Educational Programs

Susque School of Discovery


Throughout the year, Camp Susque offers three different types of educational opportunities: Year-Long Classes, Multi-Day Classes, and Single-Day Programs. All of these programs are designed to enrich and supplement content being taught at home or in school.

Year-Long Classes

These classes meet every other week, typically from September-April, for one or two hours. The goal of the Year-Long Classes is to provide consistent learning and deeper assistance in particular subject areas. Past offerings include: science labs (Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, Biology), writing, public speaking, and mathematical labs. For each class, we provide the lab equipment and instructor. We will work with you to ensure that each of these classes fulfills the homeschool portfolio requirements that you desire.

Multi-Day Classes

These classes run for 1-3 days over the course of a few weeks. They provide unique opportunities to learn concepts or skills that may be hard to illustrate and practice at home or in school. The classes are typically based on skill progression. Past examples include: Pottery, Digital Photography, and Web Design & Development.

Single-Day Programs

A bulk of our program offerings are in the format of single-day programs. These typically occur in the morning or afternoon and cover a wide range of subjects, from geology to riflery.

Homeschoolers, please note: To fulfill your yearly Fire Safety portfolio requirement, we offer our popular Fire Safety Day every year. This program occurs in September and is a big hit. Be sure you don't miss it!

Family Camp

As you are seeking to enrich the life of your family, please consider our popular Family Camps:

Classic Family CampSusque Family Camp (formerly "Homeschool Family Camp") are each offered for one week in August every year. It may be just the respite and refresher you and your family are looking for!

Fall-Spring Programs

FALL 2021 CLASSES

 

Class & Grade Date & Time Cost Description

Safety Day

All ages

9/9

9:30-12:00

 

$5/student

 

*Parents may observe at no charge

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. This year the SPCA joins us to teach pet safety in addition to the fire safety programs put on by our local fire company. 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).

Honeybees 101

1st-12th

9/15

 

1:00-2:30 PM

$8/student

*Parents may observe at no charge

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! 

Canoeing at Rose Valley Lake

6th-12th+

9/10

 

1:00-4:00 PM

$25/student

 

*Each participant needs to register

All levels of experience are welcome on this canoe trip. An experienced instructor will accompany the trip to ensure safety and fun! Wear water appropriate shoes and appropriate clothing for the water. We will learn canoe stroke basics, play canoe games and practice wet exits and entry if desired. Adults attending this class must register. Limited class size, register soon!

Church History

9th-12th

9/9, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2, 12/16

8 classes total

 

1:00-2:30 PM

$60/student

Learn about the origins of many local denominations in Pennsylvania and America through a look at the English Reformation and local church history. Class includes an introduction to a variety of church traditions straight from a wide variety of local pastors from various faith backgrounds.

Outdoor Adventure Skills Lvl 1

7th-12th

9/16, 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, 11/11, 11/25

6 classes total

1:00-4:00 PM

$60/student

*Parents may observe at no charge, no parental participation

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, survival skills, mountain biking, team-building, and basic wilderness medicine.

Orienteering/Map Reading

4th-12th

10/23

1-4 pm

$10/student

 

*Parents may observe at no additional charge

Learn how to properly read a map and orient yourself in the wild. This is a handy skill to have for anyone who enjoys being outdoors and doing things like hiking, fishing, kayaking, and camping! This hands-on class will have a time of practical application in the field!

Forest Ecology

9th-12th

9/10, 9/17

 

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

$15/student

 

*Parents may observe at no charge

Come learn about trees and forest ecology at Camp Susque! Ezra Houston, a graduate of Penn State’s Forest Management program, will be teaching this two-part class. The first class will focus on tree identification and gaining a basic understanding of trees. The second class will dive into topics of forest ecology such as forest composition and how it changes over time, and the dynamic between certain sites and where trees grow.

Local History Tour

All ages- parents must register and attend with students

10/1

 

1:00-3:30 PM

$8/participant

 

*a parent must register and attend with students

Travel with a guide to the nearby McIntyre area for an intriguing peek into some little-known local history, exploring a mining community, ghost town, iron furnaces, and more! Participants should be prepared for walking at least one mile. Parents must register and attend with students.

Worm Composting

PreK-6th, but all ages welcome

10/14

 

9:30-10:30 AM

$5/student

*Parents may observe at no charge

These slimy invertebrates create the Black Gold of the gardening world, turning kitchen scraps into the greatest compost your garden has ever known. Kids will be invited to handle and observe worms and also build a worm composting container that they can take home. Instant pets! Taught by a Master Gardener and Certified Nature Educator.

