Camp Soulard 2018:  The Best of Summer


This summer, Camp Soulard will draw inspiration from folk stories around the world for all of our activities!  Kids entering 1st-6th grades are invited to join us as we meet a diverse cast of characters and let them guide us through history, science, art, music, and food from their respective cultures.  Each week will be filled with games,  cooking, building projects, crafts, science experiments, and field trips.  As always, there will be plenty of free play, outside time and water play,  including weekly pool time at Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club across the street! DOWNLOAD A FLYER

 

Camp Soulard is open to students entering Grade 1 through Grade 6. See below for middle/high school counselor program.

All camps are held from 9am-3pm, Monday through Friday.

EARLY-BIRD RATES! If you register BEFORE March 31st, 2018: One-Week Session: $175 

AFTER March 31st: One-Week Session: $200

Beforecare is available at 8:00 a.m. at no charge.
Aftercare is available until 6:00 p.m. for $60/week. 

To reserve your weeks, please fill out the 2018 Camp Registration Form and send it in with your 2018 Application for Summer Placement. Current TSS families need only complete the Registration Form. Both forms are required for students not currently enrolled at TSS. 

Camp Questions? Call the school at (314) 865-2799, or email camp coordinator Sarah Kate Buckles - sarahkate.buckles@soulardschool.org. 

 

Camp Soulard 2018:  The Best of Summer

Week 1, June 4-8: Growing Our Garden

Campers will look at how we can make the most of our summer gardening time. We will explore community gardens around our neighborhood and the city, then spend time planting, tending and harvesting in our school garden. We’ll learn about sustainability and create new features in our Outdoor Classroom that we can reap the benefits of for years to come. Cooking and food preservation projects naturally follow, as well as making our own mini-greenhouses and creating a whimsical fairy house community. ( - this is a maybe. A field trip to the Missouri Botanical Gardens is planned. )

Week 2, June 11-16: Designing Our Playground

We love the Adventure Ship and the pond at Soulard School, but a great outdoor play area is always evolving, so this week at camp we will take a look at what we can change and improve on our playground. We'll walk and drive to playgrounds around the city to explore what makes a great play space for kids. From there we will brainstorm about what we could build for our own playground and work on creating musical and visual interactive outdoor art, as well as trying out some ninja-warrior-style obstacle courses.

Week 3, June 18-22: Relaxing at the Beach

Nothing says summer like a beach vacation, but how can we go to the beach without leaving the city? We'll go find some local sandy spots to make sand castles and play a little beach volleyball. We’ll make sand and seashell crafts, study wave science and ocean animals, try our hand at metal detection, learn about coastline ecology, then wash off all that sand with some extra water games.

Week 4, June 25-29: Camping in the City

Build up your urban camping skills this week - fire building and safety, tent set up, orienteering/compass use, hiking and edible plant studies. We’ll learn traditional campfire songs, go on a scavenger hunt, refine our s’mores making skills and cap it off with an optional overnight potluck and campout on our playground.

Week 5, July 16-20: Building a Carnival

What's summer without a trip to a carnival or state fair? We'll make our own this week, designing and building our own midway games. We will build roller coaster models and cook fair favorites (cotton candy?! funnel cakes?! Street corn?!). A fair at the end of the week will give campers a chance share their creations and to show off their unusual talents in our sideshow showcase.

Week 6, July 23-27: Exploring New Sports

Everyone knows that St. Louis is a baseball town, but we are also home to many other less well known athletic organizations. From Rugby to Roller Derby, Corkball to CornHole; our town has tons of sports traditions. This week we will meet local athletes, try out new sports and more! 

Week 7, July 30-August 3: Great American Road Trip

Everybody loves those long family car trips in the summer. We'll spice it up with exploration of the world of roadside attractions. Explore map reading and make your own car bingo game and other ways to keep yourself occupied next time your family hits the road. We’ll even visit the closest roadside attraction, The World's Largest Ketchup Bottle! 

Week 8, August 5-10: Soulard School Family Reunion

All great summers end in a family reunion. This week campers will plan a party to end the summer and explore family reunion classic activities like 3 legged races. We'll also talk about what makes a family and collect/write stories about our own families. A big barbeque ends the summer with a bang.  

On Friday night, August 10, we’ll celebrate another fantastic summer of Camp Soulard with a barbeque (see Week 8). All campers and their families from the whole summer are invited to participate and celebrate our Soulard family!


 

 

Be A Camp Soulard Counselor!

 

Camp Soulard is seeking engaged, compassionate, creative, energetic, and motivated young people to serve as counselors.  Being a Camp Soulard Counselor is a lot of fun, and it's also a great opportunity to gain valuable work and interpersonal experience, earn volunteer hours for school, and build your resume and college application credentials.

 

Details and Requirements

  • Complete the online application here

  • Mandatory 2018 training sessions: Tuesday, May 29, Wednesday, May 30, and Thursday, May 31, 4-6PM at the Soulard School.

  • 2-week minimum commitment if accepted to the program (any two weeks, they do not have to be consecutive)

  • Counselor families are asked to pay $25/week to cover training, daily snack, and any field trip expenses; 

  • The counselor day is 9-3:00 (8-9:00 optional beforecare), with aftercare available for $60/week

  • These positions are volunteer internships

 

This year we have changed up our themes, building activities around summer classics like road trips and carnivals.  We will still cook each week and have the same basic structure of play, pool, crafts, etc.  We will have a campout at the end of Week 4, and a potluck at the end of week 8. Please read through the above descriptions so you know a little of what to expect!

 

We look forward to hearing from you!  If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Kate, camp coordinator, at sarahkate.buckles@soulardschool.org.