FALL 2021 CLASSES
New Program: The Wonder of Physics!
December 16, 1:00-2:00 PM
Come to Camp Susque to experience the wonder of physics through an unforgettable physics show! Dr. George Fischer will be doing a physics demonstration that is informative and fun for children and adults alike.
All Ages, $5/student (adults free)
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!
September 8, 1:00-2:30 PM
All Ages (parents attend free)
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. This year the SPCA joins us to teach pet safety in addition to the fire safety programs put on by our local fire company. 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).
September 9, 9:30-12:00
CANOEING AT ROSE VALLEY LAKE
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!
September 9, 1-4 PM
Learn about the origins of many local denominations in Pennsylvania and America through a look at the English Reformation and local church history. Class includes introduction to a variety of church traditions straight from a wide variety of local pastors from various faith backgrounds.
September 9-December 16 (weekly), 1-4 PM
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE SKILLS: LEVEL 1
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.
September 16-November 25 (every other week), 1-4 PM
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.
September 10 and 17, 10 AM-12 PM
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. This hands-on class will have a time of practical application in the field!
September 23, 1-4 PM
LOCAL HISTORY TOUR
All Ages *parents must register and attend with students*
Travel with a guide to the nearby McIntyre area for an intriguing peek into some little-known local history, exploring a mining community, ghost town, iron furnaces, and more! Participants should be prepared for walking at least one mile. Parents must register and attend with students.
October 1, 1-3:30 PM
CERAMIC CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
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 two weeks after the second class.
October 9 and 23, 10-11:30 AM
PreK-6th grades, but all ages welcome
These slimy invertebrates create the Black Gold of the gardening world, turning kitchen scraps into the greatest compost your garden has ever known. Kids will be invited to handle and observe worms and also build a worm composting container that they can take home. Instant pets! Taught by a Master Gardener and Certified Nature Educator.
October 14, 9:30-10:30 AM
FAMILY ASTRONOMY NIGHT
The greatest show on earth goes on both night and day and often without our notice – and this takes place in the universe in our skies above. Bring your family to Camp Susque for our Astronomy Night, when we will, weather permitting, view some celestial objects through Susque’s large telescope! In case of inclement weather, we will have a virtual “tour of the universe”, including some hands-on activities relating to recent discoveries on Mars.
October 16, 7-9 PM
$5/participant (adults need to register)
HISTORY OF ROCK
In the latter half of the twentieth century, Rock Music became a universal obsession and an unparalleled social force. In this course, students will discover the major developments in rock. Class time will be devoted to lectures, discussion, and listening. Given limited instructional time, the instructor will also provide playlists via YouTube for students to enhance their understanding of the stylistic characteristics of each artist and subgenre.
November 3-December 15 (weekly) *No class 11/24* 10-11 AM
CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD: TANZANIA
All Ages (adults attend free)
Join us as we celebrate the country of Tanzania and learn about its history, how Christianity started, and how Christmas is celebrated. We’ll sing traditional songs, make a craft, play a game together, and try some Tanzanian food!
December 9, 10 AM-12 PM
THE WONDER OF PHYSICS!
All Ages (adults attend free)
Come to Camp Susque to experience the wonder of physics through an unforgettable physics show! Dr. George Fischer will be doing a physics demonstration that is informative and fun for children and adults alike. What is 200 degrees colder than dry ice? Have the opportunity to freeze your breath! Observe liquid oxygen cling to a magnet. Liquefy and solidify argon. Feel a quantum mechanical force.
Come out to Susque to learn real science from a real scientist! Dr. George Fischer knows physics and he knows kids; he recently was honored by the NJ State legislature for his excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) outreach.
December 16, 1-2 PM
SPRING 2022 CLASSES
NATURE STUDY: BIRDS
Come learn about birds at Camp Susque! In this 8 session course, 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, beak adaptations, diet, and more.
Through this course students will also participate in a Cornell Lab’s Citizen Science Project, learning how to do data collection and participate in real scientific research.
January 6-February 24 (weekly), 10 AM-12 PM
CPR AND FIRST AID CERTIFICATION
Ever go camping and cut your finger? Or come across another situation where it would have been good to know first aid or CPR? Here is your chance! Students who complete this class will be certified for two years in Red Cross First Aid and CPR. This certificate looks great on a resume or college application!
February 10, 9 AM-4 PM (12-1 lunch break)
$40/student *all participants must register*
INTRO TO SOPRANO RECORDER
Learn the basics of playing the soprano recorder from a retired music teacher of 30 years. Students will learn standard playing position, proper fingering and excellent tone production. Students will learn the rudiments of notation reading as well. The focus of the class will be performing actual pieces while using simple drills to make this goal readily accessible for students.
March 2-March 30 (weekly), 9-11:30 AM
$30/student (includes the cost of a recorder)
Learn about maple sugaring from a local expert, from preparing taps, collecting sap, and making syrup! One of the sweetest classes offered.
March 10, 1:30-3:00 PM
TERRANOVA 2/CAT 6 TESTING
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 is February 17.
March 17 (Registration deadline February 17), 9:30-1:00 PM
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.
March 24, 12-3 PM
GROWING SPROUTS & MICROGREENS
Designed for PreK-6th grades, but all ages welcome
No garden? No problem. Grow the tastiest and most nutritionally-dense greens on your countertop. Sunlight optional. This easy introduction to growing microgreens and sprouts is a hands-on lesson for kids. Families will watch and wonder as sprouts and seeds emerge at home a few days later. Recipes included! Taught by a Master Gardener and Certified Nature Educator.
April 14, 9:30-10:30 AM
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.
April 14, 1-2:30 PM
EARTH DAY: POLLINATION
Our annual Earth Day class will focus on pollination this year. Learn about the importance of pollination for our earth, and make an insect hotel and “seed balls” to take home and help the pollinators that live near you!
April 21, 10-11:30 AM
CLIMBING WALL ADVENTURE
Come experience 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!
April 21, 1-3 PM
DINOSAUR & FAIRY WORLDS
Designed for K-6th grades, but all ages welcome (PreK with assistance)
Create a mini world entirely of your design. Kids will build a terrarium complete with plants and small fairy or dinosaur figurines that they can take home. They will learn about basic plant care and landscape design while also fostering imaginative storytelling. Taught by a Master Gardener and Certified Nature Educator.
April 22, 9:30-10:30 AM
In this class, students will learn about water ecology by exploring and identifying critters in Lycoming Creek! Plan to wear appropriate footwear and clothing for creek exploration.
April 22, 1-2:30 PM
This hands-on class will focus on learning the basics of tree identification. Students will learn the difference between coniferous and deciduous trees, simple and compound leaves, and additional physical characteristics of a variety of common trees found in Pennsylvania.
May 5, 1-2:30 PM
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE SKILLS: LEVEL 2
9th-12th or successful completion of OAS Level 1
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.
May 5-6 (overnight), 9 AM May 5-2 PM May 6
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