Saint Thomas Aquinas High School

Grade School Summer Camps

CLICK HERE to register for the Summer Camps or CLICK HERE to print registration forms and mail to:                                         
                        Saint Thomas Aquinas
                         Attn: Grade School Summer Camps
                        11411 Pflumm Rd
                        Overland Park, KS 66215
Parents who have gift certificates for any of the grade school camps should print the camp brochure and mail it in along with your gift certificate to the above address.
CHEER – Grades K-8: This camp is designed to give beginners a chance to learn more about cheerleading and intermediate to advanced participants the opportunity to practice and sharpen skills. Participants will experience a variety of cheer techniques and skills, and learn cheers and short dances. Cheerleaders will have a performance at the end of camp.  Please wear comfortable clothing and cheer/ athletic shoes.  
Coaches:  Haile Barnes and Gretchen Johnson (2nd yr.)
Session 1 – June 6-8, 6:00-8:00 pm, $65
CHESS – Grades 4-8 (MAX 16/ Session), Room 117: This camp will introduce the beginning student to the game of chess and provide opportunities for the experienced player to enhance their skills and strategies. Students will focus on learning the rules to the game along with learning openings, mid-game and end-game strategies.  Chess is fun, and playing the game teaches responsibility, improves discipline, and sharpens thinking skills.   Instructor:  Rick Hetzel
Session 1 - June 5-8, 9:30-11:00 am, $60
Session 2 – June 19-22, 4:30-6:00 pm, $60 - Session is Closed
Session 3 – July 5-7, 10:00-11:30 am, $50
COOKING - Cake Decorating, Grades 5-12 (MAX 30, MIN 10/ Session), Room 243: This camp is geared toward students interested in the art of cake decorating.  Students learn basic cake decorating techniques.  They will decorate cupcakes, cakes and work with icing to make simple borders and flowers.  Students apply what they learned to create a fun, impressive decorated cake.  Camper must supply two boxes of cake mix, any flavor & two, 2-lb bags of powdered sugar.  Instructor provides a beginner's kit to keep and all other supplies for the week.  Instructor:  Linda Porter, cake decorator for 30+ years.
Session 1 – June 12-15, 9:00-11:30 am $100
Session 2 – June 12-15, 1:00-3:30 pm $100 - Session is Closed
COOKING - Kids in the Kitchen, Grades 1-5 (MAX 30, MIN 10/ Session), Room 243: Summer campers will practice basic cooking skills and learn about safety and cleanliness in the kitchen.  We will be cooking every day of camp and will be sampling and evaluating our creations at the end of each session.  Camp fee includes all supplies and ingredients used in camp.  
Instructor:  Karen Sturges, Family and Consumer Science teacher at Saint Thomas Aquinas, teaches Foods and Nutrition and Advanced Foods.
Session 1 – June 5-8, 9:00-11:30 am, $100 - Session is Closed
Session 2 – June 5-8, 1:00-3:30 pm, $100 - Session is Closed
DANCE – Grades K-8: AUX Gym
This camp is designed for beginning and intermediate dancers to learn from the Varsity dance team and coaching staff. Participants will learn new styles and skills as well as a variety of routines. There is a performance showcase at the end of camp for friends and family. Wear comfortable clothing and dance or athletic shoes. We will provide a healthy snack and a craft activity - be sure to bring a water bottle!
Instructor, Tara Schroeder Yantis, Saint Thomas Aquinas head dance coach
Session 1 – May 31 - June 2, 5:30-8:30 pm AND June 3, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, $85
SHOW CHOIR – Grades 6-8:  Campers will learn music, and choreography from Mr. Heidesch, as well as members of the Swingin’ Saints, and will end the week with a performance in the STA Theater.  They will learn teamwork, dedication, and the work ethic to be a successful musician in the Show Choir world, all while having fun, and bonding with other students with the same interests.
Director:  Joe Heidesch, Saint Thomas Aquinas choir director, 10 years. In his time, the choir program has grown 64%, and has received many 1 ratings at solo contests, along with 1 ratings at Large group and small ensemble contest.  The Show Choir has made finals in 2 competitions in it’s short time being a competitive group.
Session 1 – June 12-16, 9:00 am–12:00 pm, $100

STEM – Grades 3-8:  Summer STEM Camp is a week of fun activities designed to teach concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  Kids will be having so much fun that they won’t realize all the great STEM concepts they’ll be learning.  Campers will  come away from STEM camp with a 3D printed object of their own design, small physics-concept machines, a video game that parents and others can play online, new problem solving strategies and new friends.   In addition to making friends, campers will:

