Every Summer, the St. Thomas community welcomes close to 150 children from Overland Park and surrounding communities to our slate of enriching summer camps. Through our five summer camp opportunities we seek to share the love of Christ and encourage children and youth to embrace their call as God’s people to love and serve one another through outreach, bible learning, the arts and more!
Episcopal Diocese of Kansas MEGA CAMP: June 4-10, 2023
This *sleep away* summer camp is for children entering 4th Grades through their Freshman year of college and takes place at Camp Wood YMCA in the beautiful Kansas Flint Hills near Elmdale, Kansas. MEGA CAMP is THREE camps in ONE, with an Elementary Camp (4th-6th grades); a Junior High Camp (7th-9th grades) and a High School Camp (10th grade through incoming College Freshman) with each camp occupying it’s own space on the sprawling Camp Wood Grounds, and conducting its own developmentally appropriate programming and worship activities.
“Reaching Out to the Community” (R.O.T.C.) Day Camps
For 15+ years, St. Thomas has offered our children and youth, and the children and youth of the surrounding community the opportunity to engage with people throughout the Kansas City area through acts of service and mercy in an effort to promote understanding and awareness of the needs of others and our call to love our neighbors as ourselves. Our R.O.T.C. Day Camps are held 3 weeks of the summer by age groups (Elementary, Middle School, and High School). Elementary and Middle School students join us from 9AM to 3PM for one week each for days of service and fun-filled fellowship time, while our High Schoolers spend one week (including overnights) preparing, planning and executing a Vacation Bible Camp with our partner parish St. Johns Episcopal Church of Parsons, Kansas while learning about the importance of mentoring, spiritual guidance and issues related to rural poverty.
MIDDLE SCHOOL “R.O.T.C.” June 12-16 (8AM to 4PM) for incoming 6th-9th Graders- CLICK HERE
HIGH SCHOOL “R.O.T.C.” June 19-23 (Overnights*) for incoming 9th grade through College Freshmen – CLICK HERE
ELEMENTARY “R.O.T.C.” July 11-15 (9AM to 3PM) for incoming 3rd-6th Graders – CLICK HERE
VBC 2023: BE who YOU are called to BE! (Vacation Bible Camp) **Evenings w/Dinner – Family Style Camp!*
Just as Isaiah says “Here I am, Lord! Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8) We will spend our evenings together exploring through bible stories, crafts, music and games all the things God calls us to be and to do in this world! (Children’s programming is geared toward preschoolers through incoming 6th graders. Older children are warmly welcomed to volunteer, and service hours can be verified by the VBS director.) **Please note that this is a SUNDAY-THURSDAY program running from 5:00-8:00 PM each evening. THURSDAY IS FAMILY NIGHT! All are welcome as we share our closing worship, followed by all-church picnic and fun night w/BOUNCY HOUSE!!
CLICK HERE to register!
Youth Mission Trip to the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky: July 16-22
Incoming 6th graders through college freshman are invited to engage in a week of service to those impacted and still struggling with the aftermath of last fall’s floods in that region. We will engage with the community, hearing stories and learning more about the realities of rural poverty and its impact on disaster recovery in this region. For more information and to sign up for the mission trip, please contact Rev. Kelly Demo at .
If you are interested in making a monetary donation to the Mission Trip Fund, CLICK HERE!
ARTS CAMP 2023: July 24-28 from 9AM to 3PM
Incoming 1st through 6 graders are invited to join us from 9AM to 3PM for classes taught by local experts in each field as they work to prepare their art, drama and dance as a production to share with parents at our Showcase and Gallery from 3-4PM on Friday, July 28!
CLICK HERE to register!