Camp Westminster

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June 2 – 27, 2014

Sports, art, music, and lots of adventure! Camp Westminster in St. Louis offers a variety of half- and full-day summer camps for boys and girls in grades K-9 during the month of June. The staff includes dedicated and enthusiastic Westminster teachers, coaches, and athletes who help campers strengthen and sharpen their God-given skills.

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Camp Westminster Spotlight: Musical Theatre

Grades 2-7 (Boys and Girls)

Sing and dance the summer away! 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. Focus will be on singing technique, dance technique, stage presence, and performance skills – plus an opportunity for those interested in performing solos! Led by Kathy Eichelberger, a Westminster teacher who recently directed Westminster’s first-ever middle school musical, which received rave reviews.
June 23-27, morning

Camps for 2014

Camp Schedule [PDF]

Grades indicated are for the 2014-15 school year.

Club Wildcat
Grades 5-9 (Boys and Girls)
Club Wildcat is the place to be for hours of fun! Campers will be grouped by grade so that counselors can conduct fun, age-appropriate activities that correspond with each week’s theme, whether Around the WorldThe Great OutdoorsStorytelling, or All-American. They’ll take part in exciting outdoor and indoor activities, such as fun games, arts and crafts, and movie making. Plus, they’ll love various “mystery” activities throughout the week!

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, whether Around the WorldThe Great OutdoorsStorytelling, or All-American. Wee Wildcats will play outside and inside and participate in super fun activities, from games, to crafts, and even interactive story time! Each day, kids will also love the surprises that await them at the “mystery station!”

Art Exploration
Grades 2-5 (Boys and Girls)
Kids, put your artistic abilities to use this summer! Using the ocean as our inspiration, we will learn about five different art mediums to create a five-panel masterpiece influenced by deep-sea wildlife! Led by Central Christian School teacher Laura Drake and Westminster art teacher Emily Dierking.
June 2-6, afternoon

Art: Creators and Their Craft (full with a waiting list)
Grades K-2 (Boys and Girls)
Come along with us as we explore the fascinating world of artists and authors! We will read books, create projects, play games, experiment with sensory materials, and venture outdoors. From collages to animal art to splatter painting, kids are sure to have an unforgettable (and colorful!) time! Led by Eliot Chapel Nursery School teacher Mary Pat Pautler.
June 9-13, morning

Art Studio Camp*
Grades 5-8 (Boys and Girls)
Come with your creative juices flowing, and get ready to do some drawing, painting, thinking, building, pretending, molding, and more! We will use a wide variety of mediums to create special projects for campers to take home and enjoy. Led by Westminster art teacher Emily Dierking.
June 16-20, morning

Band and Strings Extravaganza
Grades 5-9 (Boys and Girls)
Fine-tune your music skills in a fun and relaxed environment, and practice for a performance in a concert band, jazz band, and chamber ensemble! Campers should have at least one year of experience playing one of the following instruments: flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba, or percussion. Eric Taylor, Westminster director of bands, will conduct the concert band and jazz band, while Mallory Scholten, Westminster orchestra teacher, will assist. Westminster’s advanced high school musicians will lead chamber music and help supervise campers.
June 23-27, afternoon

More Camps

Baseball the Wildcat Way
Grades 5-6 and 7-9 (Boys)
Heeeyyyyyy, batter, batter! Come learn and execute the fundamentals of the baseball program that led Westminster’s team to its 2011, 2012, and 2013 state championship victories! Wildcat coaches Micah Gall and Slade Johnson will team up with former St. Louis Cardinal and current coach Andy Benes from time to time to bring kids an instructional yet competitive summer camp experience.
Grades 5-6: June 2-6, morning
Grades 7-9: June 2-6, afternoon (full with a waiting list)

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 Doug Coleman, Westminster varsity basketball coach.
June 23-27, all day

Basketball
Grades 2-8 (Girls)
Hoop it up at an exciting basketball camp led by Westminster varsity girls head basketball coach Joan Gallagher. Campers will focus on skill development (dribbling, shooting, passing, rebounding, 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.
June 9-13, morning

Basketball: Skill Development
Grades 5-8 (Boys)
Hoop it up! This camp is for boys who want to develop key basketball skills. Players will participate in drills to improve shooting, ball handling, passing, one-on-one moves, and other individual skills. Each player will need to bring his own basketball marked with his name. Led by Doug Coleman, Westminster varsity basketball coach.
June 9-13, afternoon

