As many Puget Sound residents will tell you, Camp Casey and soccer go hand in hand. That’s because, for the past quarter of a century, the conference center at Camp Casey has hosted thousands of the region’s youth at overnight soccer camp. Most recently, Crossfire Soccer has utilized the camp to host four weeks of overnight soccer camp each year. Former professional soccer player, Bernie James, organizes Crossfire Soccer camps and hopes to soon spend more weeks at Camp Casey.
“I don’t think you can beat it, to be honest with you,” James said. “I’ve played professional soccer, I’ve been to every state, and I think it’s the best facility in the country for an overnight soccer camp.”
While at Camp Casey, the campers make good use of the large playfield, which is situated to take perfect advantage of the cool Puget Sound breeze. The playfields are big enough to accommodate multiple training areas, so coaches can teach different groups of kids at the same time.
Accommodations for the campers are Casey’s barracks-style dorms, which supports a team mentality on a higher level. During downtime, campers and coaches can make use of the on-site gym; visit the beach or tour Fort Casey State Park.
Drawn to the beautiful scenery and extensive recreational options at Camp Casey, many of the volunteer coaches and camp staff at Crossfire Soccer keep coming back year after year. As Bernie James puts it, “The staff is great, and there’s not a place I’d rather spend a week of my summer!”