Family Astronomy Night

All ages

10/16

 

7:00-9:00 PM

$5/person

 

*Each participant needs to register

The greatest show on earth goes on both night and day and often without our notice – and this takes place in the universe in our skies above. Bring your family to Camp Susque for our Astronomy Night, when we will, weather permitting, view some celestial objects through Susque’s large telescope! In case of inclement weather, we will have a virtual “tour of the universe”, including some hands-on activities relating to recent discoveries on Mars.

After the class, continue stargazing with us while enjoying a campfire and marshmallows!

Ceramic Christmas Ornaments

2nd-12th

10/9, 10/23

2 Saturday classes

10:00-11:30 AM

$30/student

*Parents may observe at no additional charge

Join us in the pottery studio to make your very own ceramic Christmas ornaments to treasure for years to come!   The first day involves shaping and cutting the clay, and the second day will be for glazing. Pick-up will be available two weeks after the second class.

History of Rock

9th-12th

11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15

*No class 11/24*

6 classes total

10:00-11:00 AM

$50/student

 

*Parents may observe at no additional charge

In the latter half of the twentieth century, Rock Music became a universal obsession and an unparalleled social force. In this course, students will discover the major developments in rock. Class time will be devoted to lectures, discussion, and listening. Given limited instructional time, the instructor will also provide playlists via YouTube for students to enhance their understanding of the stylistic characteristics of each artist and subgenre.

Christmas Around the World: Tanzania

1st-12th

12/9

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

$10/student

*Parents may attend at no additional charge

Join us as we celebrate the country of Tanzania and learn about its history, how Christianity started, and how Christmas is celebrated. We’ll sing traditional songs, make a craft, play a game together, and try some Tanzanian food!

 

 


SPRING 2022 CLASSES

 

Nature Study: Birds

1st-6th

1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24

8 classes total

 

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

$50/student

 

*Parents may observe at no additional charge

Come learn about birds at Camp Susque! In this 8 session course, students will learn how to identify common backyard birds by sight and sound, features that make birds unique, as well as do hands-on projects like owl pellet dissections!  Class sessions cover topics such as eggs, feathers, flight, beak adaptations, diet, and more.

Through this course students will also participate in a Cornell Lab’s Citizen Science Project, learning how to do data collection and participate in real scientific research.

CPR and First Aid Certification

 

9th-12th +

2/10

 

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

(12-1 PM lunch break)

 

$50/person

 

*All participants must register

Ever go camping and cut your finger? Or come across another situation where it would have been good to know first aid or CPR? Here is your chance! Students who complete this class will be certified for two years in Red Cross First Aid and CPR. This certificate looks great on a resume or college application!
 

Intro to Soprano Recorder

 

3rd-12th

3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30

 

9:00-11:30 AM

$30/student

(includes the cost of a recorder)

Learn the basics of playing the soprano recorder from a retired music teacher of 30 years.  Students will learn standard playing position, proper fingering and excellent tone production.  Students will learn the rudiments of notation reading as well.  The focus of the class will be performing actual pieces while using simple drills to make this goal readily accessible for students. 

Maple Sugaring

 

1st-12th

3/10

 

1:30-3:00 PM

$8/student

 

*Parents may observe at no additional charge

Learn about maple sugaring from a local expert, from preparing taps, collecting sap, and making syrup! One of the sweetest classes offered.

TerraNova 2/ CAT 6 Testing

1st-12th

3/17

(Registration deadline 2/17)

9:30-1:00 PM

$50/student

*No parental participation or observation, parents must wait in designated waiting areas

Camp Susque is pleased to offer the convenience of local standardized testing.  We will proctor the TerraNova 2/CAT 6 for students (generally taken in grades 3, 5, and 8). We will be offering the core portions of the test which cover Reading, Language, and Math. Registration deadline is February 17.

SWAPLUCK!

All ages

3/24

 

12:00-3:00 PM

FREE

Join us for our annual SWAPLUCK!  This is a potluck + swap day, so bring a small dish to share and some items from home that you would like to donate and swap, like clothing, books, toys, shoes, homeschool curriculum, and more!  Come and enjoy the food and fellowship, meet some new friends, and browse the tables to take home something new.