Cooking Camp: Fresh Fixins from the Garden*
Grades 3-6 (Boys and Girls)
Hollyberry Catering, voted best caterer in St. Louis by Sauce Magazine five years running, helps cultivate a wonderful student and community garden on campus. Campers will learn how products are grown and will harvest them from the garden to help inspire their daily cooking creations! They will work hands-on in the kitchen alongside Hollyberry chefs to create fun and exciting meals and snacks, such as tasty soups, paninis, and creative salads. At the conclusion of the camp, parents, grandparents, or friends will be invited to a special sampling prepared by the campers, along with a tour of the garden. A true garden-to-table experience!
June 2-6, morning
June 9-13, morning (full with a waiting list)

Cheer
Grades K-5 (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 13 at 2:30 p.m. Led by Westminster varsity cheer coach Jen Marsh.
June 9-13, afternoon

Dance & Cheer
Grades 6-8 (Girls)
Get ready to show your spirit! Girls will improve strength and flexibility as they practice cheer and dance technique. Campers will also learn new routines and perform for family and friends on Friday, June 13 at 11:15 a.m. Led by Westminster varsity cheer coach Jen Marsh.
June 9-13, morning

Dance
Grades K-6 (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 on Friday, June 6 at 11 a.m. Led by Westminster varsity dance coach Brittany Hartloge.
June 2-6, morning

Field Hockey
Grades 4-8 (Girls)
The sport of field hockey is becoming more and more popular in the Midwest (and at Westminster)! Whether you have some experience 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 2-6, afternoon

Football for Beginners (full with a waiting list)
Grades 3-4 (Boys)
Hut! Hut! Hike! For any boy who has an interest in the game of football, this camp will focus on player safety, essential fundamentals, and the rules of the game. Absolutely no experience is required. The goal of this non-contact camp is to build a foundation for campers to enjoy the game of football for years to come while emphasizing safety, teamwork, and positive attitudes. Led by Paul Lewis, Westminster teacher and assistant varsity football coach.
June 9-13, 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 Aaron Layton, Westminster teacher and 7th grade football coach, and JD Perona, Westminster teacher, former Westminster head football coach, and current middle school athletic director.
June 9-13, morning

Improv I (full with a waiting list)
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 16-20, 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 expand from there with 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 16-20, afternoon

InstaVideo
Grades 6-9 (Boys and Girls)
Do you and your friends take hundreds of pictures together, but you never know what to do with them? Learn how to use them for your mom’s birthday or dad’s Father’s Day gift! Or maybe you’d like to try out your iMovie skills and make a video for another camp at Camp Westminster! In this camp, we will explore exciting ways to make the most of your photos. We will work together using iMovie to create a memory video of your photos, complete with pictures, music, videos, and even voiceovers! We also will help you get started with creating an online scrapbook or calendar that you can print out as a keepsake. So come with a flash drive filled with pictures and videos, and get ready to put your pics into action! Led by Nicole Scholten, Westminster teacher.
June 2-6, afternoon

Knitting
Grades 3-8 (Boys and Girls)
Knit one, purl two! Campers will learn all essential knitting techniques through a variety of small projects. Led by Adriane Muehleisen, curator and creator of Etsy shop Naptime Knittery.
June 9-13, morning

Lacrosse
Grades 6-9 (Girls)
All players from beginners to advanced are welcome to come 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 and MSLA Coach of the Year Lindsay Carlile.
June 16-20, afternoon

Movie Review
Grades 6-9 (Boys and Girls)
Lights, camera, ACTION! Hop into the director’s seat and assume the role of an educated Christian film critic while learning more about favorite movies! Campers will watch a variety of clips from several movies popular in this age group. We will explore topics from how to recognize a film’s message and theme to how special effects support the plot of a story. Campers will learn the meaning of redeeming culture at the movies and how God’s plan for salvation and hand in all of creation can be seen even in stories written and created by non-Christians. Finally, campers will wrestle with how Christians decide whether a movie is “good” to watch. Whether a movie buff or someone who just loves a good movie with a salty bowl of popcorn, this camp is for you! Led by Westminster middle school teacher Kristin Janssen.
June 2-6, morning

Musical Theatre  (full with a waiting list)
Grades 2-7 (Boys and Girls)
Sing and dance the summer away! 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. Focus will be on singing technique, dance technique, stage presence, and performance skills – plus an opportunity for those interested in performing solos! Led by Kathy Eichelberger, a Westminster teacher who recently directed Westminster’s first-ever middle school musical, which received rave reviews.
June 23-27, morning

Outdoor Adventure Camp (full with a waiting list)
Grades 4-8 (Boys and Girls)
Calling all video-game-loving urban 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, and enjoy fun outdoor experiences. Discover animal tracks and other signs of wildlife in the woods, try to catch some fish, and take some cool pictures! Led by Westminster teacher Andy Kerckhoff.
June 16-20, 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. 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 16-20, morning

