Summer is here. Let the fun begin! From art and athletics to cooking and coding, we have many opportunities to inspire, challenge, and excite students.

  • SGHS Summer Camp is open to girls, rising fifth grade through rising ninth grade
  • Morning and afternoon sessions available (see below for session information); combine sessions to create a full day
  • BonSecours athletic trainer onsite for athletic camps
  • If participating in a full day, camper must bring a bagged lunch and a filled water bottle
  • If participating in a full day that includes athletics, transportation (between SGHS and the OAC) is provided
  • There is a one-time registration fee of $25 per camper
  • All campers will receive a special SGHS Summer Camp t-shirt; please note size in your registration

Summer Camp Schedule

AM: 9 a.m. – Noon
PM: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

SGHS Summer Camp Registration

Rising 5th - 6th Graders Session Descriptions

Basketball
Instructor:  Becky Snow
Open to: Rising 5th – 6th Graders
Week: June 18- 21, AM
Cost: $125

Come and learn offensive and defensive basketball skills and techniques, as well as free-throw shooting and the rules of the game. Build good practice habits, routines, and mental game prep. This camp is for both the novice and more experienced player. No experience necessary. Please note: This session will only meet FOUR days of the week. There is no basketball session on Friday, June 22.

Becky Snow is the basketball head varsity coach at Saint Gertrude and a certified consultant in sport psychology (CC-AASP). Becky is formerly a successful two sport collegiate athlete, coach, and Hall of Fame member at the University of New Haven.

Coding Academy
Instructor: Sophie Rust ’18
Open to: Rising 5th – 6th Graders
Week: June 11- 15, AM
Cost: $150

Remove the mystery from coding! The week-long class will cover all aspects of the amazing world computer science has to offer, from coding basics, to encryption methods, html, gaming, and more.

Sophie Rust is a 2018 SGHS graduate and a rising freshman at Vanderbilt University majoring in computer science in the School of Engineering. Sophie has taught classes with CodeVA, including E-Textiles, Critter Code, and HTML.

Full STEAM Ahead
Instructor: Aubrey Martin ’11
Open to: Rising 5th – 6th Graders
Week: June 11 – 15, (AM)
Cost: $150

This session’s mission is to create a community of confident female leaders and learners by using hands on activities in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Campers will spend five exciting days exploring a variety of STEAM concepts, and applying what they’ve learned through fun and creative hands-on projects and activities. Activities will include working with LEGO robotics, simple electric circuits, a bridge design contest, and more.

Aubrey Martin ’11 is an alumna of both Saint Gertrude High School and Virginia Commonwealth University. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015 with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, and is currently a graduate student at Old Dominion University pursuing a master of engineering in civil and coastal engineering. This will be her eleventh year working with STEAM and robotics summer programing.

Needles, Hooks, and Yarn
Instructor: Christine Nagi & Corinna Anderson
Open to: Rising 5th – 6th Graders
Week: June 18 – 22, (AM)
Cost: $235 (includes all materials)

Do you love soft and colorful accessories? Learn creative knitting and crochet in this freestyle needlework camp! Instructors will cover essential skills using a choice of simple projects that lend themselves to adaptation and embellishment, such as fingerless mitts, phone/tablet covers, modular shapes and stuffed creatures.

SewFun is a company that offers sewing, knitting, and crocheting lessons in Richmond, VA. Their mission is to teach the art of sewing and craft with a healthy dose of fun. 

Christina Nagi is an enthusiastic sewer and knitter who loves to teach others how to create their own wearable designs. Christina has been on the PTA Board at her children’s school where she worked to provide educational activities, after school enrichment classes, coached Lego robotics, and developed the Environmental Program and Monarch Waystation Gardens. Currently, she is a Dancing Classrooms Teaching Artist who teaches ballroom dance to 5th graders in the greater Richmond area. 

Corinna Anderson is an avid knitter and textile arts enthusiast. In the past five years, she’s taught weaving, crochet, knitting, stop-motion animation, and printmaking to elementary and middle school children. Her side hustles include parenting two adolescents, nonprofit work with Sylvia’s Sisters, studying ceramics, and making art. 

Paint Like the Masters
Instructor: Kristin Polich
Open to: Rising 5th – 6th Graders
Week: June 18 – 22, PM
Cost: $150

Students will look at famous artworks to gain inspiration to make their own. We will create paintings on paper and canvas using a variety of painting media. Open to all levels!

