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.

A WORD ON CONCUSSIONS
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.


ACADEMIC SUMMER CAMPS

9th Grade 101
Age/Grade: NDP Grade 9
Date/Time: 8/7-11, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $225
Where: NDP classroom and grounds
About: Any student currently enrolled in the NDP Class of 2021 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.

A Cappella Singing
Age/Grade: Grades 9-12
Date/Time: 7/10-14, 9 a.m. to Noon
Fee: $195
Where: NDP classroom and grounds
About: Students will work as individuals while also in group and sectional exercises relating to a cappella music. Their week will culminate in a large group performance on the final day of camp.

Art Camp
Age/Grade: 4 to 5 years old
Date/Time: Session 1 June 19-23, 9 to 11 a.m., or Session 2 July 10-14, 9 to 11 a.m.
Fee: $130
Where: Lower Division classroom and grounds
About: Students will create art using many kinds of supplies, materials and items found in nature. They will be encouraged to plan and execute original ideas. Students should bring a water bottle and snack daily, and should wear sneakers, a smock and old clothes. Weather permitting, we expect to spend time outdoors. 

Art Camp
Age/Grade: 6 to 7 years old
Date/Time: Session 1 June 19-23, noon to 2 p.m., or Session 2 July 10-14, Noon to 2 p.m.
Fee: $130
Where: Lower Division classroom and grounds
About: Students will create art using many kinds of supplies, materials and items found in nature. They will be encouraged to plan and execute original ideas. Students should bring a water bottle and snack daily, and should wear sneakers, a smock and old clothes. Weather permitting, we expect to spend time outdoors.

Art Camp
Age/Grade: 8 to 10 years old
Date/Time: July 24-28, 9 to 11 a.m.
Fee: $130
Where: Lower Division classroom and grounds
About: Students will take inspiration from Pop and Optical art styles as they re-create “retro” art. Many kinds of supplies and materials will be explored. Families are asked to purchase a white 100% cotton shirt of any style for tie-dying. Students should bring a water bottle and snack daily, and should wear sneakers, a smock and old clothes. Weather permitting, we may spend time outdoors

Basic Composition
Age/Grade: NDP Grade 9
Date/Time:  August 7-11, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $225
Where: NDP classroom and grounds
About: Any student currently enrolled in the NDP Class of 2021 taking Honors or traditional college-prep Composition is welcomed to attend. Students will learn simple and effective strategies for basic idea organization, outlining, and the construction of effective writing of details. Students should leave this camp feeling confident, skilled and prepared in the area of composition.

Be Smart. Eat Smart.
Age/Grade: Grades 3-5
Date/Time: June 26-30, 9 a.m. to Noon
Fee: $150
Where: Lower Division classroom and grounds
About: Students will learn the importance of healthy eating and age-appropriate exercise. We will focus on making healthy food choices and present students with the opportunity to create their own snack each day. Kids will learn basic kitchen safety, awareness while preparing food, and independence in the kitchen.

Ceramics
Age/Grade: Grades 6-12
Date/Time: June 26-30, Noon to 2 p.m. and July 26-28, Noon to 2 p.m.
Fee: $225
Where: B12
About: Students must be available for all eight classes so the entire process can be experienced. Attendees will have the opportunity to complete 2 to 4 projects using hand-building techniques during the first week of class in June. We will return for three days in July to glaze our bisque-fired work using food-safe glazes. Students should bring a water bottle and snack daily, and should wear sneakers, a smock and old clothes.

College Application Essay Workshop
Age/Grade: Grade 12
Date/Time: 7/17-21, 9 a.m. to Noon
Fee: $280
Where: NDP classroom and grounds
About: Any student currently enrolled in the NDP Class of 2018 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.

Congressional Debate
Age/Grade: Ages 13-16
Date/Time: 7/24-28, 9 a.m. to Noon
Fee: $125
Where: NDP classroom and grounds
About: Are you comfortable with the world as it is . . . or would you like to be an agent of change? In a democratic society, a business, or in an organized group of individuals, change occurs through persuasion and negotiation. This week-long class will teach students the basics of congressional debate and expose them to parliamentary procedure. Through a blend of games, discussions, outdoor activities, and practice sessions, we'll hone analytical skills, quality impromptu responses, and speaking abilities. This camp is open to students at middle and high school grade levels, with or without experience in debate or student congress.

Exploring Earth Science/Using the Five Senses
Age/Grade: 3 to 5 years old
Date/Time: June 26-29, 9 a.m. to Noon
Fee: $125
Where: Lower Division classrooms and grounds
About: Students attending this camp will be able to learn about our planet, both land and sea. Children will explore hands-on experiments and show creativity through art and sensory activities.

Introduction to Materials Science
Age/Grade: Grades 6-12
Date/Time: 8/7-10, 8:30 a.m. to Noon
Fee: $225
Where: NDP classroom and grounds
About: Knowledge of materials science is crucial for anyone considering a career in engineering or science. Through fun class demonstrations, activities and presentations, students will learn the basic classes of materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites) and how they differ from one another. Concepts such as stress, strain, ductility, brittleness, deformation and fracture will be introduced. Practical examples will help students understand how each material is applied.

