Winter Camps

Boys & Girls in Grades 3-College-Age

Camp Susque’s winter camps offer the unique experience of enjoying Susque's cozy lodges and grounds in the beauty of winter in the mountains. Campers are always excited to experience staying in one of our lodges, enjoying fires in the dining hall, hanging out with friends and counselors, playing board games, and sipping on hot chocolate. If weather permits, ice skating and sledding join the daily round of activities.

Beyond the fun activities, time is spent in thoughtful, purposeful, corporate worship with a guest Chaplain specifically chosen for his ability to reach into the lives of that particular age group. Small group time, a unique feature of our Winter Camps, is provided daily for further discussion of the chapel messages. Each day closes with a short devotional presented to each gender separately. Our Winter Youth Camps are staffed by well-screened, trained counselors who guide small group discussions, devotions, games, and lodge life to provide a supportive, encouraging community where campers feel comfortable to be themselves and ask questions. 

Each Winter Camp is also rounded out with a theme or a special theme meal. Examples of past themes include 50's Diner, Expedition Everest, and Family Movie Nights.

Winter Camps are co-ed and split into four age groups. The Chill is for campers in grades 3-5, the Frost for grades 6-8, the Freeze for grades 9-12 and the Blast for college-age young adults. Freeze and Blast occur during or over the Christmas to New Year's holidays. Frost and Chill occur in January and late February, respectively.

If this is the first time you are sending a camper to camp or you have any questions, please read our FAQ for Winter 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 sure the camp experience is safe, fun, and successful!

Frost

Boys & Girls in Grades 6-8 | January 18-20, 2019

Camp Susque's Frost is a co-ed winter camp that runs three days and two nights (Friday Evening - Sunday Evening) over Martin Luther King weekend. Frost is designed just for 6th-8th graders, and gives them a chance to bond and play while experiencing Susque in the winter.

Well-screened, trained counselors guide campers in small group discussions, games, outdoor activities, and community life in the lodges. Many of our Frost campers enjoy the board games, storytime, rec room, and if the weather permits, ice skating on the pond and sledding on the Tube Chute. The Frost is also enhanced by a special theme that will drive the weekend's activities and add fun, exciting elements. And, of course, every Frost camper loves relaxing by the roaring fire in the dining hall and sipping on a mug of our endless hot chocolate!

Campers will hear from a Chaplain picked especially for his skill as working with this particular age group. In addition to the speaker sessions, campers will participate in worship and family groups. Family groups are led by a counselor and provide a small group context for campers to discuss their thoughts from chapel. One of the key features of the weekend is something we call "Staff Stumpers." This intentional, popular evening activity affords campers the opportunity to anonymously ask any question they want of our staff. Of course, the full range of silly questions are sought out, but many, many serious discussions have ensued during this thought-provoking time.

Frost Highlights:

  • Fireside Storytime – Gather around the fire each night to hear a bedtime story.
  • Outdoor Activities – Ice-skating, sledding, and other snow games (weather permitting).
  • Ping Pong & Carpetball
  • Board & Card Games
  • Family Groups
  • Nightstalkers
  • Sunday night closing chapel with families

If this is the first time you are sending a camper to camp or you have any questions, please read our FAQ for Winter 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
Breakfast
8:30
Theme Activity #1 Dinner
Clean Up Lunch Small Group Games
Games Organized Free Time Worship
Speaker Session Theme Activity #2 Evening Activities
*May include theme activities, movie nights, board games, etc 
Family Groups   Devotions
    Bedtime
11:15

Chill

Boys & Girls in Grades 3-5 | February 22-24, 2019

Camp Susque's Chill is a co-ed winter camp that runs three days and two nights (Friday-Sunday) in late February. Chill gives 3rd-5th graders the chance to get their feet wet and experience a bit of a Susque Winter Camp.

With a 1:6 counselor-to-camper ratio, campers are well supervised as they enjoy chapels and meals in the dining hall, stay in the cozy lodges, and play interactive outdoor activities. If the weather permits, Chill campers are often eager to try their hand at ice skating on the pond or sledding down our Tube Chute for the first time. And of course, every Winter Camper loves to come inside, relax around the fire, and sip a mug of hot chocolate!

Campers will hear from a Chaplain picked especially for his skill at working with younger kids. In addition to the speaker sessions, campers participate in worship time and family group time to further discuss Biblical truths.

Chill Highlights:

  • Fireside Storytime – Gather around the fire each night to hear a bedtime story.
  • Outdoor Activities – Ice-skating, sledding, and other snow games (weather permitting).
  • Ping Pong & Carpetball
  • Board & Card Games
  • Afternoon Rest Period!

If this is the first time you are sending a camper to camp or you have any questions, please read our FAQ for Winter 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
Breakfast
8:30
Theme Activity #1 Dinner
Clean Up Lunch Small Group Games
Games Organized Free Time Worship
Speaker Session Rest Period Evening Activities
*May include theme activities, movie nights, board games, etc 
Family Groups  Theme Activity #2 Devotions
    Bedtime
10:00

Freeze

Boys & Girls in Grades 9-12 | December 28-31, 2018

Camp Susque's Freeze is a co-ed winter camp that runs four days and three nights in late December. Freeze is intentionally designed for 9th-12th graders, and gives this age group a chance to share, hang out, and relax while experiencing Susque in the winter.

Well-screened, trained counselors guide campers in small group discussions, community life in the lodges, and games and activities. More than that, counselors provide an opportunity for the high-school age campers to discuss life questions with them and receive advice and encouragement. Many of our Freeze campers enjoy spending time with friends new and old while hiking the wintry mountains, playing board games, and enjoying the scrumptious Susque food. If the weather permits, campers take part in ice skating on the pond and testing their sledding skills on our Tube Chute. In addition to the regular Winter Camp activities, each Freeze is complemented by a special theme night, complete with unique activities and a lavish, special theme meal.  And, of course, every Freeze camper loves hanging out by the roaring dining hall fireplace and sipping on a mug of our endless hot chocolate!

The goal of Freeze is to provide high-school age campers respite and refreshment during the winter break. To this end, a carefully chosen Chaplain will present thought-provoking sermons geared towards helping the campers navigate their way in the complex world. Campers also will have the opportunity to spend time together in corporate worship and discuss their thoughts from chapel in their family groups. One of the key features of Freeze is something we call "Staff Stumpers." This intentional, popular evening activity affords campers the opportunity to anonymously ask any question of our staff. While the full gamut of silly questions is asked, many, many serious discussions have ensured during this thought-provoking time. 

Freeze Highlights:

  • Fireside Storytime-Gather around the fire each night to hear a bedtime story.
  • Outdoor Activities-Ice-skating, sledding, and other snow games (weather permitting).
  • Special Theme Meals
  • Board & Card Games
  • Family Groups
  • Nightstalkers

If this is the first time you are sending a camper to camp or you have any questions, please read our FAQ for Winter 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
Breakfast
8:30
Lunch Dinner
Clean Up Organized Free Time Small Group Games
Games All-camp Activity Worship
Speaker Session   Evening Activities
*May include theme activities, night games, coffee & board games, etc 
Family Groups   Devotions
    Bedtime
11:15

If you were on Support Staff or a Counselor this past summer (not including SITS), please register and come to the Blast instead of the Freeze.