Summer. Starts. Here.

Spartan Summer at De Smet Jesuit offers exciting and challenging camp programs for middle school boys at our private Catholic school campus in Creve Coeur.

Additional programs offered for incoming freshmen and for currently enrolled students. Questions? Contact Nancy Sokolik, Director of Summer Programs, at nsokolik@desmet.org, or 314-567-3500, ext. 1449.

NEW CAMP - SUMMER GOLF CAMP

Instructor - Harold Barker, Assistant Athletic Director

Dates: June 5 - 8

Time: Noon to 2:45 p.m.

Grades: For boys entering grades 6-12

Fee: $295

Location - Norwood Hills Country Club (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE - no longer at Whitmoor Country Club)

Contact: hbarker@desmet.org

Playing great golf requires much more than patience and practice. Perfecting your game involves constant instruction you can trust and use to analyze how your strength, flexibility, and natural talent impact your game. Harold Barker brings talent and experience developing competitive golfers that compete at the highest high school levels and beyond. Bobby Pavelonis is Whitmoor Country Club’s Director of Instruction and he has proven experience working with players of all abilities and levels from the beginner to the aspiring Tour Professional.

The format of the camp is as follows

  • DAY 1: Short Game School (Putting, Chipping, Pitching)
  • DAY 2: Full Swing School (Grip/Posture/Alignment/Swing Plane and Face Angle)
  • DAY 3: Short Game and Full Swing Refresher with Video Analysis
  • DAY 4: 9-Holes of Golf with Playing Lessons
  • REGISTRATION CLICK HERE

    UPDATED: Cross Country & Fall Sports Conditioning

    Coach: Bryan Traughber ‘97, De Smet Jesuit Varsity Cross Country Coach

    Dates: June 11-14

    June 25-28

    July 9-12

    July 16-19

    July 23-26

    Time: 8-10am

    Fee: $75 (for any or all weeks)

    Contact: btraughber@desmet.org

    For the incoming freshman who would like to improve his overall fitness level and prepare for the upcoming fall sports season. While those who plan to run cross country are strongly encouraged to attend, this camp is not limited to cross country runners and requires no prior running experience. The camp will help athletes develop endurance, strength, flexibility, and a strong work ethic that will help them improve as an athlete. Camp participants will learn a proper warm-up and stretching routine, and will end each day with a cool-down, followed by a nutritious snack. On the last day of camp athletes will be provided with a summer training plan to encourage them to use the information and techniques discussed during the camp. All camp participants will receive t-shirts, nutritional snacks, and drinks each day.

    Please wear running shoes and comfortable clothing. Bring a water bottle for breaks.
    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    PLEASE NOTE

    The following camps are now CLOSED:

    Week 2 of Basketball Fundamentals
    Hockey Prospect Camp
    Shark Tank
    Sherlock Holmes

    MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMPS

    Academic Camps

    SHERLOCK HOLMES & SHARK TANK CAMPS ARE CLOSED


    Stranger Things: in a Laboratory

    Instructor: Jim Walsh ’76, De Smet Jesuit Chemistry Teacher

    Dates: June 11-15

    Time: 9-11:45am

    Grades: Entering 5th-8th

    Fee: $150

    Contact: jwalsh@desmet.org

    For that curious chemist in all of us, this camp will further your knowledge of science and chemistry in a hands-on class designed for students with a flair for the scientifically dramatic, taking place entirely in a lab environment. We’ll explore the wonder and excitement of chemical reactions, compare exothermic and endothermic reactions, and identify unknowns. We’ll investigate reactions which produce gas, form a precipitate, and cause color change. Experimental topics also include the use of chemical indicators in determining pH levels and examining the mathematical relationships of a reaction. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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    Escape Room Experience – Think Outside the Box

    Instructor: Ann Hawkey, Parkway School District Teacher and Local Escape Room Enthusiast

    Date: June 11-15

    Time: 12-3:15pm

    Grades: Entering 6th-8th

    Fee: $170

    Contact: hawkey1217@hotmail.com

    Challenges, puzzles, escapes, and thinking on your feet, commission your brain to take on the seemingly impossible! You’ll work as part of a team to balance a set of nails, pick up tennis balls with string, unlock locks, and improvise solutions to the challenging but fun problems put before you during this exciting class designed to solve, unravel, and escape your way through De Smet Jesuit! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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    CSI – De Smet Jesuit

    Instructor: Dr. Mariette Baxendale, De Smet Jesuit Science Department Chair

    Dates: June 18-22

    Time: 9-11:45am

    Grades: Entering 6th-8th

    Fee: $170

    Contact: mbaxendale@desmet.org

    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. Space is limited – sign up quickly! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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    The Science of Fear: Fear Factor at DSJ

