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.
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.
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.
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!
More information on Educational Programs
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.
- 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
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.
Full payment is required at registration unless a class is over $100. In these cases, a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the class cost is required.
Camp Susque reserves the right to cancel or postpone scheduled classes in cases of inclement weather, low enrollment, or emergencies. If a class is cancelled or postponed by Camp Susque, you will be contacted directly via phone and email.
If a class is cancelled or postponed by Camp Susque, a full refund will be provided. If you cancel at least two weeks prior to the first meeting of a class, you will be issued a full refund. Refunds will be issued using the method in which payment was made. No refunds will be provided for no-shows.
If a class is full and you wish to be placed on a waitlist, please complete the application along with payment method. You will be notified when an opening becomes available. You will not be charged the tuition fee until you are officially enrolled in the class.
Students under the age of 5 participating in a program must be accompanied by an adult. Camp Susque is not responsible for the supervision of students outside of designated class times.
Arriving and Departing
Arriving at Susque
How Check-in Works for Fall-Spring Programs
- Upon arriving at Susque, you will park in the main parking lot.
- If you need to pay off your balance, you may do so in the Office.
- Parents should accompany their students to the first meeting of each class to check-in. Signs in the parking lot will direct you where to go.
How Check-in Works for Summer Programs
- Upon arriving at Susque, you will park in the main parking lot.
- Take any form of payment you need to pay off your balance and proceed toward our Check-In station. The Check-In station is located in the center of our Office building. Look for signs.
- At the Check-In station, you will:
- Sign in
- Pay off any remaining balances
- Be issued a badge, lanyard, etc
- Have the opportunity to visit Trail’s End, the Camp Store.
- Meet your program leader and be issued further instructions.
Departing from Susque
How Check-out Works for Fall-Spring Programs
During the Fall-Spring, it is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that children are picked up safely and on time.
How Check-out Works for Summer Programs
- You will wrap up your program by returning to the Check-In station.
- At the Check-In station, you will sign out and hand back in your badge, lanyard, etc.
Health and Safety
Camp Susque is committed to camper safety. To that end, we have set stringent measures in place to guarantee that we have well screened and trained staff. Our activities and facilities are regularly tested and examined.
For more information, check out the sections below.
- Camp Susque performs background and sex offender checks on all staff, including year-round, program and support staff.
- Each Educational Program staff member is thoroughly screened and approved by at least one year-round staff member.
- Participants are supervised at all times when the program is in session by at least one trained staff member.
- Year-round leadership staff are always involved, leading or assisting the program, providing oversight and guidance, and handling emergencies.
Activities & Facilities
- All program equipment is inspected before each use.
- All staff members are trained in program and equipment safety.
American Camp Association (ACA) Accredited
ACA’s accreditation program helps camps meet the expectations of the industry and parents. Because we are ACA-accredited, we have met over 275 standards relating to program quality and camper/staff health and safety. See more at: https://www.acacamps.org
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Camp Susque affiliated with a particular church or denomination?
No. Camp Susque is intentionally a non-denominational camp run by a Board of Directors.
Is Camp Susque a non-profit?
Yes. We are a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
How do I register?
If you are bringing children, you will need to begin by having a CampInTouch account. Once you have created an account, you can apply for the program options that are available for you and your child.
Please note that a non-refundable, non-transferable 50% deposit must accompany your application. Registrations will not be processed without this deposit.
For more information or to sign up, visit our Educational Program Registration page.
When is my balance due?
Upon check-in for your program. To expedite your check-in process, we suggest you pay off your balance ahead of time.
You can check and pay off your balance by logging in to your CampInTouch account.
What if I/my child wants to come to a program that is full?
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.
What is your 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.
What medical care is provided at camp?
We do not provide medical care for Educational Programs.
Is Camp Susque going to take good care of my child?
Yes! We understand the great responsibility that you are passing on to us when you drop off your child. To that end we have developed stringent safety guidelines as well as staff hiring and training procedures to ensure the best experience possible. Furthermore, we are American Camp Association accredited.
For more information, check out our Health & Safety page.
When will you call me?
We will call if your child becomes ill enough that they would stay home from school, or if they receive an injury that might require medical care. We will also call in the event of a serious behavior problem.