Camps for 2018

Grades indicated are for the 2018-19 school year.

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Amazing Anatomy*
Grades 6-8 (Boys and Girls)
Have you ever wondered what the inside of an earthworm, frog, or pig looks like? Wonder no longer! Grab your scalpel as we explore the amazing anatomy of these creatures and many more. Led by Westminster middle school science teacher Karen Thompson.
June 11-15, afternoon
*Additional materials fee of $15.

Art Around the World
Grades 2-4 (Boys and Girls)
Join us for an art adventure! Using our imaginations and creativity, we’ll “travel” to different countries and continents around the world to learn more about each destination and make art that represents that place and culture. In China, we’ll paint the cherry blossoms and make a crane sculpture. In India, we’ll create an elephant batik, and in Africa, we’ll design and construct an African burial mask! Led by Patti Frentzel (mom to Westminster’s own upper school art teacher Emily Dierking).
June 11-15, afternoon   

Art: Clay Critters
Grades K-2 (Boys and Girls)
Love the ocean and all of the colorful creatures that live there? How about the seahorse and the octopus? Whether you love starfish or dolphins, we’ll create 9-10 of your favorite sea creatures out of polymer clay and design and build a habitat for them made out of sand, paint, papers, and a shoe box. It’s bound to be oceans of fun! We hope you’ll join us! Led by Patti Frentzel.  
June 11-15, morning

Art Exploration I
Grades 2-3 (Boys and Girls)
Put your artistic abilities to use this summer! Campers will explore different art media to create a fun masterpiece of our space theme! You won’t want to miss a day of this unique art experience. On the last day of camp, parents, grandparents, and friends are invited to a special art show featuring campers’ creations. Led by Central Christian School teacher Laura Drake.
June 4-8, afternoon

Art Exploration II
Grades 4-6 (Boys and Girls)
Everyone is an artist at heart! Campers of all different skill levels are encouraged to come and explore art-making methods that range from traditional to modern. Campers will use mixed media to create a variety of pieces of a space-themed project! Led by Central Christian School teacher Laura Drake.
June 4-8, morning

Art: Imitate and Investigate
Grades K-2 (Boys and Girls)
Create like the greats! We’ll learn about some of history’s most famous artists and imitate their simple styles in our own masterpieces. We’ll use little dots of color to paint a picture like Georges Seurat, and we’ll rip pieces of paper to make mice like Leo Lionni. Each day of camp will feature a different well-known artist. Led by Janna Hickel, Above and Beyond class teacher at Covenant Christian School.
June 25-29, morning

Art Studio Camp*
Grades 6-9 (Boys and Girls)
Come with your creative juices flowing, and get ready to try your hand at drawing, painting, thinking, building, pretending, molding, and more!  We will use a wide variety of media to create special projects for campers to take home and enjoy. Led by Westminster art teacher Emily Dierking.
June 25-29, morning
*Additional materials fee of $15.

Baseball
Grades 5-7 and 8-9 (Boys)
Heeeyyyyyy, batter, batter! Come learn and execute the fundamentals of the baseball program that led Westminster’s team to its four consecutive state championship victories in recent years! Wildcat coach Dan Petke will bring campers an instructional yet competitive summer camp experience.
Grades 5-7: June 4-8, morning (Session 1)
Grades 8-9: June 4-8, afternoon (Session 2)

Basketball
Grades 4-9 (Girls)
Hoop it up at an exciting basketball camp this summer! Campers will focus on skill development (dribbling, shooting, passing, rebounding, and proper defensive play) and enjoy a little fun and competitive scrimmaging. Through daily devotions, campers will learn how to live with a spiritual perspective on sports and learn what it means to show good sportsmanship and school spirit. Led by Shannon Lawrence, Westminster girls varsity basketball coach.
June 11-15, morning

