How to Choose the Right Summer Basketball Camp

Camp season is upon us. How do I know what camps I should attend?

Well, that depends on what your goals are. Do you just want something to do? Or do you want to play or do you want to improve? That is only something that you can answer.

If you are a player, there is really only one reason to go to camp, and that is to get better.

There are plenty of ways you can get that accomplished. Here are my thoughts.

How Much Time is Spent Teaching?

First, investigate the camp schedule. How much time is spent on teaching, how much on drilling, how many games do you play per day, what other activities are there? Where is the camp?

I believe that the purpose for basketball camp is to get exposed to new ideas, skills and training methods. There should be a significant amount of time spent on teaching and drilling. I know drilling is hard and in some cases, monotonous. But that is how you get better...

A basketball camp should promote an environment where learning is the primary function. Are there extra instruction opportunities, are there specific topics covered or are they just general topics? A good camp will have a learning opportunity in every activity period. If you are not directly involved with a camp activity, there should be other opportunities for you to learn.

How Many Games?

Check to see how many games are played. In my opinion, games are the least important aspect of any camp. They should be used for practical application of the things that you learn in the rest of the camp.

One thing I am sure of, players can always find games. Go to the park, go to your school, go to a community center if you want to play games. If you are spending money to go to camp, go to learn. The number of games you play directly affects the time you have to learn. As a rule, the more games, the less teaching happens.

What kinds of games are there? Are the all 5 on 5 “League Games,” or are there controlled scrimmages, 3 on 3 games, etc.? The larger the variety of competitions, the more opportunity there is to learn.

Other Activities?

The same is said of other activities. While a variety of activities might be good for selling the camp, it really is not good for learning. I am not saying that swimming is a bad activity for a basketball camp. But, if they close down the basketball so everybody can swim, that may not be the best situation.

Be sure that other activities are only options, not mandatory activities. You should be able to work on as much basketball as you like. After all, why are you there? If you want to swim, go to swim camp.

Go Outside Your Area and Challenge Yourself

Also evaluate where the camp is. Part of success in life, as well as basketball is learning how to handle the unknown. Just going to the local camp with all your friends and others that you know certainly does not give you the variety of competition or the uncertainty of the unknown that you need to really improve as a player. If you have the means to be able to do so, I always recommend that players go outside their area for basketball camp.

Finding a Basketball Camp

Where do you find a good basketball camp? You can start by looking at the camps that Breakthrough Basketball has available. You can also search on Google, ask your coach, and ask your team mates.

What do you think? Let us know by leaving your comments, suggestions, and questions...


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Greg Knapp says:
1/8/2024 at 10:39:01 PM

Hi guys, G'day from Australia. my son (Fabian) is 14 going on. 25! Athletic, strong and tall. He loves BB . Plays rep .

On a trip to the US flying from Sydney to LA, thought he would love the opportunity to learn from the big guys of the sport.

Always looking of areas of improvement. Technical, defense, positioning, consistency etc

Any suggested camps in 2024, around or close to LA,
Cheers Greg Knapp


Anabelle says:
1/10/2022 at 4:07:49 PM

My son is 16 yrs old and just started to love playing basketball and he plays junior varsity in a small school. Do you have a program that is in house camp for his age in central Texas. I lived in a small city and far from the cities scheduled for summer to drive back and forth everyday for the camp.


Bruce says:
3/10/2020 at 3:07:12 PM

My granddaughter just finished her first year of varsity basketball. She made varsity as a sophomore. She has always been taller than other girls she played against and could rebound with no problem. She still got her share of rebounds. She has attended the essential skills and the shooting camp. Is there a camp she cam attend for rebounding and posting a player up.

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Clint says:
3/10/2020 at 5:46:56 PM

Hi Bruce -

I'd love to talk with you about camps that might be great for your granddaughter. Can you email me at and I will send you over some links and suggestions?



Elaine Rogers says:
6/17/2019 at 6:10:16 PM

Where, who, how and what is the best camp for my 10 yo grandson. He is a rising 5th grader and played travel ball this year which I personally did not like! The team was never consistent. Players being pulled from other teams for tournaments.
I want him to understand the basic first and get his speed, quick feet and hand quickness. He does have a good eye for knowing where others are on the court. I want the best for him. He wants to concentrate on basketball versus other sports.

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Clint Dalrymple says:
6/17/2019 at 6:38:22 PM

Hello Elaine - I would recommend our Essential Youth Skills or our Shooting, Ball Handling and Finishing camp based off what you told me.

Feel free to reach out to me directly and I'll help find a camp in your area.



Joe G says:
4/12/2019 at 12:55:43 AM

Do you know where the Milwaukee WI camps are located at? and what is the cost for say like: Elite Guard Camp-Milwaukee.

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Clint Dalrymple says:
4/12/2019 at 3:26:29 PM

Hi Joe - See details for the Milwaukee camp below.

Center Court Sports Complex
815 Northview Rd.
Waukesha, WI 53188

Camp Link with all cap details:


melanie says:
4/1/2019 at 7:28:44 PM

my kid has been competitive travel ball for 4 years. What level''s of training do you have to ensure he will benefit from learning new things as well as improving upon what he already knows without being too bored?

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Clint Dalrymple says:
4/2/2019 at 7:43:38 AM

Our camp curriculum creator has decades of experience in the coaching world. Jim Huber has meticulously created our curriculum's to ensure that campers of all levels receive high quality instruction. He also works first hand with training our other lead coaches. His bio is below:

If you have other questions about specific camps, you can email me at and I'll be happy to send you information.

Clint Dalrymple


Dustin says:
2/14/2019 at 2:53:59 PM

Hey Mike!

Yes, kids are grouped by grade and gender. Numbers don''t always work out perfectly so we could have some 4th and 5th graders combined. Regardless, majority of our camps are INDIVIDUAL skill development camps so doesn''t matter if LeBron James is at your basket.

Hope this helps!


Michael says:
2/14/2019 at 11:45:34 AM

Your youth camps indicate they are for a VERY broad range of ages 4th-9th grade.

clearly, the level of skills will vary across an age group that big. Are kids grouped by age at all?


Nikki says:
7/8/2018 at 8:57:11 AM

We registered 2 campers for a camp that said there was only 1 spot left. How do we know if we are truly registered or on a waiting list?


Eddie says:
3/29/2018 at 11:47:00 AM

Is these camps good for beginners? Are parents allowed to sit in during the camp?

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Dustin says:
3/29/2018 at 2:23:56 PM

Yes, parents are free to observe with a paid camper. Beginners are welcome to any camp except our Elite Guard and Elite Youth. Please contact us here for any other questions:


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