Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How is your staff selected?

A: Larry and our Camp Director handpick our staff. Our coaches consist primarily of High School level coaches and College level players. We also select outstanding youth coaches whenever possible. Counselors are typically college age.

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Q: How are campers assigned to teams?

A: Following opening ceremonies, the campers are separated by age into three groups. The groups are then divided between 20 baskets. As the campers shoot around in these groups, Coach Steele, the Camp Director, Coaches and Counselors observe and take notes on players' strengths and abilities. Following this initial evaluation, we provide as much playing, running and "burning off of energy" as possible (helps them sleep at night). Once the campers are in their cabins for the evening, the coaches meet and begin the assignment of teams. This process continues Monday morning, until we have a realistic evaluation of each camper. At which time, we divide campers into teams that will support equal play, self-improvement and fun. These teams make up two to three leagues, and provide fair competition within each league.

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Q: What is your staff to camper ratio?

A: We have one coach per ten campers and one counselor to an average of 20 campers. Including Coach Steele, the Camp Director and Trainer, the staff to camper ratio is typically 8 campers to each staff member.

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Q: Will Larry Steele be at camp?

A: Yes, Coach Steele lives at camp during the week, and is dedicated to being personally involved at each of his camps. He conducts many of the daily clinics, lectures and demonstrations and interacts with every camper.

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Q: How are sleeping arrangements determined?

A: Each camper is assigned to a cabin by age. All efforts are made to honor individual housing requests.

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Q: Can my son or daughter bunk with a friend?

A: No problem. Each of our cabins sleep 22 campers. During registration, we suggest campers save a bunk for a friend, if they have a specific request. If for some reason they get separated, counselors will help everybody get where they want to be prior to lights out the first night of camp.

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Q: What types of meals are served?

A: Our camp menus meet USDA guidelines. We serve food that is nutritious and that kids like to eat. Meals will include items such as pizza, chicken fingers, hot dogs, burgers, and spaghetti. Peanut butter and jelly is always available.

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Q: Do you accommodate food allergies or diet restrictions?

A: Yes. Please be sure to indicate any allergies or restrictions on the camper's registration form. Our kitchen staff keeps a list of allergies posted in the kitchen throughout the week and it is not uncommon to accommodate specific dietary requirements.

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Q: Do you accommodate vegetarians?

A: Yes. Our kitchen staff is made aware of the number of vegetarians we have at camp each week so they can be sure to offer vegetarian options.

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Q: Can I visit my child at camp?

A: Yes, you can visit as often as you wish and whenever you wish. Parents are invited to observe or shoot around or have a meal with the coaches and campers. All we ask is that you check in with Camp staff when you arrive.

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Q: Should I send money with my child and if so, how much?

A: All-you-can-eat breakfast, lunch and dinner is included in the price of camp. We do have a camp store where your child can buy snacks and beverages during free time. All cash must be deposited in camper's store account at registration. For snacks and beverages, $20-$30 has historically been sufficient. However, we also have hats, beanies, sweatshirts, T-shirts and other items for purchase that may require additional money for your camper. We recommend making apparel purchases the evening of registration.

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Q: Where can I send a letter to my son/daughter during the week?

A: Larry Steele Basketball Camp, PO Box 296, Vernonia, OR 97064

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