Welcome to the 2018 Summer Camp Season!

Welcome to the 2018 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


Astronomy

Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 3
Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday: Field trip, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday: Evening excursion included
Ages: Entering grades 5 - 12

Explore the wonders of the cosmos by studying planets, constellations, and galaxies. Along the way we will build model rockets and learn the art of "skycraft." Wednesday features a day trip to the Cincinnati Observatory and the Planetarium at the Creation Museum. Friday features rocket launching and an evening excursion for stargazing. All necessary materials will be provided.

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.


Basketball Shooting: Boys & Girls

Monday, June 25 – Thursday, June 28
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Ages: Entering grades 3 - 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 3-8 and is 100% shooting. This camp is sure to be a popular option, so register early!

Camp Leaders: Coaches Jake Grunkemeyer and Sam Ricketts
Location: Mars Hill Academy, gym
Cost: $99, 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 4 – Thursday, June 7
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Ages: Entering grades 3 - 8

Camp will consist of offensive fundamentals - 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. Each will receive a camp T-shirt, camp basketball, and a drill packet to take home. The camp will be run by MHA Athletic Director Sam Ricketts, Cincinnati HS Hall of Fame Coach Jake Grunkemeyer, and other area high school coaches.

Camp Leaders: Coaches Jake Grunkemeyer and Sam Ricketts
Location: Mars Hill Academy, gym
Cost: $99, 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 6 – Friday, August 10
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: Strings and Things

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – July 2-6
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Ages: Entering grades 4 - 8

Start with a piece of string and make a beautiful thing. This craft camp will explore different kinds of strings, yarns, and threads as we make jewelry and decorations. Options may include learning about knitting, crochet, and embroidery.

Camp Leader: Mrs. Lisa Cunningham
Location: Mars Hill Academy, Grammar Art room
Cost: $60, 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 11 – Friday, June 15
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 Leaders: Mr. Lyn and Miss Esther Cunningham
Location: Mars Hill Academy, King Alfred Hall
Cost: $110, 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 23 – Friday, July 27
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 Preparation

Monday – Friday
June 11 – June 22
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 Leaders: Mrs. Traci DeBra and Mrs. Molly Milligan
Location: Mars Hill Academy, room 301
Cost: $175, payable to Mars Hill Academy by check or online
Register online at: www.marshill.edu/camps
For more information, contact:
Mrs. Traci DeBra at traci.debra@marshill.edu.


Keyboarding for Beginners

Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20
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 word processing software (such as a laptop computer). Campers will take home with them the resources they need 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.


Latin: Summer Preparation

Monday – Friday, June 11 - 22
9:45 – 11:15 a.m.
Ages: MHA students entering grades 5 - 7

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 Leaders: Mrs. Lisa and Miss Esther Cunningham
Location: Mars Hill Academy, room 301
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.


Mallet Madness Camp

Monday, August 6 – Thursday, August 9
1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Ages: Entering grades 2 - 6

This camp is for any music-loving students entering grades 2-6. We will spend the week playing the xylophone, metallophone, and glockenspiel. We will explore musical concepts such as beat, rhythm, melody, and harmony while playing and composing melodies and accompaniments.

Camp Leader: Miss Amanda Hall
Location: Mars Hill Academy, room 301
Cost: $60, payable to Mars Hill Academy by check or online
Register online at: www.marshill.edu/camps
For more information, contact:
Miss Amanda Hall at amanda.hall@marshill.edu.


Musical Theatre

Monday, June 25 – Friday, June 29
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 29 at 2:00 p.m. This camp is perfect for beginners and experienced performers.

Camp Leaders: Mrs. Lisa and Miss Esther Cunningham
Location: Mars Hill Academy, King Alfred Hall
Cost: $90, 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.


