Had a BLAST at Camp Today!

by Jennifer Noel

The temperatures may still be cool, but now is the time to explore summer camp options and start the registration process. Opportunities abound for children to be artistic, athletic, dramatic and inspired and meet new friends.  Let this list launch your family’s exploration.

Camp GUMP Grace United Methodist Preschool runs uniquely themed camps weekly throughout the summer. Each session meets Monday through Friday (Fridays are water fun days) from 9 am to Noon. Registration required and begins mid-April. Contact: gump3k@embarqmail.com or 717-632-3140.


Camp Mend A Heart A one day family camp for children and teens ages 6-18 and adults who are coping with the death of a loved one. Focus is placed on helping children learn about loss, develop coping skills and build self-confidence. This is achieved through fun-filled activities and opportunities for small- and large-group sharing. Adults attend educational sessions, enjoy time for reflection and relaxing massages if they choose, and opportunities for family fun time during the course of the day. Contact: pathways@hospicecommunity.org or 717-391-2413.


Championship Martial Arts Martial arts camp focusing on techniques such as striking, blocking, sparring, and grappling. Attention is also given to character-building exercises that teach confidence, discipline, and respect. Other camp activities include crafts, games, and movies. No prior experience necessary, beginners are welcome. 495 Eisenhower Drive, 717-634-5293.


Enlightened Learning Center June-August. Non-profit learning center offering 14 different academies covering several areas of interest, including painting, science, computers, crafts, ecology, and illustration. 1446 Baltimore Street, Suite E. Contact: 717-630-8218 or info@enlightenedlearning.org.


Girl Scouts Themed camp features mix of activities. Organized games, arts & crafts, and songs. St. Joseph Church, Hanover. Contact Jenny Martin at 717-465-1700 or jrm_cem@hotmail.com.


Hanover Area Arts Guild $50 Members/$55 Non-members Contact: 717-632-2521 info@hanoverareaarts.com

Photography Camp We will begin with simple skills like how to hold and care for your camera. As the week progresses we will progress to more advanced shooting, exploring composition and lighting. Bring a DSRL or camera that allows you to shoot in manual mode. Lunch not provided, will break at noon. Monday, June 12-16, 9:30am-3:30pm Ages 14+ Min 3/Max 10

Kids & Photography You have a child interested in photography. How do you help them expand their skills? Or, you need an art class for your homeschooled child(ren). This workshop requires digital camera. It is a four week commitment. Each week we will have instruction as well as field work, the students will also have a small assignment for the next week. This workshop is ideal for upper elementary, middle and early high school students. June 19-22, 9:30-11:30am.


Hanover Soccer Club A variety of camps throughout the summer which teach athletes about the game of soccer, with an emphasis on team-building activities. 50 High Rock Road North. Contact: secretary@hanoversoccerclub.net. 


Hanover Area Young Marines During the summer months, the Young Marines National Summer Programs of: Adventures, Challenges, Encampments, and Schools (SPACES). Schools consist of leadership courses, with training in areas such as survival skills, wilderness training, and water-based activities. 2412 Baltimore Pike. Contact: Joseph Despines at 717-357-7375


Hanover Summer Recreation Program Organized park sessions throughout Hanover, supervised by playground staff. Park locations include Elm Avenue, Baer Avenue, Clearview Elementary, West Hanover Street, DeGuy Avenue, Myers Memorial, Washington Elementary, Hanover Elementary


NEW FREEDOM ART Personalized art instruction for ages 5-13. $120 per 5-day session, Studio 113, 195 Stock St., Hanover, PA. Contact: (717) 227-2283 or molly@newfreedomart.com

Art Exploration Camp: A journey of mediums This incredible art camp allows students to explore numerous media such as pastel, watercolor, acrylic paint, colored pencil, sculpture and many more while studying the masters of fine art throughout history and different cultures. We will be busy creating exciting pieces that will keep minds active and sharp over the summer holiday. Classes are designed to meet the needs of beginner and intermediate students.

LEGO Building Camp Together, students will exchange creative ideas on how to free-build with over 10,000 LEGO pieces. A fun and engaging program that develops skills in imagination, creativity, problem solving, time management, presentation, and teamwork.

Painting and Drawing Camp: 5 paintings in 5 days Students learn how to create five beautiful masterpieces step-by-step, with guidance by our highly talented instructors. We will focus on painting techniques in both acrylic painting and watercolor. Students will spend time drawing and preparing their own work, mixing colors, blending, creating value and emphasis. Classes are designed to meet the needs of beginner and intermediate students.


Nike Swim Camp at York College York College’s new Head Swim Coach, Greg Doyle and his staff want to push you to new heights this summer through innovative stroke refinement drills and dry-land conditioning. Instruction and daily activities take place in York’s new Grumbacher Sports and Fitness center while overnight campers reside in the air-conditioned Northside Commons and enjoy 3 nutritious meals per day in the nearby Johnson Dining Room. Contact Greg Doyle 1-800-645-3226


Penn Grove Retreat Year-round retreat center for youth & adult groups. Faith-based camp introduces campers to new friends, various activities, and a renewed sense of spiritualism. 6419 Pamadeva Rd. Contact: 717-637-2334 or pgrinfo@penngroveretreat.com


Pennsylvania Theatrical Arts by Brittany Stevens, LLC (PATABS) Performing arts group in downtown Hanover provides instruction in dance, musical theater, and more. 10 N. Railroad Street. Contact:  717-698-3254 or info@patabs.com


So’s Taekwondo’s Summer Camp June-August. Mix of exercise-based activities, such as Taekwondo and exercise games, and “downtime” activities, such as arts and crafts and other quiet activities. 322 Carlisle Street. Contact: 717-633-6800. 


Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve Adventure Camp Camp is back with Strawberry Hill and YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County! “Adventurers” will explore more than 600 acres of forests and creeks at Strawberry Hill through fun and educational science-based programs, enjoy 2 afternoon free-swim sessions (swim lessons not included), and take a Field Trip Day! Contact 717-642-5840


Wee Care Best, Inc. June-August. All day program geared for school ages – kindergarten and up. Activities include special art projects, free play, and structured outdoor activities. Meals provided. Twice-weekly field trips in-house and off-campus. Past trips include swimming, horseback riding, Orioles baseball games, and Hershey Park. 1170 High Street. Contact: jmwcb23@hotmail.com  or 717-633-5544


YMCA OF Hanover Variety of day camps focusing on many topics, including sports, art, outdoor activities, hiking, and writing. 500 N George St. Contact: Brad Davis at 717-632-8211 or bdavis@hanoverymca.org.

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