Field Trips

NEW FOR 2021!

We are offering in-person field trips at Camp Susque this spring!  We will be following all CDC guidelines to maintain safety, including masking, social distancing, and sanitizing common areas and shared items between uses. Also, all classes will be held outside, mitigating COVID-19 transmission risk.  We have also added two new options for accessing field trips this year!  

Virtual Field Trip: Great for schools who would still love to participate in Camp Susque’s traditional field trip offerings, but are unable to commit to an in-person field trip. During a Virtual Field Trip, our trained staff will lead an online field trip experience via Zoom classes and activities. A class could sign up for multiple classes or a single class. Some of our virtual field trip offerings include Owls & their Diet, PA Forestry, and Animal Tracking.

In-Classroom Field Trip: Let Camp Susque come to you! Our staff will lead experiential, science- and nature-based lessons in the classroom with your students. Our staff can stay with one class all day, offering multiple classes for more of a “full-day” field trip experience, or travel to different classrooms throughout the day.

 

Have you heard about Field Trips at Camp Susque?

"Everything was well organized and well thought out.  Fantastic experience!" - Teacher, May 2016 Field Trip

Camp Susque’s School of Discovery offers field trips that are unique, interactive, and memorable.

We want to work with you to provide a field trip that both engages your students and fulfills your needs.

With that in mind, our field trip programs are easily customized to include the activities, schedule, and lessons that you want your students to walk away with.

At Susque, you can expect

  • Engaging Outdoor Activities
  • Beautiful Scenery
  • Caring Staff
  • Organized Information
  • Quality Experience

We also offer overnight retreats for school groups!

When you stay overnight in our lodges or rustic cabins, you can also enjoy special evening programming such as astronomy in our observatory, in addition to our regular activities and your own events. Contact us for more information and pricing.

 

To schedule your trip or ask questions, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 570-998-2151. We hope to see you here!

 

What is a field trip to Camp Susque like?

We have lots of activities and unique facilities to offer, from canoeing to the climbing wall to stream studies and geology! Here are some examples: 

You may select one of our field trip packages, or design your own field trip using our activities listed by age group.
We will work with you to create a schedule that fits your needs.

 

Sample Schedule
9:30 Arrive at Susque
9:45-11:00 First Activity
11:00-12:15 Second Activity
12:15-12:45 Lunch
12:45-3:00 Third Activity
2:00 Closing/Depart

PA Standards

Camp Susque’s field trip classes are designed to meet PA state educational standards. Each of our classes gets students involved in the world around them. They provide a fun environment in which we encourage kids to step out of their comfort zone and explore. While our classes by no means meet every part of every standard, they are structured to introduce and reinforce concepts and skills learned in the classroom. For a full list and description of the standards listed below, visit the PA Department of Education.

 Pre K to 3rd Grade
 Activity Name  Description  PA Standards for Environment and Ecology  PA Standards for Science & Technology
 Nature Exploration Hike  Get moving while enjoying the beautiful scenery and sounds of mountains, fields, ponds, wildlife, and Lycoming Creek.  4.1.4, 4.3.4, 4.6.4, 4.7.4, 4.8.4  3.1.4, 3.2.4, 3.3.4, 3.5.4
 Nature Crafts  Investigate uncommon aspects of the natural world while completing a craft to take home!  4.2.4, 4.6.4, 4.7.4, 4.8.4  3.1.4
Ecology 101 Study the ways that energy and nutrients are transferred and recycled through an ecosystem with games and activities. 4.2.4, 4.3.4, 4.6.4, 4.7.4, 4.8.4 3.1.4, 3.2.4, 3.3.4, 3.4.4
Aquatic Ecology Learn about the ecology of a pond or stream and explore the habitats and creatures (big and small!) found there. 4.1.4, 4.2.4, 4.3.4, 4.6.4, 4.8.4 3.1.4, 3.2.4, 3.3.4, 3.4.4, 3.5.4, 3.7.4
Animal Tracking Learn to identify various common tracks in mud and snow. Each participant will cast a plaster track to take home. 4.6.4, 4.7.4 3.2.4, 3.3.4, 3.7.4
Field Games Organized games teach life skills, such as cooperation, strategy, and engagement, while keeping students active and having fun!   

