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Summer at St. Mark's

Summer camp is a really special time for our students. They get a chance to relax, do some exploring, investigating, and trying something new. For parents, it’s a time to know your children are safe and having a great time seeing friends and teachers they love. Our faculty and staff have worked diligently throughout the year to provide a safe environment despite the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’re confident we can continue that risk mitigation, communication, and knowledgeable oversight throughout the summer. 

This summer we are continuing to expand our St. Mark’s Day Camp, and we’re excited to have you and your campers join us! We’ve added additional weeks and space to allow even more fun in the sun this year. 

Through Summer at St. Mark’s, we strive to meet the same standards of our academic programs. Whether our own teachers or an outside vendor are creating and leading summer camps, it is important to us that the camp is mission-appropriate and child-centered.

Registration Information

Registration will open to the public on Monday, February 7, 2022 at 10:00 AM.  Camp space this season is limited, register early to reserve your space!

Summer at St. Mark’s is open to not only St. Mark’s students, but also children who are not current students, ages Preschool 3s through 8th Grade. By opening our summer camps to the surrounding area, we give our students the opportunity to make new friends during the summer in the comfort and convenience of their school community.

Registration will remain open until capacities are met, and waitlists will be available. The deadline to cancel for a full refund is May 1, 2021. Cancellations after May 1 will include a $50 cancellation fee. After May 15, there will be no refunds given. Should the school determine Summer at St. Mark’s must be canceled due to COVID-19, full refunds will be given with the suspended cancellation fee.

Hours and Dates

Hours:

  • Before Camp Care: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Morning Camp: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Afternoon Camp: 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
  • After Camp Care: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Dates:

  • Session One: June 6-10
  • Session Two: June 13-17
  • Session Three: June 20-24
  • Session Four: June 27 - July 1
  • Session Five: July 11 - 15
  • Session Six: July 18 - 22

For camper and staff safety, all drop-off and pick-up will occur curb side. For a full list of safety considerations, please see our “Keeping Campers Safe” section below.

New for Summer 2022

This summer, campers can pack their bags and grab their passports as we travel across the globe visiting other continents and cultures!  

Fun + Fabulous Fridays: Each Friday the Full Day Camp will have a ‘Here-Trip’ where campers can enjoy an experience from that week’s continent - from a snowball fight in Antarctica to a carnaval parade in South America! For a full list of Here-Trips, check out the camp themes below. 

Wacky Water Wednesdays: The Full Day Camp will get to enjoy water play to cool off in the sun with a range of choices from water balloons to water slides. For more information regarding water play, please see our full camp descriptions.

Both the Half Day and Full Day Camps enjoy the same weekly theme, however, the Full Day Camp does allow extra time for additional experiences like the Fun + Fabulous Friday and Wacky Water Wednesdays. Each week of our camp is also crafted with care by consulting with organizations and individuals who are representative of each continent and the cultures we’ll be exploring. It is our hope that our campers get an authentic glimpse of life on other continents as well as a week of fun and play. 

Optional Lunch Addition: this summer you have the option to add on lunch provided from the camp. To see the lunch menu and for pricing, please visit our camp registration website.

Day Camp Session Themes

Session One

 

Session One:  Knights, and castles, and dragons - oh my! Our Session One camp will be full of magic and wonder as campers craft their own catapults, explore dark forests, and visit the beautiful castles of Europe. Each week of our day camp also includes camp staples like arts and crafts, science and stem, sports and motor, thematic play, and tinkerlab all taught by St. Mark's teachers. Campers will also get the chance to try out yoga/mindfulness, tae kwon do, and theatre/drama as well as a few other fun options.  
Fun + Fabulous Friday: Castle Moonwalk 
Dates: June 6-10

Session Two

 

Session Two:  For Session Two we’ll be sailing into the land down under in Australia! This week features investigating our favorite ocean animals, crafting coral reefs, and making music with didgeridoos. In addition, we’ll learn about how to protect our oceans and the animals who live there. Each week of our day camp also includes camp staples like arts and crafts, science and stem, sports and motor, thematic play, and tinkerlab all taught by St. Mark's teachers. Campers will also get the chance to try out yoga/mindfulness, tae kwon do, and theatre/drama as well as a few other fun options. 
Fun + Fabulous Friday: Moody Gardens’ Coral Communities
Dates: June 13-17

Session Three

 

Session Three: Beautiful Africa is such a vast continent with so many countries and cultures for us to explore in Session Three. Campers will go on safari to learn about the people and local languages, local wildlife, and even try out some native foods! Each week of our day camp also includes camp staples like arts and crafts, science and stem, sports and motor, thematic play, and tinkerlab all taught by St. Mark's teachers. Campers will also get the chance to try out yoga/mindfulness, tae kwon do, and theatre/drama as well as a few other fun options. 
Fun + Fabulous Friday: Traditional African drummers & dancers
Dates: June 20-24

