Welcome to the 2019 Summer Camp Season!

Welcome to the 2019 Summer Camp Season!

As a practical application of our mission to assist parents in the covenantal training of their children, we are pleased to offer a variety of summer camp activities to enrich students' and parents' experiences and foster a sense of wonder.

Our leaders invest their time and energy in these camps out of a genuine interest in the activities offered and a desire to share their wonder with others. All camps are staff sponsored and are the private endeavor of the camp leader. Camps are open to non-MHA individuals unless noted in the camp description. Mars Hill Academy assumes no responsibility for the content or practical arrangements made between parents and camp leaders. Mars Hill Academy reserves the right to use your child's image for online and print publications (such as next year's camp brochure) unless you request otherwise.

We hope you have a wonderful summer full of times of leisure, pursuit of hobbies, family fun, and perhaps some travel. Most of all, we hope you can get outside and enjoy God's beautiful creation!

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Youth Camp Descriptions


Algebra I

Tuesdays and Thursdays
Weeks of June 10, 17 & 24 and July 15 & 22
9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Ages: Entering grades 8 - 11

This class will cover all of the key concepts of an Algebra I course. Students who missed Algebra I or struggle with algebraic concepts going into Geometry or Algebra II would benefit from this course.

Camp Leader: Miss Betsy Thistleton
Location: Mars Hill Academy, room 209
Cost: $650, payable to Mars Hill Academy by check or online
Register online at: www.marshill.edu/camps
For information, contact: Miss Thistleton at betsy.thistleton@marshill.edu.


Basketball Shooting: Boys & Girls

Monday, June 24 – Thursday, June 27
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Ages: Entering grades 2 - 12

Become a better shooter by attending this four-day camp at MHA. This camp focuses on specialized training in all aspects of shooting, including form drills, footwork, individual moves, shooting off screens, low post moves, and shooting workouts. Camp is for boys and girls entering grades 2-12 and is 100% shooting. This camp is sure to be a popular option, so register early!

Camp Leaders: Coaches Jake Grunkemeyer and Dale Haarman
Location: Mars Hill Academy, gym
Cost: $100, payable to Mars Hill Academy by check or online
Register online at: www.marshill.edu/camps
For more information, contact:
Coach Grunkemeyer at 513-470-3724.


Basketball Skills:  Boys & Girls

Monday, June 3 – Thursday, June 6
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Ages: Entering grades 2-8

Camp will consist of offensive fundamentals, including shooting, dribbling, and ball handling, and some great 30-second drills for the driveway, as well as shooting games. Campers will be divided by grade level and each camper will receive a camp T-shirt, camp basketball, and a drill packet to take home. The camp will be run by Cincinnati HS Hall of Fame Coach Jake Grunkemeyer and other area high school coaches.

Camp Leaders: Coaches Jake Grunkemeyer and Dale Haarman
Location: Mars Hill Academy, gym
Cost: $100, payable to Mars Hill Academy by check or online
Register online at: www.marshill.edu/camps
For more information, contact:
Coach Grunkemeyer at 513-470-3724.


Composition Workshop

Monday, August 5 – Friday, August 9
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Ages: Entering grades 7 - 9

Refresh and sharpen your writing skills in preparation for the upcoming school year. Whether writing is your most favorite or least favorite thing to do, you will benefit from guided practice in the following areas: sentence structure, paragraph structure, proper grammar, effective word choice, and creative writing. The program is designed to reinforce basic skills needed for progress in the MHA composition curriculum.

Camp Leader: Mr. Andrew Stapleton
Location: Mars Hill Academy, room 210
Cost: $75, payable to Mars Hill Academy by check or online
Register online at: www.marshill.edu/camps
For more information, contact:
Mr. Andrew Stapleton at andrew.stapleton@marshill.edu.


