Why Choose Hoop Dreams?
Hoop Dreams is a perfect blend of premier basketball training and a traditional overnight camp experience
We make summer camp easy for your campers... and you.
The structure of our program is what separates us from traditional overnight camps. Each weeklong session is specially crafted for athletes who have busy summer schedules, but we ensure that campers staying longer get a unique experience each week. The weeklong session also makes our camp an affordable and safe option for parents of new campers who are unsure about committing to a longer overnight experience.
Our brand new cabins are equipped with climate controlling air-conditioners, ample storage space, in-cabin showers and toilets, as well as hot and cold running taps with drinkable water.
Our cabins comfortably house 12-14 campers, who are grouped age appropriately. We try to ensure that all campers bunking together are within one grade level of each other. As well, coaches stay in the cabins with the campers to maintain the highest measures of safety possible.
Awesome Dining Hall, and Family Style Meals
To make sure our campers are fuelled and ready for their busy days we employ a catering company to take care of all our food related needs. With the help of our kitchen, they provide a diverse menu of highly nutritious fresh food, served in an all-you-can-eat, cozy family style setting to ensure your child gets as much nourishment as they need.
At Elite Camps we are incredibly concerned with the health and safety of our campers, and our Dining Hall is no exception. We are happy to discuss, and accommodate, alternative menu options with parents of children who have dietary restrictions and allergies.
As the Elite Outdoor Leadership Centre and all other Elite Camps locations are entirely nut-free, our Tuck Shop and Kitchen does not stock any nut products.
We Have The Best Staff
All of our staff are specially selected, caring individuals, who work together to uphold Elite Camps values and provide an amazing, safe camp environment. To ensure this, staff undergo a rigorous training process at the onset of each summer, where they are taught, among many other things, the best ways to educate and assist your child.
Focus on Health and Safety
Camper health and safety is our #1 concern. To find out more, head to the Health and Safety section.
We Take Care of All The Equipment!
Our state-of-the-art facilities are stocked with all the equipment necessary to run a diverse array of basketball specific programming and traditional overnight camp programming.
Staying in Touch
Our instant e-mail letter system makes it easy to stay in touch with your child while they have the experience of a lifetime. With this system our campers are able to hand-write letters, which we then scan, and send directly to you. To reply, all you have to do is send an e-mail back to our administrative team and we’ll print it off and hand-deliver it to your child.
As well, we post photos up to three times daily on our Facebook page so you can check in and see all the fun activities your camper is taking part in.
REFERRALS AND TESTIMONIALS
Our Parents Said
Hoop Dreams has hosted one of our children for 6 (!) consecutive years and now another one of our children for the first time this year. We thought we should take a few minutes to thank you for creating such an outstanding camp.
Our children have done other sleepover camps and Hoop Dreams is the one they like BEST, for so many reasons… Campers have lots of fun, and importantly, they are in a safe environment—both physically and psychologically. Hoop Dreams offers a unique opportunity to participate daily in a combination of activities including outdoor basketball and fitness training, water sports, traditional camp activities and relaxing in their cabins.
Hoop Dreams coaches are FANTASTIC! They are talented athletes, they are fun, and they are excellent role models. My kids say the other Hoop Dreams campers are great too, “they are fun to stay with in a cabin,” and “it’s easy to make friends.”
The fact that our children wanted to extend their stay and want to come back next year says it all. Thank you for this outstanding camp!
Andrea & Jon Wojnicki
We signed our son up for one week of Hoop Dreams overnight camp. He ended up staying 3 consecutive weeks and got off the bus in tears because he had to wait another full year to go back. There isn’t more you need to say about how fantastic the camp is than that.
In our home Hoop Dreams is synonymous with summer, you simply cannot have one without the other. Hoop Dreams delivers an opportunity for individual off-season training and development with Coaching from some of Canada's top University and College basketball players. Under the leadership of Stephanie & Dave, and their Coaches, our daughter's skills have been refined in an environment that encourages putting in the hard work to achieve results - at the individual and team level. In addition to honing technical skills in a competitive setting, the Coaches and Campers at Hoop Dreams have become our daughter's extended family with whom she has been spending her summers for the last five years. Simply put, Hoop Dreams is our daughter's happy place.
My granddaughter Julia has spent a week at Hoop Dreams overnight camp for the past two summers, 2017 and 2018. All I can say is that Julia loves Hoop Dreams overnight camp. She came home both summers raving about her experience. According to Julia, the food is ‘awesome,’ the coaches are ‘amazing,” and the programs and activities are ‘so much fun.’ When she arrived home from Hoop Dreams overnight camp this past August, her first request was to go back in the summer of 2019. Her dad and I told her that she could return again next summer. Hoop Dreams is the best experience for basketball-loving kids
Our son Noah has been with Elite Camps since 2014 attending weekly lessons, March Break camps, PD day camps, D-League and Summer camps. Pretty much any Basketball program they offered. Since Noah was attending overnight camp at Camp Walden, Noah decided he wanted to try Elite Hoop Dreams Camp in the Summer of 2017. We signed him up for a week, which then turned into 2 and was devastated when there was no space left for the last and Final Session. In 2018 when Elite moved from Walden to Wahanowin and extended the program from 3 weeks to 5 weeks. It was pretty clear that the only place Noah would be attending overnight Camp would be at Hoop Dreams. As a long time Waldener, I was hesitant to sign him up for entire 5 week session so we decided to sign him up 1 week at a time. Once again, a one week overnight stay turned into a 4 week extension. There is really no other place Noah would want to spend his Overnight Camp experience than Hoop Dreams. He is looking forward to Summer of 2019 at Hoop Dreams.
Thank you Elite Camps for creating such a memorable place for Noah.
Claire and Mark Benatar
Elite Camps rock!
Stephanie and staff keep our children safe and sound while giving them room to explore and have a great time. The basketball training staff is superb and our son looks forward to attending camp every year. I believe he will go back as a Jr counsellor in the 2019 season. When our son wanted to attend an over night basketball camp we looked around at our options. I spoke with a few different camp directors and got the usual sales pitch about how
great their camp was. When I spoke with Stephanie Rudnick at Elite camps she basically said here are a few number for parents who have children at our camp please give them a call. Our son has been a regular at the Elite over night camp now three years running. This year our boy decided he would pack for his week at camp on his own. When Stephanie noticed him walking to have a swim with his b-ball sneakers on she asked him where are your flip flops?
“At home” he replied, with my socks and underwear. Later that day Stephanie presented our boy with store fresh socks, underwear and flip flops. She really went out of her way to make
sure he was attended to. This speaks to the entire Elite Camps motto, attention to detail.
Hey Elite Camps Team
A big thank you for what was an outstanding Hoop Dreams week for Connor. He is back with renewed confidence and friendships that will carry forward into the school year ahead. He had such a good time.
Also thank you for the bday cake 🎂. He (and I) are very grateful. Those small details mean so much. How you do it amazes me!
Wishing you a successful last week up north. I hope to see you soon!
My daughter looks forward to her time at Hoop Dreams every year. Building confidence within team environments both on and off the court, is a huge benefit of overnight camp. The skill development is excellent and the coaches are terrific with the kids. It is a perfect balance of basketball and team building skills, all of which translate to her being a better teammate once her season starts in the fall.
My daughter will be returning to Hoop Dreams for her third summer. Having been to several overnight camps, by far she is most happy at Hoop Dreams. Her basketball skills have improved, and importantly, she has fun. The coaches are exceptional - enthusiastic, caring, great role models. Sophie feels a strong camaraderie with her fellow basketball loving campers and can't wait to return!