Programs & Services: Camps

McMaster Performance Academy

*Previously known as The Competitive Edge

A next-level athletic performance and leadership camp, McMaster Performance Academy is a tremendous opportunity and experience for any young athlete looking to take their enjoyment and sport performance to the next level. McMaster Performance Academy is quite literally a 'game changer' of a camp that packs in fun, education, team and leadership development into one high-energy week at a time. 

The camp is designed to promote the foundations of strength and conditioning and features themed challenges including Amazing Race, Survivor Challenge, X-treme Obstacle Course and Family Feud, and shares cutting-edge lessons in strength, conditioning, nutrition, team and leadership development…and all while promoting FUN as the catalyst for athletic development! All campers receive a post-camp evaluation including recommendations for future development. Athletes will acquire a variety of skills and leave camp with an understanding of what it means to train successfully.

Get ready to sweat!

Athletes at McMaster Performance Academy have a ton of fun, but there's no doubt they work hard and get sweaty all week long. Athletes registering for McMaster Performance Academy should have a diverse sport background and a desire to learn the FUNdamentals of training to take their sport performance to the next level.

A Note on Friend Pairing Requests

We'll work to meet your friend requests whenever possible, but the very intentional nature of McMaster Performance Academy, centred around teamwork and leadership development, is built around four evenly matched teams of campers. These teams are comprised of teammates of complementary abilities to take on the camp's challenges. All this means that friend pairing requests often lose out to the overall camp design. So don't be surprised if you are not paired with your requested friend, but don't worry: As a camp that inspires, requires and teaches teamwork, you'll make friends quickly enough. And that skill, making friends, being a great teammate? It's just another part of McMaster Performance Academy.

Registration Opens February 2022

For more information: 905-525-9140 x24464

McMaster Performance Academy

Activities include: Children & Youth Programs

Session 1 - Juniors: July 8-12, 2022

  • $450
  • Age: 10-12 as of Dec-31 of the current camp year
  • Registration Required

Session 2 - Seniors: July 15-19, 2022

  • $450 +HST
  • Age: 13-15 as of Dec-31 of the current camp year
  • Registration Required

Session 3 - Juniors: July 22-26, 2022

  • $450
  • Age: 10-12 as of Dec-31 of the current camp year
  • Registration Required

Training & Recovery at The Competitive Edge

Training at The Performance Academy resembles that of high performance athletes, tailored to the age and development of each athlete. Training includes: 

  • Dynamic Warm-ups / Pro-active Cool Downs
  • Building Blocks of Sport Nutrition
  • Relative Strength Training (Body Weight Strength Training)
  • Torso Stability and Endurance
  • Movement Skills (Lateral and Jumping Mechanics)
  • Speed Mechanics (Acceleration and Deceleration)
  • ABC's (Agility, Balance and Coordination)
  • Energy System Development
  • Teamwork Essentials
  • Leadership Development
  • Debriefing (Evaluation of performance from various activities)
  • Recovery principles and in-pool sessions

Swimming at The Performance Academy

Recovery is a key component of any athletes training program, and in-pool time presents a great opportunity to apply the principles of hydrotherapy and recovery. The Performance Academy schedule includes swimming with a focus on recovery, and, of course, having fun.

  • Junior Sessions (ages 10-12) include daily recreational swims in our Olympic Pool
  • Senior Session (ages 13-15) includes one swim session for the week, focused on training and recovery principles

Additional Camp Services

Options available during registration include:

  • Extended Care from 7:30am-5:30pm each day
  • Busing from Ancaster, Burlington, Carlisle, Dundas,Hamilton Mountain, Oakville, Stoney Creek and Waterdown
  • Lunch served daily, delicious and nutritious!

Preparing for Camp

Camp Guide & Links

Daily Camp Schedule

The tentative schedule offered below outlines a typical day at camp:

7:30am Extended Care (must pre-register)
 Athlete Arrival & Team Warm-ups
9:00-10:30am Group Session 1
11:00-12:00am Group Session 2
12:00-12:30pm Lunch
12:30-12:45pm Group Education Session
12:45pm-2:00pm Group Session 3
2:00-3:00pm Group Session 4
3:00pm-4:00pm Pool
4:15pm Athlete Dismissal
4:30-5:30pm Extended Care (must pre-register)

Camp Checklist

  • Water Bottle
  • Bagged Lunch (No Refrigeration Available)
  • Running Shoes and Socks
  • Gym Shorts and T-Shirt (Extra Shirts Recommended)
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen

A note on electronics: One of the goals of camp is to provide campers with unique experiences at McMaster. Electronic devices - games, phones, music players, etc. - while great for individual entertainment, do not readily encourage socialization at camp and often present challenges, especially when they go missing. We ask that all electronics be left at home for the duration of camp, and promise to provide an awesome experience to keep campers engaged throughout their session!

First Day Check-In

Athletes are to meet in the East Auxiliary Gym in the Ivor Wynne Centre. Your athlete will be assigned to a counsellor group, where they are to meet every morning for attendance and to prepare for the day.

Sample Weekly Outline:

Monday: Dynamic Warm-ups, Scavenger Hunt, Team Building Game, Nutrition Education

Tuesday: Speed Mechanics, ESD (Energy System Development), Climbing Wall, Long Term Athlete Development

Wednesday: Movement Skills, Relative Strength Training, Flexibility Training, Obstacle Course, Minute to Win It

Thursday: Amazing Race, ABC’s, High/Low Ropes, Applying Sport Nutrition

Friday: Torso Endurance, ESD Games, Cooldowns, Survivor Final Challenge