Sports camps are safer than camping in the mountains thanks to the rules and regulations of athletics, which forbid lighting fires during game play, exclude bears, and limit marshmallow consumption to reasonable levels. Indulge in the prudent thrill of competition with today's Groupon: for $245, you get a four-day Badger State girls' overnight lacrosse camp from Lacrosse America at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater from June 26 to June 29 (a $495 value).
Badger State's four-day lacrosse camp tutors ladies from grades 5 through 12 in an intensive, small-group setting with instruction from an NCAA-college coaching staff. After a 7:30 a.m. breakfast, players crash through four 9:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. courses in lacrosse fundamentals taught by talented women's lacrosse coach Brian McGurn, whose experience includes stints as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator for such lacrosse powerhouses as Rutgers University, Yale University, and University of Maryland. Players hustle through comprehensive on-field instruction, learning how to transport the ball into the goal while developing drawing techniques, shooting skills, and tactics for distracting opposing mascots. Each camp fee also includes attendee's room, board, facility, meals, and reversible jersey.