Grades 7–12

Boys & girls age rising grades 7-12
Special Interest Camps cover everything under the summer sun. Take a deep dive into a topic you are really into and maximize your skills. Increase your STEAM expertise from App and Game Design to Drone Building. Get a step up in academics from “Kick Start to Fourth Grade” to “Writing the College Application Essay.” Pump up your sports skills in the top-notch St. Catherine’s facilities or along the James River for outdoor action. Master practical skills with courses like “Babysitter Certification,” “Drivers Ed,” and a variety of culinary courses.

All one-week sessions
Half-day and full-day options*
Extended day camp care available (see Information page)

*Half day Special Interest Camps can be combined with Design Your Day Camps in the afternoon to create a full-day experience (lunch included).

Pricing by camp session



Deep dive into subjects of focused interest.

Special Interest Camps: Grades 7-12

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  • Babysitter Certification

    Become a certified babysitter while learning how to care for infants and children, create a safe environment, make good decisions, solve problems and handle emergencies.
    Grades: Rising 6-8
    Dates: August 6-8, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Cost: $160
    Instructor: Tara DiGiacomo
     
  • Design Your Dream: Intro to Entrepreneurship

    Learn how to design a business through foundational lessons in entrepreneurship and experiences with dynamic guest lecturers and local small businesses. From vision and market research to personal branding and business plans, get a taste of what it means to transform dreams into reality.
    Grades: Rising 6-8
    Dates:Dates:  June 18-22, 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Cost: $250
    Instructor: Jean Goodman
     
  • Driver Education Endorsement Course

    This course prepares students for safe motor vehicle operation. Students will receive endorsement for driver education, meeting state mandated requirements for the classroom phase.
    Grades: Rising 9-12
    Dates: June 18 - 28, Monday - Thursday 8 a.m.-noon
    Cost: $160
    Instructor: Denise Manuel
     
  • Ed Sherod Basketball Camp for Boys & Girls

    Come work with Coach Sherod in a fun camp environment to improve your overall basketball skills while having fun with an amazing coaching staff!
    Lead Instructor: Ed Sherod
    Grades: Rising grades 3,4-6, 7-9
    Dates: July 30-Aug. 3, 2018
    Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. -- Kenny Center
    Fee: $250
    Register online under "2018 Sports Camps"
     
  • Fishing Camp - Session 1: July30 - Aug. 3

    (Grades 4-6, 7-9)
    Session One: July 30 - Aug. 3
    8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    Cost: $550 per week

    St. Catherine’s and Virginia Outside have teamed up to offer one-week, all-day fishing or all-day mountain biking camps. Students meet in the Maple Avenue parking lot and are transported to various locations in the James River Park System and surrounding wild spaces.
     
     
  • Fishing Camp - Session 2: Aug. 6 - 10

    (Grades 4-6, 7-9)
    Session Two: Aug. 6 - 10
    8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    Cost: $550 per week
     
  • Fishing Camp - Session 3: Aug. 13 - 17

    (Grades 4-6, 7-9)
    Session Three: Aug. 13 - 17
    8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    Cost: $550 per week
     
  • Fishing Camp - Session 4: Aug. 20 - 24

    (Grades 4-6, 7-9)
    Session Four: Aug. 20 - 24
    8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    Cost: $550 per week
     
  • Get Ready for Algebra

    Join us to firm up those Algebra I skills so you can be ready for the first day of math class in the fall.
    Grades: Rising 8-10
    Dates:July 16-20,8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Cost: $240
    Instructor: Kelly Martines
     
  • Girls Lacrosse Camp

    Come work with the Saints coaches to improve your shooting, defensive, stick skill and overall team strategy.
    Grades: Rising 4-8
    Dates: June 18-21, 4-7 p.m.
    Camp Fee: $155
    Cost: $250
    Lead Instructor: Alexa Anderson
     
  • Leaders in Training Program

    This is an opportunity to participate in meaningful service to the local community. In this service learning program, we will enhance our group and interpersonal skills through working with diverse members in the Richmond community. Our goal is to establish sustainable relationships with our community while also creating meaningful connections.
    Grades: Rising 7-10

    St. Catherine’s Community Garden in partnership with St. Stephen’s Church!
    Week One: June 18-22
    Time: 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.
    Location: Washington Hall, Rm. 115
    Cost: $220
     
     
    Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope! Leaders in Training will spend part of the week working in the Richmond Habitat ReStore and the other part of the week on campus organizing an on-campus book drive for Habitat for Humanity students.
    Week Two: June 25-29
    Time: 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.
    Location: Washington Hall, Rm. 115
    Cost: $220