    Instructor: Harold Barker, De Smet Jesuit Physics Teacher

    Dates: June 18-22

    Time: 12:30-3:15pm

    Grades: Entering 6th-8th

    Fee: $160

    Contact: hbarker@desmet.org

    Edible bugs and obstacle courses are just two of the adventures offered in this camp where we’ll explore the five senses and use science to understand why fear is a natural response and is critical for development and survival. Each day, students will participate in “fear factor” activities which will challenge the bravest of individuals. We’ll climb a mini-ropes course, complete a trust fall, and feel “mystery objects.” We’ll discuss how our counterparts in the wild kingdom react to fear and apply that knowledge as we work through each activity. Students will learn a healthy respect for fear as well as techniques for when to listen to, versus overcome, fear. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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    Being Sherlock Holmes

    Instructor: Nick Dressler ‘02, De Smet Jesuit English Teacher

    Dates: June 25-29

    Time: 9-11:45am

    Grades: Entering 6th-8th

    Fee: $150

    Contact: ndressler@desmet.org

    Sherlock Holmes’s idiosyncratic methods have made him the most popular and enduring literary detective of all time, and this summer his secrets will be revealed. We’ll begin unfolding the mystery on the first day of camp, and continue each day of the week using the unique practices of the master sleuth himself: deductive logic, observation, code breaking, forensic science, and interrogation. Explore Victorian England and enhance your writing skills with the latest in computer technology in this exciting class! Hurry-the game is afoot! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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    The FITNESS FORCE!

    Instructor: Bryan Traughber ‘97, De Smet Jesuit Varsity Cross Country Coach and Social Studies Department Chair

    Dates: June 25-29

    Time: 12:30-3:15pm

    Grades: Entering 5th-8th

    Fee: $150

    Contact: btraughber@desmet.org

    Take advantage of this unique opportunity to be part of De Smet Jesuit’s Fitness Force! Improve fitness levels in the classroom, then practice those skills in the gym, weight room, and on the fields of De Smet Jesuit! We’ll explore healthy lifestyles, nutrition, flexibility, plyometric drills, cardiovascular training, and introductory strength training. This camp packs the perfect punch: how to combine classroom learning, physical activity and practical application! You, De Smet Jesuit, and The Fitness Force! Specially designed t-shirt for all participants! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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    Woodworking Engineers

    Instructor: Harold Barker, De Smet Jesuit Physics Teacher

    Dates: July 9-13

    Time: 9-11:45am

    Grades: Entering 6th-8th

    Fee: $170

    Contact: hbarker@desmet.org

    Woodworking meets engineering! This hands-on introduction to woodworking is designed for students to learn and practice basic woodworking techniques while applying engineering concepts with real, tangible results. Students will choose from a list of simple items to build, such as a bird house, jewelry box, watch and keys valet, or cutting board. They will go through the process of drawing the design to scale, gathering and conserving the materials, cutting and assembling the pieces, and applying various finishing techniques. Students can use existing designs or can modify designs based on their goals and needs for the project. Students will learn how to safely use the tools provided and will be supervised closely. All levels of experience are welcome! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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    Shark Tank DSJ – Are You an Entrepreneur?

    Instructor: Nick Dressler ‘02, De Smet Jesuit English Teacher

    Dates: July 9-13

    Time 9-11:45am

    Grades: Entering 6th-8th

    Fee: $150

    Contact: ndressler@desmet.org

    Do you have the next million dollar idea locked away in your brain just waiting to be released? Find the key at De Smet Jesuit’s Shark Tank – Are You an Entrepreneur?, where aspiring inventors will cultivate essential skills for creating and promoting the next market-busting product. At the end of the week, campers will present their ideas to their fellow entrepreneurs and a guest panel! Don’t miss this opportunity to unleash your inner tycoon! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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    Digital Media

    Instructor: John Hawkey ‘96, De Smet Jesuit Theology Teacher and Webmaster

    Dates: June 25-29

    Time: 9-11:45am

    Grades: Entering 6th-8th

    Fee: $150

    Contact: jhawkey@desmet.org

    Students will be introduced to the basics of digital media in the 21st century. Digital media includes video production, live event broadcasting, and social media. Students will focus on production, editing, and filming, as well as broadcasting in different genres. Students will also learn how to use social media to promote their messages. The collaborative nature of this class will serve as the basis for a “production team.” Also fundamental to this course are the philosophical and leadership skills necessary to be successful in the digital age. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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    All Star Study Skills

    Instructor: Bryan Traughber ‘97, De Smet Social Studies Department Chair and Varsity Cross Country Coach

