Frequently Asked Questions

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General Camp Questions

What makes J Robinson Intensive Camps different?

J Robinson Intensive Camps are known as the most challenging and life-changing wrestling camps in the country. The training and conduct expectations of our Intensive Camps are influenced by J Robinson's experience as an Army Ranger and by the protocol of Army Ranger School, which focuses on both physical and mental development. The rigorous training model operates on the principle that intense challenges bring about significant change, so we provide a structured, accountable environment that pushes athletes to their physical and mental limits. Through 4 workouts a day that include technical skill sessions, live wrestling, drilling, running, weight lifting, and cross-training, athletes will be taught a new meaning of hard work. They will learn how positive character traits—Discipline, Dedication, Sacrifice, Hard Work, Responsibility, Accountability, and Service—contribute to their success as an athlete and as a human being.

No other camp emphasizes the development of life skills as a key part of the curriculum. The J7 training philosophy—Discipline, Dedication, Sacrifice, Accountability, Hard Work, Responsibility, Accountability, and Service—guides each activity at our Intensive Camps. We show wrestlers how to work harder than they ever thought possible, giving them the physical and mental tools to take on the challenges brought on by wrestling competition and life. Additionally, we provide daily seminars before each evening wrestling session that focus on a variety of character-building topics, including leadership, overcoming adversity, mental attitude, money management, nutrtion, goal setting, developing a personal philosophy, visualization, and service to others.

What is the difference between Technique and Intensive Camps?

JROB Technique Camps are designed for a wide range of skill levels and ages and include less live competition than Intensive Camps. At Intensive Camps, participants develop skills in a disciplined and focused environment working in areas including, but not limited to: technique, strength training, mental attitude, conditioning, and strategy. This type of camp is both mentally and physically demanding. Intensive Camps are very challenging and designed for campers ages 14-18. Because of their demanding nature, J Robinson Intensive Training Camps may not be a good fit for all athletes.

What ages can attend the camps?

Our Intensive Camps are open to athletes ages 14-18. Experienced 13 year-olds are considered on a case-by-case basis. Athletes share rooms with campers close in age and train with athletes the same age and/or skill level. Our 5-Day Technique camps are open to ages 8-18 (*note: Resident campers must be 10 years old at the Minnesota Technique Camp). Competition Camps are for athletes in grades 7 - 12.

What is the daily schedule?

The daily schedule at J Robinson Intensive Camps varies from day-to-day in order to maximize the physical and mental challenge that our athletes face. We use unpredictability and constant change as a tool to test the athletes, so they never know what they'll face when they wake up. A sample of the daily schedule is posted on our pages on Intensive Camps, Technique Camps, and Competition Camp. Each day, campers will be required to attend different conditioning and training sessions. Once the athlete is at camp, a daily schedule will be posted on-site containing all information that is needed for various activities.

How can I contact the central camp office?

Our camp headquarters is located in Minneapolis, MN. Our office hours vary due to the camp season. Visit our Contact Us page for more information.

Can I request a roommate?

Campers who desire to share a room must stand together in the registration line at check-in.

What airports do you provide shuttle service from?

IA   Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP)
PA  Erie (ERI)
WI  Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP)
CA Bakersfield (BFL)
GA  Atlanta (ATL)
KS  Wichita (ICD)
CA  Sacramento (SMF)
WA  Seattle (SEA)

What if I need to stay longer?

You will not be allowed to stay in the dorms longer than the specific camp dates. Plan on arriving on the first day of camp and leaving on the last. Supervision is not provided outside of check-in and check-out times. If you need to arrive early or stay longer, you will need to arrange for your transportation and stay at area hotels on your own.

Are there religious services at your camp?

Each Sunday, athletes may attend the religious service of their choice if their place of worship is within walking distance. Campers cannot be transported via vehicle to any religious service.

When can I visit my camper? Is there something special on the last day?

You are welcome to visit your camper(s) any day. Your camper will know his or her daily schedule and can tell you the best time to visit. PLEASE NOTE: Campers are not allowed in vehicles at any time while they are at camp. This includes riding with any family member or friends. Plan your visits accordingly.

What happens if my child gets sick during camp or gets hurt right before? Do I get a refund?

If your athlete gets sick or hurt during camp, trained staff are on duty 24 hours a day to help. We encourage any sick or hurt campers to visit our athletic trainers and tell our staff about their ailments. If an athlete gets sick or hurt right before camp, please call the main office number as soon as possible. A Cancellation Request Form must be filled out in order to formally cancel your application (see information on Camp Deposit Insurance below). You can review our refund policy in our Terms and Conditions. Please call the main camp office at 612-349-6585 with any questions.

