The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 2, 2014

Susquehanna’s Kids’ College Registration Now Open

The Daily Item

— SELINSGROVE ­— Susquehanna University’s Kids’ College welcomes the return of the Teen and Kids’ Summer Camps as well as the Junior Writers’ Workshops. This year’s experiences will again challenge campers to think critically, work collaboratively and solve problems creatively through their involvement in a variety of dynamic, hands-on activities that encourage communication and cooperation in a nurturing and engaging educational environment.

Teen Summer Camp

June 23-27, from 8:30 a.m. to noon

This two-session package is designed for students who have just completed grades 6, 7 or 8. “Cerebral Challenge: Flex Your Brain!” will challenge them to use higher-level thinking skills in a game show setting. Using models from “Double Dare” to “Minute to Win It”, campers will use creative problem-solving to get through challenges involving the creative manipulation of materials and even have the chance to create some of their own.

“Star Wars Revisited” is a simulated experience to introduce participants to life in an intergalactic world where good battles evil and the destiny of the universe hangs in the balance. Campers will create their own costumes, design their own spaceships and make light sabers as they explore the ideas in the “Star Wars” films.

This two-workshop package is $175 per student.

Kids’ Summer Camp

July 14-18

Morning session, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Students who have completed grades 2 through 5 can participate in three distinct sessions.

The first is “Rewind: Back to Dino Times” in which they’ll be grabbing their gear and travelling back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Students will have the chance to become a mini-paleontologist and participate in such activities as fossil construction and participating in an archeological dig. In “Pause: Discover Da Vinci,” campers will serve as an apprentice in the “bottega” of Leonardo da Vinci and experience the day-to-day life of the great maestro. And in “Fast Forward: Into the Future,” Earth is overpopulated, the environment is exhausted and resources are scarce. Campers will form groups of like-minded adventurers to enter outer space with the hope of creating a better life.

Cost for this session is $200 per student.

Afternoon session (from 1:30 to 3 p.m.)

Students are invited to stay for an afternoon session after a supervised lunch break. “Architecture of the Future: Your Place in Space” is a hands-on workshop where they’ll lay out bedrooms, homes and even communities of the future. In “Brain Surge: Power Up!,” a series of games will extend higher-level thinking skills in a game show setting. Campers will participate in instant challenges intended to encourage their unique perspective and innovative spirit.

Cost for this session is $85.

Junior Writers’ Workshops

July 21-25 (students who have completed grades 6, 7 or 8)

July 28-Aug. 1 (students who have completed grades 3, 4 or 5)

All sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to noon

Students who enjoy writing will thrive on a full immersion in the process. They will use the creative writing process in conjunction with age-appropriate computer illustration and word-processing programs to create an original story. Attention will be given to content and ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency and the basic conventions of writing through individual and small-group instruction.

In addition to trained instructors, Susquehanna University creative writing majors will work closely with junior writers to develop and extend their skills. Given the developmental nature of this workshop and the customized experience, participants are encouraged to return on an annual basis. Experience with computers and familiarity with word processing are recommended.

Cost for the workshop is $185 per student.

All sessions of Kids’ College are held on the campus of Susquehanna University. Limited scholarships are available. Register by May 31 with a friend and each camper will receive $20 off. Both registrations must be received on the same day, in either the same envelope, online or by phone or email to qualify. Refunds will be given the first day of camp. For more information, contact Susquehanna’s Office of Event Management at (570) 372-4354 or to register, go to