Kristin Polich is an artist and art teacher at SGHS. Kristin has exhibited her work throughout Richmond including artspace and the Reynolds Gallery. Kristin is a graduate of Hollins University.

Robotics
Instructor: Aubrey Martin ’11
Open to: Rising 5th – 6th Graders
Week: June 18 – 22, PM
Cost: $150

Imagine it, build it, and make it go! Campers will use LEGO Mindstorm kits and software to create robots. Using visual drag and drop programming, a variety of parts, and teamwork, your child can create anything, from a tow truck to a basketball shooting robot. We start right away with this hands-on camp and let the child’s creativity flow!  In this class, campers will learn basic engineering skills through trial and error testing, and they must think critically to modify their robot based on the current challenge. Campers will also gain exposure to more complex engineering concepts such as gear use.

Aubrey Martin ’11 is an alumna of both Saint Gertrude High School and Virginia Commonwealth University. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015 with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, and is currently a graduate student at Old Dominion University pursuing a master of engineering in civil and coastal engineering. This will be her eleventh year working with STEAM and robotics summer programing.

Sculpt It!
Instructor: Kristin Polich
Open to: Rising 5th – 6th Graders
Week: June 18 – 22, AM
Cost: $150

Students will use paper mache, wire, cardboard, and paint to make creative sculptures of their choice. Open to all levels!

Kristin Polich is an artist and art teacher at SGHS. Kristin has exhibited her work throughout Richmond including artspace and the Reynolds Gallery. Kristin is a graduate of Hollins University.

Sew Fun
Instructor: Christine Nagi
Open to: Rising 5th – 6th Graders
Week: June 11 – 15 (AM), June 18 – 22 (PM)
Cost: $235

This camp is meant for both beginner and more advanced sewers. We will be making a mini-capsule wardrobe of three pieces of clothing that will work seamlessly together and provide campers with the foundation for their own handmade wardrobe. Participants will learn the basics skills, plus many advanced skills to sewing their own clothes. All materials, including sewing machines and fabrics, are provided.

SewFun is a company that offers sewing lessons in Richmond, VA. Their mission is to teach the art of sewing with a healthy dose of fun. Christina Nagi is an enthusiastic sewer and knitter who loves to teach others how to create their own wearable designs. Christina has been on the PTA Board at her children’s school where she worked to provide educational activities, after school enrichment classes, coached Lego robotics, and developed the Environmental Program and Monarch Waystation Gardens. Currently, she is a Dancing Classrooms Teaching Artist who teaches ballroom dance to 5th graders in the greater Richmond area.

Story Tellers (Theatre Arts)
Instructor: Happy Mahaney
Open to: Rising 5th – 6th Graders
Week: June 11 – 15, PM
Cost: $150

This one-week theatre camp will explore the performing arts through various forms of improv comedy, song and dance, character building, and acting.

Happy Mahaney is an MFA graduate student in theatre pedagogy/performance program at VCU. He is the theatre director for Saint Gertrude High School, as well as a teacher/director for the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community. He spent over ten years in Los Angeles as the co-director of Young Actors Project. Professional acting credits include: Broadway National Tour of MAMMA MIA! (Sky/609 performances), Regional: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Nick), Beauty and the Beast (Cogsworth), Angels in America (Prior), Cabaret (Emcee), The Cherry Orchard (Yasha), Footloose (Willard), Joseph … Dreamcoat (Joseph), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom), Suburbia (Jeff), All Shook Up (Chad). Television credits: New Girl (FOX), Rules of Engagement (CBS/opposite David Spade), Living With Fran (CW/opposite Fran Drescher), Women in Law (ABC/pilot), Barbershop (Showtime). He has also appeared in national commercials for Papa Johns, Olive Garden, V8, American Airlines, Dunkin’ Donuts, Suzuki, CitiBank, and Taco Bell.  Proud member of Actor’s Equity.

Rising 7th - 9th Graders Session Descriptions

Actors’ Workshop
Instructor: Happy Mahaney
Open to: Rising 7th – 9th Graders
Week: June 11 – 15, AM
Cost: $150

This one-week, fast-paced, high-energy camp focuses on the exploration of the actors toolbox with lessons in acting, improv comedy, movement, character building, and script writing.

