47 Susque Camp Rd, Trout Run, PA, 17771,
Camps & Events
General Camp Information
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.
- If the session you are registering for is full and you desire to place your camper's name on the waitlist, please complete the application including the payment method and information (if paying by debit/credit or e-check) and submit. This will place your camper on our wait list in the order it was received. No payment will be charged at this time, however, should a spot become available we will notify you. If you accept the position, payment will then be processed.
- All deposits are non-refundable. Cancellations made 7 days prior to the registered camp date allows for a full refund of any monies paid, minus the non-refundable deposit. After that date, all monies paid are non-refundable.
- A health form is required for each camper 2 weeks before their arrival at Susque.
- A camper physical by a physician is not required to attend camp. However, we do recommend having your camper receive a physical within 6 months prior to their time at camp.
- Additional forms may be required depending on the year and session your camper is enrolled. To access these forms, log in to your CampInTouch account.
How Parents & Guardians Can Help Make the Camp Experience Successful
- Speak positively about the camp experience in the months and weeks before your child's session.
- Avoid imparting a sense of guilt or sadness with statements such as "I'll be struggling at home without you, but I know you'll have fun."
- Affirm for them that you are excited for, and not dreading, their special time away.
- There are many professional resources to assist you and your camper in preparing for camp. For starters, check out the American Camp Association's "Preparing for Camp" blog post.
Health Care Information
- Susque takes stringent measures to safeguard and protect your camper from accidents or injuries. However, should one occur, our full-time Camp Nurse will assess and care for your camper in our Infirmary.
- Advanced medical care is on-call at all times.
- Health information is confidential and is treated as such to protect the privacy of your camper and your family.
- For more information, visit our Health & Safety page.
Food, Lodging, & Bunk Requests
- Please visit our Food & Lodging page.
No Electronics Policy
- This policy is intended to minimize distractions for all of our campers.
- If an unapproved electronic device is found with your camper, the device will be confiscated until the end of his or her camping session.
- Please help us minimize distractions for our campers by not sending electronic devices to camp.
Contact with your Camper while at Susque
Letters and packages:
- Feel free to send letters and emails to your camper while they are at camp. For Young Explorers, since the time frame is short, you can drop off letters at the Office during check-in to be delivered to your camper throughout his/her four-day stay.
- Packages may also be sent to your child. Food is not allowed in these packages as it is likely to attract wildlife to your camper's tent or cabin.
- All letters, emails, and packages are delivered at lunch Monday-Friday.
- Send letters and packages to the following address:
- Camper Name
Counselor Name, Cabin/Tent Name
c/o Camp Susque
47 Susque Camp Road
Trout Run, PA 17777
- Camper Name
- Emails should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please place the camper's name, counselor's name, & cabin/tent name in the subject line.
- Please do not send attachments. These will not be printed.
- Campers cannot respond to emails.
Phone Calls & Visits:
- For legal and practical reasons, we do not permit campers to make or receive phone calls unless in an emergency.
- If needed, parental concerns can be communicated through our Program Director.
- We do not permit visits to your camper while they are at camp.
Personal Sporting Equipment
- Campers can bring personal sporting equipment such as fishing gear, bows and arrows, and rifles.
- All target sport equipment will be safely locked by camp leadership until needed.
Campers Staying Multiple Weeks
- Campers staying multiple weeks are supervised, fed, and given activities for the hours between sessions on Saturdays. They are also allowed to make phone calls on Saturday between 11-3.
- If you prefer, campers are allowed to return home or go out for a visit for the few hours on Saturday between their sessions. Campers must be signed out when leaving and signed back in upon their return.
- If you would like to come visit your camper at camp during the time between sessions, you may do so with pre-approval from the Program Directors. Meal tickets are available for purchase if you would like to stay for lunch.
- Multi-week campers' laundry will be done each week by our Support Staff.
- We strongly recommend that you clearly label all of your camper's items with their full name.
- We are unable to return clothing that is left at camp. Clothing that is left behind is washed and donated.
