Camps for 2019

Grades indicated are for the 2019-20 school year.

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 17-21, afternoon
*Additional materials fee of $15.

 

Art: Clay Critters Sculpture
Grades 1–3 (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 nine or 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 3-7, afternoon

 

Art Exploration I
Grades 2–3 (Boys and Girls)
What do you think it would be like to live in a jungle? What kind of animals are hiding up a tree or slithering in the river? Let’s find out together as we make friends and explore the jungle and the animals that live in it through the world of art. During our time together we will use different mediums to create imaginary jungle animals and our very own safari gear. Led by Nancy Bollinger, art teacher at Cornerstone Academy.
June 10-14, afternoon

 

Art Exploration II
Grades 4–6 (Boys and Girls)
Lions, tigers, and giraffes, oh my! It’s time to tighten our seatbelts as we go on a safari and create animals with different mediums. We will begin our week by exploring the jungle and creating our own safari vest, hat, and binoculars. Later on, we will paper mache the king of the jungle and construct a snapping croc with large teeth. There will be so many other projects in between; we will have a roaring time together. Be sure to join us! Led by Nancy Bollinger, art teacher at Cornerstone Academy.
June 3-7, afternoon

 

Art: Imitate & Illustrate
Grades K–2 (Boys and Girls)
Children’s books contain amazing art—together, we will use the art from a few of our favorite illustrators to inspire artistic creations of our own. From Eric Carle to Barbara Cooney, we will enjoy a variety of books and create a variety of projects throughout the week. Led by Janna Hickel, Above & Beyond class teacher at Covenant Christian School.
June 17-21, 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 17-21, morning
*Additional materials fee of $15.

 

Art with an Author
Grades K–2 (Boys and Girls)
Dive into the work of author Leo Lionni. Meet his adorable characters and learn life lessons through each fable. Practice important reading strategies, create beautiful works of art, and put your theatre skills to use with some Reader’s Theatre. Discover the beauty of Leo Lionni’s beloved children’s tales such as “Little Blue and Little Yellow”, “A Color of His Own”, and “Swimmy”. Led by Abby Klosterhoff, kindergarten teacher at South City Community School.
June 24-28, morning

 

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 3–7, morning (Session 1)
Grades 8–9: June 3–7, afternoon (Session 2)

 

Basketball
Grades 3-9 (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 what it means to show good sportsmanship and school spirit. Led by Shannon Lawrence, Westminster girls varsity basketball coach.
June 10–14, 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 your 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 24–28, 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 17-21, morning (Session 1)
Grades 5-8: June 17-21, 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 3-7, morning

 

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 14. The elementary camp will be led by former Westminster varsity cheer coach Jen Marsh and the middle school camp will be led by varsity cheer coach Crystal Burklo.
Elementary (K-5) June 10-14, afternoon
Middle School (6-8) June 10-14, afternoon

 

Cinema Critic
Grades 4–7 (Boys and Girls)
In Cinema Critic, we will learn how to turn movie time into inspired project time! After watching some adventurous classics, like “Swiss Family Robinson”, campers will have several project options—ranging from arts and crafts projects to STEM challenges—that connect to the theme of the movie. This is a perfect camp to empower kids to make their own fun during summer break and dodge the “I’m bored” syndrome! Led by Central Christian School gifted and talented teacher, Victoria Hauser.
June 17-21, 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 3-28, morning and afternoon

 

Cookin’ Creations*
Grades 3–6 (Boys and Girls)
In Cookin’ Creations we will learn how to cook simple meals, as well as different chopping techniques, how to prepare food safely, and just how much fun it can be to make your own food. We will make something daily that we can eat and share. This class will be a combination of baking, cooking, and food preparation. I hope you will join us for a week of food-filled fun.
June 17-21, afternoon
*Additional materials fee of $15.

 

Critter Craze
Grades K–2 (Boys and Girls)
Our world is populated by some pretty amazing critters! Join us as we explore all that these creatures can do. From discovering how far a frog can jump to learning about why an owl’s head can turn so far, it’s going to be an amazing week of learning, experiencing, and even creating some critter-themed projects. Led by Janna Hickel, Above & Beyond class teacher at Covenant Christian School.
June 10-14, morning

 

Crochet and Macrame
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 all essential crocheting techniques at this camp for all ability levels. Beginners to the experienced crocheters are welcome! Can’t handle a hook? No problem. We’ll show you some fun things to create with finger chaining. And new this year (!!!), if you can tie your shoes you are well on your way to creating marvelous macrame magic using paracord to make everything from stylish survivalist belts and armbands to lanyards and friendship bracelets. We’ll be completing a variety of small projects in this camp. Led by Lisa Westrich, experienced crocheter, crafter, and Westminster community member. All necessary supplies are provided.
June 10-14, morning

 