Craft Camp: Embroidery

Monday, July 1 – Wednesday, July 3
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Ages: Entering grades 4 - 8

Start with a piece of cloth and thread. This craft camp will explore different kinds of fabrics and embroidery stitches while making several projects such as embellishments to clothes, sachets, ornaments, and decorations. Bring a shirt or pants to embellish. All other supplies will be provided.

Camp Leader: Mrs. Lisa Cunningham
Location: Mars Hill Academy, Grammar Art room
Cost: $65, payable to Mars Hill Academy by check or online
Register online at: www.marshill.edu/camps
For more information, contact:
Mrs. Lisa Cunningham at lisa.cunningham@marshill.edu.


Drama Intensive

Monday, June 10 – Friday, June 14
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
(Performance: Friday, at the end of camp)
Ages: Entering grades 7 - 12

Drama Intensive is a brief and vigorous study of the elements of acting and stagecraft. Campers will learn by doing acting games, performing monologues, acting scenes from classic plays (including Shakespeare), and performing before an audience the last day of camp. No prior experience is required, but each student will be challenged to reach maximum potential.

Camp Leader: Mr. Lyn Cunningham
Location: Mars Hill Academy, King Alfred Hall
Cost: $115, payable to Mars Hill Academy by check or online
Register online at: www.marshill.edu/camps
For more information, contact:
Mrs. Lisa Cunningham at lisa.cunningham@marshill.edu.


Future Men

Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Friday evening to Saturday morning – campout at John Bryan State Park (dads are welcome)
Ages: Young men entering grades 3 - 8

Learn the art of "Sprezzatura" as we study the principles and disciplines of becoming a complete gentleman in the historical sense of the description. Along the way we will study fencing, archery, self-defense, principles of chivalry, deference to ladies, respect for authority, and more. The week will culminate with a campout at John Bryan State Park, which will include archery, rock climbing, and rappelling.

Camp Leader: Mr. James Waldy
Location: Mars Hill Academy, King Alfred Hall
Cost: $60, payable to Mars Hill Academy by check or online
Register online at: www.marshill.edu/camps
For information, contact: Mr. James Waldy at james.waldy@marshill.edu or call 513-770-3223.


Grammar: Summer Prep

Monday – Friday
June 17 – June 28
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Ages: MHA students entering grades 3 - 6

This camp will provide a fast-paced, rigorous introduction to Grammar to help new MHA students succeed in their new grammar lessons. Existing students can benefit from this refresher course as well. This camp includes required homework.

Camp Leader: Mrs. Molly Milligan
Location: Mars Hill Academy, room 111
Cost: $200, payable to Mars Hill Academy by check or online
Register online at: www.marshill.edu/camps
For more information, contact:
Mrs. Molly Milligan at molly.milligan@marshill.edu.


Highlander Hustle Running Camp

Monday – Thursday, June 10-13
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Ages: Entering grades 2 and up

Whether you're looking to improve your form, train for short or endurance races, or just want to engage in fun running games – this camp is for you! Coach Chris Knodel, who ran cross country at a Division I university and competes in endurance triathlons, will tailor activities to help runners meet their individual running goals. Camp fee includes your entry into the Highlander Hustle event of your choice on Saturday, June 15.

Camp Leader: Mr. Chris Knodel
Location: MHA field or gym, weather depending
Cost: $65, payable to Mars Hill Academy by check or online
(Campers who register by May 29 receive a T-shirt!)
Register online at: www.marshill.edu/camps
For more information, contact:
Mrs. Lisa Knodel at lisa.knodel@marshill.edu.


Latin: Summer Preparation

Monday – Friday, June 17 - 28
9:45 – 11:15 a.m.
Ages: MHA students entering grades 5 - 8

This is a fast-paced, rigorous introduction to Latin to help new MHA students succeed in their new Latin class. Existing students can benefit from this refresher course as well. This camp includes required homework.

Camp Leader: Mrs. Lisa Cunningham
Location: Mars Hill Academy, room 109
Cost: $325, payable to Mars Hill Academy by check or online
Register online at: www.marshill.edu/camps
For more information, contact:
Mrs. Lisa Cunningham at lisa.cunningham@marshill.edu.


