“Camp Curious” at St. Francis

Experience 64 acres of summer fun in Goshen during St. Francis School’s “Camp Curious” full and half-day camps. Open to ages Preschool through 8th grade, campers will explore, learn, and develop through small camp sizes and expert teachers, all in a safe and exciting environment. We focus on outdoor adventures including nature walks, a natural playground, garden time, and visits with our farm animals, among others!

Thinking about making the switch to St. Francis School? “Camp Curious” at St. Francis is a wonderful way to experience our School and see if St. Francis is right for you and your child!

Preschool Camps

Our Preschool half-day camps are open to children ages two through five years old and have bi-weekly themes to guide new experiences. Children must be two by June 1st in order to participate. Campers have the option to attend one or two weeks of a session. Two-, three-, or five-day options available each week. We are also offering the option of Early Morning Play from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. for an additional fee.

And what would summer be without splashing in water? One day each week will be designated as Splash Day! Be sure to bring swimwear and water shoes, because we’ve found the perfect way to stay cool.

Register by Monday, April 8th and receive 5% off camp prices by using discount code EarlyBird.

In order for your child to attend, you must complete the the required registration and emergency information form prior to your child’s first day of camp. Click here to fill out the form.

For more information or questions, please contact Renee Hennessy, Preschool Director, at 502.694.9369 or RHennessy@StFrancisSchool.org.

Session 1 – Treasure Hunters

June 3rd – 7th, June 10th – 14th
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Calling all explorers! Dino digs, pirates on the Ohio River, and scavenger hunts are on the horizon for this session of camp. Explorers will search for dinosaur fossils, rescue animals missing from the Preschool, and look for a hidden treasure! This camp fills up quickly, so secure a spot sooner rather than later for this adventure!

Session 2 – Artful Explorations + Science Experiments

June 17th – 21st (Art), June 24th – 28th (Science)
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
During our week of Artful Explorations, campers will be playing with printmaking, creating prints from clay, plexi, veggies, leaves, and rollers. Laura Devlin will be our artist-in-residence this week as she guides our campers through the process of printmaking using an array of different materials.

As we head into a week of Science Experiments, campers will experiment with bubbles, slime, magic milk that changes color, and more! Our “goo-ologist” will make predictions and use everyday ingredients for hands-on science play!

Session 3 – Puddle Jumpers

July 1st – 5th (Closed July 4th), July 8th – 12th
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
As we venture around 64 acres of the Goshen Campus, we will focus on local fauna – observing the animal and insect life around us. Campers will identify birds by their songs, dig under logs to spy on insects, and make treats for our animal friends! Our Garden Coordinator will cook up some tasty treats from our own garden for a snack and we will enjoy a visit from the local farmers’ market.

Preschool Sessions 5 Days 3 Days (M/W/F) 2 Days (T/TH)
2-Week Sessions $470 $290 $188
1-Week Sessions $235 $145 $94
Early Morning Play (2 Weeks) $70 $42 $28
Early Morning Play (1 Week) $35 $21 $14

Note: Prorated rates offered for the week of July 1st due to the School being closed on July 4th.

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K-8th Full-Day Camps

Our Goshen Campus is the perfect spot for our “Camp Curious” K- 8th full and half-day camps! Campers will experience 64 acres of summer fun through outdoor activities and field games, stimulating science and creative art activities, engineering and team-building challenges, music, theater, and more! Camp Invention® will take the place of the “Camp Curious” Full-Day Camp the week of June 24th – 28th.

Register by Monday, April 8th and receive 5% off camp prices by using discount code EarlyBird.

For more information or questions, please contact Kelli Carter, Director of Summer Camps, at 502.795.3860 or KCarter@StFrancisSchool.org.

Session 1 – Summer Fun Sampler ($195)

K – 8th Grade
May 28th – 31st | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
School is out! Let’s play! The entire week will be devoted to what campers love best about summer – outdoor play, water, bubbles, and ice cream! Campers will enjoy classics like Capture the Flag, creative relay races, water balloon challenges, hula hoop contests, Minute to Win It games, scavenger hunts, and so much more! A little bit of this, a little bit of that, and a whole lot of fun designed to kick off summer and encourage skills, teamwork, sportsmanship, and enthusiasm. And what’s a week at camp without solar oven s’mores and homemade ice cream, too?

