"Phenomenal Camp Experience!"
"Our camper loved the ability to connect with the counselors, learn from experts, and the variety of daily runs...We felt the coaches and counselors were genuine and really cared about the campers and helping them improve."
7th-12th Grade Students
HQ2 Cross Country Mission:
Our Mission is to continue to be the best running camp in the nation by helping all runners have a fun and healthy experience with the sport of running! We strive to teach all aspects of running, leadership, team building, positive mental, emotional, and physical skills! We are passionate about education and developing people with World Class Instruction!
We develop athletes to be the best version of themselves through performance and life leadership! We offer a huge variety of fun activities and educational options! We will have professional coaches, athletes, NCAA coaches/athletes, and excellent guest speakers from across the country/world.
Founded with John Osler in 1969, and continued with Kermit Ambrose in the 1970s-1990's, both Stu ('71) and Dr. Drew ('89), began as campers, then counselors, co-directors and directors. Many of our staff have been with us since the mid 1990's. We have both evolved with current science and remained stead-fast in the hard work traditions of Kermit. We still eliminate electronics and cell phones and focus on running, education, and relationships.
We have an excellent staff who teach leadership skills in the dorms, in running and in our educational programs. We teach communication, teamwork and educational components. We teach many lifestyle choices to help athletes return to their teams as a better teammate and person. Our programming is designed to enhance all coaching philosophies. We teach mechanics, nutrition, sports psychology, goal setting, attitude, teamwork and other ideas that enhance all programs.
- Formerly Wolverine Cross Country Camps
- Information that enhances coach/athlete relationships
- Beautiful Dining Hall, Lakefront
- Locally Sourced, Organic Food
- Excellent Dorms or Beautiful Camp Sites
- Form Analysis, Physiology, Mental Strategies & Biomechanics
- Injury & Nutritional strategies
- Open for 7th to 12th grade
- NCAA Division 1 College Coaches/Runners
- Lifetime Friendships
Herbert Lindsay, World Record Holder, Half Marathon
Coach Stu Scholl, Former Coach, Motivator, and Educator, 54 years of Camp Experience
- Farm-to-fork meals combined with nutrition education!
- All runs are on World Class Trails or dirt roads!
- Lakes, rivers and state forests on every run!
- Welcoming runners from beginners to state champions.
- No Pavement Running! 95% trails, 5% dirt roads.
Check-in Day: Sunday
2:00-3:30 Registration: Eagle Village
4:00-10:00 Short Run, Form Analysis, Social Activities, Meet Other Campers, Dorm Discussions
10:00 Lights Out!
7:45 Breakfast, cleaning, mingle with counselors
9:00 Motivational Speakers
10:00 Warm-up & Trail Run
2:00 Warm-up, dynamics
3:00 Circuit Training, Adventure Run, Swimming
6:00-8:00 Climbing, High Ropes, Swimming
8:30 Snack Time
8:30-10:45 Social Time
Check-out Day: Friday
9:30-11:00 Final Run of the Week, Open to Families/Coaches
Director: Stu Scholl
All American Cross Country Runner, former Wolverine Camper and Director of Wolverine Cross Country Camp. Stu School brings 52 years of coaching, camp & running experience to HQ2. He trained and coached alongside camp founder, Kermit Ambrose. Stu is an organic farmer in Montague. He is a lifelong supporter of healthy living, eating, running and activity! Stu brings discipline, fun, safety, health, stories, and even organic food to the camp.
Ass't Director: Justin Desloover, Registered Dietician
Director: Dr. Drew Ludtke
Coached at the college level since 2000, including eight years of NCAA D1. Dr. Drew Ludtke coached 14 NCAA DIII Individual Titles, Two NCAA team titles, six NCAA Records, three international records, and over 200 school records. With 25 years of camp experience, Drew continues to develop excellence in every athlete through fun, engaging and challenging workouts.
Ass't Director: Megan O'neil Professional Running for Hanson's-Brooks
Camper Packing List!!!
1 Long Sleeved Shirts
6 Pair of Underwear
6 Pair of Socks
6 Pair of Running Shorts
2 Pair of Non-Running Shorts
1 Pair of Pants/Jeans
Warm-up Sweats (top & bottom)
2-3 Pair of Running Shoes
Food: Free Snacks and Camp Store Snacks are provide
1 set of twin sheets
1 pillow and pillow case
1 extra blanket (it can get cold)
Musical Instrument (optional)
$30 for snacks, $ for extra swag
Mesh Bag for Dirty Clothes
Books, Cards, Games
Medications in the original bottles (required by the State of Michigan)
Not Allowed At Camp:
Cell phones (see below)
Clothing with inappropriate images/weapons/swearing
Cell Phones are not allowed at camp. The goal is to engage campers with the curriculum, to eliminate a liability with communication with non-camper peers or strangers that may attempt to visit a youth camp. To have the best experience possible, we are asking that all cell phones are turned in to counselors at check-in. The state of Michigan licensing strongly encourages no cell phones. Parents will have access to call camp for emergencies or to give information regarding pick-up.