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Programs

Summer Camp

Summer camp 2024 registration is 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, 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.

Camp is from 9 am – 12:15 pm for all ages this year.
Price: $195 per week

 

A limited number of scholarships are available to SNAP cardholders and families experiencing financial hardship. To apply for a SNAP scholarship, click here


If you have any questions about summer camp, email the Camp Director Megan Stoltzfus at megan.stoltzfus@handsonhouse.org.


Camp Themes

Activities for each week of camp will be based on a weekly theme. Read more about our themes below!

 

Volunteer for Summer Camp!

Interested in helping make camp an unforgettable experience this year? Learn more and apply below.


 

Summer Camp FAQs

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 $195 per camper. An $85 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 or are experiencing financial
hardship. We also offer a $15 sibling discount.

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

We offer three scholarship Tiers:
Tier 1 scholarship, which reduces the price of camp to $115
Tier 2 scholarship, which reduces the price of camp to $85
Tier 3 scholarship, which reduces the price of camp to $50
We will have a limited number of scholarships available and scholarships will be
reviewed and awarded on a rolling basis, so we encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible.

How many scholarships can I receive?

Families receiving scholarships can receive scholarships for all children in their
household for one week of camp for each child. If scholarships are still available come
June 1 st , campers may receive a second scholarship on a first-come-first-served basis.

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! Campers can come to as many camp themes as they can for their age group, but cannot attend any theme more than once.

What is the cancellation policy?

An $85 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 $25 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.

My child is turning four at the end of the summer—can they still come to camp?

Campers must be four during the week they attend camp—we cannot make exceptions
for campers who are not yet four years old.

 

Camp Activities

 

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

Campers will rotate through four activities: STEM, art, active play (games and
playground), and museum play. In these activities, they will participate in fun, hands-on
learning activities that tie into our weekly theme.

Are campers of all ages together?

Campers are placed into groups with campers of similar age. Activities are specifically
made to be appropriate for each age group.

Can I request campers be placed in the same group?

We cannot always take camper grouping 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 the Camp Director at
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 some
activities. On days with heat advisories, our staff will follow our heat advisory protocol to
ensure camper safety. This includes mandatory water breaks and extra time inside.

What should campers wear?

Campers should wear clothes they can get dirty in and close-toed shoes. Expect your
campers to being moving!

What should campers bring?

All campers should bring a filled water bottle labeled with their name. We ask that
sunscreen is applied before camp; our camp staff will not be able to assist campers in
putting on sunscreen.

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 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 8-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. Additionally, all camp staff are
required to participate in detailed staff training.

What is expected of campers?

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

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If you have any questions not answered by the FAQs, email the Camp Director
Megan Stoltzfus at megan.stoltzfus@handsonhouse.org.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

  • RKL
    RKL
  • Georgelis Family
  • Clark Associates
  • DH Funk and Sons
  • Alliance Towing
    Alliance Towing
  • Harrington
    Harrington
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