Penn State Hazleton offering summer camps

HAZLETON, Pa. — Penn State Hazleton has announced its summer camps for students entering grades one through 12 in fall 2019. The camps are overseen by the Continuing Education Office at Penn State Hazleton.

Scheduled camps are as follows:

June 17 to 21:

Boys' Basketball, grades three to nine, 9 a.m. to noon

Develop and improve your basketball skills. Our staff, dedicated to the highest ideals of sports conduct and play, base their philosophy on the premise that excellence in basketball, as in life, requires hard work and perseverance.

Cost: $115; $99 for registrations before May 24.

Critter Camp, grades two to six, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Each Critter Camp day will include a high-energy, minimally structured hunt to find and learn about as many different plants and animals as possible. You can share your discoveries and use our lab facilities to examine your specimens under the microscope and use them in simple experiments and creative projects. You’ll also be taken on a field trip to a local stream on one of the five days. This camp will spark your enthusiasm for the natural world.

Cost: $175; $165 for registrations before May 17.

CSI – Crime Scene Investigation Camp, grades two to six, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Investigate a simulated crime scene, role-play as detectives and scientists working in teams to analyze clues to solve the crime, and learn the job duties of an actual crime scene investigator. What special skills, knowledge and abilities must they have? What education and experience are needed to qualify for the job? At this camp, you'll learn to use forensic techniques to collect evidence; mathematical problem-solving to analyze clues and interpret situations; and scientific reasoning to solve the crime.

Cost: $110; $99 for registrations before May 17.

Nature Craft for Kids, grades two to six, 1 to 4 p.m.

Campers will explore the natural environment surrounding Penn State Hazleton and create art projects using objects they find outside. Campers will create a bird house, leaf crafts, rain catcher and much more.

Cost: $110; $99 for registrations before May 17.

June 24 to 28

Youth Developmental Soccer, grades three to nine, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Youth Soccer Development Camp will offer five days of soccer skill training. Our National Soccer Coaches Association of America-certified coaching staff will develop and implement all training sessions. Work with current Penn State Hazleton men’s and women’s soccer coaches and players to improve fundamental skills.

Cost: $110; $99 for registrations before May 25.

Party with the Planets, grades two to six, 1 to 4 p.m.

Let’s have a party and learn about space, the planets, sun and moon. Build your own satellite and understand the phases of the moon. Have fun while learning interesting facts about the solar system through painting, drawing and creating. There are eight planets in the solar system. The four inner planets are Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars, while the four outer planets are Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

Cost: $110; $99 for registrations before May 24.

July 8 to 12

Girls’ Basketball, grades three to nine, 9 a.m. to noon

Welcome to Penn State Girls’ Basketball School, a great opportunity for growth and success in your game. Our staff is composed of enthusiastic, caring, hard-working Penn State coaches, who will work with the campers on basketball fundamentals and team concepts of the game. Improve your basketball skills while having fun at the same time. In addition to teaching basic skills, the staff will provide opportunities for daily competitions.

Cost: $110; $99 for registrations before June 8.

Lego Robotics, grades two to five, 9 a.m. to noon

Lego Mindstorms are used in this camp, which features compelling activities and hands-on robotic challenges guided by facilitators. After a challenge is introduced, you will work in teams to design, program and test your robots. Learn how to try different strategies when designing and programming the robots. Through this approach, you can develop skills involved in teamwork, including communication, problem-solving, engineering and troubleshooting — and learn that often there is not one answer to a practical problem, but a number of possible solutions.

Cost: $110; $99 for registrations before June 9.

Track and Field, grades four to 12, 9 a.m. to noon

Introduces athletes to the sport of track and field. This program combines technical development and fundamental techniques. Exercises and drills will prepare athletes for a future in cross-county, track and field, or speed and agility training that also can be used in many other sports. Focus will be on body positioning, stride, proper stretching, drills and cool-down techniques.

Cost: $80; $70 for registrations by June 22.

Art Blast, grades two to five, 1 to 4 p.m.

