Summer Educational Opportunities

  Camp College West

Allegheny College (90 minutes outside of Pittsburgh)
July 18-20th

Camp College is a FREE intensive three day/two night workshop designed for 60 rising high school seniors and juniors.  Working in small groups with faculty mentors, participants will learn about all aspects of the college search and application process, experience life in the residence halls, learn about financial aid, standardized test exams and have a lot of fun! At the end of Camp College, we expect that the students will be equipped with the tools to navigate the college application process.

Applications for student participants and for faculty mentors are now available via the PACAC Camp College webpage.

Bucknell University’s new summer programBucknell Academy Summer Experience (BASE).

At Bucknell, faculty and students from across academic areas share expertise to find innovative solutions to pressing issues. BASE participants will have the opportunity to:
  • Learn about exciting current world issues
  • Develop creative problem solving skills
  • Collaborate with faculty and peers
  • Experience Bucknell’s campus
Dates:              June 25 – 29, 2017
Eligibility:        High school students who will be rising juniors or seniors are welcome to apply.
Application:    The deadline to apply is May 1, 2017
Notification:    Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

Penn State College of Communications has three exciting opportunities for high school students to participate in weeklong communications summer camps this July!

Campers have the option of choosing one of the following camps: Broadcast Journalism Camp, Multimedia Journalism Camp or Film Camp. Campers will stay in dorms on the University Park campus throughout the week (July 9-14), enjoy meals in campus dining halls and work on creative projects taught by Penn State faculty members.

The College of Communications summer camps are perfect for students interested in school newspaper, television broadcasts, yearbook, writing, filming and theater. For more information about our camps, please visit The application for camps is also available for students to register now!

Applications are due Monday, May 1, 2017. Spots fill quickly, so we encourage your students to apply soon!

                     SoVA's High School Summer Art Camp     

This is a great program for students interested in a career in the arts. The camp, Portfolio Thinking, will take place June 25 - 30, at the University Park campus. Open to students entering grades 9 through 12 (and just-graduated seniors), the camp will provide an intensive residential studio workshop program across various art media.

SoVA recognizes that not all students with an interest in attending the camp can afford to participate. To help address this we are offering a small number of partial and full-tuition scholarships. Click here to download the application form.

Click here to view a video about the camp and hear from former campers about their camp experience.

For complete information about the camp, visit: If you have questions, please contact Autumn Spotts at or 814-863-5100.

Click here to register.

Clarion University Summer Academy 2017
Fisheries and Wildlife Biology
July 23 - 29, 2017
A field-based research experience in the fundamentals of natural resource conservation.  In this week-long academy, high school students will learn how to manage fish and wildlife populations and evaluate critical features of their habitats.  Applications are available at 
Deadline is May 26, 2017

PA State Police - Camp Cadet

Boys and Girls Camp ages 12 to 14, July 23-July 23, 2017, held on the campus of Clarion University, PA.

A non-refundable registration fee of $20 is required at the time of application.  Stop in the counseling office for an application.

Allegheny College Creek Camp

Open to high school freshman, sophomores, and juniors, Creek Camp is a great experience for students who are interested in studying environmental science in college, or those who simply love the outdoors.

Session I // June 25-30, 2017
Session II // July 9-14, 2017

Visit our website for more information or download the Creek Camp brochure.

Creek Campers:

  • practice hands-on, field-based research on topics related to watershed health
  • enjoy a preview of college life by staying in residence halls on Allegheny's historic campus, one of the most beautiful college campuses in the nation and rated by the Sierra Club as one of the greenest colleges (with a score of 96 out of 99)
  • work alongside environmental science professionals in one of the oldest and most highly respected environmental science programs in the country, ranked #4 in the nation by
  • visit outdoor locations around the French Creek watershed, one of the most biodiverse in the nation

The Bridge: College Prep & Leadership Academy

University of Pittsburgh!

For the past three summers, high school students from across the country have strengthened their leadership skills and gained a competitive edge in the college application process through Pitt's week-long program. 

