Summer Camps

Thank you for considering Summer Camps at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center. We offer a wide range of camps each summer for kids ages 4–15. From Wee Wonderers to Rock’n River Adventures, we have a camp to engage and excite your young outdoor explorer. At Shaver’s Creek, we’ve been inspiring discovery since 1976!

Summer Camps 2017

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To allow as many families in our community to enroll in Shaver’s Creek summer camps as possible, please limit your camp purchases to one week per child.

Summer Camps as usual, at a new site for 2017

Due to our building expansion and renovation, 2017 summer camps will be located at the Penn State Ag Research Farm and Museum, in partnership with the Pasto Agricultural Museum! The same Shaver’s Creek summer camp culture will still be present in every way.

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The Penn State Ag Research Farm and Museum is located about 9 miles west of State College, on Route 45. The address is 2710 West Pine Grove Road, Gate K. You may be familiar with this site as the location of the annual Ag Progress Days.

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IMPORTANT! Members — to receive your camp discount, please ensure that you have added your children to your membership before purchasing a camp week. The system will still allow you to check out without doing this, but your camp discount will only apply if they are listed as part of the membership.

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2017 Summer Day Camps

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Wee Wonderers Camp

Ages: 4–5 (preschool/kindergarten)
Cost: $85 nonmembers/$70 members
Date: July 5–7, 2017

This program is for preschoolers and kindergartners. We’ll wander the trails in search of special places and animal friends. The camp concludes with a parade and ice cream celebration.

For 2017, Wee Wonderers Camp meets at the Ag Research Farm and Museum.

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Students examine items found in a local stream

Discovery and Explorer Camps

The Discovery and Explorer campers will spend each day in a group of about 12 children, using woods, streams, and meadows as a backdrop for investigating nature awareness, natural cycles, and the interrelationships of living things. Each year campers will focus on a new theme for the week, such as reptiles, birds, or plant cycles. On Thursday the campers should bring old shoes for stream exploration. An experienced Shaver’s Creek staff member and a leader-in-training will guide each group.

The Discovery and Explorer campers and their families are invited to participate in a Friday evening picnic. Enjoy ice cream, campfire performances, and a night walk at the Penn State Ag Research Farm and Museum site! Stay tuned for more information about possible overnight camping at this location in 2017.

Discovery Camp Ages: 6–8, entering first through third grades
Explorer Camp Ages: 9–11, entering fourth through sixth grades

Discovery and Explorer Four-Day Camp Sessions

The four-day sessions are held from Tuesday through Friday:
Tuesday–Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Cost: $165 nonmembers/$135 members
Dates (Choose one):
June 20–23, 2017
July 11–14, 2017
July 25–28, 2017

Discovery and Explorer Five-Day Camp Sessions

The five-day sessions are held from Monday through Friday:
Monday–Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Cost: $200 nonmembers/$160 members
Dates (Choose one):
June 26–30, 2017 FULL, waitlist only
July 17–21
, 2017 FULL, waitlist only

Optional for 5-day sessions only: for an additional fee, bus transportation will be provided from the Spikes Stadium at Medlar Field, 701 Porter Road. Drop-off (M-F) will be from 8–8:30 a.m., and pickup (M-Thur) will be from 4:30–5:00 p.m. Space is limited.

For 2017, Discovery and Explorer Camps meet at the Ag Research Farm and Museum.

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Rock’n River Adventures

Ages: 12–15
Cost: $460 nonmembers/$375 members
Dates (Choose one):
June 19–23, 2017 FULL, waitlist only
June 26–30, 2017 FULL, waitlist only
July 10–14, 2017 FULL, waitlist only
July 17–21, 2017 FULL, waitlist only

Tell your friends about this great chance to participate in adventure activities this summer! Each day we will be in a different spot in the Centre Region — catching the currents as we canoe on rivers, caving through our stellar limestone formations, rock climbing on sandstone crags, or exploring our cool, shaded forests on mountain bikes or on foot. Come ready for action, rain or shine. We will meet each morning at the picnic area on the corner of Park Avenue and University Drive. There is no additional fee for transportation for Rock’n River Adventures.

Rock’n River Adventures is held Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

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Raptor Camp

Ages: 12–15
Cost: $425 nonmembers/$350 members
Date: June 19–23, 2017 FULL, waitlist only

Become a wildlife caretaker and conservation educator for a week! Work side by side with native Pennsylvania raptors, amphibians, and reptiles. Get hands-on experience in maintaining enclosures, preparing food, and training our education animals. Take field trips into Stone Valley and Rothrock State Forest to observe these animals in their natural habitat. Finish your week by providing a conservation program with the animals to your families, friends, and fellow campers.

Raptor Camp is held Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

For 2017, Raptor Camp meets at the Ag Research Farm and Museum.

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LITs

Leaders-in-Training (LIT)

Ages: 14–17
Cost: No cost for accepted applicants

Assist with camps for ages 4–11
Improve your leadership skills by assisting staff members in leading day camp activities and contributing to the magic of discovery. Registration for the LIT program will open on February 7, 2017.

This is NOT a full summer commitment—LIT’s typically participate in one or more selected weeks of camp per summer based on availability. Please note that the LIT schedule will start to be created and offers will begin to be made in May 2017. Applications will be accepted after this date but without guarantee of available space. For more information, email LIT Coordinator Matt Marsden at mgm181@psu.edu.

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