As we approach the end of the school year, many parents are trying to plan ahead by searching for the perfect summer camp to keep their kids entertained and active. So you may be thinking Where to Send Your Kids to Summer Camp in NEPA?

NEPA offers a variety of camps, but the challenge is finding the right timing with a busy summer schedule.

Why send your kid to summer camp?  For working parents it’s a necessity, but for others, summer camp takes kids away from computers, video games, TV and social media. Summer camps can also provide lifelong memories and skills.

A few things to keep in mind when researching are the timing and expense of summer camps.  Make sure to check the camp websites about pricing, financial aid, and scholarships that may be available. Also, check if the camp offers special discounts for early registration or siblings.

Here are some camps 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 on what might be available or call your local borough building. There may even be some sports camps available.

Full Day Camps

  • JCC Camp Daleville
    • http://campdaleville.org/
    • Ages 3-15
    • Cost per child: $150
    • Camp offers a variety of sports camps as well as specialty weeks like HORSEBACK RIDING CAMP, ROCKETRY CAMP, COOKING CAMP

 

  • YMCA
    • www.greaterscrantonymca.org
    • Ages 3-12 Day Camp/Ages 13-16 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. There is also a Teen Adventure Camp (TAC).  This summer teens will have a chance to travel and take part in exciting 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
    • http://aienepa.org/
    • Ages 3-15
    • Cost per child: Students residing within NEIU districts: $400
    • Arts Alive Junior is for ages K to 4th grade, this is a two (2) week program and cost is $250 per student and includes tuition, all materials.
    • Arts Alive is a four week program for 5th grade to 12th grade in both the visual and performing arts. $550 per student and includes tuition, all materials.

 

  • CAPPA at RITZ THEATER BUILDING
    • http://www.capaa.org/summer-programs/
    • Grades PK-12th grade
    • Cost per child:Starting at $250  
    • The Creative and Performing Arts Academy of NEPA offers the highest quality education to kids, teens and adults in the creative and performing arts. PreK and Kindergarten campers may attend HALF (9am-noon) or FULL (9am-4pm) day sessions.

 

  • Scranton Cultural Center Performing Arts Summer Camp at Masonic Temple
    • http://www.scrantonculturalcenter.org
    • Grades PK-12th grade
    • Cost per child:Starting at $125 for half day and $225 for full day  
    • The Scranton Cultural Center’s Summer Camp Program to provide a quality education in the creative and performing arts to young children and teens in an environment that honors achievement, creativity and personal growth.

Science/STEM Camps

  • iCreate STEM Camp by NEIU 19 at Elk Lake Elementary School And  Lackawanna County Career Technology Center
    • http://icreatestem.org/
    • Grades 3-5 and 6-8
    • Cost per child:  $155
    • This unique Stem Summer Camp provides hands-on experience with Minecraft, website design and development, programmable robots, 3D printing, electronic circuitry, Raspberry Pi and coding.

 

  • 2018 Johnson College STEM Camp
    • https://www.johnson.edu/stemcamp/
    • Grades 8th -10th
    • Cost Per Child: $99
    • Campers will learn ways to create, fix, and troubleshoot in any technical area they choose.
    • Technical Areas: 3D Printing, Robots, Drones, Electronics, and Coding.

 

 

  • Carriage Barn Academy  Scranton, PA (Formerly Marywood Science Camp)
    • www.carriagebarnacademy.com
    • Ages 4-10
    • Cost Per child: $150
    • The student-centered curriculum will encompass Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM), incorporating the project-based approach to early childhood learning.

 

  • Pop Science, LLC in Jessup, PA
    • www.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! The Science of Rocks and Minerals, Thunder Rolls: Meteorology and Weather, Rock & Roll! SUPERSAVER , DINO-mite! Mini Camp, Under the Sea!, Over the Moon! , Superhero Science, Human Body: Senses, Explosive Kids!

Themed Camps

  • EverHart Museum
    • http://everhart-museum.org/programs/summer-holiday-day-camps/
    • Grades: Students entering kindergarten to sixth grade
    • Cost per child:Member- $180/child, per week and Non-member- $200/child, per week
    • Museum Adventure Weeks are centered on the creative 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 on specific weekly themes. Superhero Training Academy, Power of Nature, Building a Better Community, Junior Chef: Farm to Table,

 

  • Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center
    • http://www.lackawanna.edu/EnvironmentalEducation
    • Ages 5-13
    • Cost per child:  $70 -$120
    • Join us for a week of fun and adventure exploring the natural habitats of the 211-acre LCEEC property. Experienced staff will guide children through innovative experiential activities focused on discovery and teamwork to gain a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of all life.

 

  • Marywood University Camps
    • http://marywood.edu/
    • Ages 4-18
    • Cost per child: $150- $385
    • Marywood offers 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, ages 4–10. These Science Camps are great, especially the Shark Camp.
  • Penn State Worthington Scranton camps
    • http://worthingtonscranton.psu.edu/cubcamps
    • Ages 6-16
    • Cost per child:$130-$155
    • Cub Camps are offered in the following sessions: 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
    • http://www.lackawanna.edu
    • Ages 4-7
    • Cost per child: Free-$200
    • Project Management Camp and First Responder Camp are both free to eligible participants. How much fun will the kids have at the themed camps at Lackawanna College? Here are some favorites: 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.

 

Sleepaway Camps

  • Spruce Lake Summer Camp
    • https://www.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 3-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
    • http://www.uncnepa.org/campkelly/
    • Grades 3-10
    • Cost per child:$375 per week
    • UNC’s Camp Kelly, formerly Camp St. Andrew, is a place for youth to gain confidence and create lasting friendships. Camp is about outdoor fun for everyone. Camps that are offered are both girls and boys resident and both girls or boys basketball camp. Pocono Mountain Bible Conference was founded in 1954 to exist as a summer camping ministry. Campers spend a week in the rustic Pocono Mountains, enjoying the fresh air and plenty of activities with friends and soon to be friends. Whether you’re playing mini golf, basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, swimming, or hanging out in the “rec” hall, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy all week.

 

  • Pocono Mountain Bible Conference
    • http://www.camppmbc.com/camp/
    • Ages 8-18
    • Cost per child:$200 per week
    • 2018 First Time Campers Camp FREE!
    • Campers spend a week in the rustic Pocono Mountains, enjoying the fresh air and plenty of activities with friends and soon to be friends. Whether you’re playing mini golf, basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, swimming, or hanging out in the “rec” hall, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy all week.

Sports Camps

There are a number of sports camps available at the local universities, so be sure to check out their websites. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders University Summer Baseball Camp is also available to kids of all ages. Be sure to check out their website as well. Coach Andrew Kettel offers basketball camp with more information found on http://kettelbasketballcamps.com/.

 

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