Whitaker Center
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Camps

 Discovery Camps 

Discovery is part of Summer at Whitaker Center.

 

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 preschoolers all the way up to children entering 8th grade, our summer camps are just the right mix of fun and serious science. Most camps are five days in length and offer the flexibility to choose a half day or full day camp experience, while others are single day or half day experiences. 

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 or at locations within walking distance of the Center with all activities 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.


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 Group Sales Coordinator OR presenting these documents in person at Whitaker Center. 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 Groups Sales Coordinator at groupsales@whitakercenter.org or 717-724-3862.


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. 


 

SUMMER 2017 DISCOVERY CAMPS

Preschool Camps | Camps for Grades 1-4 | Camps for Grades 4-8

PRESCHOOL CAMPS 

Designed for little ones age 3 – 5 (as of 1/1/2017) PLUS one Adult (age 18+)

 June 19 – 23 (AM Session ONLY)
“Little Diggers”

FOR: Children age 3 -5 plus one parent (age 18+)
TIME: 10:00am – Noon                  DAYS: Monday – Friday

Young learners can get their hands dirty as we explore creatures and mechanics of the ground.  We will utilize machines that move dirt, find and observe insects and worms, dig for dinosaurs, and experience big movements of the earth. Designed for parents of preschoolers to learn with their child (not a drop-off camp).

COST: $100 nonmembers, $95 members


August 21 (AM Session)
“Little Bots”

FOR: Children ages 3 -5 plus one parent (age 18+)
TIME: 10:00am – Noon                  DAY: Monday

It’s never too early to learn about robotics and coding!  Our youngest learners will explore miniature programmable robots that are designed just for them and can actually be programmed by them. Designed for parents of preschoolers to learn with their child (not a drop-off camp).

COST: $25 nonmember, $20 member for AM Only
           $40 nonmember, $35 members for BOTH AM and PM sessions

 

August 21 (PM Session)
“Fizzy”

FOR: Children ages 3 -5 plus one parent (age 18+)
TIME: 2:00pm – 4:00pm                DAY: Monday

Small and safe, cute and big enough to be noticed, we will conduct chemical reactions that fizz, bubble, and do interesting things.  Campers will feel and see the change that happens when certain substances are mixed together. Designed for parents of preschoolers to learn with their child (not a drop-off camp).

COST: $25 nonmember, $20 member for PM Only
            $40 nonmember, $35 members for BOTH AM and PM sessions


August 22 (AM Session)
“I See a Dinosaur!”

FOR: Children ages 3 -5 plus one parent (age 18+)
TIME: 10:00am – Noon                  DAY: Tuesday

Just in time for our special summer exhibit in Harsco Science Center, Dinosaur Discovery, we will explore all things dinosaur!  Uncover the mystery of the way the dinosaurs lived and also pretend to be a paleontologist by uncovering what looks like ancient dinosaur remains. Designed for parents of preschoolers to learn with their child (not a drop-off camp).

COST: $25 nonmember, $20 member for AM Only
            $40 nonmember, $35 members for BOTH AM and PM sessions

 

August 22 (PM Session)
“Our Small Friends”

FOR: Children ages 3 -5 plus one parent (age 18+)
TIME: 2:00pm – 4:00pm                DAY: Tuesday

Insects, spiders, and worms, oh my!  Campers will get the inside scoop on these little creatures and be able to interact with them safely in person. Designed for parents of preschoolers to learn with their child (not a drop-off camp).

COST: $25 nonmember, $20 member for PM Only
            $40 nonmember, $35 members for BOTH AM and PM sessions

 

CAMPS FOR GRADES 1 – 4

Designed for Children going in to First – Fourth Grade

July 17 – 21 (AM Session)
“The Messiest Camp Ever”

FOR: Children going into 1st – 3rd grades
TIME: 9:00am – Noon                    DAYS: Monday – Friday

If you like slimy, dirty, bubbly, and gross experiments, then this camp is for you!  We will mix and take home gooey chemistry concoctions, fake snot, pretend wounds, colorful explosions, and much more.

COST: $125 nonmembers, $110 members for AM Only
            $225 nonmembers, $200 members for BOTH AM and PM sessions

 

July 17 – 21 (PM Session)
“Dino-Mania”

FOR: Children going into 1st – 3rd grades
TIME: 1:00pm – 4:00pm                DAYS: Monday – Friday

Just in time for our special summer exhibit in Harsco Science Center, Dinosaur Discovery, we will explore all things dinosaur! Learn how to be a paleontologist by unearthing fossils from rocks, identifying dinosaurs, making your own fossils to take home, and moving and living the way that dinosaurs do.

