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decats 2022 courses

2-4-6-8… Cheer is Great!  

Area of Interest:  Physical Education, Team Building

This is a beginner's course into the wonderful world of cheer! Each scholar will learn how to perform cheers, some choreography to instill into a cheer routine, and basic tumbling skills and jump sequences. We could possibly learn basic stunts also! We will have a great time and enjoy the sport of cheerleading! 

Activate Outdoors  

Area of Interest:  Physical Education

Do you enjoy being outside and being active?  If so, this is the course for you! We will begin our day by running laps as a warm-up.  Then, we will operate two separate fields of soccer and kickball.  Some days we may all play kickball, some days we may all play soccer, but most days you can choose which one you want to play. Water coolers will be available and frequent breaks will be encouraged in the heat.  Please bring another shirt to change into and/or deodorant for when our class is over.  Let's get healthy, have some fun, and ACTIVATE OUTDOORS!


Business Academy

Area of Interest:  Strategy, Problem Solving, Entrepreneurship
Create marketing materials like a website, resume, business cards, letterhead, brochures, promotional videos, and everything you might need to market your business and yourself!
NOTE: A few assigned days scholars will need to bring an electronic device (iPad or cell phone) for promotional video filming.



Area of Interest:  Food, International

Buona Sera Scholars! Take a tour of Italy with DECATS! We will learn about the different regions of Italy, its language, culture and fashion, the people and the food. Come tour Rome, Vatican City, Florence, Naples, and Sicily, learn phrases in Italian, and sing songs.


Cocoa Motion

Area of Interest: Food, Team Building

Sweeten your day with Cocoa Motion! Get ready to have some delicious fun with chocolate! Take a virtual tour of a Chocolate Factory, explore the ancient world to see how they discovered chocolate, build a chocolate sculpture, explore baking science, and more! Your taste buds will thank you for this unforgettable experience!

ALLERGY WARNING  This course involves the handling and consuming of foods. Scholars with dietary restrictions or allergies should not select this course.

Crazy About Comics

Area of Interest: Language, Fine Arts

Inside all of us, there is a superhero just waiting to appear!  Unleash your hidden power by drawing and writing comics and stories that introduce your ideas to the world.  Learn how to design awesome characters and draw and draft cosmic comics.  Are you up for the challenge of being the next greatest superhero story?  The world is waiting for you!


Dance Through the Decades

Area of Interest: Performing Arts, Physical Education

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to dance your way through the decades! We’ll explore pop culture and fads through time and learn all the popular dance styles. So let’s hop aboard our time machine and bust a move as we dance through the decades.

DECATS Apprentice

(formerly Jr. Apprentice)

Area of Interest: Strategy, Team Building

Scholars will participate in team challenges to become the next DECATS Apprentice. Challenges will test creativity and require leadership and teamwork. Scholars in this course will be expected to put forth the effort and a positive attitude to help their team achieve as many points as possible. In the end, only one scholar will be awarded the title of “DECATS Apprentice”!


DECATS Detectives

Grades 3 and 4 Only 

Area of Interest: Logic, Science, Problem Solving

Want to learn what detectives use to help them solve a crime?  This course will grab your attention with activities of fingerprinting, lip marks, footprints, and blood spatters.  An all-point bulletin will be put out the final week for the scholars to solve a crime.  Who did it??


Entrepreneur Extravaganza

Area of Interest:  Strategy, Problem Solving, Entrepreneurship 
Learn how to start your own small business from scratch! This course is designed to mentor, support, and equip scholars with the necessary success skills to set them on the path of becoming our future entrepreneurs. Scholars will learn what it takes to succeed in our global economy, equips them with the success skills they need, and sets them in the right direction for understanding entrepreneurship at a young age… oh, and did we mention it's fun?!