    Dates: July 9-13

    Time: 12:30-3:15pm

    Grades: Entering 6th-8th

    Fee: $150

    Contact: btraughber@desmet.org

    From the Cardinals to the Blues, St. Louis athletes know you play how you practice. Improve your stats as a student and master your study skills while exploring St. Louis sports and sports history! Campers will experience a new understanding and appreciation for fundamental student skills. Reading quizzes, essays and technology-based projects will come alive with this fun and relevant camp. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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    Robotics Engineering

    Instructor: Harold Barker, De Smet Jesuit Physics Teacher

    Dates: July 9-13

    Time: 12:30-3:15pm

    Grades: Entering 6th-8th

    Fee: $150

    Contact: hbarker@desmet.org

    This hands-on robotics camp is designed as an introduction to engineering, providing opportunities to design, build, and program robots using both the LEGO Mindstorms and TETRIX Prime platforms. Students will compete in several intermediate design challenges that will culminate in a final competition at the end of the week. All levels of experience are welcome! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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    Curious Coders – Intro to Coding

    Instructor: Nick Dressler ‘02, De Smet Jesuit English Teacher

    Dates: July 16-20

    Time: 12:30-3:15pm

    Grades: 6th-8th

    Fee: $150

    Contact: ndressler@desmet.org

    The 21st century classroom demands student proficiency in several technological skills for the first time in history. Chief among them is coding. In this camp, innovators design and complete animated narratives and/or games through fundamental programming proficiencies using the online app Scratch. Learn how to make your programming dreams a reality with current coding concepts and the fundamentals of visual design. What will be your digital creation? Show us what you’ve got at Launch Code! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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    Athletic Camps

    NEW CAMP - FATHER/SON BASKETBALL CAMP

    Instructor - Kent Williams, Head Basketball Coach

    Date: Saturday, June 16

    Time: 9:00 a.m. to Noon

    Grades: For boys entering grades 1-8 and their dads (or other guests!)

    Fee: $50 Father/Son, $20 for each additional son

    Contact: kwilliams@desmet.org

    Are you ready for some fun with your son?

    Celebrate Father’s Day weekend playing basketball with your son at De Smet Jesuit’s inaugural Father/Son Basketball Camp! Spend quality time with your son in drills and contests through instruction from Head Basketball Coach Kent Williams and the De Smet Jesuit players. Lern the basic fundamentals of shooting, dribbling, passing, rebounding, and defending, along with screening and cutting. Each father/son duo will receive a take home packet of “Backyard Basketball Drills” which will help campers’ overall skill development while providing dad with expert teaching tips. The registration fee includes gifts for both dads and campers, including a father/son photo from the event! Camp ends with refreshments celebrating Father’s Day.

    REGISTRATION CLICK HERE

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    Baseball Camp

    Instructor: David Stewart, Spartan Varsity Baseball Coach and Physical Education Teacher

    Dates: June 11-14

    Time: 8:30-11:30am

    Grades: Entering 4th-8th

    Fee: $100

    Contact: dstewart2@desmet.org

    Designed to improve campers’ baseball knowledge and skills. Participants will receive instruction in 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.

    Campers should wear pants, belt, turf shoes, cleats, cap. Also required: glove, bat, cup, catchers gear for catchers, and water bottle.
    INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION CLICK HERE
    TEAM REGISTRATION CLICK HERE

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    Fundamentals of Basketball Camp

    Instructor: Kent Williams, Spartan Varsity Basketball Coach and Physical Education Teacher

    Dates: June 4-7

    June 11-14 - CAMP CLOSED

    June 18-21

    Time: 9am-3pm (lunch included)

    Grades: Entering 4th-8th

    Fee: $195

    Contact: kwilliams@desmet.org

    This fundamentals camp focuses on overall development of the game with both offensive and defensive drills, along with a 3-on-3 tournament, 5-on-5 play, and other fun games and contests such as the famous shooting carnival!

    Please wear basketball shoes, basketball shorts, and t-shirt. Hot, healthy lunch included in registration fee!
    INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION CLICK HERE
    TEAM REGISTRATION CLICK HERE

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    Basketball Offensive Skills Camp

    Instructor: Kent Williams, Spartan Varsity Basketball Coach and Physical Education Teacher

    Dates: June 25-28

    Time: 9am-3pm

    Grades: Entering 4th-8th (lunch included)

    Fee: $195

    Contact: kwilliams@desmet.org

    The Basketball Offensive Skills Camp focuses specifically on developing overall offensive ability on the court. We will concentrate on advanced ball-handling moves, passing, and a variety of shots and offensive moves off the dribble to enhance overall scoring ability.

