Educational Programs

Susque School of Discovery


Throughout the year, Camp Susque offers three different types of educational opportunities: Year-Long Classes, Multi-Day Classes, and Single-Day Programs. All of these programs are designed to enrich and supplement content being taught at home or in school.

Year-Long Classes

These classes meet every other week, typically from September-April, for one or two hours. The goal of the Year-Long Classes is to provide consistent learning and deeper assistance in particular subject areas. Past offerings include: science labs (Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, Biology), writing, public speaking, and mathematical labs. For each class, we provide the lab equipment and instructor. We will work with you to ensure that each of these classes fulfills the homeschool portfolio requirements that you desire.

Multi-Day Classes

These classes run for 1-3 days over the course of a few weeks. They provide unique opportunities to learn concepts or skills that may be hard to illustrate and practice at home or in school. The classes are typically based on skill progression. Past examples include: Pottery, Digital Photography, and Web Design & Development.

Single-Day Programs

A bulk of our program offerings are in the format of single-day programs. These typically occur in the morning or afternoon and cover a wide range of subjects, from geology to riflery.

Homeschoolers, please note: To fulfill your yearly Fire Safety portfolio requirement, we offer our popular Fire Safety Day every year. This program occurs in September and is a big hit. Be sure you don't miss it!

Family Camp

As you are seeking to enrich the life of your family, please consider our popular Family Camps:

Classic Family CampHomeschool Family Camp are each offered for one week in August every year. It may be just the respite and refresher you and your family are looking for!

Fall-Spring Programs

Susque's fall-spring programs provide an excellent break from the daily routine of study. They offer a chance to get out into God's creation and into His classroom. They're the perfect addition to your ministry at home. All programs are taught from a Christian perspective by qualified teachers who seek to inspire youth and families to learn and discover God's truth.

2018-2019 School Year

 

To Register

Online

By Phone: 570-998-2151

Dates for Multi-Day Classes and Single-Day Programs

 

Fall & Spring Multi-Day Classes
ClassDateTimeGradesCostDescription
Outdoor Adventure Skills 9/12, 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, 11/7, 11/21 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 7th-12th $70/student This class will introduce and allow students to try a variety of outdoor recreation skills to gain confidence and knowledge. Skills will include kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, hiking, survival skills, mountain biking, team-building, and basic wilderness medicine.
Intro to Sewing 9/13, 9/27, 10/11 10:00AM - 12:00PM 4th-Adult $30/student Come and learn some handy basic sewing skills from an experienced teacher. By the end of the 3 classes, students will also finish a sewing project to take home. Open to grades 4 and older. Adults taking this class must register. If a student is under 10 years old an adult will need to accompany them during the class.
Intro to Soprano Recorder 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29 9:30AM-11:00AM 3rd-6th $40 Learn how to play the soprano recorder from a retired music teacher of 30 years! This semester-long class will focus on developing good tone, finger dexterity, and music reading skills. Students will be able to play simple folk songs, learn the half-hole technique, and be able to play scales, including 1 minor scale.
Home Repair & Tool Use 10/10, 10/24, 11/7 10:00AM - 11:30AM 8th-12th+ $30 Learn from Camp Susque’s very own Facilities Manager how to use various tools and do basic and necessary home repair so you don’t have to pay someone else to do it for you!
Orienteering / Map Reading 9/13, 9/20, 9/27 10:00AM - 11:30AM 7th-12th $20 Learn how to properly read a map and orient yourself in the wild. This is a handy skill to have for anyone who enjoys being outdoors and doing things like hiking, fishing, kayaking, and camping.
World History through the Eyes of Leaders 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29, 12/13, 1/10, 1/24, 2/14, 2/28, 3/14, 3/28, 4/11 2:30PM-4:00PM 9th-12th $120 This 2-semester class is designed to engage high school students in conversation and learning about the role of leaders in the history of the world, through the timespan of 1708-2014. Using the Charlotte Mason method of learning, narration, discussion, note booking and reading will be prominent. Some of the people and events covered will be: The Great Awakening, Jonathan Edwards, Voltaire, Benjamin Franklin, The French and Indian War, Catherine the Great, Mozart, The American Revolution, Napoleon, Wilberforce, George Müller, Karl Marx, Taiping Rebellion, Charles Darwin, The War Between the States, Helen Keller, Lenin, Mussolini, Irish Civil War, Both World Wars, Holocaust, Formation of Israel, Billy Graham, The Korean War, That Cuban Missile Crisis, Martin Luther King Jr., Watergate, Nixon, Ayatollah Khomeini, Persian Gulf War, War on Terror. This class will look at the qualities of leadership and the responses/reactions of leaders and the resulting events. We will relate these to the qualities of Biblical leadership and learn from the past how to be leaders and followers that bring glory to God as he weaves our lives into the larger story. For those that would like to make the class cover the government requirement for high school, there will be additional reading and assignments.

