Fall-Spring Programs

Susque's fall-spring programs provide an excellent break from the daily routine of study. They offer a chance to get out into God's creation and into His classroom. They're the perfect addition to your ministry at home. All programs are taught from a Christian perspective by qualified teachers who seek to inspire youth and families to learn and discover God's truth.

2019-2020 School Year

Multi-Day Classes (click for description and dates):

Anatomy & Physiology (10th-12th Grade)
Basic Sewing for Kids
Creative Sewing for Teenagers & Adults
Outdoor Adventure Skills Level 1
Outdoor Adventure Skills Level 2
Pottery Studio 200
PA Forestry
Orienteering & Map Reading
Botanical Drawing
Literature: Short Stories

Single Day Classes (click for description and dates):

Safety Day
Christmas Around the World: Venezuela
TerraNova 2/ CAT 6 Testing
SwapLuck!
Earth Day: Weather & Climate
Climbing Wall Adventure
Honeybees 101
Maple Sugaring
Fall Kick-off Hike & Campfire

To Register

Online

By Phone: 570-998-2151

Dates for Multi-Day Classes and Single-Day Programs

Multi-Day:

Anatomy & Physiology
Dates:
 Fall Semester - 9/12, 9/26, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14, 12/5, 12/19; Spring Semester - 1/9, 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 3/5, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16.
Grades: 10-12th Grade
Time:
 9:30-11:30AM

Cost: $240 (includes textbook)
Description: This two-semester course provide a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of the human body and will appeal to both scientific and nonscientific-minded students. Each semester will be comprised of seven, 2-hour classes that will combine lectures, seminars, and laboratories.  

Please note:  Deadline to register for this class is August 16th.

Educational Goals: As a result of participating in this course, the student should be able to…

  • Acquire a foundational knowledge of human anatomy and physiology
  • Recognize the inter-dependent relationship between structure and function
  • Integrate their study of the human body with other academic disciplines
  • Develop their oral communication skills during classroom seminars
  • Develop their sensory-motor skills during laboratory exercises
  • Apprehend the artistry, design, and complexity of the human body
  • Affirm that humans were created in God’s image

Prerequisites: Students should be familiar with:

  • Cellular structure, as well as DNA, RNA and proteins
  • Basics of human reproduction
  • Note: “Sex education” is not a part of this course’s content
  • Note: Some of the anatomic illustrations and works of art used in this course will depict male and female external genitalia

Required text:

  • Anatomy 360°: The Ultimate Visual Guide to the Human Body by Jamie Roebuck. (Included in class fee. Book will be provided at first class.)
  • Internet access to Khan Academy

About the Instructor: Donald Hess, MD, MPH recently retired from a multi-faceted career that included serving as an educational planner and lecturer for the medical staff of Susquehanna Health. Along with homeschooling his daughter in science, Dr. Hess also taught “The Art of Conversation”, a course that he created for high school students enrolled at CHEF, a home school cooperative located at Community Baptist Church, Montoursville, PA.

 

 

 

Basic Sewing for Kids
Dates:
 09/19, 10/10, 10/24, 11/7, 11/21
Grades: 7th-12th Grade 
Time: 10:00AM to 12:00PM
Cost: $35 
Description: In this 5-session course, students will learn how to do basic hand sewing and stitches as they work towards completing a final project: a Christmas stocking! Skills to be covered include how to sew on a button, mend minor rips and tears on clothing, and how to lay out and cut a pattern.

About the Instructor:Lauren Tucker has been sewing since she was five years old. She was taught by her mother, grandmother, and college professors and it is an art form she is passionate about. Sewing is a fundamental skill that she thinks all people should know about and be able to use. Lauren wants to help others learn and cultivate the skill of sewing in the hopes they will love what they learn and want to use it.

 

 

Creative Sewing for Teenagers & Adults
Dates:
01/16, 01/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/5
Grade:
7th-12th+
Time: 10:00AM to 12:00PM
Cost: $40 
Description: In this 5-session course, students will be introduced to the use of to the use of a sewing machine and will do multiple projects to fully utilize the sewing machine.  Projects will include an upcycle project where students will learn how to use a t-shirt to make a market bag, and also a pillow case project where students will learn how to tie-dye fabric to make their own throw pillow or pillow case.  Adults can also take this course.

About the Instructor:Lauren Tucker has been sewing since she was five years old. She was taught by her mother, grandmother, and college professors and it is an art form she is passionate about. Sewing is a fundamental skill that she thinks all people should know about and be able to use. Lauren wants to help others learn and cultivate the skill of sewing in the hopes they will love what they learn and want to use it.