3.2.4

 

 

Birds 101 An introduction to the wonderful world of birds!  Includes a hands-on activity that explores bird adaptations  coming soon coming soon
Owls & Their Diets  Learn more about owls and what they eat.  Includes a guided owl pellet dissection. coming soon coming soon
3rd - 6th Grade
Activity Name Description PA Standards for Environment and Ecology  PA Standards for Science & Technology
Nature Exploration Hike Get moving while enjoying the beautiful scenery and sounds of mountains, fields, ponds, wildlife, and Lycoming Creek. 4.1.4, 4.3.4, 4.6.4, 4.7.4, 4.8.4 3.1.4, 3.2.4, 3.3.4, 3.5.4
Nature Crafts Investigate uncommon aspects of the natural world while completing a craft to take home! 4.2.4, 4.6.4, 4.7.4, 4.8.4 3.1.4
Eco-systems Walk  Move between various locations to explore the ecological roles of the organisms that live there. 4.1.4, 4.2.4, 4.3.4, 4.6.4, 4.7.4 3.1.4, 3.2.4, 3.3.4, 3.5.4
Geology Identify basic rock types with examples and discuss the formation of the Appalachian Mountains through interactive activities. 4.6.4, 4.8.4 3.1.4, 3.2.4, 3.5.4
Animal Tracking Learn to identify various common tracks in mud and snow. Each participant will cast a plaster track to take home. 4.3.4, 4.3.6, 4.7.4 3.2.4, 3.3.4
Pennsylvania Forestry Learn about the history of PA's woodlands as well as basic tree identification. Leave with your own guide to practice at home. 4.2.4, 4.3.4, 4.4.4, 4.6.4, 4.7.4, 4.8.4, 4.9.4 3.1.4, 3.2.4, 3.3.4, 3.5.4, 3.7.4
Aquatic Ecology Learn about the ecology of a pond and explore the habitats and creatures (big and small!) found there. 4.1.4, 4.3.4, 4.6.4, 4.7.4, 4.8.4 3.1.4, 3.2.4, 3.3.4, 3.5.4, 3.7.4
Teamwork Adventure Learn and practice teamwork skills through interactive games, problem-solving activities, and the low ropes challenge course.    
Campfire Cooking In this activity, students will get to cook a meal or snack over a campfire and be active in all parts of the food preparation. 4.8.4 3.2.4, 3.4.4
Field Games Organized games teach life skills, such as cooperation, strategy, and engagement, while keeping students active and having fun!    3.2.4
Birds 101 An introduction to the wonderful world of birds!  Includes a hands-on activity that explores bird adaptations.  
coming soon coming soon
Owls & their Diets Learn more about owls and what they eat.  Includes a guided owl pellet dissection.  
coming soon coming soon
6th - 12th Grade
Activity Name Description PA Standards for Environment and Ecology PA Standards for Science & Technology
Nature Exploration Hike Get moving while enjoying the beautiful scenery and sounds of mountains, fields, ponds, wildlife, and Lycoming Creek. 4.1.7, 4.3.7, 4.3.10, 4.6.7, 4.6.10, 4.7.7, 4.7.10, 4.8.7, 4.8.10 3.1.7, 3.1.10, 3.2.7, 3.2.10, 3.3.7, 3.3.10, 3.5.7, 3.5.10
Ecosystem Studies Explore the roles of various organisms for the movement of energy and nutrients within local ecosystems. 4.6.7, 4.6.10, 4.7.7, 4.7.10, 4.8.7, 4.8.10 3.1.7, 3.1.10, 3.2.7, 3.2.10, 3.3.7, 3.3.10
Water Quality Investigation Learn how to test for and identify various quality indicators of the water around us. 4.1.7, 4.1.10, 4.3.7, 4.3.10,4.6.7, 4.6.10,  4.7.7, 4.7.10, 4.8.7, 4.8.10 3.1.7, 3.1.10, 3.2.7, 3.2.10, 3.3.7, 3.3.10, 3.5.7, 3.5.10, 3.7.7, 3.7.10
Canoeing and Kayaking Seasonal; Improve your skills in a canoe or kayak in Lycoming Creek or the Susque Pond. 4.1.7, 4.1.10, 4.3.7, 4.3.10, 4.8.7, 4.8.10 3.4.7, 3.4.10, 3.5.7, 3.5.10
Wilderness Skills Learn some general skills for making the most of your time in the outdoors. Activities may include fire-building, shelter construction, or other useful skills! 4.2.7, 4.2.10, 4.3.7, 4.3.10, 4.8.7, 4.8.10 3.1.10, 3.2.7, 3.2.10, 3.4.7, 3.4.10, 3.6.7, 3.6.10
Archery Practice your skills with a bow at Susque’s archery range.   3.2.7, 3.2.10, 3.4.7
Rocketry Build and launch a model rocket in this fun, exciting activity.     
Leadership Adventure Learn to lead and work together as a team through thoughtful activities and the low ropes course.    
Climbing Wall Challenge Move beyond your comfort zone by learning to scale the climbing wall.   3.2.7, 3.2.10, 3.4.7, 3.6.7, 3.6.10
Field Games Organized games teach life skills, such as cooperation, strategy, and engagement, while keeping students active and having fun!    3.2.7
Campfire Cooking In this activity, students will get to cook a meal or snack over a campfire and be active in all parts of the food preparation. 4.8.7 3.2.7, 3.2.10, 3.4.7, 3.4.10
Birds 101 An introduction to the wonderful world of birds!  Includes a hands-on activity that explores bird adaptations coming soon coming soon
Owls & their Diet Learn more about owls and what they eat.  Includes a guided owl pellet dissection. coming soon coming soon

