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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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)


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