Updated April 7, 2021

Camp families,

We are looking forward to welcoming campers in-person this summer! Camp session themes and details are posted on the website. Registration is now open to the public. 

As we navigate the uncertainty of the pandemic, our priority, as always, is camper safety while infusing as much fun into Summer 2021 as possible! Many field trip destinations can’t commit to taking group reservations, and we are unsure what travelling off campus and social distancing guidelines will look like in the coming months. We are planning to travel and swim at the Webster Groves Pool, and we are also developing fun and engaging field trip alternatives on our Webster campus as well as trips to our Jan Phillips Learning Center in Pacific, MO.

Camp will begin at 9:00 AM and end at 3:00 PM. Before and After Camp Care will NOT be provided. 

Day Camp Session Dates:
Welcome Session:  June 1 – 4 (for campers attending one or more sessions)
Session One: June 7 – 18
Session Two: June 21 – July 2
Session Three: July 5 – 16
Session Four: July 19 – 30

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Sincerely,
John McElwain
Summer Camp Director

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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.

Day Trips
Day Trips offer exploration opportunities throughout St. Louis and the local region. Unlike Expeditions, there are no overnights. The 2021 Day Trip is $450.

Before and After Camp Care
At this time, due to the pandemic, we are unable to offer before and after camp care.

Deposits / Refunds

For 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.

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, 2021) to join us for our themed day camps. Weekly off-campus activities may include field trips and supervised swimming at Webster Groves Recreation Complex. 

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

Camp Kick Off - $200

Camp Kick Off
June 1 – 4 (for campers attending one or more sessions)

During this four-day week, campers will experience a new theme each day while familiarizing themselves with our camp spaces, staff, and fellow campers.  Themes may include: cooperative games, classic outdoor/backyard party games, art projects, crafts, experiments, and creek and water play. 

* To register for this session, your camper must be attending at least one other session of our summer camps.  

Leads: Bree Hardin, certified ECE and EE educator / TBA

Cosmic Campers - Session 1 - $475

Cosmic Campers
Session One: June 7 – 18

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-themed 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: Bree Hardin, certified ECE and EE educator / TBA

All About Animals - Session 2 - $475

All about Animals
Session Two: June 21 – July 2

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, and more! Field trips may include The St. Louis Zoo, Powder Valley Nature Center, or our LaBarque Campus. 

Leads: Bree Hardin, certified ECE and EE educator / TBA

Music Matters - Session 3 - $475

Music Matters
Session Three: July 5 – 16

Campers will come together through the magic of music to create something wonderful! 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: Bree Hardin, certified ECE and EE educator / TBA

Psyched-up Science - Session 4 - $475

Psyched – Up Science
Session Four: July 19 – 30

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: Bree Hardin, certified ECE and EE educator / TBA

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.

Camp Kick Off - $200

Camp Kick Off
June 1 – 4 (for campers attending one or more sessions)

During this four-day week, campers will experience a new theme each day, while familiarizing themselves with our camp spaces, staff, and fellow campers.  Themes may include: cooperative games, classic outdoor/backyard party games, art projects, crafts, experiments, and creek and water play.

 * To register for this session, your camper must be attending at least one other session of our summer camps.  

Lead: TBA

Animal Advocates - Session 1 - $475

Animal Advocates
Session One: June 7 – 18

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 advocate for them. Activities may include photo safaris, habitat restoration, building bat boxes, bird houses and feeders. Field trips may include the World Bird Sanctuary, The Endangered Wolf Center, or Longmeadow Rescue Ranch. 

Lead: TBA

Explore STL - Session 2 - $475

Explore STL
Session Two: June 21 – July 2

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

Citizen Scientists - Session 3 - $475

Citizen Scientists
Session Three: July 5 – 16 

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. Activities may include field studies, water sampling, and macroinvertebrate collection and observation. Field trips may include Onondaga Cave, Washington State Park, or Valley View Glades Natural Area. 

Lead: TBA

Forts and Floats - Session 4 - $475

Forts and Floats
Session Four: July 19 – 30 

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 Indian Camp Creek Park.

Lead: TBA

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.

Camp Kick Off - $200

Camp Kick Off
June 1 – 4 (for campers attending one or more sessions)

During this four-day week, campers will experience a new theme each day, while familiarizing themselves with our camp spaces, staff, and fellow campers.  Themes may include: cooperative games, classic outdoor/backyard party games, art projects, crafts, experiments, and creek and water play. 

