University Club of St. Paul

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Camp U Club - Children's Summer Programming

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Summer Guide 2014

SPLASH Newsletter - July 7th, 2014

Fine Arts Program
With the summer months come a flurry of outdoor activities for our younger members. Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to noon, Camp U Club is in full swing with programming including: the children's summer reading program, dive-in movies, field trips, various sports, board games, a garden, and an arts and crafts program. In addition to its morning offerings, the club hosts Friday Night Weenie Roasts, with complimentary s'mores and hot dogs poolside for children and their families.

The arts and crafts program provides a variety of fun and educational events throughout the summer, infusing the arts into core curricular subject matter such as science, history, language, culture, and mathematics. The arts and crafts program is headed up by students or graduates majoring in a Teaching Artist Program all of whom have at least two years' experience teaching in local public schools, community centers, or inner-city youth programs.

Field Trips

7/11 - Canoe Trip
8/6 - Fort Snelling
8/11 - 8/13 - Stout's Island

Swim Program

All kids between the ages of 5 and 15 are eligible to join the University Club's swim team.The Swimming Team at the club is centered around the development of technique for the four competitive strokes, Freestyle, Breaststroke, Backstroke and Butterfly. Each camper will participate in one of 5 swimming group based on their skill level and/or age. Each class will run for 45 minutes each day. During the summer the team will swim against teams from other clubs in the St. Paul area. Emphasis is put on participation and competition. Our coaching staff is a mix of veteran coaches and past high school and college swimmers. Our goal is to see an improvement in technique and stamina by the end of the summer. 

John Thomas is our Head Swim Coach of the swim program. A graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in Health and Physical Education, his background, working with children of all ages, is a great asset to the program. Swimming is one of his passions and his expertise in all facets of this sport will help everyone in the program reach their potential. In the past he coached the Edina High School Girls team to 3 state championships, and developed several state championship swimmers in USA clubs throughout the Twin Cities.

Nick Katsiotis will be the Assistant Swim Coach. Nick has been a swimmer at the University Club in his youth, and swam with Cretin High School and a number of USA Swim Clubs throughout the state. A student at the University of Colorado at Boulder, he is participating in swimming during the school year. This Summer he will be working as the assistant coach and a lifeguard, and is looking forward to another great Summer at the pool.

Swim Team Events
7/23 - Pasta Feed at The University Club (6 - 8 pm)
8/1 - End of Season Banquet at The St. Paul Athletic Club (6 - 8 pm)

Swim Meets
6/17 - Somerset @ University Club (1 pm start)
6/19 - White Bear Yacht Club @ University Club (1 pm start)
6/24 - University Club @ St. Paul Tennis Club (1 pm start)
6/26 - Jewish Community Center @ University Club (1 pm start)
7/8 - University Club @ Delwood Country Club (11:30 am start)
7/15 - University Club @ Pool & Yacht Club (9:30 am start)
7/24 - INTER-CLUB MEET @ St. Paul Tennis Club (9:15 am start)

Tennis Camp
All members between the ages of 5 and 15 may enroll in the University Club's tennis camp to enhance their skill and technique. Our coaches focus on the basic tennis strokes as well as game strategy and always emphasize the importance of having fun. Organized group and private lessons are also available for any ages.  Tennis matches are arranged with with other private clubs. 

Stouts Island Lodge Camping Trip

In August, the club's younger demographic is invited on the very popular camping trip to Stout's Island Lodge ( With their sleeping bags, tents, fishing poles, and bug spray, the kids and their chaperones head off for a three-day camping trip on the private rustic island... an excellent way to wrap up the summer!