IGC Salutes Our Veterans

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International Gymnastics Camp salutes all of those who have courageously served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

According to West Point statistics, the sport of gymnastics has created more leaders of character than any other sport within the Academy. Army gymnastics has produced 37 generals, 160 colonels and over 200 field-grade officers of lower rank since the program began in 1926. For others, being part of the Army gymnastics tradition has opened the doors to careers as doctors, lawyers, educators, astronauts, consultants and corporate executives. These dignified leaders represent a long lasting legacy of gymnastics at West Point Military Academy.

Even before the debut of an official military gymnastics program, soldiers prepared for war by training gymnastics-based skills to gain strength and power. Gymnastics within the U.S. military is a legacy rich in history. The American Turners (gymnasts) who immigrated to America from Europe started Turnvereins (gymnastics clubs) in the mid 1800s. In The American Turner Movement: A History from its Beginnings to 2000 it is estimated that over 10,000 American Turners participated in the Civil War between 1861 and 1865. Prior to the Civil War, Turners acted as the Bodyguard of Honor to Abraham Lincoln and demonstrated their loyalty to the new government by accompanying him during his inauguration in 1861.

IGC thanks all of those who have served and are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces at home and abroad.

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Register for IGC 2015 by December 1st!

Hey IGC parents and campers! Summer 2014 at IGC was filled with plenty of fun, friends and amazing gymnastics – and we’re ready to do it all over again in 2015!

Campers from over 40 different countries joined us in our summer dedicated to Kount on Kindness. We also welcomed 36 NCAA, National, World and Olympic Champions from all over the globe! We can’t wait to see what 2015 at IGC has in store!

Are you ready for another incredible summer? It’s never too early to register for the best gymnastics camp experience in the world. In 2015, IGC will offer 10 amazing sessions from which to choose, and registering early comes with great rewards! Register for summer 2015 by December 1, 2014, to save $100 per session!

Parents may also choose to register now and select their session later with the “Choose a Week Later” option.

To register, view 2015 session dates and tuition rates, please visit the IGC website at www.internationalgymnastics.com!

Register your camper for IGC 2015 early and receive big rewards:

  • Register by December 1, 2014, for a rate of $1,095 to receive $100 off
  • Register by January 30, 2015, for a rate of $1,120 to receive $75 off
  • Register by February 27, 2015, for a rate of $1,145 to receive $50 off
  • Register after February 27, 2015, for a rate of $1,195

See you in 2015!

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2014 Summer Wrap Up

After 12 amazing weeks of fun, friends and awesome gymnastics training, we’ve wrapped up one of our most incredible summers at IGC yet! Campers from 40 different countries, ages 7 to 17, joined us in our summer dedicated to ‘Kount on Kindness.’ There were so many highlights that made summer 2014 so special – we don’t even know where to begin!

Let’s take a look back at a few of our greatest moments from summer 2014!

From the best gymnastics training facilities in the world to our amazing celebrity guests and fun-filled recreation activities, there was something for everyone at IGC. Campers, staff and celebrities enjoyed an action-packed week two at IGC during the Professional Gymnastics Cup Series. Gymnastics legends including Jake Dalton, Oksana Chusovitina, Brandon Wynn and Chris Brooks competed head-to-head and skill-for-skill on three different events which streamed live from the Olympic Gym to your computer screen!

We also had a great time celebrating Kount on Kindness – our overall theme of summer 2014! Kount on Kindness is all about spreading positivity both inside and outside of the gyms and celebrating team diversity. Join the Kount on Kindness movement, sign the pledge and make a difference at www.kountonkindness.com!

IGC summer 2014 saw over 36 Olympic, World and NCAA celebrity guests from around the globe. Hailing from nine different countries, they judged our exciting evening activities, spoke about their own experiences in gymnastics and coached our campers in the gyms!

As always, our IGC staff played a huge role in the success of summer 2014. Coming to IGC from 13 different countries, each staff member contributed something very special to each area of camp. Because of our amazing staff members, smiles were formed and memories were made.

Thank you again to all of our parents, campers and staff for an incredible summer! We’re already counting down the days until next year, and we hope that you can join us. Don’t forget to register by September 15th to save $125 on your 2015 IGC tuition with ten different sessions from which to choose!

Click here to view a full list of 2015 session dates!

