Mount Carmel High School summer camps had the largest turnout in school history.
With summer camps catering to both academics and athletics, Mount Carmel High School brought in more than 550 elementary school students earlier this summer.
The 13 unique four-day programs welcomed students from all over Chicagoland to the Northwest Indiana areas.
The nine athletic camps offered incredible opportunities to work and train with some of Mount Carmel’s well-known coaches including Illinois All-Time Winningest Football Coach Frank Lenti (La Grange), Daily Southtown Boys Soccer Coach of the Year Antonio Godinez (Clearing), and Former Iowa All-American and four-time Indiana wrestling state champion, Alex Tsirtsis (Munster, Ind.).
“I had a fun time getting to learn from some of the Mount Carmel players and made new friends, too,” said Luke Segroves (Beverly), an incoming third-grader at Christ the King, when asked about his experiences at the lacrosse and basketball camps.
The academics portion highlighted several topics for students to choose from, such as Greek/Roman mythology, Chicago history, architecture and stand-up comedy. The academic sessions exceeded the normal classroom experience through activities such as walking tours of neighboring communities.
Students were immersed in the rich culture surrounding the Mount Carmel Campus campus, visiting the Japanese Garden in Jackson Park, the Nuclear Energy statue at the University of Chicago, and the Robie House, a National Historic Landmark.
“I think it’s a great opportunity to meet other kids, have fun, and learn outside of that traditional classroom,” said Mr. Sean Sweany (Lakeview), Mount Carmel Latin teacher and Roman/Greek mythology camp moderator.
In his session, Sweany utilized classroom learning with hands-on experience by lecturing for the first half, followed by an activity to recreate events, such as the Olympic games and chariot races, to show students the excitement of learning.
The summer camp students utilized Mount Carmel’s recently renovated classrooms, which include Smart TVs, writable walls, and more classroom tools that support the unique needs of 21st-century male learners.
“I hope that [the students] want to learn more about everything that we’re touching on just in brief and go check out a book, movie, or research the Internet and get some more information from what we learned during these four days of camp.”
In addition to improving academic and athletic abilities, the overall mission of each camp is give prospective students and their families a solid perception of the values and teachings Mount Carmel High School.
“I think the most important thing here is that they’re on campus and they get to see Mount Carmel High School,” commented Varsity Basketball Head Coach Phil Segroves (Beverly). “What I reminded our student-athletes here at Mount Carmel is that these young boys are looking at you for guidance. It’s great for [the campers] to see what a ‘Man of Carmel’ looks like.”
Mount Carmel will also host two open houses this upcoming fall on Sunday, October 29th and Sunday, November 19.
To hear more from Beverly native Phil Segroves about Mount Carmel’s basketball camp, visit the school’s YouTube link:
To learn more about the academic camps, visit https://youtu.be/mdk3NdTIQJQ.
Mount Carmel High School is Chicago’s premier college preparatory school for young men.
Located just south of the Museum of Science and Industry, the University of Chicago, and future Obama Presidential Center, Mount Carmel attracts students from all across the Chicagoland area. Over a century after Mount Carmel’s founding in 1900, under the leadership of the Carmelites, the school continues to fulfill its mission to live with zeal for God, for life, and for learning.
If you would like to visit Mount Carmel, you can schedule a Shadow Day or private tour by contacting Director of Admissions and Enrollment Bill Nolan at (773) 324-1020, ext. 265, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at mchs.org.