Student Life

Summer Camps 2024

Student Life

Summer Camps 2024

The Aquinas Institute runs a variety of summer camps–allowing current, incoming, and future students to experience AQ athletics, as well as Aquinas' fine and performing arts!

Below you will find helpful information about each of our camps to help you plan your summer.

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List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • + Baseball Camp

    When: June 26-28, 9:00-11:30 a.m. (Grades 1-3) & 12:00-2:30 p.m. (Grades 4-8)
    Where: Aquinas Varsity Baseball Field
    Who: Boys and girls, grades 1-8
    Cost: $90
    Players of all ability levels will be challenged with specific skill instruction and drill work throughout our camps. Drill progressions will be focused on developing good habits while improving overall baseball skills. Each camp will cover the skills of pitching, hitting, catching, fielding, and base running. The following items are required: sneakers, baseball cleats, glove, baseball hat, water bottle, protective cup. Players are not required but are strongly encouraged to bring their own bat, helmet, and catcher’s equipment (if appropriate).
    Coaching Staff
    Ray Manioci – Camp Director
    Ray Manioci has been the Varsity Head Coach for 7 years, and has worked in the program for 11 years. He is a member of the 2016 Section V Championship team and has extensive experience developing players at all age levels.
    Staff Assistants: Current coaches, players, and alumni will be on hand to assist throughout the camp.
    Camp Outlook
    Offense
    Approach, swing mechanics, bunting, situational hitting
     
    Defense
    Position specific drills, mental approach
     
    Pitching
    Mechanics, pick off moves, arm care/strengthening
     
    Catching
    Mechanics, blocking, throwing
     
    Base Running
    Proper leads, situational running; advancing, filling in; stealing
     
    Assorted Skills & Drills
    Showcase style workouts, various games, guest speakers/instructors
    Questions should be directed to Aquinas Varsity Baseball Coach & Camp Director, Ray Manioci ’08, at rmanioci@naritagospel.net.

  • + Boys Lacrosse Camp

    When: June 24-27, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Where: Wegman Stadium at Aquinas
    Who: Boys in grades 3-8
    Cost: $125

    Questions should be directed to Aquinas Varsity Boys Lacrosse Coach & Camp Director, Terry Corcoran, at tcorcor22@gmail.com.

  • + Girls Softball Camp

    When: July 8-10, 9:00-11:00 a.m. (Grades 4-6) & 1:00-3:00 p.m. (Grades 7-12)
    Where: Aquinas Softball Fields
    Who: Girls in grades 4-12
    Cost: $90
     
    Players of all ability levels will be challenged with specific skill instruction and drill work throughout our camps. Drill progressions will be focused on developing good habits while improving overall baseball skills. Each camp will cover the skills of pitching, hitting, catching, fielding, and base running. The following items are required: sneakers, softball cleats, glove, and water bottle.  Players are not required but are strongly encouraged to bring their own bat, helmet, and catcher’s equipment (if appropriate).
    Coaching Staff
    Head Softball Coach: Jeff Page
    Assistant Coaches: Jim Shook and Angela Buttles
    Modified Coach: Mike O’Meara
    Aquinas Players and Alumni
     
    Camp Outlook
    Offense
    Approach, swing mechanics, bunting, situational hitting
     
    Defense
    Position specific drills, mental approach
     
    Pitching
    Mechanics, pick off moves, arm care/strengthening
     
    Catching
    Mechanics, blocking, throwing
     
    Base Running
    Proper leads, situational running; advancing, filling in; stealing
     
    Assorted Skills & Drills
    Showcase style workouts, various games, guest speakers/instructors
     
    Questions should be directed to Jeff Page ’90, Aquinas Head Softball Coach & Camp Director, at jpage@naritagospel.net.

  • + Boys Soccer Camp

    When: July 8-10, 8:00-11:00 a.m.
    Where: Wegman Stadium at Aquinas
    Who: Boys entering grades 4-8
    Cost: $125

    The 2024 Aquinas Boys Soccer Camp will include technical and skill development, small-sided games, and learning through playing. The camp will focus on player development and gaining a better understanding of the game.  All of this will be accomplished in a safe, positive and encouraging environment.
     
    Questions should be directed to Aquinas Varsity Boys Soccer Coach & Camp Director, Josh Gleason ’94, at Joshgleason19@gmail.com.

  • + Basketball Camp

    When: July 15-17, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
    Where:
    Wegman-Napier Gym at Aquinas
    Who: Boys and girls, grades 3-8
    Cost: $70

    The objective of the camp is to provide an opportunity for youth basketball players to experience the offensive and defensive aspects of basketball. Emphasis will be on providing each participant with basketball fundamentals as well as specialty skills.
     