Basketball
Grades 2-8 (Boys)
Come learn basketball skills and fundamentals from the Westminster basketball players and coaching staff. Develop key skills and compete in 3-on-3, 5-on-5, and a range of individual competitions, while learning how to glorify God through our gifts and abilities.  Each player will need to bring his own basketball marked with his name. Led by Dale Ribble, Westminster boys varsity basketball coach.
June 25-29, ALL DAY

Basketball: Skill Development
Grades K-4 and 5-8 (Boys)
Dribble, pass, shoot! This camp is designed for boys who want to develop key basketball skills. With age-appropriate goals and drills, each camper will learn to improve shooting, ball handling, passing, one-on-one moves, and other individual skills to lay a strong foundation for future skill development. Each player will need to bring his own basketball marked with his name. Led by Dale Ribble, Westminster boys varsity basketball coach.  
Grades K-4: June 18-22, morning (Session 1)
Grades 5-8: June 18-22, afternoon (Session 2)

Books and Cooks
Grades K-2 (Boys and Girls)
Enjoy specially selected read-aloud storybooks, and then make different foods that correspond to the books’ themes! Campers will participate in hands-on activities and use real cooking utensils in a supervised, guided setting. By the end of the week, campers will have created a cookbook of their own with copies of their new recipes to take home and make with their families. Led by Patti Frentzel (art camp leader and mom to Westminster’s own upper school art teacher Emily Dierking).
June 4-8, afternoon

Cheer
Grades K-5 and 6-8 (Girls)
Gooooooo WILDCATS! Campers will have fun learning cheers, chants, jumps, and a brief dance while building confidence, using proper technique, and learning to be part of a team. The girls will present their skills in a performance for family and friends on Friday, June 22. Led by former Westminster varsity cheer coach Jen Marsh.
Elementary (K-5) June 18-22, afternoon
Middle School (6-8) June 18-22, afternoon

Club Wildcat
Grades 5-9 (Boys and Girls)
Club Wildcat is the place to be for hours of fun! Campers experience interactive, age-appropriate activities that correspond with each week’s theme. They’ll take part in exciting outdoor and indoor activities such as games, arts and crafts, and movie making. 
 Plus, they’ll love anticipating what activities they’ll find at the “mystery station” throughout the week!
June 4-29, morning and afternoon

Crochet
Grades 3-8 (Boys and Girls)
Hook one, pull through – before you know it, you’ll have a beautifully crocheted piece to enjoy! We hope you’ll grab a friend or two and join us as we learn to slip stitch, chain, single crochet, and more. We’ll learn all essential crocheting techniques at this camp for all ability levels. Beginners to the experienced crocheters are welcome! So pick your favorite color of yarn and grab your crochet hooks. We’ll be completing a variety of small projects in this camp. Led by Tami Walker, experienced crocheter and Westminster community member.
June 18-22, morning

Dance
Grades K-5 and 6-8 (Girls)
Budding dancers will learn techniques through dance-related games, as well as leadership and teamwork skills that they will benefit from in all areas of life. Dancers will learn an age-appropriate dance routine and will perform for family and friends. Led by Grace Linton, Westminster alumnae and former WCA varsity dance team captain.
Elementary Session (K-5), June 11-15, afternoon
Middle School Session (6-8), June 11-15, afternoon

Field Hockey
Grades 5-9 (Girls)
Whether you have some experience on the field or have never picked up a stick, campers will have a great time and learn new skills. Sticks will be provided, and each camper will get a ball she can keep! Mouth guards and shin guards are required; eye guards are optional. Led by Westminster field hockey coach Nancy Schmer.
June 4-8, morning

Football
Grades 5-7 (Boys)
Campers will learn basic football techniques such as throwing, catching, blocking, and tackling, along with a variety of drills in this full-contact camp. Each player will be issued equipment which will be collected at the conclusion of camp. A full-contact camp will allow us to teach proper tackling technique and football safety, and it will allow campers to have full-contact scrimmages. Campers will learn offensive and defensive positions, as well as some of the formations and plays run by the Westminster football team. Led by Westminster varsity football coaches.
June 11-15, morning