Session 2 – FUNdamentals of Art ($245)

K – 8th Grade
June 3rd – 7th | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Campers will have the opportunity to do arts and crafts every week they attend “Camp Curious,” but this week campers will dig deeper as we explore creative outlets and sharpen our skills. We’ll spend time outside making Monet-inspired watercolors by the pond and quick gestural sketches of the chickens. Campers will learn about Andy Goldsworthy’s land art, then make sculptures in the landscape using natural materials like rocks and leaves. While we’re outside, we’ll also make pet rocks, test paper airplanes, learn to weave, and work collaboratively on a big chalk mural. We’ll cool off inside while we experiment with bubble painting, make friendship bracelets, and make bowls out of papier-mâché. We’ll be designing and block printing our own t-shirts, too, so please bring a blank one!

Session 3 – STEMfest ($245)

K – 8th Grade
June 10th – 14th | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
For campers who love hands-on projects, STEMfest will offer some of the coolest science, technology, engineering, and math projects around. Campers will participate in a variety of activities, including engineering challenges, science experiments, and math-inspired artwork. We will use problem-solving and creativity to feed our senses, develop critical thinking skills, and most of all, have fun!

Session 4 – Forts, Castles, & Treehouses – Oh My! ($245)

K – 8th Grade
June 17th – 21st | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fort-building is a time-honored tradition, and a favorite around St. Francis! Campers will be challenged to make outdoor forts using natural materials found in the woods, then cool off inside while making blanket forts to play in. We will learn about the components and functions of medieval castles, draw our own, and work together to construct one out of cardboard boxes. Campers will participate in building challenges like trying to make the strongest bridge out of popsicle sticks or the highest tower out of pebbles. We’ll look at and discuss images of treehouses to inspire our own designs. Then, after drawing a dream treehouse, we will use found materials to make a small-scale model of it to take home. Throughout these activities, campers will hone creative problem-solving skills and practice working collaboratively – while having a blast!

Session 5 – The Great Outdoors ($245)

K – 8th Grade
July 8th – 12th | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Calling all nature and animal lovers! Join us in exploring our beautiful campus and the many plants and animals that call it home! On our hunts for different habitats, we’ll go on adventures in the wetlands, hikes in the woods, and visits to the flower and vegetable gardens. We’ll learn how to make the campus – and our own backyards! – more hospitable to wildlife by planting a butterfly garden and making our own bird feeders. Over the week, we’ll observe, identity, and learn about the birds that visit. We’ll also go on fossil hunts and then learn about our finds. Scavenger hunts will challenge us to look more closely at our surroundings to find and gather leaf, flower, and feather specimens, which we’ll add to our field journals and use for art projects. We’ll create faces on trees using clay, and integrate natural materials we collect on our hunts, like leaves, pinecones, pebbles, and flowers as hair, mustaches, eyes, noses, etc. We will sample food from the garden and even make our own popsicles with the blackberries we pick!

Session 6 – World Travelers ($245)

K – 8th Grade
July 15th – 19th | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Let’s travel the world! Campers will explore many interesting countries through the cuisine, art, music, fashion, games, and folklore of these cultures, picking up vocabulary specific to those places along the way. We’ll gain a deeper appreciation of these cultures by making our own sumi ink paintings, flamenco dancers’ fans, Lascaux-inspired cave paintings, Buddhist monk-inspired mandalas, Koinobori (Japanese fish kites), Mexican piñatas, and Guatemalan worry dolls. We’ll also learn about the geography, climate, and fascinating animals of each new country we explore, delving into geography and points of interest using virtual tours on Google Earth. We will even get to try our hands in the kitchen, working as a team to prepare foods from a handful of different cultures around the world!

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K-8th Speciality Camps

Our Goshen Campus is the perfect spot for our “Camp Curious” K- 8th full and half-day camps! Campers will experience 64 acres of summer fun through outdoor activities and field games, stimulating science and creative art activities, engineering and team-building challenges, music, theater, and more!

Register by Monday, April 8th and receive 5% off camp prices by using discount code EarlyBird.

For more information or questions, please contact Kelli Carter, Director of Summer Camps, at 502.795.3860 or KCarter@StFrancisSchool.org.

