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D. Camp Preparing for Camp

D. camp

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Iowa Soccer's D. Camp is a wildly popular overnight experience for players in the eligible birth years.  It's a residential, soccer-filled experience held on the campus of Grinnell College.  D. Camp is intensive with technical, tactical, and physiological sessions, but also so much fun.  Every year the 180 boys and 180 girls spots fill within minutes of registration opening.  Maybe it's the 9v9 World Cup?  Maybe the 4v4 competition?  Or...the dining hall food...?!

Things to know and to get ready for:

Daily D. Camp Schedule
Directions, Campus Map
  • When you arrive on campus, you'll be checking in at one of the four dorms (Rathje, Rose, Kershaw, Lazier) on what is known as "East Campus".  The dorm in the middle of them is Rose Hall.  Plug in the address for Rose Hall if you need directions:
    • 1401 East St, Grinnell, IA 50112
  • Grinnell College Campus Map
First and Last Days at Camp: Arrival and Departure
  • Arrival
    • Arrive starting at 5:45pm and no later than 6:15pm on the opening day of D. Camp
    • Parents/campers will report to their assigned dorm on "East Campus" to get checked into their room.
      • Your dorm information will be communicated to you prior to camp via "Final Details" email. 
    • Campers must get their things into their rooms and then be at the opening meeting at the Harris Center by 7pm, dressed and ready to play soccer, wearing flip flops or other shoes -- but NOT your cleats!
      • Put your cleats in your gear bag -- no cleats in the buildings! 
  • Departure
    • Your child is expected to stay through the entire final day of camp.  Campers will not be given permission to leave early.
    • Parents may arrive no earlier than 2:00 to watch the final World Cup 9v9 matches.
    • D. Camp concludes at approximately 3:00, which is about when your child's last match should be ending.
    • After the soccer is over, you will walk back with your camper to his/her dorm to grab their things.
Hydration & Meals
  • Ice and water are readily available on all the training fields and indoor surfaces at all times.  Campers will be instructed to use these for hydration.
  • Each camper will be given a 28 ounce waterbottle at check-in.  They will use a marker to identify it as theirs.
    • Unless your camper needs a different container for water you won't need to pack one.
  • Campers are allowed to bring sports/hydration drinks if they choose, so keep that in mind when determining the need to pack a container for hydration.
  • Meals are served
    • Day Two - breakfast, lunch, dinner
    • Day Three - breakfast, lunch, dinner
    • Day Four - breakfast, lunch
Checklist of What to Bring to Camp, Expectations of Behavior
Discuss with Your Child: Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Discuss with your child that we have a certified athletic trainer at camp who can handle a wide range of injuries or illness. But, they cannot read minds!
  • We tell the campers at orientation to seek out the trainer if they have any nagging injuries, developing blisters, tummy ache, need to ice something, etc....but a little encouragement from you reminding them to go to the trainer if they need to is helpful.
​Discuss with Your Child: Navigating the Dining Hall
  • Grinnell's dining hall is modern and is set up with different "food stations" rather than an old school single file service line.  Each food station will have a posted menu for the meal.
    • The diner must look at the posted menu sheet and each station attendant can provide information or contact the supervisor to answer any specific questions.
  • Grinnell labels any food prepared with peanuts or tree nuts with an orange marker.  Instruct your child to be aware of this and if they are not sure, to ask a dining hall employee about the food BEFORE eating it.
  • Grinnell's food labeling system does not include a specific sign that alerts customers foods contain dairy, etc... so campers must look at the posted menu at each station.
  • On the menu sign above each venue foods may contain a “GF”, “V”, “H”, or “OL”.   These labels mean (in respective order) Gluten Free, Vegan, Halal, Ovo Lacto.
    • OL = Ovo Lacto: the food has some form of dairy in the food but no meat.
    • GF = Gluten Free: the food item does not contain wheat, barley, or rye products.
    • V = Vegan: the food does not contain any animal products whatsoever - no  dairy, any type of meat, or honey.
      • For those with OL restriction, they CAN eat anything labeled V.
    • H = Halal: the meats served with this label have been processed properly so that those of Islamic faith can eat the foods.
Doublecheck Completion & Accuracy of Required Forms
  • When you set up your D. Camp account in the UltraCamp system, there were a series of forms you were able to skip and come back to and complete later (medical history, insurance, etc...).
    • Make sure you log in to confirm all forms are complete NO LATER THAN ONE WEEK before camp begins.
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