Basketball Camp at Camp Horseshoe Summer Overnight Camp for Boys

August 8th - 12th, 2019

Great food, clean Northwoods air, and a tremendous atmosphere for living certainly play a role in the success of our camp. But the real key to the success at Horseshoe Basketball Camp is the program. An excellent blend of competition, instruction and fun, like no other camp we know. You'll get your share of strenuous competition with the other athletes like yourself. And you'll also get plenty of invaluable, one-on-one instruction in technique and skills. You'll leave the camp with confidence. Our goal is to help you become the best basketball player you're capable of being and nothing less. You provide the effort, we'll provide the training. Our player - coach ratio is 7 to 1 which will provide you with a great deal of individual attention.

Northwoods Living A Unique Experience
The ideal setting for a week of basketball instruction and competition. Nestled in the lake and forest country of Northern Wisconsin, Horseshoe Basketball Camp affords the proper atmosphere for every camper to get the absolute maximum out of his week long experience.

The Facilities Are Excellent
Horseshoe, rich in tradition since the 1930s, boasts one of the finest facilities in the country. All of our facilities from the courts to the cabins and bathrooms are new, clean, and up to date.

Off The Court Activities
Swimming, water-skiing, tubing, trampball, volleyball, tennis, fishing, archery and riflery are some of the leisure time activities to be enjoyed at Camp Horseshoe.

Daily Schedule Is Performance Planned
A typical day at camp will start with breakfast, followed by specific instruction and competition. The same procedure follows the post lunch and rest period. There will be two regulation full court games for every camper each day. There will also be ample time for off-court leisure activities.

Typical Camp Day


Rise and shine
Morning stations - instruction
Conference games and free time
Conference games and free time
Lunch and rest period
Afternoon stations - coaches talk
Individual and team competitions
Conference games and free time
Conference games and free time
Evening programs
Return to cabins and lights out

A Winning Team of Coaches and Counselors

Pat Ambrose has been the Head Varsity Coach at Stevenson High School for 18 years. His winning record includes back-to-back trips downstate, as well as multiple sectional and regional titles. Coach Ambrose’s own boys have been long time campers and it will be his 12th year at Camp Horseshoe.

John Camardella is the Head Varsity Coach at Prospect High School where the Knights have won 8 of the last 10 M.S.L. East Division titles. As a player, Coach Camardella earned All-Conference honors at Illinois Wesleyan University and played in the 2001 Division III Final Four. He started attending basketball camps in the Northwoods in 1993 and has been a coach at Camp Horseshoe 2004.

Paul Harris is in his 20th year as Head Varsity Coach at Highland Park High School. He led Highland Park to its 1st ever Elite Eight appearance in 2002. The 2014 Highland Park Giants won 22 games and captured a regional title.  Coach Harris also has had his own boys at camp and he has spent 13 summers at Camp Horseshoe.

David Hess currently is the Sophomore Boys Basketball coach at Stevenson High School and Lead Skill Development Coach at MAX Basketball. As Head Varsity Coach at Tuscola, he led them to the 2006 OKAW Conference Title.  He has trained over 100 players at MAX Basketball and helped Coach Ambrose and Stevenson to back to back state tournament trips.  He is currently in his 11th year as a coach at Camp Horseshoe.

Derek Lemmens has been the Head Varsity Coach at Rhinelander High School in 2010. Rhinelander has won back to back GNC championships and has made it to Sectionals the last 3 years. In addition to coaching at the high school level, Coach Lemmens was a college assistant at UWSP during the 2006-07 season (WIAC champions, Sweet 16, and 9 weeks ranked #1). He served a tour in Iraq from 2007-2008. This will be Coach Lemmens 8th summer working Horseshoe Basketball Camp.

Dan McKendrick has been the varsity head coach at Deerfield High School since 2012. His teams have won four consecutive C.S.L. North Conference Championships (2014 – 2017). In 2016, the Deerfield Warriors tied a school record for wins with a 28-4 overall record while winning an I.H.S.A. Regional Championship and advancing to the Sweet 16.  Coach McKendrick has been coaching at Horseshoe since 2013.

Glenn Olson is the Head Varsity Coach at Niles North High School. He has led the Vikings to multiple Central Suburban League Championships, Regional Championships, Sectional Championships, Sweet 16 and advanced to the Elite 8.  Coach Olson’s own son is a camper. This will be Coach Olson's 10th year at Camp Horseshoe.

Billy Pitcher has been the Head Varsity Coach of Lake Zurich High School since 2010. Coach Pitcher won the IBCA Coach of Year Award in 2016 and has coached the Lake County All-Star team. His teams have won over 100 games the last 5 seasons. He has coached at Camp Horseshoe since 2013.

Tom Sloan is the Head Varsity Coach at Lyons Township High School. During the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, the Lions compiled an overall record of 52-5, with back-to-back West Suburban Silver Division Championships and back-to-back IHSA Regional Championships. He was also a walk-on player at the University of Illinois from 1988-92 and member of the 1989 Illini Final Four team. This is Coach Sloan's 11th year at Camp Horseshoe.

Bob Widlowski has more than 25 years of basketball coaching experience. For the past 16 years, he has been Head Varsity Coach at Fremd High School in Palatine. The Fremd Vikings have been one of the top ranked teams in the state and advanced to the State Tournament in 2017, finishing the regular season with a 31-0 season record.  Coach Widlowski’s own son is a camper and he has been a coach at Camp Horseshoe since 2013.

The Northwoods Camp For Boys in Rhinelander, Wisconsin