- In the rare event that we can locate a valuable item such as a camera, you must pay the shipping costs to have the item mailed back to you.
Common items left at camp:
- Raincoats and ponchos
- Swim shoes
Food and Lodging
Meals in the dining hall have traditionally been a hallmark of the week for campers, and we aim to keep it that way!
- Campers are served three meals a day and snacks most nights.
- A salad bar is available during lunch.
- During Boys and Girls Camps, your camper will participate in a cookout and eat outside for two of his/her evening meals. One of these meals will be with your camper's age group area and the other will occur on the much-anticipated Susque Stew night with your camper's cabin or tent group.
- Susque strives to provide nutritious, desirable meals that keep campers energized throughout the day. We ensure that your camper gets healthy servings of fruits and vegetables throughout the day and stays hydrated. Additionally, we encourage campers to consistently have a full water bottle with them.
Beyond the types of food served, we intentionally use round tables and family-style dining. This is to promote conversation around the table and cabin/tent group bonding. Each cabin or tent group sits together at every meal in the dining hall.
Food Allergies & Dietary Restrictions
Susque handles dozens of food allergies and restrictions every summer. Our Food Service Coordinator has taken the time and initiative to ensure that Susque is able to handle most allergies and preferences, while still ensuring high-quality, filling meals. We strive to ensure that allergies and restrictions are handled in a discrete manner. Often, the camper will receive the same meal as their fellow cabin or tentmates, with substituted items to meet their health needs.
To notify us of your camper's food allergy or restriction, you will be provided a place on your camper's health form, due two weeks before your camper's arrival. Our Food Service Coordinator may call you for further clarification. If something should change after you submit your health form, we request that Susque be notified within two weeks of your camper's arrival or we cannot guarantee accommodation. Health forms can be accessed by logging into your CampInTouch account.
If you have any questions, feel free to call us (570-998-2151) or email our Food Service Coordinator directly (email@example.com).
Campers are housed in one of two lodging options: single-story cabins or platform, canvas tents. Each cabin and tent houses 6-8 campers, a counselor, and potentially a Staff-in-Training member. Cabins utilize bunk beds, while tents tend to use single beds. All beds are twin size.
Our cabins and tents are organized into three "areas." For Boys and Girls camps, these areas are used to provide age group divsion within the camp. Our campers entering grades 3-5 for Boys and Girls camps stay in the Hickory Grove Area, campers entering grades 6-8 stay in the Mountainside area, and campers entering grades 9-11 stay in the Creekside area. Cabin and tent assignments are determined by age and grade at the Program Directors' discretion.
Each area is serviced with toilet and water facilities. A newly renovated and expanded showerhouse sits on one side of camp and is accessible to all campers. This showerhouse has multiple showers, a separate toilet and sink wing, and extra features such as skylights, tiling, and inlaid sinks.
Susque does allow one bunk request per camper to be submitted. Our policy requires that bunk requests must be:
- Made in advance
- Both campers must request each other
- Both campers must be in the same grade-level breakdown (see the 2nd paragraph in "Lodging" above)
We recommend that you label all clothing and personal items.
|At Susque we strive to convey a mindset of Christian modesty. To help accomplish this, we ask that clothing cover undergarments and private areas. Shirts should also be long enough to cover the midriff area.|
|T-shirts||Socks & Undergarments||Modest Swimwear
Boys: Loose-fitting shorts
Girls: One or two-piece that covers the midriff area
|Sweatshirt||Poncho or raincoat||Sneakers and STURDY sandals*|
|Jeans||Windbreaker and/or warm jacket||"Dress Up" clothes for Dress-Up Nights**|
|Shorts||Water shoes for the creek (not flip flops)*||Pajamas|
*Flip flops do not count as water shoes or sturdy sandals. They are only permitted for traveling to and from the showerhouse and pool.
