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St. Thomas High School has created an immersive outdoor leadership camp for all incoming freshmen that will take place during the first week of school, August 10 – 14, 2020 at Camp Cho-Yeh near Livingston, Texas.

Camp Aquinas seeks to forge the young men of St. Thomas into servant-leaders through a comprehensive curriculum based both in authentic mentorship and the power of the experience of nature.

This very special camp experience supports the Basilian tradition to teach Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge and of the school’s vision to form strong Catholic young men in service to the Church and the world.

Research shows that through experiential education programs young people can learn significant things about themselves, including new personal and life perspectives as well as develop a better understanding of themselves and how they relate to others. Camp Aquinas is structured to ensure success for all participants, both as individuals and House members. We strive to build a united community where young men feel they are the authors of their own lives. The goals of the camp include increasing communication skills, enhancing group cooperation, camaraderie, collaboration, improving problem-solving skills, enhancing leadership skills, and increasing respect and trust for oneself and for the team.

Trips outside of the classroom often allow young people the opportunity to see themselves in a new and remarkable way. We feel that these experiences beyond the classroom walls will help provide our students with the building blocks needed to continue to move forward as connected, resilient, competent, confident, and self-aware young men.

  1. Students will learn how to identify different types of plants, trees, and snakes through a hands on science lesson.
  2. Students will learn how to read and write poetry that is inspired by the beauty found in nature.
  3. Students will learn how to speak clearly and confidently in front of a large audience through various speech competitions.
  4. Students will learn how to identify different leadership philosophies by looking closely at histories great leaders.
  5. Students will learn how to work effectively on a team as they compete in various activities such as:
    • Orienteering
    • Rock Climbing
    • High and low ropes
    • Archery and paintball
    • Crate stacking
    • Building a house boat
    • Fire building [magnesium strip]
    • Capture the flag

Check In: August 10, 2020
Due to COVID-19 we are currently working on a plan for check in and will reach out to you this July with an update.

Pick Up: August 14, 2020
Due to COVID-19 we are currently working on a plan for pick up and will reach out to you this July with an update.

What to Bring

  • Socks and underwear for each day (five pairs)
  • 2 pairs of jeans
  • 2 long sleeve shirts
  • 3-4 pairs of shorts
  • 5 t-shirts
  • 1 pair of running shoes for hiking (closed toed)
  • 1 pair of extra footwear (slippers, sandals or rain-boots)
  • 1 baseball hat or sunhat
  • Pajamas
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • Toiletries: soap/shampoo, toothbrush, and toothpaste
  • Flashlight with batteries
  • Pillow, bedding, sheets for your mattress, sleeping bag
  • Soap and Deodorant (no Axe)
  • Water Bottle or Camelbak (screw top with attached lid)
  • Rain Gear (poncho, rain jacket, pants, etc.)
  • 1 t-shirt and pair of shorts that you do not mind getting ruined in the mud course (red clay is hard to wash out)

What Not to Bring

  • Cell phone (parents will be able to contact teachers and camp officials in case of an emergency)
  • Cotton clothing is not recommended as it does not dry well.
  • Extra food of any kind – this invites insects and critters into cabins! (you will be well fed)
  • STH Handbook Policy is strictly enforced: Alcohol, cigarettes, non-prescription drugs, vape devices (they will be confiscated and your parents will come pick you up).

Optional Items

  • Sunglasses
  • Playing cards
  • Cash for the gift shop (ice-cream, snacks, etc.)


  • PLEASE ensure that all necessary medications are outlined on your school health form (Magnus).
  • Please bring all medication in a ziplock bag with your name labeled on the outside.
  • If your child has allergies be sure to give a detailed explanation of the severity of the allergy.

*Important: Please make sure to label all clothing and items you bring with your full name

Download Packing List

St. Thomas is currently working closely with Camp Cho-Yeh to develop a concrete plan to address any COVID-19 concerns. We will share this plan with you this summer.