Grade School Summer Camps

CLICK HERE to register for the Summer Camps online or to pay by check please print the registration form CLICK HERE and then mail to:                                         
                        Saint Thomas Aquinas
                         Attn: Grade School Summer Camps
                        11411 Pflumm Rd
                        Overland Park, KS 66215

Please register your son/daughter for the Grade that they will be going into this Fall. 






Parents who have gift certificates for any of the grade school camps should print the camp brochure, complete registration and then mail it in along with your gift certificate to:

                         Saint Thomas Aquinas

                         Attn: Summer Camps

                         11411 Pflumm Rd

                         Overland Park, KS 66215                                    





LITTLE MISS STA Cheer – Grades K-8, Commons: 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, learn cheers and short dances. Cheerleaders will have a performance at the end of camp.  Please wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes.  Coach:  Halie Paulson (6th yr.)

Session 1 – June 4-6, 6:00-8:00 pm, $65


CHESS – Grades 4-8 (MAX 16) Room 150: 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!  Playing the game teaches responsibility, improves discipline, and sharpens thinking skills.   Instructor:  Rick Hetzel

Session 1 - June 3-6, 9:30-11:00 am, $60


COOKING - Cake Decorating, Grades 5-12 (MAX 26, MIN 10/Session) Room 221: 

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 10-13, 9:00-11:30 am, $100

Session 2 – June 10-13, 1:00-3:30 pm, $100


COOKING - Kids in the Kitchen, Grades 1-5 (MAX 30, MIN 10/Session) Room 221: 

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 3-6, 9:00-11:30 am, $100

Session 2 – June 3-6, 1:00-3:30 pm, $100


Future Saints Summer Dance – Grades K-8, AUX Gym: 

This camp is designed for beginning to intermediate dancers to learn all the basics, and for advanced dancers to sharpen skills to prepare for high school tryouts. Campers will learn dance technique and several different styles of dance from pom to hip hop from members of the National Champion Spirits Dance Team and coaching staff! Students will be split into groups based on grade level and experience. All levels welcome! We will also work on building self-confidence, performance skills and teamwork.  The camp concludes with a fun performance showcase for friends and family. Wear comfortable clothing and dance or athletic shoes. A healthy snack each day is included in the camp fee - be sure to bring a water bottle!

Directors: Tara Yantis, Saint Thomas Aquinas Head Dance Coach (10 years); Erin Bessler, Assistant Coach (6 years)

Session 1 – June 17-19, 6-8 pm, $65


SHOW CHOIR – Grades 4-8, Theater:  Campers will learn music, and choreography from Mr. Heidesch, as well as members of the Swingin’ Saints.  The week will end with a performance in the STA Theater.  Students learn teamwork, dedication, and the work ethic for successful musicians in the Show Choir world, while having fun, and bonding with other students with the same interests.  Director:  Joe Heidesch, Saint Thomas Aquinas Choir Director, 13 years. Under Mr. Heidesch’s direction, the choir program has grown 92%, and has received many #1 ratings at solo contests, along with #1 ratings at Large group and small ensemble contests.  The Show Choir has grown into 2 groups, made finals on many occasions in competitions in its short time being a competitive group, and claimed 1st place in the Webb City Showcase.

Session 1 – June 17-21, 9:00 am–12:00 pm, Grades 4-5, $100

Session 2 – June 17-21, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Grades 6-8, $100


STEM – Grades 3-8, Room 150:  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, campers will:

  • 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
  • run around outside (you cannot catapult pumpkins in a classroom!)

Instructors:  Rick Hetzel and Al Miner

Session 1 – June 17-21, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Grades 3-5, $205

Session 2 – June 17-21, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Grades 6-8, $205

Session 3 – June 24-28, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Grades 6-8, $205

Session 4 – June 24-28, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Grades 3-5, $205

Session 5 – July 8-12, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Grades 3-5, $205

Session 6 – July 8-12, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Grades 6-8, $205





BASEBALL - Grades 3-8, Baseball Field:  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 outfield/infield drills that will help them learn more about the High School level program.

Coach:  Lorne Parks, 33rd season, 30 as a Head Baseball Coach, Saint Thomas Aquinas Head Baseball Coach, 20 years; 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 28-30; 8:00-10:00 am; Grades 3-8; $65

Session 2 - June 3-7; 9:00-11:00 am; Grades 3-5; $85

Session 3 - June 3-7; 11:00-1:00 pm; Grades 6-8; $85


BASKETBALL, BOYS - Grades 4-8:  Camp is designed to teach young players how to be effective out of the triple threat position.  Players will learn fundamentals of dribbling, passing, and shooting while incorporating team play.  STA Head Boys Basketball Coach Jake Kupersmith is a Licensed Youth Developmental Coach for USA Basketball.  Drills and concepts of the USA Basketball Curriculum will be taught to campers.  

Session 1 - June 3-6; 11 am-1 pm; Grades 4-8; $85; MAX:  50, AUX Gym Basketball fundamentals

Session 2 - June 10-13; 1:00-3:00 pm; 8th Grade ELITE; $75 Main Gym - for the serious and experienced 8th graders to be, who want to be challenged with a rigorous workout.

