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Summer Enrichment Camps

IU13 offers challenge, learning, and fun through its summer enrichment camps. Each camp is set up as an enrichment opportunity that requires teamwork, flexibility, and social interaction on the part of campers. Challenging concepts are explored in fun, interactive ways. Parents LOVE that their children meet new friends, enjoy hands-on learning, and have a great time!


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Check out this video of clips from recent camps and see how students are challenged and have fun at IU13 Summer Enrichment Camps!


PLEASE NOTE (3/8/2021):

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, summer camps in 2021 will include online and outdoor options only. If safe to do so, a full schedule of camps will be planned for 2022.


We’re excited to offer these engaging at-home and outdoor opportunities!

Please contact enrichment@iu13.org with any questions. Thank you!

View/Download Summer Enrichment Camps datesaver here.

 

The Incredible Mini-Sphero! Robotics, Programming, Coding & More…At-Home Program!
Dates: June 21-24, 2021 (at home, with optional online collaboration sessions and coach office hours)
Who can participate? Students entering Grades 5 through 8 in Fall 2021

Circus in Your Backyard!At-Home Program!
Date: June 29, 2021
Who can participate? Students entering Grades 4 through 7 in Fall 2021

Summer Splash with CS Zero! Python Coding from Carnegie Mellon UniversityAt-Home Program!
Dates: July 6-9, 2021 (at home, with optional online collaboration sessions and coach office hours)
Who can participate? Students entering Grades 7 through 9 in Fall 2021

Camp Invention®: Recharge At Home! Think Creatively. Build ConfidenceAt-Home Program!
Dates: July 12-16, 2021 (at home, with optional online collaboration sessions and coach office hours)
Who can attend? Students entering Grades 1 through 6 in Fall 2021

Creek Exploration: Crayfish, Water Pennies, Stoneflies, and More!An Outdoor Family Experience!
Date: July 19, 2021
Location: Lancaster County Central Park, Pavilion #11, 733 Williamson Road, Lancaster, PA
Who can participate? Parents, Grandparents, and Students entering Grades 4 through 8 in Fall 2021

Health Care Career Exploration CampAt-Home Program!
Dates: July 20-21, 2021
Who can participate? Students entering Grades 9 through 12 in Fall 2021

Heart Map – What Is Your Emotional Landscape?At-Home Program!
Date: July 28, 2021
Who can participate? Students entering Grades 9 through 12 in Fall 2021

The Art of Nature: Journaling and Drawing to Capture Nature at Its BestAn Outdoor Family Experience!
Date: July 29, 2021
Location: Lancaster County Central Park, Pavilion #11, 733 Williamson Road, Lancaster, PA
Who can participate? Parents, Grandparents, and Students entering Grades 4 through 8 in Fall 2021

Survival in the Wilderness: Challenge Accepted!A 3-Day Outdoor Experience!
Dates: August 3-5, 2021
Location: Lancaster County Central Park, Pavilion #11, 733 Williamson Road, Lancaster, PA
Who can participate? Students entering Grades 5 through 8 in Fall 2021

Inquiries can be sent to Summer Enrichment Camps or phone 717-606-1822.


The Incredible Mini-Sphero! Robotics, Programming, Coding & More …

Who can attend: Students entering Grades 5 through 8
Limit: 20 campers
Dates: June 21-24, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM (optional office hour from 3:00-4:00 PM each date)
Tuition: $99.00 per student
Location: Online via Zoom
Registration Deadline: June 9, 2021

Is someone in your family looking for cool, engaging, thought-provoking fun this summer? Do programming and coding hold an interest for anyone, Grades 5-8, in your household? If curiosity and invention through science, music, and the arts create excitement, this introduction to Sphero might be a great option for summer fun at home. What is a Mini-Sphero? Feel free to take a quick look to learn more!

