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Summer Camps 2013

Summer Camps for Kids

Now is the time to start choosing summer camps for your kids. To get you started, we compiled the following:

Summer Camp Information

Penn State Bug Camp    
Penn State’s Bug Camp for Kids (June 24-­‐27) is an educational day camp for children ages 8-­‐11years old. Campers observe and collect insects and participate in hands-­‐ on laboratory exercises to learn a broad range of biological, ecological and environmental topics.  Each camper will receive an insect collecting kit including a net, magnifying lens, forceps, ID book, collection box and journal as well as a camp T-­‐shirt, photo and diploma.  Enrollment is limited to 20 campers so register early.  Registration deadline is June 3.    


For more information and online registration, please visit


Penn State Sports Camps
Penn State offers a variety of summer sports camps ranging from Rugby to Figure Skating. Sports camps are offered for athletes grades four through twelve. Costs vary, but include housing, meals, and instruction. Athletes get the opportunity to interact with others their age, and are given feedback and instruction by Penn State coaching staff in order to improve and develop skills.

You can find more information and a full list of Penn State Sport Camps here. Registration deadlines differ by camp.


International Sports Training Camp
International Sports Training Camp, located in the Pocono Mountains, is a weeklong coed sports camp. The sports-centered camp offers activities such as gymnastics, soccer, basketball and football.  Camp registration can be completed online or via mail. Summer 2011 available camp openings can be found online. Contact (570)-620-2267 or email for more information.



Penn State Science Camps (Science-U)

An outreach program of the Eberly College of Science, Science-U 2011 offers day and resident camps, for kids entering grades 2 through 12. Exposing young learners to the wonders of science, Science U programs include "The Science of Toys," "Advanced CSI Forensics," and "Ecology Camp: The Wild Wonders of Your Own Backyard."


For more information, go to Registration deadline is June 17.

State College YMCA

State College Area YMCA offers three different daycamps for school-aged children. Camps include Explorers (ages 5-8), Trailblazers (ages 9-12), and Tussey Mountain (ages 8-12).

The goal of the YMCA's summer day camp is to enhance physical, social, educational, and moral well-being of each camper, but more simply they want participants to have fun and build lasting friendships. The summer program includes field trips to Lincoln Caverns, The Festival of the Arts, A Day with the Spikes, and even The Little League World Series.

The YMCA also offers a Teen Team Camp from July 18-22. The Teen Team Camp is open to members and non-members ages 13-17 and aims to develop leadership, volunteerism, human relations, and teamwork. The Teen Camp schedule includes trips to Northland Bowling, Whipple Dam, and a day-long visit to Knoebels.

You can find more information here. Registration begins March 14 and must be completed in person at the YMCA.

Centre Region Parks and Recreation
The CRPR offers camps for children ages three (must be toilet trained) all the way up to 17. Most of the camps get participants outdoors, interacting with nature. Camps include fly-fishing, kayaking, canoeing and a brand new "Nature Adventures" art camp directed by local artist, Susan Nicholas Gephart.

CRPR also offers a martial arts camp and "Camp Bill," a youth theatre camp that combines voice, movement, dance, puppetry, stage combat and text.

More information on all CRPR's camps can be found here. Registration began Feb. 1.



Camp Woodward
Located just 25 miles from State College, Camp Woodward offers summer camp programs for skateboarding, BMX, in-line skating, gymnastics, cheerleading, snowboarding/skiing, and digital media.

Camp Woodward is a custom-designed overnight camp that provides some of the best facilities in the world, attracting campers and professional athletes.

Camps are offered to ages 7-18 with no experience required, just an interest. Programs take place on a weekly basis lasting from early June until August 27 and range in price from $700 to $1350.

More information can be found here. Registration has begun and applications can be downloaded online.



Camp Timber Tops
Located in Greeley, Pa., Camp Timber Tops is one of the oldest girls’ overnight summer camps in the United States. Camp activities include outdoor recreation, athletics, creative arts and aquatics. For more information regarding registration deadlines email or call (215)-887-9700.



