Through the Cadet Summer Experience male students entering grades 3 through 8 will be introduced to the foundational elements that make us uniquely Saint Thomas Academy.
Campers will take part in a diverse number of activities that help them learn the foundational skills of Saint Thomas Academy Cadets. From athletic team sessions to STEM activities, public speaking to survival skills, these campers will experience a small part of the many different activities made available to Academy students.
They will be a part of a program that challenges them to utilize their talents and gifts to find innovative solutions to problems, lead a group of their peers in the realization of a collective goal, compete with others in order to be the best version of themselves, and work hard in the service of others.
Grades 3-5 - July 22-26
Grades 6-8 - July 15-19
Cooking Show "Mash Up"
For boys entering grades 4-7
July 15-18 from 9 a.m. to Noon
A camp featuring elements from popular cooking shows like Chopped, Top Chef and Iron Chef, you will work with the Executive Chef from SAGE to learn essential cooking skills and ideas. You'll cook in teams with vegetables, starches, proteins and desserts before a final "competition" cook with a "Black Box Mystery Item" that must be used in the meal. Each day will feature guest judges to judge food in taste, appearance and use.
Introduction to Canoeing
For boys entering grades 6-12
June 10-13 or June 24-27 from 1-3 p.m.
This course is designed as a class emphasizing the entry-level paddling skills for individuals desiring an introduction to the skill of canoeing. Students will learn the art of paddling a canoe in a variety of conditions. This is a great first step to learning about canoeing. Students will learn about carrying canoes, launching and getting out of our canoes, basic paddling strokes and maneuvering your craft.
Introduction to Air Rifle and Range Operations
For boys entering grades 5-9
June 10-14 or June 17-21 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.
This introduction to air rifle and range operations is not a Minnesota DNR certification course, however, we will introduce the basics of gun safety and qualification using Saint Thomas Academy's precision .177 caliber air rifles. Students will learn gun safety, operation, familiarization and Marksmanship Qualifications procedures. All students will implement "hands on" operations in an attempt to earn their qualification badge. No equipment is needed to participate; note taking material is optional; comfortable clothing is recommended (shorts, jeans, t-shirt, gym shoes).
Introduction to Firearm Safety
Boys entering grades 6-12
June 17-20 or July 8-11 or July 22-25 from 9 a.m. to Noon
Get ready for clay targets! Pull! This NRA Basic Shotgun course teaches basic knowledge, skills and attitude for the safe and proper use of a shotgun in shooting a moving target. This course includes classroom and range time. Students learn NRA's rules for safe handling, shotgun parts and operation, shell components, shell malfunctions, shooting fundamentals, range rules, techniques at straight away and angled targets, cleaning and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the Basics of Shotgun handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Shotgun Student Examination and receive a course completion certificate.
Introduction to FPV Drone Racing
Boys entering grades 6-8
July 15-17 from 9 a.m. to Noon
This class will teach you how to fly tiny whoop class quad-rotor drones using state of the art technology including first-person view (FPV) goggles. Day 1 will be basic training, Day 2 will be training on how to fly with FPV goggles and Day 3 will involve racing against each other! No previous drone flight experience is required.
Boys and girls entering grades 4-8
July 8-12 (beginner) or July 15-19 (advanced)
In this engaging, hands-on class, students will exercise their creativity by building and programming an autonomous LEGO Mindstorms robot. They will work in teams of two (friends are encouraged to sign up together to create teams) to design and program their robot to complete challenges from FIRST LEGO League competitions. The last day of each session will feature a mini competition - family and friends are welcome and prizes are awarded. Additional opportunities for team building, coding and developing presentation skills will be explored. Students will not keep their robots after the class.
Boys entering grades 6-10
June 10-13 or June 24-27 or July 15-18 from 9 a.m. to Noon
This course is about wilderness survival - taking care of ourselves in ways that allow us to come home safely - what we do whenever we are in the outdoors. When something unexpected happens; we wander off a trail and lose our way or someone becomes injured; a storm catches us by surprise, or a boat capsizes. When things go wrong, the skills of wilderness survival can help make everything right again. Thinking through the challenges that face us and coming up with good solutions are vital to taking care of ourselves in the outdoors. It means working with nature rather than against it. It means always have a positive attitude - the one essential that can't be carried in a pack or pocket.
A Digital Generation
For boys & girls entering grades 5-8
July 8-11 from 9 a.m. to Noon
Participants will learn the basics of Video Editing. They will be given the opportunity to use digital SLR cameras, green screens, lighting and more! Then we will have them edit within iMovie to reach their desired effect. Each student will be going home with a new understanding of videography as well as files of their work.
Boys entering grades 3-6
June 24-27 from 9 to 11 a.m.
Kids will sculpt an animal of their choice, create clay pottery and so much more! We will glaze and add color. Instructor will clear glaze and fire pieces in the kiln, all materials supplied. Finished pieces may be picked up July 1.
Boys in grades 4-8
June 17-21 from 9-10:30 (grades 4-6) or 10:30-Noon (grades 7-8)
This camp offers baseball fundamentals, game knowledge and individual skill development. Instructors will help you further your current skills and introduce you to concepts and techniques that will help you advance as a baseball player. As a beginner or seasoned veteran, this camp will provide you an opportunity for you to learn while having some fun doing it.
Boys in grades 5-8
June 10-13 from 9 a.m. to Noon
This four-day camp offers boys the opportunity to embrace their strengths while improving weaknesses. Campers will have the opportunity to learn how to compete as we incorporate drills that will improve ball handling, passing, shooting, defense and decision-making. The camp emphasizes both offense and defense to produce a complete basketball player.
Cadet Football - Middle School
Boys entering grades 6-8
August 6-8 from 6 to 8 p.m.
This camp will focus on skill development for all offensive, defensive and special team positions. This will be a non-contact camp coached by Saint Thomas Academy Varsity and Middle School coaching staffs, with the goal of improving basic fundamental for kids at all skill levels.
Cadet Football - Youth
Boys entering grades 2-5
June 26-28 from 9 a.m. to Noon
This three-day camp offers football fundamentals, game knowledge and individual skill development. Instructors will help you further develop your current skills and introduce you to concepts and techniques that will help you advance as a football player. As a beginner or a seasoned veteran, this camp will provide an opportunity for you to learn while having some fun doing it!
Boys entering grades 2-9
June 10-13 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon
This four-day camp will work with players on their fundamentals and tactics of the game.
Boys and girls entering grades 4-9
June 10-13 from 9-10:30 a.m. (grades 4-6) or 11-12:30 p.m. (grades 7-9)
Participants will be taught the fundamental techniques of tennis, including: ground strokes, volley, serve and return, lob and overhead and the serve. Instruction will be done via individual direction, drills and fun games (with prizes!). Friday is reserved as a "rain day" make-up. Campers should bring their own racquet.
Speed & Strength
Boys entering grades 5-10
June 17-20 or July 8-11 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. (grades 5-7) or 11:30-1 p.m. (grades 8-10)
The focus of this camp is to develop and hone the necessary skills to unlock and unleash ballistic movements. This will be done with enhanced form, hip mobility and reaction drills.
Introduction to Taekwondo (Beginner)
Boys and girls in grades 3-9
June 10-13 from 10 a.m. to Noon
The purpose of this camp is to instruct students in the fundamentals of Taekwondo. Courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and an indomitable spirit. The students will learn basic self-defense, anti-bullying techniques, kicks, punches and physical fitness for aspiring martial artists.