Happy Mahaney is an MFA graduate student in theatre pedagogy/performance program at VCU. He is the theatre director for Saint Gertrude High School, as well as a teacher/director for the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community. He spent over ten years in Los Angeles as the co-director of Young Actors Project. Professional acting credits include: Broadway National Tour of MAMMA MIA! (Sky/609 performances), Regional: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Nick), Beauty and the Beast (Cogsworth), Angels in America (Prior), Cabaret (Emcee), The Cherry Orchard (Yasha), Footloose (Willard), Joseph … Dreamcoat (Joseph), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom), Suburbia (Jeff), All Shook Up (Chad). Television credits: New Girl (FOX), Rules of Engagement (CBS/opposite David Spade), Living With Fran (CW/opposite Fran Drescher), Women in Law (ABC/pilot), Barbershop (Showtime). He has also appeared in national commercials for Papa Johns, Olive Garden, V8, American Airlines, Dunkin’ Donuts, Suzuki, CitiBank, and Taco Bell.  Proud member of Actor’s Equity.

Basketball
Instructor:  Becky Snow
Open to: Rising 7th – 9th Graders
Week: June 18- 21, AM
Cost: $125

Come and learn offensive and defensive basketball skills and techniques, as well as free-throw shooting and the rules of the game. Build good practice habits, routines, and mental game prep. This camp is for both the novice and more experienced player. No experience necessary. Please note: This session will only meet FOUR days of the week. There is no basketball session on Friday, June 22.

Becky Snow is the basketball head varsity coach at Saint Gertrude and a certified consultant in sport psychology (CC-AASP). Becky is formerly a successful two sport collegiate athlete, coach, and Hall of Fame member at the University of New Haven.

Basketball & Volleyball
Instructor:  Andre Spencer & Becky Snow
Open to: Rising 7th – 9th Graders
Week: June 11 – 15, PM
Cost: $150

Spend three days learning the fundamental skills in volleyball, and two days learning offensive and defensive basketball skills and techniques. This camp is for both the novice and the more experienced basketball player. No experience necessary.

Andre Spencer is the head varsity volleyball coach at Saint Gertrude. He is former assistant volleyball coach at VCU and master coach for RVC JRs program. Andre is a member of the board of directors for RVC and the RVC Juniors development committee.  

Becky Snow is the head varsity basketball coach at Saint Gertrude and a certified consultant in sport psychology (CC-AASP). Becky is formerly a successful two sport collegiate athlete, coach, and Hall of Fame member at the University of New Haven.

Coding Academy
Instructor: Sophie Rust ’18
Open to: Rising 7th – 9th Graders
Week: June 11 – 15, PM
Cost: $150

Remove the mystery from coding! The week-long class will cover all aspects of the amazing world computer science has to offer, from coding basics, to encryption methods, html, gaming, and more.

Sophie Rust is a 2018 SGHS graduate and a rising freshman at Vanderbilt University majoring in computer science in the School of Engineering. Sophie has taught classes with CodeVA, including E-Textiles, Critter Code, and HTML.

CPR & First Aid
Instructor: Maddie Brannau
Open to: Rising 7th – 9th Graders
Week: June 11 – 15, PM
Cost: $150

This course includes pediatric first aid and CPR/AED training. The course will follow the American Red Cross guidelines. The student will be able to provide the care necessary to sustain life until professional medical personnel arrive.

Maddie Brannau, also known as Coach B, is a health and wellness teacher at SGHS. She is the coach of SGHS varsity field hockey and is graduate of Lynchburg College were she played defender for the Lynchburg Hornets.

Full STEAM Ahead
Instructor: Aubrey Martin ’11
Open to: Rising 7th – 9th Graders
Week: June 18 – 22, AM
Cost: $150

This session’s mission is to create a community of confident female leaders and learners by using hands on activities in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Campers will spend five exciting days exploring a variety of STEAM concepts, and applying what they’ve learned through fun and creative hands-on projects and activities. Activities will include working with LEGO robotics, simple electric circuits, a bridge design contest, and more.

Aubrey Martin ’11 is an alumna of both Saint Gertrude High School and Virginia Commonwealth University. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015 with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, and is currently a graduate student at Old Dominion University pursuing a master of engineering in civil and coastal engineering. This will be her eleventh year working with STEAM and robotics summer programing.

Needles, Hooks, and Yarn
Instructor: Christine Nagi & Corinna Anderson
Open to: Rising 7th – 9th Graders
Week: June 18 – 22, (AM)
Cost: $235 (includes all materials)

Do you love soft and colorful accessories? Learn creative knitting and crochet in this freestyle needlework camp! Instructors will cover essential skills using a choice of simple projects that lend themselves to adaptation and embellishment, such as fingerless mitts, phone/tablet covers, modular shapes and stuffed creatures.