    Questions should be directed to Aquinas Varsity Boys Basketball Coach & Camp Director, Jeff LaFave, at jlafave@naritagospel.net.

  • + Cheerleading Camp

    When: July 15-17, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
    Where: Aquinas Field House
    Who: Girls and boys, grades K-6
    Cost: $80
     
    Aquinas' cheerleading coaching staff and experienced varsity athletes will teach campers skills in stunting, tumbling, jumps, sideline cheers, and dance. Games and fun will also be included! The following items are required: sneakers, water bottle, and a positive attitude. Beginners are highly encouraged and welcome! Campers will put on a parent show at 6:45 p.m. on the last day.
     
    Questions should be directed to Taylor Herman ‘11, Aquinas Varsity Cheerleading Coach & Camp Director, at Aquinascheer@gmail.com.

  • + Girls Volleyball Camp

    When: July 22-24, 3:00-5:00 p.m. (arrive at 2:45 p.m.)
    Where: Aquinas Field House
    Who: Girls in grades 6-12
    Cost: $80

    The mission of the Aquinas Volleyball Camp is to increase the knowledge of the overall game of volleyball with a focus on the AQ values of Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge. The camp stresses fundamentals, mechanics, and skill development. Camp is designed to develop the overall abilities of each individual player, and help players at all levels - modified, junior varsity, and varsity - succeed at the next level of volleyball. The following items are required: sneakers, knee pads, water bottle, and a positive attitude!
     
    Coaching Staff
    Head Varsity Girls Volleyball Coach: Brooke England
    Head JV Coach: Jason Hinchcliffe
    Head Modified Coach: Matt Landfried
    Head Modified Coach: Shawna Miller
    Volunteer Alumni Volleyball Players
     
    Camp Outlook
     
    Teaching the Fundamentals of the Game • Offense • Approach Jump Footwork • Passing Technique • Mechanics • Serving • Defensive Positioning • Position Specific Drills • Mental Approach • Overall Learning of the Game of Volleyball
     
    Setting • Mechanics • Jump Training • Strengthening • Mechanics • Blocking Technique • Attacking the Ball • Basic Understanding of the Game.
     
    Assorted Skills & Drills • Tournament Style Play • Continuous Play • Overall FUN!
     
    Questions should be directed to Brooke England, Aquinas Varsity Girls Volleyball Coach & Camp Director, at bengland@naritagospel.net.

  • + Theatre Summer Program

    Aladdin Jr for students currently enrolled in grades 1-5 in Diocese of Rochester schools only or students who have already registered for Aquinas.
     
    Cost: $300
     
    Audition Dates & Times: 
    June 17th, 4:30-6:00 p.m. (current 1st & 2nd grade students)
    June 18th, 4:30-6:30 p.m. (current 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade students) 
     
    Camp Dates & Times:
    Aug. 5-9, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Aug. 12-16, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
     
    Dress Rehearsal: Aug. 16th, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
    Performances: Aug. 17th at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
     
    About the Program:
    Join us at Aquinas Institute to take the story of Aladdin to the stage! Students will transform into beloved characters such as Aladdin, Jasmine, Jafar, and of course, the Genie! At auditions, students will learn part of a song and dance as well as practice acting out a scene from the show. Shortly after, they will receive the roles they will play in the production and their scripts, so that when we start rehearsing in August, they will be ready to jump right in! Rehearsals will consist of learning songs, dances, and putting it all together on stage. Students will also participate in creating some crafts for the show. 
     
     
    About the Director:
    Brynna Dinsmore is excited to be back at Aquinas this summer directing Aladdin Jr! As the music teacher for St. Lawrence and Saint Kateri schools, she has directed many musical productions with students in grades K-5. Mrs. Dinsmore has a passion for musical theater and has done everything from choreographing and vocal directing, to participating herself. She loves to see her students gain confidence and new skills by participating in musical theater and can’t wait to see the cast shine this summer in Aladdin Jr!
     
    Questions should be directed to Camp Director, Brynna Dinsmore, at Brynna.Dinsmore@dor.org.

  • + AQ Adventures in Art Camp

    When: August 12-16, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
    Where: Aquinas Fine Arts Center
    Who: Boys and girls, grades 1-9
    Cost: $275

    In this week-long camp, children will experience what it's like to see, create, and curate like an artist. We will draw, paint, sculpt, capture photos, and take part in many art adventures. Music, dance, and theatre will be incorporated into the program so we can make connections to every way of creating and expressing ourselves. Each day of camp is unique with varied arts curriculum and all supplies are included. Campers will bring their own water bottle and lunch. Snacks will be provided daily, and pizza will be a lunch option on Friday.
     
    Questions should be directed to Aquinas Fine Arts Department Chair & Camp Director, Lorin Easton, at leaston@naritagospel.net.

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