Ursuline Athletics Camps

Ursuline Academy offers a variety of summer athletics camps. These camps are for girls only and are under the direction of our Coaching Staff. All camps emphasize technical and tactical skills, as well as fun games and activities.

Camps are offered for:

  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Field Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball

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High School Placement Test Prep Course

If you are considering taking the HSPT this fall, let us help! This class is designed to increase your confidence, let you familiarize yourself with the test content, and to teach you test-taking strategies for any incoming 8th grade girl. The course will conclude with each student taking a practice HSPT.

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Dates: Tuesday, July 31 - Thursday, August 2

Time: Tuesday & Wednesday: 1:30 - 3:30, Thursday: 1 - 4

Location: Ursuline Academy

Don't miss 8th Grade Day on Monday, July 30!

*An additional HSPT prep course will be offered at Ursuline in the fall leading up to the High School Placement Test.


Ursuline Special Interest Summer Camps

This summer Ursuline is excited to offer a variety of summer camp opportunites for girls entering 1st through 8th grade. Spend your summer having fun and learning new things with UA teachers and student counselors!

Register today for summer fun!

Check out our Special Interest Summer Camp offerings:

    Camps for Girls Entering Grades 1 - 5:

    Cub Camp for Rising 1st and 2nd Grade Girls

    It’s never too early to be a Lion! Spend the week with Ursuline student counselors playing and learning! Campers will participate in a range of activities including sports, crafts, drama, storytelling and more.

    Date: June 4 - 8

    Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Campers should bring a packed lunch)

    Cost: $100

    Instructor: Ms. Kira Hinkle '05


    Kira Hinkle is Ursuline’s Director of Communications and an Ursuline grad from the Class of 2005! Prior to working at Ursuline she taught Montessori to grades 1-3. In her free time she loves baking and walking her dogs.

    Future Lions Camp for Rising 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Girls

    Celebrate all things Ursuline with a week of fun and engaging programming! Join your Ursuline student counselor for T-shirt tie dying, field day, art projects, science experiments, community service activities and more!

    Date: June 4 - 8

    Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Campers should bring a packed lunch)

    Cost: $100

    Instructor: Ms. Kira Hinkle '05


    Kira Hinkle is Ursuline’s Director of Communications and an Ursuline grad from the Class of 2005! Prior to working at Ursuline she taught Montessori to grades 1-3. In her free time she loves baking and walking her dogs.

    Camps for Girls Entering Grades 6 - 8:

    Creative Writing Camp (June 4 - 8)

    Do you like to write? Do you like to have fun? This camp will combine both. Campers will write, share, and sometimes perform stories, poems, memories, speeches, and even a play.

    Date: June 4 - 8

    Time: 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    Cost: $100

    Instructor: Dr. Ann Hinkle


    Annie Hinkle is an English teacher at Ursuline and the author of Composition Studies, a chapbook of poems. Why did she grow up to be a poet? She wrote a haiku about daisies in 4th grade, a poem about blueberries in 5th grade, and a story about a train in 6th grade! She had so much fun that she just had to keep writing.

    Taste of France: French Cooking and Language Camp (June 11 - 15)

    Come explore some of the most famous dishes from France! Each day, campers will make one traditional French dish based on Madame Tardivon’s own family recipes: Madeleines, quiche, mousse, crêpes, and more. Campers will make the recipe alongside Madame Tardivon and then taste their culinary creation. Campers will learn a little bit about the traditions and history behind each dish. Campers will also be introduced to cooking terms and ingredients in French, as well as some basic French phrases. At the end of each day, campers will go home with a copy of Madame Tardivon’s family recipe to make at home.

    Date: June 11 - 15

    Time: 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Cost: $100

    Instructor: Madame Sarah Tardivon


    Sarah Tardivon is a French teacher at Ursuline Academy and is the coordinator for Ursuline’s French Exchange Program with a school in Reims, France. Sarah lived in Strasbourg, France, for two years with her husband and fell in love with open-air markets and French cooking. One of the first gifts from her French in-laws was a cookbook! Sarah and her husband love to include their four children in the kitchen and share with them the wonderful world of French cooking.

    Performing Arts Camp (June 18 - 22)

    Singers, dancers, and instrumentalists of all levels are welcome to join us for a fun-filled music and dance camp! We will work on several pieces throughout the week, combining singing with dance and the playing of instruments. Whether you are a singer, dancer, or instrumentalist, you will learn techniques and improve your skills in the area of your choice, as well as participate in other fun activities in celebration of the joy of performing.

    Date: June 18 - 22

    Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Cost: $100

    Instructors: Ms. Amy Clark and Mr. Jimmy Wiederhold


    Amy Clark is the Director of Vocal Music and has been teaching at Ursuline for six years. She is also the Fall Musical Vocal Director and the Moderator for Spirit Club. Prior to teaching at Ursuline, she taught general music at St. Vivian School grades K-8. In her free time, Amy enjoys singing in her various choirs that perform throughout Cincinnati, playing sand volleyball, and spending time with her dog and cats!


