Summer Youth Camps

Boys & Girls Entering Grades 1-11

Camp Susque’s summer youth camps is where it all started. In 1946, four leaders took 16 fellows on a two-night camping trip up the Loyalsock Creek. On the second night, around a campfire, a discussion revealed concerns about the issues of life that had previously been unspoken. The leaders were overwhelmed at the boys' response and…here we are today.

For each of our youth camps, your child will join a cabin/tent group made up of one counselor and 6-8 other campers in their same age group. This provides them with the security and context of a small group in which they can bond, share, and explore. Many of our campers return time after time just to experience this small group, community feel. They state it frees them to feel safe enough to be themselves, to grow and try new things, and to open up about what is going on in their lives with others their same age.

At the core of our summer program we offer three different options: Young Explorers Camp, Boys Camp, and Girls Camp.

Young Explorers, formerly called Adventure Camp, is a way for your child to get his/her feet wet with the camping experience. It runs for just 4 days and 3 nights and is tailored to make your child’s first camp experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Typically, this camp is staffed by "mom" and "dad" age counselors to help make the transition as smooth as possible.

Our Boys and Girls camps are unique in that they allow boys to be boys and girls to be girls in the context of a week of summer camp. They provide a chance for your child to spend the week at camp not distracted by or worrying about getting embarrassed in front of campers of the opposite gender. These camps are served by well-screened, college-age counselors who spend an entire week in training learning how to best take care of your child while at Susque.

If this is the first time you are sending a camper to camp or you have any questions, please read our FAQ for Summer Camps and don’t hesitate to give us a call (570-998-2151) or email us a question (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We look forward to working with you to make your child’s camp experience safe, fun, and successful!

Parent & Camper Testimonials

"There isn't a better place in the world for your child to go. Camp Susque is real. It is a place to meet God and know Him. It gives not only the campers an amazing experience but the counselors as well. We are blessed to live so close to camp and to share in the lives of many who have sent their kids. All come home with vitality and joy in His creation, but mostly in love with the staff. The leadership at Camp is a beautiful extension of Jesus and it shines in the children's eyes. All they talk about is going back."

"Every year Camp Susque builds up the character of my children in a way we as parents couldn't alone. It is a place of calmness in this crazy, crazy world."

"We are a family that deals with a lot of uncertainty due to severe family health issues and the military lifestyle. Camp Susque was an engaging and authentic way to help my son grow spiritually, socially, and practically in a world where stress just seems to come earlier and earlier. We cannot thank Camp Susque enough for its commitment to our youth."

"Camp Susque is where I feel closest to Christ." Camper

"When I am at Camp Susque it feels like a family reunion. I am excited to see all my friends. I imagine Heaven will feel like that too." Camper

Top 5 Changes Parents see in their Campers after Susque

  • Growth in independence
  • Better attitude
  • More confident
  • Greater interest in reading the Bible, singing worship songs, and spending quiet time with God
  • Deeper appreciation of God's creation

Young Explorers Camp

Boys & Girls Entering Grades 1-3 | June 19-22, 2019 (Wednesday-Saturday) - WAITLIST for 2019

Young Explorers Camp is a safe, interactive program designed to introduce younger campers to the experience of an overnight camp. During the four-day, three-night program, campers participate in many of the same activities as our week-long Boys and Girls camps, including campfires, activity classes*, swimming, snack shop, and an awesome theme meal. Yet, at the same time, it occurs over a shorter period of time which allows your child to ease into the camper experience.

Chapels and Bible studies, tailored towards younger campers, play a prominent role as we strive to introduce each child to his/her Creator. This is all done while maintaining a counselor-to-camper ratio of 1:6, designed to ensure that each camper receives the attention he/she needs to thrive.

If this is the first time you are sending a camper to camp or you have any questions, please read our FAQ for Summer Camps and don’t hesitate to give us a call (570-998-2151) or email us a question (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We look forward to working with you to make your child’s camp experience safe, fun, and successful!

 2019 Theme: 

Wild West week for web 

  • Capture the masked bandit!
  • Eat wild vittles from the chuck wagon.
  • Have a grand ol' time at the Susque Hoedown! 
Sample Schedule
MORNINGAFTERNOONEVENING
Camper Wake-Up
7:30
Noon Games Dinner
Flag Raising Lunch Area/Counselor Time
Chapel Rest Period Flag Lowering
Breakfast Snack Shop Evening Activities
*May include night swims, campfires,
hayrides, and theme activities.
Cabin Clean Up Organized Free Time Devotions
Activity Classes* Area/Counselor Time Bedtime
9:00

* Activity Classes for Young Explorers are: Nature Class, Bible Study, Crafts. Each camper will rotate through each of these classes on Thursday and Friday morning.