Session Four

 

Session Four:  Our Session Four of camp has campers soaring over the mountains of Asia! We’ll hike the himalayas, craft lanterns, and figure out what pandas eat. Each week of our day camp also includes camp staples like arts and crafts, science and stem, sports and motor, thematic play, and tinkerlab all taught by St. Mark's teachers. Campers will also get the chance to try out yoga/mindfulness, tae kwon do, and theatre/drama as well as a few other fun options. 
Fun + Fabulous Friday: Chinese dance troupe
Dates: June 27- July 1

Session Five

 

Session Five: We’ll spend Session Five in the coldest climate as we beat the heat in Antarctica! This week features science experiments with snow and ice, crafting with penguins and whales, and even snowball fights. In addition, we’ll learn about how to protect our icebergs and the animals who live there. Each week of our day camp also includes camp staples like arts and crafts, science and stem, sports and motor, thematic play, and tinkerlab all taught by St. Mark's teachers. Campers will also get the chance to try out yoga/mindfulness, tae kwon do, and theatre/drama as well as a few other fun options. 
Fun + Fabulous Friday: Snowball fight
Dates: July 11-15

Session Six

 

Session Six: Our final week of camp will take campers down through South America and will end in Brazil for our own Carnaval parade! We’ll travel the rainforest, craft our own masques, and build floats for the parade. In addition, campers will learn about how to protect the rainforest and the animals who live there. Each week of our day camp also includes camp staples like arts and crafts, science and stem, sports and motor, thematic play, and tinkerlab all taught by St. Mark's teachers. Campers will also get the chance to try out yoga/mindfulness, tae kwon do, and theatre/drama as well as a few other fun options. 
Fun + Fabulous Friday: Carnaval parade & festival
Dates: July 18-24

Counselor in Training Program

This summer St. Mark’s will host the third year of our counselor-in-training program for middle school students hoping to gain leadership skills while having fun. Throughout the week, students will participate in a CPR and First Aid training, learn interview skills, resume writing, service learning and behind-the-scenes organizational experience. Students may choose between half day or full day options and will be supervised at all times while on campus. Parents or guardians will need to sign students in and out each day as well as provide snacks as well as lunch if not participating in the summer lunch program.

Keeping Campers Safe

Capacity and Cohorts:
For safety, campers will remain with their assigned cohorts and counselors throughout the day. Activities will be done with safe distancing both in classrooms and across campus. Last summer, our classrooms were measured and we ran the Rosner School Social Distancing Model to suggest safest configurations. Each classroom on campus is set up to allow for social distancing.

Community Standards:
Summer at St. Mark’s will also require a COVID-19 Community Agreement Form with camp registration that includes a commitment to monitoring symptoms before attending camp each day. This form is also required by any of our other outside camp providers as well. For more information regarding our health and safety policies during camp, please refer to our Summer at St. Mark’s Camp Guide.

Masking:
Our masking policy will align with the school’s policy. We will be monitoring CDC guidelines and updating the policy as we draw closer to summer. 

Vaccination:
Our vaccination requirements will also align with the school’s policy. Currently, the school does not require the COVID-19 vaccination, but knowing vaccination status does help us determine if an individual is considered a close contact to a positive case. More information will be provided as we draw closer to summer.

Cleaning and Sanitation:
The St. Mark’s campus is already equipped with additional hand sanitizing stations and safety signage for appropriate spacing in our hallways, bathrooms, and classrooms. The school has also been working with our partner facilities cleaning service to make sure we are cleaning and sanitizing our campus with the safest and most efficient products possible. For specific questions regarding our cleaning products or services, please contact our Director of Operations, Eve Grubb.

Health and Safety:
St. Mark’s always strives to provide exceptional safety and care for our camp, and this year it will continue to be an even greater priority. Each year St. Mark’s staff members are trained in CPR and First Aid, and additional training specifically for COVID-19 mitigation. The camp also has a Camp Nurse to help with daily medical needs and COVID safety.

To read more about the current policies St. Mark's has in place around COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 webpage. Summer at St. Mark's policies are informed by current recommendations from local, state, federal health officials, agencies, and authorities, including CDC guidelines. As such, these policies may shift or change.

Summer at St. Mark's FAQs

View Recap Videos from Last Summer

Session One 2021

Session Two 2021

Session Three 2021

Session Four 2021

Contact the Director of Extended Programs

Juli Rush

Juli Rush

Director of Extended Programs and Liaison to Fine Arts