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Academic Summer Camps

Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy's youth summer camps will soon be here on campus. And this year, Notre Dame's summer program is bigger and more diverse than ever before and parent/student interest is expected to be high. So it's time now to sign up to ensure your children get a spot in the camp of their choice.

As one of the area's most recognized programs, ND's summer camps curriculum provides safe, fun, and skill-focused experiences for kids entering grades kindergarten through 12. This year's lineup includes a wider variety of both athletic and academic camps. The program includes athletic camps in volleyball, soccer, football, basketball and tennis. Academic camps include sessions in art, college essay writing, math, debate and theatre. Camps range from two to five-and-a-half hours per day and offer instruction for all skill levels, from introductory to advanced. All camps are run by NDP faculty members or NDP coaches.

Notre Dame has been providing quality and fun-filled summer-camp experiences for more than 10 years and maintains a proven safety track record. Under the expert care of our camp coaches, kids not only learn individual, sport-oriented or creative skills, but also develop personally and socially, learning teamwork and building life skills through interaction with fellow campers.

Register now! Great camps get cancelled because too many parents wait until the last minute to register. Keep in mind our new cancellation policy – A fee of 50% of the camp cost will be assessed for any cancellations. No paper registrations accepted.

With increased awareness about the risks of concussions, Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy has chosen to follow the MHSAA concussion protocol for suspected head injuries that occur during our camps. We ask that all parents and participants review the information regarding concussions (click here) prior to attending any of our camps. For more information, please contact the NDPMA athletic office at 248-373-9647.

Athletic Summer Camps, please click here.


A Cappella Singing/Songwriting
Age/Grade: Grades 9-12
Date/Time: 6/18-22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fee: $210
Where: NDP classroom and grounds
About: The a capella camp will be a workshop consisting of vocal, group and section exercises, provide students as well as a group project towards the end of the week. The songwriting camp will provide students a primer on how to write music while participating in group activities, solo activities and completing a project. The projects for both sessions will be put together as a concert showcase on the last day of the camp.

Nature Explorers
Age/Grade: 3-6 years old
Date/Time: 6/18-22, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $300
Where: Lower Division classroom and grounds
About: Students attending this camp will be using their five senses to learn about nature and explore the world around them. Students will be both indoors and outdoors throughout the day. This camp is a full day; students will need to bring a lunch, snacks, items for rest time, and an extra charge of clothes.

VEX IQ Robotics
Age/Grade: Grades 3-5
Date/Time: 6/18-22, 9 a.m. to Noon
Fee: $200
Where: NDMA classroom and grounds
About: Design, build, program and compete with your own robot! Robotics builds STEM concepts and skills while having fun and focusing on the new VEX IQ Game Challenge for the 2018-2019 competition season. All supplies will be provided. Robots will not be taken home, but participants may take pictures and/or videos of the robots.

Age/Grade: Grades 6-11
Date/Time: 6/25-29, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Fee: $150
Where: NDP Cafetorium
About: Students will learn the basics of creating a strong character on stage and performing in front of a room of people. Students will explore acting, storytelling, improvisation, writing and scene work to grow as a confident performer. They also will learn how to sing, act and dance to several Broadway-style songs through solo and ensemble work. On the final day of camp, there will be a showcase for families and friends.

Theatre Stage Crew
Age/Grade: Grades 4-11
Date/Time: 6/27-29, W-Th, 1 to 4 p.m.; F, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Fee: $75
Where: NDP Cafetorium
About: Learn what it takes to create a show behind the scenes! Students will have the opportunity to design and create sets, props and costumes for the theater camp performance on Friday at noon. They also will learn how to run sound and lights for the show. Lessons on stage makeup also will be included.

GT Innovation Engineering Design
Age/Grade: Grades 9-11
Date/Time: 7/9-13, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $325
Where: NDP classroom and grounds
About: This camp will require students to conceive, model, build and test components of a moderately complex electromechanical system, for example, a LEGO Mindstorms robot, LEGO wind-turbine, or remote-controlled helicopter. The program introduces students to several concepts and skills essential in the making of an engineer today, including systems thinking; design for manufacturing; management and planning; computer-aided design; computer-aided manufacturing using 3D printers; computer programming; internet-based mass collaboration and crowd sourcing; and leadership, teamwork and communication skills. Participants at NDP will design and collaborate with a parallel camp at Georgia Tech University.

Age/Grade: Grades 1-5
Date/Time: 7/9-13, 9 a.m. to Noon
Fee: $125
Where: NDP Cafetorium
About: This camp will introduce young actors to playmaking, a process of making theater as an ensemble through creative play. Students will explore acting, storytelling, costumes, props, music and movement to bring a timeless folktale to life on stage. They also will learn how to sing, act and dance to a Broadway-style song.