    Please wear basketball shoes, basketball shorts, and t-shirt. Hot, healthy lunch included in registration fee!
    INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION CLICK HERE
    TEAM REGISTRATION CLICK HERE

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    Basketball Shooting Camp

    Instructor: Kent Williams, Spartan Varsity Basketball Coach and Physical Education Teacher

    Dates: July 9-12

    Time: 9am-3pm

    Grades: Entering 4th-8th (lunch included)

    Fee: $195

    Contact: kwilliams@desmet.org

    Basketball Shooting Camp is designed to teach the proper shooting mechanics from a multitude of shots including free throws, set shots, jump shots, shots off the dribble, post moves, and more. This camp includes a take-home packet full of shooting drills and workout plans providing a program for campers to follow all year long.

    Please wear basketball shoes, basketball shorts, and t-shirt. Hot, healthy lunch included in registration fee!
    INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION CLICK HERE
    TEAM REGISTRATION CLICK HERE

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    Little Shooters Basketball Camp

    Instructor: Kent Williams, Spartan Varsity Basketball Coach and Physical Education Teacher

    Dates: July 16-19 - Please note revision of dates for Little Shooters camp from dates printed in Spartan Summer brochure; the correct dates are July 16-19 (Monday – Thurs)

    Time: 9-noon

    Grades: Entering 1st-3rd

    Fee: $100

    Contact: kwilliams@desmet.org

    Little Shooters Camp introduces our youngest campers to the game of basketball. Fun games and drills will educate the players while they enjoy learning the fundamentals of the game.

    Please wear basketball shoes, basketball shorts, and t-shirt.
    INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION CLICK HERE
    TEAM REGISTRATION CLICK HERE

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    Cross Country Camp

    Instructor: Bryan Traughber ‘97, Spartan Varsity Cross Country Coach and Social Studies Department Chair

    Dates: July 16-19

    Time: 8-10am

    Grades: Entering 4th-8th

    Fee: $75

    Contact: btraughber@desmet.org

    Campers have fun while learning the basics of running and improving their overall fitness through a variety of activities. They will be introduced to stretching techniques, plyometrics, biomechanics, and conditioning. No prior running experience is necessary.

    Please wear running shoes and comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle. Snacks will be provided.
    INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION CLICK HERE
    TEAM REGISTRATION CLICK HERE

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    Full-Day Football Camp

    Instructor: Robert Steeples ‘08, Spartan Varsity Football Coach and Physical Education Teacher

    Time: 8:30am-3pm (lunch provided)

    Dates: June 11-14

    June 25-28

    Grades: Entering 4th-8th

    Fee: $140 (bundle both camps for $220; email Coach Steeples for group discounts)

    Contact: rsteeples@desmet.org

    Join former NFL player Robert Steeples, along with NFL and collegiate guests, for a week of expert introduction to important techniques and skills for the gridiron. Athletes of all levels will be exposed to offensive and defensive fundamentals of speed and agility circuit training, age-appropriate weight lifting introduction, proper tackling techniques that increase player safety, next-level knowledge, and position-specific skills that will give campers an advantage going into the next season. This camp includes a Madden Tournament and 7-on-7 games throughout the week, culminating with the Spartan Bowl - the camp finale that re-creates the one-of-a-kind De Smet Jesuit football gameday atmosphere for our campers!

    Please wear t-shirt, athletic shorts and shoes, and bring a water bottle.
    INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION CLICK HERE
    FOOTBALL Group rate, contact Coach Steeples at rsteeples@desmet.org for information

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    Hockey Prospect Camp - CAMP IS FULL

    Instructor: Chris Durso, Spartan Varsity Ice Hockey Coach

    Dates: July 16-20

    Time: 3–5:15pm

    Grades: Entering 7th-9th

    Fee: $220

    Contact: dursock@gmail.com

    Location of camp: Creve Coeur Ice Arena, 11400 Olde Cabin Road, St. Louis, MO, 63141

    This high-level hockey camp focuses on skill development, systems, and conditioning. Instruction will be provided by varsity head coach Chris Durso and the De Smet Jesuit coaching staff, current players, and alumni. Players will be provided a t-shirt and a jersey. Be part of De Smet Jesuit’s junior varsity development program starting this summer – and consider playing for De Smet’s JV-D team in the fall!

    Full hockey gear required. Snacks and drinks provided.
    INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION CLICK HERE
    TEAM REGISTRATION CLICK HERE

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    Lacrosse Camp

    Instructor: Joseph Douglas, Spartan Varsity Lacrosse Coach

    Dates: July 23-26

    Time: 5:30-7pm

    Grades: Entering 3rd-9th

    Fee: $80 (Beginner)

    $130 (Intermediate)

    Contact: joseph.douglas33@gmail.com

    Players will be introduced to one of the country’s fastest growing sports-lacrosse! Varsity coach Joe Douglas, along with De Smet Jesuit alumni NCAA lacrosse players, will teach game positions and fundamentals including stick work, shooting, big-picture game concepts, along with ground balls and unsettled/transition concepts.

