Educational Programs

This Fall...come to our first annual Homeschool Retreat!

October 24-25, 2022

 
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This two-day, one-night Homeschool Retreat includes hands-on science classes for the whole family, time to enjoy Susque's beautiful grounds and trails, and fellowship with other homeschooling families. This year we're excited to have Marcia and Dan Brauning join us as our guest teachers. Classes will include Aquatic Ecology, Bird Walk, Reptiles and Amphibians of PA, and more!  

Arrival/Departure: 10am Monday, October 24th through 2pm Tuesday, October 25th

Pricing: $30/person (includes 4 meals, 1 night lodging, and all classes)

Lodging: Families will stay in a room in Susque Lodge or Laurel Lodge. See more information about our lodging here

Large Family Discount: $150 maximum charge per family (please call our office at 570-998-2151 after you've submitted your application to receive this discount)  

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Homeschool Retreat is FULL

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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

Check out our 2022-2023 School of Discovery classes!  

Looking for our Summer classes? Click here!

 

FALL 2022 CLASSES

 

-Single Day Classes-

SAFETY DAY

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 Red Cross joins us to teach hands-only CPR 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 8, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM 

$5/student 

 

HONEYBEES 101

K-12th grades

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 15, 10:00-11:30 AM

$8/student 

 

MAKE-YOUR-OWN APPLESAUCE

6th grade-Adults

Ever want to try your hand at canning your own food? In this class, learn the entire process of making your own applesauce. Participants will leave with two jars of applesauce to take home! 

September 21, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

$15/person 

 

ORIENTEERING 

4th-12th grades 

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 22, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

$8/student 

 

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 7  Session 1: 9:00-11:30 AM FULL

                Session 2: 1:00-3:30 PM SPACE AVAILABLE 

$8/person 

 

FAMILY FILM NIGHT

Free event- All ages (children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult)

Join us at Camp Susque on the evening of November 2 for what we hope will be the first in an ongoing free series! We will start the evening with a potluck-style meal, then enjoy a movie together while learning how to think critically about film and culture through a discussion after the show. Our movie entry for this inaugural installment is a lesser-known animated gem from 2007 called Meet the Robinsons

It's an absolutely dandy Disney title that somehow remains "under the radar" -- this category being a specialty of your host for the evening, local teacher, writer and film critic Joseph W. Smith III.

Intricate, fast, inventive plotting; strong vocal cast including several unknowns (or lesser-knowns); eye-popping visuals; zany set pieces and uproarious gags; plus a deeply touching, teary-eyed conclusion that ties up all the zippy plot-strands in breathtaking fashion.

The story involves young Lewis, a likable but perhaps too-brilliant inventor who lives at an orphanage and is rapidly reaching those teen years when it becomes tough to get adopted. While working on a machine to help locate his biological mother, Lewis meets Wilbur Robinson, who claims to be from the future. Since Lewis proves skeptical, Wilbur whisks him off to 2037, where the plot suddenly becomes a whole lot more complicated.

Author of seven books and a retired public-school teacher, Joe has led several seminars at Susque and continues to teach at the CHEF home-school co-op in Lycoming County. Joe will lead a brief, family-friendly discussion of the movie after we watch it together. 

November 2, 5:00-8:00 PM 

FREE (Please register for the event) 

 

JEWELRY MAKING: CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

4th grade-Adults 

Have fun learning a new skill and making some beautiful beaded Christmas ornaments for friends, family, or your own tree! 

November 10, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

$15/person 

 

CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD: GERMANY

Grades K-12th  

Join us as we celebrate the country of Germany and learn about its history, how Christianity started, and how Christmas is celebrated. We will experience Germany's culture through an activity, game, language learning, and traditional German food!  

December 8, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM FULL   and 1:00-3:00 PM SPACE AVAILABLE 

$10/student 

 

 

-Multi-Day Classes-

 

CHURCH HISTORY

9th-12th grades 

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 8-December 15 (every other week), 1:00-4:00 PM

$60/student 

 

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE SKILLS: LEVEL 1 

7th-12th grades 

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 15-November 17 (every other week), 1:00-4:00 PM

$60/student  

 

INTRO TO UKULELE 

4th-8th grades 

In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of how to play the ukulele, including ukulele care, chords, and music notation. Singing is encouraged, although non-singers are welcome! (Each student will need to purchase their own ukulele.) 

