Oregon (IL.) Cross Country Camp

An overnight camp for Neuqua Valley high school runners

Sunday, July 21st – Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Who? Young men entering 9th - 12th grade are eligible.

When? Leave Sunday, July 21st at 1:30 p.m. Return Wednesday, July 24th at 10:30 a.m. We will leave from the circle drive of Neuqua Valley High School. Transportation is by charter bus.

Where? Lorado Taft Field Campus/Lowden State Park. Oregon, Illinois.

Directions: Take I 88 west to I 39 north to 64 west into Oregon. Take a right on River road (it is the last right before the bridge after the Pizza Hut). Go approx. 2 miles on River road and turn left into the entrance of Lowden State Park. Follow the signs to Lorado Taft Field Campus and park in the parking lot. Approx. 80 min. drive.

Registration fee: $245.00. Fee includes three nights lodging, special programs, transportation, insurance, and all meals. Fill out the medical release form and put it in an envelope with a check made out to ‘Wildcat Cross Country’ and hand it to Coach Vandersteen at a summer running session. Registration deadline is Thursday, July 11th. Space is limited at 50 participants – determined by the first 50 registrations turned in.

What you will need

Sleeping bag

Pillow case

Towels (2)

Running gear

Water bottle

6-7 pairs of socks

Shoes (2 pairs)

Rain gear

Insect repellent

Sun screen

Long pants




I pod (not a necessity)

Camera (not a necessity)


Board games



$30-$40 for swimming, bowling, snacks

Please put your name on any valuables!

What not to bring:

Matches, lighter, Silly string, Water guns or toy guns of any kind, Pocket knife, Shaving cream

Others Things to Know

Emergency numbers: Taft Campus 815-732-2111 and wait until someone answers if it is an emergency. If you want to leave a message (not an emergency) for your son call the same number and use extension 123 to leave the message; Hospital - KSB located in Dixon, Illinois. 815-288-5531. Coach Vandersteen’s cell number is 815-263-4303.

Expectations: All athletes are to abide by the rules set forth by the coaches. This includes bringing unwanted materials, breaking curfew times, and not following safety measures such as building fires, climbing trees, swimming in the river, etc. Any rules broken will result in an immediate call to the parents for them to come pick up their son. If the infraction occurs after 9:00 p.m., parents will be expected to come pick up their son before 9:00 a.m. the next morning.

Questions? e-mail me at paul_vandersteen@ipsd.org

Tentative Itinerary


1:30 p.m. Leave NVHS at circle drive

2:45 p.m. Arrive at Lorado Taft and unpack

3:15 - 4:30 p.m. Easy run and core

4:30 p.m. Shower

6:00 p.m. Dinner

7:00 - 10:30 p.m. Free time around camp; interviews with coaches

11:00 p.m. Lights out!


6:30 a.m. Rise and shine and get ready to run!

6:45 – 8:15 a.m. Led Zeppelin hill workout

8:30 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Shower

10:00 a.m. Bus to White Pines State Park – wiffle ball, ultimate, etc.

12:00 p.m. Bus back to Lorado Taft

12:30 p.m. Lunch and relax

3:00 p.m. Bus to Castle Rock State Park

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Easy run

4:30 Travel back, shower, and relax

6:00 Dinner

7:00 - 8:30 Speaker: TBA

8:30 – 9:30 p.m. A review of our progress thus far……and goals for the weeks to come

11:00 p.m. Lights out!


7:45 a.m. Rise and shine

8:00 a.m Breakfast

8:30 a.m. Relax

10:00 a.m. Load Bus to Lowden-Miller State Forest

10:30 a.m. Easy run and core

12:30 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Load bus to go swimming at Lake Louise

1:30 - 3:15 p.m. Swimming (bring $ and running clothes)

4:30 p.m. Rep workout at Lowden State Park

6:00 p.m. Dinner

7:00 – 10:00 Bus to Bowling/Arcade/Wallyball in Dixon

10:00 p.m. Pack and clean

11:00 p.m. Lights out!


6:45 a.m. Rise and shine

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Morning workout – easy run

8:00 a.m. Breakfast

8:30- 9:15 Pack

9:15 – 10:30 Return to NVHS