    Beginner: stick required.

    Intermediate: stick, helmet, gloves required.
    INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION CLICK HERE
    TEAM REGISTRATION CLICK HERE

    Limited number of sticks available for purchase ($55). Please contact Coach Douglas for information.

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    Soccer Camp

    Instructor: Josh Klein ‘97, Spartan Varsity Soccer Coach and Psychology Teacher

    Dates: June 4-7

    Time: 8:30-11:30am

    Grades: Entering 5th-8th

    Fee: $100

    Contact: jklein@desmet.org

    Campers learn shooting, heading, receiving, passing, and ball control techniques. Instruction is designed to meet the needs of players from beginner to advanced, and participants are grouped according to skill. This camp offers dynamic individual training techniques as well as small group and team tactics, plus daily contests in which campers can win prizes! Youth athletes learn from the expertise of the De Smet Jesuit coaching staff, as well as many of our varsity players. Campers will observe and understand expectations of a high school soccer program.

    Any appropriate apparel is acceptable; soccer cleats and shin guards are required. Camp meets rain or shine.
    INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION CLICK HERE
    TEAM REGISTRATION CLICK HERE

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    Ultimate Frisbee Camp

    Instructor: Peter Lenzini, Spartan Ultimate Frisbee Coach and Dean of Students

    Dates: June 18-22

    Time: 8:30-11am

    Grades: Entering 5th-8th

    Fee: $90

    Contact: plenzini@desmet.org

    Ultimate Frisbee is a 7-on-7 field sport that combines elements of football, soccer, and basketball. Join De Smet Jesuit’s 10-time consecutive state championship coaching staff, along with current and alumni players, to learn more about this burgeoning sport in high school athletics! This camp 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.

    Please bring cleats and a water bottle.
    INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION CLICK HERE
    TEAM REGISTRATION CLICK HERE

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    Volleyball Camp

    Instructor: Tim Haffner, Spartan Varsity Volleyball Coach

    Dates: June 4-7

    Time: 3:30-5:30pm

    Grades: Entering 5th-8th

    Fee: $75

    Contact: thaffn@yahoo.com

    Volleyball camp is designed to meet the needs of players from beginner to advanced levels. Each day will focus on a different skill, starting with passing, and moving into serving, hitting, and blocking. Campers will participate in tournaments to test and work on skills discussed each day.

    Please wear appropriate gym shoes. Campers should bring a water bottle and knee pads.
    INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION CLICK HERE
    TEAM REGISTRATION CLICK HERE

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    De Smet Jesuit Weight Lifting Camp

    Instructor: Robert Steeples ‘08, Spartan Varsity Football Coach and Physical Education Teacher

    Dates: May 29-June 1

    June 4-7

    Time: 12:30-2:30pm

    Grades: Entering 7th-9th

    Fee: $75

    Contact: rsteeples@desmet.org

    Meet us in the weight room to build up and lift up! Campers will learn proper techniques for ground-based lifts and spotting, as they develop a working knowledge of which exercises develop specific body parts. General weight room safety will be reviewed as well as proper stretching and warm-up exercises and plyometric training for the development of quick-twitch muscle fibers. Lifts will also be conducted through competitive weight room games and competitions designed to build physical strength and mental endurance.

    Please wear t-shirt, athletic shorts and shoes, and bring a water bottle.
    INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION CLICK HERE
    TEAM REGISTRATION CLICK HERE

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    Spartan Wrestling Takedown Camp

    Instructor: Aedryan Cox, Spartan Varsity Wrestling Coach and Biology Teacher

    Dates: July 9-12

    Time: 9-noon

    Grades: Entering 4th-8th

    Fee: $90

    Contact: acox@desmet.org

    Join De Smet varsity wrestling coach, Dr. Aedryan Cox, for a week of Spartan wrestling! This camp is dedicated to the growth and development of grade school wrestlers. Campers will learn high-level techniques for neutral wrestling, ranging from the basics of positioning to highly effective attacks and defense. This camp is highlighted by 1-on-1 coaches in the St. Louis area. Novice and skilled wrestlers are welcome, and appropriate learning tracks will be available for both levels.

    Please wear athletic shorts, t-shirt, wrestling shoes.
    INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION CLICK HERE
    TEAM REGISTRATION CLICK HERE

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    Middle School REGISTRATION

    If registration form doesn't appear below, CLICK HERE to go to it directly.