With guidance from IU13 Student Services staff, led by Judy Craig, children (entering Grades 5-8) can connect with new friends during four instructional sessions before launching off on their own for problem solving, coding and hours of fun. Each day, 90 minutes of interactive guidance (how to use the app and DRIVE, how to Block Code and more) will be available online with optional office hours later each day to answer questions or trouble-shoot problems. This at-home camp will keep children safe while offering an educational activity that can be enjoyed all summer long.

In addition to engaging instruction, each camper will receive and keep a Mini-Sphero, 3 mini cones, 6 mini bowling pins, and a USB charging cable. These camp supplies will be available for curbside pickup at IU13 (Burle Business Park, 1020 New Holland Pike, Lancaster) on June 26 (9 AM) or June 29 (4 PM). To participate in camp, each home will need to provide:

  • A parent/guardian Gmail account that can be accessed by camper
  • A device that can be used by camper: iPad, iPhone or Android
  • Camp will be hosted through a secure class on SpheroEDU
  • Sphero app downloaded onto device from https://sphero.com/pages/apps

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Circus in Your Backyard!

Who can attend: Students entering Grades 4 through 7
Limit: 30 campers
Date: June 29, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Tuition: $20.00 per student
Location: Online via Zoom
Registration Deadline: June 25, 2021

Circus offers us so many opportunities to learn in a fun and physical way – indoors or out, but summer is the best for extended hours to practice! In this summer session, we’ll learn some history, two circus skills that explore balance and pattern with common household objects, and some hoop skills with professional circus-style hooper Jenny Hill. Students will leave this 90-minute online session (that can be enjoyed outside on a smartphone or tablet) with enough circus skills and ideas to start a backyard circus. Sign up as friends or siblings, and create a circus performance to wow your family or neighborhood – creativity comes alive with the circus!

Supplies & Materials:

  • Pool noodle (or long peacock feather, clean toilet plunger, kitchen spatula, dowel)
  • Three light scarves or three plastic grocery bags
  • Hula hoop*
  • An open space to move in (can be indoors or outdoors if it’s a sunny day)

* Inexpensive hoops can be purchased at Five Below, most grocery stores in the summer, Wal-Mart, Target, and most drugstores. Test the hoop out to see if it’s a good fit for you and it is solid enough plastic that won’t bend easily.

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Summer Splash with CS Zero!

Who can attend: Students entering Grades 7 through 9
Limit: 30 campers
Dates: July 6-9, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon (optional office hour for questions from 5-6 PM each day)
Tuition: $99.00 per student
Location: Online via Zoom
Registration Deadline: July 2, 2021

The CMU CS Academy is a project from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science which developed a novel, world-class, online, interactive middle & high school computer science curriculum. IU13 has received requests from parents and students for text coding opportunities for beginners, so we are excited to introduce this new camp experience for 2021! Campers will receive guidance from Judy Craig, IU13 STEM Consultant, while connecting online with other students who have similar interests and skills. Using CS0 (CS Zero) as an introduction to programming, campers will learn the basics of Python by drawing images, creating animations, and making games! Campers, entering Grades 7-9, can expect interactive problem solving with new friends through a graphics-based curriculum which gives everyone something of interest — from art to games to algorithms!

  • No prior experience in coding is necessary.
  • Each student needs access to a computer and internet connection. Since the CMU CS Academy resources are browser-based, no downloads or installs are required. The curriculum is designed to work well on a Chromebook. For iPads and other tablets, an external keyboard and trackpad/mouse is required to use all features.
  • Browser Recommendations: Use Chrome or Firefox for best performance, but Edge is also supported.

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Camp Invention®: Recharge At Home!

