Grade School Summer Camps



Click Here to register for the Summer Camps online.  When you enter the information about your child, please scroll down to see all camp selections.  Please select the camp(s) you would like your child to attend and then proceed as directed.  Please note that if you register online a 3% online fee (3% of your total camp cost) will be added to your registration fee.  This covers costs associated with the credit card transaction fee. 


To avoid the 3% online fee and/or if you prefer to pay by check, please print the registration form Click Here and then mail to:                                         

                        Saint Thomas Aquinas

                        Attn: Summer Camps

                        11411 Pflumm Rd

                        Overland Park, KS 66215






Parents who have a Summer Camp 2022 gift certificate 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                                    





Baking-Cookies!!! Grades 1st-5th (MAX 24, MIN 15/Session) Room 221:

Campers will practice safety, sanitation, basic measuring skills, and decorating techniques using royal icing.  Each camper needs to supply the following:

  1. One 12-oz bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  2. One 2-lb bag of powdered sugar
  3. One 2-lb bag of brown sugar
  4. One box of unsalted butter (1lb, 4 sticks)

Instructor:  Susan Waldron, Saint Thomas Aquinas High School

Foods & Nutrition Teacher

Session 1 - May 31-June 3, 9:00-11:30am, $100

Session 2 - May 31-June 3, 1:00-3:30pm, $100


Baking Cupcake & Cake Decorating!!! Grades 4th-9th (MAX 23, MIN 10/Session) Room 221:

Campers will learn basic measuring skills, safety, sanitation, baking and decorating techniques.  They will learn to use pastry bags, couplers and tips.  Each camper needs to supply the following:

  1. Two basic boxes of cake mix, any flavor
  2. Two 2-lb bags of powdered sugar
  3. One box of unsalted butter (1lb, 4 sticks)

Instructor:  Susan Waldron, Saint Thomas Aquinas High School

Foods & Nutrition Teacher

Session 1 - June 6-9, 9:00-11:30am, $100

Session 2 - June 6-9, 1:00-3:30pm, $100 - This session is Full, please register for another camp!


BREAKOUT BOXES – Grades 3-5, Learning Commons (aka Library): Have fun while interacting with a variety of puzzles, problems and pursuits to practice critical thinking strategies and skills!  "Breakout" of the ordinary, engaging in teamwork, collaboration, and communication to open a locked box in an entertaining Breakout EDU game. Instructor:  Amanda Davis, Librarian

Session 1 – May 31-June 2, 8:30-10 am, Grades 3-5 $60


Candy Making-Sugar Rush!!! Grades 5th-9th (MAX 24, MIN 15/Session) Room 221:

Campers will practice safety, sanitation, basic measuring skills, and Candy Making:

*Fudge, Lollipops and Taffy

Each camper needs to supply the following:

  1. One 12 oz bag of *semisweet or *milk chocolate chocolate chips.
  2. One 32 oz bottle of corn syrup (clear color)
  3. One 7 oz jar *Marshmallow Fluff
Instructor:  Susan Waldron, Saint Thomas Aquinas High School

Foods & Nutrition Teacher

Session 1 - May 31-June 3, 5:00-7:30pm, $100

Session 2 - June 6-9, 5:00-7:30pm, $100 - This session is Cancelled due to limited registration


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.  Cheer Head Coach:  Halie Paulson (9th yr.)

Session 1 – June 7-9, 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 6-9, 9:30-11am, $60


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

Join us for this exciting and FUN dance camp!  This camp is designed for beginning to intermediate dancers to learn all the basics, and for advanced/elite 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 4-Time National Champion and State Finalist Spirits Dance Team and coaching staff!  Students will be split into groups based on grade level and experience (beginner/intermediate and advanced/elite).  All levels welcome!  We will also work on building self-confidence, performance skills and teamwork – all of the critical elements of dance team.  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!

Coaches:  Tara Yantis, Saint Thomas Aquinas Head Dance Coach (13 years), Assistant Coach Callie Henning (Iowa State Dance Team alumna, Collegiate National Champion, former Chiefs Cheerleader) and Assistant Coach Bailee O’Gorman (JCCC and Wichita State Dance Team alumna).

Session 1 – June 20-22, 3-5 pm, $65


SHOW CHOIR – Grades 4-8, Theater:  Campers will learn music, and choreography from Mrs. Catherine Boone, as well as members of the Swingin’ Saints Show Choir.  The week will end with a performance in the Saint Thomas Aquinas High School 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:  Catherine Boone, Saint Thomas Aquinas Choir Director.  Students in the STA choirs have received many #1 ratings at solo contests, along with #1 ratings at large group and small ensemble contests.  The Saints’ Show Choir has grown into 2 groups, made finals on many occasions in competitions in its short time being a competitive group, and the Swingin’ Saints were Grand Champions at the Northwest Missouri State Show Choir Competition in 2020. 

Session 1 – June 20-24, 9:00 am–12:00 pm, Grades 4-8, $100

Session 2 – June 20-24, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Grades 6-8, $100 - This session is cancelled due to limited registration.  Please register for Session 1 which will be for Grades 4-8.