Session 3 - July 8-11; 2:30-4:30 pm; Grades 4-8; $85; Main Gym Basketball fundamentals



Coach: Jake Kupersmith, Head Boys Basketball Coach

Session 1 - June 3-6; 9:00-10:30 am; $75

Session 2 - July 8-11; 12:30-2 pm; $75


BASKETBALL, GIRLS - Grades 4-8, Main Gym:  Campers will focus on overall skills including shooting, ball handling, movement without the ball and individual defensive understanding. The girls are coached by Rick Hetzel, Saint Thomas Aquinas Head Girls’ Basketball Coach for the past 20 years; Coach Hetzel led STA to the 2018 State Championship as well as in 2017, 2016, 2013, 2011, 2004, and 2001. He was named Kansas 6A Coach of the Year 2001 and 2004 and National Midwest Coach of the Year in 2004.

Session 1 - June 3-6; 3:00-5:00 pm; Grades 4-8; $85 

Session 2 – Tuesday and Thursday nights; Grades 4-8; June 18, 20, 25, 27; 6:00-8:00 pm; $85  


CROSS COUNTRY & DISTANCE RUNNING - Grades 5-8: Campers will work with Saint Thomas Aquinas runners and learn how to train and prepare like a champion.  Campers should wear running clothes/shoes each day. Campers will meet behind the fitness center on the east side of the building.  Coach: Justin Wrigley, Head Cross Country Coach, 13 years and Head Track Coach, 6 years. He has coached 16 state champion cross country teams and 3 state champion track teams. He has also coached 10 cross country and 11 track individual state champions as well as 11 relay state champions. 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:  Middle School Cross Country Camp - July 29-Aug. 2; 8:30-10:00 am; Grades 5-8; $60; Intended to help 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 student that will be participating in cross country in the fall. 

Session 2:  Middle School Cross Country Conditioning - June 3-Aug. 16, 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.  NOTE:  There will be no camp July 1-5.


FOOTBALL - Grades 3-6, Stadium:  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, 5 years.  This past fall, the Saints finished at 12-0 and were 5A Kansas State Football Champions. Dreiling also led the 2014 and 2017 Football teams to the 5A Kansas State Football Championship game.  Prior to Aquinas, Coach Dreiling coached at 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 20-May 22; 7:00-8:30 pm: $70


SOCCER BOYS/ GIRLS – Grades K-8, Stadium: Session 1 offers 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 what it would be like to be part of our soccer programs. We train using the same drills and points of emphasis we use during our varsity team camps and fall and spring practice sessions. Many of our best players serve as counselors for the camp. As with any learning opportunity, we want all campers to have fun. Boys and girls are divided into separate groups for drills.  Please bring a snack and an appropriate size ball to camp. 

Coach: Craig Ewing, Head Boys and Girls Soccer Coach, 30 years; led the Saints to 32 Kansas State Championships, two National Championships for the boys in ‘94 & ‘09 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. 

Session 1-June 10-13; 9:30 am-12:00 pm; Grades K-4: $100

Session 2-June 17-20; 9:30 am-12:00 pm; Grades 5-8 ADVANCED; $100


SOFTBALL – GIRLS – See Saint Thomas Aquinas website for Spring Camp details - CLICK HERE


STRENGTH, SPEED & AGILITY PROGRAM - Grades 7-8; M, W & Th, June 10-August 15, NOTE:  There will be no camp July 1-5: Saint Thomas Aquinas High School will again offer a comprehensive Strength, Speed & and Agility 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 help prevent injuries and increase an athlete’s strength, power and agility. Coordinated by Saints Head Football Coach, Randy Dreiling, the Strength, Speed & Agility 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 10th to Aug. 15th 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 7/11/19);

Session 2: Non-Football Male & Females; $150: For students in grades 7-8 who wish to participate in a summer strength, speed & agility program. The program runs from June 10th to Aug. 15th 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 in the Strength, Speed & Agility Program is not available as there is a $100 reduction in total registration fees.  Please print out the registration form found at and follow the remittance instructions.**


 VOLLEYBALL - Grades 1-8: Sessions 2-4 provide individualized attention with specific skills 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 skills 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, '15,’17 and ‘18.

Session 1:  May 28-31; 1-3 pm; All Skills; Grades 4-8: $85; AUX Gym & Main Gym 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.  Players will be grouped by age and skill level.

Session 2:  June 3-5; 8:00-9:30 am; Hitting/ Blocking; MAX 40; Grades 5-8: $50; Main Gym This camp will focus on hitting and blocking.  We will breakdown hitting and blocking footwork, as well as correct arm swing.  Participants will work on hitting at all positions on the court. 

Session 3:  June 3-5; 9:30-11:00 am; All Skills-Small Group; MAX 30; Grades 5-8: $50; Main Gym This camp will be for players that are looking for a smaller group instruction. We will focus on all the different volleyball skills.  

Session 4:  June 3-5; 11:00 am-12:30 pm; MAX 30; Setters-Small Group;

Grades. 5-8; $50 Main Gym; This camp will 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 5:  July 8-11; 8:00-10:00 am; Grades 4-6; $85; AUX Gym & Main Gym 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 8-11; 10:30 am-12:30 pm; Grades 1-3; $75; AUX Gym 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 7:  July 15-18; 8:00-11:00 am; Grades 6-8; ELITE $115; AUX Gym & Main Gym 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 8:  July 15-18; 11:30 am-1:00 pm; Grades 1-3; $75; AUX Gym 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.  


NOTE:  Cancellations will require a $10 administration fee be withheld from camp refund(s).