Camp Invention Flyer coverWho can attend: Students entering Grades 1 through 6
Dates: July 12-16, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM (optional sessions at 1:00 PM)
Tuition: $235.00 per student (Discounts until May 26)
Location: Online via Zoom
Registration Deadline: July 5, 2021

Camp Invention is organized by the Student Services program at IU13 which strives to challenge, support, and inspire students through enrichment activities, academic events, and competitions. These general education services allow students to tap into their interests and develop well-rounded skills and knowledge, while connecting with like-minded peers. Camp Invention is an annual favorite each summer at IU13. This summer, while safely at home, Camp Invention will allow parents the chance to participate with their child(ren). IU13 staff will be available to offer general guidance, but parents will be free to modify the Camp Invention curriculum to meet the specific needs of their children.

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Discounts Available:

Camp Invention discount codes: $40 use code SUM40, expires 3/31. $30 use code SUM30, expires 4/30. $25 use code SUM25, expires 5/26

  • $40 discount: Use Code SUM40 (expires 3/31/21)
  • $30 discount: Use Code SUM30 (expires 4/30/21)
  • $25 discount: Use Code SUM25 (expires 5/26/21)

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Creek Exploration: Crayfish, Water Pennies, Stoneflies, and More!

An Outdoor Family Experience!

 

Boy showing item from creekWho can attend: Parents, Grandparents and Students entering Grades 4-8
Limit: 20 campers (adults included in the count)
Date: July 19, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Tuition: $20.00 per person for first two family members; $15.00 additional family members
Location: Lancaster County Central Park, Pavilion #11, 733 Williamson Rd., Lancaster, PA
Registration Deadline: June 28, 2021

Are you in need of some adventure after being cooped up this year? Does your family like exploring creeks, wetlands, or rivers? Do you like hiking and discovering wildlife in an outdoor environment? If so, this is the summer family day for you! Take a break from the summer heat and spend a refreshing day with Lancaster County Park naturalist Lisa J. Sanchez and staff from the IU13 Student Services Program. Together, we will investigate and experience the science and fun of water. By jumping in, you will see the connection between water and the living organisms on our planet. You can touch the critters living in the water, learn how to keep our water clean, and explore the woods around the creek for signs of life. When summer temperatures rise, water offers fun, cool refreshment, and awesome opportunities for scientific discovery.

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Health Care Career Exploration Camp


Who can attend: Students entering Grades 9 through 12
Limit: 30 students
Dates: July 20-21, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Tuition: $175.00 per student
Location: Online via Zoom
Registration Deadline: May 24, 2021 (This deadline cannot be extended. Apply early!)

Health care has become the largest source of jobs in the United States. Jobs in this field are varied and in high demand. From a doctor to a nurse to a health care administrator to a surgical technician, the options are plentiful. This summer, why not see if your interest in helping people can translate into a rewarding career in health care? IU13 is partnering with Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, which offers traditional degrees, certificates, and continuing education, to host a virtual camp for high school students. The camp will be filled with an exciting curriculum that includes: a live dissection, a guest speaker in health care, stress management techniques, and a personal health care kit to utilize during camp. Beyond the health care camp experience, students will receive a free application code to apply for dual enrollment credits their junior and senior year of high school at a 50% discount.

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Heart Map – What Is Your Emotional Landscape?

Concept image of person's emotionsWho can attend: Students entering Grades 9 through 12
Limit: 30 students
Date: July 28, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Tuition: $20.00 per student
Location: Online via Zoom (from Japan)
Registration Deadline: July 8, 2021

What’s in your heart? Love and despair, joy and sorrow? Learn how to put it on the page with an insightful technique that creates a map of every hill and valley of your emotional landscape. If you’ve ever looked at the map inside an epic fantasy novel, or played a role play adventure game, you’ve encountered a fanciful geography with details fitting the story. Do you remember the Pit of Despair and the Fire Swamp from The Princess Bride?

In this session you’ll be drawing a map, using your own heart as a guide. What is your emotional landscape? With two handy lists of geographical and emotional vocabulary, you can mix and match to uncover your own inner world.