Growing Sprouts & Microgreens

Designed for PreK-6th, but all ages welcome

4/14

9:30-10:30 AM

$10/student

*Parents may observe at no additional charge

No garden? No problem. Grow the tastiest and most nutritionally-dense greens on your countertop. Sunlight optional. This easy introduction to growing microgreens and sprouts is a hands-on lesson for kids. Families will watch and wonder as sprouts and seeds emerge at home a few days later. Recipes included! Taught by a Master Gardener and Certified Nature Educator.

Animal Tracking

 

1st-8th

4/14

 

1:00-2:30 PM

$8/student

 

*Parents may observe at no additional charge

Come and take a walk around Susque in search of evidence of our four-footed friends.  Students will learn how to identify various common tracks found in the wild.  Each participant will cast a plaster track to take home as well as handouts for future tracking.  Be prepared to walk in the woods with appropriate footwear and clothing.

Earth Day: Pollination

1st -12th

4/21

10:00-11:30 AM

$10/student

*Parents may observe at no additional charge

Our annual Earth Day class will focus on pollination this year. Learn about the importance of pollination for our earth, and make an insect hotel and “seed balls” to take home and help the pollinators that live near you!

Climbing Wall Adventure

 

3rd-12th

4/21

 

1:00-3:00 PM

$15/student

Come experience Camp Susque’s climbing wall.  Challenge yourself to set goals and follow through with them on both faces of the 25-foot wall.  This is personally and physically stretching – give it a try!

Dinosaur and Fairy Worlds

Designed for K-6th, but all ages welcome (PreK with assistance)

4/22

9:30-10:30 AM

$15/student

*Parents may observe at no additional charge

Create a mini world entirely of your design. Kids will build a terrarium complete with plants and small fairy or dinosaur figurines that they can take home. They will learn about basic plant care and landscape design while also fostering imaginative storytelling. Taught by a Master Gardener and Certified Nature Educator.

Stream Studies

 

1st-8th

4/22

 

1:00-2:30 PM

$8/student

 

*Parents may observe at no additional charge

In this class, students will learn about water ecology by exploring and identifying critters in Lycoming Creek! Plan to wear appropriate footwear and clothing for creek exploration.

PA Forestry

 

1st-8th

5/5

 

1:00-2:30 PM

$8/student

 

*Parents may observe at no additional charge

This hands-on class 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.

Outdoor Adventure Skills Lvl 2

9th-12th OR

Successful completion of OAS Lvl 1

5/5-5/6

9:00 AM 5/5 to 2:00 PM 5/6

$60/student

*No parental participation

Take your outdoor adventure skills to the next level.  Level II is a 2-day, 1-night camp-out opportunity that expands on, and puts into use, the skills learned in Outdoor Adventure Skills Level 1.  Activities include kayaking, rock climbing, rappelling, and backpacking.

To Register:

Online: Click Here 

By Phone: 570-998-2151

Info & Policies

Educational Program Registration

Educational Program registrations are handled through CampInTouch by CampMinder, our web-based camp management and communication system. This user-friendly system will allow you to access everything from which programs your children are enrolled in to financial balance information directly from our website. It will also allow you to sign up for classes with your child. (See our Info & Policies page to see which classes require payment for parental participation.)


Once your CampInTouch account is set up, you can access your account at any time by clicking on "Log In" at the top right of our website.


Adults who wish to register for a program, but are not bringing any children with them, please call the camp office at 570-998-2151 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Register for Educational Programs

Summer Programs

School of Discovery

Summer 2021

Experience the fun of camp in single-day outdoor education events! Susque's summer classes are a great way to get outside and explore in the summer! 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.

 

Summer SOD Classes 2021

CLASS & AGES COST DATE & TIME DESCRIPTION

Kayaking 101

 

Grades 5-12+

 

$20/person

June 10  

1:00-4:00 PM

All levels of experience are welcome on this kayaking trip. An experienced instructor will accompany the trip to ensure safety and fun! Wear shoes for in the creek and appropriate clothing for the water. Adults attending this class must register.  Youth under 13 must be accompanied by an adult - Limited class size, register soon!

Tubing down the Creek

 

Ages 6+

 

$15/person

June 11

1:00-4:00 PM

Come Tube down the creek with us! An experienced instructor will accompany the trip to ensure safety and fun! Wear shoes for in the creek and appropriate clothing for the water, a towel and dry clothing. Adults attending this class must register.  Tubes and transportation back to Susque are provided, with multiple "bailout" options if the trip gets too long.  Youth under 13 must be accompanied by an adult

We will provide a hot dog roast after tubing!