Music Mania

Monday, June 17 – Thursday, June 20
9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Ages: Entering grades 1 - 4

This camp is for all music-loving students entering grades 1-4! Activities will incorporate fun songs, singing games, rhythm instruments, and a composition project. Students will build basic musicianship skills, including aural skills, solfege, rhythm and music notation reading, and music appreciation. Students will perform a brief demonstration concert on the last day of camp.

Camp Leader: Mrs. Amanda Walker
Location: Mars Hill Academy, room 108
Cost: $60, payable to Mars Hill Academy by check or online
Register online at: www.marshill.edu/camps
For more information, contact:
Mrs. Amanda Walker at amanda.walker@marshill.edu.


Musical Theatre

Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
(Performance: Friday, 4 p.m.)
Ages: Entering grades 4 - 8

Join us for a fun-filled week of musical theatre camp. We will sing, dance, and act. Campers will experience the audition process, rehearsal, and a performance as we culminate our week with a mini musical performance, Friday, June 28 at 4:00 p.m. This camp is perfect for beginners and experienced performers.

Camp Leader: Mrs. Lisa Cunningham
Location: Mars Hill Academy, King Alfred Hall
Cost: $95, payable to Mars Hill Academy by check or online
Register online at: www.marshill.edu/camps
For more information, contact:
Mrs. Lisa Cunningham at lisa.cunningham@marshill.edu.


Penmanship/Calligraphy

Monday, July 15 – Friday, July 19
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Ages: Entering grades 2 - 12

This camp is for students who wish to learn to write more beautifully and express themselves artistically. Two tracks will occur simultaneously in accordance with the students' fine motor development. The objective for younger students will be beautiful cursive in the style of the American Penmanship model. For middle grade students the objective will be preliminary mastery of Spencerian Pemanship. Rhetoric-level students will aim for a calligraphy piece that conforms to the Classic Old English fonts like that which is displayed in the hallways of MHA.

Camp Leader: Mr. James Waldy
Location: Mars Hill Academy, Grammar Art Room
Cost: $50, payable to Mars Hill Academy by check or online
Register online at: www.marshill.edu/camps
For information, contact: Mr. James Waldy at james.waldy@marshill.edu or call 513-770-3223.


Phonogram Camp

Monday – Friday, July 29 – August 9
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Ages: Entering grades 1 – 2

This two-week camp is designed to equip 1st - 2nd graders with a foundation in phonograms. Using games and a multi-sensory approach, the campers will practice 55 phonograms to gain confidence and understanding of the initial sounds of the English language.

Camp Leaders: Mrs. Abby Taylor and Mrs. Becca Reeb
Location: Mars Hill Academy, rooms 317 and 318
Cost: $100, payable to Mars Hill Academy by check or online
Register online at: www.marshill.edu/camps
For more information, contact:
Mrs. Abby Taylor at abby.taylor@marshill.edu.


Pre-K Summer Camp "My Heart Leaps Up: Instilling a Sense of Wonder"

Mondays-Thursdays, weeks of June 10, 17, & 24
9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Ages: 4 - 5 (by May 31, 2019)

Bring your four- and five-year-olds to a special camp just for them! Your Pre-Kindergarten students will enjoy an exciting and enriching one, two, or three weeks as we explore the world around us. Children will have fun learning about the heavens, plants, animals, and the wonder of creation through crafts, play time, stories, singing, outdoor exploration, and more. Along the way, we'll learn character-building principles that will greatly enhance your child's learning and help to prepare them for Kindergarten.

Camp Leader: Mrs. Abigail Thistleton
Location: Mars Hill Academy, Kindergarten rooms
Cost: $75/week, to MHA by check or online
Register online at: www.marshill.edu/camps
For more information, contact: Mrs. Patsy Hall at patsy.hall@marshill.edu or 513-770-3223.