Students will need to complete required reading, assignments, and take an active part in class discussion. This is a graded course. 1 credit of world history will be given upon completion.

Exploring Creation through Chemistry & Physics 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29, 12/13, 1/10, 1/24, 2/14, 2/28, 3/14, 3/28, 4/11 12:30PM - 2PM 5th-6th $120 This is a 2-semester class that will use the Charlotte Mason method of learning to introduce students to the fascinating world of Physics and Chemistry. Beginning with a study of chemistry and moving to physics concepts, the class will explore the properties of matter, atoms and molecules, and be introduced to the laws of motion and thermodynamics. Energy, light, electricity, magnetism, and simple machines will also be covered. This is a hands on class with experiments conducted during class time. Students will grow in not only their understanding of how things work, but also in their understanding of the great Creator and how God not only made all things, but sustains them as well. There will be weekly home assignments, and students should come to class ready to discuss the material.
Pottery Studio 100 2/28, 3/14, 3/28 9:30-11:30AM 1st-6th $40 Pottery 100, for grades 1-6, will focus on exploring the clay hand-building techniques of pinching and coiling. For students in grades 1-3, an adult must accompany them during all class time.
Pottery Studio 200 1/10, 1/24, 2/14 9:30-11:30AM 7th-12th+ $40 Pottery 200, for grades 7-12+, will focus on exploring and developing the clay hand-building techniques of coiling and slab-construction. Students will complete and glaze two projects, and be able to take everything home about a month after the third class. Adults can also take this class and must register.
Resume Writing & Interview Prep 2/21, 3/7 2:00PM-3:30PM 9th-12th+ $15 Students in this class will learn how to prepare a resume and then write their own resume. They will then learn about and practice basic interviewing skills.
Maple Sugaring TBD TBD TBD TBD Learn about maple sugaring from a local expert.  Learn how to prepare taps, lines, and collect sap, and then on the second class, make syrup!  One of the sweetest classes offered.
Personal Finance 2/28, 3/14, 3/28 10:00AM - 11:30AM 9th-12th $30 Students will gain wise money-management skills and a thorough understanding of the many factors that affect personal finances. This practical course is an excellent preparation for “real world” economic questions. Students must have access to a computer with Excel (or other spreadsheet software). Laptops may be available for students that need them upon request.

 

Single-Day Programs
ProgramDateTimeGradesCostDescription
Safety Day 9/6 9:30-12:00pm All $5/student Our Safety Day is a tradition for many families to kick off the new school year. Come join us for our annual day of fun, fellowship and exciting programs designed to meet your fire safety educational requirements. In addition to the important program put on by our local fire company and the SPCA, it is a great time for meeting new friends and reuniting with old ones. After the programs are over, we will have hot dogs and other snacks available to purchase for a picnic lunch (or you can bring your own).
Honeybees 101 TBD TBD All $7/student Come meet Susque's bees! Students will learn about the lives of these amazing insects as well as the basics of beekeeping. Bring your questions!
Intro to Bird Watching 9/26 1:00PM - 4:00PM All $10/student Learn about birds and the basics of bird-watching in this interactive and fun class! Learn from Dan Brauning, expert with PA DCNR, and co-author of Birds of Pennsylvania.

