Townshend Hockey Frequently Asked Questions

Boarding Camp Locations

How will I be notified of important information?
We will send you emails of all important information (schedule, what to bring, updates, etc) at the appropriate time. Please make sure you have registered your child with a working email that is monitored. You may have to check your spam folder depending on your email provider.

When is Check-in and Check-out?
Check-in for both day and boarding students is Sunday 12:00 - 12:45 PM followed by a player/parent meeting at 1:00 PM. Check-out on Friday is at 4:00 PM. Day students are typically 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM during the week, but can vary. A schedule will be passed out during check-in with exact times.

Is lunch provided on Sundays?
Sunday is the only day we do not provide lunch due to scheduling. Sunday is a very busy and compact opening day of camp. Please be sure your skaters had a healthy and hearty breakfast and lunch prior to arriving to camp. It is also critical that your skater is well hydrated before they arrive.

Is there training on Sundays?
We begin training directly after the player/parent meeting. Skaters should come prepared for both on ice and off ice training on Sunday.

How are groups arranged?
We typically have two groups each week to not overcrowd the ice. There are many factors in creating these groups during camp. The number of students, programs offered and age are all factored into developing groups. We then separate further into sub groups based on program and ability when needed. This allows us to maintain a low student to coach ratio and progress through our curriculum at an appropriate pace. We are also able to give more individual attention with smaller groups. This helps everyone excel as quickly as possible. Most of our training is individually focused, so not like your normal team practice with flow drills. This instructor has allowed us to have Pro’s like Brad Marchand train on the same ice as lesser skilled player, like college players, without concern. He benefited greatly and enjoyed his time, as I’m sure your child will.

Can I sign my child up for more weeks?
We have many families sign up for multiple weeks. It is a great way to maximize your child’s progress during the training season and even try out different programs we offer. We typically can add a student to an additional week last minute but to ensure a spot it is suggested to sign up well in advance.

Can my child stay the weekend if doing multiple weeks?
We do have many students that stay the weekend when attending multiple weeks. Please email to inquire about availability and pricing.

Can I request roommates for my child?
Yes, you can request roommates. Please enter their names in the notes section when signing up. We will do our best to accommodate.

Is the transportation to and from the airport?
We do have many students that require airport pickups. Please inquire about availability and pricing. Email before booking the flight.

What should my child bring and not to bring?
We will email out a detailed list prior to camp.

Does my child need to bring money?
No. If your child needs anything we will be sure to contact you directly.

Are there private lessons available?
We typically offer a couple hours per week in the evenings for private lessons. Please inquire about availability and pricing.

Who do I contact for questions?
You can email Our staff monitors our email frequently during camps. We will provide an emergency contact phone number at check-in. Coach Graeme Townshend will be giving his full attention to the students on and off the ice, but his senior staff will be available to help in any way.

What is the supervision like throughout the day and night?
We are extremely vigilant about our students safety. We maintain an extremely low coach to students ratio at all times (best in the business). We require roll call every time we leave one area for another. At the dorms we keep all students inside unless attending an outdoor activity with staff supervision. We maintain staff supervision throughout the night with scheduled hall monitoring. We typically have dorm mothers as well.

Will there be a medical staff?
We will have an EMT, nurse or medical trainer at camp and at the dorm each day and night. At check in, please be sure to discuss any detailed medical information with our medical staff at that time. We take your child's safety very seriously and it is important to us that we are in communication about any specific medical or personal needs.

What age can I start sending my child for boarding?
We have had students as young as eight attend our boarding camps, but it greatly depends on the child. We are very cognizant that many students are new to overnight camps so we do our best to make them feel comfortable and give them extra attention when needed.

Are there places to stay and things to do for myself while my child attends?
We do have many families stay in the area while their child attends. We are in a very tourist friendly area with many beautiful beaches, lakes, restaurants and shopping. There are many places to stay within a 30 minute drive.

What do the boarding campers do while not training?
Our day of training is very intense and full so it is imperative that our students get rest at the end of the day to maximize their training and reduce any chance of injury. It is also a great time to socialize with the other students and coaches. We provide an assortment of games (board games, ping pong, etc). Many lasting friendships have been made at our camps. It is also a great time to get to know our coaches who have tremendous knowledge and connections within the game of hockey. Some of our coaches (Prep School, Junior, College, Pro) may even be scouting your child one day.

When do I receive my child’s evaluation and test results?
We email your child’s evaluation and on/off ice test results within a week or two of your child’s last day of camp. If attending multiple weeks, we will combine all notes into one collaborative evaluation.

When is our balance due?
A PayPal invoice will be sent to you for the balance which will be due 30 days before program date. If you'd like to pay sooner... contact Lori-Ann at

What if my child is a picky eater or has a food allergy?
We provide 3 healthy and nutritious meals each day along with a mid morning and mid afternoon snack. We will be training at a very high level so we have created a menu to provide all students with meals that contain the necessary nutrients to train and recover properly. All meals are also kid friendly with options for everyone. If your child has a food allergy - please be sure to identify that in the notes section during registration.

Is lunch provided for day campers?
Yes. Day campers eat with the boarding campers for lunch Monday through Friday.