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 CampSusque Family Camp (formerly "Homeschool 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

FALL 2020 CLASSES

 

Safety Day

All ages

September 3

Two sessions this year!  Session#1 9 AM-Noon and Session #2 1-4 PM

$5/student  *no charge for adults to attend

PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY

[Session # 2 participants are welcome to come at noon for lunch!]

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 State Police, it is a great time for meeting new friends and reuniting with old ones. From noon to 1:00 pm we will have hot dogs and other snacks available to purchase for a picnic lunch or you can bring your own.

 

Outdoor Adv. Skills Lvl 1

Grades 7-12

September 9, 23 October 7, 21 November 4, 18

1:00-4:00 PM

$60/student  *Parents may observe at no charge, no parental participation

This popular 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.

 

How to Can Peppers

Grades 5-12

September 10

1:00-4:00 PM

$10/student  *Parents may observe at no charge, no parental participation

Learn about the basics of canning and prepare your very own jar of canned peppers to take home and enjoy.

 

Pre-K Day

Pre-K and Kindergarten

September 11

9:00 AM–12:00 PM

$5/family  *charge per family, no additional costs or restrictions

Join us for a morning of hanging out at the playground area and a guided visit to our pond, where we will have nets available to search for critters along the bank. Parental supervision is required for children at all times.

 

Honeybees 101

Grades 1-12

September 11

1:00-2:30 PM

$7/student  *Parents may observe at no charge, no parental participation

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!

 

Ceramic Christmas Ornaments

Grades 2-12

Morning or afternoon classes!

2-day class - October 9 & October 30

10:00-11:30 AM or 2:30-4:00 PM

$30/student  *Parents may participate at no additional charge

Join us in the pottery studio to make your very own ceramic Christmas ornaments to treasure for years to come! The first day involves shaping and cutting the clay, and the second day will be for glazing. Pick-up will be available 2 weeks after the second class.

 

 

Christmas Around the World: Tanzania

Grades 1-12

December 10

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

$10/student  *Parents may attend at no additional charge, no parental participation fee

Join us as we celebrate the country of Tanzania and learn about its history, how Christianity started, and how Christmas is celebrated.

 

Maple Sugaring

Grades 1-12

November 12, February 18

1:30-3:00 PM

$10/student  *Parents may attend at no additional charge, no parental participation fee

Learn about maple sugaring from a local expert. Learn how to prepare taps, lines, and collect sap, and then in the second class, make syrup! One of the sweetest classes offered.

 


SPRING 2021 CLASSES

 

Nature Study Mini-Course: Birds

Camp Susque’s Birds class is being offered online!

Originally $50, reduced to $30 

January 7-February 25 (every Thursday- 8 classes total) 

10:00-11:00 a.m. weekly Zoom lesson 

Designed for grades 1-6

During our weekly Zoom lessons, students will learn how to identify common backyard birds by sight and sound, features that make birds unique, as well as do hands-on projects like owl pellet dissections! Class sessions cover topics such as eggs, feathers, flight, diet, and more.

Over the course of 8 weeks, each student will create a presentation on a specific bird of their choice, incorporating all of their learning into a final project. 

To make this course as interactive as possible, each student will receive a package including materials to be used throughout the course. 

 

Maple Sugaring

Grades 1-12

March 4

1:30-3:00 PM

$8/student (unless you are already enrolled and attended the class in November - in which case, you do not need to enroll again) *Parents may attend at no additional charge, no parental participation fee

Learn about maple sugaring from a local expert. Learn how to make syrup! One of the sweetest classes offered!

 

TerraNova 2/ CAT 6 Testing (REGISTRATION CLOSED-Test ordering date has passed)

Grades 1-12

March 17

9:30-1:00 PM

$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.

 

SWAPLUCK! (Cancelled for 2021, see you in 2022!)

All ages

March 25

12:00 PM-3:00 PM

FREE


Join us for our 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.

 

Animal Tracking

Grades 1-6

April 15

9:30-11:00 AM

$8/student  *Parents may attend/observe, at no charge, no parental participation fee

Come and take a walk around Susque in search of evidence of our four-footed friends. Students will learn how to identify various common tracks found in the wild. Each participant will cast a plaster track to take home as well as handouts for future tracking. Be prepared to walk in the woods with appropriate footwear and clothing. 

 

Stream Studies 

Grades 1-6

April 15 

SESSION #1 - 12:30 - 2:00 PM - NOTE: This class is full -

SESSION #2 - 2:30- 4:00 PM

$8/Student *Parents may observe at no charge

Students will learn about water ecology by exploring and identifying creatures in Lycoming Creek.  Wear appropriate shoes and clothing for creek exploration!  