FULL PRICE     $1195 per session

REGISTRATION BY:
SEPTEMBER 15th           $125 savings      $1070 per session
DECEMBER 1st                 $100 savings       $1095 per session
JANUARY 30th                 $75 savings         $1120 per session
FEBRUARY 27th             $50 savings         $1145 per session

We look forward to seeing you in the summer of 2015!

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Wrapping up a Wonderful Week 10!

We’ve had another wonderful week here at IGC as our campers take on the Wild, Wild West! From cabin challenges to exciting evening activities, celebrity guests and plenty of surprises around every corner – we’re wrapping up week ten and riding off into the sunset!

This week’s cabin challenges asked campers to channel their inner cowboy and cowgirl spirit. Sack races at the barn field, digging for gold on the volleyball court and making ‘Most Wanted’ posters for counselors, cabin challenges are a great way for campers to earn cabin points on the road to Cabin of the Week! All of our week 10 cabins did an excellent job, but it was the boys of cabin 9 who earned the Cabin of the Week title and a delicious pizza party last night in the canteen.

We’re ending week ten and summer 2014 with our favorite IGC evening activity of all time, Staff Exhibition! Our IGC staff members have been working hard all week to put on a very special show. First things first – some of our week ten campers perform a dance every Friday night according to the weekly theme with the help of dance instructors, Ashley and Charlotte. Our dance instructors weren’t just helping our campers dance this week…they were helping our staff! Members from each IGC department took the stage to “Shake it off” by Taylor Swift. Great job to all of our IGC staff who participated!

Australian National Team Member and IGC gym instructor, Nikky warmed up the crowd with her floor routine before diving into our final staff exhibition! Our IGC gym staff members have a great time teaching our campers new skills in the gym each and every day, but on Friday night our gym staff have the opportunity to show off some of their biggest skills! From Geingers to Double Arabians and Giants, IGC’s staff always puts on an incredibly exciting show for our campers!

IGC’s action-packed staff exhibitions are just one of the things that set us apart from the rest. We are truly an international environment with tons of campers and staff traveling from far and wide to be with us each and every week. This week we welcomed guests from 9 countries: Barbados, Canada, France, Italy, Mexico, United Kingdom, Venezuela…and of course, the United States!

Thank you to all of our parents, campers and staff for a great week! We’ve had such a great summer and we’re ready to do it all over again in 2015! We hope that you can join us! Don’t forget to register by September 15th to save $125 on your registration. See you next year!

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Week Ten Winners!

Here at IGC we love welcoming new campers as well as celebrating those campers and staff who have returned year after year! For their love and dedication to IGC for five years or more, those Five-Year Campers and Staff receive custom IGC sweatshirts for their years of support. Thank you so much guys! We couldn’t do it without you!

We also like to praise those campers who put forth extra enthusiasm and commitment inside the gym as our Most Dedicated Campers. Those campers receive special plaques for all of their hard work and passion to improve. Congratulations week ten!

The Kount on Kindness Award is new for 2014, but quickly becoming a favorite! Congratulations to those week ten campers who received a special Kount on Kindness certificate for upholding the ideals of Kount on Kindness program: to create a workout environment where everyone feels safe and accepted for a mutual sense of belonging, to celebrate team diversity, and to support a place where gymnastics students, parents and coaches work in harmony to promote kindness! Join IGC and the Kount on Kindness movement by going online to www.kountonkindness.com and signing the pledge. Join the team, sign the pledge and make a difference!

And finally, it’s the moment we’ve ALL been waiting for – our final Cabin of the Week of summer 2014! Who will be our week ten winner? It was a close call, but we’ve got the results! In third place with 103 points, cabin 18; in second place with 110 points, cabin 20; and taking the week ten Cabin of the Week win with 139 points are…the boys of cabin 9! Congratulations guys!

Thank you to ALL of our awesome 2014 Five-Year, Most Dedicated, Kount on Kindness and Cabin of the Week campers! We’ve had such a great summer and we’re ready to do it all over again in 2015! We hope that you can join us! Don’t forget to register by September 15th to save $125 on your registration. See you next year!

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Dancing the Night Away…

We’re dancing the night away at our final camp disco of summer 2014!

Grab your cowboy hat and boots and hit the dance floor because we’re having a good ole’ fashion IGC hoedown! Yeehaw! Tonight campers and counselors are getting down to their favorite songs in the canteen. We can’t forget about the Wobble and the Cupid Shuffle!

