Summer 2023 Overnight Camp When: June 25-29 Cost: $450-$550

What is Esports? What is esports at Northwestern?

What esports titles are offered?

This camp is for Overwatch 2 and Rocket League players.

What to Expect?

This camp is designed to give students the full collegiate esports experience, and equip them with the skills they need to excel as competitors and leaders. Students will receive collegiate level instruction while practicing in the Raider Esports Arena with other passionate competitors. In addition to gameplay and practice, students will participate in daily workshops that take them out of the arena and equip them with communication, teamwork, and leadership skills. Beyond esports, this week-long experience provides students the opportunity to grow in their independence and confidence. Esports campers will also have additional opportunities to make lifelong friendships and interact with other like minded esports competitors. Campers will also receive a year of Q&A access to the Northwestern Esports coaching staff via our camp discord.

Location:

These camps will take place on Northwestern College's campus in Orange City, Iowa.

Camp highlights:

In person team play experience

Exposure to Northwestern's varsity esports recruiters

Daily physical training

Daily workshops outside of the esports arena

Quality instruction on a variety on topics including

- Gameplay (fundamentals & advanced concepts)

- Communication, Planning, and Strategy

- How to VOD review

- Creating an effective training plan

- Leading your team

What do I need to bring?

For the camp

Sleeping bag or linens for your bed

Pillow

Rain gear

Clothes

Physical activity clothes (Mon-Wed)

Toiletries

Towel & soap

Deodorant

Smartphone (with Life 360 app installed)

Phone charger

Notebook & writing utensils

Cash/fun money

 

For the gameplay & practice sessions:

Discord account: https://discord.com/

Overwatch 2 or Rocket League game license on PC (free)

Rocket League players only: Controller & cable to plug into a PC (Xbox One, Xbox series X, Playstation 4, or Playstation 5)

Optional: Mouse, Keyboard, Headset (HyperX equipment is provided, but you may bring your own if desired)

 

Please leave the following items at home:

Laptops, PCs, Consoles

Schedule:

Sunday, June 25

4:30-6pm Check in

5:30 Supper

6:30pm Welcome session

7:30pm Team building

8:30pm Gameplay in arena

10pm Free time

11pm Lights Out

 

Mon-Wed, June 26-28

7:30am Breakfast

9am Gameplay in arena

12pm Lunch

1:15pm Personal development/leadership workshops

2:15pm Free time

4:15pm Team building

5pm Supper

6:15pm Gameplay in arena

8:30pm Physical activity

9pm Free time

11pm Lights out

 

Thursday, June 29

7:30am Breakfast

9am closing session

9:30am clean rooms

10:30-11:30am parent pick up / camp dismissal

 

*Exact times subject to minor adjustments

Safety:

Coaches & chaperones will be present during entire camp (including the overnight portion).

CPR, AED, and First-aid certified staff will be present during the camp.

All campers will be required to join our Life 360 group and keep their phones with them for the duration of the camp.

Orange City, IA is a small, quiet, college town and has been named the 2nd safest city in Iowa.

FAQs: 

Q: Why should I pay for an esports camp when I can play video games at home for free?

A: This camp goes beyond playing video games, and is designed to give students the full collegiate esports experience, and equip them with the skills they need to excel as competitors and leaders. Students will receive collegiate level instruction while practicing in the Raider Esports Arena with other passionate competitors. In addition to gameplay and practice, students will participate in daily workshops that take them out of the arena and equip them with communication, teamwork, and leadership skills. Beyond esports, this week-long experience provides students the opportunity to grow in their independence and confidence. Esports campers will also have additional opportunities to make lifelong friendships and interact with other like minded esports competitors.

Q: How is practicing esports different from playing video games?

A: Esports requires great communication, teamwork, interpersonal skills on top of in game skill development. Playing video games is primarily a casual entertainment activity.

Q: I've never been on an esports team before, can I still participate?

A: Yes! The only requirement is prior experience playing Overwatch or Rocket League.

Q: I've never played Overwatch or Rocket League before, can I still participate?

A: Prior experience playing Overwatch or Rocket League is required for this camp.

Q: I play Rocket League/Overwatch on Playstation/Xbox, can I still sign up?

A: Yes! Just bring your controller & controller cable with you to the camp and we’ll help you get it connected to our PCs. Or, you can use the mice & keyboards that we provide.

Q: Will I just be playing video games the whole time?

A: No. An important aspect of esports is game-life balance. Other key components of this camp are collegiate level coaching, team building activities, personal development and leadership workshops, and physical activities that will take place outside of the esports arena.

Q: How will you accommodate special dietary needs/food allergies?

A: Dietary needs and allergies are submitted during registration, and the food service will accommodate those needs. If desired or required, students may bring their own food. Refrigerators and microwaves will be available.

Q: What if I have more questions?

A: Contact Coach Prescott at cole.prescott@nwciowa.edu

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