Abington's Kids and Teen College: Not your average summer camp

School kids are just a couple of short weeks away from the start of summer vacation. For students entering grades three through 12, Penn State Abington's Kids and Teen College offers weeklong, summertime programs that are fun, enriching, educational and great for the college resume. Many camps are aligned with the Pennsylvania STEM initiative -- a statewide effort dedicated to preparing the Commonwealth for global competitiveness through a strategy of enhanced science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and career development opportunities for Pennsylvania students and communities.

Penn State Abington supports this initiative and is pleased to offer a wide range of youth programs that focus on STEM subject areas, including robotics (Lego and VEX), "You be the Chemist," "Crime Scene Investigation," "Rocking with Rocketry," "Math Options for Girls," "Creating Computer Games," “Sports & Entertainment Marketing” and "Digital Music Composition." Art, literature and sports camps also are offered. All programs are designed to be both educational and fun.

Deanna Bosley, coordinator of Penn State Abington's summer camp program, said the program's location has a lot to offer students, too.

"Being on a college campus is a great experience for the teens and tweens. A week-long camp or two is a good way to supplement their summer by providing them a more mature experience in a collegiate atmosphere. Many of the counselors are current Penn Staters, so the campers not only experience what it's like to be on a college campus but also get to talk to and ask questions of enrolled college students. Something they wouldn't get at other area camps."

Penn State Abington's Kids and Teen College starts the week of June 28 and runs through the week of Aug. 9. Register soon to ensure placement and avoid disappointment, as camps fill up quickly.

To see detailed information on all camps, including dates and prices, visit http://www.abington.psu.edu/youthteen online or contact Deanna Bosley at 215-881-7339 or [email protected].

To be included on the Kids and Teen College mailing list, contact Deb Bressler at 215-881-7400 or [email protected].