DCNR Program: Tree Cookies and Tree Identification

9/26 9:30-12:00pm All $5/student The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will be teaching about tree cookies and tree identification. This is a great class for all ages to learn something new and interesting about trees and the environment.
Christmas Around the World: Korea 12/13 9:30-11:30AM All $10/student Our annual Christmas Around the World event will focus on the country of Korea this year. Learn about the history of Christianity in Korea, how Korea became divided into north and south, and what happens on Christmas Day. This event will also include some fun Korean language-learning!
TerraNova 2 / CAT 6 Testing 3/7 9:00-1:00PM All $50/student Camp Susque is pleased to offer the convenience of local standardized testing. We will proctor the TerraNova 2 / CAT 6 for students (Generally taken in grades 3, 5, and 8). We will be offering the core portions of the test which cover Reading, Language, and Math. Registration Deadline: February 1, 2019
SwapLuck! 3/21 12:00PM - 3:00PM All FREE Join us for our 2nd annual SWAPLUCK! This is a potluck + swap day, so bring a small dish to share and some items from home that you would like to donate and swap, like clothing, books, toys, shoes, homeschool curriculum, and more! Come and enjoy the food and fellowship, meet some new friends, and browse the tables to take home something new.
Riflery 4/4 9:30-11:30AM 7th-Adult $15/student Safely learn about firearms and how to operate a .22 rifle at Susque’s rifle range. This class will teach you safety and care of a rifle, firing positions, and techniques to hit what you are aiming for. 
Earth Day: Water 4/18 9:30-11:30AM 1st-12th $10/student This year’s Earth Day will focus on water and the importance of water in the natural world. Through various activities, students will investigate the properties of water, its uses, and our dependence on it for all living things to live and thrive.
Climbing Wall Adventure 4/18 1:00-2:30PM 3rd+ $10/student Rise to new heights on our climbing wall! Beginners and more experienced climbers can enjoy the personal and physical challenge of our 25' wall.

 

