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Chess Summer Camps

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June 1-5        June 8-12        August 3-7

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is a non-profit, educational organization committed to making chess an integral part of our community. Chess is a valuable educational tool that helps teach important lessons including problem solving, critical thinking, sportsmanship, patience and goal setting -- plus, it is fun!

Chess Summer Camps are the perfect way to introduce the game of chess to new students, deepen the understanding of the game for established players or offer intensive instruction for aspiring chess masters.

Summer 2015 at the CCSCSL offers three separate week-long camp sessions, each of them led by professional Grandmasters and certified staff members. Campers can expect to quickly learn the a basic foundations of chess, emphasizing on the fundamental skills needed for a lifetime of learning, through daily lessons, puzzles, organized events and regular free play. Grandmasters then provide expert instruction on these fundamental skills, covering more advanced ideas within chess, such as tactics, strategy, middle-game planning and endgame technique.

Also this year, each CCSCSL Chess Summer Camp offers the option for an Intermediate section, designed for aspiring chess masters with an emphasis on study and preparation toward tournament play.

Typical Day

8:45 - 9am Arrival
9:15 - 10am Chess Lesson #1 and Play
10 - 10:15am Snack (provided by Chess Club)
10:15 - 10:45 Free Play
10:45 - 12pm Organized Event (Tournament, Game Analysis, Slow Game, Bughouse, Puzzle Contest, etc)
12 - 12:15pm Departure for AM Students
12 - 1pm Lunch and Free Play
12:45 - 1pm Arrival for PM Students
1 - 2pm Chess Lesson #2 and Play
2 - 2:15pm Snack (Provided by Chess Club)
2:15 - 2:45pm Free Play
2:45 - 4pm Organized Event
4 - 4:15pm Departure

Register for 2015 Dates

June 1-5

June 8-12

August 3-7


ALL DAY: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

MORNING HALF DAY: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

AFTERNOON HALF DAY: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.




ALL DAY: $400

HALF-DAY: $225


Campers are responsible for their own sack lunch each day. The CCSCSL will provide snacks during scheduled snack times.

Small Print

A full refund minus a $25 service fee is given if cancellation request is received 30 days before camp. After this, refunds will not be given. If a child is sick and is unable to attend the camp, a doctor’s note is required for a refund minus service fee to be given. Switching sessions or camps is permitted based on space available. There will be a $25 change fee accessed for any change.

Campers may be dropped off 8:30 a.m. at earliest. All campers must be picked up by 4:15 p.m. A fee will be charged for all campers picked up late. AM Campers should be picked up between 12 p.m. and 12:15 p.m., PM campers should be dropped off between 12:45 p.m. and 1 p.m.