Griffin Gateways: Camps for Learners of All Ages and Abilities

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Learning elevates the individual as well as the community. In our mission to serve the dear neighbor, Fontbonne is proud to offer a variety of camps and workshops that give children and adults opportunities to explore special interests, improve life skills and lay the groundwork for future studies.

From Girls in Science to Cyber Warrior Camp, our programs cover a range of topics, including several options for children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and adults with language difficulties (aphasia) due to stroke or other conditions. Camps meet on our main Clayton campus as well as venues throughout the St. Louis area. Scholarships to some camps are available for qualifying students.

Group of people participating in Aphasia Boot Camp.

Aphasia Boot Camp

The Aphasia Boot Camp is a six-week intensive program for people with aphasia, put on every summer by Fontbonne’s Communication Disorders and Deaf Education Department and is part of The Eardley Family Clinic for Speech, Language and Hearing.
Campers having fun while playing outdoors.

Camp FIRE (DHH)

Camp FIRE (Fontbonne Inspires Reading Excitement) is a summer theme-based literacy program for school-aged children who are deaf/hard of hearing (DHH) held on the Fontbonne University campus since 2012.
Cyber Warrior campers smiling for photo.

Cyber Warrior Camp

Learn cybersecurity principles, safe online behavior, detecting SPAM and phishing, availability, confidentiality, integrity and how to think like an adversary.

Coding in Scratch: Game Design

Create your own games using Scratch — a coding language developed at MIT to teach the fundamentals of programming. During this one-week camp, students entering grades 6–9 will learn how to design racing games, maze games, platform games, role player games, and more!

GOALS Camp

This camp is designed to bridge learners’ skills in the areas of communication while also providing fun summer interactions and camp-based learning for students in kindergarten (previously enrolled) through 8th grade. This is a great camp for students who may not qualify for their public school-based ESY program — or who would like just a bit more therapy over the summer.

Girls in Science

Girls in Science is a program designed to allow young women to learn about science by experiencing the practice of science. Unlike many camp programs, Girls in Science allows girls to identify their own research questions and implement experiments to test these questions.

Math Lab STL (DHH)

At the Math Lab STL, learners who are deaf/hard of hearing engage in mathematical exploration while receiving language and vocabulary support.  Participants integrate study of number sense, geometry, patterns/relationships, measurement and data analysis.
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Math Literacy Camp

Over the course of this camp, students will read “The Number Devil” by Hans Magnus Enzensberger. The book covers the adventures of the Number Devil and Robert, a school-aged boy experiencing mathematical nightmares. Chapter by chapter, students will learn key mathematical concepts and how to apply them.
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