Sew Fun!

Monday, July 1– Wednesday, July 3
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Ages: Entering grades 2 - 6

Come to SEW FUN! camp and learn how to use a needle and thread to make exciting projects. This camp is perfect for beginners as well as experienced sewers. We will learn how to sew a running stitch and a whipstitch and how to sew on a button. We will put together a sewing kit and make a needle book and pin cushion. We'll also try projects like small pillows, crazy pins, "stuffies," felt wallets, stuffed animals, and embroidered book markers. Each project will be unique, because students choose the fabrics, buttons, and design.

Camp Leader: Mrs. Lisa Cunningham
Location: Mars Hill Academy, Grammar Art room
Cost: $65, payable to Mars Hill Academy by check or online
Register online at: www.marshill.edu/camps
For more information, contact:
Mrs. Lisa Cunningham at lisa.cunningham@marshill.edu.


Stage One

Monday, June 17 – Friday, June 21
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
(Performance: Friday, 3:00 p.m.)
Ages: Entering grades 1 - 3

Every child loves to play, and acting is playing in front of others. This camp provides instruction in the rudiments of drama and public presentation, in the context of a child-friendly and high-energy camp that teaches by doing. We will explore storytelling, do acting games, and act with scene partners both in class and in front of an audience. Let your child learn firsthand the delight of playacting!

Camp Leader: Mrs. Lisa Cunningham
Location: Mars Hill Academy, King Alfred Hall
Cost: $65, payable to Mars Hill Academy by check or online
Register online at: www.marshill.edu/camps
For more information, contact:
Mrs. Lisa Cunningham at lisa.cunningham@marshill.edu.


Summer Strings

Monday, June 10 – Thursday, June 13
9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Ages: Entering grades 3 and up

The Summer Strings camp is open to any violin, viola, cello, or bass player entering grades 3 and up with at least 6 months of string playing experience. String campers will play some new tunes and ensemble pieces while improving their string technique and music reading skills. Campers will perform a brief demonstration concert on the last day of camp.

Camp Leader: Mrs. Amanda Walker
Location: Mars Hill Academy, room 108
Cost: $60, payable to Mars Hill Academy by check or online
Register online at: www.marshill.edu/camps
For more information, contact:
Mrs. Amanda Walker at amanda.walker@marshill.edu.


Typing for Beginners

Monday, July 29 – Friday, August 2
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Ages: Entering grades 6 – 12

Is typing a slow, tedious, and mistake-filled experience for you? Do you want to master this useful skill? This keyboarding course could be your first step on the path to efficient, accurate typing. The camp goal is introducing campers to the basics of typing, emphasizing both technique and practice. Campers will need to bring their own computer keyboards equipped with wireless internet (such as a laptop computer). Campers will be introduced to resources they can use to continue maturing in their typing skills as they practice diligently on their own.

Camp Leader: Mr. Andrew Stapleton
Location: Mars Hill Academy, room 210
Cost: $75, payable to Mars Hill Academy by check or online
Register online at: www.marshill.edu/camps
For more information, contact:
Mr. Andrew Stapleton at andrew.stapleton@marshill.edu.


Volleyball Basics – 3rd-4th Grades

Monday, June 3 – Friday, June 7
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Ages: Girls entering grades 3 - 4

This camp provides an introduction to volleyball for all incoming 3rd-4th grade girls. Encouraging a team environment, girls will learn basic, fundamental skills while spending time with each other in a God-centered climate. Campers will participate in a "tournament" at the end of the week! No experience needed.

Camp Leader: Miss Holly Edwards
Location: Mars Hill Academy, gym
Cost: $60, payable to Mars Hill Academy by check or online
Register online at: www.marshill.edu/camps
Campers who register by May 24 receive a T-shirt!
For information, contact: Miss Holly Edwards at hollyedwards@isoc.net or call 513-808-7626.