  • code an exciting video game and share it online
  • apply algorithmic thinking to solve fun logic problems
  • create and use sneaky secret codes
  • design, build and take home cool machines that demonstrate powerful physics concepts like: a water rocket, rubber-band and ice-cream-stick marshmallow catapult, a wind-mill generator, a battery powered room alarm and much more
  • design awesome objects in software and then 3D print and keep their designs
  • run around outside (you can’t catapult pumpkins in a classroom)

Session 1 – June 19-23, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Grades 6-8, $205

Session 2 – June 26-30, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Grades 3-5, $205

Session 3 – June 26-30, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, Grades 6-8, $205

Session 4 – July 10-14, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Grades 3-8, $205

Session 5 – July 10-14, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, Grades 3-8, $205


BASEBALL - Grades 3-8:  Campers will work on fundamentals covering fielding, hitting, and base running. Breakdown sessions and drills will be used to help young players learn what the Aquinas players do during the season.  Bunting from the hitting position is also covered during the hitting portion of the camp.  Defensively, campers will learn out field/infield drills that will help them learn more about the High School level program.

Coach:  Lorne Parks, head baseball coach, 29th season; 2016 5A Coach of the Year, 2015 Region 5 National Coach of the Year; Led Saint Thomas Aquinas to three 5A Kansas State Baseball Championships in 2016, 2014 and 2007.

Session 1 – May 31-June 2; 8:00-10:00 am; Grades 3-8; $60

Session 2 - June 5-9; 9:00-11:00 am; Grades 3-5; $85

Session 3 - June 5-9; 11:00-1:00 pm; Grades 6-8; $85 

BASKETBALL, BOYS - Grades 4-8:  
Coach: John Rost, head basketball coach
Session 1 - June 5-8; 10:30 am-12:30 pm; Grades 4-8; $85;  Basketball fundamentals
Session 2 - June 12-14; 11:00-12:30 pm; 8th Grade ELITE; $50 - for the serious and experienced 8th graders to be, who want to be challenged with a rigorous workout - AUX Gym
Session 3 - July 10-13; 2:15-4:15 pm; Grades 4-8; $85;  Basketball fundamentals
Coach: John Rost, head basketball coach
Session 1 - June 5-8; 9:00-10:30 am; $60
Session 2 - July 10-13; 12:45-2:15 pm; $60
BASKETBALL, GIRLS - Grades 4-8: 
Coach:  Rick Hetzel, head girls basketball coach 18 years;  Led STA to Kansas State Championships in 2001, 2004, 2011 and 2013. Kansas 6A Coach of the Year 2001 and 2004. National Midwest Coach of the Year in 2004.
Session 1 - June 5-8; 3:00-5:00 pm; Grades 4-8; $85; focus on overall skills including shooting, ball handling, movement without the ball and individual defensive understanding
Session 2 - June 19-22; 2:00-4:00 pm; Grades 4-8; $85; focus on overall skills including shooting, ball handling, movement without the ball and individual defensive understanding
Session 3 - July 5-7; 1:00-2:30 pm; Shooting Camp; Grades 4-5; $50; focus on individual shooting form, footwork and understanding.
Session 4 - July 5-7; 2:30-4:00 pm; Shooting Camp; Grades 6-8; $50; focus on individual shooting form, footwork and understanding.
CROSS COUNTRY & DISTANCE RUNNING - Grades 5-8: Campers will work with Saint Thomas Aquinas runners and learn why they are the very best in the state. Campers should wear running shoes and clothes each day. Runners should meet at the circle drive on the south side of the school.  Coach: Justin Wrigley, head cross country coach, 11 years and head track coach, 4 years. He has coached 13 state champion cross country teams and 2 state champion track team. He has also coached 7 cross country and 10 track individual state champions as well as 11 relay state champions. Wrigley has coached 85 all-state individual cross country runners and 92 all-state track individuals. Wrigley has received numerous honors from the Kansas Coaches Association, the Greater Kansas City Cross Country Coaches Association and the National Federation of State High School Associations.
Session 1- June 26-308:30-10:00 am; Grades 5-8; $60; Intended to help kids build an interest in running and introduce the proper elements of successful training. There is a focus on establishing a love of running and the importance of consistency. Any child that enjoys participating in CYO and/or AAU cross country and track would enjoy this camp! 
Session 2 - July 24-288:30-10:00 am; Grades 5-8; $60; Intended to help specifically prepare kids for the fall cross country season and teach them how to become a better runner and teammate. This camp is ideal for any child that will be participating in cross country in the fall. 
Middle School Cross Country Conditioning - June 5-Aug. 4, M-F; 6:30- approx. 8:00 am; Grades 6-8; $100; Daily conditioning program for middle school cross country runners that wish to achieve greatness this fall. This is an opportunity to meet and train all summer long with one of the most successful teams in the state and Midwest.  The summer program will consist of aerobic development, speed training, core strength, flexibility, mental toughness, accountability and leadership. All workouts will be age appropriate. 
FOOTBALL - Grades 3-7: This camp is designed for the younger player to improve fundamental football and athletic skills in every position. Emphasis will be placed on correct fundamentals and techniques. This is a non-pad camp. Coach: Randy Dreiling, head football coach, 3 years.  This past fall, the Saints finished at 9-3 and Sub-State Runners-up and in 2014, Dreiling led the Saints to the 5A Kansas State Football Championship game. Dreiling comes to Aquinas from Hutchinson where he compiled a 160-39 record during 17 seasons. Coach Dreiling led the Salthawks to nine appearances in the state championship game, resulting in seven state titles, two in 6A and five in 5A.  Session 1-May 23-25; 4:30-6:30 pm: $70
LACROSSE - Grades 4-8:  This camp will work on the basics of lacrosse. Individually, campers will learn how to throw, catch, cradle, shoot and dodge. Campers will also be taught the basics of the sport and learn how the game is played. This camp is for anyone who is interested in playing lacrosse or just wants to see what the fastest growing sport in America is all about. Cleats and stick recommended. The lacrosse camps is coached by Mark Blaise, Head Coach, 3 years; Played Division II Lacrosse at Rockhurst University. Session 1 - July 31 - Aug. 2; 9:00 -10:30 am; Grades 4-8 No experience required: $70 - Session is closed.
RUGBY - Grades 3-8: This non-contact, flag rugby camp will introduce the kids to the sport of rugby, where they will learn to pass, catch, run and score with the ball. Kids will learn about unique parts of rugby, like the ‘scrum’ and the ‘line-out’, in a fun, safe and non-contact environment.  Small-sided games will be played with flags to simulate and replace the tackle. This camp is for anyone who is interested in playing rugby or just wants to see what the new and most exciting Olympic sport is all about. Cleats are optional. The Rugby camp is coached by Tim Kluempers, STA Head Coach for 10 years; Former US National Team Player. 
Session 1 - June 12-15; 3:00-5:00 pm; $85.


