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Summer Camps

2016 Summer Camp Registration Will Begin on March 7th

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!

Registration2016 Summer Camp Registration and Release Form

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 to register today.

2016 Summer Camp Release Form

***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! Note: There is a $13 fee charge for each child and adult participating.


2016 Summer Camps




Outdoor AdventureOutdoor Adventure Camp (*): 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, hike some of the Center’s beautiful trails, and even learn how to purify water!

Date: Tuesday, July 12th and Wednesday, July 13th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Age: 10-14

Instructors: Mary Dreibelbis, Santino Lauricella, Beth Sanders

Fee: $70.00/student


Paper Pressed Plants and PaintPaper, Pressed Plants, and Paint (*): Bring out your creative side this summer!  Using tools readily available in your home, we will learn how to create “primitive” handmade paper and combine natural objects and paint to produce pieces you will be proud to take home as gifts. Some of the art projects created in this camp session will incorporate 3-D sculpture techniques.  We will also create faux metal jewelry and key chains.  All materials are included, but participants are encouraged to bring old phonebooks and used tissue paper.

Date: Tuesday, July 19th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Ages: 9 – 14

Instructors: Karen Lee Newman, Santino Lauricella, Beth Sanders

Fee: $40.00/student


Sunflower Science and Art

Sunflower Science and Art Camp (*): Sunflowers are a joyful symbol of summer. These North American native Asters can light up both a field and face. In this camp we will dive into what makes these instantly recognizable flowers so amazing, and unlock some secrets they may hold in their heads. Through careful observation and sunny inspiration we will complete several sunflower themed projects using mixed media.

Date: Thursday, July 21st and Friday, July 22nd 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Ages: 8 – 12

Instructors: Kuen Spichiger, Santino Lauricella, Beth Sanders

Fee: $70.00/student



Upcycled FunkFULL – We are only accepting Wait List Registration for this camp now! Repurposed Junk and Upcycled Funk (*): This camp is overflowing with creative uses for everyday objects.  We will make instruments, art, and gadgets from seemingly “useless” items. Straws aren’t just for drinking, balloons aren’t just for parties, and old cardboard has more uses than you can imagine.  We will be thinking outside the box and learning some fun science along the way in this “trash” to treasure adventure.

Date: Thursday, August 4th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (FULL )

Ages: 8 – 14

Instructors: Santino Lauricella, Beth Sanders

Fee: $40.00/student



Watercolors2Fun with Watercolor (*): 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.

Date: Tuesday, August 9th and Wednesday, August 10th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Ages: 12 – adult

Instructors: Dan Hottenstein, Dharla Maiden, Rich Frantz, Kuen Spichiger, Santino Lauricella, Beth Sanders

Fee: $70.00/student


Garden SproutsGarden Sprouts Camp (Grandparents and Me): Children love being outside playing in the soil, and they love exploring how plants grow in a garden.  Join us as we channel your child’s natural curiosity as we learn about flowers and edibles from planting to plate.  This camp will include a variety of projects plus tastings of a variety of plants and plant parts ranging from roots to flowers (these are all things you normally eat.).

Date:  Friday, August 12th 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Ages: 4 – 8 with an adult

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

NOTE: To help facilitate the shared learning experience, each adult is limited to bringing two children to camp.

Fee: $13.00/person

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Stage Combat1Stage Combat Camp (*): Have you ever wished you could do what you see your favorite action heroes do?  Fight Choreographer Dan Burke will teach us how in this two day camp on the Center’s DeSoto Amphitheater for the Performing Arts.  Dan has choreographed fights for over 100 productions in Central PA and beyond, runs his own company Safe Violence, and is Gamut Theater’s Resident Choreographer.  We will learn how they “act the fight,” and will primarily focus on hand-to-hand combat. Please be sure to wear sneakers and comfortable clothing, and leave your jewelry, including earrings at home.

Date: Tuesday, August 16th and Wednesday, August 17th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Ages: 12 – 16

Instructors: Dan Burke, Santino Lauricella, Beth Sanders

Fee: $70.00/student

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Nature Crafts1FULL – We are no longer accepting Registration for this camp!  Nature Crafts Camp (Grandparent and Me): Are you as inspired by the natural world as we are?  Join us as we gently explore the trails of the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art in search of leaves, twigs, acorns, etc. so that we can create our own beautiful nature-inspired craft projects and works of art.

Date: Thursday, August 18th 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (FULL )  or Friday,  August 19th  9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (FULL)

Ages: 4 – 8 with an adult

Instructors: Beth Sanders, Santino Lauricella

NOTE: Choose ONE OF TWO sessions for this camp. To help facilitate the shared learning experience, each adult is limited to bringing two children to camp.

Fee: $13.00/person


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