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

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  • 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: July 29 - Aug. 2, 2019
    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: August 5-9, 2019; 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Cost: $160
    Instructor: Tara DiGiacomo
  • Colorful Correspondence

    Become a more confident communicator. Develop traditional and 21st century communication skills that apply to personal and professional writing styles. Practice formal letter writing, email and internet etiquette, cover letters and resumes, slide presentations, public speaking and personal self-reflection.
    Grades 7-10
    Dates: July 22-26, 2019; 8:45-11:45 a.m.
    Class Fee: $220
  • 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:  July 8-12, 2019; 8:45 - 11:45 a.m.
    Cost: $250
    Instructor: Jean Baker
  • 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 17 - 27, 2019; 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
    Grades: Rising grades 3,4-6, 7-9
    Dates: July 29-Aug. 2, 2019
    Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. -- Kenny Center
    Fee: $250
    Register online under "2019 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 22-26, 2019; 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Week Two: July 29-Aug 2, 2019; 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Week Three: Aug, 5-9, 2019; 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Week Four: Aug, 12-16, 2019; 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Week Five: Aug.19-23, 2019; 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m..
  • 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 2019 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 17-21, 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.
    Week Two: June 24-28, 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.
    Week Three: July 8-12, 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.
    Location: Washington Hall, Rm. 206
    Cost: $155
    Project Leader: Amy Blake, St. Catherine’s Faculty
  • 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: June 24- 28, 2019; 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Week Two: July 29-Aug 2, 2019; 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Week Three: Aug, 5-9, 2019;  8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Week Four: Aug, 12-16, 2019;  8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Week Five: Aug.19-23, 2019;  8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Class Fee: $550
    Instructors: Virginia Outside Staff
  • Outside Adventure Camp

    From fishing, to mountain biking, to tubing, to kayaking, to just looking under rocks in the river, we explore the natural environment of the James River Park System and other area parks. We create a safe time for the kids to be kids and enjoy time outside. Having fun, learning for themselves and seeing a progression of skill development are just some of the things students will acquire in the wonderful outdoor playground  that is the James River Park System. So put on your outdoor clothes, tie your shoes tight and prepare for some adventure and excitement.
    Grades: 4-8
    Dates: Aug. 5-9, 2019; 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Cost: $475
    Instructors: Virginia Outside Staff
  • Saints Girls 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 5-8
    Dates: June 10-14, 2019
    Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. - Kenny Center
    Fee: $175
    Register online under "2019 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 10-13, 2019
    Time: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Kenny Center Gym
    Fee: $175
    Register online under "2019 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 4-9
    Dates: June 10-13, 2019  
    Time: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. - St. Catherine’s Fields in Goochland
    Fee: $175
    Register online under "2019 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 8-12, 2019;  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

    Do you enjoy playing different characters and performing for others? Whether you have never acted on stage before, or have lots of experience, this class will help you learn new skills as an actor as well as polish the ones you didn't know you already had!
    Instructor: Jane Mattingly
  • American Sign Language

    Grades 4-10
    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.
    Instructor: Rebecca Sopher
  • Artist Books

    Design and create your own artist book! Present a collection of your poems or short stories alongside your prints, paintings, photographs and collages.  Learn how to curate your work and bind it all together in a unique form. Techniques include paper folding, hand sewing, pamphlets and more!
    Instructor: Meg Strickland
  • 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: 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! (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
  • Ceramic Treasure Boxes

    Using the techniques of slab and applique, create a your own unique box with special designs on the surface. Then create a lid that fits this box. Finish with glazes that allow you to explore a range of colors and soon your masterpiece will be a treasure for all to see.
    Instructor: Joel Moses
  • 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
  • Comedy Hour

    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.
    Instructor: Jane Mattingly
  • Crazy About Crochet

    Design and make many crocheted necklaces, earrings and friendship bracelets using silk cording and a variety of beads. Many colors will be available to spark your creativity.
    Instructor: Sarah Abernathie
  • D.I.Y. Spa!

    Step into a spa haven. 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 aromatherapy products such as relaxing bath salts & fizzies, cleansing face masks, moisturizing lip balms & hair masks, decorative hand soaps, therapeutic rice sacks, and more!
    Materials fee: $15
    Instructor: Ashley Cogbill
  • 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
  • Devised Theatre

    Based on work by the Dah Theatre Company from Serbia, the instructor will lead students on creating a new piece of Devised Theatre. Students will use activities, writing skills, and performance techniques to create a unique and different piece of devised theatre.
    Instructor: Aaron Willoughby
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 
  • Experiencing the Woodpecker

    Expand your creativity through an in-depth investigation on a unique theme - the woodpecker. The sky’s the limit as you explore endless variations on a theme through a variety of media including drawing, mask making, nature observation and even drama,  How many ways can you "play" woodpecker?
    Instructor: Maureen "Mo" Regulinski
  • 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
  • Fun with Felt!

    Use new tools 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
  • 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 Two)

    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.
    Instructor: Rachel Rohr
  • 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
  • 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
  • More Magic Prints (Session Two)

    Create amazing prints using different types of printmaking techniques. This class will refresh and build upon all styrofoam relief printing, marker mono prints and collographs. You will learn how to create beautiful two and three color prints and will also be introduced to linoleum relief printing.  We will explore how to print on top of various types of media include watercolor and cyanotypes! By the end of the session you will have a unique series of printed and mixed media artwork. It is preferred that you have completed Magic Prints, but it is not required.
    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

    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
  • 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.
    Instructor: Dana Morris
  • 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
  • Playwriting

    Calling all creative writers, or those with big imaginations. Do you picture interesting characters and situations in your mind, that you would love to see leap right off the page? Learn to write your own scripts for the stage, and maybe even see them come to life in a camp performance!
    Instructor: Jane Mattingly
  • 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
  • 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

    Learn safety skills, warm-up techniques, terminology, and basic skills in regards to stage combat.  Explore unarmed combat, principles of stage combat, and important safety rules to follow when performing stage violence.
    Instructor: AaronWilloughby
  • 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
  • To Dye For

    Release your inner hippie! Create groovy clothing using advanced tie-dye techniques and methods. In addition, explore other dyeing art forms (no pun intended!) including silk painting.
    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
  • Video Game Theatre

    Video Game Theatre is a hands-on and fun approach to bridge theatre techniques with stories and characters found in video games.  Students will use theatre games and activities along with Devised Theatre skills in creating a new work of theatre and video games.
    Instructor: Aaron Willoughby
  • Voice Lessons

    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.
    Instructor: Staff 
  • 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: Leslie O’Neal
  • Watercolor Techniques: Advanced

    Learn traditional and experimental techniques and even a few “secret” techniques in this innovative class. You’ll soon be painting like a pro.
    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