College Application Essay Workshop
Age/Grade: Grade 12
Date/Time: Session 1: 7/9-13, 9 a.m. to Noon

      Session 2: 7/16-20, 9 a.m. to Noon

Fee: $280
Where: NDP classroom and grounds|
Any student currently enrolled in the NDP Class of 2019 is welcomed to attend this process-based camp. Students will write about themselves in a clear, concrete, honest and original voice. The focus of this camp will be to avoid generic, pedestrian writing in favor of a colorful and refreshing style that will stand out in quality and originality.

Little Scientists
Age/Grade: 3-6 years old
Date/Time: 7/16-20, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $300
Where: NDMA Lower Division classroom and grounds
About: Students attending this camp will get to explore, investigate and create by participating in hands-on STEM activities. Students will be both indoors and outdoors throughout the day. This camp is a full day; students will need to bring a lunch, snacks, items for rest time, and an extra change of clothes.

Youth Tech Camp 
Age/Grade: Grades 4-7
Date/Time: 7/16-20, 8 a.m. to Noon
Fee: $300
Where: NDP classroom and grounds
About: The camp encompasses computer hardware, software, web design, cybersecurity, and coding. The participants will be engaged to think critically, solve problems, and collaborate in a fun and creative learning environment. Participants will build their own KANO Computer ($149 Value). This STEM based system provides some of the best educational software to help children develop an interest in computer science. Each participant will keep their own Kano computer loaded with useful software to continue honing their computer skills. No prior technical skills required.

Math Conditioning Camp
Age/Grade: Grades 5-9
Date/Time: 7/23-27, 9 a.m. to Noon
Fee: $225
Where: NDP classroom and grounds
About: Get ready to fracture fractions, decimate decimals, pulverize proportions, vaporize variables, exterminate exponents, and eliminate equations and inequalities! One week of calculator calisthenics will have students ready for a winning math season. Don’t miss your chance to use math for fun, like designing a parking lot at Disney World, evaluating the Body Mass Index of celebrities, and comparing the salaries of professional athletes.

Minecraft Build Challenge Workshop
Age/Grade: Grades 4-9
Date/Time: Session 1: 7/23, 8 a.m. to Noon
                  Session 2: 7/23, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $60
Where: NDP classroom and grounds
About: This hands-on fun filled Minecraft workshop is hosted by Microsoft. Participants will use engaging, friendly programming to learn how creativity and problem solving come together to make a world of your own. Participants can join a team or work alone to create something epic before the clock runs out. Workshop participants will learn and explore by building blocks of code to take an adventure through their very own Minecraft world. The workshop is a great way to meet and have fun with classmates and stretch introductory skills with building challenges. 100% of proceeds will go towards purchasing new technology or STEM products for NDPMA.

Forensics Edge: Speech and Debate Camp
Age/Grade: Grades 6-12
Date/Time: 7/30-8/3, M-Th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; F, 9 a.m. to Noon
Fee: $250
Where: NDP classroom and grounds
About: Learning to present yourself well in front of others is an invaluable skill. Forensics is that skill, whether it is performing a dramatic interpretation, giving a speech, or debating your beliefs. In conjunction with the Eastern Michigan University forensics team, we are pleased to offer a skills workshop and coaching camp for students active in forensics competition, those interested in becoming proficient, or learners who just want to gain the skills to make every presentation, speaking activity, or writing project better. NDP Congressional Debate and Public Forum team members will work directly with their respective coaches on skill-building and tournament prep for the season. Lunch will be provided daily and students will get a camp t-shirt. For active competitors, camp personnel would be happy to coordinate with your coach to begin selection and prep of a new piece for the upcoming school year.

Math Adventures
Age/Grade: Grades 4-5
Date/Time: 7/30-8/3, 9 a.m. to Noon
Fee: $125
Where: Lower Division classroom and grounds
About: Students will get their minds ready for the new school year with a math refresher! The focus of the camp will be on place value, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, and positive and negative integers, which are core components of the 4th and 5th grade math curriculum. Students will be grouped according to grade level and skills for a variety of lessons, activities and games to encourage learning. Campers will be provided with all math materials, including a folder of resources they’ll take with them at the end. Attendees are encouraged to bring a snack and beverage to camp each day.

9th Grade 101
Age/Grade: NDP Grade 9
Date/Time: 7/31-8/3, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Fee: $225
Where: NDP classroom and grounds
About: Any student currently enrolled in the NDP Class of 2022 is welcomed to attend. This camp is designed to help freshmen students gain the necessary skills to be successful in high school. Students will explore time-management, organization and study skills, as well as test-taking strategies. Each student must bring his/her tablet, fully charged, to camp.

Basic Composition
Age/Grade: Grade 9
Date/Time: 8/6-10, 9 a.m. to Noon
Fee: $225
Where: NDP classroom and grounds
About: Ever feel nervous or a sense of dread when confronted with writing a paper? This week-long session will help you develop and refine basic composition skills that can be used not only in your English class, but also in other classes. Students will learn how to create strong thesis statements, topic sentences, and supporting arguments in addition to making an outline, draft, and learning how to effectively revise their writing for presentation. These basic skills are a necessary foundation for all students to as their individual writing style and voice matures throughout their academic careers.