Parent Testimonials

"I am glad to have found this camp that is so beautiful and seems to be thoughtfully run and strives to provide an excellent and God-centered experience for young people. I especially love the care you have taken in building Young Explorers Camp as an ideal introduction to overnight camp, complete with moms and dads as counselors! I look forward to our kids returning for many years."

"We wanted to give our daughter a taste of summer camp and Camp Susque's Young Explorers Camp was perfect for that. We were so glad it was just a couple days because we weren't sure she would be happy with a whole week. At the closing service on Saturday morning, she found us and said 'I don't want to leave!' She had such a spectacular time and we are so happy."

"My 7 1/2 year old daughter had a wonderful experience at Camp Susque's 4-day 'Young Explorers Camp.' She can't wait to return next summer for a whole week! Being on her own and helping other children in her tent both helped her gain confidence in herself."

Girls Camp

Girls Entering Grades 3-11

For over 40 years, Girls Camp has provided a fun-filled, supportive atmosphere where girls can be themselves. Here they can withdraw from the distractions of everyday life and co-ed settings. Each week, close bonds form as Jays (grades 3-5), Doves (grades 6-8), and Hawks (grades 9-11) try their hand at skill-based activities such as canoeing, dance, pottery, and archery. Other small and large group activities such as gaga, campouts, and special theme activities add a chance to mingle and enjoy creative, fun elements.

Most importantly, girls will be immersed in a safe, loving community of leaders and young adults who have a passion for them to both hear and see the Gospel of Christ lived out. Each day, campers will hear from and interact with a chaplain and sometimes his wife, chosen for their ability to work with youth and encourage the hearts of young women. Well-screened, trained, college-age counselors also participate in the learning process as they guide their small cabin or tent group of 6-8 girls into the deeper truths of living in community and sensing God's purpose in their lives.

A hallmark of Susque, reaching back to the very beginnings of our ministry, occurs once a week for each cabin or tent group: the famed "Susque Stew Experience." This purposeful, special evening builds self-sufficiency as each cabin or tent group strikes off to seek God in quieter areas of camp. Each group prepares their own meal over a campfire they built themselves and prepares their sleeping quarters for that evening's rest under the stars. The goal of the evening is to prepare an open opportunity for the cabin or tent group to gather around the fire and share about their lives, their struggles, and their questions. Guest chaplains or other camp leadership are often in attendance to help stimulate and guide the conversation.

If this is the first time you are sending a camper to camp or you have any questions, please read our FAQ for Summer Camps and don’t hesitate to give us a call (570-998-2151) or email us a question (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We look forward to working with you to make your child’s camp experience safe, fun, and successful!

Sample Schedule
MORNINGAFTERNOONEVENING
Camper Wake-Up
7:30
Noon Games Dinner
*Area or Cabin Cookouts may occur instead of eating in the dining hall.
Inspection of Ranks Lunch Flag Lowering
Chapel
*May include Chapel in the Pines!
Cabin Clean Up Evening Activities
*May include night swims, skit night, campouts, campfires, night games, chapels, hymn sings, or all-camp bonfires.
Breakfast Snack Shop Devotions
Flag Raising Organized Free Time Bedtime
9:00-10:00
Activity Class 1* Rest Period  
Bible Study All-Camp, Area, or Counselor Activity  
Activity Class 2*

*Activity Classes

Sample Activity Classes include: archery, arts & crafts, astronomy, bb, canoeing, dagorhir (foam sword-fighting), dancing, drama, drawing, kayaking, nature, photography, pottery, riflery, rocketry, and wilderness survival skills. Each camper will be able to choose two activity classes based on availability.

Weekly Themes

Each week has a different theme that ties into the week's activities and provides links to spiritual contexts. Each theme culminates in a grand theme meal towards the end of the week, where girls are encouraged to dress the part!

2019's Weekly Themes:

Week 1: The Amazing Race! | July 13 - July 20

theamazingrace

This week long race will challenge your cabin group's agility, problem solving, courage, and resiliency.  Discover new strengths you never knew you had!

Week 2: Susque Spy Agency | July 20 - July 27

susquespyagency 
Help the Agency solve an international mystery.  Learn new spy skills and crack secret codes!

Week 3: Survivor Week | July 27 - August 3 

survivor week

Complete new challenges daily with your tribe!  There will  be mud.  Oh, yes, there will be mud.

 

 

Parent & Camper Testimonials

"I was concerned about the effect the godless world was having on my daughter...I would pray for her, but the outside influences seemed to be overwhelming! She was 16, and this was her first/last chance to enjoy summer camp at Susque. She came home full of the Holy Spirit and you could just see a tremendous change. Susque gave her a chance to see that there are others her age who rejoice in the Lord with no shame, and being with those great new friends for a week encouraged her to pursue God with all her heart openly and seek out more of those kind of friends at home. I'm so proud of her. Thank you!"