Area of Interest: Logic, Problem Solving, Strategy, Team Building

Calling all game masters! Escape DECATS is looking for motivated problem-solvers who have a desire to lock people in a room and create unforgettable adventures.  Designers must be willing to work with a team, enjoy crafting stories, and exhibit the skills of determination and resolution, especially in the face of extreme challenges.  Scholars will experience multiple opportunities for problem-solving from many angles.  If you are up for the challenge then this course may be for you!

Faith in Action is Love

Area of Interest: Spiritual, Team Building

A servant's heart is not only a true gift but a blessing.  Join us on a quest to find out about service opportunities in our community.  We will travel to a few organizations that offer training and hours of service to youth and adults.  We will research and present many options for service and helping those in need.  “In this life, we cannot do great things.  We can only do small things with great love.” ~ Saint Teresa of Calcutta

*Recommended for Scholar Aide Consideration   


Freaky Forensics

Grades 5 and 6 Only

Area of Interest: Science 

Do you like to solve mysteries?  Have you ever wondered how detectives use evidence to solve crimes?  Join Freaky Forensics and learn how to use fingerprints, cloth fibers, and more to solve a real mystery!  We might even "dig" up some bones to see what we can put together!  You'll come away with an eye for spotting clues and a mind for solving mysteries!


From Story to Stage

Grades 3 and 4 Only

Area of Interest: Literature, Fine Arts

Have you ever heard the phrase, "Every book is a new adventure?"  In this course, you will have an opportunity to present a cherished story of your choice through stage, puppetry, illustrations, art, and the list goes on.  Let your imagination be your guide to bringing these treasures front and center in your own unique way.


Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead 

Area of Interest: Problem-Solving, Team Building

Are you ready to take the helm of your four C’s? That’s Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, and Critical Thinking. In this course, teams of students will compete to build contraptions, machines, devices, tools, gadgets, and gizmos. Each day, a task will be put forth.  Teams will create and compete using set parameters and materials.  Which inventions will meet the challenge? Timid thinkers need not apply!

Healthy Mind, Body, and Soul

Area of Interest: Physical Education

Let’s get our minds, bodies, and souls active in this fun, free-spirited class! In this course, kids will learn beginner yoga poses that challenge individuals, both physically and mentally. Incorporate good strength training and yoga to benefit your body and mind while practicing Catholic meditation. We recommend you to bring in your own yoga mat. 

Hogwarts Academy

Area of Interest: Literature  


Calling all witches, wizards, and particularly clever muggles to enroll in the Hogwarts academy for witchcraft and wizardry. Polish up your potions, transform your transfigurations, and channel your charms as we wield (and create) wands, dominate (and decorate), dragons, and triumph in a wizard duel (of wits). Through herbology, care of magical creatures, astronomy, charms, transfigurations, and more, explore the wizarding world of Harry Potter..

Human Habitat Dimensions

Area of Interest:  Fine Arts

Learn about indoor/outdoor living environments in a hands-on creative method. Establish a living style, create a floor plan, select colors, fabrics, and furniture to decorate your own human habitat! Scholars will learn to draw to scale and build a mini-model.

I’ve Got Your Number

Area of Interest: Math, Problem Solving

Are you a math whiz who loves working with numbers?  If so, this course is for you!  Number

tricks, games, and puzzles that all revolve around number sense and becoming a math master!

Jazz it Up!

Area of Interest: Performing Arts, Team Building


Welcome to Jazz It Up! Put on your dancing shoes, tennis shoes preferred, and get ready to dance it out! Jazz It Up is based on the heart pumping and exciting aerobic activity known as Jazzercise. Our groovy class will include learning different aerobic techniques and moves, putting together dance routines, playing active games and most importantly, having fun! Grab your sweat bands, towels, and water because it’s time to dance!



Area of Interest: Team Building. Problem Solving 


Are you a Lego maniac? Do you like to have fun designing different structures with legos and participating in challenges? If so…this is the course for you! Build a marble maze…create a Lego zoo, participate in a Lego boat race and so much more! For creative minds, everything is awesome in LEGOmania!


