Penn State summer camps provide discovery, inspiration

April 23, 2010

University Park, Pa. -- Every summer more than 220,000 youth have memorable summer experiences at campuses across Penn State.

Penn State’s summer youth programs allow campers to discover new things, develop their skills and aspire to become successful adults. Sessions that are offered include sports, arts, sciences, adventure, nature, leadership and career exploration. Students who participate get to learn about specific areas of interest. They also build self-confidence, while making new friends in a fun environment and participating in activities they enjoy.

While many camps are now filled, there are a number of programs that are still available, including:

-- The Young Writers’ Workshop offers talented young writers the chance to work with published authors, engages their imaginations, and gives them more reading and writing opportunities. For this two-week program students can earn four college credits, which can be transferred to nearly any college or university in the country. More information can be found here at online.

-- Communications Camps give campers hands-on experiences with careers in film or journalism. Participants will get the chance to write stories for print or electronic media and use cameras to create photo-essays or broadcasts. They will meet and mingle with faculty and real world professionals. Those interested in film/video can also work with the latest digital editing equipment. Visit for dates and details.

-- Weather Camp allows campers to discover how to use forecast models to make predictions, launch a weather balloon, present their own TV forecast, and much more. This camp is organized by Penn State’s Department of Meteorology, considered by many to be the premiere program in the country. Visit for more information.

The summer camps are led by faculty who are renowned experts. Staff and counselors are either educators in their fields or undergraduate/graduate students enrolled in related majors.

For information on remaining Penn State summer camp availability, visit the Penn State Youth website at online.

Penn State Summer Youth Camps are part of Penn State Conferences and Institutes. Conferences plans and manages more than 300 programs each year that represent the diversity and strength of Penn State’s academic colleges and provide opportunities for many individuals to learn about the latest scholarship, research and developments in their fields or participate in enriching learning experiences. Conferences is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education. Penn State Outreach serves more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 114 countries worldwide.


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