Summer Camps

 SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

Discover your world…

education-3Explore the natural world through unique, hands-on activities at the Center’s 2014 Summer Camps!

Camp registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Full payment is due upon registration. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, personal checks and cash are accepted.

FEES (unless otherwise noted):

One-day camps: $40
Two-day camps: $70
Four-day camps: $120

Ned Smith Center members can use coupons to receive $5 off registration!
Call the Center at 717-692-3699 to register using your coupons, or click here to access a printable registration form (PDF).
*Maximum use one coupon per registrant.  

 Fishing for Families This camp is FULL!  Please call the Center at 717-692-3699 to be placed on the waiting list.
Saturday, June 7, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Ages 8-14
The Ned Smith Center, Bass Pro Shops, Doc Fritchey Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and the PA Fish and Boat Commission have partnered to offer this fun-filled instructional camp. Parents are invited to attend this camp and share the joys of fishing with their child, as skilled instructors discuss conservation, aquatic insects, fly tying, casting and fishing gear.  Ample time will be dedicated to casting instruction and practice, as well as fishing on the Wiconisco Creek.  Equipment will be provided for use during the program.  In addition to closed-toe shoes, all participants should pack a lunch and wear long pants. Each child will return home with their own spin cast reel and rod.
Fee: $18.00/ student; parents are welcome and encouraged to attend this camp free of charge.
This camp is available at a reduced fee due to the kind and generous support of Bass Pro Shops and the Doc Fritchey Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Archaeology Camp: Saving the Past for the Future THIS CAMP IS FULL! Please call 717-692-3699 to be placed on the waiting list!
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday, June 24-27, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Ages 10-18
Have you ever wanted to dig for historical artifacts?  Here’s your chance! Join us to experience an actual excavation on a REAL site with a professional archaeologist.  You’ll get a taste of fieldwork and methodology, lab analysis, preservation, interpretation, and more.  As a special bonus, living history re-enactors will portray historical figures of the colonial period.  This exciting camp will occur at Fort Halifax, located on PA Route 147.
INSTRUCTORS: Dane Snyder, Joe Baker, Bruce Baker, Steve Panco, George Platts, John D. Laskowski, and Beth Sanders

Wild Garden Art Camp - THIS CAMP IS FULL! Please call 717-692-3699 to be placed on the waiting list!
Thursday, July 10, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Ages 8-12
Roll up your sleeves and dig in! Students will create fabulous whimsical art projects using the outdoors as their inspiration.  We will create garden flags, decorate flower pots for our own tiny plants, tie-dye t-shirts with markers, and learning the art of “petal pounding.”  Student must bring a 100% cotton clean white t-shirt along to camp.
INSTRUCTORS: Karen Lee Newman and Beth Sanders

Geology Rocks!THIS CAMP IS FULL! Please call 717-692-3699 to be placed on the waiting list!
Tuesday, July 15, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Ages 8-12
Let’s unveil some secrets of the earth’s treasures!  Through hands-on activities, you will learn about local geology as well as geology beyond the boundaries of the Commonwealth.  Each student will go home with a “loot” of rocks and fossils that will be the envy of other “rock hounds.” Whether you already have a rock collection, or you’re just starting out, this camp rocks!
INSTRUCTORS: Judy Fasnacht, Sid Hostetter, John D. Laskowski, and Beth Sanders

Tied Up In Knots: Making Your Own Macramé and Clay Bead Jewelry
Wednesday & Thursday July 30 -319:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Ages 9-adult
Learn this popular form of jewelry making with local artist Tiffany Miller from Millersburg’s very own WOOTH (With Our Own Two Hands).  You will learn to make your own macramé necklaces, anklets and bracelets, featuring your own handcrafted polymer clay beads.  Youth participants are encouraged to bring an adult with them to share in this creative experience; regular fees apply for all ages.
INSTRUCTORS: Tiffany Miller and Beth Sanders

Click Here to Register for Tied Up in Knots

Monarchs and Milkweed  THIS CAMP IS FULL! Please call 717-692-3699 to be placed on the waiting list!
Wednesday, August 6, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Ages 8-adult
There is nothing quite like the sight of a monarch butterfly flying against the summer sky!  We will learn all about this beautiful insect through interactive projects and activities – you will even be able to view butterflies up close by entering a netted butterfly enclosure!  In addition to creating a few butterfly art projects, the day will include activities and discussions about butterfly conservation, tagging monarchs, butterfly gardening, planting milkweed and what steps you can take to attract monarch butterflies to your own backyard.
INSTRUCTORS: Alan Corson, Jill Renee Hampton, and Beth Sanders

Grandparents and Me: Owls!  Both sessions of this camp are FULL!  Please call 717-692-3699 to be placed on the waiting list!
August 14: Group 1: 9:00 – 1:00p.m.
OR Group 2:
12:00 – 3:45 p.m.
Children ages 4-8 and an older adult.  Grandparents are especially welcome!
Owls come in all shapes and sizes and live in a variety of habitats.  Through activities, observations and stories, we will go on an “owl prowl” to learn about these magnificent birds.  And as a special bonus, ZooAmerica will present a live owl demonstration to both groups.  This camp will be a “hoot!”
*To help facilitate the shared learning experience, each adult is limited to bringing two children to camp.
INSTRUCTOR: Beth Sanders
FEE: $18.00/person 

Group 1 Schedule (9:00 – 1:00p.m. This session is FULL!
9:00 – 11:30 morning camp session
11:30 – 12:00 Lunch on your own-picnic tables are available
12:15 – 1:00 Live Owl program by ZooAmerica
1:00 Group 1 leave for home

Group 2 Schedule (12:00 – 3:45 p.m.)
12:00 Arrival
12:15 – 1:00 Live Owl program by ZooAmerica
1:15 – 3:45 afternoon camp session

 Grandparents and Me: Gooey Art
August 19, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. This session is FULL!  Please sign up for the August 20 session or call 717-692-3699 to be placed on the waiting list!
OR August 20, 9:30 – 12:00 p.m. – ONLY TWO SPACES AVAILABLE!
Children ages 4-8 and an older adult.  Grandparents are especially welcome!
It’s fun to make a mess!  Wear your play clothes for this messy learning experience as we will combine unlikely ingredients to create some amazing projects!  And don’t worry, we will provide aprons!
*To help facilitate the shared learning experience, each adult is limited to bringing two children to camp.
INSTRUCTORS: Karen Lee Newman and Beth Sanders
FEE: $13.00/person