Grades 2–3

Boys & girls age rising grades 2-3
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 for Rising Grades 2 – 3

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  • American Girl Doll Camp

    Join us for an all American adventure as we learn about the crafts, recipes and fashions that the American Girl Dolls and their friends experienced during their historical eras. Participants should plan to bring a doll each day. There will be time to create jewelry for each doll and, of course, the dolls will want to participate in the tea party that will take place on Friday. Learn, play, fashion and socialize with friends and their American Girl Dolls!
    Grades: Rising  2-3
    Dates: June 17-21, 2019; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructor: Sarabeth Kawugule
  • Builders Camp

    Calling all inventors, creators, builders and designers! Come build some awesome creations with us! We will create our own designs and make structures using recyclable materials, Legos and many other interesting items. Skills necessary… none! Skills gained: communication, problem solving, reasoning, developing
    creativity, and teamwork.
    Grades: 2-3
    Dates: July 8-12, 2019; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars
  • Building with LEGOS

    Calling all builders, creators and designers! Let's get building with LEGOS. Each day the campers will work on different tasks utilizing thousands of LEGO blocks. Creativity will abound as the main rule will be to have FUN! Campers will get those creative juices flowing as they create vehicles, scenes and buildings to match scenarios that are presented! Everything is Awesome!
    Grades: 2-3
    Dates: June June 24- 28, 2019;  8:45 - 11:45 a.m
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructor: Sarabeth Kawugule
  • Code It!

    Does your young superhero love computers? Creating? This program was made for them. Code It! is an exciting hands-on, half-day summer coding program for children in grades 2-3. The mission is simple – teach students to enjoy all things coding and web. Our staff of professional programmers and educators deliver clear, entertaining instruction to ensure students have fun while learning complex coding skills. Students learn to build basic web pages, animations and simple games – and are encouraged to share their experience when they get home!
    Age: Grades 2-3
    Dates: June 24 - 28 and July 15 - 19; 8:45 - 11:45 a.m.
    Fee: $200
    Instructors: Superhero Coders
  • Design the Runway

    Design your very own fashion line with us! Budding designers will create a fashion portfolio, create a one of a kind piece with recyclable goods and end the week with a Runway Show! Fashionistas will participate in several design challenges too. Come design your own runway with us!
    Grades: Rising 2-3
    Dates: July 1-5 (closed July 4), 2019; 8:45 -11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $200
    Instructors: Little Scholars
  • 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 3-9
    Dates: July 29-Aug. 2, 2019
    Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. -- Kenny Center
    Fee: $250
  • Edible Essentials - So You Want to Open a Bakery?

    Do you dream in dough?  Budding pastry chefs will be preparing cakes, cookies, tarts and drinks while learning the front and back of the house realities of running a successful bakery.  On Friday - students open the Sweets Shoppe to "sell" their wares to friends and families.
    Grades: 2-3
    Dates: July 1 - 5 (closed July 4), 2019; 8:45 - 11:45 a.m
    Instructor : Edible Education
    Class Fee: $ 225
  • Fishing Camps (ages 6-8)

    St. Catherine’s and Virginia Outside have teamed up to offer one-week, all-day fishing 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.
    Ages: 6-8
    Week One: July 15-19, 2019; 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Week Two: July 29-Aug. 2, 2019; 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Week Three: Aug, 12-16, 2019; 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Week Four: Aug.19-23, 2019; 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Class Fee: $425
    Instructors: Virginia Outside Staff
  • From Garden to Spoon

    Let’s get our hands dirty as we learn about gardening and food! Garden with us by making take home garden boxes with a variety of herbs and other accessories for your garden. Create some daily delicious treats with healthy foods! Toss in our special ingredient of nature based crafts and you have from garden to spoon camp!
    Grades: 2-3
    Dates: June 24-28, 2019; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars
  • Kick Start to Second Grade

    Fun-filled activities to help practice and review math, reading and study skills in preparation for the upcoming school year.
    Grade: Rising 2
    Dates: July 29-Aug. 2, 2019; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructor: Katie Crook
  • Kick Start to Third Grade

    Fun-led activities to help practice and review math, reading and study skills in preparation for the upcoming school year.
    Grade: Rising 3
    Dates: July 29-Aug. 2, 2019; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructor: Mayan Cavallo
  • Latin Ballet of Virginia Day Camp

