General Information and News

2018 Camp Dates: August 7-12

Now Accepting 2018 Camp Registrations!

2017 Camp Video

Why should you/your team go to XCU Camp?
Coach Jim Schlentz explains what the benefits are.

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 2018. 

*Only high school students Grades 9-12 are permitted to attend XCU. 

XCU Camp Includes:

How to train intelligently
Improve your running mechanics
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

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.

Counselors:  Our Camp Directors are have coached and taught at all levels of competition and who have decades of coaching experience and understand 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, Monmouth, TCNJ, Shippensburg, Rutgers, William & Mary, American U., and Rowan. Our counselors are college athletes, teachers, and coaches. If you are interested in being a camp counselor, please contact Jen Loxton at                                            *We perform background checks on all XCU counselors. 

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.  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 info.

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.

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 beginning runners and all runners are placed in groups according to their ability and pace.

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

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