It’s getting close to the end of the school year and parents are starting to adjust their schedules to plan summer vacations and camps.
Whether you’re thinking about sending your child to the little day camp down the street or an overnight camp, here are some ideas to help you start planning.
Borough Recreation Camps
Local parks usually offer day camps or classes that last for a few hours at a time. These can be very affordable, and sometimes even free. Check out the borough recreation website in your area for information or call your local borough building.
• JCC Camp Daleville. campdaleville.org. Ages 3-15. Cost per child: $150. Offers a variety of sports camps as well as specialty weeks like horseback riding camp, rocketry camp and cooking camp.
• YMCA. greaterscrantonymca.org. Ages 3-12 Day Camp/Ages 13-16 Teen Adventure Camp (TAC). Cost per child: Greater Scranton YMCA members $125/week; non-members $160/week
Campers are able to explore, be creative, learn teamwork and develop leadership in a wide range of physically active programs that influence lifelong health. This summer teens will have a chance to travel and take part in activities in and outside of the Greater Scranton YMCA.
Creative Art Camps
• Arts Alive and Arts Alive Jr. at Ballet Theatre of Scranton and Marywood. aienepa.org. Ages 3-15. Cost per child: Students residing within NEIU districts: $400.
Arts Alive Junior is for kindergarten through grade four, this is a two-week program and cost is $250 per student and includes tuition and all materials.
Arts Alive is a four-week program for fifth to 12th grade in both the visual and performing arts. $550 per student and includes tuition, all materials.
• The Creative and Performing Arts Academy (CAPAA) of NEPA at the Ritz Theater building. CAPAA.org/summer-programs. For pre-Kindergarten through grade 12. Cost per child: Starting at $250.
CAPAA NEPA offers quality education to kids, teens and adults in the creative and performing arts. Pre-Kindergarten and kindergarten campers may attend half-(9 a.m.-noon) or full-(9 a.m.-4 p.m.) day sessions.
• Scranton Cultural Center Performing Arts Summer Camp at Masonic Temple. scrantonculturalcenter.org. Grades pre-Kindergarten through 12. Cost per child: Starting at $125 for half day and $225 for full day.
The Scranton Cultural Center’s Summer Camp Program provides a quality education in the creative and performing arts for young children and teens in an environment that honors achievement, creativity and personal growth.
• iCreate STEM Camp by NEIU 19 at Lackawanna County Career Technology Center. icreatestem.org/camps. Grades three through five and six through eight. Cost per child: $155.
This STEM summer camp provides hands-on experience with Minecraft, website design and development, programmable robots, 3D printing, electronic circuitry, Raspberry Pi and coding.
• Pop Science! LLC in Jessup. popsciencellc.com. Ages 4-12 Cost per child: $150 (half days) $250 (full days. NEPA’s first (and only) hands-on science lab for kids. Sessions include Science Rocks! Rocks and Minerals; The Thunder Rolls: Meteorology and Weather; Rock & Roll! SUPERSAVER; DINO-mite Mini Camp; Under the Sea!, Over the Moon!; Superhero Science; Human Body: Senses; and Explosive Kids!
• EverHart Museum. everhart-museum.org/programs/summer-holiday-day-camps. Grades: Students entering kindergarten to sixth grade. Cost per child: Member- $180/child, per week; non-member- $200/child, per week. Museum Adventure Weeks are centered on the exploration of the Everhart’s collections and the surrounding Nay Aug Park environment. Each week, participants experience a new topic or theme that uses both art and science in its hands-on approach to learning. Experts are scheduled each morning to present specific weekly themes. Superhero Training Academy, Power of Nature, Building a Better Community, Junior Chef: Farm to Table,
• Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. lackawanna.edu/EnvironmentalEducation. Ages 5-13. Cost per child: $70 -$120. Explore the natural habitats of the 211-acre LCEEC property. Experienced staff guides children through experiential activities focused on discovery and teamwork to gain a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of all life.
• Marywood University Camps. marywood.edu. Ages 4-18. Cost per child: $150- $385. Marywood’s summer camp in mathematics and cybersecurity is an introduction to cybersecurity, internet communication, related math, data encryption and more. Design your future is an intensive two-week workshop in architecture and interior design. Creative Writing Camp is a half-day camp for elementary through high school students with a focus on fiction. There is also a summer science camp for kids, 4–10.
• Penn State Worthington
Scranton camps. worthingtonscranton.psu.edu/cubcamps. Ages 6-16. Cost per child: $130-$155. Cub Camps are offered in Arts Around the World, Babysitter’s Training, Building Bridges with K’NEX, Business and Entrepreneurship Academy, Cool Science, Coding Camp, Creative Lego® Engineering, Computer Gaming Academy, Fun with Pirates, Lego® Mindstorms® Robotics, Space Camp, Wizards and Cauldrons, Zoo Camp
• Lackawanna College. lackawanna.edu. Ages 4-7 . Cost per child: Free-$200. Project management camp and first responder camp are both free to eligible participants. Also featured: Cupcake Wars Camp, LEGO Pre-Engineering Camp, Fotogra-Fun Camp, Paws-a-tively Pets Camp, Cooking with Brenda, American Girl Spa Week, and Little Heroes Camp.
• Spruce Lake Summer Camp. sprucelake.org. Ages 4-18. Costs: $355 per week. The campground has more than 800 acres of woodlands, waterfalls, and mountain streams. Campers love the 500-foot zip line, the three-person climbing tower, archery range, kayaking, power swing, swimming at the pool, adventure programming, outdoor exploration and daily fireside worship and Bible teaching. Tuition includes Mini-Weeks and a bit more for Navigator Youth Week and Expeditions. The deposit, meals, lodging, standard activities, theme T-shirt, camp DVD and a tent group photo are included in the cost.
• Camp Kelly – Formerly Camp St. Andrew. uncnepa.org/campkelly. Grades 3-10. Cost per child: $375 per week.
United Neighborhood Center’s Camp Kelly’s mission is to create a place for youth to gain confidence and create lasting friendships. Camps offered are girls and boys resident camp week, girls and boys basketball camp, father-son weekend and women’s weekend.
• Pocono Mountain Bible Conference. camppmbc.com/camp. Ages 8-18. Cost per child: $200 per week. 2017 First Time Campers Camp FREE!
Pocono Mountain Bible Conference was founded in 1954 as a Christian
summer camping ministry. Campers spend a week in the Pocono Mountains, in the fresh air. Whether you’re playing mini golf, basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, swimming, or hanging out in the “rec” hall, there are plenty of activities to keep campers busy all week.