    TEAM/GROUP Registration

    If registration form doesn't appear below, CLICK HERE to go to it directly.

    For FOOTBALL Group rate, contact Coach Steeples at rsteeples@desmet.org for information

    Important Camp Notes

    *Click one of the blue tabs above to register for a camp.

    * Campers are encouraged to pair morning and afternoon camps, and will be provided a hot, healthy lunch. Supervision and activities will be provided for campers attending programs which end earlier than the start time of lunch/afternoon programs.

    *Base price for academic camps is $150. Materials fees are reflected in stated fee for individual camps.

    *Medical and media releases are required at time of registration.

    *Payment in full required at time of registration.

    *Refunds in full through May 1. After this time, we regret we are unable to issue refunds.

    *Spartan Summer at De Smet Jesuit will cancel any camp that does not meet minimum enrollment requirements 14 days prior to the designated start date of camp. Registrants will be offered placement in other camps the same week or offered a complete refund.

    *Please call the camp office regarding before/after care if needed.

    INCOMING FRESHMEN CAMPS

    DSJ Spartan Prep

    DSJ Spartan Prep is taught in three components over the course of one week. Please choose the week that works best in your summer schedule.

    Teachers

    Bridget Bowers, De Smet Jesuit English Teacher

    Nick Dressler, De Smet Jesuit English Teacher

    Henry Samson, De Smet Jesuit English Teacher

    Chris Welling, De Smet Jesuit English, Theater and Improvisation Teacher

    Dates

    June 11-15

    July 16-20

    July 23-27


    Time 9am-12pm

    Fee $120*

    Contact: bbowers@desmet.org or nsokolik@desmet.org

    DSJ Spartan Prep is a one-week course designed to help incoming freshmen acclimate to De Smet Jesuit prior to the start of their freshman year. The course is taught in three major components:

    Academic Success

    In this portion of the summer transition camp, we delve into the difference between content knowledge—the type of knowledge upon which grade school success relies so heavily—and skills knowledge, which leads to better high school success. Additionally, students will understand and demonstrate essential reading and note-taking methods that they can then utilize from day one of their high school career

    Jesuit Identity and Leadership

    This section of the course focuses on Jesuit Identity, leadership, and adjustment to De Smet’s many opportunities and facilities. Students will spend time discussing what it means to attend a Jesuit Catholic high school and the unique educational lens that is provided for them, and how it can be applied to the world around them. We also discuss opportunities for growth and leadership throughout their time at De Smet Jesuit, and the definition and application of leadership throughout their lives. This component also delves into the school’s facilities, extracurricular activities, clubs, and general time management when transitioning into all the things high school has to offer.

    De Smet Jesuit: Navigating the Culture

    This component of DSJ Spartan Prep is designed to provide an in-depth exposure to various social and educational issues that encompass the transition from middle-school to high school, including the development of character, respect, leadership, and social skills that will empower students to maximize their individual strengths and talents, providing tools for overcoming challenging situations during and outside of the school day, and exploring strategies for balancing academic and social success. The substance of this component of DSJ Spartan Prep is focuses on student-centered and student-driven participation. The students will engage in discussions, real-time projects, and improvisational games aimed at further developing communication skills.

    In addition, each session will offer a Q & A panel for incoming parents, featuring current De Smet Jesuit parents.

    *Based on results of the HSPT test to be administered in late February, some students will be required to enroll in DSJ Spartan Prep. Families receiving financial aid may qualify for partial fee waiver. Please contact the Office of Admission for more information.

    Incoming Freshmen Athletic Camps

    *UPDATED* Cross Country & Fall Sports Conditioning

    Coach: Bryan Traughber ‘97, De Smet Jesuit Varsity Cross Country Coach

    Dates: June 11-14

    June 25-28

    July 9-12

    July 16-19

    July 23-26

    Time: 8-10am

    Fee: $75 (for any or all weeks)

    Contact: btraughber@desmet.org

    For the incoming freshman who would like to improve his overall fitness level and prepare for the upcoming fall sports season. While those who plan to run cross country are strongly encouraged to attend, this camp is not limited to cross country runners and requires no prior running experience. The camp will help athletes develop endurance, strength, flexibility, and a strong work ethic that will help them improve as an athlete. Camp participants will learn a proper warm-up and stretching routine, and will end each day with a cool-down, followed by a nutritious snack. On the last day of camp athletes will be provided with a summer training plan to encourage them to use the information and techniques discussed during the camp. All camp participants will receive t-shirts, nutritional snacks, and drinks each day.