This class explores different mediums in art, such as weaving, sculpting, jewelry, painting, and working with found objects. It teaches techniques in each medium and also allows students to be creative and express themselves through their art.

Cost: $110; $99 for registrations before June 22.

July 9 and 10

Babysitter’s Training with Pediatric First Aid/CPR Training, ages 11 to 15, 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Discover the rewarding world of child care and learn what to do when you are in charge. In this camp, you will learn about child safety, how to “play it safe,” and the basics of caring for children — all while developing your leadership skills. Find out how to prevent and recognize emergencies, as well as how to provide basic first aid and CPR for infants and children until an emergency medical team arrives.

Campers must attend all sessions, and upon successful completion of the program, will receive the following certificates and resources: American Red Cross Infant/Child CPR card, American Red Cross First Aid Skills card, American Red Cross Babysitter Training certificate, American Red Cross Babysitter’s handbook, American Red Cross CPR Training kit, and American Red Cross First Aid Training packet.

Cost: $175; $160 for registrations before June 9.

July 15 to 19

Creative Building with K’Nex, grades two to six, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

K'NEX provides creative building sets for kids to stimulate curiosity and imagination. Learn on our innovative building toys for kids of all ages.

Cost: $165; $150 for registrations before May 15.

July 22 to 26

Sing Your Heart Out!, grades one to six, 9 a.m. to noon

Strengthen your voice and explore the music world. Learn where your voice actually comes from and how to sound like a pop star. Tone, breath, control, pitch — we’ll learn it all, even how to tweak the words so you don’t go flat. Once we learn all these techniques we’ll prepare for an end-of-the-week singing performance. Don’t worry, no nasty judges to deal with, just a good time as you learn to sing your heart out. Taught by Cathy Donnelly of Froggy 101, WILK and 102.3 the Mountain.

Cost: $80; $70 for registrations before June 22.

Broadcast Journalism, grades two to nine, 1 to 4 p.m.

If you love listening to the radio and wonder what it takes to be a good disc jockey, this is the camp for you. Is it really just as easy as pushing a few buttons and playing tunes? In this class you’ll find out what’s involved with being “on the radio.” You’ll learn about sound editing. You’ll record your own radio show and we’ll play all the shows at an end-of-the-week radio party. Take a field trip to Froggy 101 and WKRZ, Pittston. Taught by Cathy Donnelly of Froggy 101, WILK and 102.3 the Mountain.

Cost: $110; $99 for registrations before June 22.

July 29 to Aug. 2

It’s a Coding World, grades two to five, 9 a.m. to noon

Coding is not just for boys and coding is not just for girls. Whether you’ve never coded before or are someone who codes, this class will have you itching to create your own apps, games and robots to make the world a better place. Learn the basics of coding through a variety of coding applications and unplugged activities while discovering how fun coding can be, and why the world needs more women in coding.

Cost: $110; $99 for registrations before June 28.

Lil Lionettes Cheerleading, grades one to six, 9 a.m. to noon

Learn to cheer Nittany Lion style. This camp emphasizes essential skills such as cheers, proper hand and body movements, and basic jumping techniques. This camp includes a T-shirt.

Cost: $90; $80 for registrations before June 28.

Lil Lionettes Dance Team, grades one to six, 1 to 4 p.m.

Dance, move and exercise to classical music ballet — and pop music. Jazz exercise is good for strength, flexibility and coordination. Great for dancers, skaters, cheerleaders and athletes like soccer players.

Cost: $90; $80 for registrations before June 28.

Penn State Playhouse – Are We Famous Yet?, grades one to six, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join us as we produce our own musical revue to be performed at the conclusion of the camp. We'll select songs, cast solos and rehearse musical numbers for the entire ensemble. Learn music and choreography to some of the best and brightest Broadway hits and big screen blockbusters. Great for newcomers to the stage or seasoned performers.

Cost: $130; $115 for registrations before June 15.

For additional information and to register for summer youth camps, visit or contact Continuing Education at 570-450-3110 or [email protected].