SOCCER BOYS/ GIRLS - Grades K-8: Session 1 offers a week of fun and soccer for the younger soccer player, including “soccer school.” Work with some of our best soccer players who serve as counselors, a talent show, and drills and exercises that we hope will carry over to the days and weeks after camp and into club soccer season. Session 2 is the Advanced Middle School Camp and offers up a week of what it would be like to be part of our soccer programs. We train using the same drills and points of emphasis we would use during our varsity team camps and fall and spring practice sessions. Many of our best players serve as counselors for the week. As with any learning opportunity, we want all campers to have fun this week. Boys and girls are divided into separate groups for drills.
Coach: Craig Ewing, head boys and girls soccer coach, 28 years; led the Saints to 31 Kansas State Championships and ‘two, National Championships for the boys in 1994 & 2009 and 13 top 50 finishes for both the boys and girls; NSCAA 1995/ 05 National Girls' Soccer Coach of the Year;  Boys' in ‘09; NFCA 2000 Boys National Coach. Please bring an appropriate size ball and snack to camp. 
Session 1-June 12-15; 9:30 am-12:00 pm; Grades K-4: $85
Session 2-June 19-22; 9:30 am-12:00 pm; Grades 5-8 ADVANCED; $85
STRENGTH & SPEED PROGRAM - Grades 7-8; M, W & Th; June 12-Aug.11: Saint Thomas Aquinas High School will again offer a comprehensive Strength and Conditioning program for young men and women in Grades 7-12. All athletes will be instructed on proper lifting techniques and safety procedures. The summer program is designed to prevent injuries and increase an athlete’s strength, power and agility. Coordinated by Saints Head Football Coach, Randy Dreiling, the Strength & Conditioning program is tailored to suit the needs of two separate groups of 7th & 8th grade athletes.
Session 1- Middle School Football Players - $200: For the 7th & 8th grade football player wishing to begin a supervised strength program while further enhancing football fundamentals and athletic skills specifically as they relate to Saint Thomas Aquinas football philosophies and strategies. Program runs from June 12th to Aug. 11th and is structured as follows:
       8:00-9:00 AM: LIFT
       9:00-9:30 AM: SPEED & AGILITY
       9:30–10:30 AM: FOOTBALL DRILLS (M & W thru 7-12);
Session 2: Non-Football Male & Females; $150: For students in grades 7-8 who wish to participate in a summer strength and conditioning program. The program runs from June 12th to Aug. 11th and is structured as follows: 
        9:30-10:30 AM: LIFT
      10:30-11:00 AM: SPEED & AGILITY
**Online registration for families registering multiple athletes is not available as there is a $100 reduction in total registration fees. Please print out out the registration form at and follow the remittance instructions.**
VOLLEYBALL - Grades 1-8: Sessions 1-3 provide individualized attention with specific schools for the small group camps students. The Hitting camp will focus mainly on correct hitting form with a lot of repetition. The Setting camp will focus on ball control, setting form, and repetition.  The All-Skill camp will combine all skill in a smaller group. In sessions 4-8, the campers will work on all the fundamental skills (passing, setting, serving, hitting, blocking). The campers will work a lot on ball control and understanding the game. Players will work towards putting all the skills together to play 6 on 6 by the end of the week. Session 8, the elite camp is for students that have been previously exposed to volleyball. It is helpful to have club or league experience, though it is not required. The camp will be structured a lot like a high school camp with skills, competitive play and conditioning.