Throw A Vessel ($235)

4th – 8th Grade
June 3rd – 7th | 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Learn the basics of throwing in this program designed to introduce campers to the wheel. Campers will focus on becoming familiar with technique while learning how to center clay and pull a wall to make a vessel (form). When not on the wheel, campers will engage in drawing vessels using a variety of media, and one day will focus on a group project using our new extruder and slab roller. Pieces will be bisque fired. An additional morning for glazing will be determined once registrations are received. Limited enrollment due to the artistic process and one-on-one time with the instructor. Pair this camp with a half-day of FUNdamentals of Art for a full day on the Goshen Campus ($270).

Dungeons and Dragons ($210)

4th – 8th Grade
June 3rd – 7th | 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Dungeons and Dragons is a tabletop game of teamwork, creativity, imagination, and overcoming adversity. It can be adapted and tailored to a variety of players, interests, and skill levels with simple concepts that can span increasing complex rules as players grow more familiar with the system and game play. We will build our own characters and set off on an adventure for fame and glory! From novice to master, all are welcome! Pair this camp with a half-day of FUNdamentals of Art for a full day on the Goshen Campus ($245).

Unwind ($210)

1st – 5th Grade
June 10th – 14th | 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Ready to relax and unwind? This week is all about the Zen! We will be focusing on developing self-care skills through a variety of tools that foster physical, emotional, and social well-being routines. We will work on trusting our intuition and inner guidance to navigate our daily lives. Campers will learn Yoga poses and work on improving flexibility, balance, and core strength. Each day we will learn how to make healthy snacks, supporting the central nervous system through good nutrition. We will explore activities such as mindfulness, meditation, essentials oils, crystal bowls, animal totems, and energy fields, among others! Campers will leave feeling refreshed and more confident! Pair this camp with a half-day of STEMfest for a full day on the Goshen Campus ($245).

Middle School Musical Theater ($490)

5th – 8th Grade
June 10th – 21st | 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (2 weeks)
Ideal for campers with a passion for theater, this two-week program encompasses everything necessary to produce the musical. Campers have the option to perform or work on the crew (rising 9th graders are eligible for both cast and crew). This year’s production is Getting To Know Footloose and culminates in a production for family and friends.

With roots in the 1984 film Footloose, Getting to Know Footloose is a high-energy musical about protesting injustice and learning to heal after a tragedy. The story is based on events that took place in the small community of Elmore City, Oklahoma in 1981, where an 88-year-old ban on public dancing was repealed after a challenge by students in the senior class at the local high school. While the movie was not a musical, it became one when it premiered on Broadway in 1998. Footloose received four 1999 Tony Award nominations and ran for more than 700 performances. With its much-loved, energetic music and its entertaining and emotionally engaging story, it’s a musical that will captivate generations of audiences.

Camp Invention® ($235)

K – 6th Grade
June 24th – 29th | 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Camp Invention® is a nationally acclaimed summer program where STEM concepts come to life. Led by St. Francis School teachers, campers have the opportunity to become innovators through teamwork and immersive, hands-on creative problem-solving. Highlights of the 2019 program, Supercharged™, include:

  • Creative Problem Solving: Campers team up to rebuild ships and design underwater equipment in Deep Sea Mystery™.
  • STEM Application: In DIY Orbot™, we explore circuit boards, motors, and gears as we design a remote-control bot to take on obstacles from sports to dance.
  • Innovation: We collaborate with inventor superheroes and take on roles of engineers, fabricators, and innovators to conquer villains in Innovation Force™.
  • Confidence: Campers become successful entrepreneurs in Farm Tech™, coding bots to turn a polluted wasteland into a money-making machine and create devices to save animals.

If you have “graduated” from the K-6th grade program, the Leader-in-Training (LIT) position is a summer opportunity for students grades 7th – 9th looking to build leadership skills in a dynamic, invention-based setting while mentoring children. During the program, LITs will gain and put in practice leadership and teamwork skills, act as a role model for younger participants, and learn to set and meet personal and team goals.

For more information and to register, visit www.campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332. Register by Friday, March 22nd and receive $25 off your camp price by using discount code INNOVATE25.

Lower School Musical Theater ($245)

2nd – 4th Grade
July 8th – 12th | 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
A crash course in theater for elementary students, this camp gives campers a chance to shine while learning the ins and outs of preparing for a production. Campers cap off the week with a performance for family and friends. This year’s production is Lemonade!.

Join in the fairytale frenzy when Chicken Little, the Three Little Pigs, Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo Peep, Little Boy Blue, and a host of other characters are having a bad day. With the help of a cheerful Mother Goose, they learn to make the best out of life‘s ups and downs.

