Whitaker Center
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Camps

 Discovery Camps 

 

Children can sharpen their science skills, explore a favorite topic or new interests – and most importantly have fun while they learn! With professionally structured programs for children entering 1st through 8th grade in the fall, our summer camps are just the right mix of fun and serious science. Our Discovery Camps are five days in length and offer the flexibility to choose a half day or full day camp experience.

NEW for 2018! – our 5-week summer camp program offers ALL of the camps listed in each age category for a full day, Monday through Friday camp experience! 

Discovery Camps include snacks, make-and-take projects, and activity extensions so that children can continue their learning at home. Camps take place at Whitaker Center with a walking fieldtrip to the State Library each Friday. All activities are fully supervised by our Education staff. Outside activities and time for “free play” are built into all schedules.

Space in each camp is limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. If a camp is sold out, add your name to the waitlist and if a spot opens up we'll contact you ASAP.

Discovery Camps Times:  
Morning Sessions: 8:30-12:00
Afternoon Sessions: 1:00-4:30

Discovery Camps are sponsored in partnership with  


Scholarship Funds

We are proud to offer Scholarship funds for families who qualify for the Pennsylvania ACCESS/EBT Card program. Children of parents who currently qualify for the Pennsylvania ACCESS/EBT Card program should indicate that they are eligible to receive scholarship funds when completing registration. Scholarship funds cover the majority of the cost of camp with the family of the child being responsible for the remainder of the fee, payable at time of registration.

In order to serve as many families as possible, scholarship funds cannot be used by the same child for more than two camps.

Within two weeks of submitting a registration indicating your child is eligible for scholarship funds, parents are responsible for scanning their ACCESS/EBT Card and photo ID and e-mailing our Education Manager OR presenting these documents in person at Whitaker Center’s Box Office. If these documents are NOT received within two weeks of your registration, the registration will be cancelled and the spot released for re-sale. Questions? Please contact our Education Manager at education@whitakercenter.org or 717-724-3865.


Cancellation Policy
In order to accommodate every child who wants to attend our camps, we require at least 4 weeks' notice for cancellations and full refunds. Cancellations made with less than 4 weeks' notice will not receive a refund. 


Late Pick-Up Policy
Pick-up times for camps are strictly enforced. Please note that there will be a charge of $15 per fifteen minutes past the pick-up time for your child’s camp.

AM (only) Camper Pick-up Time: 11:45am – 12:15pm

PM Camper Pick-up Time: 4:00pm – 4:30pm


Cost:

5 week camp program (pending individual camp availability)

Non-Member - $1,320 per child

Member - $1,210 per child

Individual camp programs

Half Day (8:30 AM - 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM)

Non-Member - $150 per week, per child
Member - $135 per week, per child

Full Day (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM)

Non- Member - $270 per week, per child
Member - $240 per week, per child


CAMPS FOR GRADES 1 – 4

Designed for Children going in to First – Fourth Grade in the fall of 2018

7/9 – 7/13

AM Camp: “Let’s Go Fly a Kite”
Students will be challenged to design, create, and fly a kite during this exciting, interactive STEM investigation.  Students will learn the physics behind how kites fly while actively creating their own models.

PM Camp: “Rain, Rain, Go Away…”
Have you ever wanted to be a meteorologist? Here is your chance!  Students will explore the natural forces of daily and extreme weather.  They will also investigate the instruments that measure and predict the weather.  With this knowledge, students will create weather stations to monitor the changes in weather at their homes in the months to come.

7/16 – 7/20

AM Camp: “Eggs Away!”
Students will be introduced to the physics of gravity and acceleration while having the opportunity to design, create, and experiment with different designs to keep their egg from breaking when they are dropped from high above. Daily design challenges will allow students to improve and alter the way they successfully (or not!) get their egg to the ground!

PM Camp: “Musical Theater Part A”
Students will have their opportunity to sing, dance, and perform their way through the week! Students will learn a song from a Broadway musical and perform the excerpt on Friday for an audience of their family, friends, and Whitaker Center staff! Part A of camp will also explore production and stage management aspects of the theater. 

7/23 – 7/27

AM Camp: “Here Birdie, Birdie, Birdie…”
During this integrative STEM camp, students will have the opportunity to learn about the creatures that fly in our ecosystems.  Students will explore what birds eat and where they live by constructing, decorating, and taking home their own birdhouse. 