Pine Forest Camp
Owned and operated by the same family for over 80 years, Pine Forest Camp is located in the Pocono Mountains. The co-ed overnight camp
offers sporting and fitness related activities, outdoor adventures, aquatics and creative arts. Registration can be found online. For more detailed information call (215)-887-9700 or email



Camp Green Lane
Located in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains, Camp Green Lane is a seven-week coed overnight summer camp, committed to providing a
"nurturing Jewish atmosphere." Camp Green Lane offers outdoor sports and indoor crafts, and serves children entering 3rd grade through
those entering 11th grade. Session choices are half summer (3 ½ weeks) or full summer (7 weeks).  For registration dates and fees, click here.



Lake Greeley Camp
This private coed overnight summer camp is located in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. With over 60 daily activities to
choose from, Camp Greeley accommodates boys and girls ages 6-15. Enrollment is limited to 275 campers, and sessions are available in 2, 4, 6 and 8-week periods. Call (570) 842-3739 or visit for more information.



Lake Owego Camp
An overnight camp for boys located in the Pocono Mountains, Lake Owego Camp offers a variety of activities including sports,
outdoor adventures, boating, swimming, and creative arts. Registration is online. Call 215.887.9700 or e-mail for more information regarding registration deadlines.


Grier Summer
Located in the Allegheny Mountains, the Grier all-girls summer camp uses the campus of the Grier School, a historic girls boarding school. Grier summer camp offers musical theater, horse riding, and arts and dance programs for girls ages 6-17. Registration is available online or via mail. Contact camp Director Helen Zientek at 814-684-3000, ext 113 or email or for more details.



Camp Lohikan
Camp Lohikan is a coed sleep away camp for children ages 6 to 15. The camp is located in the northeast Pocono Mountains and has been in
existence for more than 40 years. Activities include various water sports, land sports, performing arts, horseback riding and creative arts. Registration can be completed online. Call (908)-470-9317 or email for more information.



Art Alliance of Central PA
Summer Art Camps at the Art Alliance include multiple camps for kids ages 5 to teen. Activities range from pop-art to tie-dye to 3D paper and clay. Camp sessions run from late June to August. Sessions are limited to 12 students so campers are encouraged to register soon.


Penn State Weather Camp
Penn State's Weather Camp is a hands-on experience of the entire weather-prediction process, including the forecast. Participants will also step into the meteorologists' shoes by presenting their own TV weathercast.

Penn State offers both a Weather Camp (June 19-24) as well as an Advanced Weather Camp (June 26-July 1). Weather camp is available for students entering grades 8-12 and Advanced Weather Camp is open to 11th and 12th graders.

You can find further information here; registration is open and available online or in paper form.

Shaver’s Creek
Shaver’s Creek Summer Camps include outdoor opportunities for campers ranging in age from four up to 14, as well as "Leaders in Training,” a program in which 14-18 year-old youth can assist with younger campers.

Registration is open for last year's members, and members who joined after Jan. 1 will be able to register Feb. 15.

July 11–15 and August 8–12 Discovery/Explorer 5-Day Camps are full, a wait-list is available for the Aug. 8-12 session.

Click here for more information on specific camps and prices.



The Susquehanna Conference Camp & Retreat Ministry
Bible camps for all ages that focus o exploring the outdoors and making a "connection with God." Camp registration can be completed online at or via mail: Mulberry Drive, P. O. Box 2053, Mechanicsburg PA 17055-2053.


C. Barton McCann School of Art
This non-profit in Petersburg, Pa., supports emerging artists of all ages, using a "hands-on, experiential approach." Camps—which are open to all skill levels and focus on a range of disciplines, including painting, sketching and ceramics—are offered from early June through August. For registration and more information, call the school at 814-667-2538 or e-mail


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