 

 

Pricing Guide

Day Field Trip prices start at $9 per student.

Chaperones & Teachers attend for free.

All-day field trips include a campfire over lunch and the option to order a s’mores bar. Also included is access to recess equipment, including our playground, giant sandbox, basketball court, foursquare, etc.

 

Susque School of Discovery

is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian ministry committed to helping students discover and appreciate the world around them through hands-on activities and exploration.

Dates & Rates

Please check the below calendar to confirm availability.  Any date with "Field Trip Booked" is unavailable.

Rates

Prices start at $9.00 per Student.  Please see specific packages for additional rate information, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions about adding additional activities.

 

Teachers & Chaperones

Free.

Extras

Advanced classes and extra options are subject to additional fees. 

When Payment is Due

Payment is due the day of the trip. 

Packages are broken down by age group.  If you would prefer to "build your own," please view this list to make selections.

 


Day Field Trip Packages for Elementary Students:

 

 The Classic: $9/student

  • Nature Exploration Hike: Get moving while enjoying beautiful scenery and sounds of mountains, fields, ponds, wildlife, and Lycoming Creek.
  • Aquatic Ecology: Learn about the ecology of a pond and explore the habitats and creatures (big and small!) found there.
  • Nature Crafts: Investigate uncommon aspects of the natural world while completing a craft to take home!

 

Discover Susque: $10/student

  • Ecology 101: Study the ways that energy and nutrients are transferred and recycled through an ecosystem with games and activities.
  • Campfire Experience: In this activity, students will get to cook a small snack over a campfire, and participate in some classic camp songs and games.
  • Nature Exploration Hike: Get moving while enjoying beautiful scenery and sounds of mountains, fields, ponds, wildlife, and Lycoming Creek.

 

Little Leaders: $9/student

  • Nature Exploration Hike: Get moving while enjoying beautiful scenery and sounds of mountains, fields, ponds, wildlife, and Lycoming Creek.
  • Teamwork Adventure: Learn and practice teamwork skills through interactive games, problem-solving activities, and the low ropes challenge course.
  • Field Games: Organized games teach life skills, such as cooperation, strategy, and engagement, while keeping students active and having fun!

 

 

Day Field Trip Packages for Middle and High School Students:

 

Team Builder: $9/student

  • Leadership Adventure: Learn to lead and work together as a team through thoughtful activities and the low ropes course.
  • Nature Exploration Hike: Get moving while enjoying beautiful scenery and sounds of mountains, fields, ponds, wildlife, and Lycoming Creek.
  • Field Games: Organized games teach life skills, such as cooperation, strategy, and engagement, while keeping students active and having fun!

 

All About Outdoors: $10/student

  • Wilderness Skills: Learn some general skills for making the most of your time in the outdoors. Activities may include fire-building, shelter construction, or other useful skills!
  • Water Quality Investigation: Learn how to test for and identify various quality indicators of the water around us.
  • Archery: Practice your skills with a bow at Susque’s archery range.

