Gator Camp

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At San Francisco State University, we are all about moving the world forward. While summer may be a time to take a break from school, it doesn't have to be a break from learning. We are proud to continue to offer two summer camps to create a full day experience for children. We invite you to explore our morning Gator Start program and our afternoon Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp to make summer fun (and educational) for your child. Registration remain available throughout the duration of the summer camps or until full.


Gator Youth Sports Camp 2018

June 18 - July 27, 2018
1:00pm - 5:00pm

Camp Description:
Dr. David Walsh, Professor in the Department of Kinesiology hosts the San Francisco State University Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp, a program with a 30 year history. Boys and girls (ages 7-14) are grouped by age and offered a variety of developmentally appropriate sports and physical activities. The program aims to enhance self-esteem and confidence through physical activity and sports instruction, in addition to promoting fitness and motor skill development.

Daily Activities:
Station 1: Team Sport - Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball
Station 2: Tennis
Station 3: Swimming
Station 4: Martial Arts
Each group will be rotating through each station every hour, every day.

Ages: 7-14
Cost: $850 for all 6 weeks (valid until 6/18) or $180 per week

Registration opens February 1, 2018

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(Select "Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp" in the bottom right corner)

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Gator Camp 2017

Gator Start 2018

June 18 - July 27, 2018
8:00am - 12:00pm

Camp Description:
Gator Start (our morning camp) will focus on teaching children life skills and how to become balanced, well-rounded healthy individuals. Through a variety of engaging games and activities, our campers will learn to develop critical skills that can help them throughout their lives. Our curriculum is designed around science, art and movement to engage campers to explore and enjoy the world around them.  We want everyone to have fun while participating in activities that encourage academic skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving and effective communication, in addition to learning movement skills, such as gymnastics, fitness and nutrition. This program will be a fantastic way to have fun in a positive environment and make new friends, develop self-confidence, perseverance and leadership skills, and strengthen the body and mind. Gator start is led by Dr. Kent Lorenz, a faculty member for the Department of Kinesiology with a well-rounded background as an educator, sport coach, and healthcare professional. 

Potential topics and activities:
Robots, rockets, outer space, dinosaurs, nature
Art: Drawing, stories, music, painting, sculpture, model building, puzzles
Movement: Gymnastics (floor), fitness and exercise, nutrition, games

Ages: 7-14
Cost: $650 for all 6 weeks 
(valid until 6/18) or $130 per week

Registration opens February 1, 2018

(Select "Gator Start" in the bottom right corner)

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Gator Camp 2017

Gator Strong 2018

June 18 - July 27, 2018
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Dr. Kent Lorenz is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), as well as a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, and has been coaching and training for over 15 years.  He has been teaching strength and conditioning, physical education, and physical fitness for more than 13 years at three different Universities, and is the Instructional Director of the Strength and Conditioning Lab at San Francisco State University and Director of the Gator Start and Gator Strong summer camps.

Camp Description:
Our motto at Gator Strong is: Building better athletes, one person at a time. Gator Strong is a program for all athletes of any skill level between 13 and 18, and will focus on enhancing physical fitness, teaching exercise and nutrition concepts, and developing leadership and teamwork skills. Using strength and conditioning as our core activity, young athletes will be able to learn and refine fundamental movements that can transfer into improved sport performance. Alongside the physical development, we will introduce basic concepts regarding healthy foods, hydration, injury prevention, mobility training, sleep hygiene, and psychological principles of performance. To complement the physical and mental training, athletes will be given opportunities to develop their leadership and cooperation through team-based problem solving and competitive activities.

If you are looking to maximize your athletic potential and get you ready for the next season, or the next level, we can make you Gator Strong!

Potential topics and activities:

Strength training: Squat, deadlift, pushups, pull ups, introduction to Olympic lifting
Conditioning: Aerobic endurance, sprint conditioning, speed and agility training
Lifestyle topics: Food to fuel performance, hydration, sleep quality, leadership, character

Ages: Boys and Girls 13-18
Cost: $850 (must commit to all 6 weeks for progression and safety reasons)

Registration opens February 1, 2018

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(Select "Gator Strong" in the bottom right corner)


Additional Information and Contact

  • Drop Off / Pick Up Location: The drop-off and pick-up point for all programs is at Cox Stadium bleachers (please refer to the campus map). You must enter the university off Lake Merced Boulevard driving northbound. From Lake Merced Boulevard, turn onto North State Dr. (not State Dr.) and proceed to the fork in the road. Turn left which will be a narrow road that will circle around Cox Stadium. The drop-off and pick-up point is exactly between Cox Stadium and the Gymnasium. The bleachers are directly to your right. View campus map here. 
  • Drop Off / Pick Up Time:
    Gator Start Camp
    Drop Off: Please drop off your child between 7:45am to 7:55am at Cox Stadium (refer to the campus map).
    Pick Up:  If you are only participating in Gator Start, you may pick up your child any time between 12:00pm to 12:45pm (during supervised lunch hour) at Cox Stadium.
    Gator Youth Sports Camp
    Drop Off: Please drop your child off between 12:45pm & 12:55pm at Cox Stadium (refer to the campus map).
    Pick Up: Please pick up your child between 5:00pm to 5:10pm. You will be charged $3 for every minute late beyond 5:10pm.
    Gator Strong Camp
    Drop Off: Please drop your child off between 1:45pm & 1:55pm at Cox Stadium (refer to the campus map).
    Pick Up: Please pick up your child between 4:00pm to 4:10pm at Cox Stadium.
  • Lunch: Supervised lunch is between 12pm - 1pm. If your child is participating in both Gator Start and Gator Sports camps, please pack a lunch and snacks for your child. Please refrain from packing nuts for your child due to severe nut allergies of other children. We do not recommend your child to purchase lunch on campus as we do not want your child separated from the Gator Camp group.
  • Refund: There will be a 10% refund fee per transaction
  • SFSU tax ID#: 93-1137247

SF State Department of Kinesiology
Gymnasium 101
Phone: (415) 338-2244
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Mon - Fri  

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