Lycoming College marks 35 years of inspiring summer campers

Lycoming College marks 35 years of inspiring summer campers

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This July, children from all over Lycoming County and beyond got a taste of college life at Lycoming College For Kids and Teens, a one-week educational summer day camp experience for students entering grades 2-12. The youngest campers dabbled in subjects ranging from fun science and art, and more experienced campers tackled topics including aeronautical engineering and photography.

College for Kids and Teens, in its 35th year, hosted 215 kids from all over the region, 23 of whom served as junior assistants as part of the program’s youth leadership training program. The classes offer a great way to break up the summer months by giving kids and teens a chance to explore their interests and discover new ones. Families can choose to sign up children for a morning or afternoon session. Those signing up for both are invited to bring a lunch or purchase one in the Lycoming College dining hall. Before- and after-care is available for working parents who require a little more time to drop off or pick up their children, and about 10 percent of families take advantage of this perk.

Popular classes included in this year’s camp included Comic Book Art, Geocaching, and Outdoor Enthusiasts, while water lovers were quick to fill-up both the PADI Discover Snorkeling Certification and PADI Discover Scuba® Diving Program. Other popular choices included Fantastic Fairytales, Young Engineers, and Wizards Workshop, where campers stepped into the world of Harry Potter to learn about the natural science behind some of their favorite literary characters.

“Our amazing staff of enthusiastic teachers is dedicated to developing attention-grabbing classes that teach creativity and problem solving skills. Our classes are designed to challenge students, to nurture their interests, and to encourage them to step outside of their comfort zones,” said Robin van Auken, instructor at Lycoming College. “We pay close attention to what the kids want, and next year plan to continue offering favorites, as well as to enhance the curriculum with new offerings.”

New classes slated for 2020 include Wearable Art, “Day of the Dead” Escape Room, and Young Explorers. Many classes fill up, so for those eager to claim a spot on next year’s roster, early enrollment for 2020 College for Kids and Teens begins in mid-August. Visit https://collegeforkids.org/ for more details and to register.

All participants receive a College for Kids and Teens T-shirt.