2023 Summer Camp Guide

Franklin, Adams, and York Counties

Summer Camps Planning and Opportunities

It is that time of year when we all want to start planning for summer opportunities. Some of the locations have not finalized information; however, the links are listed below so families can check back as information is updated. The list below is certainly not an exhaustive list, but does offer opportunities across Franklin, Adams, and York Counties, as well as providing additional information on organizations and resources. As additional information may come out, we will be sure to share it with all families. Please feel free to contact your program social worker for specific information or additional supports for your summer needs.

Franklin County Camps

YMCA Chambersburg - https://www.chbgy.org/summer-camp-0

YMCA Waynesboro - https://www.waynesboroymca.org

Camp Nawakwa (Adams County) - https://www.lutherancamping.org/summer-camp

Rhodes Grove Camp (Chambersburg) - https://rhodesgrove.com/camps

Camp Joy El (Greencastle) - https://joyelcamps.org/summer-camps

Shalom Camps (Chambersburg) - https://www.shalomca.com/student-life/summer

Franklin County Special Olympics- www.sopafranklin.org

York/Adams Counties Camps

Shining Stars Therapeutic Ministries Horse Camps - https://www.shiningstarstr.com/horse-camp/

Leg Up Farm - https://www.legupfarm.org/summercamp

Christian School of York - https://www.csyonline.com/summer-camps (opening in late February)

Nature Discovery Camps York County Parks - https://yorkcountypa.gov/946/Nature-Discovery-Camp

Camp Penwood Arc of York County - http://www.thearcofyorkcounty.org/camp-pennwood

YMCA of Hanover - https://www.hanoverymca.org/programs/1060/summer-camp/?locations=-1

YMCA of York and York County - https://yorkcoymca.org/summer-camp/

YWCA York - https://www.ywcayork.org/what-were-doing/camp-programs/

YWCA Hanover - https://www.ywcahanover.org/what-were-doing/child-care/summer-camp/

YWCA Gettysburg (Camp-Adams Commerce Center, Camp Champ, and Camp Strawberry Hill) - https://www.ywcagettysburg.org/

York Jewish Community Center (JCC) - https://yorkjcc.org/

Camp Invention- https://www.invent.org/programs/camp-invention

Creative York-https://creativeyork.org/classes-camps/

DreamWrights- https://dreamwrights.org/

The Penquin Project-Gettysburg Chapter- https://penguinproject.org/

The Belmont Theatre- https://thebelmont.org/classes/

Cob 51 Kids Art Camp - https://www.cob51.com/

Capital Area Special Olympics- https://specialolympicspa-capitalarea.org/

Neighboring Counties

Camp HERO - for children who are deaf and hard of hearing (Millville, PA) - http://www.gocamphero.org/

Aaron's Acres (Lancaster County) - https://aaronsacres.org/programs/summer-camp

Easter Seals of Western and Central PA (multiple locations) -https://eastersealswcpa.recdesk.com/Community/Program

Pennsylvania Lions Beacon Lodge Camp - https://beaconlodge.org/

Code Ninjas (Harrisburg)- https://www.codeninjas.com/pa-harrisburg

Additional Resources

Local Parks Programs - Check with your local township parks for daily and weekly camps.

Libraries - Check with your local library branches for fun and free summer activities.

Amazing Kid's Club summer program - Contact the Family Liaison, Stephanie Hann-Snyder (Hanover) or Rosemary Otto (Red Lion), for additional information at (717)632-4900 - https://www.truenorthwellness.org/behavioral-health-services/counseling-services/autism/

Under the Horizon Pottery and Art Studio - https://underthehorizon.net/

Free Summer Bowling - https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/

Kids Skate Free- https://kidsskatefree.com/?locations=50

Transition Aged Students 14 and older

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

If you are currently enrolled with OVR, reach out to your Vocational Counselor or your local office to inquire about possible paid work experiences for the summer.

OVR website- https://www.dli.pa.gov/Individuals/Disability-Services/ovr/Pages/default.aspx

How to apply for OVR services- https://www.dhs.pa.gov/docs/Documents/ODP/c_286660.pdf

Summer Academy for High School Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Summer Academy is an in-person, overnight program that will be held at the Hiram G. Andrews Center in Johnstown, PA. This program is created in partnership with the Department of Labor and Industry's Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH), and the Department of Education's Bureau of Special Education's Pennsylvania Teaching and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN). The mission of the Summer Academy for High School Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing is to provide a supportive environment to assist high school students who are deaf or hard of hearing with learning about all of the skills necessary to successfully transition from high school to post-secondary educational options.

Please visit the website below to learn more information:

2023 Summer Academy Information and Application

Financial Assistance Options

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