Cross Country Camp
Grades 5–8 (Boys and Girls)
Running is fun! In this camp, Westminster cross country coaches and athletes will teach campers how to properly warm up, share different running, core, and strength workouts, discuss proper nutrition and race strategies, and play some fun running games. Campers will end the week with a mini cross country race and celebration! Don’t forget your running shoes and water bottle!
June 10-14, 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 17-21, afternoon
Middle School Session (6-8), June 17-21, 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. Mouth guards and shin guards are required; eye guards are optional. Led by Westminster field hockey coach Nancy Schmer.
June 3-7, 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 10-14, morning

 

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 24-28, 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 improv alum Mallory Alpert.
June 10-14, 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 will culminate in a performance for friends and family on Friday. Led by Westminster improv alum Mallory Alpert.
June 10-14, afternoon

 

Jewelry Creation*
Grades 6–9 (Boys and Girls)
Let’s get creative with what we wear! Learn fun new jewelry-making techniques, like how to weave, beading, metal stamping, and more. We’ll make a variety of cute new pieces to spice up any outfit!
June 24-28, morning
*Additional materials fee of $15.

 

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 17-21, 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 camp is led by Lisa Westrich, a Westminster staff member and alumni parent. Lisa began knitting when she was eight years old. She loves encouraging others to discover and develop their own God-given abilities. Don’t think you can handle knitting needles? No problem. We’ll explore the new arm knitting craze where the only knitting needles you need are literally a arm’s length away! The advanced option is for those who have mastered the basic techniques in our beginner’s track and are proficient with the basic knit stitch, casting on and off. In the advanced class, the sky is the limit as we explore the infinite variety of patterns and yarns to create personal favorites. All supplies are provided.
June 17-21, morning

 

Lacrosse
Grades 5-8 (Girls)
All players from beginners to advanced are welcome to join us as we learn more about the great sport of lacrosse! Instruction will be individualized to appropriately challenge each player. No prior lacrosse experience is required! We will introduce and work toward the mastery of fundamental skills, including cradling, passing, catching, and shooting. Players will also experience game situations as we work on offensive and defensive strategies. Led by Westminster lacrosse coach Jamie Kuhn.
June 17-21, 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, beach volleyball, dodgeball, tennis, softball, water bottle bowling, and more! Led by Twin Oaks P.E. teacher Kate McCann.
June 24-28, 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 zipline zoomers. Join us, as we discover how hands-on learning can lead to active learning! Led by Central Christian school teacher Vicky Hauser.
June 3-7, morning
June 10-14, afternoon

 

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 teacher.
June 24-28, all day

 

Outdoor Adventure Camp
Grades 4–8 (Boys and Girls)
Are you a big fan of nature? Or are you jittery because you’re nature deprived? Yikes! Put down your smartphone and drop that video game controller! If you think it would be cool to learn about geocaching, hiking, camping, survival, wildlife (flora and fauna, what?!) and perhaps partake in some nature photography, we’ve got the camp for you! All of those fun things will be happening at our Outdoor Adventure Camp this summer! We’ll even take a trip to Queeny Park for some serious geocaching competition!  Led by Westminster upper school teacher Brian Maloy.
June 10-14, morning

 

Outdoor Adventure Jr.
Grades K–2 (Boys and Girls)
When you hear the word “nature”, do you jump with joy? Or when you see a butterfly, do you scream in terror? Yikes. Put down your mom’s smartphone and drop your big brother’s video game controller! If you think it would be cool to learn about geocaching, hiking, camping, wildlife (flora and fauna, what?!) and perhaps partake in some nature photography, we’ve got the camp for you! All of those fun things will be happening at Outdoor Adventure Jr. this summer! Led by Westminster upper school teacher Brian Maloy.
June 3-7, afternoon

 

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 3-7, afternoon
June 17-21, morning

 

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. Campers 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 3-7, morning and 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 24-28, 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 soccer coach Dan Legters.
Grades K-4, June 10-14, morning (Session 1)
Grades 5-8: June 10-14, 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 17-21, morning
Grades 6-9: June 17-21, morning

 

Speech
Grades 5–9 (Boys and Girls)
Everyone has something worthy to say, so come to Speech Camp and learn to speak your mind freely! Do you want to grow in confidence? Do you want to give more effective presentations in the classroom? Do you want to use your voice to effect change in the world? Through games, tongue twisters, and theatre and improv exercises you will be given the keys to unlock your potential to become a more effective communicator.
June 17-21, afternoon

 

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 24-28, 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 3-7, 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 24-28, afternoon

 

Tabletop Gaming
Grades 5-9 (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 10-14, 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 3-7, morning
Beginner Session 2: June 10-14, afternoon
Beginner Session 3: June 17-21, morning
Intermediate/Advanced Session 1: June 3-7, afternoon
Intermediate/Advanced Session 2: June 24-28, 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 Bryndyn Crutcher, Westminster girls varsity volleyball coach.
Grades 3-6 : June 3-7, morning (Beginner Session)
Grades 6-8 : June 3-7, 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 3-28, 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 3-7, morning