2020 Summer Camp – Cancelled
Out of an abundance of caution and with the best interests of The Skating Academy’s skaters in mind, we regret to inform you that the 2020 Summer Camp at Babson College has been cancelled. We continue to comply with federal, state and local guidelines as the situation revolving around the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold. We look forward to welcoming skaters back onto the ice in the near future as well as the opportunity to host next year’s 2021 Summer Camp. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (617) 787-5283 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each week at Summer Camp focuses on sets of skills unique to figure skating during the specialty classes! Skaters will learn and practice new skills with coaches from The Skating Club of Boston, while they refine the skills they already know. At the end of each week, skaters will join friends for an exhibition, showcasing all they learned during their week of summer fun!
Extended Day Camp
Extended Day campers will enjoy all the benefits of a Regular Day camper in addition to a free open skate as well as additional arts and crafts activities!
Regular Day Camp
Regular Day campers will enjoy on-ice instruction and off-ice training with specialty coaches as well as yoga, dance class, a Friday skating exhibition, and a full-service lunch on campus for every day of the camp!
Summer Camp Week 1: July 13-17, 2020
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Summer Camp Week 2: July 20-24, 2020
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Learn More About Camp!
Who can participate?
All skaters ages 6-14, Basic 5 through Pre-Juvenile Free Skate!
Where is the camp located?
Babson College, Wellesley MA. The campus provides an oasis of outdoor green spaces, indoor studios for off-ice activities, a fully staffed cafeteria serving a broad selection of nutritional meals and a full-size ice rink.
Fundamentals of Skating and Specialty Classes: Week 1 and 2
Skaters already know how to skate. But, what is “skating quality”? What is a good edge and how is it performed? Learn how skaters have improved in the past and what skaters can do now to improve their skating future! Skaters will participate in activities both on and off the ice to develop their expertise.
In addition to the quality on-ice instruction from our Head Coaches, The Skating Club of Boston® staff coaches will join skaters to focus on their specialties in figure skating! These national and world class coaches will help guide skaters along their figure skating path. It could be a specialization in jumps, spins, artistry, pairs, ice dance, Theatre On Ice, and synchronized skating.
A typical day at camp:
- 7:45am Doors open for check in – Extended Day Campers
- 8:45am Doors open for check in – Regular Day Campers
- 9:00-9:20am On-ice warm up
- 9:20-11:15am On-ice and Off-ice training (groups rotate)
- 11:45-12:30pm Lunch
- 12:40-1:30pm Off-ice (ballet, jazz, yoga, and more)
- 2:00-3:50pm On-ice
- 3:00pm Skating Exhibition for family and friends (Fridays only)
- 4:00-5:00pm Arts & crafts for Extended Day Campers (Mon-Thu)
- 4:00pm Check out for Regular Day Campers
- 5:00pm Check out for Extended Day Campers
Summer Camp at Babson College is staffed by U.S. Figure Skating certified coaches, a licensed registered athletic trainer, and counselors from The Skating Club of Boston.
Campers enjoy skating, making friends, learning new skills, experiencing new techniques, and having tons of fun!
Meet the Team!
Mandy Curtin, Summer Camp Director
Mandy is the Director of Foxboro Programs for The Skating Club of Boston and is also the Director of Skater Development for Team Excel Synchronized Skating. With over 10 years experience, Mandy enjoys coaching both basic skills and synchronized skating throughout eastern Massachusetts. Originally from Australia, she skated on their national team representing Australia on Tour of Canada and in the United States. She performed in the national tour of Torvill & Dean’s International Ice Spectacular. Mandy is an Australian Synchronized Skating Silver Medalist and PSA rated coach.
Melanie Lambert, Head Coach
Melanie is one of the head coaches for Summer Camp and is also a staff coach at The Skating Club of Boston. She has been coaching for over 20 years. She has coached competitors in singles at the Regional level and pairs at the Sectional, and National levels, including medalists in pairs at both the Eastern Sectional and U.S. National Championships. She is an AIT Certified Choreographer, a PSA Rated Coach in Choreography and Pairs, and also a Level III PSA Ranked Coach.