    Discover dance while connecting various dance forms to Latin language and culture. Each camp includes classes in Latin dance, ballet, modern and hip-hop. Dance history, drums and percussion, arts, crafts and much more will also be explored. This unique program is taught by professional dancers and musicians who have years of performance and teaching experience to share with students. Each session culminates with a final student performance, based on international legends and myths.
    Ages: 5-14
    Dates: June 10-14, 2019
    Half day: 9 a.m.-noon, Cost: $250
    Full day: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Cost: $350
  • Science Palooza

    Come discover, experiment, and create as we learn about the colliding worlds of art and science in this STEAM-based camp. We will create biomes from around the world, star gaze at constellations, master meteorology, investigate how things work and dabble in chemistry and physics. Put on your learning cap and grab the art supplies because this STEAM camp will rock your world.
    Grades: 2-3
    Dates: June 17-21, 2019; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars
  • Singapore Math

    This class is designed to provide the foundation to Singapore Math through hands on activities and application of skills to problem solving. Designed for students new to St. Catherine’s Lower School.
    Grades: Only New students to St. Catherine’s in rising grades 1-4
    Dates: July 29-Aug. 2, 2019; 12:45-3:45 p.m.
    Class Fee: $250
    Instructor: Katherine Applewhite
  • Whiz Kids

    Join us on a science discovery mission! We will explore the world of science through everyday objects, experiments and encounters. This camp will enhance the STEM education philosophies with a big punch of fun. Physics, biology, chemistry, geology, astronomy and zoology will all be covered in the camp.
    Grades: 2-3
    Dates: July 22-26, 2019; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars
  • World of Wizards

    Calling all wizard fans! This is like no other camp you have experienced. We will take a magical journey into the world of wizards. We will design wands, make magic potions, go on a magical creature .hunt, play Quidditch, and participate in activities that will astound all Muggles.
    Grades: 2-3
    Dates: July 15-19, 2019; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars
  • World Travelers

    Grab your passport because we are going to take a journey around the world! Visit a new country each day through literature, games, art activities, geography and history. Discover the thrills of travel without leaving camp!
    Grades: 2-3
    Dates: July 29-Aug 2, 2019;  8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $220
    Instructors: Little Scholars

Design Your Day Camp

Design Your Day Camp - Rising Grades 2-3

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  • Accessories!

    Learn how to make a wide variety of different accessories from headbands and hair barrettes to necklaces out of fabric! We will be using fabric, wire, beads and more!
    Instructor: Caroline Seaman
  • All Dolled Up

    Fads and trends come and go, but dolls remain one of the oldest and most loved toys for kids of all ages. Together we'll learn about different styles and types of dolls, from paper to potato to rag dolls, and craft a set of our own.
    Instructor: Rachel Rohr
  • Backyard Zoology

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    The most amazing science begins in the backyard! Start by identifying and observing some of the simplest organisms and ending with the most advanced. Through discussions and observations, learn about habitats, life cycles and predator-prey relationships.
    Class fee: $50
    Instructor: David Polak, Science Through the Eyes of a Child 
  • Ball Games

    The ball’s in your court as you learn basic skills for a wide variety of games with balls. Play classic games and games you’ve never played. Fun drills will improve ball-handling skills.
    Instructors: Leslie O’Neal and Rebecca Sopher
  • Center Stage Singers

    Start your summer of dancing and singing with your friends! Have a blast learning popular music and dance moves. Learn to read notated music, while practicing healthy vocal techniques, musical accuracy, expression and ensemble skills.
  • Ceramic Bowls

    Who doesn't want to create their own cereal bowl, candy bowl or 'objet' to be treasured? Use the hand-building techniques: slab, drape and applique and create your own usable art.
    Instructor: Joel Moses
  • Ceramic Vases

    Learn the basic hand-building processes as you coil, join, finish and finally glaze your own unique vases.
    Instructor: Joel Moses
  • Christmas in July (Session One)

    Experience the joy of giving handmade gifts all year round. We’ll create a variety of gifts perfect for sharing and then print our own wrapping paper, cards and gift tags…and it's okay if you keep something for yourself.
    Instructor: Kitty Lane
  • Cool Chemistry

    Make things bubble, fizz, splatter and ooze. Learn about solids, liquids and gases and conduct experiments to grow crystals and produce slime.
    Class fee: $50
    Instructor: David Polak, Science Through the Eyes of a Child 
  • D.I.Y. Spa!