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 Outdoor Adventure Skills
  •  Dates: 9/12, 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, 11/7, 11/21
  • Time: 1:00PM - 4:00 PM
  • Grades: 7th-12th
  • Cost: $70/Student
  • Description: This class will introduce and allow students to try a variety of outdoor recreation skills to gain confidence and knowledge. Skills will include kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, hiking, survival skills, mountain biking, team-building, and basic wilderness medicine.
 Intro to Sewing
  •  Dates: 9/13, 9/27, 10/11
  • Time: 10:00AM - 12:00PM
  • Grades: 4th-Adult
  • Cost: $30/Student
  • Come and learn some handy basic sewing skills from an experienced teacher. By the end of the 3 classes, students will also finish a sewing project to take home. Open to grades 4 and older. Adults taking this class must register. If a student is under 10 years old an adult will need to accompany them during the class.
 Intro to Soprano Recorder
  • Dates: 9/13, 9/27, 9/11, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29
  •  Time: 9:30AM - 11:00AM
  • Grades: 9th-12th
  • Cost: $40
  • Learn how to play the soprano recorder from a retired music teacher of 30 years! This semester-long class will focus on developing good tone, finger dexterity, and music reading skills. Students will be able to play simple folk songs, learn the half-hole technique, and be able to play scales, including 1 minor scale.
 Home Repair and Tool Use
  •  Dates: 10/10, 10/24, 11/7
  • Time: 10:00AM - 11:30 AM
  • Grades: 8th - 12th
  • Cost: $30
  • Learn from Camp Susque’s very own Facilities Manager how to use various tools and do basic and necessary home repair so you don’t have to pay someone else to do it for you!
Orienteering & Map Reading
  •  Date: 9/13, 9/20, 9/27
  • Time: 10:00AM - 11:30AM
  • Grades: 7th - 12th
  • Cost: $20/Student
  • Learn how to properly read a map and orient yourself in the wild. This is a handy skill to have for anyone who enjoys being outdoors and doing things like hiking, fishing, kayaking, and camping.
 World History Through the Eyes of Leaders
  •  Dates: 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29, 12/13, 1/10, 1/24, 2/14, 2/28, 3/14, 3/28, 4/11
  • Time: 2:30PM - 4PM
  • Grades: 9th - 12th
  • Cost: $120 / Student
  • This 2-semester class is designed to engage high school students in conversation and learning about the role of leaders in the history of the world, through the timespan of 1708-2014. Using the Charlotte Mason method of learning, narration, discussion, note booking and reading will be prominent. Some of the people and events covered will be: The Great Awakening, Jonathan Edwards, Voltaire, Benjamin Franklin, The French and Indian War, Catherine the Great, Mozart, The American Revolution, Napoleon, Wilberforce, George Müller, Karl Marx, Taiping Rebellion, Charles Darwin, The War Between the States, Helen Keller, Lenin, Mussolini, Irish Civil War, Both World Wars, Holocaust, Formation of Israel, Billy Graham, The Korean War, That Cuban Missile Crisis, Martin Luther King Jr., Watergate, Nixon, Ayatollah Khomeini, Persian Gulf War, War on Terror. This class will look at the qualities of leadership and the responses/reactions of leaders and the resulting events. We will relate these to the qualities of Biblical leadership and learn from the past how to be leaders and followers that bring glory to God as he weaves our lives into the larger story. For those that would like to make the class cover the government requirement for high school, there will be additional reading and assignments.Students will need to complete required reading, assignments, and take an active part in class discussion. This is a graded course. 1 credit of world history will be given upon completion.
 Exploring Creation Through Chemistry & Physics
  • Dates: 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29, 12/13, 1/10, 1/24, 2/14, 2/28, 3/14, 3/28, 4/11
  • Time: 12:30-2PM
  • Grades: 5th-6th
  • Cost: $120/student
  • This is a 2-semester class that will use the Charlotte Mason method of learning to introduce students to the fascinating world of Physics and Chemistry. Beginning with a study of chemistry and moving to physics concepts, the class will explore the properties of matter, atoms and molecules, and be introduced to the laws of motion and thermodynamics. Energy, light, electricity, magnetism, and simple machines will also be covered. This is a hands on class with experiments conducted during class time. Students will grow in not only their understanding of how things work, but also in their understanding of the great Creator and how God not only made all things, but sustains them as well. There will be weekly home assignments, and students should come to class ready to discuss the material.
 Pottery Studio 100
  •  Dates: 2/28, 3/14, 3/28
  • Time: 9:30-11:30am
  • Grades: 1st - 6th
  • Cost: $40/student
  • Pottery 100, for grades 1-6, will focus on exploring the clay hand-building techniques of pinching and coiling. For students in grades 1-3, an adult must accompany them during all class time
 Pottery Studio 200