Phonogram Camp

Monday – Friday, July 30 – August 10
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 Leader: Mrs. Abby Taylor
Location: Mars Hill Academy, room 317
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 Camp: "My Heart Leaps Up: Instilling a Sense of Wonder"

Mondays-Thursdays, weeks of June 11, 18, & 25
9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Ages: 4 - 5 (by May 31, 2018)

Bring your four- and five-year-olds to a special camp just for them! Your Pre-Kindergarten students will enjoy an exciting and enriching 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, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – July 2-6
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: $60, 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 Drama Camp

Monday, June 25 – Friday, June 29
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
(Performance: Friday, 11:00 a.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 Leaders: Mrs. Lisa and Miss Esther Cunningham
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 more information, contact:
Mrs. Lisa Cunningham at lisa.cunningham@marshill.edu.


Stained Glass Creation

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday,
July 30-August 3
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Ages: Entering grades 5 - 12

Learn the art of simple stained class creation. Students will be grouped according to age with the level of challenge increasing accordingly. All materials will be provided. Students may bring a proposed pattern for creation (limited to 10-12 pieces) or choose from patterns provided in the class.

Camp Leader: Mr. James Waldy
Location: Mars Hill Academy, Grammar Art Room
Cost: $80, 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.


Summer Strings

Monday, August 6 – Thursday, August 9
9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Ages: Entering grades 3 - 10

The Summer Strings camp is open to any violin, viola, cello, or bass player entering grades 3-10 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: Miss Amanda Hall
Location: Mars Hill Academy, room 301
Cost: $60, payable to Mars Hill Academy by check or online
Register online at: www.marshill.edu/camps
For more information, contact:
Miss Amanda Hall at amanda.hall@marshill.edu.


Volleyball Skills Camp: Grades 3 & 4

Monday, June 4 – Friday, June 8
9:00 – 10:00 a.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 Leaders: Coaches Erin and Holly Edwards
Location: Mars Hill Academy, gym
Cost: $50, payable to Mars Hill Academy by check or online
Register online at: www.marshill.edu/camps
Campers who register by May 29 receive a T-shirt!
For information, contact: Miss Holly Edwards at hollyedwards@isoc.net or call 513-808-7626.


Volleyball Skills Camp: Grades 5 & 6

Monday, June 4 – Friday, June 8
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 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 Leaders: Coaches Erin and 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 29 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 16 – Thursday, July 19
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.


The Messiah I Never Knew: 1-2 Samuel

Monday, June 11 – Friday, June 15
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Ages: Adult

While 1 Samuel describes David as "a man according to God's heart," both liberal and conservative interpreters have denigrated David's character, regarding him as a weak monarch at best, at worst a conniving tyrant who used propaganda to leave a false legacy. However, with a proper understanding of 1 and 2 Samuel, we will see some of the very features held up as evidence of David's weakness are those in which God's character shines forth most powerfully. This course demonstrates how the books of 1 and 2 Samuel function to present a model messiah. It further demonstrates that Jesus is the Great Messiah precisely because he is like David. This class is appropriate for helping equip Bible teachers to handle the Scriptures, as well as individuals seeking personal edification. Rhetoric School Bible teacher Dr. Christopher Jero has taught Old Testament survey at both the junior high and seminary levels and has recently published an article on the interpretation of Old Testament narrative.

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.


Sitting at the Feet of Mark

Monday – Thursday, July 23 – August 2
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Ages: Adult

Many Christians look upon the Gospel of Mark as simply an abridged version of Matthew. Some view it as a biography of Jesus that imparts practical truth only in its "red letters" or in the historical examples it presents. This interactive class leads participants to recognize Mark as a master theologian, a brilliant artist, and a forceful defender of the faith. Mark comes to us with a precise message about Jesus of Nazareth that he wants us to understand, and he crafts his message subtly yet powerfully such that the reader cannot remain unchanged. This class is appropriate for helping equip Bible teachers to handle the Scriptures, as well as individuals seeking personal edification.

Camp Leader: Dr. Christopher Jero
Location: Mars Hill Academy, room 207
Cost: $80, 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 6 – Thursday, August 9
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. Class participation, too, will be encouraged but not required.

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.