 

Something for Everyone: $11/student

  • Climbing Wall Challenge: Move beyond your comfort zone by learning to scale the climbing wall.
  • Ecosystem Studies: Explore the roles of various organisms for the movement of energy and nutrients within local ecosystems.
  • Campfire Cooking: In this activity, students will get to cook a meal or snack over a campfire, and be active in all parts of the food preparation.

 

Camp Experience: $9/student

  • Challenging Hike: Take it up a notch with a long hike to an awesome view. Students must come prepared with proper footwear and water bottles.
  • Leadership Adventure: Learn to lead and work together as a team through thoughtful activities and the low ropes course.
 

Info Form

Field Trip Information Request Form
Your information will be sent to our School of Discovery Coordinator. You can expect a response within one week.

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Field Trip Options

Design Your Own Field Trip

 

“Staff was very energetic and eager to teach!” – Teacher, May 2016 Field Trip

 

We want to partner with our schools to provide the best field trip experience for students and teachers, administrators, and chaperones, alike. If the field trip packages do not suit your needs, check out the options below, and feel free to contact us to see how we can make your field trip day or school retreat a reality.

 

Day Field Trip prices begin at $9/student, which typically includes 3 activities. For more information on pricing, please contact the School of Discovery Coordinator by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling (570)-998-2151.

 

All day field trips include a campfire over lunch and access to recess equipment during special breaks, which includes our playground, a giant sandbox, basketball, foursquare, etc.

 

Activity Options for Students in Pre-K to 3rd Grade

Activity Name Description
Nature Exploration Hike Get moving while enjoying beautiful scenery and sounds of mountains, fields, ponds, wildlife, and Lycoming Creek.
Nature Crafts Investigate uncommon aspects of the natural world while completing a craft to take home!
Ecology 101 Study the ways that energy and nutrients are transferred and recycled through an ecosystem with games and activities.
Aquatic Ecology Learn about the ecology of a pond or stream and explore the habitats and creatures (big and small!) found there.
Animal Tracking Learn to identify various common tracks in mud and snow. Each participant will cast a plaster track to take home.
Field Games Organized games teach life skills, such as cooperation, strategy, and engagement, while keeping students active and having fun!


Activity Options for Students in 3rd to 6th Grade

Activity Name Description
Nature Exploration Hike Get moving while enjoying beautiful scenery and sounds of mountains, fields, ponds, wildlife, and Lycoming Creek.
Nature Crafts Investigate uncommon aspects of the natural world while completing a craft to take home!
Ecosystems Walk Move between various locations to explore the ecological roles of the organisms that live there.
Geology Identify basic rock types with examples and discuss the formation of the Appalachian Mountains through interactive activities.
Animal Tracking Learn to identify various common tracks in mud and snow. Each participant will cast a plaster track to take home.
Pennsylvania Forestry Learn about the history of PA's woodlands as well as basic tree identification. Leave with your own guide to practice at home.
Aquatic Ecology Learn about the ecology of a pond and explore the habitats and creatures (big and small!) found there.
Teamwork Adventure Learn and practice teamwork skills through interactive games, problem-solving activities, and the low ropes challenge course.
Campfire Experience In this activity, students get to cook a snack over a campfire and participate in some classic camp songs and games.
Field Games Organized games teach life skills, such as cooperation, strategy, and engagement, while keeping students active and having fun!


Activity Options for Students in 6th to 12th Grades

Activity Description
Nature Exploration Hike Get moving while enjoying beautiful scenery and sounds of mountains, fields, ponds, wildlife, and Lycoming Creek.
Ecosystem Studies Explore the roles of various organisms for the movement of energy and nutrients within local ecosystems.
Water Quality Investigation Learn how to test for and identify various quality indicators of the water around us.
Canoeing and Kayaking Seasonal; Improve your skills in a canoe or kayak in Lycoming Creek or the Susque Pond.
Wilderness Skills Learn some general skills for making the most of your time in the outdoors. Activities may include fire-building, shelter construction, or other useful skills!
Archery Practice your skills with a bow at Susque’s archery range.
Rocketry Build and launch a model rocket in this fun, exciting activity.
Leadership Adventure Learn to lead and work together as a team through thoughtful activities and the low ropes course.
Climbing Wall Challenge Move beyond your comfort zone by learning to scale the climbing wall.
Field Games Organized games teach life skills, such as cooperation, strategy, and engagement, while keeping students active and having fun!
Campfire Experience In this activity, students get to cook a snack over a campfire and participate in some classic camp songs and games.
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