    Step into an aromatherapyhaven. Learn homemade recipes using essential oils and other natural ingredients commonly found in your garden or kitchen to create your own health, beauty & spa products. Make cool products such as relaxing bath salts, cleansing face masks, moisturizing lip balms, decorative hand soaps and more!
    Material fee: $15
    Instructor: Ashley Cogbill
  • Digital Photography: Beginner

    Grades 2-3
    Starting with the basics, learn how to hold the camera and how to frame an image. Experiment with close-ups and shots taken from different angles, perspectives and distances. Learn how to upload images and prepare for printing.
    Keith Browne
  • Drumming

    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.
    Iinstructor: Robbie Kinter
  • Field Games & Ball Games

    Love sports but can’t decide which to take? This class will allow you to play many different sports you already like and maybe you’ll learn some new ones too!
    Instructor: Rebecca Sopher
  • Flute: Beginner

    Learn to play the flute, a well-beloved and beautiful instrument through the Suzuki method and the teacher’s own instructional style. Class fee: $25
    Inbstructor: Susan Davis
  • For the Love of Animals (Session One)

    In this fun exploration of animals, we’ll learn interesting and fun facts about animals around the world. From the colorful frogs in the rainforest, to the barn owl in your backyard we will use animals as inspiration as we draw, bake, sew print, paint and collage our own animal creations.
    Instructor: Kitty Lane
  • Go Figure (Session Two)

    Do you think you can't draw people? This class will silence that doubt as you build skills and gain confidence. We'll learn several ways to draw people and create a 3-D sculpture too.
    Instructor: Rachel Rohr
  • Green Screen Movie Machine

    Put yourself in the movies! Using a green-screen and iMovie, we’ll build and inhabit our own creative video worlds. Paint scenery, design foreground and background imagery and tell stories starring yourself and fellow campers in whatever wild world you can imagine.
    Instructor: Caroline Seaman
  • Guitar: Beginner

    Guitar is one of the most popular instruments to play. Start with the fundamentals and then learn to read tablature, play chords and soon be playing songs.
    No experience required.
    Class fee: $25
    Instructor: Rusty Farmer
  • Gymnastics

    Few sports develop strength, flexibility and coordination the way gymnastics does. Work on tumbling skills and floor exercises, vaulting, rope climbing and balance beam.
    Instructor: Gail Kingrey
  • Hippety Hop

    Grades 2-3
    This exciting, high-energy class will introduce campers to hip hop, beginning break dancing and movement games to get everyone dancing and moving to the beat. Hippety Hop dancers will develop and improve musicality, coordination and confidence while having fun.
    Instructor: Ashley Wyatt 
  • 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
  • Just Jump!

    Grades 3-6
    Jump into this fun, challenging, heart-healthy class and learn single rope skills, double dutch, partner tricks and long rope games. Jumpers will learn to jump double unders, criss cross, rope releases and so much more! No experience necessary.
    Instructor: Gail Kingrey
  • Karate

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Be part of a fast-paced modern martial arts curriculum led by masters from The Budo Center. Learn basic punches, blocks and combination moves that help build coordination, strength and flexibility. Practice self-control and gain confidence while displaying a positive attitude about yourself and others.
    Instructor: Pamela Justice, The Budo Center
  • Magic Prints (Session Two)

    Experiment with a variety of printmaking techniques including rubbings, stamps, stencils and monotypes. Create prints with vibrant textures and bold colors appearing magically before your eyes!
    Instructor: Dana Morris
  • Mosaic Madness

    An exciting class full of broken bits, glue, grout and gook! We will mosaic like mad as we decorate clocks, mirrors, flower pots, frames and more.
    Instructor: Sarah Abernathie
  • Ms. Mo’s Cooking Show

    Cooking is art you can eat! Learn basic recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner and then watch yourself on the “Brilliant Summer Food Network”. We will learn basic cooking, baking, and food preparation skills while archiving class videos to share. Recipes will include (but not limited to): waffles, pudding, meatballs and potato salad.
    Instructor: Maureen "Mo" Regulinski
  • Musical Theatre

    Experience the world of musical theatre by working on the three areas of musical theatre: acting, singing & dance. We will also learn focus, concentration & collaboration as an ensemble.
    Instructor: Staff
  • Origami: Beginner

    The Asian art of paper folding is an ancient art form, but it’s as fun today as ever. Learn to fold flat squares of paper into incredible three-dimensional shapes.
    Instructor: Ming-hua Chang
  • Papier-Mâché Works

