Bethel University Cross Country Summer Youth Camp

Date Sunday, July 21 - July 25, 2019
Location Bethel University - View maps and directions
RegistrationRegistration forms will be accepted in the order they are received until camp limit is reached. Register
SponsorsBethel Cross Country Coaches and part and present athletes.

Event Description

July 21-25, 2019
This individual skills camp is designed for runners entering grades 9-12 for the 2018-2019 school year who want to develop their running skills through small and large group activities. Camp sessions will be taught by Missy Rock, 3-Time Division III National Cross Country Champion, and Head Bethel Cross Country Coach, Joe Stephens. In addition, several of Bethel's past and present All-American cross country runners will serve as camp counselors.

The counselor/athlete ratio will be kept as low as possible (approximately 1:10) to ensure the personal attention needed for a great camp experience. All students entering grades 9-12 for the 2018-19 school year are accepted. Younger or older students may be accepted upon approval.

Registration & Costs

$350 for overnight campers: $100 non-refundable deposit is required with registration
$250 for commuters: $100 non-refundable deposit is required with registration

Cost includes expert coaching, insurance, t-shirt, and lunch each day. Campers should bring a water bottle, good pair of running shoes, running and normal wear attire suitable for the weather. All campers must bring a signed parent waiver and medical form with them to camp check-in. Please print off these forms and make sure they're filled out upon arrival.

About the Facility

Bethel University is located in Arden Hills, a northern suburb of St. Paul, MN. The campus borders Lake Valentine and has miles of on-campus running trails, as well as many miles of trails nearby. Facilities also include a 50,000 square foot field house in case of inclement weather; training rooms, new wellness center and weight room, and air-conditioned classrooms, plus a beautiful new dining center where amazing nutritious food is served.

Camp Staff

Joe Stephens, Camp Director
Joe Stephens recently completed his first season at Bethel, where he coached Matt Berens and Annika Halverson to an All-American honor in the 2015 NCAA Division III National Cross Country Meet. He also helped Mollie Gillberg break the school record in the indoor 5,000-meter race with a time of 17:25. The Royals men's cross country team finished third at the University of Minnesota's Roy Griak Invitational as well, which is hte highest finish in program history.

Prior to his time at Bethel, Stephens was at NCAA Division I programs, University of Wyoming and Colorado State University, from 2008-2015. During this seven-year stint, Stephens coached four Mountain West Conference runner-up finishes and five Top-40 nationally-ranked cross country teams.

Missy Rock
Missy Rock, an assistant coach for the Bethel cross country program, is a legend among distance runners. Rock, formerly known as Missy Buttry, is the most decorated cross country athlete in NCAA Division III women's history after winning three consecutive cross country championships and 11 individual track and field national titles. A member of the USA world cross country team in 2004 and 2005, Rock won the bronze medal at the 2005 World Cross Country Championships and finished eighth in the 2004 Olympic trials in the 5,000-meter race.

Matt Berens
Matt Berens is arguably Bethel's most decorated men's cross country athlete in program history. A two-time All-American, Berens finished among the Top 10 at the NCAA Division III National Cross Country Meet twice in his career in addition to his two first-place finishes at the University of Minnesota's Roy Griak Invitational. The three-year captain owns Bethel's second-fastest time in program history with mark of 24:32.

Mollie Gillberg
Mollie Gillberg has been one of Bethel's strongest female distance runners in the last five years, as she reached the NCAA Division III National Meet for both cross country and track and field. Gillberg, who graduates in May 2016, competed in the 2012 NCAA Division III National Cross Country Meet as well as the 2016 NCAA Division III National Indoor Track and Field Meet. 

Zach Haskins
Zach Haskins is a two-time All-American. He was a National Cross Country Qualifier and a Bethel team cross country captain during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. He also holds the Indoor Mile (4:10.69) and the Outdoor 1,500-meter (3:48.89) records at Bethel.

Refund and Cancellation

If you need to cancel your registration, please note our refund policies:
  • 90 days before camp: Full refund minus $10 processing fee
  • 14-90 days before camp: Deposit held, unless someone on the waiting list can fill your spot resulting in a $10 processing fee
  • 1-14 days before camp: Deposit held
  • After camp begins: No refunds, with a possible exception due to injury
If you are injured at our camp, and our athletic trainer has determined that you cannot continue with the camp, you will receive a refund based on the amount of time you were able to participate in the camp. Once you begin camp there will be no refunds for any reason other than injury.


For any further questions, please contact Joe Stephens at or (612) 749-4289.


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