* To register for this session, your camper must be attending at least one other session of our summer camps.  

Lead: Max Bruch, Greenhouse and Gardens educator, TCS Faculty

Grow With the Flow - Session 1- $475

Grow With the Flow
Session One: June 7 – 18

Greenhouse and Gardens educator, Max Bruch, will lead  an immersive and fun experience into the natural world of all things growing! Campers will have the opportunity to work in our very own greenhouse and garden, helping to provide fresh food for our culinary program. Plant anatomy, nutrients,  propagation, seed starting, garden planning, and greenhouse and  garden maintenance are some of the topics explored in this session.  Theme related craft projects, games, and experiments will be balanced with time in the garden. Field trips may include Earthdance Farms or Three Rivers Community Farm. 

Lead: Max Bruch, Greenhouse and Gardens educator, TCS Faculty

Gastronauts - Session 2 - $475

Gastronauts
Session Two: June 21 – July 2

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

You Go Video! - Session 3 - $475

You Go Video!
Session Three: July 5 – 16 

Directed by your interests, sense of humor, and creativity, this camp will explore the world of video creation and production. Whether you’re interested in content creation to become  a Youtube star, or filming commercials, movies, music and promotional videos, this camp will foster your creativity as you develop new skills. Campers will use provided cameras, production lighting, microphones, and computer based editing software to create and share their work. At the end of the session, campers will leave with a digital portfolio of their work to share. Field trips may include a professional production studio or a visit from a local professional.

Lead: TBA

Corps of Adventure Engineers - Session 4 - $475

Corps of Adventure Engineers
Session Four: July 19 – 30 

Drawing inspiration from movies and games such as Indiana Jones, Tomb Raider, Uncharted, Among Us, and MacGyver, this session will focus on building obstacle courses, problem solving, and improvisational engineering. From synthesizing pools of goo for obstacles, commissioning fleets of soda bottle rockets, to outrunning boulders, campers will break a mental and physical sweat this session! Activities may include obstacle course and improvisational engineering challenges, Among Us game initiatives, paper airplane / airplane golf challenges, scavenger hunts and orienteering. Field trips may include Ultimate Ninjas St. Louis or All American Gymnastics and Super Ninja. 

Lead: Ben Brotherton, TCS Faculty

Certification Classes

Certification Classes - $150

Certification Classes   

Babysitter’s Training Camp (Ages 11 -14) $150
Limited to ten campers per session
Session One: 6/1 and 6/2
Session Two: 6/3 and 6/4 

We are excited to offer this opportunity for the first time! TCS nurse, Jen Martin, will teach the skills necessary to be a successful and safe babysitter. This course offers hands-on training in skills needed to babysit such as: developmentally appropriate play, safe handling of infants and toddlers, feeding, diapering, and much more.  This course will also include the opportunity to earn American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training Certification and infant CPR and first aid certification.  

Day one will dive head first into first aid and CPR.  Campers will have the opportunity to earn American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training with Infant CPR and First Aid certification. Students must successfully complete skills and an exam to become certified.

Day two will be all about the business of babysitting.  Campers will learn about developmental milestones and age-appropriate play, safe handling of infants and toddlers, feeding, and diapering.  Students will also learn about safety on the job, interviewing, setting prices, and building a resume/babysitting portfolio. 

Students will leave with their own babysitting portfolio (with CPR certification, if applicable), CPR keychain mask, and mini first aid kit to go in their babysitter’s bag.

Leads: Jen Martin, TCS Staff Nurse / Katherine Borg, 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

Summer Adventure Sampler
June 7 – 11

For students entering 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.   

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 Brodbeck / Katherine Borg, TCS Faculty

Paddles PLUS! - $450

Paddles PLUS!
June 14 – 18

For students entering 5th, 6th, and 7th grades.

Beat the heat by exploring the rivers and lakes around St.Louis with adventurous friends! Paddles PLUS offers plenty of opportunities for campers to build skills at maneuvering boats in moving and flat water PLUS solving several team adventures along the way. No prior experience needed but a willingness to “dive in” is a definite must! This camp is designed for paddles PLUS FUN!

Leads: Carol Fitzsimmons / John Colbert, TCS Faculty