Reader’s Workshop: For the Love of Stories
Grades 4-8 (Boys and Girls)
Campers will learn to discover books they’ll love using the Internet, libraries, and bookstores. 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 more quickly and 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 16-20, 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. They 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, and a water bottle. In both camps, dedicated goalkeeper training will be available, so bring GK gloves and equipment if interested. Led by USSF and NSCAA nationally licensed Westminster varsity soccer coaches Dan Legters and Warren Smith.
Elementary camp: June 2-6, morning
Middle school camp: June 2-6, afternoon

Sabor Latino
Grades 2-6 (Boys and Girls)
¡Experimente nuevas culturas! Campers will learn and practice basic Spanish vocabulary and common expressions as well as experience a fun adventure as we explore “The Hispanic World.” Songs, crafts, dances, and food will provide an in-depth view of these cultures. Led by Gina Meeks, Central Christian School Spanish teacher.
June 9-13, afternoon

STEM Camp* (full with a waiting list)
Grades 7-9 (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. Campers will spend the first part of the week using math and science skills to understand and build various machines. Each camper will take home what he/she builds. When it’s time for engineering, campers will build a robot together! For the last part of the week, we’ll use technology to program the robot to perform a task. Led by Westminster science teacher Evan Munger.
June 23-27, morning

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 and math teacher Gina Butterfield.
June 9-13, 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 23-27, 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 session is for players who can sustain a rally with some success but who still lack the basic skills to compete in a match setting. The Tournament session, for intermediate or advanced players, will focus on match play and basic strategies and is for players who are ready to compete against a variety of players. Each participant should bring his or her own racket, tennis shoes, and water bottle. Led by Westminster varsity tennis coach Adam Barbee and members of the varsity team.
Beginner session: June 9-13, morning (full with a waiting list)
Intermediate/Advanced session: June 2-6, afternoon
**Tournament session: June 9-13, afternoon (open to rising 9th graders)

Volleyball
Grades 3-6 and 6-8 (Boys and 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 camp will stress skills such as passing, hitting, serving, and setting. Led by Heather Kea, Westminster varsity volleyball coach.
Elementary/Beginner camp: June 16-20, afternoon
Middle School/Advanced camp: June 16-20, morning

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 Westminster varsity wrestling coach Tim Muehleisen.
June 9-13, afternoon

*Additional $15 materials fee required.

Camp Schedule

7:30-9 a.m. – Before-Care (Arena)

8:45 a.m. – Check-in begins for morning camps (Plaza)

9-11:45 a.m. – Morning camps

11:45 a.m.-12 p.m. – Pick-up time for morning campers(Plaza)

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Lunchtime for all-day campers (Café)

12 p.m. – Check-in begins for afternoon camps (Plaza)

12:15-3 p.m. – Afternoon camps

3-3:15 p.m. – Pick-up time for campers* (Plaza)

3-5:30 p.m. – After-Care (Arena)

In case of inclement weather, we will move check-in and pick-up to the Arena.

*Afternoon dismissal ends promptly at 3:15 p.m. Any child not picked up by 3:15 p.m. will be placed in After-Care and parents will be billed accordingly ($10 per day).

 

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Frank Cusumano encourages everyone to sign up for Camp Westminster!

With more than 30 camps this year, Camp Westminster has something for everyone! Learn more and sign up now at wcastl.org/campwestminster.

 

FAQs

When can I register for Camp Westminster 2014?
Registration will open Friday, January 31, 2014.

I need full-day care. If I sign up for a morning camp, what are my options for the afternoon?
You may sign up for any afternoon camp offered for your child’s age group that same week.

More FAQs

My child can only attend camp on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Will you adjust the price of the camp?
We are unable to adjust the price of a camp for part-time attendance.

I need to change my child’s camp schedule. How can I do this?
You may apply to new camps by logging into your Camp In Touch account and selecting Camper Application. All requests for camp schedule changes must be processed in writing via mail or email. Switching camps after May 31, 2014 will result in a $25 processing fee.

At this time, I don’t know if I will need Extended Care in the morning or afternoon. Can I sign up for this at a later date?
Yes. You may add Extended Care to your student’s registration at a later date. However, to guarantee that space is available, you must sign up for Extended Care at least one week before the camp session. If necessary, you may put your child in Extended Care for one morning or afternoon, as space allows. We charge $10 per session, per day.