    Shalom Farms is a regional food access and community development project started in 2008 by United Methodist Urban Ministries of Richmond (UMUMR). Shalom Farms works with communities to ensure access to healthy food and support healthy lifestyles. Through sustainable food production and hands-on experiences at the farm and in the city, Shalom Farms provides thousands of people in Richmond with access to healthy food! From planting and harvesting, to weeding and field preparation, join Leaders in Training as we support Shalom Farms!
    Week Three: July 2-6
    Time: 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.
    Location: Washington Hall, Rm. 115
    Cost: $220


    Join Leaders in Training as we serve at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to harvest produce for the Central Virginia Food Bank and local food pantries, dig in the garden, and play with worms in the compost bin! We will spend time learning about horticulture, environmental education, and the importance of food access in our community!
    Week Four: July 9-13
    Time: 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.
    Location: Washington Hall, Rm. 115
    Cost: $220
  • Mountain Biking Camp - Session 1: July 30 - Aug. 3

    (Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-8)
    Session One: July 30 - Aug. 3
    8:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m.
    Cost: $450 per week
     

    St. Catherine’s and Virginia Outside have teamed up to offer one-week, all-day fishing or all-day mountain biking camps. Students meet in the Maple Avenue parking lot and are transported to various locations in the James River Park System and surrounding wild spaces.
     
  • Mountain Biking Camp - Session 2: Aug. 6 - 10

    (Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-8)
    Session Two: Aug. 6 - 10
    8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    Cost: $450 per week
     
  • Mountain Biking Camp - Session 3: Aug. 13 - 17

    (Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-8)
    Session Three: Aug. 13 - 17
    8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    Cost: $450 per week
     
  • Mountain Biking Camp - Session 4: Aug. 20 - 24

    (Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-8)
    Session Four: Aug. 20 - 24
    8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    Cost: $450 per week
     
  • Saints Basketball Camp

    Work with Coach Sherod on all aspects of the game: shooting, ball handling , passing, rebounding and defense. You will improve as a player and have fun!!
    Lead Instructor: Ed Sherod
    Grades: Rising 5-6, 7-8
    Dates: June 11-15, 2017
    Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. - Kenny Center
    Fee: $175
    Register online under "2018 Sports Camps"
     
  • Saints Girls Lacrosse Camp

    Come work with the Saints coaches to improve your shooting, defensive, stick skill and overall team strategy.
    Lead Instructor: Alexa Anderson
    Rising grades  4-6, 7-8
    Dates: June 18-21, 2018
    Time 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. - St. Catherine’s Fields in Goochland
    Fee: $175
    Register online under "2018 Sports Camps"
     
  • Saints Volleyball Camp

    The Saints volleyball staff will teach you skill progressions and tactical strategies for all offensive and defensive positions on the court.
    Lead Instructor: Skip Weston
    Grades: Rising grades 5-6, 7-9
    Dates: June 11-14, 2018
    Time: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Kenny Center Gym
    Fee: $175
    Register online under "2018 Sports Camps"
     
  • Top Dog Field Hockey Camp

    The session will provide instruction in skills needed to be successful at all levels. Athletes will have the opportunity to put those skills into action in game situations.
    Lead instructor: Don Warner
    Grades: Rising grades 4-6, 7-9
    Dates: June 11-14, 2018  
    Time: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. - St. Catherine’s Fields in Goochland
    Fee: $175
    Register online under "2018 Sports Camps"
     
  • Writing the College Application Essay

    Don’t put off what you can do today. Take this course and by the end of the session you will have several drafts that could be used for topics that colleges predictably assign.
    Grades: Rising 11–12
    Dates: July 9-13,  10 a.m.-noon
    Cost: $250
    Instructor: John Morgan

Design Your Day Camp

Design Your Day Camp - Rising Grades 7-10

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  • Acting Academy

    Grades 4-6 and 7-10  New!
    Are you made for the stage? Are you the next big movie star? This class will help you learn new skills as an actor as well as polish the ones you didn't know you already had!
    Jane Mattingly
     
  • American Sign Language

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Say something without ever speaking a word. Learn American Sign Language and investigate the culture that surrounds this language and the people who speak it.
    Rebecca Sopher
     
  • Asian Art Adventures

    Grades 4 -6, 7- 10
    Learn about China’s 5,000 years of technical and artistic achievements and create Chinese- inspired arts and crafts. Make lanterns, kites, dragons, masks and more.
    Ming-hua Chang
     
