Summer Camp | Hands-On House

Summer Camp registration is now open! Space is limited; click here to register your camper today!

Camp will be held June 21 – July 30 for campers ages 4-10.  Each of the six weeks will be based upon a different theme and activities will vary daily; families are welcome and encouraged to sign up for several weeks! 

June 21 – June 25  Backyard Safari
June 28 – July 2  Music & Culture
July 5 – July 9  Storybook Adventure
July 12 – July 16  Wildlife Science
July 19 – July 23  Art & Culture
July 26 – July 30  Science & Outer Space
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Duration: Camp will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with flexible pickup times.

Activity Zones: Campers will travel in small groups (not to exceed 12 campers) through a variety of activity zones. We plan to have 3 tent areas, story circle, a game area, exploration area (water and sand tables and more) the meadow and perhaps the museum. We will limit group sizes in accordance with CDC guidelines and state regulations.

Pricing: $245 per week with a $25 member discount. An additional discount ($10) will be applied for siblings attending the same week. 

Refunds: A nonrefundable deposit of $100 will be charged at signup. Balance due by June 15. Full payment may be made at signup. Full refunds will be issued ONLY if we are shut down due to COVID-19.

Weather: Safety is paramount. Thunder and lightning occurring after 8:30 am will cancel camp for the day. Adults are asked to pick up their child promptly. Campers will be kept indoors until your arrival. No refunds will be issued for weather unless camp is cancelled prior to 8:00 am. In the event of a full day closure, a credit of $15 per occurrence will be issued.

COVID-19: We will require all campers, staff, and volunteers to wear masks at all times (except snack/lunch). Temp check upon arrival. Parents/guardians will be required to verify campers are symptom free, they have not traveled out of the country in 14 days and have not been exposed to anyone who tested positive within 10 days. Campers must sanitize their hands upon arrival.

Registration: Online registration is preferred. Once a family is registered, children can be added and camp weeks as well as other events can be selected. All required forms should be completed online and will be available upon sign-up. Forms to include emergency contact, waiver, health check & insurance (including allergies).

Snacks: A choice of a snack and drink (water or juice) will be available for campers daily. Those campers staying for afternoon sessions are to bring a bag lunch. No refrigeration will be provided. Water bottles are encouraged. Fill them up at home as water fountains are unavailable due to COVID-19.

Special Needs: If your camper has special needs, please contact the Executive Director at 717-808-4950 to discuss. While we want to make every reasonable effort to welcome your camper, we are not equipped to handle certain situations.

T-Shirts: 2 t-shirts are included with each camper’s weekly registration. Additional shirts available for a fee.

Single Day Morning Campers: If space is available, we will welcome single day campers, but registration would only be available the week before camp begins. If possible, we will create a waiting list.

 

Camp Session Descriptions

Backyard Safari

(June 21 – June 25)

Entomology has never been so entertaining! This week we will explore the hidden world right outside our back door.  We’ll meet incredible insects — brilliant bees, beautiful butterflies, winged wonders and creepy crawlers living. Campers will undertake STEM challenges, like building the strongest spiderweb and decoding insects in our “insect lab.”  We will create fun and unique insect-inspired artwork, including clay caterpillars and paper bug gardens.  Kids will come home abuzz about bug hunts in the meadow and games like butterfly tag. On Wednesday, our guest presenter Ryan The Bug Man will bring his wild collection of incredible insects – large and small!

Music & Culture

(June 28 – July 2)

Make some noise!  This week we will discover unique sounds from different cultures all around the world. We will explore music from South America to Africa to China.  Our art projects will include rain-sticks and instrument painting collages.  We will learn all about waves, vibration and the science of sound in the STEM zone. Campers will try out new instruments, discover the difference in music across cultures and even learn a few dance moves. Games will keep us moving, too; what would Music Week be without a few rounds of Musical Chairs? Our guest presenter is a band director who will demonstrate a variety of instruments – and give kids a chance to try some out!

Storybook Adventure

(July 5 – July 9)

Who’s up for an adventure? Let’s rev those imaginations! This week children will be detectives, explorers, story tellers and more. Campers will create their own storybooks, from developing characters and adding illustrations all the way to binding their own books! We’ll stretch our STEM muscles creating and launching mini boats and building sturdy houses for The Three Little Pigs.  With our guest presenter, a storyteller, children will travel a magical journey, and learn just how far their minds can take them!

Wildlife Science

(July 12 – July 16)

Join us as we roar, grrrr, slither and creep through the forest, desert and jungle. This week will learn all about wildlife from around the world. In the STEM Zone, children will decipher animal footprints and learn about the food chain. We will celebrate animals and their habitats with art projects like mixed media jungles and sun prints.  Games such as elephant feet races and saving ocean animals from melting ice caps will exercise our bodies – and our imaginations! The Adventure Zone will feature animal explorations from around the world.  Campers will meet rabbits, snakes, turtles and other critters when our guest presenter visits Wednesday.

Art & Culture

(July 19 – July 23)

If you love getting messy, using your imagination and creating beautiful artwork, then this is the week for you. We will make lovely necklaces and learn about African Art and create stunning paintings as we learn about the traditional painting of Latin America.  In the STEM Zone, campers will grow a rainbow, create a painting machine, and learn about the building of the Great Pyramids. Our guest presenter is of course, an artist… and one who gets to get messy! A ceramic artist will demonstrate throwing clay on a pottery wheel, and campers will do their own hand building project.

Science & Outer Space

(July 26 – July 30)

3, 2, 1 blastoff! Welcome to Outer Space week, our final frontier! This week campers will make space rockets, astronaut ice cream and more. Our Art Zone projects will include astronaut helmets and marble planets. Our games and adventures will be out of this world: asteroid toss, space tag, constellation exploration, to name a few! Our guest presenter, an earth and space teacher, will bring spectral glasses to teach us about light and space.

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MASK POLICY UPDATE 5/14/21

Mask use is required for all unvaccinated visitors, including children over age 3, and remains encouraged for all. Our staff and volunteers will continue to wear masks.