Games Galore
Grades 2-5 (Boys and Girls)
Love games and enjoy learning? Then you’re in for a winning combination. Come join us as we explore strategy, critical thinking, and creative problem solving through a multitude of games. What better way to learn than while you’re having fun? Led by Central Christian School gifted and talented teacher, Victoria Hauser.
June 25-29, afternoon

Imagine a Story
Grades 3-6 (Boys and Girls)
Do you love stories? If you love hearing them or reading them, chances are you also enjoy writing them! In this new elementary level camp, beginner story-writing instruction will be provided. In innovative and hands-on ways, campers will learn the basics of what makes a story engaging. They will create characters and storylines that captivate their audience. The week will conclude with a finished story and reading celebration for parents, grandparents, and friends. Led by Westminster middle school English teacher Kristin Conrad.
June 11-15, morning

Improv I
Grades 5-8 (Boys and Girls)
Rattle those funny bones and get ready for some improv! Students will learn the art of improvisation for the theatre through games, games, and more games! This high-energy camp will have campers on stage from the first moment they walk through the door and will culminate in a performance for family and friends on Friday. Led by Westminster teacher Kelly Gilbert.
June 18-22, morning

Improv II
Grades 6-9 (Boys and Girls)
This advanced camp is available for campers who have participated in improv in previous years. The camp will start with a review of the games and concepts learned in Improv I and will include more challenging games and concepts! This high-energy camp will have campers on stage from the first minutes of camp, and it will culminate in a performance for friends and family on Friday. Led by Westminster teacher Kelly Gilbert.
June 18-22, afternoon

Junior Golf*
Grades 3-6 (Boys and Girls)
Join us on the green! Campers of all skill levels will learn the fundamentals of golf with specific instruction on how to execute a full swing and properly chip, pitch, and putt. They will take the bus to Golf Port of Maryland Heights golf course Monday through Thursday, and a competition with prizes will be held on Friday. Led by Westminster golf coach Brian Burkey and assisted by current Westminster high school golfers.  
June 18-22, morning
*Additional materials fee of $15.

Knitting, Beginner and Advanced
Grades 3-8 (Boys and Girls)
Knit one, purl two! Campers will learn all essential knitting techniques through a variety of small projects. Our beginner’s camp is led by Adriane Muehleisen, curator and creator of Etsy shop Naptime Knittery. The advanced option is for those who have mastered the basic techniques in our beginner’s track and are proficient with casting on and off. In the advanced class, we will learn purling, increasing, decreasing, yarning over, and carrying yarn across stitches to make more advanced projects with a variety of yarns. Advanced camp led by Lisa Westrich, a Westminster staff member and alumni parent.
June 11-15, afternoon

Let’s Have a Ball!
Grades 2-6 (Boys and Girls)
Campers will engage in various fun activities involving a ball while learning the value of sportsmanship, teamwork, and exercise. This camp will provide opportunities for campers of all athletic abilities to have fun in a nonjudgmental environment. Games will include kickball, beachball volleyball, dodgeball, tennis ball softball, water bottle bowling ball, and more! Led by Westminster teacher Kyle Klunick.
June 25-29, afternoon

Marvelous Makerspace
Grade 2-5 (Boys and Girls)
If you love to tinker, then this camp is the place to be! We’ll take an introductory look at the engineering design process and use what we’ve learned to build solutions to various problems, like developing the strongest and safest car design in the “crash test” challenge, designing a catapult that can launch the farthest, or creating and racing zip line zoomers. Join us, as we discover how hands-on learning can lead to active learning! Led by Central Christian school teacher Vicky Hauser.
June 18-22, afternoon

Music Makers: Carnival of the Animals
Grades K-2 (Boys and Girls)
From the regal march of the lion to the tinkling fish in an aquarium, join us as we enjoy a romp through Camille Saint-Saens’s humorous musical suite, The Carnival of the Animals! Campers will learn about the different families of instruments in the orchestra as they experience how Saint-Saens used them to evoke thoughts of different animals. We’ll even make a few instruments of our own! Over the course of camp, we will also learn about each of the 14 movements in this piece and make crafts inspired by the different animals each movement highlights. Led by Janna Hickel, Above & Beyond class teacher at Covenant Christian School.
June 4-8, morning