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 13-16, 12:30-3pm, Grades 3-5, $180

Session 2 – June 13-16, 3-5:30pm, Grades 6-8, $180

Session 3 – June 20-23, 9:00 am – 11:30 am, Grades 6-8, $180

Session 4 – June 20-23, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Grades 3-5, $180

Session 5 – June 27-30, 9:00 am – 11:30 am, Grades 3-5, $180

Session 6 – June 27-30, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Grades 6-8, $180






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, 37th season, 34 as a Head Baseball Coach, Saint Thomas Aquinas Head Baseball Coach, 24 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 31-June 2; 8:00-10:00 am; Grades 3-8; $65

Session 2 - June 6-10; 9:00-11:00 am; Grades 3-5; $85

Session 3 - June 6-10; 11:00 am-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 – May 31-June 3; 11 am-1 pm; Grades 4-8; $85; MAX:  50, AUX Gym Basketball fundamentals

Session 2 - June 6-9; 1:00-3:00 pm; 8th Grade ELITE; $75 AUX Gym - for the serious and experienced 8th graders to be, who want to be challenged with a rigorous workout.

Session 3 - July 11-14; 2:30-4:30 pm; Grades 4-8; $85; Main Gym Basketball fundamentals



Coach: Jake Kupersmith, Head Boys Basketball Coach

Session 1 - May 31-June 3; 9:00-10:30 am; $75

Session 2 - July 11-14; 12:30-2 pm; $75


BASKETBALL, GIRLS - Grades 4-8:  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 23 years; Coach Hetzel led STA to the 2021 State Championship as well as in 2019, 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 6-9; 3:00-5:00 pm; Grades 4-8; $85; Main Gym

Session 2 - June 13-16 9-11am; Grades 4-8; $85; AUX Gym

Session 3 – June 27-30 3:30-5:30pm; Grades 4-8; $85; Main Gym


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, 16 years and Head Track Coach, 8 years. He has coached 19 state champion cross country teams and 4 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 25-29; 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 6-Aug. 12, 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 4-10.


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, 8 years.  This fall the Saints went to the Kansas 5-A Football Sem-Finals again for the 8th straight time.  The Saints have been to the 5A Kansas State Football Championship Game 3 times during the past 8 years winning the State Championship in 2018. 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 23-25; 7:00-8:30 pm: $60


SOCCER BOYS/ GIRLS – Grades K-8, Stadium: 

Session 1:  K-4th Grade

This camp offers a fun and developmental soccer experience for the young soccer player.  Players will work with Aquinas Soccer Staff Coaches as well as some of our best soccer players who serve as assistant coaches and mentors to the players. Please bring a snack and an appropriate size ball to camp. Camp is led and directed by our Head Girls Soccer Coach Adam Lamb, our Girls Soccer team won the 5-A Kansas State Championship in 2021.  Coach Lamb also serves as the Director of Coaching-Boys Soccer at Kansas City Scott Gallagher.


Session 2:  5th-8th Grade

This is an advanced Middle School Camp that offers players the opportunity to sample what it would be like to be part of our soccer program. Players will work with Aquinas Soccer Staff Coaches and many of our best players serve as assistant coaches and mentors to the players. As with any learning opportunity, we want all campers to have fun and develop as players.  Please bring a snack and an appropriate size ball to camp. Camp is led and directed by our Head Girls Soccer Coach Adam Lamb, our Girls Soccer team won the 5-A Kansas State Championship in 2021.  Coach Lamb also serves as the Director of Coaching-Boys Soccer at Kansas City Scott Gallagher.

Session 1-July 18-21; 9-11 am; Grades K-4: $100

Session 2-July 18-21; 6-8 pm; Grades 5-8 ADVANCED; $100


SOFTBALL – GIRLS - Grades 3-9, Softball Field:  Campers will learn the fundamentals of the game from fielding, base running, hitting and bunting.  This camp will give each player a better understanding of what it takes to play softball at a high level while still having fun.  Players will have a chance to meet and interact with the coaching staff and some of the high school students from our Softball program. 

Coach:  Keith Hughes (Saints Softball Head Coach). 

Session 1 - June 6-8; 8:30-10:00 am; Grades 3-5; $70:  NOTE the Camp Dates changed to June 6-8 due to weather on June 1-3

Session 2 - June 6-8; 10:30am-12:30 pm; Grades 6-9; $85:  NOTE the Camp Dates changed to June 6-8 due to weather on June 1-3


STRENGTH, SPEED & AGILITY PROGRAM - Grades 7-8; M, W & Th, June 13-August 11, NOTE:  There will be no camp July 4-10: Saint Thomas Aquinas High School will again offer a comprehensive Strength, Speed & and Agility program for young men and women in Grades 7-8. 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 13th 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 on Mondays and Wednesdays through July 13

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 13th to Aug. 11th and is structured as follows: 


        9:30-10:00 AM: SPEED & AGILITY

      10:00-11:00 AM: LIFT

 **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 – BOYS & GIRLS - Grades 1-8:  Sessions 1-3 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 4-7, 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 6, 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 Ikenberry, Head Volleyball Coach. Coach Ikenberry 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, 2014, 2019 and 2020 as well as state runners-up in ’08, ’09, ‘10 and ’13, '15,’17 and ‘18.

Session 1:  June 13-15; 8:00-9:30 am; Hitting/ Blocking; 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 2:  June 13-15; 9:30-11:00 am; All Skills- Small Group; 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. Sorry, this camp's registration is FULL, please register for another camp! 

Session 3:  June 13-15; 11:00 am-12:30 pm; 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 4:  July 11-14; 8:00-10:00 am; Grades 4-8; $85; AUX Gym & Main Gym This camp will focus on all skills.  The participants will move stations to work on the different 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 5:  July 11-14; 10:30 am-Noon; Grades 1-2; $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 6:  July 18-21; 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 7:  July 18-21; 11:30 am-1:00 pm; Grades 3-4; $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).