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07/22/24 - 07/24/24

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Session #7: July 22-24 (Elementary Camp)

Location: Lund Center, Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 West College Avenue St. Peter, MN 56082
Registration Ends: 07/22/2024
Boys & Girls Grades K-5th


Our Coaches

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Camp Co-Director

Head Men’s Coach

Camp Co-Director
Head Women’s Coach
Camp Assistant Director
Assistant Men’s Coach
Camp Assistant Director
Assistant Women’s Coach

About Us

We are looking forward to camps again this summer! It is our intention to continue to provide the best instruction and enjoyment of our overnight camp experience.

The “Gustie” Basketball and Leadership Camp is a special camp for special people. It is designed to help each player, from the highly skilled, to those who are just beginning. With the aid of an experienced staff, the camp program has been carefully designed to develop individual skills, stimulate personal goals and give each participant a unique and meaningful experience.

The ultimate aim of the camp is to develop a well-rounded basketball player emphasizing discipline, floor presence and team concepts. Each player will receive individual attention designed to help correct and improve areas of weakness or inexperience. Everyone gets equal time in five-on-five and half-court games. Fundamentals are taught daily and reinforced in league play.

Time is also set aside to discuss leadership, motivation and positive living. Contests, speakers, and free shooting round out the daily schedule.

Our History

The “Gustie” Basketball and Leadership Camp began operation in 1982 under the direction of Bob Erdman. That first summer camp had 28 campers. Now, many years later, it has grown to be the most popular and well attended camp in Minnesota.

Mark Hanson, former head men’s basketball coach, added to the legacy of GBLC as he was camp director from 2008-2023.  He continued to encourage the value of leadership in the lives and play of players of all levels.

Beginning in the fall of 2023 Laurie Kelly, Gustavus head women’s basketball coach since 2012-13, and Justin DeGrood, Gustavus head men’s basketball coach since 2022-23 and lead assistant for 9 seasons prior, assume the role as Co-Camp Directors. Both have had a pivotal roles for the last 12+ years in Gustie Basketball & Leadership Camp as coaches and assistant directors.

The popularity of the camp is derived from several factors. Our coaches are excellent teachers of the game and care about kids. They expect a lot from campers and campers appreciate the push and encouragement the coaches give them.

We have a balanced program that gives intense basketball time, quality leadership presentations, and time to use the outstanding facilities at Gustavus and enjoy new and old friends at camp.

Start of Camp Registration

This takes place in Lund Center on the first day of camp. Look for signs on campus that will direct you to Lund Center.

 – Resident camper registration runs 4:30-5:30pm

 – Day campers may register between 5:15 and 5:45pm.

 – Everyone is to be on the floor at 6:00 pm.

During the registration process you will receive your team assignments, T-shirt, and dorm key. You will then be directed to the dorm to settle in. Campers should not bring their luggage into Lund Center. You will move into the dorm after registering in Lund Center.

**There will not be a meal on the first night of camp. We do offer ordered pizza at the end of the evening session, though. **


End of Camp Pick up

All sessions will conclude with a short ceremony beginning at 11:30am. Parents are welcome to observe camp prior to the ceremony. The morning of the last day is filled with 5v5 and 3v3 competitions. The camp store will be open before and after the ceremony.


Rooming Assignments

Resident campers can room with whomever they wish as long as they choose each other. We can have up to three people in a room. All rooms are the same size, but we have a limited number of three-person rooms. You are be able to sign up for roommates via our Roommate Manager through the Registration Login link. All roommates must be registered in order to complete the roommate selection process.

*** The college charges $75 per lost key. Each resident camper will be given a room key and is responsible for the return of that key. Lost keys are the responsibility of the camper. Lanyards help in not losing keys. We have them for sale for $1 or you can bring your own.***


What to Bring

 – Basketball playing clothes – you may want more than one “outfit” per day

 – Water bottle

 – Everyday clothes

 – Towels

 – A fan or portable air conditioner is a great idea

 – Swimsuit

 – Personal items

 – Spending money (evening pizza, drinks/snacks in gym, Gustavus Bookmark, vending machines)

 – Electronics can be brought

 – Coolers or dorm-sized refrigerators are allowed

Gustavus provides sheets, blankets, and pillows.


Absence from camp

It is expected that campers will be at all camp activities and sessions. If there are emergencies, we will do whatever we can to facilitate departure from camp. Absences for non-emergency reasons must be arranged in advance with written parental permission for each camper absent. It is critical that we be aware of all absences, including departure and return times.



All cancellations, for any reason, will be assessed a minimum $100 processing fee. If the cancellation is made within two weeks of camp, except for injury, there is no refund. A camper departing camp early due to an injury will receive a prorated refund minus the $100 fee. No refunds are given for no-shows, homesickness, or campers sent home for disciplinary reasons.


Camper Contact

If parents need to contact a camper, messages may be left on Camp Directors cell phones: Laurie Kelly (928-856-1179) or Justin DeGrood (612-749-4703). If there is an emergency after normal business hours, call the Gustavus Safety and Security department at (507) 933-8888 or the St. Peter Police Department at (507) 931-1550 and they will relay your message to us.


Camp Rules

If a camper does not abide by camp rules, which are explained on the first day of camp, that camper will be sent home with no refund. A telephone call will be made to parents explaining the situation. Fortunately, throughout the history of Gustie Basketball and Leadership Camp, this has happened rarely.


Behavior Guidelines

The quality of each camper’s experience is dependent on not only what is learned on the basketball floor, but also by interaction with their peers away from the court. Campers are expected to treat each other with respect and care and are asked to observe regular rules of neatness and courtesy necessary for residence hall living.

Camp rules and regulations are clearly defined during the first day of camp.

Campus security and camp staff are on duty at all times.

Campers are expected to be at all sessions and are only allowed off campus under the supervision of camp personnel, family members or people designated by their parents. Only Day Campers are allowed to travel off campus on their own.


Overnight Daily Schedule

This is a general schedule. Specific times may change for each camp.

Camp begins at 8 a.m. (after breakfast)

8:15 Warm-up

8:30 Fundamentals

10:15 League Games Five-on-Five and Leadership Presentations

11:30 Lunch

1:15 League Games Five-on-Five and Leadership Presentations

4:00 Gustie Drills (Camper Favorite)

4:30 Contests & Individual Instruction

5:00 Supper

6:45 League Games Half Court

8:00 Special Events

8:30 Individual Instruction/Open Gym/videotaping of shot

After 8:00 many activities are optional. Campers will have some free time for swimming, enjoying the campus, being in the Dive or Campus Center and the dorms. The gym is open until 9:30 p.m.


Elementary Camp Daily Schedule: 

8:00-9:00: Open Gym/drop off any time

9:00-9:15: Players/Coaches warm up

9:15-10:15: Skill Development

10:15-11:15: Full Court 5v5 Games

11:15: Break for lunch

12:00-1:30: Pool or Open Gym

1:45-2:15: Half Court 3v3 Games

2:15-2:35: Shooting Competitions

2:35-3:00: Full Court 5v5 Games

3:00-4:00: Open Gym/pick up any time

Gus Young Court and Forum

Vic Gustafson Pool

St. Peter Middle School

100 Lincoln Dr, St Peter, MN 56082

St. Peter Community Center

600 S 5th St, St Peter, MN 56082

Camp Photos


Team Photos

Contact Us

For general questions or more information, please contact one of our Camp Directors.

Justin DeGrood | jdegroo2@gustavus.edu(612) 749-4703 

Laurie Kelly | lkelly@gustavus.edu | (928) 856-1179

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