2020 Summer Camp Details
Cost: $1,000 CDN
Financial Assistance: The Rise & Shine Foundation offers help to those who would otherwise be unable to attend due to financial limitations. Apply at the bottom of the registration page (scroll down) for financial assistance.
Criteria for selection: You don't have to be the best player on your team or in your town, but you should have the desire to develop leadership skills and be registered for a GOLD level (3rd division) or higher team. REGISTER BELOW!
Past Guest Coaches: (Guest Coaches & Mentors for 2020 will be announced soon!)
Melissa Tancredi — three-time Olympian with two bronze medals to her credit
Temryss Lane — former captain of the US Women's U23 Team
Dwayne De Rosario — Canada's all-time leading goal scorer
Terry Dunfield — former Manchester City, Vancouver Whitecaps & Canadian International
Marius Rovde - Norwegian Former professional goalkeeper with experience in Europe & N. America. Now a top goalkeeper coach with MLS programs and national teams
Calen Carr — former MLS Professional with the Houston Dynamo & Chicago Fire, now an MLS.com host
Rob Friend — former Canadian International & German Bundesliga Forward
Andrea Neal - Canadian soccer Hall of Famer who has been a part of 5 World Cups for Canada.
Mike Chabala - Former MLS pro, creator of SPHERE - soccer fitness & wellness centers
Ciara McCormack - Yale Graduate - former Irish International Womens player
Past Guest Mentors:
Sharad & Nisha Khare - Production & content creation, Khare Communications
Scott Patey - Actor/Comedian/Improv professional
Matt Turner - Narrative Creative Director - EA sports FIFA
Charles Zuckerman - Photographer/Content
Erin Cebula - Entertainment Tonight host & media maven.
Ian McIntosh — Pro Skier & Adventurer
Ashleigh McIvor — Olympic Gold Medallist - SkiCross
.... and many more successful entrepreneurs, athletes, celebrities, professionals.
About the Venue: Have you ever found yourself facing such breathtaking scenery that —once you’ve caught your breath— you feel energized… and inspired… and empowered?
The Rise & Shine Retreat sits at the base of majestic 8,501 ft Mount Currie and 2016 marked the beginning of a new way to train for youth soccer. Plans to develop the property over the next two years are in motion, and in the meantime, camps are operated out of Jay & Ashleigh's tiny little cabin, with a deck that is 3 times the size of the indoor space! Kids camp-out on site. (see below)
More About Captains Camps:
Led by US International/former Watford FC/Whitecaps captain Jay DeMerit, Rise & Shine: Captains Camps are much more than your typical soccer camp.
A captain is an individual who unifies teammates into one team. A captain has to be well-rounded to lead by example.
At the Rise & Shine: Captains Camps, the curriculum is specifically built around creating a balance of elite soccer training on the field, and all-encompassing life-skills training off the field, with a strong emphasis on leadership.
Participants enjoy nutrition education through hands-on cooking classes and preparation of meals, and they'll get their creative juices flowing by designing and building their own training equipment! (Jay also has a degree in Industrial Design and is eager to share those practical, creative skills!)
On the soccer side, Jay teams up with former professionals to make sure all of the coaches' experiences can be passed on to each player.
Strong mentorship is a vital component in the Rise & Shine mentality, so we will also be bringing other mentors in to the camp from doctors to designers, and entrepreneurs, to some of the world's best athletes from other sports.
TOGETHER, we can achieve more and build better leaders for tomorrow!
Accommodation & Meals:
Accommodation is be on-site! Participants each have a comfy twin bed, “glamping” (glamorous camping) in a 10’ x 10’ outfitter tent, shared with one other camper. There will be nice washroom trailers, several outdoor showers, and laundry service will be provided.
Meals will be prepared and enjoyed at the DeMerits’ cabin by our incredible chef, Taylor Godber.
Have a look at the photos below!
This is a unique opportunity to be part of something special from the beginning as the Rise & Shine Retreat is set to blossom into a high-end, world class facility over the next few years. Development plans include a large barn to serve as the camp headquarters, a bunkhouse and sleeping cabins for kids, coaches, and mentors, as well as a spectacular spa area for physio and treatment.
Join us this summer as we “rough it” on the retreat grounds and lay the foundation for an enriching sports and leadership program that you can be proud to have become part of in its infancy!
2019 Captains Camp Registration
Or forward a cheque to
Captains Camps Society at
502 - 27 Alexander St.
or send via Interac e-transfer to
with your participant's name in the notes
Please bring your soccer cleats, a water bottle, and clothes that will keep you warm at night, cool during the day.
We will provide Captains Camp branded kits, (socks, shorts, jerseys) and wash them each night for you.
Please visit this page regularly for any updates.
We will email more detailed information 1 week before your camp starts.
See you this summer!