Fred Palascak, Head Coach
Fred is also one of the Summer Camp head coaches. He has been coaching for over 20 years and is also a staff coach at The Skating Club of Boston. He has coached competitors in singles at the Regional level and pairs at the Sectional, and National levels, including medalists in pairs at both the Eastern Sectional and U.S. National Championships. Fred is a PSA Rated Coach in Freestyle and Pairs, and also a Level III PSA Ranked Coach.
2019 Specialty Coaches
Matt Savoie, Jumps, Spins
As a competitive skater, Matt was an Olympic Team Member, World Team competitor, and three time U.S. Bronze Medalist. He is a staff coach at The Skating Club of Boston coaching skaters on the Regional, Sectional and U.S. Championships levels.
Adam toured with Disney On Ice and in 2011 he won the Young Artists Showcase choreography competition. He then went on to become the assistant choreographer to Cindy Stuart for two Disney On Ice productions. His most recent work includes Artistic Director for TOI of Boston, choreography for 2006 World Champion, Kimmie Meissner, the Volkswagen Winter Spectaculars, 2016 World Championships Opening Ceremonies, U.S. Figure Skating Galas, The 146th Edition of the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and his company, Ice Cold Combos.
Melissa Delano, Synchronized Skating
Melissa is currently a member of Team Excel Collegiate and serves as Team Excel’s own Technical Specialist after becoming certified in 2012. Melissa has been deeply involved in the sport of synchronized skating for many years. She skated from 1999-2006 for the Pawtucket & Providence Synchronized Skating teams in Pawtucket, RI. She has also skated under the direction of Head Coach, Merita Mullen, at the Senior, Collegiate, and Adult levels. Melissa graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Bridgewater State University where she majored in accounting and finance. Later she finished a Masters Degree in Math Education (5-8). Melissa is a gold medalist in Moves in the Field and Ice Dance
Nick has over 20 years of ice dancing coaching experience and is excited to return to the camp. He has taught and partnered skaters from early compulsory dances through International Dances. He is a double gold medalist with his Gold Dance test and Senior Free Dance test. Nick enjoyed a competitive career under the direction of Tom Lescinski. He and his ice dance partner were the 2000 USFS Novice Silver medalists. He currently coaches ice dancing locally and coaches dance teams who have competed in recent USFS Nationals at the Juvenile and Intermediate level.
Mara Smith, Off-Ice Training
Mara is an Off-Ice trainer at The Skating Club of Boston. She is a former competitive skater from Massachusetts and graduate of University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training. She founded Precision Athletic Training LLC, a unique company providing quality and convenient sports health care to athletes. Precision AT has become the number-one source of athletic trainers for Massachusetts athletic directors and is affiliated with the Sports Medicine Group at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Kate McSwain, Yoga
Kate McSwain holds a Theatre degree from the University of Colorado along with extensive training in multiple styles of dance and a certification in Pilates. She has choreographed pieces for Ice Theatre of New York, American Ice Theatre, and the reigning National Champion Senior competitive team–Act 1 of Boston. Kate has worked with elite skaters such as Jeremy Abbott, Rachael Flatt, Adam Rippon, John Coughlin and Caydee Denney, and Lynn Kriengkrairut & Logan Guilietti-Schmitt. Kate travels to direct her own Sk8tivity artistic seminars, choreograph for competitive skaters as well as for shows both on and off the ice, and perform in professional productions.
Urbanity Dance, Jazz & Ballet
Returning to Skating Academy’s Summer Camp, Urbanity Dance brings enthusiasm, professionalism, and a refreshing approach to dance as it applies on and off the ice.
Two medical forms are required for skaters to attend Summer Camp at Babson College.
- Health records/ Immunization Information (within the past two years) – PDF
- Authorization to administer medication to skater – PDF
Please read the following fact sheets from the Massachusetts Public Health in regards to Meningitis and Meningococcal Disease:
- Massachusetts Public Health Meningococcal Disease Fact Sheet – PDF
- Massachusetts Public Health Meningitis Fact Sheet – PDF
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The Skating Club of Boston complies with The State of Massachusetts Camp Regulations (105 CMR 430) and is permitted by the Wellesley Health Department.