It’s time to find out which cabins are leading the way in this week’s horse race to Cabin of the Week! Which of our cowboy or cowgirl cabins will win a delicious pizza party in the canteen after tomorrow night’s Staff Exhibition? We’ll have to wait and see, but on the week ten leader board we have cabin 9 in first place and cabins 14 and 20 following close behind!

A few of this week’s celebrities, Tarah Paige and Maddy Curley from the hit gymnastics movie, “Stick It,” are also joining tonight’s hoedown! Campers are grabbing their copies of “The Pit” Gymnastics Activity Book for Tarah and Maddy to autograph. Take a look at all the awesome games, puzzles and photos in the Gymnastics Activity Book online at www.gymnasticsactivitybook.com!

The canteen and grill are also open for business if our campers are looking for a quick snack. If signing is more our camper’s style – the Bear’s Den is the place to be! The stage field or courtyard fire pits are the perfect spots for campers to sit and chill with friends!

Our staff members have an extra exciting day planned for tomorrow with the staff exhibition and final cabin challenge of the week! We can’t wait!

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Week 10 Staff Hunt!

Alert! The IGC staff is on the loose!

We saved the best for last! It’s time for one of our favorite evening activities, the annual IGC staff hunt! Last night, the entire IGC staff dressed in all black and found their favorite hiding spots. These captives will be hard to find with hiding limits from the edge of the cafeteria through the stage field and up to the Bear’s Den and the volleyball court. Were our week 10 sheriffs able to capture them?

IGC staff members go all out when looking for a good place to hide! Campers left no stone unturned as searched the IGC campus high and low for staff captures. Flashlights came in handy while looking for staff hiding high in the trees and creeping around corners! Campers and their counselor must stay together at all times during the search.

We knew another staff member had been detained when we heard a cabin say, “Howdy partner, we found you!” After a capture, it’s up to our cowboys and girls to take the staff members back to the jailhouse, also known as the GaGa Ball pit. Each staff member is worth a different amount of points. Cabins were on high alert for our elusive IGC photographers and office staff – they were worth the most points!

Which cabin collected the most staff captures? In third place, cabin 22 with 260 points and coming in second, cabin 9 with 360 points! Our 2014 staff hunt winner is…cabin 21 with an outstanding 580 points! Great job, guys!

Stay tuned to find out which cabins are in the lead for our final Cabin of the Week of 2014!

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Final Handstand, Strength & Flexibility Contest of 2014!

Happy Tie-dye Tuesday, ya’ll! After another great day in the gyms it was time for our cowboys and girls to unwind during Wild West rec time! Each day campers are called out to do cabin challenges all over the IGC campus! Campers earn cabin points for every challenge they participate in as a cabin, and winning challenges means extra points! At the end of the week all cabin points will be tallied and the winning cabin receives the Cabin of the Week title and a delicious pizza party in the canteen!

Today’s cabin challenge was all about the Saloon Sack Race down at the barn field. Campers that completed the sack race in the quickest time earned points for their cabin. What will tomorrow’s challenge hold? We’ll find out – but first it’s time for our final Handstand, Strength and Flexibility competition of summer 2014! Yeehaw!

Which of our campers can hold the strongest L-seat, the straightest handstand and the most flexible pose? Our week 10 judges will decide! On board for tonight we have celebrity guest, Maddy Curley from the hit gymnastics movie, “Stick It;” head counselor, Justin and IGC gym instructor, Michaela.

Each cabin chooses one cabin mate to represent them in each of the three contests. In the first round, each contestant is asked to perform a set of flexibility skills: left, right and middle splits down to a pancake, bridge, left and right needle scales and finally, a Y-scale. After narrowing it down to a list of finalists, campers took to the floor to show our judges a skill or routine that they’ve never seen before! It looks like week ten campers pulled out all the stops for our final competition! Coming in third place, it’s cabin 15; in second, cabin 12; and our final flexibility finalist of 2014 is…Emily from cabin 22!

Next up, it’s onto the strength round where our campers go head-to-head for the strongest L-seat! There’s only one rule in the strength competition – only your hands may touch the ground! Congrats to our final strength contest winner of 2014, Violet from cabin 1!

In the final round of our week 10 competition, campers take to the stage field for an all out handstand-off! It was a close call, and cabins 18 and 20 battled it out for the winning spot! In the end, it was Shaina from cabin 18 who was number one!