SewFun is a company that offers sewing, knitting, and crocheting lessons in Richmond, VA. Their mission is to teach the art of sewing and craft with a healthy dose of fun. 

Christina Nagi is an enthusiastic sewer and knitter who loves to teach others how to create their own wearable designs. Christina has been on the PTA Board at her children’s school where she worked to provide educational activities, after school enrichment classes, coached Lego robotics, and developed the Environmental Program and Monarch Waystation Gardens. Currently, she is a Dancing Classrooms Teaching Artist who teaches ballroom dance to 5th graders in the greater Richmond area. 

Corinna Anderson is an avid knitter and textile arts enthusiast. In the past five years, she’s taught weaving, crochet, knitting, stop-motion animation, and printmaking to elementary and middle school children. Her side hustles include parenting two adolescents, nonprofit work with Sylvia’s Sisters, studying ceramics, and making art. 

Paint Like the Masters
Instructor: Kristin Polich
Open to: Rising 7th – 9th Graders
Week: June 18 – 22, PM
Cost: $150

Students will look at famous artworks to gain inspiration to make their own. We will create paintings on paper and canvas using a variety of painting media. Open to all levels!

Kristin Polich is an artist and art teacher at SGHS. Kristin has exhibited her work throughout Richmond including artspace and the Reynolds Gallery. Kristin is a graduate of Hollins University.

Robotics
Instructor: Aubrey Martin ’11
Open to: Rising 7th – 9th Graders
Week: June 11 – 15 (AM), June 18 – 22 (PM)
Cost: $150

Imagine it, build it, and make it go! Campers will use LEGO Mindstorm kits and software to create robots. Using visual drag and drop programming, a variety of parts, and teamwork, your child can create anything, from a tow truck to a basketball shooting robot. We start right away with this hands-on camp and let the child’s creativity flow!  In this class, campers will learn basic engineering skills through trial and error testing, and they must think critically to modify their robot based on the current challenge. Campers will also gain exposure to more complex engineering concepts such as gear use.

Aubrey Martin ’11 is an alumna of both Saint Gertrude High School and Virginia Commonwealth University. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015 with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, and is currently a graduate student at Old Dominion University pursuing a master of engineering in civil and coastal engineering. This will be her eleventh year working with STEAM and robotics summer programing.

Sculpt It!
Instructor: Kristin Polich
Open to: Rising 7th – 9th Graders
Week: June 11 – 15, PM
Cost: $150

Students will use paper mache, wire, cardboard, and paint to make creative sculptures of their choice. Open to all levels!

Kristin Polich is an artist and art teacher at SGHS. Kristin has exhibited her work throughout Richmond including artspace and the Reynolds Gallery. Kristin is a graduate of Hollins University.

Sew Fun
Instructor: Christine Nagi
Open to: Rising 7th – 9th Graders
Week: June 11 – 15, PM
Cost: $235 (all fabric and materials are included)

This camp is meant for both beginner and more advanced sewers. We will be making a mini-capsule wardrobe of three pieces of clothing that will work seamlessly together and provide campers with the foundation for their own handmade wardrobe. Participants will learn the basics skills, plus many advanced skills to sewing their own clothes. All materials, including sewing machines and fabrics, are provided.

SewFun is a company that offers sewing lessons in Richmond, VA. Their mission is to teach the art of sewing with a healthy dose of fun. Christina Nagi is an enthusiastic sewer and knitter who loves to teach others how to create their own wearable designs. Christina has been on the PTA Board at her children’s school where she worked to provide educational activities, after school enrichment classes, coached Lego robotics, and developed the Environmental Program and Monarch Waystation Gardens. Currently, she is a Dancing Classrooms Teaching Artist who teaches ballroom dance to 5th graders in the greater Richmond area.

Volleyball
Instructor: Andre Spencer
Open to: Rising 7th – 9th Graders
Week: June 18 – 21, 1-4 PM
Cost: $125

This camp will focus on developing and improving the fundamental skills of the game, including passing, setting, serving, and hitting. Experienced and novice players are welcome. No experience necessary. Please note: This session will only meet FOUR days of the week. There is no volleyball session on Friday, June 22.

Andre Spencer is the head varsity volleyball coach at Saint Gertrude. He is former assistant volleyball coach at VCU and master coach for RVC JRs program. Andre is a member of the board of directors for RVC and the RVC Juniors development committee.