**Only applies to Girls Camp. A nice church dress or skirt and shirt are sufficient. Many girls also choose to dress up for that week's theme.
|Towel & washcloth||Toiletries||Pen or pencil|
|Soap & soapbox||Non-aerosol bug repellent||Notebook|
|Toothbrush & toothpaste||Sunscreen||Bible|
|Comb/brush||Personal water bottle**||Stuffed animal|
|Flashlight with batteries||Backpack for campouts***||Camera|
|Medications*||Stamps, stationary, envelopes|
*Medications must be in their original containers, including over-the-counter. These must be turned into the Camp Nurse upon check-in, so have them easily accessible.
**A water bottle is required.
***Young Explorers do not camp out. Therefore, they do not need backpacks.
|Sleeping Bag*||Sleeping pad for campouts*|
|Pillow||Fleece insert or sheet for hot nights|
*Young Explorers do not camp out. However, most campers still choose to bring a sleeping bag for their bedding.
|What Not to Bring|
|Playing cards||Aerosol Cans**|
(Cell phones, personal music devices, tablets,
e-readers, portable game systems)
*The camp fee is all-inclusive. Your camper will not need money throughout the week.
**Including deoderant and hair spray.
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. A licensed Nurse is on the property at all times. Meals are concientiously created with nutrition and variety in mind. Food allergies and dietary restrictions are handled in a professional, discrete manner.
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 summer staff member must submit an application and references to be considered. Each staff member is also personally interviewed by either our Director or full-time Program Director.
- All Summer Camp Program Staff are led through an intensive, week-long training program. This training includes practical skills, such as safe firebuilding techniques and how to handle homesick campers, as well as the vision and purpose behind why we do what we do. All trainings are overseen by our year-round leadership.
- All staff are specifically trained on recognizing child abuse and avoiding compromising situations.
- Susque complies with mandated reporting laws to report any suspected abuse to the appropriate agency.
- Every Boys Camp and Girls Camp Counselor is trained in Red Cross First Aid and CPR.
Staff Guidelines & Culture
- Staff and camper interactions are consistently observed throughout the day. In addition, daily staff meetings are held to address any large group dynamics concerns.
- Year-round leadership staff are always involved in each of the Summer Camps, leading or assisting the program, providing oversight and guidance, and handling emergencies.
- Campers are supervised at all times by at least one Counselor.
- Summer Camps have a counselor-to-camper ratio of 1:7. Including year-round leadership and program staff, our staff-to-camper ratio is 1:5 or lower.
- Year-round leadership staff are on the grounds 24/7.
- A health form is due 2 weeks before arrival for each camper. Health forms can be accessed by logging into your CampInTouch account.
- Medical care is provided by a full-time, on-site Camp Nurse. Advanced medical care is on-call at all times.
- If your camper is taking medicine on a regular basis, please note that ALL medicine MUST BE in their original containers, whether prescription or over-the-counter. These medicines must be left with the Camp Nurse upon check-in. The Camp Nurse will dispense it as needed or prescribed.
- Every Boys Camp and Girls Camp Counselor is trained in Red Cross First Aid and CPR.
- Susque is 5 minutes away from the nearest ambulance.
- Susque is 20 minutes away from a trauma facility.
- We have an AED on property and staff are trained specifically how to use it.
- Campers and staff are screened when they arrive for illness.
- Every attempt to notify parents will be made in the event of illness or injury that requires professional care or an extended stay in the Infirmary.
- Camp Susque does not carry medical insurance on campers, therefore any non-covered expenses incurred while at camp will be billed to the parents.
- Our medical policies are endorsed by a professional Medical Doctor.
- We take special care to accommodate most food allergies and dietary preferences. Often, a substitute of the same food other campers are eating is provided.
- We ensure that your camper gets healthy servings of fruits and vegetables through the day.
- We ensure that your camper says hydrated and we encourage campers to consistently have a full water bottle with them.
- Meals are served family-style, with one counselor sitting at every table with the campers.
- Snacks are provided throughout the day.
- Our kitchen is regulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health in the same manner as public restaurants.
- For more info, see our Food & Lodging page.
- All program equipment is inspected at the beginning of the season and throughout the season before each use.
- Each activity class teacher is specifically trained for his/her activity class, and each is monitored throughout.
