Southern Minnesota Throwers Camp

Boys and Girls (Grade 8–12)

Throws Camp
Session Date Event
Session I  6/13 Discus
Session II 6/14 Shot Put
Session III 6/20 Discus
Session IV 6/21 Shot Put
Session V 6/22 Discus
Session VI 6/23 Shot Put
Session VII 6/28 Discus
Session VIII 6/29 Shot Put
Session IX 6/30 Discus

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 18 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.

The cost is $110 per day

What is included:

  • Camp T-shirt
  • All you can eat noon buffet.
  • A DVD of everything covered at the camp.
  • A 3 ring binder illustrating all drills and subjects covered at the camp.
  • We film and analyze each camper and will also e-mail it to you.
  • 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.

The cost to stay overnight in the Gustavus dorms is $45 (per person) for a single room and $35 (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 ($8) and/or a buffet dinner ($11) 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.

Should be sent in with the Registration and Waiver form. Checks 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 4:00.

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, DVD, and a t-shirt. Parents wishing to attend can choose the coaches option or just eat the noon buffet with us for $11.

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 4/16/2016 HB