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Camp Information

The New England Junior Fencing Camp is one of the nation's best and oldest fencing camps. Set on the suburban campus of Brandeis University, the camp offers group instruction in all three weapons, individual lessons and bouting in a modern facility by professional college and junior coaches.


Fencer Eligibility

Campers should be between twelve and eighteen years of age, not have graduated high school, and have some fencing experience.

Location and Facilities

Brandeis University, in Waltham, MA, is fifteen miles west of Boston, about twenty-five minutes from Logan Airport, near the junction of I-95 and I-90. Please click here for directions.

Campers have use of the 130,000sq. ft. Gosman field house and the fencing room, which has six grounded strips with overhead reels and extension lights. Campers can also use the squash and outdoor tennis courts at the Gosman Center.

Dates

The camp runs Sunday June 23, 2012 morning to late morning Thursday June 27, 2013. Pickup will be between 1:00 and 3:00 on the 27th.

The Program

The camp includes three daily sessions: footwork/conditioning sessions, group blade work exercises, and electric bouting. Talks on tactics, equipment repair, and mental training are often included. Campers enjoy a 6-to-1 fencer-to-coach ratio and receive several individual lessons.

A nationally certified athletic trainer is on duty during training sessions.

The camp may be limited to approximately the first sixty fencers to apply and send a deposit.


Cost

The fee for the camp is $875.00, which includes all instruction, room, meals, and camp shirt. For commuting fencers not staying or eating on campus, the fee is $555.00.

Commuter campers can bring or purchase their meals.
A non-refundable registration fee of $200.00 is due by June 1, 2013. The full fee is due by June 14. Late registrations will be accepted if space is available.
To be received by June 14:
  • Liability/medical information form (click here for form). To request the form be mailed to you, please contact the camp coordinator.
  • Camp fee: $875.00: less $200.00 deposit = $675.00
    • Check to: New England Jr. Fencing Camp
    • (Commuter fee: $355.00 after paid deposit -- includes no meals or dorm)
  • Proof of physical examination

Required Items

All campers must have: 
  • medical insurance coverage, 
  • documentation of  a recent medical examination allowing sports participation (click here for form)
    , and 
  • current membership in the US Fencing Association (www.usfencing.org).

Living

Campers will stay in Brandeis dormitories, eat at Sherman cafeteria, and have access to campus amenities such as the game room and campus store. 

Campers will be supervised by one full-time adult on site and college couselors as well as staff coaches. Campers must comply with camp and University rules. 

YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN BED LINEN (sheets, towels, pillow, light blanket, or sleeping bag).

Campers must stay on floors designated for them, and follow instructions of the staff.

Check In 

You should plan to arrive at Brandeis on Sunday, June 23, between 9:30am and 11:30am. When you arrive on the main campus follow ‘Fencing’ signs to the dorm, where you will be assigned a room, key, and meal card.

Room Keys

When you check in and receive a room key, you will pay a “Room Deposit Fee” of $40.00 (a Brandeis University fee), payable in cash, to cover potential room damage. Campers are responsible for all room damage. You are responsible for the room key, which must be returned before you leave. Due to key problems with other groups the lost key fee is $200.00. The $40.00 cash deposit will be returned at check out if the room is not damaged.

ID/Meal Cards

Resident campers will receive an ID/meal card that will allow you in the cafeteria. Meals will be served at Sherman Dining Hall. The last meal will be Thursday breakfast.

Check Out

Check out is after fencing on Thursday, June 27. Pickup time will be between 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm. Campers must return keys and are responsible for any damage, lost keys etc. All financial obligations should be met before you leave.

Behavior 

Campers are expected to act in a way that reflects well on yourself, coach, school and club, and to obey camp and Brandeis policies. Anyone causing trouble, annoying others, damaging property, breaking curfew or using illegal substances may be dismissed from the camp without refund.

Campers are expected to be at the training sessions on time.

Campers are not permitted to drive on campus unless they are commuting, and should not give rides to other campers.

What to Bring

For fencing -- Full uniform-(underarm plastron, jacket, knickers, glove(s), mask) that meets competition safety standards. A MINIMUM of two working electric weapons, preferably more. A minimum of two working body cords. Metallic jacket for foil and saber, and cuff and mask clip for saber.

For living -- bed linens. Sheets, pillows, and towels are NOT provided by the camp.

Optional items: extra towels, water bottle, extra t-shirts and socks, an alarm clock, cell phone, fan, hangers for fencing uniform, spending money, laundry detergent, tennis racket, fan, tool box.