  • Band Works

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Let’s jam! Haven’t you always wanted to join
a band? Learn basic skills for a variety of individual instruments — and you choose the instruments. Experiment with the saxophone, trumpet, flute, clarinet, trombone or drums. No experience necessary. Class fee: $25
    Susan Davis
     
  • Basketball

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Here’s a chance to improve your basketball skills to enjoy the game more. Work on dribbling, passing, shooting, layups and ball handling, while improving motor skills, eye-hand coordination and team play. Both boys and girls are invited.
    Leslie O’Neal
  • Brilliant Bloggers

    Grades 7-10
    Do you have experiences, ideas, opinions, observations, or a story inside that you'd like to share with other like-minded people? If you do, then Brilliant Bloggers is for you!  Create and customize your own blog, choose your own topics, and blog away!
    Kimberlee Letourneau
     
  • Brilliant Summer Live!

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Do you love the sound of laughter and the exhilaration of applause? Then join the festivities with other campers who like to write and perform scripts — and who won’t be shy about showing what they can do!
    Session One: Grades 4-6 Session Two: Grades 7-10
    Robbie Kinter
     
  • Candle Making: Advanced

    Grades 7-10
    Learn advanced candle making techniques and build upon established skills. Experiment with creative design methods by pouring wax into molds and glass containers, making candles from flat wax and even candles made with balloons.
    Brigette Newberry
     
  • Ceramics

    Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-10
    Explore the wonders of clay and learn traditional hand-building methods of clay construction. Using coil, slab and sculptural techniques, learn to texture, weave, carve and layer hand-built creations.
    Joel Moses
     
  • Chess Blitz

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Engage in the basic tactics and strategies of chess. Learn about the game of kings and queens as you improve your chess playing through daily games and strategy sessions.
    Championship Chess
     
  • Claymation

    Grades 4-6 and 7-10   New!
    Create your own movie using clay and photography! Learn how to sculpt small characters, write movie scripts, make sets and arrange photographs in video editing software to create a claymation.
    Mae Berglas
     
  • Comedy Hour

    Grades 4-6, 7-10  New! 
    How many times have friends and family told you that you are so funny you should be on stage? It’s not as easy as it looks, but in this class get the support and inspiration needed to give it a try. Learn to synthesize improvisation, storytelling, and acting to write and perform your own stand-up comedy routine or sketch show.
    Jane Mattingly
     
  • Crazy About Crochet

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Design and make a crocheted necklace and bracelet using silk cording and a variety of beads. Many colors will be available to spark your creativity.
    Sarah Abernathie
     
  • D.I.Y. Spa!

    Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-10
    Step into an aromatherapy oasis!  Learn how to use organic materials and natural ingredients like essential oils to create your own health, beauty, & spa products.  Make cool products like relaxing bath fizzies & bath salts, calming lavender sachets, cleansing face masks, moisturizing lip balms & body scrubs, decorative hand soaps, and more!
    materials fee: $15
    Ashley Cogbill
  • Digital Photo Adventure (3 periods)

    Grades 7-10
    Take an adventure around The city of Richmond with your digital camera. Students will be able to travel twice a week to a new location in the city and return to campus and edit their photography in the computer lab. Digital camera required, comfortable clothing, footwear, and a water bottle.
    Keith Browne
     
  • Dollhouse Decorators

    Grades 4-6, 7-10   New!
    Join us as we learn to create everything from flowers to furniture in miniature. Let your imagination be your guide. Create a mini model of your dream room or a flower garden. Everything's cuter in miniature!
    Gina Wojtysiak
     
  • Drumming

    Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-10
    Create soundscapes of musical fun. Follow behind Robbie as he leads you to success in rhythm. Discover polyrhythms and syncopated beats and learn the skills and basic techniques of drumming and percussive music.
    Robbie Kinter
     
  • Drumming: Advanced (S2)

    Grades 7-10
    Are you a serious drum student? If you have taken drumming classes for at least two summers, then this class of more advanced and challenging drum techniques and methods can help make you a more accomplished drummer.
    Robbie Kinter
     
  • Embroidery & Cross Stitch

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Learn different stitches and techniques for creating designs in hand embroidery and cross stitch. Create a sampler  sachet and embellish keepsakes and make wearable art.
    Gina Wojtysiak
     
  • Engineering Physics

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Physics is the study of forces and motion. Learn about gravity, friction, centrifugal force and rotational pull through hands-on experiences. Build bridges and test the load capacity. Engineer launchers and water rockets for flights up to 400 feet! You’ll soon see why physics is fun. Science Through the Eyes of a Child Class fee: $50
    David Polak
     
