A Gibbons Summer
Rachelle Garbarine
Campers enjoying robotics camp.

The dog days of summer are here and so are Gibbons Summer Programs, offering camps that educate, engage, entertain, and enchant.

To that end, summer 2019 is shaping up to be one of opportunity for the more than 800 participants who are exploring and learning through dozens of camps in athletics, academics, and the performing arts. Among them are longstanding favorites like football, basketball, drama, percussion, and robotics along with newer offerings like media and academic writing. Different camps also cater to different age groups, from children just starting elementary school to students nearing the end of high school.

“One of the things I enjoy the most about working with the summer programs is watching the interactions between our students and the campers and how excited they each get. The excitement of our campers can be infectious,”  said Sarah Kuszaj ’95, summer program coordinator and a Gibbons science educator. “Earlier this summer I overheard a basketball camper say to his mom, thank you for sending me to this camp, he looked exhausted, but obviously just had an amazing experience and that’s why I love being here during the summer.

“One of the things I enjoy the most about working with the summer programs is watching the interactions between our students and the campers and how excited they each get. The excitement of our campers can be infectious,”  said Sarah Kuszaj ’95, summer program coordinator and a Gibbons science educator.

Dedicated coaches, educators, student leaders, as well as alumni, direct all of the camps. Mindful of that, some 25 alumni returned to their alma mater this summer to work as counselors, sharing not only their knowledge but also, in many instances, their own experiences as Gibbons campers with this year’s participants.

To be sure, Summer at Gibbons is filled with exciting programs that provide participants with hands-on experiences and unforgettable Gibbons memories. It also offers campers the opportunity to embrace the Gibbons culture, become part of the school community, and join a tradition of success.

This the second consecutive year Peggy Hudome Weavil has sent her middle-school-age daughter, Veronica to strings ensemble camp.  Her older daughter, Felicity, is a rising junior at Gibbons.

“Veronica really enjoyed camp last year and it is a great way to get her excited to practice over the summer,” said Peggy, noting that the hope is that Veronica “will learn some new songs, work on technique, and practice playing in a group.”

Veronica, a student at TFS, explained that she wanted to attend the camp again, “because it was fun, and oh, I learned a lot.”

Looking to the future, Peggy added that Veronica, “already has decided she wants to attend Cardinal Gibbons High School.”

To learn more about Gibbons Summer Programs and be ready for Summer 2020, please visit. Registration opens in February.

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