Musical Theatre
Grades 3-7 (Boys and Girls)
Sing and dance the day away! Due to popular demand, we have extended our Musical Theatre camp to an all-day session! Campers will learn a number of songs and dances throughout the week, which will culminate with a short performance on the last day of camp. Each day’s focus will be on singing technique, dance technique, stage presence, and performance skills – plus an opportunity to take the spotlight for those interested in performing solos. Led by Kathy Eichelberger, Westminster Fine Arts Director.
June 25-29, all day

Outdoor Adventure Camp
Grades 4-8 (Boys and Girls)
Calling all video-game-loving city dwellers! If you think it would be cool to learn about camping, fishing, hunting, survival, and photography, we’ve got the camp for you! Hear from guest speakers, watch videos, listen to stories, and enjoy fun outdoor experiences. Discover animal tracks and other signs of wildlife in the woods and take some cool pictures! Led by Westminster middle school teacher Tim Muehleisen.
June 11-15, morning

Ozobots
Grades 3-5 (Boys and Girls)
Imagine a robot no bigger than a golf ball – that’s the size of an Ozobot! These tiny circular robots are programmed through color and light. Using kid-friendly software, campers will learn to create sequences of code to program their bot to complete various challenges. Program your bot to race other bots, run a maze, go bowling, or complete a dance off! The Ozobot provides many levels of programming fun, we promise! Campers will love exploring their robot’s different capabilities. Led by Central Christian School gifted and talented teacher, Victoria Hauser.
June 4-8, afternoon (Session 1)
June 18-22, morning (Session 2)

Pool Party
Grades 4-7 (Boys and Girls)
Join us for a week of fun in the pool as we work on our swimming skills and play in the water! Campers will learn the basics of swimming, including stroke and breathing technique. They will also play a variety of fun water games to improve swimming skills.  Basic swimming knowledge is recommended. Led by Westminster teacher and certified swim instructor Allison Pautler.
June 4-8, afternoon

Reader’s Workshop: For the Love of Stories
Grades 4-8 (Boys and Girls)
Using the Internet, libraries, and bookstores, campers will learn to discover good books that they’ll love. They will be given opportunities to read the book(s) of their choice in a variety of casual settings. Throughout the week, they will learn how to read with greater comprehension and will discuss their thoughts and opinions with their peers and teacher in a friendly atmosphere. A fun game of kickball just might break out now and then as a way to energize the brain! Led by Westminster teacher Andy Kerckhoff.
June 18-22, afternoon

Soccer
Grades K-4 and 5-8 (Boys and Girls)
Gooooaaalllll! Campers will learn proper techniques and basic tactics through group instruction and competitive play. Older players will also develop skills to deal with advanced tactics and techniques, both in attacking and defending. Each camper should bring a soccer ball with his or her name on it, shin guards, cleats, tennis shoes (if he/she needs to go inside), and a water bottle. Led by USSF and NSCAA nationally licensed Westminster varsity assistant soccer coach Dan Legters.
Grades K-4, June 11-15, morning (Session 1)
Grades 5-8: June 11-15, afternoon (Session 2)

Softball
Grades 2-5 and 6-9 (Girls)
Proud of the way you hit like a girl? Then this camp is for you! Calling softball players of all levels! Campers will benefit from specific instruction on softball positions, skills, and game strategy. Wildcat varsity softball coach Dan Petke will bring campers an instructional yet competitive summer camp experience.
Grades 2-5, June 18-22, morning
Grades 6-9: June 18-22, morning

STEM Camp*
Grades 6-9 (Boys and Girls)
Interested in science and math? Want to learn how engineers solve problems? STEM Camp is for you! Campers will use the design process to solve real-world problems and have fun designing and building great projects, as well as learn technical drawing and sketching in this hands-on engineering experience. Led by Westminster science teacher Jonathan Powers.
June 11-15, morning
*Additional materials fee of $15.