Volleyball Skills – 5th-6th Grades

Monday, June 3 – Friday, June 7
2:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Ages: Girls entering grades 5 - 6

This camp is open to all incoming 5th - 6th grade girls. While bonding as future teammates, girls can develop basic new skills or refine existing ones in a fun, God-centered environment. We will run fun drills and games throughout the week and end with a "tournament" to show off the players' new skills. No prior training necessary.

Camp Leader: Miss Holly Edwards
Location: Mars Hill Academy, gym
Cost: $75, payable to Mars Hill Academy by check or online
Register online at: www.marshill.edu/camps
Campers who register by May 24 receive a T-shirt!
For information, contact: Miss Holly Edwards at hollyedwards@isoc.net or call 513-808-7626.


Adult Camp Descriptions

Defending Your Faith

Monday, July 29 – Thursday, August 1
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Ages: Adult

Christians are responsible for "always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you" (1 Peter 3:15, ESV). This responsibility has always been important, but it perhaps has never been more difficult – and more urgent – than it is for 21st century believers, surrounded as we are by cultural and intellectual forces that undermine our faith. This interactive class will explore critical apologetic issues, like the inspiration of the Bible, the problem of evil, and more, giving you a taste of what MHA 11th graders learn in their Apologetics course.

Camp Leader: Mr. Andrew Stapleton
Location: Mars Hill Academy, room 210
Cost: $60, payable to Mars Hill Academy by check or online
Register online at: www.marshill.edu/camps
For more information, contact:
Mr. Andrew Stapleton at andrew.stapleton@marshill.edu.


Foundation of Biblical Ethics

Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Ages: Adult

The call of Christ requires that His disciples take a stand for right against wrong. However, distinguishing right from wrong in a complex world has never been easy. Advances in technology have made it more difficult than ever to construct a durable system of ethics. This course explores the biblical foundations for ethical decision making and how the Bible should inform the believer's approach to moral controversies from "white lies" to euthanasia and biotechnology.

Camp Leader: Dr. Christopher Jero
Location: Mars Hill Academy, room 207
Cost: $60, payable to Mars Hill Academy by check or online
Register online at: www.marshill.edu/camps
For more information, contact: Dr. Christopher Jero at christopher.jero@marshill.edu or call 513-467-1147.


Hope in the Darkest Hour: 1 & 2 Kings

Monday, June 3 – Friday, June 7
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Ages: Adult

The books of 1 & 2 Kings follow the history of the kingdom of Israel from its glory days under Solomon to its eventual collapse. Yet the royal history is merely the backdrop for the books' message. 1 & 2 Kings aim to address hearts that feel let down by God, to help them understand their circumstances, to show them where hope is to be found, and to ground their confidence in the Word of God. Participants in this study will discover the message of 1 & 2 Kings and how it is relevant for believers today, especially those who struggle to believe the promises of God.

Camp Leader: Dr. Christopher Jero
Location: Mars Hill Academy, room 207
Cost: $60, payable to Mars Hill Academy by check or online
Register online at: www.marshill.edu/camps
For more information, contact: Dr. Christopher Jero at christopher.jero@marshill.edu or call 513-467-1147.


That was Epic: Babylon's Epic Literature

Monday, August 5 – Thursday, August 8
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Ages: Adult

The first stories MHA 9th graders read in our Humanities curriculum are those of ancient Babylon: the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Epic of Creation. These are not only among the world's oldest works of literature, but also are fascinating, challenging, and (in some places) troubling. Please join this interactive class to discover what an "epic" really is, how the literature of Babylon sheds light on Israel's Scripture, and how these old stories still point us toward truth today. Participants will be encouraged, but not required, to read the works under consideration – copies will be available to be borrowed free of charge.

Camp Leader: Mr. Andrew Stapleton
Location: Mars Hill Academy, room 210
Cost: $60, payable to Mars Hill Academy by check or online
Register online at: www.marshill.edu/camps
For more information, contact:
Mr. Andrew Stapleton at andrew.stapleton@marshill.edu.