Affordable, beautiful and fun, Camp Casey is the perfect location for team members to become acquainted and form friendships.
Affordable, beautiful and fun, Camp Casey is the perfect location for team members to become acquainted and form friendships. That’s why the Seattle Pacific University Crew Team retreats to Camp Casey every winter to play games, relax, unwind and build bonds that last all season long.
“As nearly two thirds of the team are new each year, we have found this retreat to be the most important thing we do, other than actual training,” Keith Jefferson, Seattle Pacific University Crew Coach, said. “Winter training is very demanding, and the team members’ relationships are pivotal to perseverance and success.”
The SPU crew teams include 25-30 men and women who stay in the Camp Casey Bachelor Officer Quarters (BOQ). The BOQ is an all-inclusive space where groups can sleep, eat and hold group meetings. There is a commercial kitchen, dining hall and meeting rooms with AV capabilities in the building or adjacent. The Crew team enjoys using the BOQ as space to play games or watch movies. The gymnasium and field serve as perfect locations for energy burning activities and Fort Casey is the ideal setting for a game of Sardines (a hide and seek game).
“We would have significantly less unification, or achieve it more difficultly, without the Casey experience each year,” Jefferson said. “Casey is invaluable to us, and the only affordable way for us to do this really. The staff are great and the facilities are perfect for what we need.”
Camp Casey hosts many other sports teams throughout the year, who use the facilities for training and team bonding. The Camp offers a gymnasium and expansive high-quality play fields with the option to rent sports equipment (goals etc.). Guests are also able to take advantage of Camp Casey’s outdoor education programs, beachside fire pits and swimming pool (summer only).
National champion rower David Covey founded the Seattle Pacific University Crew team in 1973. The crew race season runs from March through June when the SPU crew competes in approximately ten race events around the Western U.S. For more information on the SPU Crew team, log on to http://www.spu.edu/depts/crew/ .