Grade School Camps

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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.

 

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Spartan Summer Camps for Grade School Boys

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Close the Gap Academic Camp

Close the Gap Academic Camp for boys grades 6 - 9

Instructor: Rob Hutchison

Dates: 

Week 1 - June 7 - 11

Week 2 - June 14 - 18

Week 3 - June 21 - 25

Time: 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Grades: Entering 6th - 9th

Fee: $125

Contact: rhutchison@desmet.org

After a year of hybrid learning, would your son benefit from review and enrichment in math, science, and English? De Smet Jesuit teachers and senior National Honor Society mentors will provide review, study skills, and one-on-one support.

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All Sports Conditioning Camp

Cross Country & Conditioning Camp for boys grades 6-8

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

Dates: June 14 - 18

Time: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Grades: Entering 6th-8th

Fee: $125

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. 

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Baseball Camp

Baseball Camp for boys in grades 5-8

Instructor: David Stewart, De Smet Jesuit Varsity Baseball Coach and Physical Education Teacher

Dates: June 7 - 11

Time: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Grades: Entering 5th - 8th

Fee: $125 

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.

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Basketball Camps

Basketball Camps for boys grades 1-8

Fundamentals of Basketball Camp

Instructor: Kent Williams, De Smet Jesuit Varsity Basketball Coach and Physical Education Teacher

Contact: kwilliams@desmet.org

Dates:

Fundamentals Wk 1 - June 7 - 11

Fundamentals Wk 2 - June 21 - 25

Offensive Skills - June 28 - July 2

Shooting Camp - July 12 - 16

Time - 9:00 am - 3:00 p.m.

Grades: Entering 4th-8th

Fee: $235

 

Little Shooters Camp - July 19 - 23

Time - 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Grades - 1st - 3rd

Fee: $100

 

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Challenge Chess

Chess camp for boys grades 5 - 8

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

Dates: June 21 - 25

Time: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Grades: Entering 5th-8th

Fee: $125

Contact: ndressler@desmet.org

The game of chess helps build skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and sportsmanship – and it’s fun! Beginners will learn the basics and intermediate level players will discover new strategies in this session.

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Digital Media

Digital Media Camp for boys grades 5 - 8

Instructor: Kevin Berns '87, De Smet Jesuit Digital Media Teacher

Dates: June 7 - 11

Time: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Grades: Entering 5th - 8th

Fee: $125

Contact: kberns@desmet.org

Campers will learn to express themselves responsibly in a digital world by learning techniques to take great pictures using their smartphones, how to use social media, how to conduct internet searches responsibly, and how to produce memorable videos.

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SPARTAN SUMMER

Engineering camp for boys grades 5 - 8

Instructor: Dr. Rob Behm, De Smet Jesuit Science and Robotics Teacher

Dates: June 14 - 18

Time: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Grades: Entering 5th - 8th

Fee: $125  

Contact: rbehm@desmet.org 

Learn the basics of engineering and apply the skills learned to complete challenges.  Campers will learn skills to work in teams to compete against others.  Challenges may include bridge building, rocketry, mouse trap cars, and much more.

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Football Camps

Full Day Football Camps for boys grades 4-8

Instructor: TBA

Time: 8:30 - 11:30 a,m,

Dates: 

WEEK 1 - June 14 - 18 

WEEK 2 - June 28 - July 2

Grades: Entering 4th-8th

Fee: $125

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Join coaches 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 game day atmosphere for our campers!

Please wear t-shirt, athletic shorts and shoes, and bring a water bottle. 

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Hockey Prospect Camp

Ice Hockey Camp for boys grades 7-9

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

Dates: July 12 - 16

Time: 3:00 - 5:15 p.m.

Grades: Entering 7th-9th

Fee: $250

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.

