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Summer Camps

We offer a wide range of camps each summer for kids ages 4–14. At Shaver’s Creek, we’ve been inspiring discovery since 1976!

Changes to Summer Camp in 2021

Maximum capacity:
Due to COVID-19, our maximum capacity for campers each week has decreased significantly. We thank you for understanding this change, as it meets current statewide restrictions and creates a safer environment for everyone.

Safety plan:
In accordance with all University health and safety stipulations concerning Youth Programs, Shaver’s Creek has constructed a plan to keep everyone safe during summer camps. Please familiarize yourself with our COVID-19 safety plan.

For general information regarding youth programs at Penn State, please visit the Office of Ethics and Compliance Information for Parents page.

Registration for members is open now:
Learn more and register on our Camp Registration page

  • Wee Wonderers ages 4-5 Wee Wonderers - Ages: 4–5 (preschool/kindergarten)
    In this all day camp, preschoolers and kindergartners will explore their five senses.
  • Discovery campers in the woods Discovery Camp - Ages: 6–8, entering first through third grades
    Campers will delve into the wild, wonderful world of birds through hands-on activities, games, and exploration.
  • Three happy Explorer campers smiling up at the camera Explorer Camp - Ages: 9–11, entering fourth through sixth grades
    Explorers will venture along the trails around Shaver’s woods, traveling further than their Discovery Camper counterparts, in their quest to discover all they can about mammals.
  • Boats and Boots Camp Boats and Boots - Ages: 12–14
    Due to COVID, Boats and Boots will not occur in 2021. Check back for its fantastic return in 2022!
  • Investigators - Ages: 12–14
    The 2021 Investigators Camp will focus on the identification of fungi and ways to prepare it in cooking. Campers will learn how to safely and consistently identify a number of local species.
  • Leaders-in-Training - Ages: 14–17
    A leadership opportunity for high school students to provide positive outdoor experiences for young campers!