 

 

Outdoor Adventure Skills Level 1
Dates: 
09/11, 09/25 10/9, 10/23, 11/6, 11/20
Grade:
7th-12th
Time: 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Cost: $60 
Description: This popular class will introduce and allow students to try a variety of outdoor recreation skills to gain confidence and knowledge.  Skills will include kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, hiking, curvival skills, mountain biking, team-building, and basic wilderness medicine.
About the Instructor: Davis Swift is Camp Susque's program director and a Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness First Aid instructor certified by SOLO Wilderness Medicine.  He has extensive experience recreating outdoors.

 

 

Outdoor Adventure Skills Level 2
Dates: 
04/30-05/1
Grade: 
9th grade minimum, OR successful completion of Level 1
Time: 9AM 4/30 - 2:00PM 5/1
Cost: $60 
Description: Take your outdoor adventure skills to the next level.  Level II is a 2-day, 1 night camp-out opportunity which expands on, and puts into use, the skills learned in Outdoor Adventure Skills level 1.  Activities include kayaking, rock climbing, rappelling, and backpacking.
About the Instructor: Davis Swift is Camp Susque's program director and a Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness First Aid instructor certified by SOLO Wilderness Medicine.  He has extensive experience recreating outdoors.

 

 

Pottery Studio 200
Dates: 
01/15, 01/29, 2/12
Grade: 
7th-12th grade
Time: 1:00PM to 3:00PM
Cost: $40 
Description: Pottery 200 will focus on exploring and developing the clay hand-building techniques of coiling, pinching, and slab construction.  Students will complete and glaze two projects, and be able to take everything home about one month after the 3rd class.  Adults can also take this class and must register.
About the Instructor: Grace Watts is our School of Discovery Coordinator, and specializes in ceramics.

 

 

 

PA Forestry
Dates: 
09/11, 09/18, 09/25
Grade: 
5th - 9th Grade
Time: 9:30AM to 11:00AM
Cost: $30 
Description: This 3-session course, taught by an experienced forester and long-time board member of Camp Susque, Bill Dittmar, will focus on learning the basics of tree identification.  Students will learn the difference between coniferous and deciduous trees, simple and compound leaves, and additional physical characteristics of a variety of common trees found in Pennsylvania.  This class is a great accompaniment to Botanical Drawing or as a stand-alone class.
About the Instructor: Bill Dittmar is the owner of Dittmar Forestry and has been managing timber and forests for over three decades.

 

 

 

Orienteering & Map Reading
Dates: 
09/12, 09/19, 09/26
Grade: 
7th-12th Grade
Time: 1:00PM-2:30PM
Cost: $20
Description: Learn how to properly read a map and orient yourself in the wild.  This is a handy skill for anyone who enjoys being outdoors and doing things like hiking, fishing, kayaking, and camping.
About the Instructor: Davis Swift is Susque's Program Director and likes maps.

 

 

Intro to Soprano Recorder
Dates: 
01/09, 01/23, 02/13, 02/27, 03/12
Grade: 
3rd - 6th Grade
Time: 10:00AM to 11:30AM
Cost: $40
Description: Learn how to play the soprano recorder from a retired music teacher of 30 years, and long-time board member of Camp Susque, Dick Boehret!  This semester-long class will focus on developing good tone, finger dexterity, and music reading skills.  Students will be able to play simple folk songs, learn the half-hole technique, and be able to play scales, including 1 minor scale.
About the Instructor: Dick Boehret is a retired music teacher and long-time board member.  He is a recorder enthusiast, leading many of our field trips like the pied piper.

 

 

 

Botanical Drawing
Dates: 
09/13, 09/27, 10/11, 10/18
Grade: 
5th - 9th Grades
Time: 10:00AM to 12:00PM
Cost: $35
Description: During this 4-session class, students will learn about the physical characteristics of leaves and plants and how physical characteristics are used to identify plants.  The focus will be on developing scientific observational skills to properly identify the botany around us.  Students will develop this skill through classroom discussion and real-life observation and on-site drawing of plants on Camp Susque's grounds.  This is a great companion class to PA Forestry, or as a stand alone class.
About the Instructor: Joanna Lovell

 

 

 

Literature: Short Stories
Dates: 
09/12, 09/26, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14, 12/5, 12/19, 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 3/5, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16
Grade: 
9th - 12th Grades
Time: 1:00PM to 2:30PM
Cost: $120
Description: "Short Stories" is designed both to entertain and to stimulate critical thinking, while also covering a variety of styles and genres.  Reading selections will include older, time-tested stories such as Chaucer, the Prodigal Son, Joseph & his brothers (from Genesis), along with several 20th century stories.  Classics such as "The Necklace" and "The Interlopers," plus lesser-known gems picked out by a teacher who has done a ton of reading.  We'll look at comedy, romance, thrillers, moral tales, sci-fi, horror, character studies, and think-pieces - some of a lighter nature, some from heavyweights like Anton Chekhov and Flannery O'Connor.  Along the way we'll flesh out such literary devices as irony, point of view, figurative language, while also examining the stories' world-view and what they say about life on God's good earth.