    Jimmy Wiederhold is the Director of Instrumental Music and has been teaching at Ursuline for two years. He is also the Moderator for the American Sign Language Club. Aside from teaching at Ursuline, Jimmy can be found in the orchestra for many musicals around Cincinnati and Dayton. In his free time, Jimmy enjoys reading, running on trails, and spending time with his wonderful niece and nephew!


    "Print your heART out!": Printmaking Art Camp (July 9 - 13)

    We think you’ll enjoy this fast-paced camp that will have you designing, carving, and printing custom linoleum block designs and mixing them in with monotype printing processes to produce a small portfolio of experimental work. Printing techniques will then be applied to making your own personalized tote bag, jewelry, and sketchbooks! You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the history of printmaking and some famous artists who worked with the same materials and processes. You’ll also be invited to collaborate with others to make exciting and colorful designs, as well as participate in a print exchange with your fellow campers!

    Date: July 9 - 13

    Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Cost: $100

    Instructor: Ms. Jeanine Boutiere '01


    Jeanine Boutiere graduated from Ursuline in 2001 and has taught art there for 11 years. She was a printmaking and graphic design major in college and loves to share the magic of multiples that the discipline of printmaking allows. She has also served as an adjunct professor of Secondary Art Education at Xavier University and loves to travel. She looks forward to sharing her passion for printing with you!

    Photography Camp (July 16 - 20)

    Go beyond Instagram! Join us for a fun, participatory, experimental summer photo camp that will encourage creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. This “project based” photo camp is both for students with no prior photography experience and for students who want to learn new things and expand their photography skills.

    After learning about our cameras, we will spend the week doing fun projects and experiments such as….

    • Photo scavenger hunt
    • Action shots
    • What is it?
    • Plants & nature
    • A photo walk
    • A bug’s eye view
    • Photojournalism
    • My favorite thing

    Cameras will be provided!

    Date: July 16 - 20

    Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Cost: $100

    Instructor: Mr. Bob Ohr


    Bob Ohr taught art, photography, film and video for 7 years as a classroom teacher. After his teaching career, he was director of the “media/graphics lab” for Cincinnati Public Schools for 23 years. He was responsible for all brochures, newsletters, photography, film and video projects for the school system. In addition, Bob had a graphic design, photography and video business that worked for some of Cincinnati's largest firms. After his retirement in 2000, he worked as an artist-in-residence at one of CPS inner city schools. He continues his love of photography today.

    Crime Scene Investigators: Summer Forensics Camp (July 16 - 20)

    This fun-filled camp will give students a tour of the many careers in forensic science! Over the course of the week we will determine how much is right and what is wrong in TV crime scene shows. From ballistics to footprint casts, from spatter analysis to fingerprint identification, from handwriting identification to bone length comparison, this camp will allow students to think like a scientist and start on the path to solving crimes!

    Date: July 16 - 20

    Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Cost: $100

    Instructor: Ms. Becky Johnson


    Becky Johnson is a science teacher at Ursuline Academy, where she teaches chemistry, physics, and forensic science. She holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and Geology from Oberlin College, and a Masters of Divinity Degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. In addition to teaching, she enjoys hanging out with dogs, playing board games, and cheering on women’s soccer teams.

    Camp Exploration: Summer Science Camp (July 23 - 27)

    Do you think you want to be a scientist? Maybe you just want to know what causes your sunburn this summer or why you look more like your dad than your mom? What’s so serious about an oil spill and how do we clean one up? Come explore these questions and more with Ursuline science teachers this summer! In this hands-on interactive camp, we will have lots of fun conducting experiments with genetics, plants, the environment, and even a little kitchen chemistry. Don’t miss out on this great chance to learn more about the world around us!

    Date: July 23 - 27

    Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Cost: $100

    Instructors: Ms. Susan Keller Barhorst '91 and Ms. Hayden Emery Mericle '98


    Susan Barhorst has been a life science teacher at Ursuline for 21 years and is an alum of the Ursuline class of 1991. She currently teaches both Honors Biology and Biology at the freshman level. She loves watching Xavier basketball because she went to Xavier for her Bachelor and Masters degrees. In her free time, she loves to hang out with her son Joey, husband Tom and two dogs, Lucy and Baxter.


    Hayden Mericle has been a life science teacher at Ursuline for six years and is an alum of the Ursuline class of 1998. She currently teaches Anatomy and Physiology classes to Juniors and Seniors. Before Ursuline, she was an environmental scientist who studied stream pollution and endangered bats! She lives on a small farm with her husband and son and loves hiking, traveling and showing her two-year-old the wonders of nature.

    If you have any questions about summer at Ursuline, please contact Ashley Enyeart Higgins '09, Director of Admissions, at ahiggins@ursulineacademy.org