Summer Camp | Hands-On House

Summer Camp 2022 registration is now open!

Come join us for a fantastic summer filled with fun, hands-on learning! Campers will work on STEM challenges, make art projects, play games based on the weekly themes, and have fun in the museum! Each week, campers will be split into groups according to their grade and participate in activities specially designed for their age. We offer a full day camp for ages 5-10 and a half day camp: Camp Little One, for ages 4-5.

Ages: 4-10 (for children entering PreK-4th grade)

Time: 9am-12pm for Camp Little One (half day for ages 4-5)

9am-2pm for full day (ages 5-10) 

Price: $245 per week for Full Day Camp 

$210 per week for Camp Little One

 

Space is limited; click here to register your camper today!

To read more about camp, click on the links below for more information.

Camp Themes
Camp Dates
Daily Schedule
FAQ's
Volunteer

Over the course of a day, campers will participate in themed games, run around on our playground, play in museum exhibits, and participate in hands-on learning activities. Campers will rotate through our four activity zones:

  • STEM Zone: Learn about science, technology, engineering, and math topics through hands-on discovery and experimentation
  • Art Zone: Learn techniques and create art projects
  • Adventure Zone: Movement-based games and activities
  • Play Zone: Play in museum exhibits and with educational materials

Each week, campers will decorate their own t-shirt, splash around with water play, and go on themed scavenger hunts. Camp this year has three themes, each week will be repeated three times: Nature Explorers, Creation Station, and Magical Creatures. Read our theme descriptions below to learn more about what makes our weeks unique!

Nature Explorers

Come explore the world around you! During our Nature Explorers week, campers will learn all about plants, explore the natural wonders of our garden area, and create new things out of foraged materials. In the STEM Zone, campers will get their hands dirty learning about soil and experiment with growing methods. In the Art Zone, campers will use nature as their main material to create nature weavings and sun catchers. At the end of the week, campers will use their new knowledge to help plant a garden bed for the museum!

Creation Station

Let’s build and create! During our Creation Station week, campers will learn about the engineering design process and use it to create self-designed projects. In the STEM Zone, campers will build magnet cars and devise solutions to STEM challenges. In the Art Zone, campers will create their own puffy paint, watercolors, and more by using science to create art. At the end of the week, campers will use their new knowledge to plan and create their own toy!

Magical Creatures

Unicorns and dragons and mermaids, oh my! During our Magical Creatures week, campers will learn all about different magical creatures and go on fantastical adventures. In the STEM Zone, campers will learn about the traits and features of their favorite creatures and complete mermaid and dragon-themed STEM challenges. In the Art Zone, campers will learn about character design and story development and use a mixture of art materials to create their own magical storybook. At the end of the week, campers will use their new knowledge to design and create their own magical creature!

Each week repeats three times for a total of nine weeks of camp. 

June 13-17 Nature Explorers Session 1

June 20-24 Creation Station Session 1

June 27-July 1 Magical Creatures Session 1

July 11-July 15 Nature Explorers Session 2

July 18-22 Creation Station Session 2

July 25-29 Magical Creatures Session 2

August 1-5 Nature Explorers Session 3

August 8-12 Creation Stations Session 3

August 15-19 Magical Creature Session 3

9:00-9:15: Drop-off and playground time

9:25-12:00: Rotate through activity zones and snack

STEM Zone: Learn about science, technology, engineering, and math topics through hands-on discovery and experimentation

Art Zone: Learn techniques and create art projects

Adventure Zone: Movement-based games and activities

Play Zone: Play in museum exhibits and with educational materials

12:00: Camp Little One pick up

12:00-1:00: Lunch and playground time

1:00-1:50: Afternoon activities

2:00: Pick-up

 

Space is limited; click here to register your camper today!

Frequently asked questions about registration, camp activities, and what to bring.

Registration

How much does a week of camp cost?

The cost of one week of camp is $245 for full-day (5-10 year-olds) and $210 for Camp Little One (4-5 year-olds). A $100 non-refundable deposit is required at registration which saves the camper’s seat. A limited number of scholarships are offered to families who receive SNAP benefits. A $25 sibling discount is available.

 

How much are scholarships for and how do I get one?

Scholarships are $145 per week for full day and $110 for Camp Little One. If you receive a scholarship, a $100 deposit is due upon registration and the scholarship will cover the rest of the cost of camp. We expect to have 40 scholarships available. In the event that a qualified applicant does not receive a scholarship, the deposit will be refunded. If you receive SNAP benefits and would like to receive a scholarship for your camper, please email Camp Director, Megan Stoltzfus at megan.stoltzfus@handsonhouse.org

 

How do I register my child for camp?