  • Fabric and Yarn Creations

    Grades 4-6, 7-10 New!
    Use printed and solid fabric to create paintings, pillows and placemats. Create your own combinations of color and print using iron-on fusible materials. Some basic sewing will be taught as well.
    Brigette Newberry
  • Fashion Institute-Fashion Runway

    Grades 7-10 New!
    Become a Brilliant Summer designers as you artistically alter garments to upcycle denim clothing and create a “Back to School with Style” collection. Add and subtract elements from existing garments to create 2018 new trend looks. Then, model your creations on the Brilliant Summer Runway.
    Mo Regulinski
     
  • Felting Frenzy

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Transform soft, colorful wool into beautiful sculptures, bags, phone cases and wall art. We'll use wet and needle felting techniques to make these bright textile artworks.
    Mae Berglas
     
  • Field Games

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Come play Ultimate Frisbee, Ultimate Football and capture the flag. Practice throwing and catching skills with the Frisbee and football, as well as learn offensive and defensive strategies. These fun, fast-paced games provide plenty of exercise.
    Meagan Edwards
     
  • Fun Fitness

    Grades 7-10
    Fitness is important and we’ll participate in a number of fun, challenging fitness activities and games both individually and in teams. This class will increase aerobic conditioning in a fun atmosphere.
    Meagan Edwards
     
  • Gone Fishin' (3 Periods)

    Grades 2-3, 4-8
    Explore the ecosystems of local freshwater ponds and the James River while fishing for bass, catfish, crappie and sunfish. Learn to tie knots, bait hooks and take fish o of hooks to release back into the water. Virginia Outside. Class Fee: $50
    Virginia Outside
     
  • Guitar: Intermediate

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Build on your previous guitar experience by learning new chords and songs. Examine the guitar’s role in popular music by listening and playing. Class fee: $25
    Rusty Farmer
     
  • Improv

    Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-10
    Spend this summer laughing while learning to think on your feet and say "Yes, And." We’ll work in an ensemble creating comic characters and stories on the fly, participating in well-known improv games like, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”
    Jane Mattingly
     
     
  • Jewelry Design

    Grades 4-6, 7-10 New!
    Using techniques real jewelers use, we’ll make jewelry using wire, beads, chain, cord and findings. Make wearable art that sparkles! (Caution: your Mom will want to borrow your jewelry.)
    Gina Wojtysiak
     
  • Knitting: Advanced

    Grades 7-10
    If you already know how to cast-on, knit and purl, then apply your skills to create a finished product. Learn to use double-pointed needles and knit socks in the round.  Class fee: $25
    Betsy Manson
  • Knitting: Intermediate

    Grades 5 – 10
    Master the basics of knitting, purling and putting together a finished product. Learn how to make a colorful sock monkey.
    Class fee: $25
    Betsy Manson
     
  • Lyrical Dance

    Grades 4-8
    Let the song’s lyrics inspire personal artistry and creativity. Dancers learn to tell the story of the music through their movements in this fusion of ballet and jazz.
    Victoria Seymour
     
  • Mash-up Book

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Part journal, part scrapbook- a mash-up book is all about you! Write, doodle, draw, design, color, and paste on the pages of your smash book. Get inspired with tons of examples or think of your own ideas—it's up to you! You don't need to be an artist or an author to enjoy making a mash-up book.
    Kimberlee Letourneau
     
  • Mosaic Madness

    Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-10
    Flowerpots, frames, birdhouses and more! An exciting class full of broken bits, glue, grout and gook.
    Sarah Abernathie
     
  • Ms. Mo’s Cooking Show

    Grades 7-10  New!
    Brilliant Meals - Learn to prepare and present an entire four-course meal one day at a time. Starters to dessert, budding chefs will prepare one course of a four-course meal each day. At the end of the week the class will upload their dynamic cooking creations to the Brilliant Summer Food Network. Experience Healthy Italian, American, and Tex-Mex cuisine.
    Mo Regulinski
     
  • Mythical Creatures' Habitats

    Grades: 2-3, 4-6, 7-10 New!
    Ever wanted to attract mythical creatures like garden fairies, gnomes, trolls, princesses, unicorns, mermaids, pirates, or dragons?  Now you can!  Build them a house or habitat using recycled cardboard, hot glue, and tons of natural materials & craft supplies.
    Class Fee: $15
    Ashley Cogbill
     
