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

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Special Interest Camps: Grades 7-12

List of 11 items.

  • Advanced Girls Volleyball

    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 8-11
    Dates: Aug. 3-7, 2020
    Time: 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Kenny Center Gym
    Fee: $175
    Register online under "2019 Sports Camps"
  • 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: July 27-29 (M-W), 2020; 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Class Fee: $160
    Instructor: Tara DiGiacomo
  • 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 15-25, 2020; Monday - Thursday 8 a.m.-noon
    Cost: $160
    Instructor: Denise Manuel
  • Ed Sherod Co-ed Basketball Camp

    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
    Dates: Aug. 3-7, 2020
    Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. -- Kenny Center
    Fee: $250
    Register online under "2020 Sports Camps"
  • Ed Sherod's Co-ed Basketball Camp - Early Summer

    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
    Dates: June 8-12, 2020
    Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. - Kenny Center
    Fee: $175
    Register online under "2020 Sports Camps"
  • Fishing Camps (ages 9-14)

    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: 9-14
    Week One: July 27-31, 2020; 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Week Two: Aug. 3-7, 2020; 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Week Three: Aug, 10-14, 2020; 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Week Four: Aug, 17-21, 2020; 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Class Fee: 
    Instructors: Virginia Outside Staff
  • 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. Some of the local organizations for summer 2020 will include Habitat for Humanity, Housing Families First, Tricycle Urban Community Gardens, Church Hill Academy & Tutoring, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Food Pantry, and the Red Door Ministry Soup Kitchen of Grace & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.
    Grades: Rising 7-10
    Week One: June 15-19, 2020, 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.
    Week Two: July 6-10, 2020; 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.
    Week Three: July 13-17, 2020; 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.
    Cost: $155
    Project Leader: Amy Blake, St. Catherine’s Faculty
  • Learn. Code. Build.

    This advanced level coding class) will engage students in dynamic learning opportunities to support the development of their coding knowledge! Students will have full access to the platform and learn various advanced coding outlets for website design through scaffolded courses. Student coders will also explore robotics through problem solving activities, allowing them to collaborate with peers to utilize higher-level thinking skills to complete tasks. Breaking up time at the computer are movement and unplugged activities for classes offered for
    longer chunks of time.
    Grades: 7-10
    Dates: July 20-24, 2020
    Class Fee: $200
    Instructors: Code Emoji
  • Mountain Biking Camps (Ages 8-13)

    St. Catherine’s and Virginia Outside have teamed up to offer one-week, 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.
    Ages: 8-13
    Week One: July 27-31, 2020; 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Week Two: Aug. 3-7, 2020; 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Week Three: Aug, 17-21, 2020; 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Class Fee: $550
    Instructors: Virginia Outside Staff
  • 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 8-11 (M-Th), 2020  
    Time: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. - St. Catherine’s Fields in Goochland
    Fee: $175
    Register online under "2020 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: June 15 - 19, 2020;  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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  • Asian Art Adventures

    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.
    Instructor: Ming-hua Chang
  • Band Works

    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
    Instructor: Susan Davis
  • Basketball

    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. Girls and boys are both invited.
    Instructor: Staff
  • 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! (Session Two)

    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!
    Iinstructor: Robbie Kinter
  • Candle Making: Advanced

    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.
    Instructor: Brigette Newberry
  • Cards for Holidays, Thank yous & Greetings

    Create sets of holiday cards, thank you notes and other greeting cards using different types of art making techniques including printmaking, painting and collage.  You will learn how to create beautiful cards and postcards that you will be able to give or send to family, friends and teachers. We will explore how to create a themed set of cards using your favorite holidays and greetings.  By the end of the session you will have a unique series of your own cards and postcards. 
    INstructor: Dana Morris
  • Ceramics

    Students will have the opportunity to understand form and function as they produce multiple usable pieces. They will work with three important hand-building technique: slab, drape, and applique.
    Instructors: Joel Moses and Steven Cogbill
  • Chess Blitz

    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.
    Instructor: Championship Chess Staff
  • Claymation

    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.
    Instructor: Mae Berglas
  • Design-a-Bag

    Whether it is a tote bag, handbag, beach bag, or purse, bags are popular and essential to our everyday living.  Design and create your own one-of-a-kind bag out of fabric or recyclable objects using various crafting, sewing, or weaving techniques.
    Instructor: Caroline Seaman
  • Digital Music Creations

    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.
    Instructor: Robbie Kinter
  • 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

    Join us as we learn to create everything from flowers to food to furniture in miniature. Create a mini model of your dream room or a flower garden. Everything's cuter in miniature!
    Instructor: Gina Wojtysiak
  • Drumming (Session One)

    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.
    Instructor: Robbie Kinter
  • Drumming: Advanced (Session Two)

    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

    Learn different stitches and techniques for creating designs in hand embroidery and cross stitch. Create a sampler, then use stitches to embellish room decor and wearable art!
    Instructor: Gina Wojtysiak
  • Engineering Physics

    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.
    Class fee: $50
    Instructor: David Polak, Science Through the Eyes of a Child 
  • Felting Frenzy

    Use felting needles to turn colorful wool into a variety of soft and fuzzy artworks! Poke and prod your way to creating unique 2D and 3D artworks as you learn a new art style!
    Instructor: Mae Berglas
  • 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: Staff
  • Fun with Chinese (Session Two)