Registration is done through our Campbrain link found here. Only the deposit is due upon registration.

 

Can I register my child for more than one week?

Yes! We recommend coming to all three themes we offer this summer.

Campers can come for repeat themes (ex: Nature Explorers Session 1 and Nature Explorers Session 2), but please note that campers will be doing the same activities.

 

What is the cancellation policy?

A $100 deposit is due upon sign up, with the rest due at a later date. The deposit saves the camper’s spot at camp. If a family would cancel their attendance, all but the deposit would be refunded. A $35 rescheduling fee is charged if you would like to change the week your camper is attending. In the event camp would be cancelled due to an emergency or COVID-19, campers would have the option of rescheduling or receiving a camp credit—no refunds will be issued.

Do campers need to be potty trained?

Yes, all campers need to be fully potty trained to attend camp.

 

Why are 4-year-olds half day?

We have found that a full day of camp is too long for 4-year-olds. Because of this, 4-year-olds can only choose our Camp Little One option. 5-year-olds can choose either Camp Little One or the full day option. 

 

Camp Activities

What will campers be doing on an average day of camp?

Campers will rotate through four activity zones every day: STEM zone, art zone, adventure zone, and play zone. In these zones, they will participate in fun, hands-on learning activities. Campers will also have playground time and free play activity time. For more information about what campers will be doing, check out our camp overview.

 

Are campers of all ages together?

Campers are placed into groups according to age and grade. Activities are specifically made to be appropriate for the age of the child. 

 

Can I request campers be placed in the same group?

We do not take camper group requests because campers are placed into groups by age. If there is a specific medical or social need for siblings or friends to be together, email your request and reason for the request to megan.stoltzfus@handsonhouse.org.

 

Are campers outside all day? What about exceptionally hot days?

The majority of camp is outside, but campers will also be inside every day for short portions. On days with heat advisories, campers will spend extra time inside, be given extra water breaks, and have optional water play to keep them cool. 

 

What to Bring

Lunch and snacks

An assortment of snacks are provided to campers. All full day campers should bring a packed lunch. Refrigerators are not available, so any cold items should be placed in a lunchbox with an ice pack. 

 

What else should campers bring?

  • Water bottle
  • Change of clothes
  • Mask 
    • Hat/sunglasses (optional)
  • Sunscreen (optional)
  • Towel (on water days)
  • Flip-flops or sandals for water play (optional)

We highly recommend that all items be labeled with the child’s name.

 

What should campers NOT bring?

  • Toys
  • Electronics
  • Stuffed animals

 

What should campers wear?

Campers should wear clothes they can get dirty and close-toed shoes. On water days, campers should either wear clothes they can get wet or wear their bathing suit under their clothes. Campers will not be able to change before or after water.

 

Will I receive more information before camp starts?

Yes! The week before camp, you will receive an email that gives more details about what to bring, what campers will be doing, and any other important information.

Safety

What is your mask policy for summer camp?

Campers will be required to follow museum mask policies. With our current policy, masks are optional for campers. The only exception is on Thursdays, in which campers will be required to wear masks inside the building. Masks are always optional in outdoor areas, which is where the majority of camp takes place.

 

What is your plan for severe weather?

In the event of severe weather, all children will be moved inside the museum. If the weather is forecasted to continue for one hour or more, parents/guardians will be notified to pick up campers within 30 minutes. Due to space constraints, we cannot hold a full day of camp inside the museum. To read more about our weather procedures, click here.

 

 

What is your child-to-staff ratio?

Our dedicated camp team includes museum educators, summer camp teachers, and trained youth volunteers. The child-to-staff ratio will be 7-to-1 or smaller at camp. In addition, museum administration and staff are on site.

 

How is Hands-on House ensuring the safety of campers?

Hands-on House is committed to ensuring the safety of every camper. To read about the policies and procedures at summer camp, click here

 

What is expected of campers?

Campers are expected to follow camp rules, which are outlined in our behavioral policy found here. Our expectation is that your child will be able to sustain themselves at camp with guidance from our teachers. If your child needs accommodations to succeed at camp, call or email the camp director to discuss what accommodations camp staff are able to make.

 

 

If you have any questions not answered by the FAQs, email the Camp Director Megan Stoltzfus at megan.stoltzfus@handsonhouse.org or call 717-569-5437. 

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Hands-on House is looking for responsible, energetic, hard-working teen volunteers for our summer camp! Our camp runs from 9-2, Monday-Friday. Volunteers need to be high schoolers aged 15-18 by their volunteer date.  

Click here to learn more!

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