Grade School Summer Camps
2021 GRADE SCHOOL SUMMER CAMPS
Saint Thomas Aquinas
Attn: Grade School Summer Camps
11411 Pflumm Rd
Overland Park, KS 66215
A COVID waiver is required for each student participating in a Saint Thomas Aquinas Summer Camp. Please Click Here
to obtain the form. You may email the completed form to Brigid Triggs at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it if you are submitting the printed camp registration form. If your child is attending multiple camps, we will just need one COVID waiver completed.
2021 GRADE SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP DESCRIPTIONS AND INFORMATION
Parents who have 2020 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
Last summer we had to close some of our grade school camps due to caution regarding COVID-19. If you were not able to utilize your 2020 Grade School Summer camp gift certificates, we will honor them for the 2021 Grade School Summer camps.
BREAKOUT BOXES – Grades 3-8, 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 – June 1-3, 8:30-10 am, Grades 3-5 $60
Session 2 – June 1-3, 11:30 am-1 pm, Grades 6-8 $60 - Cancelled
Session 3 – June 7-10, 8:30-10 am, Grades 3-5 $75 - Cancelled
Session 4 – June 7-10, 11:30 am-1 pm, Grades 6-8 $75 - Cancelled
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 (8th yr.)
Session 1 – June 8-10, 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 7-10, 10-11:30 am, $60
COOKING - Cake & Cookie Decorating, Grades 6-12 (MAX 21, MIN 10/Session) Room 221:
Students learn basic decorating techniques and will bring their baked goods home to share! They will decorate cookies, cupcakes, cakes learning pastry tips using fondant, buttercream icing, royal icing, piping and flood methods. Camper must supply two boxes of cake mix, any flavor & three, 2-lb bags of powdered sugar. Instructor: Susan Waldron, Saint Thomas Aquinas High School Foods & Nutrition Teacher
Session 1 – June 28-July 1, 9:00-11:30 am, $100
Session 2 – June 28-July 1, 1:00-3:30 pm, $100
COOKING - Kids in the Kitchen, Grades 1-5 (MAX 21, 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 bring our creations home to share. Camp fee includes all supplies and ingredients used in camp. Instructor: Susan Waldron, Saint Thomas Aquinas High School Foods & Nutrition Teacher.
Session 1 – June 21-24, 9:00-11:30 am, $100
Session 2 – June 21-24, 1:00-3:30 pm, $100
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 3-Time National Champion 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 (12 years), Assistant Coach Callie Henning (Iowa State Dance Team alumna, Collegiate National Champion, former Chiefs Cheerleader) and Assistant Coach Kristie Kellerman (KSU Classy Cat alumna)
Session 1 – June 21-23, 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, 15 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 the Swingin’ Saints were Grand Champions at the Northwest Missouri State Show Choir Competition in 2020.
Session 1 – June 21-25, 9:00 am–12:00 pm, Grades 4-5, $100
Session 2 – June 21-25, 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 14-17, 12:30-3pm, Grades 3-5, $180
Session 2 – June 14-17, 3-5:30pm, Grades 6-8, $180
Session 3 – June 21-24, 9:00 am – 11:30 am, Grades 6-8, $180
Session 4 – June 21-24, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Grades 3-5, $180
Session 5 – June 28-July 1, 9:00 am – 11:30 am, Grades 3-5, $180
Session 6 – June 28-July 1, 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, 36th season, 33 as a Head Baseball Coach, Saint Thomas Aquinas Head Baseball Coach, 23 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 - June 1-3; 8:00-10:00 am; Grades 3-8; $65
Session 2 - June 7-11; 9:00-11:00 am; Grades 3-5; $85
Session 3 - June 7-11; 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 - June 1-4; 11 am-1 pm; Grades 4-8; $85; MAX: 50, AUX Gym Basketball fundamentals
Session 2 - June 7-10; 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 6-9; 2:30-4:30 pm; Grades 4-8; $85; Main Gym Basketball fundamentals
BASKETBALL, COED – Grades K-3, AUX Gym:
Coach: Jake Kupersmith, Head Boys Basketball Coach
Session 1 - June 1-4; 9:00-10:30 am; $75
Session 2 - July 6-9; 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 22 years; Coach Hetzel led STA to the 2018 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 7-10; 3:00-5:00 pm; Grades 4-8; $85; Main Gym
Session 2 - June 14-17 9-11:30am; Grades 4-8; $85; AUX 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, 15 years and Head Track Coach, 7 years. He has coached 18 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 26-30; 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 7-Aug. 13, 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 June 28-July 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, 7 years. This past fall, the Saints finished at 6-4 and were 5A Kansas State Sub-State Runner-ups. The Saints were the 5A Kansas State Football Champions in 2018. 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 24-May 26; 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 who also serves as the Director of Coaching at Puma FC.
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 who also serves as the Director of Coaching at Puma FC
Session 1-June 14-17; 9:30 am-11:30 am; Grades K-4: $100
Session 2-June 21-24; 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 some of the high school students from our Softball program.
Coach: Keith Hughes (Saints Softball Head Coach).
Session 1 - June 2-4; 8:00-10:00 am; Grades 3-5; $65
Session 2 - June 2-4; 10:30am-12:30 pm; Grades 6-9; $85
STRENGTH, SPEED & AGILITY PROGRAM - Grades 7-8; M, W & Th, June 14-August 12, NOTE: There will be no camp June 28-July 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. Lifting Instructors are Tom Killilea and Monica Looney.
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 14th to Aug. 12th 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 (6/14, 6/16, 6/21, 6/23, 7/7, 7/8, 7/12, 7/14)
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 14th to Aug. 12th 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 www.stasaints.net/summercamps and follow the remittance instructions.**
VOLLEYBALL - 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. 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, 2014, 2019 and 2020 as well as state runners-up in ’08, ’09, ‘10 and ’13, '15,’17 and ‘18.
Session 1: June 14-16; 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 2: June 14-16; 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. Camp is full.
Session 3: June 14-16; 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 4: July 6-9; 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 6-9; 10:30 am-Noon; 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 6: July 12-15; 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 12-15; 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.
Session 8: June 22-24; 6:00-8:00 pm; Grades 7-12; $65; Main Gym This a new camp being added this summer by Coach Sarah Ikenberry and Coach Craig Friedrichsen for Middle School and High School boys. This camp will focus on all skills. Players will be grouped by age and skill level. This camp has been cancelled.
NOTE: Cancellations will require a $10 administration fee be withheld from camp refund(s).