General Information and News

January 2020
XCU Closes
It is with heavy hearts, that we, the Camp Directors, announce the end of a long and very rewarding adventure that was Cross Country University (XCU Camp). Due to our host site, Camp Lindenmere, expanding their own camp into our time period and unable to come up with a suitable replacement, we are shutting our doors after 14 years. Our hope is that you will remember all the fun, friendships, laughter and learning that you experienced here.
We would like to thank our many fine counselors over the years whose enthusiasm and caring made the camp as successful as it was. And of course, we want to thank you and all of the other campers who have traveled our trails. We wish you much success and happiness in your running and in your lives. Please say hello to us when you see us and let us know how you are doing.

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, LOVE what you are doing.”

Jim Schlentz, Tim Collins, and Tim Mulligan

August 2019
There are spots still available for XCU Camp 2019. Contact Jen Loxton if you would like to register! We also have spots left on the Colts Neck HS bus. More information in Final Instructions.

If you are unable to meet form and final payment requirements before camp starts please contact Jen Loxton at as soon as possible.

Please do not forget that we must have a health form completed and signed by a medical provider as well as a vaccination record.

If you are unsure whether you submitted all of your paperwork or if you have a balance, feel free to Contact Jen Loxton if you have any questions or concerns. She’ll be happy to check for you!

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!

April 2019
Now accepting applications for XCU Camp 2019!

December 2018
Congratulations to Coach Jim Schlentz for being inducted into the New York Armory Coaches Hall of Fame!

September 2018
XCU in the news! Check it out:

August 2018
We want to thank you all for attending the 2018 XCU Camp. We would like to wish all of you a fantastic fall season and a great 2018-2019 school year
All the best to you and your team!
2018 Camp Video


Camp Director Coach Schlentz explains why go to a XC camp

What is Cross Country University? Cross Country University Running Camp (XCU) is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the sport of distance running. For 6 days and 5 nights, the main focus of this co-ed camp is to aid every runner to improve their knowledge and enjoyment of the sport.  This camp is open to all runners who are entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2019. XCU is in its 12th year. *Only high school students entering Grades 9-12 are permitted to attend XCU.

Purpose: A major focus at XCU is combining learning, hard work and having fun! Evening activities include a hypnotist, talent show, & dance. Activities at XCU include swimming, basketball, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, Camp Olympics and a talent show.

XCU Camp Includes:
*Improve your running mechanics
*How to train intelligently
*Race strategies
Proper nutrition
Cross training and running drills
Injury prevention
Motivational speakers on a variety of running-related topics
*Running in college
*Running form video analysis

Counselors: Our Camp Directors have coached and taught at all levels of competition and have decades of coaching experience in addition to  understanding the needs of young runners. Our outstanding counselors are current or former collegiate runners from a wide range of programs, several of whom have achieved All-American status prior to or following our camp. Counselors have competed at schools such as Villanova, Oregon, Iona, U Penn, Monmouth, TCNJ, Shippensburg, Rutgers, William & Mary, American U., and Rowan. Our counselors are college athletes, teachers, coaches and former campers.  We perform background checks on all XCU counselors.

If you are interested in being a camp counselor or a counselor-in-training (CIT), please contact Jen Loxton at

Location: Our camp is held 10 miles west of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania at Camp Lindenmere, which is set on 175 acres. It has newly refurnished and air-conditioned cabins and a fully staffed dining hall with a selection of nutritious foods, including a salad and pasta bar, that will fill the needs of the young endurance athlete.  Camp Lindenmere does not serve nut products in the kitchen or anywhere on camp grounds and there are vegetarian alternatives. If you have any other dietary restrictions, please let us know. 

The cabins have been updated and now are all air-conditioned. Though our camp won’t include everything listed in the Camp Lindenmere activities, it does include a pool, beach volleyball courts, tennis and basketball courts, a game room and much more. See Activities  for more information. For safety purposes, the front gate is secured and locked every night. 

Roommate Requests: On the application, please let us know who you would like to room with. We will try our best to put you with either your friends or teammates. In the event a team is large, we will put campers in adjoining cabins. Each cabin holds 6-12 campers and 1-2 counselors per cabin. While the camp is co-ed, the male and female cabins are across the camp from each other. 

Additional Information: Teams and individuals who attended the camp have had a great deal of success in NJ and PA following their XCU Camp experience. Teams and individuals have gone on to win 4 NJ Meet of Champion team titles, 3 individual NJ Meet of Champion titles, 3 PA State Champion team titles and several teams have qualified for the Nike Team Nationals! BUT…don’t be overwhelmed by those achievements. Many of our runners are beginner and all runners are placed in groups according to their ability and pace. There are at least 2 counselors per running group. 

For questions, concerns or more information: contact Jen Loxton at or call Jim Schlentz, Camp Director, at (732) 908-0836

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