  • Nature Journaling

    Grades4-10 New!
    Sketch and explore the marvels of nature. Using nature journals and botanical illustration as references, we’ll spend the class drawing and writing outdoors. Learn to identify different plants and animals.
    Gina Wojtysiak
     
  • Paint Like the Impressionists

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    “En plein air” is a French expression for painting out in the open and a popular method with the Impressionists. In this class, paint “en plein air” while learning about how the Impressionists used color to depict light, shadow and mood.
    Gina Wojtysiak
     
  • Paint Your Pet

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Bring a photo of your favorite pet and learn how to paint a colorful, lively acrylic portrait. Explore the process of gridding a photo and canvas, creating a composition and applying paint to produce a finished pet portrait.
    Dana Morris
     
  • Papermaking and Bookbinding

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Learn to make your own paper and use decorating techniques to design beautiful cards and silhouettes. We'll then practice a variety of styles for making books and fill them with unique art and stories.
    Mae Berglas
     
  • Photography II (2 Periods)

    Grades 7-10
    During this introduction to basic photography techniques, learn about 35mm controls, darkroom setup and how to print negatives onto black and white photographic paper. Experiment with toning images and other alternative printing processes. A 35mm camera is required. Class Fee: $15
    Keith Browne
     
  • Photojournalism

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Photograph, write, collect, edit and publish pictures and stories to report on Brilliant Summer’s news and events.
    Kimberlee Letourneau
  • Power Jump Rope

    Grades 5-6, 7-10
    Take a jump rope class that challenges your athletic ability. Focus on single-rope skills, double dutch, rapid fire games, partner tricks and gymnastics moves to develop intermediate and advanced jump rope skills. Previous jump rope experience recommended.
     
  • Printmaking - Advanced

    Grades 7-10
    Refresh and build upon your printmaking techniques. Create beautiful two- and three-color prints by experimenting with a variety of printmaking techniques including monotypes, linoleum cuts, collographs and more.Create a variety of unique prints such as card sets and illustrations.
    Dana Morris
     
  • River Rats (3 Periods)

    Grades 7–10
    Explore the James River Park System through
a variety of activities including climbing trees, fishing for giant catfish, swimming through rapids, paddling kayaks, rock climbing, hiking trails, snorkeling, tubing down the river and participate in a volunteer project. Learn to appreciate and enjoy the river safely. Class Fee: $65
    Lisa Foster
     
  • Self Defense

    Grades 7-10 New!
    Learn the foundations of personal awareness and self-defense training to give you the skills to navigate complicated situations while keeping yourself safe and calm.  This class will make you more aware, prepared, and ready for any situation.
    The Budo Center
     
  • Sound Editing

    Grades 7-10
    Create an environment of sound using a computer-based editing system. Learn to transfer analogue recordings to computer hard disk, then trim, layer and mix the results. By the end of this class you’ll have the information and the skills needed to start editing your own world of sounds.
    Robbie Kinter
     
  • Street Jazz

    Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-10
    It’s a little bit of jazz, a little bit of hip-hop and a whole lotta fun! Come move, groove, shake and bounce in this high-energy dance class.
    Victoria Seymour
     
  • Strings Rock

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Think only guitarists can rock? Think again! Strings students will learn rock and popular songs. Open to students with at least one year of experience on their instrument: violin, viola, cello or bass.
    Sharla Gordon
     
  • Swimming: Advanced

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Want to become a competitive swimmer? Master the four competitive strokes and develop swimming endurance. Participate in a variety of relays and games and dive into the knowledge needed to be a junior lifeguard.
    Kemper Gibson and Madalyn Nuckols
     
  • Ukulele

    Grades 2-3, 4-6, 7-10
    Aloha! The ukulele is becoming one of today’s most popular instruments for all ages. It’s easy to carry and play. Learn to read tablature, chords and songs. No experience required. Class fee: $25
    Rusty Farmer
     
  • Volleyball

    Grades 4-6, 7-10
    Learn the rules and strategies of this popular sport. Through drills and games, learn to serve, pass, volley and block and set and smash the ball.
    Leslie O’Neal
     
  • Watercolor Techniques: Advanced

    Grade 7-10
    Learn traditional and experimental techniques and even a few “secret” techniques in this innovative class. You’ll soon be painting like a pro.
    Laura van Bylandt
  • Weaving: Intermediate

    Grades 4-6 and 7-10
    Come "warp" and "weft" again! If you already know a little about the weaving process let's continue with new projects, new ways to weave and additional weaving materials.
    Kitty Lane