- All activities are supervised by staff at all times.
- Each activity must be approved by the full-time Program Director.
- All cabins and tents are equipped with emergency exits. Additionally, all cabins have smoke alarms and fire extinguishers.
- Each tent and cabin has at least one counselor who spends the entire night with the campers.
- Lodging is separated by gender for Young Explorers Camp.
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
Susque believes that cost should not prohibit any camper from attending and hearing the good news of Jesus Christ. To make that goal a reality, we offer Camper Scholarships. The Scholarship Fund is maintained through the generous gifts of friends, churches, and foundations who support Camp Susque and its mission.
Scholarships are given on the basis of need, date of application, household size/income and availability of funds.
You will be given the opportunity to apply for a scholarship when you fill out the Summer Camp & Wilderness Trip Application form. A non-refundable, non-transferable minimum deposit of $100 per child is required for your family to be considered.
Additionally, your Camp Susque account must be in good standing (ie: no remaining balances from previous years or sessions without prior agreement) for your scholarship request to be considered.
Following the camp season, scholarship recipients are asked to write a short thank you note sharing details of their camp experience for us to share with our contributors.
Financial Aid FAQ
- How can I apply for Financial Aid?
- You will be provided a place on your Summer Camp & Wilderness Trip Application form.
- Who is eligible for Financial Aid?
- How much can I receive in Financial Aid?
- You can receive a scholarship for one week of camp minus the $100 deposit per camper.
- When will I find out if I have been approved for Financial Aid?
- Shortly after you submit your Camper Application and deposit.
The summer fee is all-inclusive, covering the snack shop and all other program fees.
A non-refundable, non-transferable $100 per camper, per week deposit, must accompany your application. Without this deposit, your registration will not be finalized.
Rates below include the $100 deposit. Therefore, if you choose a week of camp that costs $470, that fee includes the $100 deposit, and $370 is due upon your camper's arrival.
|Summer 2023 Rates|
Super Early Bird
Pay deposit by March 15
Pay deposit by April 30
Pay deposit after April 30
|Young Explorers Camp||$355||$375||$395|
|Boys or Girls Camp (1 week)||$585||$605||$625|
|Upgrade to a 2 or 3 week stay for $25 off each additional week! This applies to Boys & Girls Camps, as well as Young Explorers Camp & Trips.|
$50 discount for each additional sibling that comes to camp in the same summer. The first child still pays full price.
$75 discount for each first-time camper you refer. Your friend must inform us that you referred them. Your friend still pays full price.
Camp Store Discount
Enrolled campers receive a 20% off coupon to Trail's End, the camp store.
3 Ways to Pay for Camp
- Pay in full.
- Deposit plan. With the deposit plan, you pay the deposit and the rest is due the day your child comes to camp. You can slowly pay off your balance via your CampInTouch account or by sending checks.
- Automatic monthly payments. Automatic monthly payments start on the first of every month and continue until June 1st. The plan will begin after the deposit of $100 per camper, per week is paid.
Susque does not want cost to be a barrier for any camper! Please check the Financial Aid tab for more info. Susque was able to give out over $60,000 in scholarships in 2018.
Arriving and Departing Camp
Arriving at Susque
Arrival Times for Summer Youth Camps
- Young Explorers: Sunday from 6-7 PM for boys and Wednesday from 6-7 PM for girls
- Boys Camp & Girls Camp: Saturdays from 4-5 PM
Arrival Times for Wilderness Trips
- West Rim Excursion: Wednesday at 12 PM
- Operation Ohiopyle, Chesapeake Challenge, & Adirondack Adventure: Saturdays from 4-5 PM
- Delaware River Run: Wednesday at 12 PM
- If possible, we suggest that you personally bring your child to camp. This allows you to see the camp's facilities and meet the leadership, your child's counselor and cabin or tent mates.
How Check-in Works
- Upon arriving at Susque, you will be directed to park in the parking lot or in a grassy area.
- Leave your camper's gear in the car.
- Take any form of payment you need to settle up your account with as well as camper medication.
