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For those of you who are returning this summer...welcome back!  And for those of you who are new to our summer program, welcome aboard!  Each year our summer youth program continues to grow and this is largely due to the instructors that we have and the course offerings that we provide to our local youth.  We thank you all for your continued interest in teaching with us and look forward to working with you again this summer.

Summer 2009 is quickly approaching and it will soon be time to send our summer youth brochure to the printers. You have each been contacted recently to verify your availability to teach and to check the accuracy of your camp descriptions.  This information is an integral part of making sure that the brochure is accurate and up-to-date.  For those of you who haven't contacted me yet, please do so at your earliest convenience so that we can update the information in the brochure before sending it off to the printers.  We'd like to send the brochure to the printers sometime in early February so that we have it back in hand and ready to mail out in March.  So again, please contact me if you haven't already.

Our tentative summer schedule looks like this:

WEEK OF JUNE 15 - 19
Girls' Basketball Camp           8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

WEEK OF JUNE 22 - 26
Crime Scene Investigation     9:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Critter Camp                             9:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Theatre Arts                              9:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Co-Ed Beginning Tennis        9:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Up Up & Away                           9:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Cheerleading                            9:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Boys' Basketball Camp           8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Dance Intensive                       9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Butterflies & Bugs                      9:00 a.m . - 12:30 p.m.
Robotics                                     9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Co-Ed Intermediate Tennis    9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Pony Paradise                           9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Mini-Lionette Dancers              9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Be A Princess                            1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Amazing Animals                      9:00 a.m . - 12:30 p.m.
Be An All-American Girl           9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(2 sections)

Boys' Basketball Camp - 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Please keep in mind that the camps listed above will be offered for Summer 2009, but each camp will need to roster with at least 10 campers in order for the camp to run.  Please do not buy your materials until you have been told that your camp will run.  You can check the status of your camp by clicking here.  I will attempt to keep these numbers as accurate as possible by updating the information on a daily basis.  A final decision will be made a week before the camp is scheduled to run.  I will call or email you once that decision has been made. 

Some of you may need to complete your I-9 and other new-hire paperwork.  If this is the first year you have taught, you should have already received the new-hire paperwork.  If you haven't, it will be mailed out to you shortly.  If you have taught before, be aware that the I-9 paperwork must be updated every 3 years.  Please be sure that all paperwork is returned to the office as soon as possible. 

We're hoping this summer will be another successful year for our program.  We need your assistance in making this happen.  We ask that you monitor the children closely while they are in your class as well as when they arrive and leave each day.  Parents/guardians will be asked to drop off their children at the High Acres Cafe at the beginning of each day and return there at the end of the day for pick-up. Again, all parents are asked to fill out release forms.  These forms contain information about allergies, medical insurance, relevant disabilities, and other pertinent information.  These forms will be kept on file in the Continuing Education Office with the child's registration form.

Please let me know as soon as possible if you need a TV/VCR in your classroom or any other special room arrangements.  For those of you who take the children off campus, please keep in mind that each child in the class must return a signed permission form in order to go on the field trip. 

Once you have been informed that your class will run, you may go ahead and purchase your supplies.  A stipend of $50 will be covered for each camp.  You will be asked to purchase your own supplies - just save the receipts and submit them to Continuing Education for reimbursement.  (Please include only class purchases on these receipts)

We have to be conscientious about the day-to-day appearance of the classrooms we are using.  Please follow these guidelines:

  • If you move desks, etc., please move them back each day.
  • If the children make a mess, please request that they clean up after themselves.
  • If you leave projects or supplies in the room overnight, please be sensitive to the fact that other classes may also be held in the room.
  • If a child is not picked up please bring the child to the Continuing Education Office so that we can contact their parent/guardian.
  • If you have any concerns with disruptive behavior, please let us know at your earliest opportunity.

Thank you very much for helping us make our summer youth programs a success!





February 11, 2009
For the most part, the summer camp schedule is set.  We have determined that the two weeks of youth camps this summer will be June 22-26 and June 29-July 2.  As most of you are aware, we have made some minor changes to our summer schedule this summer.  The July 4th holiday will be observed on Friday July 3rd, therefore closing the campus that day.  To accommodate for this, we're going to schedule the second week of youth camps over a 4-day period, running Monday thru Thursday only.  The camp day will be extended by a 1/2 hour each day, accounting for most of the time lost on Friday.   

The information for the brochure will be sent out to University Park by the end of the week.  We're hoping to have the brochure in hand by mid-March so that we can begin to mail them out.  We also intend on delivering some to the local school districts as well.  We could always use your help too…we would like to see all of our camps run this Summer, therefore we ask that you help by promoting the summer programs, especially your own camp.  Please let me know if you would like copies of the brochure once they arrive. 

March 16, 2009
The basketball brochure is finished and has been mailed out to all names within our database.  Believe it or not, we have actually had some interest already in the basketball camps.  I'm glad to see that some people like to plan early.  This brochure is currently on the website (click here to view). We are still tweaking a few things in the youth brochure but I am hopeful that the final draft can be approved by week's end.  We should see the brochure in the mail by the end of March and hopefully some early registrations will begin to arrive with those camps as well.  I will continue to update the site as needed and will do so more often once registrations begin to arrive, so be sure to check back soon......

April 17, 2009
Well...the brochure is finally done and it looks great!  Click here to take a look at the final product.  It has already been mailed out to the names in our database and there have even been a few registrations that have come into the office during this past week.  I will attempt to keep you updated on the number of students in each of the camps...simply click on "Enrollment Totals for Summer Camps" in the blue bar at the top of the page.

May 13, 2009
Registrations continue to arrive every day, which is great news!  Some camps are filling up nicely while others are a little low with enrollments right now, but it's still early with plenty of time left until camps begin.  I believe we have some great camps on the schedule this summer and I'm hoping that most, if not all, of them will run.   Please check the PDF for enrollment updates...for those of you who check in often, you will see that the numbers have recently been updated for you.  As I've mentioned before, please hold off on purchasing any materials until you're given the "green light" that your camp will run.  If you need anything or have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me by phone (570) 450-3576 or email at lmw24@psu.edu .

May 20, 2009
Just wanted to give you a quick update on the enrollment numbers for the camps.  This week has actually been very active with lots of registrations rolling in.  At this point, there are 4 camps that will definitely run (Critter Camp currently at 15, CSI currently at 12, American Girl (a.m. session) currently filled at 24, and Lego Robotics currently at 15).  I am going to use June 8th as the cut-off date for registrations this year.  To be fair to everyone involved, that will give the instructors 2 weeks to order materials and ensure that they will arrive before camps begin.  That will also give us ample time to notify parents of canceled camps.  So again, please check the PDF in the right-hand column to view updated enrollment numbers.