2016 Fencing Summer Camp Guide

Mid-South is pleased to offer a variety of summer camps where the focus is on fun, learning, friendships and becoming great. Join Mid-South where we value personal growth, resiliency, self-confidence, and group collaborative skills from the start and carry these values on through our advanced programming, where nationally competitive athletes flourish. Summer camps are led by our highly trained and skilled professional staff in four locations across the Research Triangle. Fencing is the ultimate sport and Mid-South invites you to come test, push, and evolve your fencing skills, or just give the sport a try!

Mid-South On-site Beginner and Advanced Beginner Camps: Ages 7-16

The Olympic dream is alive this summer and will be our camp theme running throughout all of our summer programming. Star Wars is always a theme, so yes, we have light sabers and they will travel too! Each camp is directed by a full-time professional fencing coach. We strive for an 8:1 camper to staff ratio. We open at 8:30pm and onsite camps run from 9-3:30pm for all full-day Olympic Beginner to Advanced Beginner and Fence Like A Girl camps (with an after-care option until 5pm).  Our Intermediate Camp hours are 9-4pm and 9-5pm for both of our Advanced Camps. Please check individual off-site camps start and end times; each camp has different drop-off and pick-up policy and procedures.

July 11 – July 15: Beginner to Advanced Beginner: Olympic Fencing Academy Camp (Full-day option, $285)

July 18 – July 22: Fence Like A Girl Camp (All Levels, Full-day option, $285)

August 1- 5: Beginner to Advanced Beginner: Olympic Fencing Academy Camp (Full and half-day options, $285 and $195) 


A lot of new parents worry, is fencing safe? Fencing is a combat sport, we do wear standardized gear and have a no tolerance policy if the equipment is used incorrectly. If you are concerned and want to see our gear, please try out one of our free intro classes. You can see, wear, and practice in the gear yourself, and bring your kid!

Beginners are introduced to all styles of Olympic swords where they learn the basics of how to play the game.

Our ‘Fence Like a Girl’ camp offers a unique opportunity to explore being sporty with other like-minded girls.

Off-site Mid-South maintains several strong working relationships with Durham Academy, Duke School and Cary Academy.

Durham Academy’s camps are designed for beginners and are ideal for those who need the structure of full-day before and aftercare. Durham Academy also offers scholarships for campers in need of financial assistance.

Durham Academy – Register Here! 

June 13 – June 17: Beginning Olympic Fencing – Afternoon – Rising 2nd-6th grade – $215

June 27 – July 1: Beginning Olympic Fencing – Afternoon – Rising 2nd-6th grade – $215

July 25 – July 29: Beginning Olympic Fencing – Afternoon – Rising 2nd-6th grade – $215

Cary Academy also offers before and aftercare, and is known for its unique academic offerings. Coach Kallio is the lead instructor at Cary Academy and year after year fencing is one of their most popular camps.  Camps are all run as half-day weekly sessions separated by grade level.

Cary Academy – Register Here!

June 13 – June 17th: Beginner Olympic Fencing – Morning or Afternoon option – $195

Mid-South always feels at home joining Duke School. This summer Duke School will host our first ever Medieval Longsword full-day camp. Their gorgeous campus will facilitate learning what it meant to fight like a knight as the group explores the evolutionary journey of our sport.

Duke School – Register Here! 

July 18 – July 22: Medieval Knighthood Camp – Full-day – Ages 11-15 – $325


Be a part of understanding our human evolution with tools.

Mid-South Intermediate Camps

Intermediate camps are for fencers who have declared and are regularly participating in fencing as a sport activity. We will work on building athleticism, cognitive problem-solving, team building, and building strengths inside and around the neighborhood of our 6,000 sq ft facility.

July 25 – July 29: Intermediate Saber Camp – Experience and Coach Recommendation – $315

August 15 – 19: Intermediate Saber Camp – Experience and Coach Recommendation – $315

If you do not have your own electric fencing equipment for the Intermediate Camp, you will need to rent equipment, which can be done through the club. This camp will be mentally and physically challenging, please make sure to pack lots of snacks, a water bottle and both indoor and outdoor shoes if you have them. If you have a question regarding if this camp or the full-day Beginning and Advanced Camp as being more appropriate, please ask!

July 18 – July 22: Fence Like A Girl Camp (All levels welcome… but you have to be a girl, sorry boys!) The camp will be modeled after Beginner and Advanced Beginner Olympic camps, but with added diversity within the levels of training to better enable support for the social and athletic developmental needs of girls. $285

Learning to train and work together as a team while keeping your individual goals in focus are important. Intrinsic motivation starts here.

Learning to train and work together as a team while keeping your individual goals in focus are important. Intrinsic motivation starts here.

If you have your own equipment and have started competing in the 2014-2015 season you may want to test readiness for regional or national events.  Our Tournament Skills Camp is classified as an advanced camp, but we are always looking for tournament ready folks.  Camp is a great way to test for more intense training readiness. Our coaching staff can help you evaluate if your child is ready to explore competitive fencing.

June 20 – June 24: Tournament Saber Skills Camp – Experience and Coach Recommendation – $360

Advanced Camps

The first advanced camp in June focuses primarily on tournament preparation and all things tournament related. This will include but is not limited to: nutrition, planning, goal setting, technical and tactical fencing, score-keeping and refereeing, sport psychology, and of course, training for greatness! This summer both of our advanced camps will be saber focused.

Our August camp is an essential start for the season for those planning to compete in the 2016-2017 season and will incorporate the Olympic festival. If you are willing and ready to give it your all, this is the camp for you as this is our most physically and mentally challenging camp of the year. We do physical fitness testing, play intense competitive group camps, practice repetition of footwork and fencing skills under various conditions. The design of this camp will be to jump-start Mid-South’s first formal Junior Elite program this fall.  Here fencers will establish intentions for the upcoming season, increase awareness of themselves, their goals, and their purpose for studying fencing.

Many athletes, year after year, participate and respond to our athlete-centered approach towards training with surprise and relief. Intent and wanting to work towards improving your fencing is the most important qualifier for participating in any of our advanced programming. Please join us, test and train to expand your personal physical and psychological limits in a developmentally appropriate, and positive coaching environment.

June 20 – June 24: Advanced Tournament Saber Skills Camp – $360 – 9-5pm daily.

August 8 – 12: Advanced Saber Training Camp – $430 – 9-5pm daily,  plus some evenings.


Mid-South’s history with sport fencing is deeply integrated and influenced by the modern fencing world’s greatest coaches. Here national coach Ed Korfanty works easily with Mid-South fencer Leanne Chan.


Fencers from outside Mid-South rave about feeling at home and enjoying the team camaraderie when participating at our camps. Just know, during this week, or any week at Mid-South, you are treated as one of our own. Home-stays are available and a new Marriott Residence Inn will be in walking distance to the club. Mid-South appreciates open communication with your home club coach and we value the collaborative coaching relationships we have across the country. A big bonus is we are sandwiched between both Duke and UNC’s campus, which allows for a great excuse to visit campuses if you are considering collegiate fencing.

If you still need direction and are wondering if Mid-South is the best place to invest in some serious training or intense fun, read our coaches’ bios, give us a call, or ask around. We love what we do, and our expertise and dedication to promoting a healthy competitive sport environment and positive coaching for youth athletic development is what Mid-South is all about.

Happy camping this summer, and go ahead and click here to register for any of our summer camps!

Coach Jen