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Summer Camps

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!

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!  Register securely online by clicking the button below, or click here to download a registration form!  Of course, you can also register by phone at 717-692-3699.


Attention Ned Smith Center members! Use your membership coupons to save $5.00 per camper on ONE FULL-DAY CAMP, indicated below with an (*).  To use your discount online, use the code “nscmember” at checkout. You must enter a valid membership coupon number on your registration form in order for the discount to apply.  Members can also use coupons on phone registrations or by using the downloadable registration form above.

FEES (unless otherwise noted):

One-Day Camps: $40
Two-Day Camps: $70
Four-Day Camps: $120

All camps are held at the Ned Smith Center except for Archaeology Camp, which will be held at Fort Halifax in Halifax, PA.
Cancellation Policy: All 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.

Fishing for Families This camp is full! Please call the Center at 717-692-3699 to be placed on the waiting list.

Saturday, June 6 • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages 8-16 with adult
Join us for a great day of aquatic adventure at the Ned Smith Center! Families are invited to share the joy of fishing with up-and-coming anglers, while learning about the complex environment of the Wiconisco Creek.  Ample time will be dedicated to casting instruction and practice, as well as fishing along the creek. Equipment is provided. All participants must wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Each child will receive a spin cast reel and rod at the conclusion of camp. Thanks to our program partners Bass Pro Shops, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and the Doc Fritchey Chapter of Trout Unlimited, we are able to offer this camp at a reduced fee.
Fee: $18/student Parents are welcome, and encouraged to attend this camp free of charge

Archaeology Camp: Saving the Past for the Future*

Wednesday, June 24 – Saturday, June 27 • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages 10-18
Instructors: Dane Snyder, Bruce Baker, Dan Hottenstein, Karen Lee Newman, John D. Laskowski, Beth Sanders, Santino Lauricella
“Dig” into the past at Archaeology Camp! We’ll excavate a REAL dig site with a professional archeologist while we experience field and lab work, artifact preservation, historical interpretation, and much more. As a special treat, living history re-enactors will portray various historical figures relevant to camp subject matter.
NOTE: This camp will occur at Fort Halifax, located on PA Route 147.  Click here for directions!
Fee: $120/student

Insect Safari* – Only 2 spots left!

Tuesday, July 14 • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages 8-12
Instructors: John D. Laskowski, Karen Lee Newman, Beth Sanders, Santino Lauricella
Let’s explore the lives of our exoskeletal friends and discover the majesty and myths that surround them. Insects are the most abundant and diverse group of creatures on Earth! We will view the Center’s extensive butterfly and moth collection, make various insect-inspired art projects, and “get down in the dirt” as we explore the outdoors with our own hand-made insect nets! Get ready to meet your most stunning and amazing bunch of neighbors at Insect Camp!
Fee: $40/student

Diggin’ into Dinos*

Thursday, July 16 – Friday, July 17 • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages 8-12
Instructors: Mike Sgrignoli, Kuen Spichiger, Beth Sanders, Santino Lauricella
This camp is packed with dinosaur fun! We will explore geology and dive into the lives of herbivores and carnivores alike! We will introduce dinosaur facts using fun activities like creative writing and the art of puppetry. Mike Sgrignoli and his son Ethan have teamed up to write and illustrate Dinorific Poetry, and they will be sharing their extensive knowledge with us. Each student will come home with their own dino puppet, miniature stage, and an autographed copy of Dinorific Poetry.
Fee: $70/student

Dinosaur Drawing Camp*

Monday, July 20 • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages 9-14
Instructors: Betsy Oberheim, Santino Lauricella, Beth Sanders
Love dinosaurs? Love drawing? Join us for a camp that is over 65,000 millennia in the making! Using a variety of media, with a focus on anatomy, you will learn how to bring your own prehistoric creatures to life on paper! Supplies will be provided.
Fee: $40/student

Outdoor Adventure Camp* This camp is full! Please call the Center at 717-692-3699 to be placed on the waiting list.

Thursday, July 30 – Friday, July 31 • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Ages 10-14 Instructors: Santino Lauricella, Beth Sanders Have you ever wondered about surviving in the wilderness? At this exciting camp, you’ll learn to make rope from natural materials, test your wilderness construction skills with some shelter building, and even learn how to purify water! Fee: $70/student

Grandparent and Me: Make it, Fold it, Break it, Mold it! This camp is full! Please call the Center at 717-692-3699 to be placed on the waiting list.

Tuesday, August 4  • 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. OR 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Ages 4-8 with an adult Instructors: Beth Sanders, Santino Lauricella Creativity, inspiration, and crafting are skills that can be fostered at all ages. Using simple kitchen ingredients, we will make a variety of modeling materials and then sculpt our own creations, which you will take home. You will also go home with easy-to-replicate recipes so that you and your favorite sculptor can continue the fun! What will you make? Note: Choose ONE OF TWO sessions for this camp. The same material will be covered in each session. To help facilitate the shared learning experience, each adult is limited to bringing two children to camp. Fee: $13/person

Backyard Butterflies*

Thursday, August 6 • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages 8 – adult
Instructors: Alan Corson, Jill Hampton, Beth Sanders, Santino Lauricella
There’s nothing like watching butterflies dancing over fields or in the skies. In addition to creating your own beautiful butterfly art, the day will include monarch butterfly conservation, butterfly gardening, and what you can do to attract these creatures to your own backyard. You will get a chance to interact with these luscious Lepidoptera “up close and personal” using a special netted enclosure!
Fee: $40/student

Fun with Watercolor* – Only 2 spots left!

Tuesday, August 11 • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages 10-adult
Instructors: Dan Hottenstein, Dharla Maiden, Beth Sanders, Santino Lauricella
Come explore the wonders of the three primary colors and learn how they interact to saturate your world. We will explore how dimension is formed by shading, and how to develop creative colors through the “paint pouring” technique, as well as masking, collage, and “stamping” with natural materials. Artists of all levels are welcome to register for this fun-filled camp.
Fee: $40/student

Grandparent and Me: The Sun and You! This camp is full! Please call the Center at 717-692-3699 to be placed on the waiting list.

Thursday, August 13, 1:30 p.m. -4 p.m.
 Friday, August 14, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ages 4-8 with an adult
Instructors: Charlie Oldland, Beth Sanders, Santino Lauricella
Did you know it takes eight whole minutes for the light from the sun to make it to Earth? Did you know that the sun isn’t yellow? This sun-sational day will include a variety of sun-inspired art projects, games and activities. You be en-light-ened about your planetary backyard and see why you shine because of the sunshine.

Note: Choose ONE OF TWO sessions for this camp. The same material will be covered in each session. To help facilitate the shared learning experience, each adult is limited to bringing two children to camp.
Fee: $13/person

Geology Rocks! This camp is full! Please call the Center at 717-692-3699 to be placed on the waiting list.

Wednesday, August 19 • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Ages 8-14 Instructors: Betsy Oberheim, Sid Hostetter, John D. Laskowski, Beth Sanders, Santino Lauricella Unveil the secret treasures of the earth! Each student will go home with a “loot” of rocks and fossils, and will be the envy of “rock hounds” everywhere. Through hands-on activities, you will learn about local geology as well as geology beyond the Commonwealth. Whether you have a rock collection or just starting out, this camp rocks! Fee: $40/student