2015 Grade School Summer Enrichment Programs


Camp: Exploring the 3rd Dimension

Instructors: Ms. Emily Dames and Mrs. Laurie Kohler

Description: Is your world looking a little flat these days? Have you ever wanted to bring your art to life? Well, get ready, because this summer we are stepping into the World of 3D! This half-day, weeklong camp will focus on sculpture and creating three dimensional works of art using clay and other sculpting materials. We want to boost your creativity, stretch your wild imaginations, and get messy digging into the world of sculpture!

Note: Materials will be included.  Students will need to bring an apron or large shirt.

Date Offered: Weeks of June 1, June 22

Cost: $100

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Camp: Music-making 101: Creating, Sequencing and Recording

Instructor: Mr. Ray Sherrock

Description: Learn the fundamentals and basics of making music, including creating original arrangements of favorite songs (“covers”), original composition, sequencing, and recording. ProTools, Reason, and Finale are among the music software used in this class. Various concepts will be introduced, and students will have time to create their own music using DSJ’s music production lab.

While no previous experience is necessary, keyboard skills are very helpful.

Date Offered: Week of June 1

Cost: $100

Camp: Mad Science Camp

Instructor: Mr. Jim Walsh

Description: If you are a bit of a mad scientist, then this is the course for you! Spend a week exploring the wonders and magic of laboratory chemistry, getting your “hands dirty,” and performing real chemical experiments. Chemistry is all around and it’s exciting to see – especially when it involves color changes, lighting things on fire, and (small) explosions! Students will learn how to conduct experiments safely, use lab equipment, learn different experimental procedures and gain an understanding of chemical concepts. Experimental topics include the chemistry of fireworks, formulas of hydrated compounds, energy changes in chemical reactions, pressure versus temperature in a gas, precipitation reactions, and acid-base investigations.

Date Offered: Week of June 15

Cost: $100

Camp: D.I.M.C - De Smet Interactive Media Collaborative

Instructor: Mr. Ryan Sextro

Description: Do you think YOU have the idea for the next hit video game? Put your ideas to the test with a group of creative peers and make your game come to life! Students will engage in a weeklong hackathon working to create and deploy a fully-functional video game. Along with their small group, students will implement their ideas using the Scratch environment.

No prior programming experience is necessary.

Date Offered: Week of June 8

Cost: $100

Camp: Producing Quality Videos

Instructor: Mr. Michael Talken

Description: Campers will learn all aspects of what goes into creating a polished, professional-grade video production. The week will cover best practices for lighting and sound, how to use the computer to edit video, and producing live video broadcasts using industry standard, NewTek’s Tricaster hardware. We will also explore the creation of on-screen graphics and green screen special effects. Campers will work to create sportscasts and weather forecasts, as well as local and world news spots.

Date Offered: Week of June 15

Cost: $100

Camp: Improving Study Skills

Instructor: Mr. Bryan Traughber

Description: This camp focuses on learning study habits necessary to succeed in the classroom. During this weeklong course, students will be introduced to the typical learning environment of a high school classroom. The content of this course will focus on six different skill areas:

  • organization
  • time management/ personal responsibility
  • active listening
  • note taking/summarizing
  • test-taking skills
  • goal setting

Students will participate in a variety of activities that will strengthen their skills in each of these areas, and will learn to apply these skills in all of their courses.

Date Offered: Week of June 22

Cost: $100

Camp: CSI: De Smet Jesuit

Instructor: Dr. Mariette Baxendale

Description: Campers will serve as forensic investigators by utilizing observation and critical thinking skills during the examination of a crime scene. What does the evidence tell you? Students will use real-world forensic techniques and analyses as they explore crime scene investigation, impression evidence, hair, fibers, and DNA. Hurry! Space is limited.

Date Offered: Week of June 8

Cost: $100


Camp: Ultimate Frisbee

Coach: Mr. Peter Lenzini

Description: Ultimate Frisbee is a seven-on-seven field sport that combines elements of football, soccer and basketball. It is a burgeoning sport in high school athletics. This camp for grade schoolers will introduce participants to the rules, basic strategies and essential skills of the game. Campers will receive a De Smet Jesuit disc and a practice jersey.

Date Offered: Week of July 15 (AM)

Cost: $80

Camp: Baseball

Coach: Mr. David Stewart

Description: Instruction for this camp is designed to improve the campers’ baseball knowledge and skills. Participants will receive instruction on hitting, pitching, catching mechanics, base running and fielding. The camp is structured to help both the casual player and the advanced player. Participants will be grouped according to ability.

Date Offered: Week of June 1 (AM)

Cost: $95

Camp: Soccer

Coach: Mr. Josh Klein

Description: Campers will learn shooting, heading, receiving, passing and ball control techniques. Tactical training will include one-on-one, two-on-two and three-on-two situations. Instruction is designed to meet the needs of players from beginner to advanced, and participants are grouped according to skill.

Date Offered: Week of June 8 (AM)

Cost: $95

Camp: Lacrosse

Coach: Mr. Joseph Douglas

Description: Players will be introduced to the country’s fastest growing sport, its positions and fundamentals by Varsity Coach Joe Douglas. A stick can be purchased at the time of registration.

Date Offered: Week of July 20 (5:30 – 8:00 pm)

Cost: $75 (beginner); $125 (intermediate)

Camp: Basketball (All Day)

Coach: Mr. Kevin Poelker

Description: This camp emphasizes the fundamentals of basketball. The morning is spent on individual skills such as shooting, rebounding, and ball handling. The afternoon emphasizes team skills and competition. Each day features shooting competitions and camper-of-the-day awards for each division. Each camper will receive a reversible jersey to wear during the session.

You may bring your lunch or buy it in the cafeteria. All camps will be conducted at De Smet and St. Monica. All camps are limited to 144 campers each week.

Dates Offered: Weeks of June 8, June 15, and June 22** (M-TH 8:30 am – 3:00 pm), (Fri-8:30 am – 12:00 pm)

Cost: $150

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Camp: Blake Ahearn Shooting Skills

Coach: Mr. Blake Ahearn

Description: All-time NCAA Division I free-throw leader, former NBA, Missouri State and De Smet Jesuit graduate Blake Ahearn will provide techniques, drills, vocabulary, and one-on-one instruction that will immediately improve shooting accuracy, range, and quickness. He will teach campers what current college and NBA players are doing to make them better shooters and scorers.

Date Offered: Week of July 27 (AM)

Cost: $80

Camp: Volleyball

Coach: John Hawkey

Description: This camp is designed to meet the needs of players from beginners to advanced. Each day of the camp will focus on a different volleyball skill, including passing, moving, serving, hitting, and blocking. The camp also features tournament play to test and work on the skills learned.

Date Offered: Week of July 20 (2:00 - 4:00 pm)

Cost: $75

Camp: Football

Coach: Mark DeGreeff

Description: Campers will receive an introduction to important techniques and skills for the gridiron, including:

  • offensive and defensive stances
  • how to properly throw, hold and run with the football
  • proper techniques for blocking, tackling, passing, receiving, placekicking and punting.

This camp also includes 7-on-7 games throughout the week.

Date Offered: Week of July 6 (AM)

Cost: $90

Camp: Wrestling

Coach: Colby Robinson

Description:  This camp is dedicated to the growth and development of grade school-aged wrestlers. Campers will learn the basics of wrestling, including positioning, motion, and poise. This camp is highlighted by one-on-one coaching from some of the top wrestling coaches in the St. Louis area. Novice and skilled wrestlers are welcome, with appropriate learning tracks available for both.

Date Offered: Week of July 13 (AM)

Cost: $95