  • Dates: 1/10, 1/24, 2/14
  • Time: 9:30-11:30am
  • Grades: 7th-12th
  • Cost: $40/student
  • Pottery 200, for grades 7-12+, will focus on exploring and developing the clay hand-building techniques of coiling and slab-construction. Students will complete and glaze two projects, and be able to take everything home about a month after the third class. Adults can also take this class and must register.
Resume Writing & Interview Prep
  • Date: 2/21, 3/7
  • Time: 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • Grades: 9th-12th
  • Cost: $15/student
  • Students in this class will learn how to prepare a resume and then write their own resume. They will then learn about and practice basic interviewing skills.
 Maple Sugaring
  • Date: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Grades: TBD
  • Cost: TBD
  • Learn about maple sugaring from a local expert. Learn how to prepare taps, lines, and collect sap, and then on the second class, make syrup! One of the sweetest classes offered.  Currently setting up details with teacher, check back so see final dates (one in Fall, one in Spring).
Personal Finance
  • Date: 2/28, 3/14, 3/28
  • Time: 10:00-11:30AM
  • Grades: 9th-12th
  • Cost: $30/student
  • Students will gain wise money-management skills and a thorough understanding of the many factors that affect personal finances. This practical course is an excellent preparation for “real world” economic questions. Students must have access to a computer with Excel (or other spreadsheet software). Laptops may be available for students that need them upon request.
 Safety Day
  • Date: 9/6
  • Time: 9:30-12:00PM
  • Grades: All
  • Cost: $5/student
  • Our Safety Day is a tradition for many families to kick off the new school year. Come join us for our annual day of fun, fellowship and exciting programs designed to meet your fire safety educational requirements. In addition to the important program put on by our local fire company and the SPCA, it is a great time for meeting new friends and reuniting with old ones. After the programs are over, we will have hot dogs and other snacks available to purchase for a picnic lunch (or you can bring your own).
 Honeybees 101
  • Date: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Grades: ALL
  • Cost: $7/student
  • Come meet Susque's bees! Students will learn about the lives of these amazing insects as well as the basics of beekeeping. Bring your questions!
 Intro to Bird Watching
  • Date: 9/26
  • Time: 1:00-4:00PM
  • Grades: All
  • Cost: $10/student
  • Learn about birds and the basics of bird-watching in this interactive and fun class! Learn from Dan Brauning, expert with PA DCNR, and co-author of Birds of Pennsylvania.
 DCNR Program: Tree Cookies and Tree ID
  •  Date: 9/26
  • Time: 9:30-12:00PM
  • Grades: All
  • Cost: $5/student
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will be teaching about tree cookies and tree identification. This is a great class for all ages to learn something new and interesting about trees and the environment.
Christmas Around the World: Korea
  • Date: 12/13
  • Time: 9:30-11:30AM
  • Grades: All
  • Cost: $10/student
  • Our annual Christmas Around the World event will focus on the country of Korea this year. Learn about the history of Christianity in Korea, how Korea became divided into north and south, and what happens on Christmas Day. This event will also include some fun Korean language-learning!
TerraNova 2 / CAT 6 Testing
  • Date: 3/7
  • Time: 9:00AM - 1:00PM
  • Grade: All
  • Cost: $50/student
  • Camp Susque is pleased to offer the convenience of local standardized testing. We will proctor the TerraNova 2 / CAT 6 for students (Generally taken in grades 3, 5, and 8). We will be offering the core portions of the test which cover Reading, Language, and Math. Registration Deadline: February 1, 2019
SwapLuck!
  • Date: 3/21
  • Time: 12:00PM - 3:00PM
  • Grade: All
  • Cost: FREE
  • Join us for our 2nd annual SWAPLUCK! This is a potluck + swap day, so bring a small dish to share and some items from home that you would like to donate and swap, like clothing, books, toys, shoes, homeschool curriculum, and more! Come and enjoy the food and fellowship, meet some new friends, and browse the tables to take home something new.
Riflery  
  • Date: 4/4
  • Time: 9:30-11:30AM
  • Grade: 7th-Adult
  • Cost: $15 / student
  • Safely learn about firearms and how to operate a .22 rifle at Susque’s rifle range. This class will teach you safety and care of a rifle, firing positions, and techniques to hit what you are aiming for.
Earth Day: Water  
  • Date: 4/18
  • Time: 9:30-11:30AM
  • Grade: 1st-12th
  • Cost: $10 / student
  • This year’s Earth Day will focus on water and the importance of water in the natural world. Through various activities, students will investigate the properties of water, its uses, and our dependence on it for all living things to live and thrive.
Climbing Wall Adventure  
  • Date: 4/18
  • Time: 1:00PM - 2:30PM
  • Grade: 3rd+
  • Cost: $10 / student
  • Rise to new heights on our climbing wall! Beginners and more experienced climbers can enjoy the personal and physical challenge of our 25' wall.

