Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art announces 2012 Summer Camps

The Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art is proud to announce its 2012 Summer Camps!  Explore the world of nature and art by attending the Ned Smith Center’s educational summer camp programs. The camps are designed for exploration through unique, experience-based activities. Registration for summer camps is now open.

Participants must wear closed-toe shoes.  Participants attending full day camp sessions must pack a brown bag lunch with extra water.  Light snacks will be provided.  

FEES (unless otherwise noted): 
One-Day Camp Sessions: $38.00/student; $34.00/student with member discount. 
Two-Day Camp Sessions: $60.00 student; $52.00/student with member discount

Camp registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Full payment is due upon registration. Visa, MasterCard, personal checks and cash are accepted. Cancellation Policy:  All cancellation requests must be received by phone Mon – Fri, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00p.m.  A full refund will be issued when the Center is notified 30 days in advance of the first day of camp.  All other cancellation requests will be charged $10.00 for each individual child registered for each camp session they are unable to attend.  No refunds will be issued if the cancellation occurs less than 14 days prior to the start of the camp.  Refunds are not available for absences.         

For more information and to register, please call 717-692-3699.  Online registration is available at http://www.nedsmithcenter.org/.

Fishing for Families – Saturday, June 2, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Ages: 8-14

The Ned Smith Center, Bass Pro Shops, Doc Fritchey Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and the PA Fish and Boat Commission have partnered together to offer this fun-filled instructional camp. Share the joys of fishing with your child as skilled instructors cover topics that include conservation, aquatic insects, fly tying, casting and fishing gear.  Parents are encouraged to attend at no additional cost.  Ample time will be dedicated to casting instruction and practice, as well as fishing on the Wiconisco Creek.  Equipment will be provided for use during the program.  In addition to closed-toe shoes, participants should wear long pants. Each child will return home with their own spin cast reel and rod.  

FEE: $18.00/ student; $12.00/student with member discount.  Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend this camp.

Paper Making Workshop – Thursday, June 28, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Ages: 9-12

Join us for this environmentally-friendly camp as we explore the art of paper making and repurposing worn paper to create beautiful art projects. Campers will incorporate creative techniques learned in the workshop to make both three dimensional sculptures as well as flat art projects. Examples of some of the art forms we will introduce are: origami, tea bag folding, paper iris folding, card cut-ups, etc.  We will also learn to sculpt with homemade paper.  All supplies will be provided, but campers are encouraged to bring used tissue paper and odds and ends of wrapping paper to this workshop. 

Christmas in July – Wednesday & Thursday, July 11-12, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Ages: 8-12

Beat the heat by joining us for this festive camp session where we will focus on making holiday gifts and decorations.  We’ve compiled our favorite holiday projects that are sure to spark the imagination!  We will even learn to create “snow” so we can sculpt our own tabletop snowmen.

Grandparent and Me – Christmas in July – Friday, July 13, 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. 

Children ages: 4-8 and an older adult.  Grandparents are especially welcome!

Beat the heat by joining us for this festive camp session where we will focus on making holiday gifts and decorations.  We compiled our favorite holiday kid’s projects for you and your little helpers that will surely spark the imagination of all!  To help facilitate the shared learning experience, each adult is limited to bringing two children to camp. 

FEE: $12.00/person; member discount $10.00/person.

Geology Camp – Tuesday, July 17, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Ages 7-12

Geology?  It’s everywhere!  Rocks are the building blocks of the Earth.  New in 2012-volcanoes and earthquakes!  Join this quakin’, shakin’ and shapin’ camp as we learn interesting facts about rocks and unveil some secrets of the earth’s treasures.  Each student will come home with a “loot” of rocks and fossils that will be the envy of most rock hounds.  Through hands-on activities participants will actively learn about local geology as well as geology beyond the boundaries of the Commonwealth.  This is an exciting camp for those wanting to add specimens to their collection as well as for kids just beginning their first rock collection.  

Drawing Workshop – Thursday, July 24, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  

Ages 9-12                      

Explore the techniques of drawing people and pets with portrait illustrator Dana Bellis.  Students will have the opportunity to use graphite and colored pencils while having fun learning illustration techniques and technical procedures of animal features and figure sketching.  Students are encouraged to bring in photographs to serve as reference material.  All supplies will be provided.

Drawing Workshop – Thursday, August 9, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  

Ages 9-12                      

Explore the techniques of drawing people and pets with portrait illustrator Dana Bellis.  Students will have the opportunity to use graphite and colored pencils while having fun learning illustration techniques and technical procedures of animal features and figure sketching.  Students are encouraged to bring in photographs to serve as reference material.  All supplies will be provided.

Grandparent and Me – Wildlife Discovery Camp – Friday, August 10, 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. 

Children ages: 4-8 and an older adult.  Grandparents are especially welcome!     

Join us for this wild adventure filled with opportunities of exciting hands-on nature discoveries and activities you will never forget!  We will explore the lands of the Ned Smith Center to look for signs of wildlife and make our own plaster casts of animal tracks.  You will want to remember to bring your camera for this shared adventure of exploration.  

To help facilitate the shared learning experience, each adult is limited to bringing two children to camp.  FEE: $12.00/person; member discount $10.00/person.

Through The Looking Glass – Thursday, August 14, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Ages: 9-12

Build your very own kaleidoscope and other types of scopes while learning about reflection and the power of light as we discover how ordinary beads combined with bits of nature can create beautiful one-of-a-kind patterns. Part art project, part construction task, building your own kaleidoscope will offer an engaging way for young minds to learn about symmetrical patterns and the magical world of creating their own timeless keepsake.  This camp will have the kids building multiple types of scopes which will have them exploring their world from a whole new perspective.

Puppets – Friday, August 17, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Ages: 9-12

Imagination comes alive at our puppet-palooza camp! You are invited to join us to discover the world of puppetry as we learn to build our own unique puppets.  Throughout this camp session, traditional concepts used in creating puppets will be introduced as well as some new innovative ideas that will result in some very one-of-a kind creations.

Drama Camp for Kids 

Please visit Twin Valley Players website (http://www.twinvalleyplayers.org/) for more information on this exciting drama camp that includes theater, musical training, dance movement and creative activities.  

For more information contact the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art at (717) 692-3699 or visit http://www.nedsmithcenter.org/. The Ned Smith Center was founded in 1993 to commemorate the life and works of its namesake. Its mission is to merge the arts and the natural world and foster a celebration of both.