00-11:00pm Lights Out

Monday and Tuesday Daily Schedule
07:00-08:00am Breakfast
09:00-11:25am Shoemaker Stadium / Morning Session
11:45-12:30am Lunch
12:30-02:00pm Rest Time in Dorm (Must be in the dorm)
02:30-04:15pm Afternoon Session
04:45-05:15pm Dinner
06:30-08:30pm Evening Session (9 v 9 League Games)
08:30-08:40pm Commuters Picked Up at Softball Field
08:45-09:30pm Film in Hostetter Chapel
09:45-10:15pm Pizza Available for Purchase
10:30-10:45pm Must be on own floor
10:45-11:00pm In Own Room/Room Checks by Coaches
11:00-11:00pm Lights Out and Quiet

Wednesday/Check Out/Closing:
Parents are able to pick up their child's belongings during check out (5:15-6:30 p.m.) or after Closing Ceremonies. We also encourage parents to come and watch the league playoffs starting at 6:45 p.m. as well as the closing ceremonies at 8:00 p.m held on Shoemaker Field. There will be a staff member at the main Tent directing you to the correct fields Wednesday evening.
06:45-07:15 Semi Finals
07:30-08:00 Championships/Consolation
08:00-08:30 Closing Ceremonies on Shoemaker Field

What to Bring:
• Bring a water bottle to take to field sessions. We provide water, but not cups.
• Footwear: Molded cleats, (Must have sneakers/indoor soccer shoes/turf soccer shoes to wear on Field Hockey Turf.
• Sunscreen
• Bring enough shorts, shirts, and socks for the week.
• Do not bring a soccer ball; we use our own.
• Each dorm resident will be provided with a towel, sheets, pillow, and a blanket.
• An extra blanket is helpful for those rooms that get cool at night.
• A backpack or small athletic bag to carry items between field sessions and the dorm, dining room, etc.

• Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is provided in Lottie Nelson Dining Hall where campers have access to the all-you-can-eat cafeteria. This includes a full salad bar, sandwich station, three main entree lines, chicken finger line, full service drink bar, deserts, and ice cream.
• The first meal provided will be dinner Sunday evening and the last meal provided will be dinner Wednesday evening. Campers will not be served lunch on Sunday afternoon, but they will be able to purchase pizza, Gatorade, and other snacks after the evening session.

Food Allergies
• Lottie Nelson Dining Hall offers a variety of menu items daily that exclude the eight most common food allergens. These include Fish, Shellfish, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Wheat, Soy, Milk and Eggs.  Nutrition and allergen information is available 24/7 on line for the menu items and offerings served in the restaurants at Messiah College. The information is inclusive of nutritional data, ingredient data, and dietary allergens information. The Net Nutrition software program also allows for guests of the college to filter (exclude) allergens and or dietary menu preferences from the list of menu offerings. The menus are available on NetNutrition two weeks in advance:

For campers with medically diagnosed allergens or restrictions that will require the professional support of the Nutritionist and Executive Chef the following form must be completed 30 days prior to camp:  Special Dietary Accommodations may incur a 10% surcharge to the cost of your dining plan. 

More information can be found here:   Dining with Allergens and or Dietary Restrictions at Messiah College

If you have housing questions be sure to take a look at our FAQ page for some answers.

Athletic Training:
There will be two Certified Athletic Trainers present at all times at the camp. The trainer will be available to meet with you Sunday afternoon at Registration if you have any questions or preexisting injuries.

• Commuters are to be dropped off before 9:00 a.m. each morning for the Camp Opening held at Shoemaker Field Stadium. They should be picked up at the large Tent next to the Softball Field at 8:45 p.m. each evening.
• During free time commuters are able to hang out in the basement lounge of Mountain View or in a dorm room of one of their friends or teammates.

Team Training:
Our Resident Camp is not designed as team camp. We typically do not have groups, club teams or high school teams train together at camp. However, we do try and place campers on a camp team with someone from their school, club, or hometown.

Refund Policy:
Our Refund Policy is stated on our FAQ Page.

Please check your email regularly as this is our primary way to communicate. Any additional information that we need to convey as the camp draws closer will be passed on to you via the e-mail address that you supplied when you registered for camp.

Our website vendor has now added a $3 service fee for every transaction which accounts for the following:
        --$3 to pay in full, $6 to pay a deposit and remaining balance, and $9 to pay three installments. 
        --If you sign up multiple campers at the same time you only pay the one $3 service fee per transaction.

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