    Do you want to know your Chinese name? Do you know your Chinese zodiac animal? Do you want to prepare yourself for an awesome trip to the Terracotta Warriors and Great Wall? We are going to learn A TON of fun facts about this ancient culture and practice our Chinese through hands-on activities, even cooking!
    Instructor: Kefu Dorion
  • Graphic Novel Know-How

    Do you love to draw? Do you love to write? If you answered yes to both questions, then you'll love making your own graphic novel. Graphic novels blend text and art to create a story line. In this class, you'll have access to a variety of graphic novels to spark your creativity. You'll learn about different drawing techniques and layouts as well as how to add text to your graphic novel. Join us and see where your imagination can take you!
    Instructor: Kimberlee Letourneau
  • 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: Intermediate

    Grades 6-10
    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
    Instructor: Rusty Farmer
  • In Bloom (Session One)

    Calling all flower lovers! Over the course of our 3 week session, you will craft your choice of a wreath or mobile using handmade paper flowers and foliage. We'll learn a variety of techniques and construction methods to create a stunning floral masterpiece that will remain in bloom for years to come.
    Session One
    Instructor: Rachel Rohr
  • Jewelry Design

    Using techniques real jewelers use, we’ll make jewelry using wire, beads, chain, cord and findings. Be inspired by jewelry throughout the ages to make wearable art that sparkles! (Caution: your Mom will want to borrow your jewelry.)
    Instructor: Gina Wojtysiak
  • 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
  • Knitting: Intermediate-Advanced

    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
    Instructor: 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.
    INstructor: Ashley Wyatt
  • Macrame Makers

    Get tied up making beautiful wall hangings, bracelets, and key chains with knots. Macrame is a great activity that keeps your hands busy and allows you to talk with your friends while you work.
    Instructor: Olivia Penn
  • Mash-up Book

    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.
    Instructor: Kimberlee Letourneau
  • 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: Olivia Penn
  • Ms. Mo’s Cooking Show

    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.
    Instructor: Maureen "Mo" Regulinski
  • Narrative Art

    What do picture books, comics, graphic novels and animation have in common? They all use art to tell the story. In this class we’ll create a story from storyboarding through final art.
    Instructor: Gina Wojtysiak
  • Paint Like The Impressionists

    “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.
    Instructor: Gina Wojtysiak
  • Paint Your Pet (Session Two)

    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.
    Session Two
    Instructor: Dana Morris
  • Painting Party

    Do you love to paint and get messy? Painting party might be perfect for you. Come join us as we paint different types of artwork from abstract to realistic. Learn tips and tricks for color mixing, sketching your design, and adding all the little details to make some of your best art yet!
    Instructor: Olivia Penn
  • Papermaking and Bookbinding

    Books come in a many unique shapes an sizes. Learn to fold and sew different styles of books. We'll fill them with unique art, stories and paper that you'll learn to make yourself.
    Instructor: Mae Berglas
  • Photography II (2 Periods)

    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
    Instructor: Keith Browne
  • Photojournalism

    Photograph, write, collect, edit and publish pictures and stories to report on Brilliant Summer’s news and events.
    Instructor: Kimberlee Letourneau
  • Pom-Pom Construction

    Love to make pom poms? In this class we will make pom poms and then many many things with pom poms including: rugs, animals, purses, key chains and more!!
    Instructor: Brigette Newberry
  • Power Jump Rope

    Grades 5-10
    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.
    Instructor: Gail Kingrey
  • River Rats (3 Periods)

    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
    Instructor: Staff
  • Self Defense

    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.
    Instructor: Pamela Justice, The Budo Center
  • Shakespeare Scene Study

    Brush up on your Shakespeare!  Explore scenes from several of William Shakespeare's plays.  We will work together to better understand The Bard and work to perform select scenes from his work.
    Instructor: Aaron Willoughby 
  • So You Think You Can Dance?

    So you want to make up your own dances? Now’s your chance. Work individually as well as collaboratively to choreograph dances that will be shared at the end of the session.
    Instructor: Ashley Wyatt
  • Stage Combat Basics

    En Gard!  In Stage Combat, students will learn principles of safe stage combat.  Learn both unarmed combat as well working with foam swords to create a safe and realistic fight scene.
    Instructor: Aaron Willoughby
  • 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
  • Strings Rock!

    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.
    Instructor: Sharla Gordon
  • Swimming: Advanced

    Grades 4-10
    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.
    Instructors: Kemper Gibson and Madalyn Nuckols
  • 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
  • Video Game Theatre

    Ready Player?  In Video Game Theatre we will write, create, and act an original production with themes and characters from a video game.  This class is for anyone interested in performing, creating, or interacting with Video Games and Theatre
    Instructor: Aaron Willoughby
  • Volleyball

    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.
    Instructor: Staff
  • Watercolor Techniques: Advanced (Session Two)

    Learn traditional and experimental techniques and even a few “secret” techniques in this innovative class. You’ll soon be painting like a pro.
    Session Two
    Instructor: Laura van Bylandt
  • Whimsical Fairy Cottages

    Enter the magical realm of garden fairies. Design and build a whimsical cottage using recycled cardboard, hot glue, and tons of natural floral materials and beautiful craft supplies.  Decorate the home inside and out including the yard and landscape. Be enchanted by the natural world!
    Instructor: Ashley Cogbill

  • Yoga and You (Session Two)

    Through distinct and therapeutic sequence of postures, we organize our alignment principles and help us build a solid foundation of breath control and body stability and balance. 
    Instructor: Kefu Dorion