Camp families,

Due to the continuing challenges and uncertainties that we face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be proceeding as planned with our in-person 2020 TCS Summer Adventure Day Camps and Expeditions. Instead, we plan to offer alternatives that incorporate online activities.

For weeks, extensive consideration and discussions have been had in hopes of identifying ways to conduct camp in a safe manner.  For the safety and well being of all involved, we determined that the most responsible decision was to cancel our in-person summer programming.

Currently, summer camp leaders are in the process of creating online camp opportunities. These one-week, themed camps will engage campers and enrich the summer experience. Stay tuned for more information on these camps!

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions. I hope all of you have a fun, safe, and healthy summer, and we hope to see your children in our online summer offerings.

Sincerely,

John McElwain

Summer Camp Director

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Every summer, The College School offers a variety of adventures for children ages 4-15. Come experience some wonderful adventures with us and find out for yourself why our camps are so popular! We run different camps, and several fill very fast.

Contact Summer Camp Director, John McElwain with any questions.

Adventure Day Camps
Our Adventure Day Camps serve ages 4-11 and categorized into three age groups: Adventurers (Ages 4-6), Explorers (Ages 6-8), and Voyagers (Ages 8-11). Days are 9 AM – 3 PM in June-August. Each two-week session is $475.

Expeditions
Our Expeditions are multi-day adventures for students ages 9-15. Average group size is 12 campers with three instructors.

Day Trips
Day Trips offer exploration opportunities throughout St. Louis and the local region. Unlike Expeditions, there are no overnights. The 2020 Day Trip is $450.

Before and After Camp Care
Before camp care is available from 7:30-9:00 AM at $7 per day. After camp care is available from 3:00-5:30 PM at $13 per day. $5 per minute, per camper, late fees apply after 5:30 PM.

Deposits / Refunds

For Expeditions and Day Trips: 50% of the camp fee due as a deposit and is non-refundable. The remaining balance must be paid two weeks prior to the start of each camp session. Written notification of cancellation must be made, via email, no less than two weeks prior to the start of the session.

For Adventure Day Camps: $275 deposit for each two-week camp session. $50 of each camp session deposit is non-refundable. The remaining balance must be paid two weeks prior to the start of each camp session. Written notification of cancellation must be made, via email, no less than two weeks prior to the start of the session. Full payment must be received in order for the camper to attend each session.

For Red, White & Blue Interim Session: Full payment of $200 is due at registration.  $50 of this camp session deposit is non-refundable. Written notification of cancellation must be made, via email, no less than two weeks prior to the start of the session.

Payment Link for Summer Camp Balances
If you need to make payment on an existing Summer Camp balance, click here.

Adventurers Day Camps (Ages 4-6)

The College School welcomes fully toilet-trained campers (age 4 by August 1, 2020) to join us for our themed day camps. Weekly off-campus activities include swim lessons at Webster University, two supervised recreational swims at Webster Groves Recreation Complex, and a field trip.

Children that have completed Kindergarten may elect to participate in either Adventurers or Explorers Camps. 

Cosmic Campers - Session 1 - $475

6/1- 6/12

Campers will blast off and shoot for the stars as they explore the solar system, as well as the spacecraft, people, and organizations that propel space exploration. From making space-crafts to using Galileoscopes, campers will have a fun and engaging time while deepening their understanding of space. Field trips may include the McDonnell Planetarium, Schwartz Observatory, or The Challenger Center. 

Leads: Graham Bhuyan and Alyssa Haydon, TCS Staff

All About Animals - Session 2 - $475

6/15 – 6/26

Run, hop, swim and fly around the world as we examine the ecosystems and the animals we share the planet with! Campers will create animal crafts, dress in costumes, and learn about the lives of their favorite creatures. They will have an opportunity to visit and take care of many TCS animals including fish, turtles, chinchillas, chameleons, axolotls, and more! Field trips may include The St. Louis Zoo, Powder Valley Nature Center, or our LaBarque Campus. 

Leads: Graham Bhuyan and Alyssa Haydon, TCS Staff

Music Matters - Session 3 - $475

7/6 – 7/17

Campers will come together through the magic of music to create something wonderful! Utilizing The College School’s recording studio, campers will have the opportunity to express their thoughts, feelings, and interests through songs and playing music. Their experiences will be recorded and shared with campers, families, and friends! Field Trips may include Gaslight Studios and the National Blues Museum. 

Leads: Graham Bhuyan and Alyssa Haydon, TCS Staff

Psyched-up Science - Session 4 - $475

7/20 – 7/31 

This session will be packed full of incredible, wacky, and fun science experiments! Campers will learn about different ingredients that, when combined, can become something fun and fascinating.  Other concepts we will explore are: sinks and floats, plant science, simple machines, crazy soap bubble science, and magnetics. Field trips may include The Magic House @ MADE, and Myseum.

