Summer Camps

2017 Summer Camp Registration Will Begin

Monday, March 27th

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: CLICK HERE for registration forms. Registration for Shakespeare in the Woods camp begins March 1. ALL OTHER CAMP REGISTRATION BEGINS MARCH 27.

Mail in Registration and Release Forms:
Please send completed forms and payment to:
Ned Smith Center for Nature & Art
P.O. Box 33, 176 Water Company Rd.
Millersburg, PA 17061

Online: Online Registrations

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.***

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

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 Limits: Please 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 Camps: Make 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.


2017 Summer Camps

IMG_1015_1Fishing for Families: Join us for a great day of aquatic adventures 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 and all participants must wear closed-toe, hard soled shoes that can get wet. Each child will receive a spincast reel and rod at the conclusion of the day. Thanks to our program partners Bass Pro Shops, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and Doc Fritchey Chapter of Trout Unlimited, we are able to offer this camp at a reduced fee.

Date: Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Age: 8–17

Fee: $18/student; parents are welcome, and encouraged to attend this camp free of charge.

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BirdingBird Camp: Campers will learn what makes a bird, a bird. From tiny hummingbirds to magnificent owls; campers will have fun learning about some of the most fascinating animals on the planet. Outfitted with binoculars, each day will include a hike to explore which birds call the forests of the Ned Smith Center home. Financial assistance available through the generous support of Appalachian Audubon Society. To apply call 717-692-3699 or email for a financial assistance form.

Date: Wednesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 22, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Age: 9-12

Instructors: Scott Bills, Beth Sanders, Santino Lauricella

Fee: $70 per student

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Shakespear in the Woods_croppedShakespeare in the Woods Summer Theatre Camp: Students will work in an ensemble setting with three professional actors from Gamut Theatre. Participants will enhance communication skills and develop self-confidence, imagination and creativity through theatre. Ample time will be devoted to the study of theatre, acting and voice. Guest artists/actors from Gamut Theatre will write an original play, tailoring it to the specific students enrolled in the camp, for the students to present on July 21 and 22. A portion of each camp day will include time for rehearsal of this original script. The play will be presented on the stage of the NSCNA’s DeSoto Amphitheater just prior to the 2017 “Shakespeare in the Woods” presentation of Romeo and Juliet by Gamut’s Harrisburg Shakespeare Company.

Dates: Tuesdays, June 27, July 11and 18, 8 a.m. – noon. (Early drop off 7:30 a.m.)

Fridays, June 23and 30, July 7 and 14, 8 a.m. – noon. (Early drop off 7:30 a.m.)

Friday July 21, 8 a.m. – noon and 5:30-9:30 p.m. (evening performance)

Saturday, July 22, 5:30-9:30 p.m. (evening performance)

NOTE: No class on July 4.  All classes held at the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art.

Ages: 8-16

Fees: Tuition: $225 (scholarships will be available based on need and demand.)

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and in part by the Arts for All Partnership, a collaboration between the Cultural Enrichment Fund and The Foundation for Enhancing Communities.

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Gooy ArtGooey Art (Grandparent and Me): Wear your play clothes for this messy learning experience; as we combine unlikely ingredients to create some amazing projects.  Don’t worry, art smocks and aprons are provided!

Date: Wednesday, June 28, 1:30–4 p.m. or Thursday, June 29, 9:30 a.m. – noon.

Age: 4–8 with an older adult. Grandparents are especially welcome!

Instructors: Beth Sanders, Santino Lauricella

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 per person

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DSC_0337Outdoor Adventure Camp: The adventure continues this summer as we explore new areas of the property and hone new survival skills, as well as revisit some old favorites. Be prepared to get dirty, sweaty and have a great time during this “kid versus wild” adventure.

Date: Wednesday, July 12 and Thursday, July 13, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Age: 9-14

Instructors: Santino Lauricella, Beth Sanders, Mary Dreibelbis

Fee: $70 per student

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DSC_0340_1Navigating the Forest: Knowing where you are, where you want to go and the best way to get there are important skills for a way finder. Being able to read a map and use a compass are still useful skills in this technological age. In this camp we will practice using compasses, maps and GPS units.  We will also hone our navigational skills both on and off the mountain, discovering hidden treasures along the way. This camp is brought to you in part by the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society and a grant from the Environmental Stewardship Fund under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and National Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 3 and Friday, Aug. 4, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Age: 10-16

Instructors: Santino Lauricella, Beth Sanders, Mary Dreibelbis

Fee: $70 per student

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DSC_0059_2Natural Design Camp: Inspired by sculptor, photographer, and environmentalist Andy Goldsworthy, we will build and photograph our own work out on the Ned Smith Center property. Like Goldsworthy, our materials will be whatever nature provides.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 8 and Wednesday, Aug. 9, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Age: 10-16

Instructors: Kuen Spichiger, Rich Frantz, Beth Sanders, Santino Lauricella

Fee: $70 per student

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bee-960913_1920What’s The Buzz About Bees? (Grandparent and Me): Through fun-filled activities, we will learn more about this remarkable insect, how they make honey and the important roles they play in our gardens. A tasty treat using honey will conclude our program.         

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 16, 1:30–4 p.m. or Thursday, Aug. 17, 9:30 a.m. – noon.

Age: 4-8 with an older adult. Grandparents are especially welcome!

Instructors:  Beth Sanders, Santino Lauricella

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 per person

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