LEGO Robotics
Age/Grade: Ages 6-9
Date/Time: 6/26-29, 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’re also a BLAST to play with, providing endless possibilities for creativity.  We will explore options with blocks, then work with Jr FIRST LEGO League Simple Machines kits to explore some key scientific models like levers, pulleys, and gears.  Our young builders will be on their way to JrFLL participation in the upcoming competition season and have some great hands-on opportunities to learn some basic engineering.

Math Adventures
Age/Grade: Grades 4-5
Date/Time: 7/31-8/4, 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 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, but are encouraged to bring a snack and beverage daily

Math Conditioning Camp
Age/Grade: Grades 6-9
Date/Time: 7/31-8/4, 9 a.m. to Noon
Fee: $200
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.

Middle School 101
Age/Grade: Grade 6 or new to NDMA
Date/Time: 8/8-10, Noon to 4 p.m.
Fee: $175
Where: NDMA classroom and grounds
About: Any student currently enrolled in the Class of 2023, 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.

Theater Camp
Age/Grade: Grades 2-5
Date/Time: 7/17-21, 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.

Theater Camp
Age/Grade: Grades 6-10
Date/Time: 6/19-23, 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 being able to perform 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.

Paper Crafting and Rubber Stamping
Age/Grade: Grade 4 – Adult
Date/Time: 7/31-8/4, 1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: $225
Where: NDMA classroom and grounds
About: Students, parents, family members and other adults are invited to attend. Participants will learn the basics of paper crafting and rubber stamping. Projects will include creating birthday cards, desk calendars, designing birthday gifts, scrapbooking and more.

Public Forum Debate
Age/Grade: Grades 7-11
Date/Time: 8/7-11, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $125
Where: NDP classroom and grounds
About: Love to argue, but not sure the stage to do it? Public Forum Debate is for you! Students will learn how to use productive arguments to side for or against a chosen resolution. In Public Forum, students will compete in a team of two and will write two cases, both opposing and advocating for a given resolution. Students will learn how to use credible research, develop skills to refute arguments, learn best practices to defend arguments, and ways to approach a topic using multiple perspectives. To practice the elements of Public Forum Debate, exercises will be geared towards improving public speaking, quick thinking and argument skills.

Songwriting
Age/Grade: Grades 9-12
Date/Time: 7/10-14, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $195
Where: NDP Choir classroom
About: Group and solo activities, with a workshop on using instruments in music writing, will help students learn the basics of songwriting. This camp will culminate with a project to be presented on the final day of camp.

Stage Crew Camp
Age/Grade: Grades 4-11
Date/Time: 6/21-23. W/TH – 1 to 4 p.m., F – 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Fee: $75
Where: NDP Cafetorium
About: Students will learn what it takes to create a show behind the scenes. This camp will provide attendees the opportunity to design and create sets, props and costumes for the theater camp performance. Students also will learn how to run sound and lights for a show, as well as participate in our Blood n’ Guts makeup class.

Study Skills Camp
Age/Grade: Grades 7-8
Date/Time: 7/26-28, 9 a.m. to Noon
Fee: $150
Where: NDMA classroom and grounds
About: Study Skills Camp will help students discover learning styles and strategies to increase their success in the classroom. The camp aims to help attendees build confidence as test takers and all-around students who are better prepared for the academic challenges of the upcoming school year and beyond. Participants should come prepared with a pen/pencil and notebook; all other necessary materials will be provided.

9th Grade 101 – Ms. Kala Parker and Mr. Corey Porterfield (kparker@ndpma.org and cporterfield@ndpma.org)
Acapella/Songwriting – Katrina Palushaj (kpalushaj@ndpma.org)
Art for Kinders/Kids/Tweens – Ms. Michelle Zimmerman (mzimmerman@ndpma.org)
Basic Composition/College Application Essay Workshop – Mr. Anthony Butorac (abutorac@ndpma.org)
Be Smart. Eat Smart. – Ms. Kathy Dugan and Ms. Allison Dery (kdugan@ndpma.org and adery@ndpma.org)
Ceramics ­– Ms. Michelle Zimmerman (mzimmerman@ndpma.org)
Congressional Debate/LEGO Robotics – Ms. LeAnne Schmidt (lschmidt@ndpma.org)
Exploring Earth Science – Ms. Courtney Younan and Ms. Kelly Bicknell (cyounan@ndpma.org and kbicknell@ndpma.org)
Introduction to Materials Science/Math Conditioning/Paper Crafting – Ms. Caroline Morgan (cmorgan@ndpma.org)
Middle School 101 – Ms. Jessica Yauch (jyauch@ndpma.org)
Public Forum Debate – Ms. Julie Pfaff (jpfaff@ndpma.org)
Study Skills – Ms. Donna Stuk (dstuk@ndpma.org)
Theatre/Stage Crew – Ms. Meredith Gifford (mgifford@ndpma.org)

SUMMER CAMP POLICIES

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.
 
Clothes
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: Michael Morrison, mmorrison@ndpma.org 248-373-1061
Athletic Summer Camp Information: Maureen Radulski, mradulski@ndpma.org   248-373-9647

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