Let’s Dive In!

Area of Interest: Science 


   Just what goes on under the sea? Let's explore the mysteries together! We will delve into the waters and find out for ourselves.  This course will prove to be exciting and amazing all at the same time. We will learn about everything from the colorful corals to the schools of fish that add to the beauty and silence of  the waters.


Let’s Put on a Show!

Area of Interest: Performing Arts, Team Building

Lights, Camera, Action! Do you love to be on stage? Do you sing and dance throughout your day? Is acting your “scene”? Then, let’s put on a show! You will learn to perfect your craft and sharpen your talents while learning how to put a show together and perform for an audience. By using our talents, we will create a show-stopping musical revue!

Once Upon a S.T.E.M. 

Area of Interest: Logic, Problem Solving, Strategy, Team Building

(Grades 3 and 4 Only)


Can you build a parachute for Jack to escape the Giant?  Or design a zip line for Little Red Riding Hood to bypass the wolf on the way to Grandma’s house?  Use everyday objects to challenge yourself to complete the Science Technology Engineering Math tasks and rescue your favorite fairy tale characters!


Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

Area of Interest: Research, Social Justice

What is Catholic Social Justice, and why is it important? Scholars learn about ordinary people who motivated others to stand up for equality, justice, fairness, and doing what is right. Take a look at the lives of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lois Gibbs, Erick Liddell, Judy Huemann, Fred Korematsu, and others who made history and brought dignity and justice to the vulnerable.

Pinterest Got Your Interest?

Area of Interest: Fine Arts

Guess what’s trending?  Come join the fun of PGYI!  We will be using our crafting talent to create wonderful take-home projects and some to donate!  You’ll be amazed at the choices of crafting projects offered in this course.  So, get ready for another great year and make sure to “Pin” us on your course selection sheet.


Area of Interest: Fine Arts, Language, Team Building

Do you like to write stories?  Do you often create characters and act them out with your friends?  Well, here is your chance to learn how to write plays, monologues, dialogues with characters, and stories you create yourself!  We will learn how to write comedies, mysteries, and dramas, etc. We will also be writing scenes for the Let’s Put on a Show course musical, so we will get to see our writing works performed!  So if you like creative writing with interesting characters, it’s your turn to Play-Write!


Poem Who’s Boss

Area of Interest:, Language, Team Building


Do you love to write? Are you ready to become a literary artist?  Learn the different ways you can turn words into poetry, prose and lyrics and study the men and women who perfected this skill. Practice how to get your inspiration and how to put those ideas into various types of poems.  We will have the opportunity to share our poems with others, as we learn to appreciate and provide constructive feedback.  Our culminating project will be a book of poetry that can be a wonderful gift or momento to keep forever.

Puzzlemaker Master 

Area of Interest: Logic, Strategy, Problem Solving

Create puzzle mazes, word searches, and Sudoku games. Are you a word and number game master? Do you have a favorite type of puzzle? Make and create your own while challenging your friends.

Raiders of the Ancient World

Area of Interest: Fine Arts, History

Travel through the history of Egypt and learn of similar exciting traits that include the notable gods and goddesses, grand sculptures, unique art, interesting cultures, and tasteful food.

ALLERGY WARNING  This course involves the handling and consumption of foods. Scholars with dietary restrictions or allergies should select this course with caution.

Science Secrets 

Area of Interest: Science

If you like to discover things for yourself, then this is the course for you!  WARNING: It might be messy and even explosive!!  You’ll have a great time exploring many sciences including physics, chemistry, earth science, and botany.  We’ll make super bouncy balls and really cool hovercrafts!  You’ll even be able to eat an experiment or two...yum!!

Sew What?

Area of Interest: Fine Arts

Here’s what … You will experience the excitement of creating with a sewing machine. You will master basic stitches as you create fun projects. The first Wednesday volunteer parents will drive us to a fabric store.  Then you will use your creativity to choose two coordinating fabrics. Scholars will use the fabrics to stitch a unique sports bag, beach bag, or overnight bag. You will further master basic sewing techniques as you create a matching DECATS pillow. Scholars will also create sewing projects for a local organization.

