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2024 Chess Summer Camps

The Saint Louis Chess Club 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!


Summer Camp Dates (Links to register for each of the following weeks)

Note: Registration will close at 9 p.m. the preceding Monday of each camp.


Chess Summer Camps are the perfect way to introduce the game of chess to new students, deepen understanding of the game for established players, or offer intensive instruction for aspiring chess masters. Grandmaster instructors provide daily lessons, puzzles, and play to help guide students through each session.

Instruction offers a solid basic foundation, emphasizing the fundamental skills needed to begin a lifetime of learning in chess, including:

  • Proper piece and board set-up
  • Algebraic Notation (Chess Language)
  • Basic Principles of Play 

Grandmasters then provide expert instruction building on these skills and covering more advanced ideas, including:

  • Tactics
  • Strategy
  • Middlegame Planning
  • Endgame Technique

Each camp provides opportunities to practice these skills in a variety of activities and workshops with classmates under the observation of a Grandmaster and experienced Chess Instructors from the Chess Club.

** If you are a scout in Scouts BSA, you can earn your Chess Merit Badge through one of our week-long summer camps. Let your camp councilors know on your first day of camp that you want to work on this during the session.

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


  • Full day: 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
  • AM only: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Weekly Fees
  • Full day: $475.00
  • AM Half day: $280.00




The Saint Louis Chess Club will provide light snacks (including beverage) during scheduled snack times. Students should bring their own sack lunch. 

Small Print

A full refund, minus a $50 service fee, is provided for all cancellation requests received 30 days prior to camp start date. No refunds are provided if the cancellation is not received 30 days prior to camp start date without a doctor’s note or extenuating circumstances. It is possible to switch camp sessions prior to the beginning of any camp session, with a $75 change fee per student.

Campers may be dropped off 8:45 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.


Photos may be taken at these camps by a STLCC photographer and used for marketing purposes.