Frequently Asked Questions
Question: How do we register for AFA Sports Camps?
Answer: Registration is accomplished online only. It's convenient, and easy to manage your account. Simply locate the sport you wish to participate in, click onto the coach's letter, and then click onto the online registration button.
All Early Bird registrations (Jan 8th-Jan 31st) must be paid in full. Standard registration between February 1st and April 30th has a payment option plan, but must be paid in full no later than April 30th. Anyone registering after May 1st must pay in-full at the time of registration. Only a credit card/debit card is accepted. (VISA/MC/DISCOVER/AMEX)
Question: Is a deposit required to secure a spot?
Answer: A non-refundable $150.00 deposit is required for all registrations. NOTE: The Early Bird discount requires payment in full. Those who register after the Early Bird period must be paid in-full by April 30th. For those who register after April 30th, full payment is due at the time you register on-line.
Question: How can I verify my registration or pay my remaining registration balance?
Answer: Login to your AFASportsCamps Account at:https://thriva.activenetwork.com/MyAccount/Login.aspx?Org=AirForceSportsCamps
Question: Are Sports Camp discounts available?
Answer: Discounts are available only during our Early Bird special. (January 8th thru January 31st) This discount is available to ALL applicants and can be accomplished through our online service during the advertised Early Bird period. Payment during this special discount is due in full. After the Early Bird period, there is a standard registration time period.
Question: What is a Lightning Band?
Answer: Lightning Bands take the place of cash and may be reloaded with a phone call from the parents. Bands are worn on the wrist, and may be used to purchase souvenirs from our gift shop, or food and drink from one of our vendors during camp (regular meals already provided). Starting at $50, Lightning Bands can be purchased in $25 increments during initial on-line registration.
NOTE: Recommended for "Overnight Boarders" only. It's highly recommended you purchase your Lightning Band "on-line" when you register for camp. This will alleviate having to wait in long lines during camp "check-in day" trying to purchase a lightning band. You may purchase lightning bands "on-line" until May 16th using your Sports Camp account. To reload a band during camp, call at (719) 333-2116.
Question: What is the refund policy?
Answer: Other than a medical emergency, your $150.00 deposit is non-refundable. If a medical refund is warranted, a statement from your doctor must accompany your written (mailed, emailed, or faxed) request. NOTE: Refund requests will not be honored after July 1st.
Question: What is the age requirement to attend camp?
Answer: Commuter ages are 8-18 for most camps, while boarder ages are 12-18. (Check schedule & dates)
Question: How much money should my child bring to camp?
Answer: All meals are included in the price of camps. However, during Night Rec, a camper has a choice of several food and concession vendors inside the Field House. There is also a Gift Shop for souvenirs and Air Force apparel. Our suggestion is no more than $100. NOTE: Take advantage of a Pre-Loaded Lightning Band. This is worn by your camper and takes the place of carrying cash. (See Lightning Bands)
Question: What does Sunday Check-in involve?
Answer: Sunday Check-in is for both Boarder & Commuter campers. With over 20 camps and 1,400 campers per session, it's imperative that all campers check-in for their sport during the appropriate check-in date. This is an opportunity for both campers and parents alike to meet the AF coaching staff face to face and ask any question that might come your way. Many times coaches will also have pertinent information pertaining to your camp. It's also a time that campers will receive their daily schedule, credential and lanyard, lightning band, safety and rules guidelines and any equipment (if applicable). Once check-in is complete, Commuter Campers are welcome to leave. Overnight Boarders however must then board a bus and process into the dorms, get their room key, and meet their counselor.
Sunday check-in runs from 2:00-5:00pm (MDT).
Question: Are parents of overnight-boarders allowed into the dormitory area during Sunday Check-in?
Answer: Unfortunately not. The dorms is a secured and gated area. Only credentialed campers and authorized personnel are allowed to board the bus and enter the Cadet Wing area. Parents are more than welcome to stay with their campers as long as they want inside the Field House during check-in.