What is your cancellation policy?

A summary of our cancellation policy is located in our Terms and Conditions, or you can download a Cancellation Request Form here. Call the main camp office at 612-349-6585 with any questions. If a camper becomes ill, gets injured, or just decides they want to leave camp, you must contact the main office about any possibility of camp credit. Please familiarize yourself with our policy.

Can I transfer between camps?

Campers may transfer between camps if the prospective camp has available slots. Campers must pay a $25 administrative transfer fee at the time of the request, and this fee is non-refundable. Please use the “Camp Transfer Request” form.

What is the Camp Deposit Insurance?

The Camp Deposit Insurance is for your protection against injury, sickness, or the sudden need to cancel camp. Deposit Insurance is only available for purchase at the time you register. By purchasing this insurance, you will guarantee that your entire deposit is returned in the form of camp credit or cash, depending on when your Cancellation Request Form is received. If you cancel camp 60 days or more prior to the beginning of camp, you will receive a full refund (less the deposit insurance). If you cancel fewer than 60 days prior, you will receive full CAMP CREDIT including your non-refundable deposit (less the deposit insurance). Both situations require a Cancellation Request Form to be filled out and accompanied by a doctor’s note, school schedule, or proof of conflict. If you choose not to purchase this insurance and have to cancel, your non-refundable deposit will not be returned. You can review more about Deposit Insurance and our cancellation policy in our Terms and Conditions. Please call main office at 612-349-6585 with any questions.

What kind of food should the camper expect?

Three all-you-can-eat meals will be served daily. There will be pizza, subs, sports drinks and snacks available for purchase in the evening from the camp store. Commuter campers at the Technique camps receive lunch and dinner only.

What options are available for food and other purchases outside of campus dining?

There will be a camp store open throughout each camp. Wrestlers will be able to purchase food, drinks and clothing at the camp store. We recommend $50 per week for spending money. 

Can I make specific food requests (e.g. vegetarian, allergies) for my son/daughter?

If a camper has a food allergy or specific diet request, please call the main office at 612-349-6585 and we will do our best to accommodate your specific needs. This request needs to be made a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the check-in date.

How does my athlete get to and from your camps?

Transportation to and from camp is your responsibility. We provide a shuttle service to and from designated airports. In your confirmation materials there will be a travel form to send back. Once our office has received your itinerary, we will arrange for a shuttle accordingly. Please check your travel form for the correct airport or bus station.
*Campers are not allowed to enter a vehicle while they are at camp, even if it is with a parent/guardian.

Can my athlete bring an air conditioner?

No. Air conditioners are not allowed at any camp. Fans are permitted.

Do I need to send bed linens with my athlete? What size?

Some camp locations provide bedding, others do not. Please visit the Camp Packing List page to find out about your camp. Or, you can call the camp office at 612-349-6585 or email kellyc@jrobinsoncamps.com for information.

Will my wrestler have a bed to him or herself?

 Yes. Unlike some camps, wrestlers at J Robinson Wrestling Camps will never share a bed with another wrestler. 

Registration/Payment Questions

How do I register and pay?

You can register online at www.jrobinsoncamps.com/register or by mail (click here for application). A non-refundable deposit is due at registration. Your entire balance is due 3 weeks before camp begins. Your balance can be paid at any time by credit card, money order, or personal check. Personal checks must be received 14 days prior to the start of camp. They will not be accepted at check-in.

What does tuition include?

Tuition includes 3 meals a day, housing, and training for the duration of camp, in addition to a water bottle, lanyard, camp workbook, t-shirts, and laundry service (Intensive Camps only). Please see the Pricing & Discounts page under the "Camps" tab for more information.

Do you offer discounted rates?

Yes. We offer different discount rates for groups, family, early registration, and past campers returning for another camp. Call the main office at 612-349-6585 to discuss your specific situation.

Do you offer financial aid?

No. We do not offer financial aid for any of our camps. However, if you have specific questions about how to raise money or how to pay for camp, call the main office at 612-349-6585. We will be happy to offer advice on fundraising and sponsorship ideas.

Where do I find my confirmation materials after registering for camp?

After registering for camp, you will find confirmation materials as an attachment in a confirmation email. Please note that the email address you provide at the time of registration will be used as the main line of communication for any last minute changes or materials needed. Nothing will be sent via US Mail unless requested by contacting the main office. Please note that there are required forms that need to be completed and MAILED to our camp office.