COST: $125 nonmembers, $110 members for PM Only
            $225 nonmembers, $200 members for BOTH AM and PM sessions
 


July 31 – August 4 (AM Session)
“Science of Imagination”

FOR: Children going in to 1st – 3rd grades
TIME: 9:00am – Noon                    DAYS: Monday – Friday

Have you ever imagined if something could be real?  Little makers will have fun with experiments inspired by imaginary things like ghosts, super heroes, and monsters all while learning more about the magical reality of physics and chemistry.  Melting powers, electrical energy, flying tricks, and walking slime abounds!

COST: $125 nonmembers, $110 members for AM Only
            $225 nonmembers, $200 members for BOTH AM and PM sessions

 

July 31 – August 4 (PM Session)
“Around the World”

FOR: Children going in to 1st – 3rd grades
TIME: 1:00pm – 4:00pm                DAYS: Monday – Friday

It’s a cross-curricular spectacular; a STEM exploration camp that has a social studies twist.  Our STEM experiments and projects will be inspired by many things that are different around the world, for instance, culture, architecture, geography, and food.  Campers will get the chance to learn about places they may never have been to or find out where something familiar comes from through engineering exercises, environmental explorations, chemistry experiments, and more.

COST: $125 nonmembers, $110 members for PM Only
            $225 nonmembers, $200 members for BOTH AM and PM sessions
 


August 14 – 18 (AM Session)
“Extreme”

FOR: Children going in to 2nd – 4th grades
TIME: 9:00am – Noon                    DAYS: Monday – Friday

This is the ultimate experience in physics and chemistry experiments to discover the limits of the objects that are all around us.  How strong is it?  How hot does it get?  How far can it stretch?  How far can it be launched?  How tall can we make it?  What are the limits of the space we live in? Daredevils and dreamers – this is the camp for you!

COST: $125 nonmembers, $110 members for AM Only
            $225 nonmembers, $200 members for BOTH AM and PM sessions

 

August 14 – 18 (PM Session)
“Spin, Bump, Ride & Make”

FOR: Children going in to 2nd – 4th grades
TIME: 1:00pm – 4:00pm                DAYS: Monday – Friday

All of our projects in this camp are based on engineering devices that are built for action and fun.  We will analyze and make common and not-so-common toys as well as amusement park rides like roller coasters, bumper cars & boats, and the round up.

COST: $125 nonmembers, $110 members for PM Only
            $225 nonmembers, $200 members for BOTH AM and PM sessions

CAMPS FOR GRADES 4 – 8

Designed for Children going in to Fourth - Eighth Grade

 July 6 – 7 (full days)
“Blast Off!”

FOR: Children going into 4th – 6th grades
TIME: 9:00am – 4:00pm                 DAYS: Thursday and Friday

Make and launch several rockets in just two days!  We will make our own rockets out of paper and bottles and launch them along the river using air power.  Campers get to keep their rockets while learning about motion physics.

COST: $100 nonmembers, $95 members


July 24 – 28 (AM Session)
“Who Done It?”

FOR: Children going into 4th – 6th grades
TIME: 9:00am – Noon                    DAYS: Monday – Friday

Become a forensic scientist during one of our most popular camps!  First, we’ll collect evidence like fingerprints, footprints, and tire tracks.  Then we will learn to analyze hair, blood, and DNA to examine a museum crime scene and figure out who done it!

COST: $125 nonmembers, $110 members for AM Only
           $225 nonmembers, $200 members for BOTH AM and PM sessions

 

July 24 – 28 (PM Session)
“Electro-Tinker”

FOR: Children going into 4th – 6th grades
TIME: 1:00pm – 4:00pm                DAYS: Monday – Friday

In this camp, we will develop our skills in learning to use electronics and other technology.  Breadboards and take-home soldering kits and electromagnetic projects are just the start.  We will also work together to assemble and program robotic kits.

COST: $125 nonmembers, $110 members for PM Only
            $225 nonmembers, $200 members for BOTH AM and PM sessions


August 7 – 11 (AM Session)
“Blood & Guts”

FOR: Children going in to 6th – 8th grades
TIME: 9:00am – Noon                    DAYS: Monday – Friday

This camp may sound gross but it’s all about what’s inside your body: you are the experiment!  We will test the accuracy of our senses, measure the effects of exercise on the circulatory and respiratory system, look at blood type, test our food, dissect animal organs, and check out real human organs.

COST: $125 nonmembers, $110 members for AM Only
            $225 nonmembers, $200 members for BOTH AM and PM sessions

 

August 7 – 11 (PM Session)
“Techno-Art”

FOR: Children going in to 6th – 8th grades
TIME: 1:00pm – 4:00pm                DAYS: Monday – Friday

Curious tinkers will first learn about new and old technology then use it to make works of art to take home.  With the aid of some heat, we will design and form our own plastic sculptures.  Switching ‘gears’ and using the power of hydraulics, we will create sculptures that move.  Computer technology will also be explored as it relates to functional and artistic design.

COST: $125 nonmembers, $110 members for PM Only
           $225 nonmembers, $200 members for BOTH AM and PM sessions

 

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