- Proceed towards Check-in Station #1: the Camp Office. At the Camp Office you will:
- Pay off any remaining balances.
- Be able to pre-order your camper's session thumb-drive with pictures and videos from the week.
- Have the opportunity to visit Trail's End, the Camp Store.
- Proceed towards Check-in Station #2: Photo Station
- Here you will get a taste of the week's theme, if applicable.
- And your camper's photo will be taken as they begin their camp adventure!
- Proceed towards Check-in Station #3: Nurse
- Here your camper will be screened by a trained staff member or nurse.
- Your camper's health form will be reviewed and updated if necessary.
- Medications will be dropped off with the camp nurse.
- The Food Service Manager will be on hand to discuss your child's food allergies and restrictions.
- Proceed towards Check-in Station #4: Program Station
- Here you will get a bio of your camper's counselor/trip leader.
- You will also receive your child's cabin or tent assignment, if applicable.
- And you will fill out a form informing us of people who are approved to pick up your child at the end of the week.
- From here you may retrieve your camper's gear and proceed towards his/her designated lodging. Rickshaws and Staff-in-Training members are on hand to assist you with your luggage.
Departing from Susque
Departure Times for Summer Youth Camps & Wilderness Trips
- Most Summer Youth Camps & Wilderness Trips have a closing program on the Saturday of departure at 9:30 AM.* Parents are invited to this program. (This includes Boys Young Explorers on Wednesday of departure and Girls Young Explorers on Saturday of departure.)
- The Closing Program consists of highlights from the week by camp leadership, a brief overview by the chaplain, a slideshow of the week, activity class rewards, and other general info. The Closing Program lasts a half-hour, until about 10 AM, at which point parents will be dismissed to pick campers up at their cabins or tents, following instructions from the Director at the closing program.
- All campers must depart by 11 AM.
*The Delaware River Run will not have a traditional closing program. Pickup is 10:00 AM on Saturday.
How Check-out Works
- For safety and legal reasons, Camp Susque follows a strict check-out procedure of releasing campers at the end of the camp session.
- This procedure requires that at check-in, parents and guardians accurately designate who is permitted to pick up their child. Anyone who is not listed as a designated pick-up person IS NOT allowed to leave the camping area with the child.
- If this situation occurs, Susque will contact the parents and guardians for verbal confirmation that this person is an approved pick-up. It is therefore imperative that you contact Susque immediately should any pick-up changes occur during the week your child is at camp.
Unique Drop-off and Pick-up Times
- Late drop-offs and early pick-ups are subject to pre-approval from our Program Directors. Please contact Susque to discuss your particular situation.
For Parents with Campers Enrolled in Boys Week 3 & Girls Week 1
- A time period of 6 hours exists between the end of Boys Week 3 and the check-in time for Girls Week 1. If you have a child in each session and do not want to make the trip to Susque twice, you are allowed to extend your son's stay with us until 4PM when check-in for Girls Week 1 begins. Susque must be notified of your intent to do so before the day of so we can arrange adequate supervision of your son.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is Camp Susque dealing with COVID regulations?
Camp Susque will follow the best practices, regulations and recommendations of the CDC and government regarding COVID safety. If we are unable to host programs as expected we will cancel or provide an alternative that does meet the current regulations.
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.
When does registration open?
Registration is open September 9th.
How do I register?
If this is your first time registering, you will start on the homepage of this website and clicking on Account in the top right-hand corner. You will then enter your email address and then click "Retrieve/Set Password" below the Password field. This will set up a CampInTouch account for you and your camper. This is where you will be able to complete the health form as well as make any additional payments beyond the initial deposit. Once this is complete, follow the prompts to register your camper(s).
If you have already set up your CampInTouch account, you will click Account in the top right-hand corner, and proceed to log in using the credentials used when setting up your account. Follow the prompts to register your camper(s).
Is the deposit part of the entire cost of camp?
Yes. Once the deposit is paid, your remaining balance is the total cost of that session minus the deposit. (For ex: if your child's session costs $460, you will pay $100 when you enroll, and owe $360 due upon your camper's arrival for that session.)