    Please wear running shoes and comfortable clothing. Bring a water bottle for breaks.
    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    NEW - Hockey Strength and Conditioning Summer Session

    Contact: De Smet Jesuit Varsity Hockey Coach — Coach Durso

    Instructor: Jeff Lovecchio, Owner RIPT Training and professional hockey player

    Dates: May 29-August 2, Tuesday and Thursday evenings

    Time: 5:30-7 pm

    Grades: Entering 9th - 12th

    Fee: $355

    Contact: Chris Durso (dursock@gmail.com) (314) 443-1625

    For our current and incoming hockey players to focus on strength and conditioning during the off season. This program is a great way to stay in shape, build muscle and work on off-ice conditioning to help you be prepared for the fall season. Personalized instruction that you can use even after the summer session ends.

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR HOCKEY STRENGTH & CONDITIONING SUMMER SESSION

    Athletic Care and Prevention Camp

    Coach: Dave Stewart, De Smet Jesuit Varsity Baseball Coach and PE/Health Department Chair

    Dan Herrin '08, De Smet Jesuit Athletic Trainer, Physical Therapist – Mercy Hospital

    Dates: June 25-27

    Time: 9-11am

    Fee: $75

    Contact: dstewart2@desmet.org

    Athletic Care and Prevention Camp is a three-day introductory workshop and orientation for all aspiring Spartan athletes. Coach Stewart and Coach Harran will introduce athletes to the De Smet Jesuit athletic facilities, the basics of physical care, development of athletic strength and conditioning, and prevention of sports-related injuries. Additional key content includes fostering communication between coach/athlete and trainer/athlete, the role of the athlete in the training process, weight room etiquette and processes, sport-specific nutrition, mental/emotional health for the athlete, and more. This camp is highly recommended for the Spartan athlete!
    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    Baseball

    Coach: David Stewart, De Smet Jesuit Varsity Baseball Coach

    Dates: July 9-12

    Time: 8:30-11:30

    Fee: $100

    Contact: dstewart@desmet.org

    The coaching staff at De Smet Jesuit invites you to our annual incoming freshman baseball camp. Participants will learn new skills and become acclimated to the De Smet baseball “way of life.” Meet our coaching staff, learn our baseball philosophies, and end the week with a better understanding of your future program.

    Required for camp: glove, bat, cup, catchers gear if appropriate, and water bottle.
    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    Basketball Camp

    Coach: Kent Williams, De Smet Jesuit Varsity Basketball Coach

    Date: May 29-June 1

    Time 9am-12pm

    Fee: $100

    Contact: kwilliams@desmet.org

    Freshman Basketball Camp will introduce our program to newly enrolled students who wish to try out for the team their freshman year. The camp provides a first-hand experience of De Smet Jesuit’s basketball program by engaging in drills and individual workouts, as well as basic introduction to strength and conditioning training.

    Please wear basketball shoes, basketball shorts, and t-shirt.
    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    Freshmen Football Camp

    Coach: Robert Steeples ’08, De Smet Jesuit Varsity Football Coach

    Date: June 4-7

    Time: 8:30-11:00am

    Fee: $75

    Contact: rsteeples@desmet.org

    Designed to meet the needs of players who want to learn about the sport of football, whether or not they have played before. Each day of camp will focus on different football and athletic skills. As the week progresses, campers will be introduced to different positions and techniques to become a successful athlete and football player at De Smet Jesuit. Campers will be coached by members of the De Smet Jesuit coaching staff, along with college and NFL level guest coaches. This camp is the first opportunity for incoming Spartans to build the brotherhood and familiarity with the system that makes our football program and athletes successful in the athletic arena!

    Please wear t-shirt, athletic shorts and shoes (both cleats and regular athletic shoes), and bring a water bottle for breaks. All football equipment will be provided.

    Weight lifting camp follows football camp from 12:30-2:30 (strongly recommended). Please see listing for more information.
    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    Hockey Prospect Camp

    Coach: Chris Durso, De Smet Jesuit Varsity Ice Hockey Coach

    Dates: July 16-20

    Time: 3–5:15pm

    Fee: $220

    Contact: dursock@gmail.com

    Location of camp: Creve Coeur Ice Arena, 11400 Olde Cabin Road, St. Louis, MO, 63141

    This high-level hockey camp focuses on skill development, systems, and conditioning. Instruction will be provided by varsity head coach Chris Durso and the De Smet Jesuit coaching staff, current players, and alumni. Players will be provided a t-shirt and a jersey. Be part of De Smet Jesuit’s junior varsity development program starting this summer – and consider playing for De Smet’s JV-D team in the fall!