We can’t forget about our staff! Counselor, Danny from cabin 9 took the final staff handstand win! Because this is our last competition of 2014, we asked our gym instructors, who can really hold a handstand, to participate in a champion round! Congrats to returning champion, Stu!

That wraps up day three at IGC! Congrats to all of our final winners of 2014! Tomorrow our week ten campers will enjoy a light sleep-in and brunch!

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Week Ten Question and Answer Session!

We’ve had another amazing day here on the IGC range – Wild West week is in full gallop! Campers headed into their first gym rotations of the week and met their IGC gym instructors this morning. This week’s celebrities: Svetlana Boguinskaia, Sam Peszek and Nastia Liukin had a great time giving campers advice and helping our week ten gymnasts learn new skills in the gym! Now that campers have made new friends inside and outside of their cabins, it’s time to learn more about our celebrities! Giddyup, partners! It’s time for a Question and Answer Session on the stage field!

Every night at IGC, our awesome recreation director, Liam organizes camp-wide activities for all campers and counselors to enjoy! Tonight, campers gathered to ask our week ten celebrities any questions they had on their minds. What kinds of questions did our cowboys and cowgirls come up with?

What were our celebrities most important moments? Nastia will never forget making the 2008 Olympic Team and winning the All-Around Gold medal. Making the 2008 Silver Medal Olympic Team was memorable for Sam as well, but she found overcoming any fears on skills along the way to the Olympics was much more important. The legendary Svetlana Boguinskaia joked that she was just happy to have made three Olympic teams and stay at the elite level for 12 years (no big deal)!

What is something that our parents and campers may not find if they Googled our celebrities? We thought it was interesting that Svetlana actually competed with Nastia’s father and coach, Valeri Liukin on the same Olympic team for the Soviet Union in 1988.

Why is kindness important to our week ten celebrities?  Nastia and Sam agreed that gymnastics is all about giving it your all, but more importantly, respecting one another at all times. “Gymnastics is rewarding and fun, but there are days when you might not get that skill or routine perfectly,” said Nastia. “It’s great that you can rely on your friends and teammates to support you.” Sam added that it’s especially important to be kind to everyone at camp. You can learn more about IGC’s new Kount on Kindness program at www.kountonkindness.com! Join the Kount on Kindness team and sign the pledge!

That’s a wrap on day two!

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Final Cabin Cheers of 2014!

Howdy partners! It’s been an exciting day one here at IGC. Our week ten cowboys and cowgirls have made their way through gym screening and devoured a delicious meal of spaghetti and meatballs! Now it’s time to move onto tonight’s evening activity on the stage field – Wild West cabin cheers!

But first – IGC CEO, Brent Klaus and gym supervisor, Chelsea Lapent took the ALS ice bucket challenge to raise awareness for the fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease. The ice bucket challenge has gone viral all over social media and calls for nominees to dump buckets of ice water on their heads and/or donate to the ALS Association within 24 hours. Brent and Chelsea took the challenge on the stage field tonight and nominated our week ten IGC campers and staff to participate! We can’t wait to see what will happen next…

To kick off tonight’s festivities, a few of our IGC gym staff members from the Netherlands performed a very special Wild West Kount on Kindness cheer! Thanks, guys!

Our campers were ready to face off in tonight’s cabin cheers! Who will be our week 10 winner? Campers and counselors hurried to the stage field in their favorite cowboy hats and flannel shirts! Many of cabins also brought along some awesome props to tell their cabin tale. Tonight’s judges, 2013 PGC Team USA Coach and 2008 Olympic All-Around Gold Medalist, Nastia Liukin; 2008 Olympic Team Silver Medalist, Samantha Peszek; and 2013 PGC Team World Coach and three-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Svetlana Boguinskaia will be choosing the best of the best!

Tonight’s judges loved each and every one of our Wild West cheers, but it’s time to narrow down our winners! Our judges gave an honorable mention to cabin 23, earning some extra creativity points by getting everybody up on their feet dancing to ‘Cotton Eyed Joe’ on the stage field! Taking third place for week ten is cabin 7; in second place, cabins 16 and 17; and our final cabin cheer winners of 2014 are…cabins 8 and 9! It’s a tie! Congratulations to all of our winners!

After cabin cheers, campers headed to the canteen for autographs with Nastia, Samantha and Svetlana!

That’s a wrap on day one!

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