My child has allergies. How can I notify you about that?
The online registration program includes a medical form. Before your child can attend camp, the form must be completed. The purpose of this form is to provide emergency contacts, medical information and additional information you would like us to know about your child.

Is Camp Westminster nut-free?
While Westminster is not a nut-free campus, Camp Westminster aims to be nut-free in the following ways:

  1. We ask that parents who choose to pack their children’s lunches keep them free of nut products.
  2. The camp snack is popsicles; if the individual camps serve any other food, we require that it be nut-free.
  3. The lunches prepared by the camp caterer Hollyberry do not contain nuts.

However, some of the pre-packaged and pre-prepared food may contain (or have come into contact with equipment associated with products containing) nuts.

Do you have a camp nurse?
Yes. We have a registered nurse on duty from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. She is CPR-certified and has been Westminster’s full-time nurse for 13 years. She will have access to the medical information you have provided for your child.

My child has not attended Camp Westminster in the past. What does he/she need to bring and wear?
For all camps, children should dress appropriately for summertime activities. All campers should bring water bottles and sunscreen for outdoor camps. Some camps require additional supplies; one week before camp begins, you will receive an email reminder about what your child should wear and bring.

Is there a discount for registering early?
Yes! A 10% early bird discount will be offered to those who register on or before March 31. The discount applies to all camps.

I wish to order lunch for my child.  How do I do that?                                                                                                                     After you register your child for camp, you will receive an email confirmation with directions to sign up for lunch options.  You may choose to purchase lunch three days of the week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) or all five days.  In addition, you may add a la carte money to your child’s account so that he or she may purchase additional snacks or drinks.  A la carte money may be added in increments of $5.  We will keep track of your child’s lunch options and a la carte money so there is no need to carry cash!

Lunch

Camp Lunch Menu: Week 1 (June 2-6)

Monday: Cheeseburger
Tuesday: Ham & Cheese Sandwich
Wednesday: Meatball Sub
Thursday: Hot Dog
Friday: Pizza
*Each meal comes with a side of salad, roast veggie, fruit or chips (varies each day).

We are pleased to announce that Campus Cuisine by Hollyberry will continue to provide campers with healthy snacks and meals! Campus Cuisine is the Westminster Christian Academy campus culinary service and is a division of Hollyberry Catering, voted Favorite Caterer in St. Louis for four consecutive years. Some examples of healthy, generously portioned meals and nut-free* snacks available for purchase include:

Learn more about lunch options

Fit and Fun Meals ($4):

  • Turkey burger with roasted veggies & fresh fruit

  • Meatball sub with salad & fresh fruit

  • Sandwich or wrap with veggie sticks & fresh fruit

  • Hot dog with baked beans & fresh fruit

  • Pizza with Italian salad & fresh fruit

Snacks and Drinks ($1):

  • Small milk, Gatorade, bottled water

  • Sunchips, popcorn, veggies & ranch dip, string cheese, granola bars

After registration, parents will be given directions for ordering lunch and adding money to campers’ accounts for snacks and drinks. Campers may purchase lunch three or five days a week, and money for snacks may be added in $5 increments. We hope to see you in our Camp Westminster Café!

*Some menu items may contain (or have come into contact with equipment associated with products containing) peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, and wheat.  The weekly menu may have slight variations.

Because some of our campers have severe nut allergies, we ask that all campers refrain from bringing lunch items that contain nuts.

Pricing

Half Day – $115

  • Morning or afternoon camp

Full Day – $230

  • Combination of one morning and one afternoon camp

  • Full-day camp – Basketball (Boys)

Some camps require a $15 materials fee. See camp schedule for details.

Learn more about pricing

When you register your credit card will be charged a $50 deposit per camp.

Cancellations will result in a $25 fee (per camp). Requests for camp schedule changes must be processed in writing via mail or email. Switching camps after May 31, 2014 will also result in a $25 processing fee, and no refunds will be issued for any changes made after May 31.

Registration is binding after May 31. Full payment for all camps is due on or before May 31. The parent or guardian will be responsible for payment even if the student does not attend and/or if the registration contract was received after May 31. A refund for medical reasons only applies to absences of one week or longer and will require a doctor’s note.

Refund policy: No refunds will be issued to students who are withdrawn from any camp after May 31. All changes must be received in writing on or before May 31 to avoid fee charges. Any change or cancellation made after registration is processed is subject to a $25 fee (per camp).

 

Extended Care

Extended Care is available in the morning from 7:30-9 a.m. ($30 per week) and in the afternoon from 3-5:30 p.m. ($50 per week). You may also choose to take advantage of both morning and afternoon care at a discount ($70 per week). During Extended Care, your child will enjoy a nutritious snack.

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