Please note:  Deadline to sign up for this course is August 30th

About the Instructor: Joseph W. Smith III is a local speaker, teacher, author, and journalist.  He has degrees from Syracuse (BA) and NYU (MA) and also took classes at Harvard, Lycoming and Manhattan's New School.  He's been a public-school English teacher for more than 30 years, and has also offered several home-school courses over the past decade.  Joe is a feature writer for the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, having penned more than 1,000 articles since 1997; he has also written three books: Transparency: A Cure for Hypocrisy in the Modern Church (2018); Sex & Violence in the Bible: A Survey of Explicit Content in the Holy Book (P&R 2014); and a study of Alfred Hitchcock (The Psycho File, McFarland 2009).  In addition, Joe has been a church officer in a local evangelical church since 1994.  For more information, visit josephwsmithiii.com

Mr. Smith loves to discuss things in class, so come ready to read, learn, engage, and enjoy.

 

 

 

 

Single Day Classes:

 

Safety Day
Date: 
09/5
Grade: All Ages

Time: 9:30AM to 12:00PM
Cost: $5
Description: Our Safety Day is a tradition for many families to kick off the new school year.  Come join us for our annual day of fun, fellowship, and exciting programs designed to meet your fire safety educational requirements.  In addition to the important program put on by ouor local fire company and the Red Cross, it is a great time for meeting new friends and reuniting with old ones.  After the programs are over, we will have hot dogs and other snacks available to purchase for a picnic lunch (or you can bring your own.

 

Christmas Around the World: Venezuela
Date: 
12/12
Grade:
1st-12th grade
Time:10:00AM to 12:00PM
Cost: $10
Description: Our annual Christmas Around the World program will focus on the country of Venezuela.  Come learn about the history of the country, the growth of Christianity, and how Venezuelens celebrate Christmas.  Parents are encouraged to join their student at no additional cost.

 

 

 

TerraNova 2/CAT 6 Testing
Date: 
04/26
Grade: 
1st-12th grade
Time:9:30AM to 1:00PM
Cost: $50
Description: Camp Susque is pleased to offer the convenience of local standardized testing.  We will proctor the TerraNova 2/CAT 6 test for students (generally taken in grades 3, 5, and 8).  We will be offering th ecore portions of the test which cover Reading, Language, and Math.  Registration Deadline: February 20th, 2020.


 

SwapLuck!
Date: 
04/09
Grade: 
All!
Time:12:00PM to 3:00PM
Cost: Free!
Description: Join us for our 3rd annual SWAPLUCK!  This is a potluck + swap day, so bring a dish to share and some items from home that you would like to donate and swap - like clothing, books, toys, curriculum, and more!  Come and enjoy the food and fellowship, meet some new friends, and browse the tables to take home something new.

 

 

Earth Day: Weather & Climate
Date: 
04/23
Grade: 
1st - 12th Grade
Time:10:00AM-12:00PM
Cost: $10
Description: The year's earth day program is all about weather patterns and climates.  Come engage in interactive learning activities and discover how weather and climate affect the world we live in.

 

 

Climbing Wall Adventure
Date: 
04/23
Grade: 
3rd-12th 
Time:1:00PM to 3:00PM
Cost: $10
Description: Rise to new heights on our climbing wall!  Beginners and more experienced climbers can enjoy the personal and physical challenge of our 25' wall.


 

Honeybees 101
Date: September 27th, 2019

Grade: 
1st-12th 
Time: 1:00PM to 2:30PM
Cost: $7
Description: Come meet Susque's bees!  Students will learn about the lives of these amazing insects as well as the basics of beekeeping.  Bring your questions!

 

 

Maple Sugaring
Date: 
TBD
Grade: 
1st-12th 
Time: TBD
Cost: $10
Description: Learn about maple sugaring from a local expert.  Learn how to prepare taps, lines, collect sap, and make syrup!  One of the sweetest classes offered.

 

 

Fall Kickoff Hike & Campfire
Date: 
09/14
Grade: 
All 
Time: 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Cost: $3
Description: Enjoy a great start to your Fall season by joining us for a family-friendly hike up to Susque's Lookout Point.  Relax afterwards with a campfire and s'mores.  Hike is approximately 2.5 miles round trip.  There are a few challenging/steep sections, though they are short.  The entire elevation gained is around 500 feet.

 

 

To Register

Online

By Phone: 570-998-2151

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