 

Earth Day: Weather

Grades 1-12

April 22

10:00-11:30 AM

$10/student  *Parents may attend/observe at no charge, no parental participation fee

Our annual Earth Day class will focus on the topic of weather. What are the different components that contribute to the weather and how do we measure these components to create a weather forecast? 

 

Climbing Wall Adventure

Grades 2-12

April 22

1:00-3:00 PM

$15/student  *Parents may attend/observe at no charge, no parental participation fee

Come try out Camp Susque’s climbing wall. Challenge yourself to set goals and follow through with them on both faces of the 25-foot wall. This is personally and physically stretching – give it a try! 

 

Jewelry Making 101:   Hammered Pendant 

Ages 10+ 

April 26 

1:OO-3:00 PM 

 

$10/participant

Come try out your jewelry-making skills at Camp Susque! In this entry-level class, students will learn how to bend wire, hammer, and polish a pendant to make a necklace. Hint: This would be a great Mother's Day gift!

 

Spring Pre-K Day 

Pre-K and Kindergarten

April 29 

10:00 AM-12:00 PM 

$3/Child  *Parental supervision is required for all children. 

Come join us for our second  Pre-K Day!  After a time of play, we will spend the morning together exploring and learning about trees through stories, songs, and activities.   

 

OAS Lvl 2

Grades 9-12 OR successful completion of OAS Level 1

April 29-30

9:00 AM April 29 to 2:00 PM April 30

$60/student  *No parental participation

Take your outdoor adventure skills to the next level. Level II is a 2-day, 1-night camp-out opportunity which expands on, and puts into use, the skills learned in Outdoor Adventure Skills level 1. Activities include kayaking, rock climbing, rappelling, and backpacking.

 

Forest Ecology
 

Grades: 9-12

Dates: May 21 and May 28 

Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $15 total  

 

Come learn about trees and forest ecology at Camp Susque! Ezra Houston, a graduate of Penn State’s Forest Management program, will be teaching this two-part class. The first class will focus on tree identification and gaining a basic understanding of trees. The second class will dive into topics of forest ecology such as forest composition and how it changes over time, and the dynamic between certain sites and where trees grow. 

 

To Register:

Online: Click Here 

By Phone: 570-998-2151

Info & Policies

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 2021

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.

 

Summer SOD Classes 2021

CLASS & AGES COST DATE & TIME DESCRIPTION

Kayaking 101

 

Grades 5-12+

 

$20/person

June 10  

1:00-4:00 PM

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.  Youth under 13 must be accompanied by an adult - Limited class size, register soon!

Tubing down the Creek

 

Ages 6+

 

$15/person

June 11

1:00-4:00 PM

Come Tube down the creek with us! An experienced instructor will accompany the trip to ensure safety and fun! Wear shoes for in the creek and appropriate clothing for the water, a towel and dry clothing. Adults attending this class must register.  Tubes and transportation back to Susque are provided, with multiple "bailout" options if the trip gets too long.  Youth under 13 must be accompanied by an adult

We will provide a hot dog roast after tubing!

Canoeing on the Rose Valley Lake

 

Grades 6-12+

 

$25/person

June 22

1:00-4:00 PM

All levels of experience are welcome on this Canoe Trip. An experienced instructor will accompany the trip to ensure safety and fun! Wear water appropriate shoes and appropriate clothing for the water. We will learn canoe stroke basics, play canoe games and practice wet exits and entry if desired. Adults attending this class must register.  Limited class size, register soon!

Snacks will be provided

Rattlesnake Hike

 

Grades 4-12+

 

$5/person

July 6

9:00-12:00 noon

Take a hike up one of Susque's classic trails to Rattlesnake Point, stopping by SugarSnake Falls on the way up. Rattlesnake point is home to many of its namesake, so it is often a great opportunity to see one of Pennsylvania's two venomous reptiles (from a safe distance!). Hike is approximately 2.5 miles round trip, with sustained steep sections, making it somewhat strenuous. Hike followed by a campfire and snack. Ages 10+. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by a parent/responsible adult.

Evening Lookout Hike

 

Ages 8+

 

 

 $5/person

 

July 20

6:00-9:00 PM

 Take an evening hike up one of Susque's classic trails to an incredible overlook that "Hiking the Endless Mountains" author, Jeff Mitchell, described as one of the top-ten vistas in Pennsylvania. Follow it up with a great snack cooked over the fire at camp. The hike is moderately difficult and approximately 3 miles round-trip. Closed-toe and sturdy hiking shoes a must. Ages 8+. All children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent/responsible adult.

Climbing Wall

Grades 3-12+

 

$15/person

July 27

2:00-4:00 PM

Challenge yourself, tackle your fear of height and learn climbing techniques in safety on Susque's 35-foot tall climbing tower. Our belayers and instructors will keep you safe and teach great techniques to help you reach the top and ring the bell. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 8+.


To Register 
Online

By Phone: 570-998-2151

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.

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