Lego Robotics 
Age/Grade: Grades 1-4
Date/Time: 8/6-9, 10 a.m. to Noon
Fee: $125
Where: NDP classroom and grounds
About: More than toys, LEGO building blocks are a doorway to mathematics, science, and technology.  They also are a BLAST to play with, providing endless possibilities for creativity.  Students in this camp will discover creativity options with blocks, then work with Jr. FIRST LEGO League Simple Machines kits to explore key scientific models like levers, pulleys and gears. The young builders will be on their way to JrFLL participation in the upcoming competition season, or just have some great hands-on opportunities to learn some basic engineering … and imagineering. Daily snacks and a camp t-shirt will be provided.

Middle School 101
Age/Grade: Grade 6 or new to NDMA-Middle Division
Date/Time: 8/7-9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fee: $175
Where: NDMA classroom and grounds
About: Any student currently enrolled in the Class of 2024, or who is new to NDMA may attend. The purpose of the workshop is to provide information about socializing, making friendships, building self-esteem, time management, organizational strategies, stress management, and navigating middle school in a fun environment.

9th Grade 101 – Ms. Kala Parker and Mr. Corey Porterfield (kparker@ndpma.org and cporterfield@ndpma.org)
A Cappella Singing-Songwriting/ GT Innovation Engineering Design Camp – Ms. Katrina Palushaj (kpalushaj@ndpma.org)
Basic Composition – Ms. Julie Carman (jcarman@ndpma.org)
College Application Essay Workshop – Mr. Anthony Burorac (abutorac@ndpma.org)
Forensics Edge: Speech and Debate/Lego Robotic – Ms. LeAnne Schmidt (lschmidt@ndpma.org)
Little Scientists/Nature Explorers – Ms. Rachel Fruchey and Ms. Claire McCaffrey (rfruchey@ndpma.org and cmccaffrey@ndpma.org)
Math Adventures – Ms. Jen Wrobel (jwrobel@ndpma.org)
Math Conditioning – Ms. Caroline Morgan (cmorgan@ndpma.org)
Middle School 101 – Ms. Jessica Yauch (jyauch@ndpma.org)
Mindcraft Build Challenge Workshop – Mr. Eden Konja (ekonja@ndpma.org)
Theatre/Stage Crew – Ms. Meredith Gifford (mgifford@ndpma.org)
VEX IQ Robotics – Ms. Louise Palardy (louise@palardy.org)
Youth Tech – Mr. Eden Konja (ekonja@ndpma.org)


Refund/Cancellation Policy
100% refund/transfer if Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy (NDPMA) cancels program. Refund/transfer requests must be submitted in writing to the appropriate camp manager. Please note our new cancellation policy. A 50% fee of the cost of the camp shall be applied to an individual who cancels.

Non-Discrimination Policy
NDPMA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or disability in employment opportunities or the provision of service, programs or activities.

Lunches / Snacks
Where noted, each child is responsible for providing his/her own nutritious lunch/snack—including a drink—to camp daily. Refrigerators and microwaves are not available for camp use.

Children should dress appropriately for camp. Play clothes that can get dirty, as well as sports-appropriate shoes and socks are required.

Photography Waiver
Pictures may be taken of your child while participating in summer camp activities and may be used for program publicity.

Basic Facility Rules
–     No unauthorized running inside facilities.
–     No cellphone usage by campers during sessions.
–     No foul and abusive language toward instructors or other campers.
–     No eating or drinking except in designated areas.
–     No toys, games, CD players or MP3s allowed in camps.
–     Return borrowed supplies at the end of the day.
–     Campers should not bring money with them unless given permission to do so. NDPMA staff and instructors are not responsible for money brought by campers.

Sick Children
If a camper is not feeling well enough to participate in the summer camp program, the camper should stay home. Any child who has the following symptoms within a 24-hour period is not permitted to attend the program: temperature over 100°; vomiting; diarrhea; eye irritation; sore throat; rash. If a child becomes sick while at camp, the child’s parent/guardian will be asked to pick up his/her child. If the parent/guardian cannot be reached, the emergency contact will be called.

Drop-off and Pick-up
Parents/guardians are required to physically enter the camp facility to pick up/drop off. If someone other than the child’s guardian will be picking him or her up, let the camp instructor know in writing that morning.

Lost Items
NDPMA is not responsible for any personal items lost or stolen at our camps. Lockers will be available, but participants should bring a lock if they wish to secure items.

Discipline Policy
NDPMA staff are dedicated to a discipline policy that is neither humiliating nor degrading. The school reserves the right to remove a child from the program at any time. If a child continues to break the rules after repeated warnings the parent/guardian will be asked to meet with the child’s instructor to discuss other ways to help guide their child toward positive behavior. The program reserves the right to dismiss any child from the program who is harmful or a threat to the well being of other children or staff.

Contact Information:
Academic Summer Camp Information: Corey Porterfield, cporterfield@ndpma.org or 248-373-1061
Athletic Summer Camp Information: Maureen Radulski, mradulski@ndpma.org   248-373-9647