Question: What about valuables? What should my son/daughter NOT bring?
Answer: We highly discourage bringing any type of expensive electronic gear, such as I-Pods, I-Pads, DVD players, Laptops, etc. Unfortunately, items end up lost or even stolen. If high end sports' equipment is brought, it must be safeguarded and well-marked. Please ensure your camper brings an extra padlock. There is a wall locker they can utilize to secure their items.
Cell phones are permitted, but not allowed during camp instruction.
Question: Is transportation provided to/from Colorado Springs Airport?
Answer: Yes, transportation is provided for boarders to and from the Colorado Springs Airport (COS) ONLY
Question: Who coaches the AFA Sports Camps?
Answer: Each respective sport is led by the Air Force Academy's head coaching staff. However, because of the number of campers, additional high school and college coaches are hired to assist.
Question: What evening activities are available for boarders after camp each day?
Answer: AFA Sports Camps has an array of Night Recreational activities and venues for each boarder. Campers may elect to ice skate, play basketball, swim, play volleyball, tennis, racquetball, foosball, air hockey or table tennis. Boarders can also play board games, grab a snack from our concession stands, or visit our gift shop. A movie will also be shown each evening. Each venue is supervised and managed by a staff of trained adults.
Question: What kind of dorm supervision is provided to boarders during their stay?
Answer: Led by a staff of active duty officers, there are over 80 cadet & adult counselors who reside in the Sports Camp dormitory during camp. Cadets and our active duty staff provide counseling, guidance, and supervision. A private security company also provides additional security and oversight during evening and nighttime hours.
Question: Is there a medical staff available at all times for campers?
Answer: Yes. There is a staff of nurses and medical trainers available 24 hours a day.
Question: Are dorm rooms available between Session's 1 and 2 on Friday & Saturday nights?
Answer: Unfortunately not. Friday's and Saturday's are spent cleaning rooms, taking care of maintenance issues, and preparing for the next camp.
Question: Are girls and boys dorm rooms located on the same floors?
Answer: Male and female floors are completely segregated from each other. In addition, each section has an assigned nurse and additional medical staff personnel.
Question: Are meals included during camp?
Answer: Boarders are provided breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Lunch is provided for commuter campers. Please note: Although most our meals served come with a variety of fruits & vegetables, we do not provide a special menu for vegetarian only, or gluten free diets.
Question: Is a physical required in order to participate in camp?
Answer: No, but remember that a (Medical Insurance/Information) is required when registering. ALso, a copy of the campers insurance card shoudl be brought to camp and held by the camper.
Question: Are bed linens and toiletries provided for boarders?
Answer: No. Boarders must bring their own blanket, pillow, sheets (twin beds), towels, toiletries, etc. (shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste). Please also bring sunscreen!
Question: Are Sports Camp Scholarships available?
Answer: NCAA rules and regulations prohibit us from granting scholarships.
Question: How many campers are in each sport? Can my son or daughter participate in multiple camps?
Answer: The number of campers varies. Sports such as Wrestling, Diving, Track and Field, or Cheerleading may have 15-40 participants. Soccer, Football or Basketball may have several hundred. Each sport is dependent on the facilities available and the amount of staff we hire. You cannot switch from one sport to the next, unless circumstances dictate.
Question: Does Sports Camps provide tours of the Air Force Academy?
Answer: No. Please remember that your son or daughter will be exposed to ninety percent of the Academy's Cadet Wing, and surrounding facilities.
Question: What does a typical camp schedule look like for a Boarder camper staying overnight?
NOTE: COMMUTER "DAY" CAMPERS: Monday through Thursday: 8:30am-4:30pm, Friday: 8:30am-12:00pm
Sessions 1 and 2: Camp Check-in is on Sunday between 2:00-5:00pm at the Cadet Field House.
Session 3: Check-in is on Monday morning between 7:30-8:30am.