Bring Your Story to Life ($210)

5th – 8th Grade
July 15th – 19th | 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Get ready for a fun and meaningful camp experience through project-based learning! With video cameras now in everything from phones to tablets to computers, we’re seeing more and more students interested in the filmmaking process. During this week of hands-on instruction, campers will gain exposure to all forms of film, visual arts, and animation. Collaboration is key this week, as we begin by developing story ideas within small production teams and then work together to tell stories via shooting and editing techniques to create a cohesive movie and apply the design thinking process to peer critiquing. The week culminates with completing a final (passion) project of the camper’s choice. Activities include basic stop-motion and green screen workshops. Campers leave with the production skills required to create a movie from start to finish, along with footage of the camper’s very own short film! Pair this camp with a half-day of World Travelers for a full day on the Goshen Campus ($245).

Bricks 4 Kidz® ($180)

K – 5th Grade
July 15th – 19th | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Bricks 4 Kidz® programs provide an extraordinary atmosphere for students to build unique creations, explore architecture and engineering, experiment with motorized machines, and unlock new inventions, all while having fun using LEGO® bricks. Join us this summer for a fun-filled camp of Transformation Creations! Campers will love the mash-up of combination models that can be rebuilt into something different. These awesome 2-in-1 models will include exciting characters, robots, vehicles, and more. Following the step-by-step building plans, we will ignite our inner engineers by using our imaginations to transform models into something unique. Register at bricks4kidz.com/louisville and click “View Classes.” Pair this camp with a half-day of World Travelers for a full day on the Goshen Campus for an additional cost ($125).

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K-8th Academic Camps

Our academic camps are offered through The Learning Center, a partnership of St. Francis School and the Langsford Learning Acceleration Centers. Working in small groups, between three and six students, campers will strengthen math, reading, and/or writing skills. Children who benefit from academic review during the summer can do so for two hours a week for six weeks, all while having fun! Campers can combine academic camps with any of our other K – 8th camps for a full day on the Goshen Campus.

Register by Monday, April 8th and receive 5% off camp prices by using discount code EarlyBird.

For more information or questions, please contact Claudia McCrocklin, Director of The Learning Center, at 502.795.3604 or CMcCrocklin@StFrancisSchool.org.

Math Camp ($275)

Tuesdays and Thursdays
June 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th, 18th, & 20th and July 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, & 25th
Math Camp is an opportunity for campers to solidify foundational math skills. With Lower School students, we will work to strengthen the basics of number sense, place value, and addition and subtraction facts. This camp will help students move beyond memorization and focus on understanding the basic concepts of mathematics. With Middle School students, we will focus on multiplication and division concepts and procedures, fraction-decimal-percent relationships, concepts, and operations.
1st & 2nd Grade: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
3rd & 4th Grade: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
5th & 6th Grade: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
7th & 8th Grade: 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Reading Rocks ($275)

Tuesdays and Thursdays
June 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th, 18th, & 20th and July 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, & 25th
Reading Rocks is for Lower School students who would benefit from enriching and developing reading skills. With rising 1st and 2nd graders, we will focus on ensuring our knowledge of all letters and sounds, further developing phonemic awareness, and learning strategies for decoding unknown words. With rising 3rd and 4th graders, we will focus on strategies to read and spell complex multisyllable words and strengthen reading fluency.
1st & 2nd Grade 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
3rd & 4th Grade: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The Write Stuff ($275)

Tuesdays and Thursdays
June 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th, 18th, & 20th and July 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, & 25th
The Write Stuff is for Middle School students who are interested in improving sentence-composing skills. Through multisensory activities and sequential instruction, we will continue to develop the basic skills of writing. Campers will learn to construct thoughtful and creative sentences, which leads to writing paragraphs and papers with ease.
5th & 6th Grade: 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
7th & 8th Grade: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Prepare to Launch! ($100)

Monday, August 12th and Tuesday, August 13th
Middle School students who want to ensure they are organized and ready for the first day of school can get an early start. Campers will have the opportunity to have all the necessary supplies labeled, set up lockers (7th & 8th) or cubbies (5th & 6th), and discuss general study skills for a strong start to the school year.
5th & 6th Grade: 9:00 – 10:45 a.m.
7th & 8th Grade: 11:00 a.m. – 12:45 a.m.

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