Coach: Sarah Cretors, head volleyball coach. Cretors was a member of the 1995 Saints State Champion Volleyball team. She helped coach the Saints to consecutive 5A Kansas State Championships in 2006, 2007 and again in 2014 as well as state runners-up in ’08, ’09, ‘10 and ‘13 and '15.
Session 1:  June 12-14; 8:00-9:30 am; Hitting/ Blocking; MAX 40; Grades 5-8: $50; This camp will focus on hitting and blocking.  We breakdown hitting and blocking footwork, as well as correct arm swing.  Participants will work on hitting at all positions on the court. 
Session 2:  June 12-14; 9:30-11:00 am; All Skills- Small Group; MAX 30; Grades 5-8: $50; - Session is Closed This camp will be for players that are looking for a smaller group instruction. We will focus on all the different volleyball skills.  
Session 3:  June 12-14; 11:00 am-12:30 pm; MAX 20; Setters-Small Group; Grades. 5-8; $50; This camp will only focus on setting.  Participants go over correct setting form including footwork and hand/arm position.  The participants will get a lot of setting reps. 
Session 4:  June 26-29; 8:00-10:00 am; Grades 4-6; $85 - Session is Closed; This camp will focus on all skills.  The participants will move stations and work on these skills.  By the end of the week, the students will be doing 6 on 6 drills.
Session 5:  June 26-29; 10:30 am-12:30 pm; Grades 6-8; $85; This camp will focus on all skills.  The participants will move stations and work on these skills.  By the end of the week, the students will be doing 6 on 6 drills.
Session 6:  July 10-13; 8:00-10:00 am; Grades 4-6; $85; This camp will focus on all skills.  The participants will move stations and work on these skills.  By the end of the week, the students will be doing 6 on 6 drills.  
Session 7:  July 10-13; 10:30 am-12:00 pm; Grades 1-3; $75; This camp is for those just learning the game of volleyball. The goal is for the participants to have fun and learn the great game of volleyball.  
Session 8:  July 17-20; 8:00-11:00 am; Grades 6-8; ELITE; $115;   Please email Coach Cretors prior to registration. The elite camp will be run very similar to our high school camp.  We will do higher and faster paced drills.  The last couple days of camp we will do a lot of 6 on 6 drills and scrimmaging.  
Session 9:  July 17-20; 11:30 am-1:00 pm;Grades 1-3; $75; This camp is for those just learning the game of volleyball. The goal is for the participants to have fun and learn the great game of volleyball.   
WRESTLING – Grades K-8: Wrestlers will learn basic technique from the neutral position including counters to attacks. Also the down and up position (referee's position) will be covered to help wrestlers with riding and scoring as well as scoring from the down position.
The Saints have won two 5A Kansas State Championships in 2005 and 2007. 
Session 1 - Elementary Camp; June 20-22; 6:00-8:00 pm Grades K-8; $85 Campers will learn basic wrestling techniques.  Open to all beginning and novice wrestlers.
Session 2 - Competition Camp: June 26-28; 10:00 am - 5:00 (break-out follows); AGES 12 - 18; $115
Session is Closed
Featured Instructors and counselors include Eric Akin, Saint Thomas Aquinas and Travis Keal, Mill Valley as well as college wrestling coaches/ wrestlers (TBD)
Camp consists of  2 - technique sessions, concluding their days with competition rounds - wrestlers get 2 to 3 matches in dual format. Campers are asked to bring their own lunch.  
     10:00 - 11:30 am Technique Session 1
     11:30 - 12:30 lunch (Bring sack lunch)
     12:30 - 2:00 pm Technique Session 2
                  30 minute break
     2:30 to 5:00 pm Competition rounds- wrestlers get 2 to 3 matches in dual format.