Southern Minnesota Throwers Camp

Boys and Girls (Grade 8–12)

Throws Camp
Session Date Event
Session I  Monday, June 12, 2017 Discus
Session II Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Shot Put
Session III Wednesday, June 14, 2017 Discus
Session IV Monday, June 19. 2017 Discus
Session V Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Shot Put
Session VI Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Discus
Session VII Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Discus
Session VIII Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Shot Put
Session IX Thursday, June 29, 2017 Discus
Session X Friday, June 30, 2017 Shot Put

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 20 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.

Cost:  $115 per day (plus dorm room and meals if applicable)

What is included:

  • Camp T-shirt
  • All you can eat noon buffet.
  • Link to a YouTube video of everything covered at camp.
  • A 3 ring binder illustrating all drills and subjects covered at the camp.
  • We film and analyze each camper and will email 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.

The cost to stay overnight in the Gustavus dorms is $50 (per person) for a single room and $40 (per person) for a shared room - all rooms have air conditioning. A buffet lunch is included in the price - overnight campers can choose a buffet breakfast ($9) and/or a buffet dinner ($12) in our dining service. You can also choose to eat dinner at an area restaurant and for breakfast I will have donuts, bananas, juice, and granola bars in our room during the camp for free.

Send in completed registration form, waiver form and check made payable to Tom Thorkelson or Southern Minnesota Throwers Camp.  If staying overnight in Gustavus dorms and purchasing additional meals, include payment when sending in completed registration materials.  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 4:00.

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, YouTube link, 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 (20+ years running Throws Camp).  Thorkelson has worked with many All Conference and All State throwers over the years as well as over 50 All-Americans and 6 National Champions at Mankato State and Gustavus Adolphus College.

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Aaron Banks (10+ years working Throws Camp).  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”.  Banks has worked since 2002 as a faculty member at Gustavus in the Health and Exercise Science Department.


Pat Tracy (2014 Gusatvus graduate)- Tracy was an outstanding thrower at Gustavus and is currently the throws coach at Western Michigan University.


Kristin Smith (2004 Gustavus graduate)- Smith's specialty was in the discus where she was All Conference 4 times, Conference Champion 3 times, All American 2 times and NCAA National Champion her senior year. She was also All Conference several times in the shot put and still holds the Gustavus school record in the discus.  Smith is currently a Health/Physical Education Teacher at Mankato Area Public Schools.


Updated 12/15/2016 HB