Leads: Graham Bhuyan and Alyssa Haydon, TCS Staff

Explorers Day Camps (Ages 6-8)

Each week, off-campus activities include swim lessons at Webster University, recreational swims at the Webster Groves Recreation Complex, and a field trip.

Children that have completed Kindergarten may elect to participate in either Adventurer or Explorer Camps.

Explore St. Louis - Session 1 - $475

6/1- 6/12

During this St. Louis themed day camp, campers will explore the history of our city through local historical sites, attractions, and cuisines. We’ll see what St. Louis has to offer from historical venues to the more natural amenities. Join us for a little stay-cation in our own home town! Field trips may include City Garden, The Arch, Crown Candy Kitchen, or Ted Drewes.

Lead: Elena Stone, certified EE educator 

Animal Advocates - Session 2 - $475

6/15 – 6/26

From our pets to wild species, animals are all around us! Campers will learn why some animals are considered invasive, endangered, at-risk, and what people can do to be advocates for creatures. The lead for this camp is an experienced equestrian with life-long experiences in caring for and rescuing animals. She even lives on a working farm! Field trips may include the World Bird Sanctuary, The Endangered Wolf Center, or Longmeadow Rescue Ranch. 

Lead: Priscilla Calvird, M. Ed., certified ECE and EE educator

Citizen Scientists - Session 3 - $475

7/6 – 7/17

Campers will visit various parks and recreation areas as they learn about native Missouri ecology and how we can help care for our corner of the natural world. While visiting creeks, prairies, forests, glades, ponds, and caves, campers will explore and learn about different ecosystems and what makes Missouri unique among other states. Field trips may include Onondaga Cave and Washington State Park.  

Lead: Priscilla Calvird, M. Ed., certified ECE and EE educator

Forts and Floats - Session 4 - $475

7/20 – 7/31 

Do you have the skills to build forts, shelters, and floats that will withstand different environmental challenges and scenarios? With a focus on problem solving and creativity, campers will build forts and other structures designed to withstand certain elements and challenging scenarios. In addition to forts, this camp will design miniature floating structures that  will race down our very own creeks, both on our Webster and LaBarque campuses. Participants are instructed on various types of knots and other building techniques to increase their odds of success! Field trips may include our LaBarque Campus and Castlewood State Park.

Lead: Leah McAvin OTR/L, CLT

Voyagers Day Camps (Ages 8-11)

Voyager campers will enjoy recreational swims at the Webster Groves Recreational Complex and a field trip or two each week.

Sleuths and Spies - Session 1- $475

6/1- 6/12

Do some serious sleuthing, spying, and detective work in this super-secret camp! Solving mysteries, making spy kits, decoding messages, and fingerprinting, are just some of the challenges these campers will face! The rest is classified. Field trips may include Gateway Escape Rooms and a local police station. 

Lead: Max Bruch, TCS Faculty

Gastronauts - Session 2 - $475

6/15 – 6/26

Calling all gastronauts (people with a keen appreciation for food)! This camp will explore the relationship between food, culture, health, and the environment. Campers will gain experience in our school garden and our brand new commercial kitchen!  They will also visit an operational local farm that grows food for our lunch program. In our TCS kitchen, campers will prepare meals using fresh, locally grown ingredients. Even some from our very own garden! Campers will dine together on their creations. Field trips may include Rolling Lawns and Crooked Creek Farms. 

Lead: Chef Monica Watson, TCS Director of Culinary Education

Fables and Flora - Session 3 - $475

7/6 – 7/17

Campers will read a collection of fables, stories, legends, and tales that take inspiration from the world around us, exploring these stories through language arts, our natural environment, and artistic avenues. We will recreate scenes from the page, using nature as our muse in our journey through this two-week adventure. Field trips may include The Novel Neighbor Bookstore and our very own LaBarque Campus. 

Lead: Andy Gaglio, TCS Faculty

Time Trekkers - Session 4 - $475

7/20 – 7/31

Each day, campers will time travel through various impactful civilizations from around the world. From the pyramids of Egypt to the chinampas of the Aztecs, they are sure to discover something unknown, unexpected, and exciting! Time Trekkers will engage campers in history, anthropology, and STEAM activities designed to examine the ingenuity of these civilizations and their contributions to today’s world.  Field trips may include Cahokia Mounds and The St. Louis Art Museum.