What you’ll do in this workshop:

  • Learn fundamental cartographic drawing with some easy exercises.
  • Assess your emotional landscape using the Guide to Emotional Place Names.
  • Draw your heart map, journal about your map, and share your insights with the group.

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The Art of Nature: Journaling and Drawing to Capture Nature at Its Best

An Outdoor Family Experience!

 

Journaling imageWho can attend: Parents, Grandparents and Students entering Grades 4-8
Limit: 20 campers (adults included in the count)
Date: July 29, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Tuition: $20.00 per person for first two family members; $15.00 additional family members
Location: Lancaster County Central Park, Pavilion #11, 733 Williamson Rd., Lancaster, PA
Registration Deadline: July 8, 2021

We have all spent a lot of time indoors at home in the last year. Enjoying life’s simple pleasures has been a way to manage COVID-19 restrictions. Finding a way to relax has been more important than ever, and nature can bring much relief. Stepping away from screens and connecting with nature can offer peace while you observe and learn. IU13 and Lancaster County Parks want to offer a special day for families, offering resources that allow you to explore your yard, your neighborhood, and local parks. Naturalist Lisa Sanchez will share how we can learn a great deal about our environment by watching and recording our observations. Using Dr. Carol Welsh’s Four-Color Analysis, we will explore how to deepen the journaling experience – no matter the topic and no matter your age or ability. Discovering life in the woods and creek through short hikes and independent journaling will be a perfect way to spend a summer day. Websites and practical resources will be shared for use after this session, so your family can learn together in new ways this summer.

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Survival in the Wilderness: Challenge Accepted!

Campers in stick shelterWho can attend: Students entering Grades 5-8
Limit: 20 campers
Dates: August 3-5, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Tuition: $170.00 per student
Location: Lancaster County Central Park, Pavilion #11, 733 Williamson Rd., Lancaster, PA
Registration Deadline: July 8, 2021

Come safely experience fresh air and exercise after a long year of lockdown. COVID-19 has taught us many important lessons in personal safety, but learning about survival outdoors allows us to develop new skills while having a lot of fun. Join Naturalist Lisa Sanchez and IU13 staff at Lancaster County Park’s Pavilion #11, and learn to survive in the wilds of Lancaster County. The important things in a survival situation are food, water, shelter, and fire; we will explore all of these. As part of a team, you will have the opportunity to build a shelter and a fire. You will also gather food and water from a variety of locations in the woods and learn if they would be safe to eat in a survival situation. Because finding your way is also vital to survival, you will gain confidence in your ability to use navigational tools. Using a compass is not as easy as it seems. But you will get your bearings, count your paces, look at topographic maps, and travel in correct directions. You will also practice the vital skills of teamwork, problem solving, and collaboration! To have a great day outside, please dress for the weather and bring a water bottle. Arrive ready to meet new people and work effectively to face challenges as they are presented.

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Volunteer Opportunities 2021

Volunteers with campers playing water games

Attention – Older students who want volunteer experience in a leadership role: IU13 will have open positions for volunteers for Survival in the Wilderness camp ONLY. If you need volunteer hours or want to build your resume for a career in education, this is an excellent opportunity. Background clearances are needed for all volunteers. A job well done can lead to a letter of recommendation from IU13, if requested.

Learn more here:
Camp Volunteer Opportunities

Questions:
Email: enrichment@iu13.org
Call IU13 Gifted Education and Enrichment Services: 717-606-1822

 

 

Refund/Cancellation Policies

  • IU13 reserves the right to cancel any camp if there is inadequate enrollment. A full refund will be given.
  • Cancellation policy with the PA College of Health Sciences differs from other camps. Please note those specific details.

In the event you cancel your child’s registration, refunds are defined below:

  • Notice of cancellation must be submitted to IU13 in writing.
  • A full refund will be given if cancellation is received before the registration deadline.
  • A refund for cancellation after the registration deadline has passed will be at the discretion of IU13.
  • Please allow 4-6 weeks to receive your refund.