Southern Minnesota Throwers Camp- Boys & Girls (Grade 8-12) Throws Summer Camp 2024

Throws Camp
FULL Week 1: Session 1  FULL Thursday, June 13, 2024 FULL
FULL Week 1: Session 2  FULL Saturday, June 15, 2024 FULL
Week 2: Session 3  Thursday, June 20, 2024 Discus and Shot Put
FULL Week 2: Session 4  FULL Friday, June 21, 2024 FULL
Week 3: Session 5  Thursday, June 27, 2024 Discus and Shot Put
Week 3: Session 6 Friday, June 28, 2024 Discus and Shot Put
FULL Week 4: Session 7 FULL Thursday, July 11, 2024 FULL
FULL Week 5: Session 8  FULL Saturday, July 13, 2024 FULL

General Information

The camp will be held at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota at our throwing venue next to the track.

Limited Enrollment:
We will keep the number of campers each day to 10 or less. Put your 2nd and 3rd choice on the application in case your first choice is full. Dates are filled in the order they are received. We fill up every year.

What is included:

  • Camp T-shirt
  • All you can eat noon buffet.
  • A 3 ring binder illustrating all drills and subjects covered at the camp.
  • We film and analyze each camper and will email/text it to you within 24 hours.
  • This is a "Drills Camp" - we will cover lots of drills to correct faults in every phase of the throw.
  • Proper warm-up.
  • Ideas on strength and conditioning.
  • Mental aspects of the throw.
  • Fruit, fruit juice, donuts, fruit snacks, powerade, and water throughout the day.
  • You will have fun and you will learn a lot - no matter what level you are at!

What to bring:
Campers should bring a shot put/discus, workout clothes, and throwing shoes or smooth bottom shoes. We will have extras if you can't get any. 

Cost: $125 one-day session per camper
Send in completed registration form, waiver form and check made payable to Tom Thorkelson or Southern Minnesota Throwers Camp. All cancellations, for any reason, will be assessed a $20 processing fee. No refunds are given for no-shows, or campers sent home for disciplinary reasons.

We meet at 8:30 am each day at the throwing area and are done each day around 4:30 pm.

Coaches and parents:
Coaches are welcome to attend the camp. The price is $25 for 1 day or $40 for 2 days and includes handouts, buffet lunch, and a t-shirt. Parents wishing to attend can choose the coaches option or just eat the noon buffet with us for $12.

Meet the Throws Camp Coaching Staff 


Camp Director, Tom Thorkelson '70, (25+ years running Throws Camp). Thorkelson started his coaching career at Gustavus in 1984 and was named the Head Track and Field Coach in 1999. Currently, Thorkelson serves as the Gustavus Throws Coach. Thorkelson has worked with many All Conference and All State throwers over the years as well as 54 All-Americans and 6 National Champions at Mankato State and Gustavus Adolphus College. Inducted into the Gustavus Athletic Hall of Fame in 2021, watch the Video and read more at the Blog 

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Aaron Banks (15+ years working Throws Camp). Starting at Gustavus in the Fall of 2002, Banks has worked as a faculty member in the Health and Exercise Science Department. Banks was an 11 time All-American thrower in college and placed 12th at the 2000 Olympic trials in the shot put with a throw of 62’ 5 ½”. He was the 1992 MSHSL Class AA State Champion in the discus, and finished 5th in the shot put at the state meet. He still holds both the Marshall high school record and the Section 2AA meet discus record at 177 feet 7 inches. 2007 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee- Concordia College and 2015 Marshall M Club Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee Inaugural class

 Updated 1/8/2024 HB