Lead: Andy Gaglio, TCS Faculty

Interim Session Day Camp (June 29-July 2)

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Red, White & Blue Week - $200

6/29 – 7/2 

During this four-day holiday week, campers will experience a new theme each day. Some possible themes are: arts and crafts, cooperative games, classic party games, and celebrations. The camp will feature age-appropriate activities related to the theme. Children will engage in a variety of games, crafts, cooking projects and creative movement activities. Some examples of activities and projects are tie-dyes, mini pop rockets, water balloon fun, sports and board games, water play, salt dough projects and more. Before and after camp will continue to be available.

Lead: Mindy Bhuyan, TCS Faculty

Expeditions (Ages 9 - 15)

During the summer, we lead a variety of outdoor expeditions for kids ages 9-15. Our diverse camp adventures involve travel all over the United States and beyond! Average group size is 12 campers with 3 instructors.

Expeditions Questions? Contact John McElwain.

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Paddles and Saddles I - $550

6/8 – 6/12

For campers who have completed 4th grade and up.

Discover canoeing and riding skills during a trip down the beautiful Courtois River, where we will explore gravel bars, gaze upon starry nights, and ride horseback through the forests. Two days will be spent at The College School and around the St. Louis area learning skills, building group unity, and preparing for the three-day, two-night trip. Paddles and Saddles is always a wonderful and fun experience!

Leads: TCS Faculty

Paddles and Saddles II - $550

6/15 – 6/19

For campers who have completed 4th grade and up. 

Discover canoeing and riding skills during a trip down the beautiful Courtois River, where we will explore gravel bars, gaze upon starry nights, and ride horseback through the forests. Two days will be spent at The College School and around the St. Louis area learning skills, building group unity, and preparing for the three-day, two-night trip. Paddles and Saddles is always a wonderful and fun experience!

Leads: TCS Faculty

Exploring Ozark's National Scenic Riverways - $595

6/15 – 6/19

Ages: For campers that have completed 5th grade and up.

The Ozark National Scenic Riverways (ONSR) was created by an Act of Congress in 1964, to protect 134 miles of the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers in the Ozark Highlands of southeastern Missouri. The clean, clear waters of these two beautiful rivers provide excellent opportunities for canoeing and aquatic habitat investigations. On this expedition we will spend two days paddling a 21-mile section of the Current river and enjoy camping on a gravel bar. Along the way we will explore caves, study aquatic wildlife, and learn alongside conservation biologists. After two days on the Current river, the campers will enjoy a “dry night” while staying in cabins just outside of Eminence, MO before heading out for another two day trip, this time on the upper Jack’s Fork river. These rivers are considered to be Class 1 streams. Class 1 is the least difficult of the classifications used, but also comprise two of the most stunning natural areas in the entire state.

Leads: Heather and Scott, TCS Faculty

Wolf Ridge - $900

6/21 – 6/27 

For TCS students who have completed 3rd and 4th grades. 

We are excited to offer an exclusive summer expedition opportunity for our upper elementary students to spend a week in beautiful northern Minnesota at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center! This camp will only be offered to current TCS students that are enrolled in 4th or 5th grade for the 2020-2021 school year and space is limited.

Students will attend Wolf Ridge naturalist led classes Monday through Friday in the mornings.  These classes each run about 3 hours long and cover a range of topics from inquiry into the natural world and ecology (northwoods mammals, moose, frogs & toads) to cultural heritage (voyageur life, ojibwe heritage) to adventure education (ropes course, canoeing, rock climbing, hiking), etc. Afternoon and evening activities will be run by a combination of Wolf Ridge and TCS staff and may include live animal education.

The campus covers more than 2000 acres and includes two lakes, a working organic farm, miles of trails, ridge lines and wetlands, as well as views of Lake Superior. Like our JPLC, Wolf Ridge also has a building that has met the Living Building Challenge.

Students and TCS staff will stay in bunk beds in a dorm building. This camp will run from Sunday, June 21 to Saturday, June 27 to accommodate the travel time to reach Finland, MN.

Leads: Scott M, Carol, John C., TCS Faculty

Day Trips

The College School will offer a special day trip. Unlike our Expeditions, this Day Trip does not involve overnights. Details and costs below.

Day Trip Questions? Contact John McElwain.

Summer Adventure Sampler - $450

6/1 – 6/5 

For students that have completed at least 4th grade   

Are you ready for a daily adventure? Experience five exciting days filled with new adventures in a variety of outdoor settings. Excursions may include rock climbing, kayaking/canoeing/paddleboarding in a lake, spelunking, along with water play at Johnson Shut-Ins and Raging Rivers Water Park. Each day brings a new, fun, and exciting exploration with your friends as you develop your outdoor skills. 

Leads: Monnie, Andy, Katherine, TCS Faculty