    Paper and glue...who knew? Get a little messy with papier-mâché. Come create a menagerie of amazing three-dimensional sculptures. You’ve never had so much fun with old newspaper.
    Instructor: Laura van Bylandt
  • Piano: Beginner

    Come and learn the fundamentals of playing the piano. Begin with pre-reading activities and move to more complicated material as music reading ability develops.
    No experience required.
    Class Fee $10
    Instructor: Susan Davis
  • Pillow Pals

    Create a loveable, huggable soft sculpture while learning basic sewing stitches, color theory and artistic craftsmanship.
    Instructor: Maureen "Mo" Regulinski
  • Poetry & Puzzles

    Do you like puzzles or patterns? Harness the power of rhyme by playing with puzzles! Explore wordplay with puns, palindromes, spoonerisms, and learn other fun tongue twisting tools.
    Instructor: Meg Strickland
  • Poetry Pixies

    Do faeries flutter around your ears? Learn about the history of faeries and their friends in poetry, then write your own faerie stories. Authors include Lewis Carroll, W. B. Yeats, Louisa May Alcott, William Shakespeare and Edmund Spenser.
    Instructor: Meg Strickland  
  • Story Art

    Grades 2-3
    Every story is a new adventure.  Choose your favorite story and combine imagination and creativity to make an exciting piece of story art. Experiment with a variety of art materials to bring a storybook world to life.
    Kitty Lane
  • Street Jazz

    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.
    Instructor: Ashley Wyatt
  • Summer Science and STEM

    Use concepts from areas of science, technology, engineering, art and math to solve everyday problems!  We'll practice our STEAM skills by designing and testing tall towers, strong bridges, egg-drop safety devices and more.
    Instructor: Joyce Tzavellas
  • Swimming: Beginner

    Learn basic strokes and how to float. Dive and participate in a variety of water games and contests. Of course water safety and pool rules are taught and always emphasized.
    Instructors: Kemper Gibson and Madalyn Nuckols
  • Swimming: Intermediate

    If you can keep yourself afloat and feel comfortable in the water then this is the class for you. Work on stroke technique and participate in a variety of games. Water safety rules will be emphasized.
    Instructors: Kemper Gibson and Madalyn Nuckols
  • To Dye For: Beginner

    Brighten up your wardrobe this summer!  Learn the basic techniques of tie-dyeing and create colorful clothing that you'll want to wear year-round.  Make a fashion statement with groovy, one-of-a-kind designs.
    Instructor: Ashley Cogbill
  • Ukulele

    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
    Instructor: Rusty Farmer
  • Violin 1

    Learn the basics of playing the violin in a fun group setting. This class is for beginners only. Performance is optional. Class fee: $25
    INstructor: Sharla Gordon
  • Violin 2

    Did you take Violin 1 last year or did you play the violin a few years ago and need a refresher class? Violin 2 is for you! Brush up on the basics of playing the violin and expand on your skills. There is an optional performance at the end of each session.
    Class fee: $25
    Instructor: Sharla Gordon
  • Voice Lessons

    Grades 2-3, 4-6
    Whether you want to sing for enjoyment, school plays, chorus or auditions, this class will help you reach your full potential. Learn proper breathing, posture, tone production, intonation, diction, phrasing and ear training and you will gain confidence and consistency in your singing.
    Emma-Claire Polich
  • Watercolor Techniques

    Dive into watercolor to explore wet on wet, dry brushing, resist and mixed media techniques. Learn traditional and experimental watercolor techniques in this exciting class.
    Instructor: Laura van Bylandt
  • Weaving: Beginner (Session One)

    Weaving has taken many forms from ancient times to today. Learn the difference between the “warp” and the “weft” and rediscover the ancient art of weaving. Use a simple loom and explore a variety of “over and under” techniques to create woven masterpieces. It’s easy and fun and the results are amazing.
    Instructor: Kitty Lane
  • Whimsical Fairy Cottages

    Ever wanted to attract a magical fairy to your backyard or garden? Now you can! Build them a whimsical cottage using recycled cardboard, hot glue and tons of natural floral materials and beautiful craft supplies. How enchanting!
    Instructor: Ashley Cogbill
  • World Mask Making (Session Two)

    Design wearable artwork while exploring mask-making traditions used by cultures throughout the world. We will learn the stories behind the masks as we create Mexican Tona Animal masks, Italian Carnival masks, Mardi Gras masks and African ceremonial masks.
    Instructor: Dana Morris