When is my full balance due?

The non-refundable deposit is due at sign-up, and the remainder is due in full 3 weeks before camp begins. Campers who still owe a balance at check-in will not be allowed to participate.

Can I pay some of my fee every month or do I need to pay all at once?

You can make payments online, mail a check, or call our main office at 612-349-6585 and make payments with a credit card at any time. We will keep track of your balance, and you can view your account online. You are only required to pay the non-refundable deposit at the time of registration.

Supervision & Staff Questions

What is the staff to camper ratio?

We maintain a camper to staff ratio of 10:1.

Who are the directors? What is their experience?

We have a top-notch staff at J Robinson Intensive Camps. For biographies and details, see the Staff section.
J Robinson is the on-site Director at all Intensive Camps. He also attends each Technique Camp for 2 days.

Does the teaching curriculum change from site to site?

The Intensive Camps follow a strict curriculum protocol that is a combination of running, technique, weight training, hard drilling, and live wrestling. All technique is taught and reviewed three times. In addition, lectures are conducted on mental attitude, goal setting, leadership, money management, life skills, and much more. At our Technique and Competition Camps, there is a specific curriculum that is followed. The curriculum might change from camp to camp due to staff, but overall, the basics will remain.

How are campers placed into groups?

On the first day of camp, campers are evaluated by a combination of age, weight and skill level. They are placed into groups accordingly.

How are male and female campers separated?

Male and female campers are separated in the dorms. Each camper is read the rules on the first day of camp. If the rules are broken (including being in opposite-sex rooms), the camper will be sent home. Campers are roomed with athletes of the same sex but train and practice with all athletes.

Are there female staff?

Yes. We have female staff members at every camp. They are usually trainers, but can assist or offer advice to any camper.

Online Account Questions

How do I log in?

You must first be registered for camp (online or by mail). After getting registered, you will be sent a confirmation email. In that email you will be provided with a confirmation number. You can gain access into your account by going to http://jrobinsoncamps.com/login. From there, select the camp and enter your confirmation number. You can contact our office at 612-349-6585 if you need your number again.

I do not have a password or I forgot mine, how do I find it?

Either retrieve your confirmation email or call our office at 612-349-6585.

What if I do not have an email address or did not put one on my application?

If you do not have an email address you will not be able to view your account online and will be sent your confirmation materials in the mail.

Where do I find my confirmation materials once I login?

After registering for camp, you will receive a confirmation email with an attachment containing your confirmation material. Please note the email address you provide at the time of registration will be used as a main line of communication for any last minute changes or materials needed. Nothing will be sent via US Mail unless you specifically request it.

How do I make a payment online?

After logging into your account, you will click on SUBMIT PAYMENT HERE. The amount will default to the total amount due, and you will have to edit this if you want a lesser amount.

I want to pay with credit card but do not want to type my numbers online, what do I do?

You can mail in your information or call the main office at any time at 612-349-6585 with your credit card information to make payments.

I have received an email stating that my account has been updated. I have not done anything to my account, what does this mean?

You will receive an email after anything on your account has been updated either by you or our main office. This could mean a payment has been received, your address has been updated, the spelling of your name has been corrected, etc. To make sure your account is correct, log in to view your information.

My name/address/phone number/roommate request etc is wrong – how can I change it?

You are able to edit your account information by logging back into your account. Once logged in, you will be able to edit any field then click on Register at the bottom of page to save edited information.

When I review my account, I see my camper is registered for the wrong camp. How do I get this corrected?

Notify our main office of the error as soon as possible. The best way is to write an email to kellyc@jrobinsoncamps.com to inform us of the wrong camp information and what the correct camp should be. Please remember to include your camper’s name. You will receive an email confirmation when the change has been made. Please allow up to 5 business days for the change go through.

I would like to change camps, what do I do?

Notify our main office as soon as possible. The best way is to write an email to kellyc@jrobinsoncamps.com to inform us of the current camp information and what the new camp information should be. Please remember to include your camper’s name. You will receive an email confirmation when the change has been made. Please allow 5 business days for the change go through.

I have sent in my forms (Emergency, Medical History, Travel) but my account shows they are incomplete. Have you received them?

Please allow 6-10 business days after mailing your papers for them to be processed in our office. You will receive an automated email once forms are processed. If your account does not reflect your papers being received after 10 full business days, please call the main office at 612-349-6585.

I cannot download my Confirmation Materials?

Please notify our main office at 612-349-6585 and we can resend the confirmation material to you in an email or by mail. You will not receive confirmation materials in the mail unless requested.

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