Campus will offer Nittany Cub virtual youth camps this summer

DUNMORE, Pa .– After a year-long hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Penn State Scranton’s popular Nittany Cub Summer Camp program for area children is returning in virtual form.

Throughout the summer, the on-campus Business Development and Community Outreach Center (CBDCO) will host a full program of unique, fun and educational camps presented through Zoom. In addition to campus-specific camps, families will also be able to enroll their children in camps run in conjunction with other Penn State campuses, including Altoona, Berks, Lehigh Valley, and Schuylkill.

According to CBDCO director John Drake, ongoing security measures at the University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ultimately dictated the decision to make the camps virtual. This decision, he said, must have been taken months before the camps started.

“We will certainly miss having children on campus, but we had to make a decision that was in the best interests of the health and safety of the children and everyone else involved in the camps,” Drake said. . “Fortunately, however, going virtual allows us to collaborate with some of the other campuses, which increases the variety of camps.”

This year, the campus will feature Zoom versions of two of its most popular camps, “Wizards and Cauldrons” and “Arts Around the World,” both of which are taught by local teacher Julie Tischler.

During this time, Scranton will partner with the other campuses on camps focusing on many interesting topics including medical, creative writing, criminal psychology, the ins and outs of starting a business, ancient Egyptian culture and the Titanic.

“The students are learning, but they don’t know they are learning because they are having so much fun. And it’s a chance for them to meet new people and make new friendships, ”said Durdan. “What’s also great is that some of the camps provide a great opportunity for students to explore potential career paths. “

The camps are also a great introduction to Penn State (many campers go on to study on campus), and for many local families, they have become an annual summer rite.

“Because so many families bring their children back year after year, we have built great relationships with so many parents. And we really appreciate that, ”Drake said. “This summer, we can re-engage with them, at least virtually. “

Here is the schedule for the Nittany Cub camps:

Health Careers Camp, Grades 9 to 12: June 21-25, 10 a.m. to noon

Cultivate Creativity Camp for Young Authors, Grades 5 to 8: June 28-July 2, 9 a.m. to noon

Scratch Gaming and Programming Camp, 8-11 years: June 28-July 2, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Teen Entrepreneur Challenge Camp, Grades 10-12: July 6-16 (Tuesday to Friday), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. approximately

Creative communication camp, Grades 9 to 12: July 12-16, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Camp of Criminal Minds, Grades 9 to 12:

Criminal Minds Section I: July 12-16, 10 a.m. to noon

Criminal Minds Section II: July 26-30, 10 a.m. to noon

Wizards and Cauldrons Camp, 10-13 years: July 19-23, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Camp Arts around the world:

World Arts Section I, Ages: 10-13July 19-23, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

World Arts Section II, 12-15 years: July 26-30, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Titanic Tour Camp, 8-12 years: July 26-30, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Excavation of the camp of ancient Egypt, 8-12 years: 2-6 August, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

As for admission, the camps range from $ 79 to $ 350. To register or for a detailed description of each camp, visit: For more information, contact Durdan at 570-963-2509 or

SAT preparation course

In addition, CBDCO will be offering virtual SAT exam preparation courses for high school students this summer. Classes will take place on Zoom every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon from July 7 until August 18. Admission is $ 149.50 for each preparation session (verbal and mathematical), with materials included.

To register for SAT courses, visit: For more information, call 570-963-2509 or email

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