PM Camp: “Musical Theater Part B”
Students will have their opportunity to sing, dance, and perform their way through the week! Students will learn a song from a popular musical and perform the excerpt on Friday for an audience of their family, friends, and Whitaker Center staff!  Part B of camp will also explore lighting and sound aspects of the theater.  Please note, you do not have to take Musical Theater Part A to be able to attend this camp. 

7/30 – 8/3

AM Camp: “The Mad Chemist”
This hands-on STEM camp will allow students to get the lab messy and create chemical reactions in the lab!  Students will also have the opportunity to design, create, and erupt a volcano.

PM Camp: “Float your Boat”
Students will be challenged to design, create, and float their boat under changing conditions. Students will explore the properties of density as they modify their boats to keep them afloat. These daily, hands-on STEM challenges will keep everyone on their toes as they try not to get their boat too wet!

8/6 – 8/10

AM Camp: “Music to My Ears”
This adventure into the world of STEM is for all the music lovers no matter what style you listen to!  We will explore the science behind notes, pitch, and tone while we create, play, and decorate musical instruments.

PM Camp: “Bon Appetit!”
The science of food - sounds yummy!  Students will have the opportunity to learn about the science of food and reactions that occur when recipes are made in the kitchen.  Students will also try their hand in the kitchen making some ‘science’ experiments delicious enough for sampling!

 

CAMPS FOR GRADES 5 – 8

Designed for Children going in to Fifth – Eighth Grade in the fall of 2018

7/9 – 7/13

AM Camp: “Rain, Rain, Go Away…”
Have you ever wanted to be a meteorologist? Here is your chance!  Students will explore the natural forces of daily and extreme weather.  They will also investigate the instruments that measure and predict the weather.  With this knowledge, students will create weather stations to monitor the changes in weather at their homes in the months to come.

PM Camp: “Let’s Go Fly a Kite”
Students will be challenged to design, create, and fly a kite during this exciting, interactive STEM investigation.  Students will learn the physics behind how kites fly while actively creating their own models.

7/16 – 7/20

AM Camp: “Musical Theater Part A”
Students will have their opportunity to sing, dance, and perform their way through the week! Students will learn a song from a Broadway musical and perform the excerpt on Friday for an audience of their family, friends, and Whitaker Center staff! Part A of camp will also explore production and stage management aspects of the theater. 

PM Camp: “Eggs Away!”
Students will be introduced to the physics of gravity and acceleration while having the opportunity to design, create, and experiment with different designs to keep their egg from breaking when they are dropped from high above. Daily design challenges will allow students to improve and alter the way they successfully (or not!) get their egg to the ground!

7/23 – 7/27

AM Camp: “Musical Theater Part B”
Students will have their opportunity to sing, dance, and perform their way through the week! Students will learn a song from a popular musical and perform the excerpt on Friday for an audience of their family, friends, and Whitaker Center staff!  Part B of camp will also explore lighting and sound aspects of the theater.  Please note, you do not have to take Musical Theater Part A to be able to attend this camp.   

PM Camp: “Here Birdie, Birdie, Birdie…”
During this integrative STEM camp, students will have the opportunity to learn about the creatures that fly in our ecosystems.  Students will explore what birds eat and where they live by constructing, decorating, and taking home their own birdhouse. 

7/30 – 8/3

AM Camp: “Float your Boat”
Students will be challenged to design, create, and float their boat under changing conditions. Students will explore the properties of density as they modify their boats to keep them afloat. These daily, hands-on STEM challenges will keep everyone on their toes as they try not to get their boat too wet!

PM Camp: “The Mad Chemist”
This hands-on STEM camp will allow students to get the lab messy and create chemical reactions in the lab!  Students will also have the opportunity to design, create, and erupt a volcano. 

8/6 – 8/10

AM Camp: “Bon Appetit!”
The science of food - sounds yummy!  Students will have the opportunity to learn about the science of food and reactions that occur when recipes are made in the kitchen.  Students will also try their hand in the kitchen making some ‘science’ experiments delicious enough for sampling!

PM Camp: “Music to My Ears”
This adventure into the world of STEM is for all the music lovers no matter what style you listen to!  We will explore the science behind notes, pitch, and tone while we create, play, and decorate musical instruments.

 

 

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