2019 Summer Camps

2019 Summer Camp Registration Now Open

General Information

At the Ned Smith Center’s acclaimed Summer Camps, campers will not only experience authentic connections with nature, but with each other!  Join us as we discover our world together!

Special thanks to Martha Weisgerber, Westminster, MD, with whom we are proud to offer this year’s exciting summer camps!

Registration: 2019 camp registration form     2019 camp release form

Mail in Registration and Release Forms:
Please send completed forms and payment to:
Ned Smith Center for Nature & Art
176 Water Company Rd.
Millersburg, PA 17061


Phone: Call us at  (717) 692-3699.

***Note: For online and phone registrations, please complete the above Release Form and deliver it to us no later than TWO WEEKS (14 days) prior to the start of the registered camp session.***

Cancellation PolicyAll cancellation requests must be received by phone Mon – Fri, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  A full refund will be issued when the Center is notified 30 days in advance of the first day of camp.  All other cancellation requests will be charged $10.00 for each individual child registered for each camp session they are unable to attend.  No refunds will be issued if the cancellation occurs less than 14 days prior to the start of the camp.  Refunds are not available for absences.

Age LimitsPlease respect our age limits when registering for camp.  We sincerely appreciate your interest in your children attending camp, and we would love to have them when the time is right.  We hold to these age ranges so that we are able to provide activities that are developmentally appropriate for each group.  Thank you for your understanding and for helping to keep our camps the   highest quality possible for all participants.

Grandparent and Me CampsMake memories in these special shared learning experiences!  For students 4—8 with an older adult (grandparents are especially welcome!)  To facilitate the shared learning experience, each adult is limited to bringing TWO children to camp.  Have more than two grandchildren you want to bring?  No problem, just register another adult to have fun with your gang! Fee: $13/person.

2019 Summer Camps

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DSC_0307 *SOLD OUT* Fishing for Families: Join us for a great day of aquatic adventures at the Ned Smith Center. Families are invited to experience the joy and excitement of fishing with up-and-coming anglers while also learning about the aquatic ecosystem of the Wiconisco Creek. Participants will learn and practice proper casting techniques before fishing along the creek. Fishing tackle and equipment are provided. All participants must wear closed-toe, hard soled shoes that can get wet. Each child will receive a spincast rod and reel at the conclusion of the camp. Special thanks to our program partners Bass Pro Shops, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and Doc Fritchey Chapter of Trout Unlimited who allow us to offer the camp at a reduced fee.
Date: Saturday, June 1 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Age: 8-17
Fee: $18/student; parents are welcome and encouraged to attend this camp free of charge.

MVIMG_20180712_115900 *SOLD OUT* Outdoor Adventure Camp: The adventure continues this summer with a camp filled with excitement, exploration and survival skills. Campers will experience the woods and trails of NSCNA’s property while learning basic survival techniques. Be prepared to go outdoors, get dirty and have a great time.
Date: Tuesday, June 18 – Thursday, June 20 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Age: 9-14
Leaders: Santino Lauricella & Emily Rosmus

*Limited Space Available* Theatre Arts Camp: Students will work with professional actors from Gamut Theatre of Harrisburg. Participants will enhance communication skills, imagination, and creativity skills while developing self-confidence. Students will spend ample time studying theatre, acting, and voice development. A portion of each day will include time for rehearsal of the original script written for the students. The students will perform on the stage of NSCNA’s DeSoto Amphitheater just prior to the 2019 “Shakespeare in the Woods” presentation of Julius Caesar by Gamut’s Harrisburg Shakespeare Company.
Date: Mon., July 15-Fri., July 19, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 5:30-9:30 p.m. evening performance Fri. and Sat.
Age: 8-16
Fee: $210 per student
NOTE: All classes are held at the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art.

DSC_0147 *Limited Space Available* The Nature & Art of Wildlife: Nature and arts go hand-in-hand in this wildlife discovery camp. Students will explore nature while learning how to express themselves and document their observations through the arts of writing, drawing, and photography. Campers will take a closer look at some of Pennsylvania’s most remarkable wildlife.
Date: Tuesday, July 16 – Thursday, July 18 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Age: 10-16
Fee: $90 per student
Leaders: Sandy Lockerman, Jerry Hassinger, Santino Lauricella & Emily Rosmus

IMG_6290_1Geology Rocks!: Learn about some of the most common but most unique objects on earth: rocks. Through hands on activities, students will learn about local geology and rock formations, as well as geology around the globe. Come learn about the natural history and importance of geology and discover that this camp rocks.
Date: Tuesday, August 13 – Thursday, August 15
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Age: 9-14
Fee: $90 per student
Leaders: RJ Harris and others from
Central Pennsylvania Rock and Mineral Club, Judy Fasnacht, Sid Hostetter, Mike Sgrinoli (Mr. Mike), Santino Lauricella & Emily Rosmus

Grandparent and Me Camps

Each child must be accompanied by an adult, Grandparents are especially welcome. Each adult is limited to bringing two children to camp. Kids and adults should dress appropriately for the weather and activities in each camp.

DSC_0069Smoothies and Smocks: Be ready to enjoy a fun filled experience with painting and art techniques. Create a beautiful piece of art, while enjoying a delicious
smoothie that you will make with fresh ingredients.
Date: Tues., June 25, 1:30-4 p.m.; OR Wed., June 26, 1:30-4 p.m.; OR Thurs., June 27, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Age: 4-8 with an older adult, grandparents are especially welcome!
Fee: $13 per person
Leaders: Linda Deibler, Dan Hottenstein, Dharla Maiden, Santino Lauricella and Emily Rosmus

DSC_0090Gooey Art: Wear your play clothes for the messy learning experience as we combine unlikely ingredients to create some amazing projects! Don’t worry, we will provide art smocks and aprons!
Date: Tues., July 9, 1:30-4 p.m.; OR Wed,. July 10, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; OR Thurs., July 11, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Age: 4-8 with an older adult, grandparents are especially welcome!
Fee: $13 per person
Leaders: Santino Lauricella and Emily Rosmus

Light and Rainbows: Is there a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Who is ROY G. BIV? Learn about light, rainbows, and what brings color to our world in this hands on summer camp.
Date: Tues., Aug. 6, 1:30-4 p.m.; OR Wed., Aug. 7, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; OR Thurs. Aug. 8, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Age: 4-8 with an older adult, grandparents are especially welcome!
Fee: $13 per person
Leaders: Charlie Oldland, Santino Lauricella and Emily Rosmus