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Summer at Gibbons
Rachelle Garbarine

It may still be winter, but it is time to start thinking about summer camp. From academics and athletics to the performing arts, Cardinal Gibbons Summer Programs 2019 has something to offer every camper.

Gibbons students with campers at Robotics Summer Camp.

Registration is now open for all the camps, which provide a stimulating and invigorating environment for children and teenagers who want to maximize their summer experience. To that end, summer days on Gibbons’ campus are filled with activities and events that inform and engage campers, helping them to have fun and make new friends. Camp participants will become part of a summer tradition that thousands of campers have participated in over the years.

“Gibbons camps are distinct because of the involvement of our students, our alumni, our educators, and our coaches who run the camps and interact with campers,” said Science Educator Sarah Kuszaj ’95, who is also the Summer Programs Coordinator. “Campers experience what it is like to be a part of Gibbons and when they become students here they carry on a legacy when they work at the camps themselves and give back to the school. The same is true for our alumni.”

Campers choose from a diverse selection of summer offerings. They range from traditional favorites like drama camps and the ever-popular sports camps to robotics. This year, dance camp is returning after a brief hiatus; and it has been expanded to accept students in third grade, a first for the program, Kuszaj noted. 

Students at Gibbons summer music camp.

So, what are the most common reasons parents say they choose Gibbons camps for their children? “What I hear from parents is that they are really impressed by how much their children enjoy the experience and how much they gain from it," Kuszaj said, adding that many campers return year after year for those same reasons.

That has been the case for Gibbons freshman Grace Bretzius ’22, who has attended soccer camp since she was a rising fifth grader. Grace said that what she liked about the camp was “how involved the coaches were with each athlete, and how they helped me personally train for soccer.”

She also said that she met students from other schools who she is friends with at Gibbons this year.  “This,” she added, “made my transition to high school easier.”

All the camps take place at our Edwards Mill Road campus. To register, please visit www.cghsnc.org/summerprograms.