Canoeing on the Rose Valley Lake

 

Grades 6-12+

 

$25/person

June 22

1:00-4:00 PM

All levels of experience are welcome on this Canoe Trip. An experienced instructor will accompany the trip to ensure safety and fun! Wear water appropriate shoes and appropriate clothing for the water. We will learn canoe stroke basics, play canoe games and practice wet exits and entry if desired. Adults attending this class must register.  Limited class size, register soon!

Snacks will be provided

Rattlesnake Hike

 

Grades 4-12+

 

$5/person

July 6

9:00-12:00 noon

Take a hike up one of Susque's classic trails to Rattlesnake Point, stopping by SugarSnake Falls on the way up. Rattlesnake point is home to many of its namesake, so it is often a great opportunity to see one of Pennsylvania's two venomous reptiles (from a safe distance!). Hike is approximately 2.5 miles round trip, with sustained steep sections, making it somewhat strenuous. Hike followed by a campfire and snack. Ages 10+. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by a parent/responsible adult.

Evening Lookout Hike

 

Ages 8+

 

 

 $5/person

 

July 20

6:00-9:00 PM

 Take an evening hike up one of Susque's classic trails to an incredible overlook that "Hiking the Endless Mountains" author, Jeff Mitchell, described as one of the top-ten vistas in Pennsylvania. Follow it up with a great snack cooked over the fire at camp. The hike is moderately difficult and approximately 3 miles round-trip. Closed-toe and sturdy hiking shoes a must. Ages 8+. All children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent/responsible adult.

Climbing Wall

Grades 3-12+

 

$15/person

July 27

2:00-4:00 PM

Challenge yourself, tackle your fear of height and learn climbing techniques in safety on Susque's 35-foot tall climbing tower. Our belayers and instructors will keep you safe and teach great techniques to help you reach the top and ring the bell. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 8+.


To Register 
Online

By Phone: 570-998-2151

Info & policies page

Info & Policies

General Info

Acceptance and Participation

Rules for acceptance and participation in the program are the same for everyone regardless of religion, race, color, or national origin. Camp Susque does reserve the right to dismiss any camper who, by administration's judgment, consistently or grossly violates Camp Susque's regulations in a manner detrimental to the good or safety of any persons or property. By registering, parents give permission for their child to be included in media productions.

Arrival & Departure Info

See our Arriving & Departing Camp page.

For Parents

  • Parents are welcome to join their children for most single and multi-day programs.
    Sometimes, a class will require significant resources or have limited spots. If parents intend to participate with their student in such a class, parents should purchase the “Parental Participation” Additional Option. This will be available to you when you register a student for the program. You need only purchase 1 per adult attending.
  • For Fall-Spring programs, parents may use the 1st floor of Susque Lodge while students are in class.
  • Wifi is available. Stop in the office for connection information.

For Adults without Children

Adults who wish to register for a program, but are not bringing any children with them, please call the camp office at 570-998-2151 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Health Care Information

Susque takes stringent measures to safeguard and protect your camper from accidents or injuries. 

For more information, visit our Health & Safety page.

Policies

Payment Policy

Upon registration, a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the program cost is required. Registrations will not be processed without this deposit. The balance is due upon arrival at camp.

Cancellation Policy

In the case of inclement weather, if the Williamsport Area School District is closed, programs at Susque will be cancelled. If there is a two-hour delay, programs will be held as scheduled and if there is an early dismissal, afternoon programs will be cancelled. For all other program cancellations, you will be contacted directly via phone or email. 

Refund Policy

If we cancel a program, a full refund will be provided. If you cancel at least 2 weeks prior to the 1st meeting of the program, you will be issued a refund, minus the non-refundable 50% deposit. No refund will be provided for no-shows or cancellations within 2 weeks of the of the program date.

Waitlist Policy

If you want to apply for a program that is full, please submit an application form, but do not pay. You/your child will be placed on a waiting list and notified when an opening becomes available. At that time you will send in your deposit.

Supervision Policy

Camp Susque is not responsible for the supervision of students outside of designated program times. In addition, students in 8th grade or below may not be left without adult (18 or over) supervision on camp property when a program is not in session. Students under the age of 5 participating in a program must be accompanied by an adult.

"You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being." Revelation 4:11