2015 National Senior Games

July 3rd - July 16th

The National Senior Games Association exists today as a non-profit organization dedicated to motivating active adults to lead a healthy lifestyle through the senior games movement. The Games, a 19-sport, biennial competition for men and women 50 and over, is the largest multi-sport event in the world for seniors. NSGA Member Organizations hold annual games with qualifying competitions in the year preceding The Games. Athletes that meet specific criteria while participating in the State Senior Games qualify to participate. To date, the NSGA has held 14 summer national championships. Over 700 athletes will stay in the St. Thomas residence halls, and about 1200 people will come to watch these games.

Friends of Woodstock School

July 7th – July 13th

Friends of Woodstock School is an independent non-profit corporation furnishing financial and administrative aid and support to educational programs in the United States and foreign countries. Their annual meeting and reunion will be held at St. Thomas, which brings in over 200 guests to campus.

Metigoshe Ministries

July 12th - July 14th

Metigoshe Ministries is "Adventure Anchored in Christ where people experience and celebrate the gifts of God in a life together." This ministry hosts various camps and retreats throughout the year, including a trip to the National Youth Gathering in Detroit. On their way there, this group of 100 participants will stay at St. Thomas and facilitate our residence halls and dining services.

Varsity Spirit Cheer and Dance Camp

July 14th – July 19th

Universal Cheerleaders Association was founded in 1974 by Jeff Webb to provide high quality educational training for college and high school cheerleaders through summer camps and clinics on college campuses. This particular camp will use the Anderson Recreational Center facilities at St. Thomas and enjoy meals through dining services. All 150 of the participants will live in the residence halls on-campus. We’re excited to have this group back again!

Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Conference

July 17th – July 19th

The Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Movement is a non-profit organization, under the leadership of the Catholic Church. Its aims is to teach youths to be virtuous people and good Christians. It also offers apostolate services for the youth. This group will be spending a weekend at St. Thomas for one of their summer camps, which will include about 120 attendees. The participants will stay in the residence halls during their time on-campus.

Kohl's Kicking & Punting Camp

July 18th – July 19th

Kohl's goal is to help every motivated athlete attain their maximum level of performance in kicking, punting, and snapping. This 2-day training camp helps each athlete improve their skills while meeting other people who share the same goals. This camp will take place on St. Thomas’s stadium field, and we are excited to have them back again this summer!

Franciscan LEAD Program

July 19th – July 24th

The leadership philosophy of Franciscan LEAD is based on the foundation that youth leadership flows from a personal relationship with Christ. During this weeklong program, youth learn leadership skills in both their faith and day-to-day lives. This group, which is made up of over 40 students, will use St. Thomas’s residence halls and meeting facilities to ensure a convenient and memorable week.

Steubenville North Conference

July 24th – July 26th

Partnership for Youth was founded out of a desire to offer a Catholic youth conference in the Midwest that would awaken and strengthen young people in their faith. Since its launch, Partnership for Youth has continued to grow, adding a second Steubenville Youth Conference in Rochester, MN, as well as developing and hosting a variety of one-day events and trainings. Partnership for Youth has a reputation and history of providing high quality, professionally delivered conferences and events that encourage young people on their journey to a deeper relationship and love for Christ and others. This conference will bring in about 2200 attendees that facilitate the residence halls, catering services, and the large athletic spaces for their main gatherings.

National Cooperative Grocers Association

July 26th - July 30th

The National Cooperative Grocers Association is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry.  Also represented are affiliated associations, manufacturers, and service suppliers, as well as other entrepreneurial companies that support NGA's Mission and Philosophy. This is the second year St. Thomas has hosted this association and we are excited to have them back! 

Bentz Whaley Flessner

July 27th

Bentz Whaley Flessner seeks to help advance non-profit organizations through charitable giving. They partner with universities, healthcare organizations, and other places that provide care for those in need. This group will facilitate the large spaces in McNeely during their time on-campus.

Prestige Conference

August 1st - August 2nd

A premium WordPress conference being hosted in Schulze hall. While it is true that Prestige is, at its core, a business conference, it’s a mistake to think the speakers and sessions will only be of benefit to entrepreneurs and business executives. The conference will utalize St. Thomas Dining Services and will have breakout sessions across the campus.

International Go Congress

August 1st – August 9th

Several hundred Go players from around the world come together once a year at the US Go Congress to play serious and casual games, to learn from stronger players, to teach weaker players, and to renew friendships. Professional Go players from the US and several foreign countries give lectures, analyze games for attendees, play simultaneous games against attendees, and participate in the top tournaments. This group of over 400 participants will be coming to St. Thomas through this event, and we encourage you to come and check-out this fun program!

St. Paul Public Schools (SPPS) Administrators' Academy

August 10th - August 11th

Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) is one of Minnesota's largest school districts with more than 39,000 students. Superintendent Valeria Silva began leading SPPS in 2010, following more than two decades as a teacher, principal and administrator. Highly trained and deeply dedicated staff, cutting-edge academic programs, and strong community support are among the district’s hallmarks. Our student population is diverse, with students who speak more than 125 languages and dialects. The Administrator’s Academy will host their meeting in St. Thomas’s Woulfe Hall with over 200 attendees.

Sounds of Hope

Various Dates Throughout the Summer

For the 9th year in a row, the Minnesota-based Sounds of Hope will make St. Thomas its summer home. This organization produces an annual Songs of Hope project for girls and boys from around the globe. More than a summer camp, Songs of Hope joins young people from many countries. For six weeks, these dynamic communities of young people live and rehearse together to create a music concert that culminates in a nationally recognized concert tour featuring songs and dances from the countries and cultures of the performers. The participants live on campus in St. Thomas’s residence halls.

Concordia Language Villages

Various Dates Throughout the Summer

The Concordia Language Village Camp is a chance for youth and adults to become fully immersed in another language and culture. The Camp, which hosts different groups throughout the entire summer, begins at St. Thomas. The participants stay overnight at St. Thomas and eat breakfast at the View before heading up north to continue their program. Throughout the summer, over 400 people will begin the Concordia Language Village Camp at St. Thomas.

Art Institutes International

Various Dates Throughout the Summer

The Art Institutes International will hold orientation meetings for their programs on the Minneapolis campus several times in July and August. Over 100 students will join together to find out more about their upcoming year.

Homegrown Lacrosse Camps

Various Dates Throughout the Summer

Homegrown Lacrosse’s Summer Camps have been a highlight of youth lacrosse in Minnesota since 2004. Developed as some Minnesota's first youth and high school specific camps, Homegrown Lacrosse's philosophy focuses on building each player’s strengths - physically and mentally. With one of the lowest counselors to camper ratios in the country (1:4), Homegrown Lacrosse engages and challenges player of all skill levels. These camps cover a variety of ages and facilitate the athletic fields, residence halls and dining services at St. Thomas.

Wedding Receptions

Various Dates Throughout the Summer

Various wedding receptions will take place at St. Thomas this summer in the James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall on the St. Paul campus. Each wedding is unique, and through careful communication and planning, St. Thomas makes sure that every individual need of a client is met. The guest list ranges anywhere from 100 to over 400 guests, and the variety of food served at each wedding is also dependent on the client.