    Full hockey gear required. Snacks and drinks provided.
    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    Lacrosse

    Coach: Joe Douglas ’03, De Smet Jesuit Varsity Lacrosse Coach

    Dates: July 23-26

    Time: 5:30-7pm

    Fee: $80 (beginner)

    $130 (intermediate)

    Contact: joseph.douglas33@gmail.com

    Players will be introduced to one of the country’s fastest growing sports – lacrosse! Varsity coach Joe, Douglas, along with De Smet Jesuit alumni NCAA lacrosse players, will teach game positions and fundamentals, including stick work, shooting, big-picture game concepts, along with ground balls and unsettled/transition concepts.

    Beginner: stick required

    Intermediate: stick, helmet, gloves required

    Limited number of sticks available for purchase ($55). Please contact Coach Douglas for information.
    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    Soccer

    Coach: Josh Klein ‘97, Varsity Spartan Soccer Coach

    Date: June 11-14

    Time: 11-1pm

    Fee: $95

    Contact: jklein@desmet.org

    The soccer coaching staff at De Smet Jesuit invites you to be part of our Annual Incoming Freshman Soccer Camp. This camp affords freshmen the chance to meet the entire coaching staff as well as many of our varsity players. See how we run our program and learn the expectations of the De Smet Jesuit varsity soccer.

    This is not a tryout camp; no freshmen will be helped or hindered by attending. It is okay if you cannot make every session – just be there when you can. Please register no later than May 25.

    The soccer staff looks forward to seeing you this summer!

    Cleats and shin guards required. Camp meets rain or shine.
    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    Ultimate Frisbee

    Coach: Peter Lenzini, De Smet Jesuit Ultimate Frisbee Coach

    Dates: June 18-22

    Time: 8:30-11am

    Fee: $90

    Contact: plenzini@desmet.org

    Ultimate Frisbee is a 7-on-7 field sport that combines elements of football, soccer, and basketball. Join De Smet Jesuit’s 10-time consecutive state championship coaching staff, along with current and alumni players, to learn more about this burgeoning sport in high school athletics! This camp 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.

    Please bring cleats and a water bottle.
    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    Volleyball

    Coach: Tim Haffner, Spartan Varsity Volleyball Coach

    Dates: July 16-19

    Time: 1-3pm

    Fee: $75

    Contact: thaffn@yahoo.com

    The freshman volleyball camp is designed to meet the needs of players from beginner to advanced. Each day of camp will focus on a different skill, starting with passing, and moving into serving, hitting, and blocking. The camp will also involve a tournament aimed at testing and working on skills discussed each day.

    Please wear t-shirt, shorts, volleyball or other athletic shoes. Bring drink for water breaks. Volleyballs will be provided.
    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    Weightlifting and Conditioning Camp

    Coach: Robert Steeples ’08, De Smet Jesuit Varsity Football Coach

    Date: May 29-June 1, or

    June 4-7

    Time 12:30-2:30pm

    Fee: $75

    Contact: rsteeples@desmet.org

    Meet us in the weight room to build up and lift up! Campers will learn proper techniques for ground-based lifts and spotting, as they develop a working knowledge of which exercises develop specific body parts. General weight room safety will be reviewed as well as proper stretching and warm-up exercises and plyometric training for the development of quick-twitch muscle fibers. Lifts will also be conducted through competitive weight room games and competitions designed to build physical strength and mental endurance.

    Please wear t-shirt, athletic shorts, athletic shoes. Bring a water bottle for breaks.
    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    Wrestling

    Coach: Aedryan Cox, De Smet Jesuit Varsity Wrestling Coach

    Dates: July 9-12

    Time: 1-4pm

    Fee: $90

    Contact: acox@desmet.org

    Join DeSmet Head Wrestling Coach Dr. Aedryan Cox for a week of Spartan wrestling. This camp is dedicated to the growth and development of high school wrestlers. Campers will learn high-level technique for neutral wrestling, ranging from the basics of positioning, to highly effective attacks and defense. This camp is highlighted by one-on-one coaches in the St. Louis area. Novice and skilled wrestlers are welcome, with appropriate learning tracks available for both.
    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    Freshmen Camp Registration

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    Important Camp Notes

    *Click one of the blue tabs above to register for a camp.

    *Medical and media releases are required at time of registration.

    *Payment in full required at time of registration.

    *Refunds in full through May 1. After this time, we regret we are unable to issue refunds.

    *Spartan Summer at De Smet Jesuit will cancel any camp that does not meet minimum enrollment requirements 14 days prior to the designated start date of camp. Registrants will be offered placement in other camps the same week or offered a complete refund.

    *Please contact the coach directly for any questions about the athletic camps

    *Contact Nancy Sokolik for questions about the Summer Prep Camp at nsokolik@desmet.org, or 314-567-3500, ext. 1449