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 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) 

Register Here!

 

HONEYBEES 101

1st-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 8, 1:00-2:30 PM

$8/student 

 

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 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 

$5/student 

 

CANOEING AT ROSE VALLEY LAKE

6th-12th+ grades

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

$25/student 

 

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 9-December 16 (weekly), 1-4 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 16-November 25 (every other week), 1-4 PM

$60/student  

 

FOREST ECOLOGY

9th-12th grades 

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

$15/student 

 

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 23, 1-4 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 1, 1-3:30 PM

$8/participant 

 

CERAMIC CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

2nd-12th grades

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 

$30/student 

 

WORM COMPOSTING

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

$5/student 

 

FAMILY ASTRONOMY NIGHT

All Ages

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

9th-12th grades 

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

$50/student 

 

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

$10/student 

 

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 

$5/student 

 

 

SPRING 2022 CLASSES

 

NATURE STUDY:  BIRDS

1st-6th grades

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 

$50/student 

 

CPR AND FIRST AID CERTIFICATION

9th-12th+ grades 

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

3rd-12th grades

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) 

 

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 10, 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 17.

March 17 (Registration deadline February 17), 9:30-1:00 PM 

$50/student 

 

SWAPLUCK! 

All Ages

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 

FREE 

 

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

$10/student 

 

ANIMAL TRACKING

K-8th 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.

April 14, 1-2:30 PM

$8/student 

 

EARTH DAY: POLLINATION

K-12th grades 

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

$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 21, 1-3 PM

$15/student 

 

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 

$15/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.

April 22, 1-2:30 PM

$8/student 

 

PA FORESTRY

K-8th grades 

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 

$8/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 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 

 

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.

 

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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

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. 

"You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being." Revelation 4:11