When is my balance due?
Upon check-in for your camper's session. To expedite your check-in process, however, we suggest you pay it ahead of time.
You can check and pay off your balance by logging in to your CampInTouch account.
What if my child wants to come to a week that is full?
If the session you are registering for is full and you desire to place your camper's name on the waitlist, please complete the application including the payment method and information (if paying by debit/credit or e-check) and submit. This will place your camper on our wait list in the order it was received. No payment will be charged at this time, however, should a spot become available we will notify you. If you accept the position, payment will then be processed.
What is your cancellation policy?
All deposits are non-refundable. Cancellations made 7 days prior to the registered camp date allows for a full refund of any monies paid, minus the non-refundable deposit. After that date, all monies paid are non-refundable.
What are arrival times?
Young Explorers: 6-7pm on Sunday for boys and 6-7pm Wednesday for girls
Boys and Girls camps: 4-5pm on Saturdays.
Please see our Arriving & Departing Camp tab for more info.
What are departure times?
Closing Program: 9:30AM on the closing Saturday. Parents are encouraged to attend this program.
Pick-up Begins: 10:00AM on the closing Saturday, following dismissal from the closing program.
All campers must be picked up by 11AM.
Please see our Arriving & Departing Camp tab for more info.
What does my camper need to bring?
Please see the packing list tab for more information
Does my camper need a physical to attend?
No. However, we do recommend having your camper receive a physical within 6 months prior to their time at camp.
What medical care is provided at camp?
Medical care is provided by a full-time, on-site Camp Nurse. Advanced medical care is on-call at all times. A Camp Nurse is in charge of dispensing medication.
Please see the Health & Safety tab for more information.
What if my camper has a food allergy or dietary restriction?
Please see the Food & Lodging tab.
Will I get to meet my camper's counselor?
Yes! You will have the opportunity during check-in to escort your camper and his/her belongings to his/her cabin or tent. A brief counselor bio will also be given to you during check-in. Discussion with the counselor is always encouraged. Feel free to ask them questions.
Is Camp Susque going to take good care of my camper?
Yes! We understand the great responsibility that you are passing on to us when you drop off your camper. To that end we have developed stringent safety guidelines as well as staff hiring and training procedures to ensure the best experience possible.
For more information, check out the health and safety tab.
Can my camper stay in the same cabin or tent as his/her friend?
Yes. We allow one "bunk request" per camper. You will have an opportunity to provide this bunk request on your camper's application.
Our bunk request policy states:
- Bunk requests must be made in advance
- Both campers must request each other
- Both campers must be in the same grade-level breakdown (entering grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-11)
Can I send mail to my camper while at camp?
Sure! Letters, emails, and packages are accepted. We deliver them at lunch from Monday-Friday.
For Young Explorers, since the time frame is short, you can drop off letters at the office during check-in to be delivered to your camper throughout his/her four-day stay.
Send letters & packages to: Camper's Name, Counselor's Name, Cabin/Tent Name, c/o Camp Susque, 47 Susque Camp Road, Trout Run, PA 17771
Please do not send food to your camper. The food will likely attract wildlife to your camper's tent or cabin.
Send emails to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the camper's name, cabin/tent name, and counselor name in the subject line. We do not print attachments. Campers cannot respond to emails.
Can I call or visit my camper while at camp?
No. For both legal and practical reasons, we do not permit campers to make or receive phone calls or receive visitors, except in emergencies. If needed, parental concerns can be communicated through our Program Director.
Is Financial Aid available?
Yes. Please check out our Financial Aid tab for more information
What if my camper gets homesick?
Susque has intentionally taken time to develop proven homesickness strategies.
Can my camper bring their own sporting equipment (fishing gear, bow, rifle)?
Yes. All target sport equipment will be safely locked by camp leadership until needed.
When will you call me?
We will call if your camper becomes ill enough that they would stay home from school, or if they receive an injury that might require more medical care than our staff can provide. We will also call in the event of a serious behavior problem or homesickness.