"I was afraid that at age 12 many girls attending would already have friends from previous years and I was not sure how she would fit in. The atmosphere set up by the camp and the counselors is such an open and friendly one that it seems that all the girls 'catch' the same attitude. She had so much fun and made so many friends that I wish I would have sent her to Camp Susque several years ago."

"We were able to do 'girl things' without worrying about anyone watching us. It was a lot of fun!" Camper

"I made a lot of new friends. My favorite part was canoeing, sitting around the fire while singing songs and going exploring. It taught me how to work as a team, and how wonderful and mighty God is. I also liked sitting around the fire when everyone was quiet and just listening to the birds sing and the rushing water in the creek." Camper

Boys Camp

Boys Entering Grades 3-11

For over 65 years, Boys Camp has been a place for boys to be boys. Here they are free to make new friends, try new experiences, and live without the distractions of everyday life or a co-ed setting. Each week, Littlemen (grades 3-5), Redmen (grades 6-8), and Woodsmen (grades 9-11) can try their hand at skill-based activities such as dagorhir, archery, kayaking, and outdoor survival. Other small and large group activities such as gaga, campouts, and special theme activities add social stimulation and creative, fun elements.

Most importantly, boys will be immersed in a safe, loving community of leaders and young adults who have a passion for them to both hear and see the Gospel of Christ lived out. Each day, campers will hear from and interact with a chaplain, chosen for his ability to work with youth and encourage the hearts of young men. Well-screened, trained, college-age counselors also participate in the learning process as they guide their small cabin or tent group of 6-8 boys into the deeper truths of living in community and sensing God's purpose in their lives.

A hallmark of Susque, reaching back to the very beginnings of our ministry, occurs once a week for each cabin or tent group: the famed "Susque Stew Experience." This purposeful, special evening builds self-sufficiency as each cabin or tent group strikes off to seek God in quieter areas of camp. Each group prepares their own meal over a campfire they built themselves and prepares their sleeping quarters for that evening's rest under the stars. The goal of the evening is to prepare an open opportunity for the cabin or tent group to gather around the fire and share about their lives, their struggles, and their questions. Guest chaplains or other camp leadership are often in attendance to help stimulate and guide the conversation.

If this is the first time you are sending a camper to camp or you have any questions, please read our FAQ for Summer Camps and don’t hesitate to give us a call (570-998-2151) or email us a question (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We look forward to working with you to make your child’s camp experience safe, fun, and successful!

Sample Schedule
MORNINGAFTERNOONEVENING
Camper Wake-Up
7:30
Noon Games Dinner
*Area or Cabin Cookouts may occur instead of eating in the dining hall.
Inspection of Ranks Lunch Flag Lowering
Chapel
*May include Chapel in the Pines!
Cabin Clean Up Evening Activities
*May include night swims, counselor hunt, campouts, campfires, night games, chapels, hymn sings, or all-camp bonfires.
Breakfast Snack Shop Devotions
Flag Raising Organized Free Time Bedtime
9:00-10:00
Activity Class 1* Rest Period  
Bible Study All-Camp, Area, or Counselor Activity  
Activity Class 2*

*Activity Classes

Sample Activity Classes include: archery, arts & crafts, astronomy, bb, canoeing, dagorhir (foam sword-fighting), drama, drawing, kayaking, nature, photography, pottery, riflery, rocketry, and wilderness survival skills. Each camper will be able to choose two activity classes based on age and availability.

Weekly Themes

Each week has a different theme that ties into the week's activities and provides links to spiritual contexts. Each theme culminates in a grand theme meal towards the end of the week, where boys are encouraged to dress the part!

2019's Weekly Themes:

Week 1: The Amazing Race! | June 22 - June 29

theamazingrace

This week long race will challenge your cabin group's agility, problem solving, courage, and resiliency.  Discover new strengths you never knew you had!

 

Week 2: Susque Spy Agency | June 29 - July 6

susquespyagency 
Help the Agency solve an international mystery.  Learn new spy skills and crack secret codes!

 

Week 3: Survivor Week | July 6 - July 13 

survivor week

Complete new challenges daily with your tribe!  There will  be mud.  Oh, yes, there will be mud.

 

Parent & Camper Testimonials

"We are so thankful that God has led us to Camp Susque. Our oldest son came home talking non-stop about the fun counselors, electives, praise and worship time, and just an encouraging Christian atmosphere. A week of Boys Camp was one of the best gifts we've ever given to our son. Looking forward to sending our boys to Camp Susque for many years to come."

"My son has gone to Boys Camp every year for the past 4 years. Every year he has tears in his eyes when he leaves. He LOVES it there! My son's father died and hasn't been in his life so he needs the GUY experience! Thanks Camp Susque!"

"My son was passionate about few things before Camp Susque. He is now passionate about camp as well as other things. He has definitely grown in character and confidence."

"I love going to Camp Susque. It is awesome. I like the gaga pit and organized free time. Another reason is that I can praise God while having fun with my friends. Thank you Camp Susque!!!" Camper

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