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Summer Youth Camps – Descriptions

An Art-Terrific Summertime Camp NEW!

Join us for this fantastic artistic celebration where campers will be doing various art projects and crafts all relating to the fun of summer and celebrating what summer has to offer.

Candy Science  NEW!

You may think that candy is just a sugary snack---think again. With candy, you will become a scientific detective. We will be testing candy for secret ingredients. We will be able to peel the skin off of candy corn and float an “m” from M&M’s. We will be able to sink marshmallows and send soda spouting skyward. There will be many fun and yummy experiments that will turn you into a candy scientist.

Earth & Space Camp  NEW!

Campers unite for a week of innovative learning, bookmaking & crafts of the season. Visit the International Space Station (ISS) and NASA via Penn State making good friends along the way. Learn why seasons and the moon change, make a fossil, and tour the Friedman Observatory.

Elementary Olympics  NEW!

This week of fun will have the children participating in activities that simulate actual events in either the Summer or Winter Olympics.  There will be activities like a Torch Relay, Bobsledding with gym scooters, Hurdles, Long Jump, basics of Volleyball, and so much more! This week is going to fly by.

Fiesta Espanola - Fun with Spanish  NEW!

Spanish language and Culture Immersion camp for inquiring minds. If you are a middle school student who is considering taking Spanish in high school, this camp is for you. If you want to achieve better cultural understanding and language awareness, this camp is for you. If you want energetic, dynamic and sparkling Spanish language experience, this camp is for you.  Friday party with piñatas.

Girls’ Volleyball

Beginners to experienced players will benefit from this week of fun learning key volleyball fundamentals! By incorporating drills and team games, you will learn the essential elements of serving, serve receiving, forearm passing, setting, hitting, blocking, team serve reception, team defense, and transition to offense. Campers will also work on leadership and teamwork exercises. The end result will be a love for the sport of volleyball!

Golf (Co-Ed)

Learn the fundamentals of grips, swings, proper body position, and clubs. You will get plenty of practice putting on the campus green along with skill development games and relays. Campers are grouped according to age and ability, and will play at the Lehman Golf Club on Friday. Bring clubs and a drink each day.

Have You Heard of a Purple, Singing Duck? NEW!

For some, purple singing ducks do not exist, but in this camp they do. Anything and everything from purple singing ducks, cotton candy clouds, and dancing puppies can exist. Through reading stories, doing crafts, activities, and games, campers will learn to channel their creativity and imagination to fully understand and appreciate literature in a fun way. At the end of this camp, campers will not only have ignited their interest in reading, but will have heard of a purple, singing duck. 

Hold That Chick & Other Barnyard Animals

Chicks are here when you arrive, ready to be named. Learn how to hold them and care for them. Learn about all types of critters found on the farm and how to have fun finding some of them.

Lego Land®

Explore and challenge your creative potential for designing and building Lego® structures and motorized machines. Gear up your trip to LegoLand® by creating and designing in teams to build Lego® robots with a working “brain”. The hands-on intersection of math and physical science is just the beginning of your journey through LegoLand®. Introduction to WeDo STEM Expansion.

Lego® Mindstorm Robotics®

Design and build a high tech Lego® robot in this hands-on computer and construction camp. Work in teams to create a working robot that you have designed from the NXT Lego® software, hardware, and website. Create an obstacle course for your robot to navigate with its light sensors and motorized controls. Computer-wise campers and building brainiacs will take their Lego® Mindstorms® to new heights!

Let's Go to the Movies! NEW!

Enjoy a week's worth of movies…everything from children's classics, to classic comedy and drama in this summer camp especially for you!  We'll look at each film and discuss their qualities each day at the end of camp.  On Friday, everyone gets to be their favorite character from their favorite movie of this camp week. Films include Tom Sawyer…20,000 Leagues Under the Sea…The Secret Garden…Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone…and Babe.  All films are G-Rated.

Mad Scientist NEW!

Let’s head to the laboratory and see what happens! A variety of educational and stimulating experiments will shed new light on the exciting world of science. Camp scientists will explore life savers, floating paper clips, and fried marbles; create quicksand and tornado machines; and conduct many more MAD experiments!


Math Olympics! NEW!

Get ready for a week of learning math in a fun way!   You will use computer games to explore operations and computations, conduct measurements and surveys during outdoor games, and use math strategies while playing sports. We will be covering numerous common core standards but they will be having too much fun to even realize it! 

Minecraft Designers  NEW!

If you love the game Minecraft, but always wanted to design your own characters and buildings for your games this class is for you! Learn the basics of creating 3-D models using a new software to design your very own objects, create skins for characters, and import them into your favorite Minecraft games. To access their project at home students must own a PC/MAC version of Minecraft. Tablet, phone, and game console version of Minecraft are not compatible. Parent email address is required to use 3D modeling software. Students will work in teams for most of the program.

Minecraft Modders  NEW!

Use your favorite game to learn the basics of modding and foundations of programming. Learn scripting and logic statements as you create your first mod! Introductory coding will also be taught through a simulated environment inspired by Minecraft. Student projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. To access their project at home students must own a Windows or Mac version of Minecraft. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

Musical Theatre: Shrek the Musical Jr.
NEW Production!

Spend one exciting week learning what it takes to put on a high-spirited musical production! Campers will have a show-stopping good time learning all aspects of a musical production – from staging, prop and costume development to singing, acting, and dancing. This camp culminates in a full-blown performance for family and friends on Friday at 2 p.m.

Nothing But Net – Basketball (Co-Ed) 

The emphasis is on having fun while learning the fundamentals of the game of basketball. Nothing But Net camp is perfect for the future basketball player that wants to have fun and learn the fundamentals of the game. Your child will learn basic basketball skills which include dribbling, shooting, passing, ball handling, and defense. There will be plenty of games and competitions so that the players can show off their new moves on basketball floor. The goal is to explain, demonstrate, and practice specific basketball fundamentals to develop good habits on the basketball court. The camp instructor will stress the importance of hard work, communication, and a positive attitude while maintaining a fun environment.

Soccer (Co-Ed)  NEW!

Beginner to advanced soccer players will challenge their skills in a fast, fun environment! Tactical elements such as proper positioning, moving on and off the ball, attacking, defending and creating space will be explored in small sided games. Players are grouped according to age, ability and experience. Wear your shin guards and be ready to play!

Summer Camp Carnival

Step right up, step right up! It’s time for the first annual Penn State Summer Camp Carnival! Throughout the week, campers will be creating and competing in a variety of carnival games (Water Balloon Piñata, Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Bingo, Skeeball, Popcorn Relay Race, Bean Bag Toss, etc.) Students will be earning tickets and redeeming them at our end of camp auction. So, if you think you have what it takes, sign right up, sign right up!

Summer Fun Science  NEW!

Summer is here and it is finally time to start having some fun. We will be dreaming up of some new inventions like making a machine that blows enormous bubbles, making some secret sauce for that backyard barbecue, or creating your homemade lava lamp. You will be sure to have a wild and wacky time during our summer fun science camp. 

Wacky Science

What happens when...? What if we put...? If these are your kinds of questions, join us and experiment with us! Concepts we hope to explore include liquids and solids, acids and bases, magnets, and bubbles. Caution! Our experiments and concoctions could transform you into a Mad Scientist!

You're an Author NEW!

You love words. You love telling stories. Put them together, and be the author who's inside you!  This one-week, half-day camp introduces young writers to the various genres and conventions of writing to help develop their abilities in a variety of word forms. Students will experiment with humor, drama, first-person and more. If you love to write, or just tell stories, this camp's for you! On Friday parents are invited to hear all of our new young authors.