It’s almost that time.

The time when you are starting your NFL career or trying to keep it going.

It’s camp time.

No, that camp where you canoe, make s’mores and sit by a campfire.

No telling scary stories.

Nope, not even singing Kumbaya.

It’s NFL Training Camp. Before you know it, the regular season will be here on the Thursday after Labor Day.

Time to deal with the heat, mosquitoes big enough to carry small children away, the humidity and fighting with other players just to get one spot of the 53 on an NFL roster. The playbooks you got in college? They’re puny compared to the ones in the NFL. You’ll be learning things with a new language that will sound like Greek to you.

You’ll sleep in dorms for the first time since you graduated from college and have team meetings almost every day. Remember, you’re fighting for a job and if you’re a rookie, you’ve got to prove to your team why they drafted you; if you’re a veteran, you’re proving that you want to stay on with your team.

Heat, sweat, cramps, fights. Rookies trying to prove themselves. Veterans trying to get that last roster spot so they can get a game check each week. Whether you’re the defending Super Bowl champs or that team trying to climb their way out of the bottom, it all starts in camp. This is your chance as a player to prove yourself or having a coach, equipment manager or ballboy walk up to you and say those dreadful words, “coach wants to see you and bring your playbook.” That means you’re being cut. Don’t look at it like the world has come to an end. All 32 teams watch tape and those teams that need a player that could fit into their program will say, “why did they cut him?” It’s the first step toward the Lombardi. It’s not the easy and it was never meant to be that way. It’s football and with the NFL’s 100th anniversary coming, it’s going to be a somewhat exciting summer, even if the games don’t mean that much.

Most camps and practices are open to the media and the general public. Check your team’s website for dates and times, mind your manners, bring the suncreen and bug spray. Below are the teams with the camp site and dates. If you see two dates, that means that the rookies report first and then the veteran players; if you see only one date, that means that both rookies and veterans report.

Arizona – State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona (7/17, 7/24)
Atlanta – Atlanta Falcons Training Facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia (7/18, 7/21)
Baltimore – Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Maryland (7/17, 7/24)
Buffalo – St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York (7/22, 7/24)
Carolina – Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina (7/24)
Chicago – Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois (7/22, 7/25)
Cincinnati – Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati (7/24, 7/26)
Cleveland – Cleveland Browns Training Complex in Berea, Ohio (7/24)
Dallas – Marriott Residence Inn in Oxnard, California (7/26)
Denver – University of Colorado Health Training Center in Englewood (7/17)
Detroit – Detroit Lions Training Facility in Allen Park, Michigan (7/18, 7/24
Green Bay – St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin (7/22, 7/24)
Houston – Houston Methodist Training Center in Houston, Texas (7/21, 7/24)
Indianapolis – Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana (7/21, 7/24)
Jacksonville – TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida (7/22, 7/24)
Kansas City – Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph (7/23, 7/26)
Los Angeles Chargers – Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa, California (7/24)
Los Angeles Rams – University of California, Irvine (7/24, 7/26)
Miami – Baptist Health Training Facility in Davie, Florida (7/21, 7/24)
Minnesota – TCO Performance Center in Eagan (7/22, 7/25
New York Giants – Quest Diagnostics Training Facility in East Rutherford, New Jersey (7/22, 7/24)
New York Jets – Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey (7/19, 7/24)
New England – Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts (7/21, 7/24)
New Orleans – New Orleans Saints Training Facility Metairie, Louisiana (7/18, 7/25)
Oakland – Napa Valley Marriott in Napa, California (7/23, 7/26)
Philadelphia – NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia (7/24)
Pittsburgh – Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (7/24, 7/25)
San Francisco – SAP Performance Facility in Santa Clara, California (7/26
Seattle – Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Washington (7/17, 7/24)
Tampa Bay – AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa, Florida (7/21, 7/25)
Tennessee – Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville (7/22, 7/25)
Washington – Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Virginia (7/24)

Note: The first official practice of training camp for each club at the site designated above is generally held the day after the veteran reporting date (Cincinnati will hold its first camp practice in Dayton, OH).