2014 Grade School Summer Enrichment Programs


Camp: Missouri in the Civil War

Instructor: Mr. Tom Sothers       

Description: The purpose of this course is to explore the nature of the American Civil War as it impacted Missouri.  In the American Civil War, Missouri was a border state that was deeply divided.  Missourians fought on both sides of the conflict and it was common for many Missouri families to be divided over the war.  With both the Missouri river and the Mississippi river as part of Missouri’s geography, Missouri’s local was vital to the plans for both the North and the South.   Only the states of Virginia and Tennessee had more battles than Missouri.    Students in this History Camp will first explore the reasons for the onset of the Civil War in general and then students will examine the importance of Missouri for both the North and the South    A field trip to the Civil War museum at Jefferson Barracks will be included during the week and the course will wrap up with a Saturday field trip to a local Civil War battlefield.

Week Offered: Week of June 16 (AM) Cost: $100

Camp: The 1904 World's Fair-Gateway to the 20th Century

Instructor: Mr. Tom Sothers

Description: One of the most dynamic periods of St. Louis history is the period from 1866 to 1904 when St. Louis rose to the rank of 4th largest U.S. city behind New York, Philadelphia and Chicago.  This era culminated in 1904 when St. Louis  hosted both a World's Fair and the Olympic Games. The twin events seemed to signal that the United States had taken its place among the great industrialized powers of the world and St. Louis, seemed to serve as the symbolic gate through which it entered. 20 million people visited the city during the fair, turning St. Louis into a globally recognized metropolis.  This intensive History Camp will immerse the student in the History and People of St. Louis at the time of the 1904 World's Fair.  Using maps, contemporary and original sources, students in the History Camp will explore the many facets and faces of the city of St. Louis including: Forest park and the many ethnic neighborhoods that gave St. Louis its distinctive feel.  Using the latest in computer technology and hand's-on lessons and field trips, students will come to appreciate St. Louis's colorful and exciting history and culture.

 Week Offered: Week of June 23 (AM) Cost: $100

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, week long camp will focus on sculpture and creating three dimensional works of art using clay, as well as, a variety of other sculpting materials.  We hope to boost your creativity, stretch your already 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.

Weeks Offered: Weeks of June 2 (PM) and June 9 (PM) Cost: $100

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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” 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 vs temperature in a gas, precipitation reactions, and acid – base investigations. 

Week Offered: Week of June 2 (AM) Cost: $100

Camp: Sports Heroes

Instructor: Mr. Bryan Traughber

Description: Who are your heroes in the world of sports? How much do you really know about these heroes? This half day, week-long camp will focus on sports icons YOU choose!  We will delve into their lives and look at how they have impacted the sports world. We will use technology in the classroom to make these figures come to life and we will incorporate hands-on activities and games that occur outside of the classroom. After you enroll in this class, you will vote on the sports figures that you want to study and your input will determine the focus of our time together.

Week Offered: Week of June 23 (PM) 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 and fibers and DNA.   Hurry!  Space is limited.

Week Offered: Week of June 9 (AM) Cost: $100

** CSI: De Smet Jesuit camp is full.

Camp: Improv Camp

Instructor: Mr. Chris Welling

Description: The De Smet Jesuit High School Improv Camp will introduce 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students to the fundamentals and basics of improvisation.

Through the use of theater games and improvisation exercises and performances, students will learn the basics of improv, including creating solid scene work and fun characters. In this environment, the students will also learn different types of improv formats, structures and games. Improv uses a lot of teamwork, trust, accepting of others, and a "Yes, and.." attitude. These skills not only apply to life, but also build character and skills that the students will use in all aspects of their lives as they continue to grow, including: Positivity, Creativity, Confidence, Creative Thinking, Self-Confidence, Listening, Brainstorming, Team Building, and Empathy. Exploring their own creativity and group trust through teamwork will make for a relaxed, fun, and even hilarious improv theater experience during the week.

No improv or theater experience is necessary.

Week Offered: Week of June 16 (PM) 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 bourgeoning sport in high school athletics.  This grade school camp will introduce participants to the rules, basic strategies, and essential skills of the game.  Campers will receive a De Smet disc and a practice jersey for attending the camp. 

 Week Offered: Week of July 7 (AM) Cost: $80

Camp: Baseball

Coach: Mr. Greg Vitello

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

Week Offered: Week of June 16 (AM) Cost: $95

Camp: Soccer

Coach: Mr. Greg Vitello

Description:  Instruction is designed to meet the needs of players from beginners to advanced.  Emphasis is placed on shooting, heading, receiving and ball tough.  Tactical training will be taught in 1 vs 1, 2 vs 2, and 3 vs 2 situations.  Participants will be grouped according to ability.

Week Offered: Week of June 9 (AM) Cost: $95

Camp: Introductory Lacrosse

Coach: Ron Kelam

Description:  This Camp is designed for the athlete new to lacrosse.  Players will be introduced to the country’s fasted growing sport, it’s positions and fundamentals.  Instruction will be provided by De Smet Jesuit coaches and varsity players.  

Stick can be purchased at the time of registration. 

Stick: $50

Week Offered: Week of July 21 (5:45 – 8:00 pm) (Beg. No Equipment $75 – Intermediate $125)

Camp: Basketball (All Day)

Coach: Mr. Kevin Poelker

Description:  This ALL DAY camp emphasizes the fundamentals of basketball.  The morning is spent on individual skills such as shooting, rebounding, dribbling and ball handling. The afternoon emphasizes team skills and competition.  Each day features shooting competitions and campers of the day awards for each division.  There will be full court and three- on-three competitions each day. Camp is designed for boy's entering grades 4-9.  Cost: $150

 Weeks Offered: Weeks of June 2, June 9, and June 16 (M-TH 8:30 am – 3:00 pm), (Fri-8:30 am – 12:00 pm)

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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 DeSmet  graduate Blake Ahearncamp will provide you with the techniques, drills, vocabulary, and one-on-one instruction that will immediately improve your shooting accuracy, range, and quickness. He will teach you what the great college and NBA players are doing to make them great shooters and scorers.

Week Offered: Week of June 23 (AM) Cost: $75

Camp: Cross Country

Coach: Mr. Bryan Traughber

Description:  Students will develop their fitness level and have fun while learning the basics of running through a variety of different activities. Students will be introduced to stretching techniques, plyometrics, bio mechanics and conditioning while playing games and having fun.  No prior running experience is necessary. This camp is simply an opportunity to get outside in the summer time and live a more active lifestyle while developing the skills necessary to increase your fitness level

Week Offered: Week of June 9 (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, starting with passing and moving into serving, hitting, and blocking.  The camp will also involve a tournament to test and work on the skills discussed each day.

Week Offered: Week of July 28 (PM) Cost: $75

Camp: Football

Coach: Mark DeGreeff

Description:  Future Spartan football players will receive an introduction to important techniques and skills for the gridiron.  Campers will learn offensive and defensive stances, run and pass techniques.  They will learn how to properly throw, hold, and run with the football.  Proper techniques for blocking, tackling, passing, receiving, place kicking, and punting will be taught.  The camp will also include 7 on 7 games throughout the week.

Week Offered: Week of June 30 (Ends July 3) (AM) Cost: $90

Camp: Wrestling

Coach: Colby Robinson

Description:  This is a grade school camp dedicated to the growth and development of young wrestlers. In this camp we will go over the basics of wrestling. You will grow in positioning, motion, and poise. This camp is highlighted by one-on-one coaching with some of the top coaches in high schools and colleges around the state.

Weeks Offered: Weeks of July 7 (Intro) and July 14 (Intermediate) (AM) Cost: $95

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