Early Bird Registration: NOW until March 2

The Bridge week-long Academy will be offered at the special rate of $700 until Thursday, March 9, 2017. We welcome your questions at 412-648-7831 or

The Cook Honors College at Indiana University of Pennsylvania is seeking talented students for its summer enrichment experience for rising high school juniors and seniors.  The cost of this program is offset by generous alumni contributions to bring this year's total cost to only $400 for courses, housing, meals and student activities for a two full weeks from July 9-22, 2017.   We hope this very low cost will encourage participation from students who might otherwise not be in a position to afford this type of academic experience.
If you know a student who would benefit from a two week honors academic program, please share this information.   Also, please copy and paste the below link into your summer programs website if you maintain a web page of this kind.  We plan to enroll 130 students this year.  I hope to see your students among them.
The application deadline is May 1, 2017.
Acceptance decisions and course placement notifications will go out by May 15th, 2017.

Gettysburg College is excited to offer several opportunities for high school juniors and sophomores to attend academic camps over the summer months. Please find a list of academic camps below and for more information visit

  • Camp Psych - Campers will get hands-on experiences that introduce them to research in psychology during this fun, challenging, and engaging introduction to the field.
  • Campaigns and Elections Academy - This program is designed for highly-motivated students who have a strong interest in American campaigns and elections. Participants learn about the origins and evolution of democracy in America and gain hands-on experiences related to modern political campaigns. *Application will go live in early February.
  • Writing Camp - Students gain an in-depth introduction to all four genres of creative writing: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and writing for stage and screen.
  • 3D Object Modeling and Printing Camp - Students will study 3D object modeling and printing starting with the basics of a 3D printer. After learning the fundamentals, they will practice designing objects.
  • Adruino Camp - Students will use their creativity and the easy-to-learn Arduino to create projects with its sensors, motors, speakers and displays, to create projects that interact with them and their world.
  • Civil War Institute Summer Conference - The High School Student Scholarship component of Gettysburg College's annual Civil War Institute summer conference provides high school students an opportunity to explore the history of the Civil War era on the site of the war's most decisive battle. 
The Camp will be held at Lebanon Valley College from and July 23-28, 2017
The goal of the Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Camp is to provide a window into the scientific basis of human health.  Through lectures and hands-on laboratory investigations in state-of-the-art laboratories, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of molecular biology, pharmacology, immunology, biochemistry and medical ethics.  Students will learn how laboratory science can be translated into improved human health, and they will engage in investigative experiences that will allow them to apply their laboratory skills to real life problems.  In addition, students will interact with practicing professionals in fields such as medicine, physical therapy, toxicology, genetic counseling and biomedical laboratory research. The Health and Biomedical Sciences camp will provide a fun, challenging and engaging college environment in which students will develop a deeper understanding of what it means to be a biomedical scientist and health professional. 
Visit the Health and Biomedical Sciences website to register online ( or contact Dr. Courtney Lappas at
Registration will close when the camp is full so inquire ASAP.

Wildlife Leadership Academy
This is a 5-day residential summer field school program which empowers PA teens to become Conservation Ambassadors.  Programs include:  white-tailed deer, bass, brook trout, ruffed grouse, turkey, and black bear.  As a Conservation Ambassador, a student will contribute to create a sustained wildlife, fisheries and natural resource legacy for future generations.  Please visit the counseling office if you would like to be nominated for this summer program in Lewisburg, PA.  Visit for more information.

2017 Central Electric Youth Tour
Youth Tour offers high school JUNIORS the opportunity to go to Washington DC for a week and experience all the beauty and history of our nation's capital.  Best of all, Youth Tour is Free of Cost!  All high school juniors who reside in a home receiving electric service from Central Electric Cooperative are eligible to apply by completing the application available in the guidance office or by visiting:
Deadline to apply - February 3, 2017

Lehigh University - PA School for Global Entrepreneurship       and
The University of Pittsburgh - Health Career Scholars Academy
A culturally diverse summer educational experience for current high school sophomores and juniors for a four week residential learning experience.  Click on the link below for more information.  Application Deadline:  February 15, 2017

Keystone Boys State / PA American Legion 
Open to any male student who has completed their junior year and resides in PA.  Student practice and operate fictitious cities, four counties and one state, based on the statutes and codes of the State of PA.  About the 3rd full week of June at Shippensburg University.  Local Legion posts will sponsor the students to attend.  There is also a Keystone Girls State, contact an auxiliary unit for more information.
Click on the Tri-Fold flyer below for details.

State Police Youth Week / PA American Legion
Open to any male or female student who is 15-17 years old and resides in PA.  The student should be in good health and physically fit.  A full week in June at York College of PA.  Local Legion posts will sponsor the student to attend.


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