Siege Warfare 

Area of Interest: Logic, Strategy

History and science combine in the study of the weapons and defenses of castle and siege warfare. Use your knowledge to build model castles and weaponry and participate in an all-out battle between attackers and defenders to see which technology will triumph!  You will study the physics of weaponry to build model catapults, trebuchets, crossbows, and more! This is a challenging course that requires attention to detail, and patience. Task commitment is a must. 



Area of Interest: Logic, Science

You are the Mars Generation! Come learn about the history of space exploration, how astronauts live and work in space, and more about the Artemis project! You will work as a team to build rockets, and help keep astronauts alive! Come see if you’ve got the Right Stuff to survive Space-ology!


Area of Interest: Physical Education, Team Building

Ever wish gym class could be every day?  Well, you’re in luck! Join your friends and fellow scholars playing some of the most fun games you play in gym class. From relay races to matball, spend an hour being active and having fun!

St. Joseph’s Carpenters

Grades 5 and 6

Area of Interest: Fine Arts, Team Building

Houses, bridges, fences, decks, sleds… What do all these have in common? WOOD! Working with wood is something that people have been doing for centuries. Have you ever wanted to build something on your own, using your hands and your imagination? Woodworking is the perfect place to explore that curiosity! This unique course will drive you to understand the prep work, labor, and final touches that make each piece special and different! Come experience this one-of-a-kind course!

Stitching Time

Area of Interest: Art and Crafts

Are you ready to learn a time-honored needle craft that has been popular for hundreds of years?  In this course, you will explore the art of counted cross-stitch.  It’s so easy!  You will be able to: read a chart and written pattern, hoop the fabric, choose materials and personalize your projects.  Get ready to stitch!!

Super Slime 

(Grades 4 and 5)

Area of Interest: Science

If it fizzes, oozes, or globs, it is on the menu.  Make “gastric foam, milk maggots and monster snot” and then devise some clever ideas to amuse and amaze your friends. We even make slime on Fridays!! Calling all Mad Scientists!!

The Cutting Edge - Beginner

Grades 3 and 4

Area of Interest: Biology, Science

How does an earthworm breathe?  Does a crawfish have a brain?  Take this course and you could find out!  In this course, scholars will be introduced to dissections through applying anatomical vocabulary and the use of dissection tools to carefully survey organisms that are part of the animal kingdom.  The Cutting Edge Beginners is open to 3rd and 4th-grade scholars and will be a great way to “get your feet wet” in the exciting world of dissection!

ALLERGY WARNING  This course does include dissection and is best for scholars with strong stomachs. This course involves exposure to specimen preservatives.

The Cutting Edge - Intermediate 

Grades 5 and 6

Area of Interest: Biology, Science

What does a heart actually look like?  Now is your chance to investigate animals in a hands-on dissection course!  In this course, scholars will be introduced to dissections through applying anatomical vocabulary and the use of dissection tools to carefully survey organisms that are part of the animal kingdom.  The Cutting Edge Intermediate is open to 5th and 6th-grade scholars.

ALLERGY WARNING  This course does include dissection and is best for scholars with strong stomachs. This course involves exposure to specimen preservatives.

What’s Cooking DECATS?

(formerly Iron Chef) 

Area of Interest: Food, Strategy, Team Building

Are you ready for a cook-off challenge? The kitchen will be filled with opponents ready for battle as they face off to score the highest points in taste, presentation, and originality. Scholars will learn kitchen basics, including safety, food cleanliness, the art of spices, and recipe studies. Team players with a strong stomach, wild imagination, and a healthy appetite for friendly competition should apply.

ALLERGY WARNING  This course involves the handling and consumption of foods. Scholars with dietary restrictions or allergies should not select this course.

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