October 5-November 9 (weekly), 10:00-11:00 AM

$60/student  

 

SPRING 2023 CLASSES

 

 -Single Day Classes-

 

PAPER SNOWFLAKE CUTTING

6th-12th grades

Not your typical paper snowflake making craft! This class takes paper snowflakes to an entirely new level. Learn how to cut intricate designs in paper to make your very own unique snowflake. Tim Bryant, director of Camp Susque's Board and paper cutting enthusiast, will be instructing this class. 

January 12, 1:30-3:30 PM 

$8/student 

 

FAMILY FILM NIGHT 

Free event- All ages (children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult)

Join us at Camp Susque on the evening of February 8 for our second Family Film Night! We will start the evening with a potluck-style meal, then enjoy a movie together while learning how to think critically about film and culture through a discussion after the show.

Our host for the evening is Joseph W. Smith III. Author of seven books and a retired public-school teacher, Joe has led several seminars at Susque and continues to teach at the CHEF homeschool co-op in Lycoming County. Joe will lead a brief, family-friendly discussion of the movie after we watch it together. 

February 8, 6:00-8:30 PM 

FREE (Please register for the event) 

 

OWL PELLET DISSECTION

1st-8th grades

This hands-on class will have you honing your detective skills as you discover and identify the bones of a barn owl's prey! 

February 16, 10:00-11:30 AM 

$10/student 

 

MAPLE SUGARING

1st-12th grades 

Learn about maple sugaring from a local expert, from preparing taps, collecting sap, and making syrup! One of the sweetest classes offered.

March 9, 1:30-3:00 PM

$8/student 

 

TERRANOVA 2/CAT 6 TESTING

1st-12th grades 

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 16.

March 16 (Registration deadline February 16), 9:30 AM-1:00 PM 

$60/student 

 

ANIMAL TRACKING

K-6th grades 

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.

Two Sessions on April 13

Session 1: 10:00-11:30 AM  

Session 2: 1:30-3:00 PM

 

$8/student 

 

EARTH DAY: GEOLOGY

K-12th grades 

Our annual Earth Day class will focus on geology this year. Learn how to identify basic rock types as well as crack open a geode to take home!  

April 20, 10:00-11:30 AM

$10/student 

 

CLIMBING WALL ADVENTURE

3rd-12th grades 

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 20, 1:00-3:00 PM

$15/student 

 

INTRO TO BIRDING

6th grade-Adults 

Join local bird expert Dan Brauning for a bird walk around camp, learning to use binoculars and identify our feathered friends by sight and sound. 

April 27, 8:00-10:00 AM 

$8/student 

 

STREAM STUDIES

K-8th grades 

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.

Two Sessions on April 27

Session 1: 1:00-2:30 PM  

Session 2: 3:00-4:30 PM

$8/student 

 

-Multi-Day Classes-

 

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING

6th-12th grades

Join us for an epic adventure as we quest to learn the basics of file systems, command-line usage, and object-oriented programming! Students should have an excitement about learning and tinkering with computers. 

January 5-February 9 (weekly), 1:00-3:00 PM

$60/student 

 

POTTERY

2nd grade-Adults

Try your hand at making ceramics! Start by making a plate and bowl and progress to creating your own mug. 

January 7-February 18 (every other week), 10:00-11:30 AM

$40/student 

 

BAKING

9th-12th grades

Learn how to make a variety of baked goods from scratch! Classes will start with basics like cookies and muffins and progress to more complicated items like breads, mousses, meringues, and more! 

March 2-23 (weekly), 9:00 AM-12:30 PM

$40/student 

 

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE SKILLS: LEVEL 2

9th-12th or successful completion of OAS Level 1 

Take your outdoor adventure skills to the next level.  Level 2 is a two-day, one-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 4th-5th (overnight), 9 AM-2 PM next day

$60/student 

 

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

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 2022 CLASSES

 Tubing Down the Creek!

Ages 5 and up 

Come tube down Lycoming 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. Youth under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
Enjoy a hot dog roast with us afterwards!  

June 9, 1:00-4:00 PM 

$15/person 

 

Kayaking 101

Ages 10 and up 

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!

June 16, 1:00-4:00 PM 

$20/person 

 

Evening Lookout Hike

Ages 8 and up 

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 main camp. Hike is moderate difficult and approximate 3 miles round-trip. Closed toed and sturdy hiking shoes a must. Ages 8 and up. All children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent/responsible adult.

July 21, 6:00-9:00 PM

$5/person 

 

Climbing Wall Adventure

Ages 8 and up 

Challenge yourself 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+.

August 16, 2:00-4:00 PM 

$15/person 

 

Register Online

Or 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

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.

Cancellation Policy

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.

Refund Policy

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.

Waitlist Policy

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.

Supervision Policy

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. 

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