 

To Register

Online

By Phone: 570-998-2151

Info & Policies

Visit our info & policies page.

 

Educational Program Registration

Educational Program registrations are handled through CampInTouch by CampMinder, our web-based camp management and communication system. This user-friendly system will allow you to access everything from which programs your children are enrolled in to financial balance information directly from our website. It will also allow you to sign up for classes with your child. (See our Info & Policies page to see which classes require payment for parental participation.)


Once your CampInTouch account is set up, you can access your account at any time by clicking on "Log In" at the top right of our website.


Adults who wish to register for a program, but are not bringing any children with them, please call the camp office at 570-998-2151 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Register for Educational Programs

Summer Programs

School of Discovery

Summer 2018

Experience the fun of camp in single-day outdoor education events! Susque's summer classes are a great way to get outside and explore in the summer! All programs are taught from a Christian perspective by qualified teachers who seek to inspire youth and families to learn and discover God's truth.

 

2018 Programs: 

Date & Time

Class

Description

Grades

Price

June 14, 9:00AM-11:30AM Mountainside Hike & Story Time Come enjoy a leisurely hike in the surrounding mountains and end with a relaxing storytime. Wear close-toed shoes appropriate for walking over rocks and comfortable clothing. Adults are welcome to accompany their children. 1-5 $5
June 28, 1:00PM - 4:00PM Kayaking Class All levels of experience are welcome on this kayaking trip. An experienced  instructor will accompany the trip to ensure safety and fun! Wear shoes for in the creek and appropriate clothing for the water. Adults attending this class must register. 6+ $9

July 12 and July 26, 

2:00PM -4:00PM

Landscape Painting Learn the art of painting landscapes from real-life observation in this fun 2-session class. Participants will learn about atmospheric perspective and how to mix paint colors to create a wide range of hues and values. Wear clothes that you don't mind getting paint on. Adults attending this class must register. 3+ $10
August 10, 10:30AM-12:00PM Crazy for Bugs Come learn some fun things about bugs! Wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty and comfortable walking shoes. Adults are welcome to accompany their children. 1-6 $8
August 16, 2:00PM - 5:00PM Local History Tour Travel with a guide to the nearby McIntyre area for an intriguing peek into some little-known local history. Bring water, and be prepared for walking and exploring. Adults attending this class must register.  6th+ $9

To Register

Online

By Phone: 570-998-2151

Info & Policies

Visit our info & policies page.

Info & Policies

General Info

Acceptance and Participation

Rules for acceptance and participation in the program are the same for everyone regardless of religion, race, color, or national origin. Camp Susque does reserve the right to dismiss any camper who, by administration's judgment, consistently or grossly violates Camp Susque's regulations in a manner detrimental to the good or safety of any persons or property. By registering, parents give permission for their child to be included in media productions.

Arrival & Departure Info

See our Arriving & Departing Camp page.

For Parents

  • Parents are welcome to join their children for most single and multi-day programs.
    Sometimes, a class will require significant resources or have limited spots. If parents intend to participate with their student in such a class, parents should purchase the “Parental Participation” Additional Option. This will be available to you when you register a student for the program. You need only purchase 1 per adult attending.
  • For Fall-Spring programs, parents may use the 1st floor of Susque Lodge while students are in class.
  • Wifi is available. Stop in the office for connection information.

For Adults without Children

Adults who wish to register for a program, but are not bringing any children with them, please call the camp office at 570-998-2151 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Health Care Information

Susque takes stringent measures to safeguard and protect your camper from accidents or injuries. 

For more information, visit our Health & Safety page.

Policies

Payment Policy

Upon registration, a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the program cost is required. Registrations will not be processed without this deposit. The balance is due upon arrival at camp.

Cancellation Policy

In the case of inclement weather, if the Williamsport Area School District is closed, programs at Susque will be cancelled. If there is a two-hour delay, programs will be held as scheduled and if there is an early dismissal, afternoon programs will be cancelled. For all other program cancellations, you will be contacted directly via phone or email. 

Refund Policy

If we cancel a program, a full refund will be provided. If you cancel at least 2 weeks prior to the 1st meeting of the program, you will be issued a refund, minus the non-refundable 50% deposit. No refund will be provided for no-shows or cancellations within 2 weeks of the of the program date.

Waitlist Policy

If you want to apply for a program that is full, please submit an application form, but do not pay. You/your child will be placed on a waiting list and notified when an opening becomes available. At that time you will send in your deposit.

Supervision Policy

Camp Susque is not responsible for the supervision of students outside of designated program times. In addition, students in 8th grade or below may not be left without adult (18 or over) supervision on camp property when a program is not in session. Students under the age of 5 participating in a program must be accompanied by an adult.