Boys & Girls Entering Grades 1-11
Camp Susque’s summer youth camps is where it all started. In 1946, four leaders took 16 fellows on a two-night camping trip up the Loyalsock Creek. On the second night, around a campfire, a discussion revealed concerns about the issues of life that had previously been unspoken. The leaders were overwhelmed at the boys' response and…here we are today.
For each of our youth camps, your child will join a cabin/tent group made up of one counselor and 6-8 other campers in their same age group. This provides them with the security and context of a small group in which they can bond, share, and explore. Many of our campers return time after time just to experience this small group, community feel. They state it frees them to feel safe enough to be themselves, to grow and try new things, and to open up about what is going on in their lives with others their same age.
Young Explorers, formerly called Adventure Camp, is a way for your child to get his/her feet wet with the camping experience. It runs for just 4 days and 3 nights and is tailored to make your child’s first camp experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Typically, this camp is staffed by "mom" and "dad" age counselors to help make the transition as smooth as possible.
Our Boys and Girls camps are unique in that they allow boys to be boys and girls to be girls in the context of a week of summer camp. They provide a chance for your child to spend the week at camp not distracted by or worrying about getting embarrassed in front of campers of the opposite gender. These camps are served by well-screened, college-age counselors who spend an entire week in training learning how to best take care of your child while at Susque.
Parent & Camper Testimonials
"There isn't a better place in the world for your child to go. Camp Susque is real. It is a place to meet God and know Him. It gives not only the campers an amazing experience but the counselors as well. We are blessed to live so close to camp and to share in the lives of many who have sent their kids. All come home with vitality and joy in His creation, but mostly in love with the staff. The leadership at Camp is a beautiful extension of Jesus and it shines in the children's eyes. All they talk about is going back."
"Every year Camp Susque builds up the character of my children in a way we as parents couldn't alone. It is a place of calmness in this crazy, crazy world."
"We are a family that deals with a lot of uncertainty due to severe family health issues and the military lifestyle. Camp Susque was an engaging and authentic way to help my son grow spiritually, socially, and practically in a world where stress just seems to come earlier and earlier. We cannot thank Camp Susque enough for its commitment to our youth."
"Camp Susque is where I feel closest to Christ." Camper
"When I am at Camp Susque it feels like a family reunion. I am excited to see all my friends. I imagine Heaven will feel like that too." Camper
Top 5 Changes Parents see in their Campers after Susque
- Growth in independence
- Better attitude
- More confident
- Greater interest in reading the Bible, singing worship songs, and spending quiet time with God
- Deeper appreciation of God's creation