Stoked for Science
Grades 6-9 (Boys and Girls)
Calling all budding scientists! Do you love science experiments and labs? Why not spend a week as a scientist wearing a lab coat and goggles while creating all sorts of chemical reactions? Join us for hands-on science experiments, and stretch your curiosity as you learn about the science behind every reaction you observe! Led by Westminster science teacher Gina Butterfield.
June 4-8, morning

Strings!
Grades 4-6 (Boys and Girls)
It’s time to tune up those strings for a fun musical camp experience with us this summer! This camp is designed for young musicians with previous violin, viola, cello, or bass experience. We will boost our playing skills and enthusiasm as we learn a variety of orchestra tunes and practice technique-building games. Led by Carrie Roberts, Westminster orchestra teacher.
June 18-22, afternoon

Summer in France
Grades 3-8 (Boys and Girls)
Bienvenue! Come explore the French language and culture through games, songs, crafts, stories, and food. Campers will not only learn simple conversational skills in French but will also discover French customs, holidays, and music in a fun and interactive setting.  Led by Westminster French teacher Sarah DeVries.
June 25-29, afternoon

Tabletop Gaming
Grades 5-8 (Boys and Girls)
We’ll take our gaming skills beyond the family favorites like “Chutes and Ladders,” “Monopoly,” and “Uno!” Whether you like strategy games, social games, bluffing games, cooperative games, or silly games, this is the place for you. Campers can bring their favorite games with them, but a variety of games will also be provided and taught. We will practice decision making, learn about cause and effect, practice fair play and good citizenship, and have fun! Led by Westminster fine arts teacher Allen Schwamb.
June 11-15, afternoon

Tennis
Grades 3-8 (Boys and Girls)
Warm up your forehand and backhand! The Beginner session will focus on the most basic tennis skills and is for players who are unable to sustain a rally by hitting the ball back and forth. The Intermediate/Advanced sessions are for players who would like to fine-tune groundstrokes, serves, volleys, and singles and doubles strategies and/or compete in organized competitive matchplay. Each participant should bring his or her own racket, tennis shoes, and water bottle. Led by Westminster varsity tennis coach Madeline Jolly or former Westminster tennis coach Debbie Legters and members of the varsity team.
Beginner Session 1: June 4-8, morning
Beginner Session 2: June 11-15, afternoon
Beginner Session 3: June 18-22, morning
Intermediate/Advanced Session 1: June 4-8, afternoon
Intermediate/Advanced Session 2: June 25-29, morning

Volleyball
Grades 3-6 (Boys and Girls) and 6-8 (Girls)
Pass, set, spike! Whether campers are just getting started or are veterans on the court, this camp will improve their skills while stressing the fundamentals of great teamwork. In the elementary camp, participants will practice basic skills; the middle school camps will focus on skills such as passing, hitting, serving, and setting. Led by Heather Cumbee, Westminster girls varsity volleyball coach.
Grades 3-6: June 4-8, morning (Beginner Session)
Grades 6-8: June 4-8, afternoon (Advanced Session)

Wee Wildcat Camp
Grades K-4 (Boys and Girls)
Your little Wildcats won’t want to miss Wee Wildcat Camp this summer! Campers are grouped in such a way that counselors can plan age-appropriate activities that correspond with each week’s theme. Wee Wildcats will play outside and inside and participate in super fun activities, from games to crafts and even interactive storytime! Each day, kids will also love the surprises that await them at the “mystery station!”
June 4-29, morning and afternoon

Wrestling Camp
Grades 1-6 (Boys)
Hit the mats and learn the essential techniques of wrestling! Campers will learn daily skill development, gain individual instruction, and practice during drill time and daily games. Led by members of the Westminster coaching staff.
June 4-8, morning