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Improv Camp

Improv Camp for boys grades 5 - 8

Instructor: Ryan Sextro '04 and Chris Welling, De Smet Jesuit Faculty 

Dates: June 14 - 18

Time: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Grades: Entering 5th - 8th

Fee: $125

Contact: rsextro@desmet.org or cwelling@desmet.org

Conquer stage fright and increase your confidence in public speaking! We're adapting one of De Smet Jesuit's most popular courses for Spartan Summer. We'll inspire the creativity and energy of campers by using games and small acting scenes to introduce campers to improvisational acting techniques. Campers will be encouraged to use their physical presence and body movements as part of their improv technique. We'll see you onstage!

 

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Lacrosse Camp

Beginning & Intermediate Lacrosse Camps for boys grades 6-8

Instructor: Joseph Douglas, Spartan Varsity Lacrosse Coach

Dates: June 7 - 11

Time: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Grades: Entering 6th - 8th

Fee: $125 for camp 

     additional fees for equipment if necessary

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. 

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Outdoor Adventure Skills

Music Production Camp for boys grades 5 - 8

Instructor: William Manaker, S.J., De Smet Jesuit English Teacher and Assistant Cross Country Coach

Dates: June 21 - 25

Time: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Grades: Entering 5th - 8th

Fee: $125

Contact: wmanaker@desmet.org

Looking to spend some time outdoors?  Want to know how to take care of yourself and nature?  Check out this camp and learn all the necessary skills to be an outdoorsman and take care of the environment around you.

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Playing the Blues Instrumental Camp

Playing the Blues Instrumental Camp for boys grades 5 - 9

Instructor: Nick Moramarco, De Smet Jesuit Band Director

Dates: June 7 - 11

Time: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Grades: Entering 5th - 9th

Fee: $125

Contact: nmoramarco@desmet.org

This engaging week of instrumental music is open to any incoming 6th-9th grader that has an instrument, and knows how to play it, even if it’s only a LITTLE bit.  We’ll focus on “The Blues” as a style of music, and learn some styles and tips on how to play The Blues together.  While playing and learning some tunes, we’ll also listen to some of the great Blues masters of the early 20th century.  Finally, we will spend some time experimenting with Blues solos and improv!  Hope to see you this summer and hear you Playing the Blues!

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Robotics

Robotics camp for boys grades 5 - 8

Instructor: Dr. Rob Behm, De Smet Jesuit Physics Teacher & Robotics Director

Dates: June 21 - 25

Time: 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Grades: Entering 5th-8th

Fee: $125 

Contact: rbehm@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! 

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Soccer Camp

Soccer Camp for boys grades 5-8

Instructor: Josh Klein ‘97, De Smet Jesuit Varsity Soccer Coach and Psychology Teacher

Dates: June 21 - 25

Time: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Grades: Entering 5th-8th

Fee: $125 for camp 

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. 

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Ultimate Frisbee Camp

Ultimate Camp for boys grades 5-8

Instructor: Peter Lenzini, De Smet Jesuit Ultimate Frisbee Coach and Dean of Students

Dates: June 28 - July 2

Time: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Grades: Entering 5th-8th

Fee: $125 for camp  

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 11-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. 

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Volleyball Camp

Volleyball Camp for boys grades 5-8

Instructor: Tim Haffner, De Smet Jesuit Varsity Volleyball Coach

Dates: June 14 - 18

Time: 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Grades: Entering 5th-8th

Fee: $125 

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 practiced each day.

Please wear appropriate gym shoes. Campers should bring a water bottle and knee pads. 

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Weightlifting Camp

Weightlifting Camp for boys grades 7-9

Instructor: Alex Hall - Cross Country Coach, Track & Field Strength & Conditioning Coach, State Champion Power Lifter

Dates: June 7 - 11 - WEEK 1

June 21 - 25 - WEEK 2

Time: 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Grades: Entering 7th-9th

Fee: $125 for camp alone ($275 as part of full day camp package)

Contact: ahall2@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. 

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Wrestling Camp

Wrestling Camp for boys grades 6-8

Instructor: Aedryan Cox, De Smet Jesuit Varsity Wrestling Coach and Biology Teacher

Dates: July 12 - 16

Time: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Grades: Entering 6th-8th

Fee: $125 for individual camp ($275 as part of the weekly full day camp package)

Contact: acox@desmet.org

Join De Smet Jesuit 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 time with 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. 

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