Elizabethtown College Engineering Summer Academy

Rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors are invited to apply for the Elizabethtown College Engineering Summer Academy. The multi-day program takes place on the College’s beautiful 204-acre campus where students will use engineering, creativity, and scientific innovation to explore the Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st century. Through this program you will learn about many different engineering career paths, all while continuing to develop skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, and teamwork. 

The program will take place July 15-19, 2024 from 7:45 am – 4:30 pm. The cost is $525/participant (includes admissions, materials, and meals), however, there are still numerous FULL scholarships available.  Students will need to provide their own transportation.

For more information and to apply, please click here. The application deadline is May 31, 2024.

Camp Schreiber Volunteers

The Schreiber Center for Pediatric Development is proud to host an inclusive summer camp for kids, teens, and young adults of ALL abilities where campers can learn, play, and grow together in an inclusive environment that benefits both their campers and volunteers.

They are currently seeking student volunteers for the summer! Volunteers will interact with children from diverse backgrounds, gain valuable experience working with individuals of all abilities, and make a positive difference in the lives of local young people. Volunteers will help oversee fitness, sports, games, arts and crafts, and other camp activities.

The dates and times are as follows:

June 18-20, June 24-27, July 1-3, July 8-11, and July 15-18

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of two days. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a volunteer at Camp Schreiber, here is the application: https://bit.ly/CampSchreiberVolunteerApplication

Aviation STEM Camp

Calling all Lancaster County students who are interested in exploring careers in Aviation!

The Aviation STEM Camp is for students entering grades 9-12 and will take place June 12-14, 2024 from 9 am – 1:30 pm at the Listrak Building in Lititiz, PA (west of Lancaster Airport). This is a FREE program and lunch will be provided.

This industry is welcoming the next generation of skilled young persons who will use science, technology, engineering, and math in Aviation. This growing sector offers challenging and well-paid careers for pilots, mechanics, engineers, air traffic controllers, and many others.

At the summer camp, students will enjoy a unique hands-on experience hosted by EMU at Lancaster, Aero-Tech Services, Inc., the Lancaster STEM Alliance, and the Steinman Foundation.

To register, please go to https://emu.edu/lancaster/aviation/2024-summer-camp. Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Momentum Summer Coding Academy

Attention rising 11th and 12th graders who are Lancaster County residents and interested in STEM – you don’t want to miss this opportunity!

Elizabethtown College’s nationally recognized School of Engineering and Computer Science, in collaboration with the Lancaster County STEM Alliance and Cargas, will host the Momentum Summer Coding Academy, a six-week summer program aiming to ignite high school students’ interest in STEM, particularly computer programming. 

The Academy strives to expose students to the excitement and career prospects within the programming field while providing students with college credit. The program encourages exploration of diverse educational paths, acknowledging alternatives beyond the traditional four-year college route. Students will be exposed to various computing skills including: programming language (Javascript), database creation and maintenance, game development, web development, and cybersecurity.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage with current college students, fostering mentorship and representation, and gain crucial professional skills including resume development, networking etiquette, and guidance on post-secondary processes, ensuring students are well-equipped for future education and career opportunities.

Transportation to and from the academy must be provided.

The following is included in the program: 





The academy will take place July 1 – August 9, 2024 (no sessions July 4-5) from 9 am – 2 pm at Cargas (101 N. Queen Street, #300, Lancaster, PA 17603). The application deadline is May 24, 2024. Interested students can apply online at etown.edu/summerprograms. Students can contact mca@etown.edu with any questions. 

ABC Girls Summer Construction Camp

All ‘bout Construction (ABC) Girls Camp will be held June 17-20 at Associated Builders & Contractors’ Manheim location. During camp, campers will learn about the construction process, visit local job sites, and build take-home projects.

Please note:

  • Camp is FREE
  • Open to 14–19-year-old girls
  • This is a full-day camp; breakfast snacks and lunch are provided
  • Transportation to/from camp is the responsibility of the camper; transportation for field trips is taken care of by ABC
  • Priority will be given to first-time applicants
  • Space is limited. Applications are due by no later than April 19.

The application is available here and can be emailed to erin@abckeystone.org.

The Lancaster County Youth Conservation School

The Lancaster County Youth Conservation School is ready to welcome a new class of students ages 14-16 looking for a summer adventure! Participants will learn about local wildlife, participate in environmental conservation, and enjoy the great outdoors during this immersive week-long experience.

This year’s program will be held July 21-26, 2024. Application registration closes June 7, 2024 (or earlier if the class is filled). This exciting summer environmental education program consists of 6 days (5 nights) at Northern Lancaster County Game and Fish Protective Association in Denver, PA. There is a $25 registration fee after students have been notified of acceptance to the program. 

The application, agenda, pictures, and more information can be found at https://lancasterconservation.org/youth-conservation-school/

Note: Students who attended for the first time in 2020 or 2021 may attend again due to the pandemic. Normally, students may attend one year only.

Upon selection, students and parent or guardian must complete all necessary medical forms, waivers, and consent forms.

This is an amazing opportunity for students with a love of science and the outdoors!

West Point’s Summer Leaders Experience (SLE)

West Point’s Summer Leaders Experience (SLE) is looking for high-achieving young people who are in great standing with their school and community, and who want to challenge themselves. 

What is SLE?

  • SLE is a one-week program for current Juniors (High School Class of 2025) to visit West Point in June.
  • Students in this program get to spend the week with cadets, live in the barracks, and eat in the mess hall.
  • Learn about West Point’s world class academics by trying 5 of our 17 academic workshops.
  • Learn about military training and becoming a Leader of Character at West Point by completing two military days to include rappelling, Zodiac boats, combatives (like Jiu-Jitsu) training and more!
  • Challenge themselves physically by attempting the Candidate Fitness Assessment, conducting physical training, and sports.
  • Complete their admissions interview with a cadet.
  • Spend the week making friends with other students from all over the US who are applying to West Point.

Students may sign up for this program now at westpoint.edu. Their priority application deadline for SLE is Friday, March 15th, and they will accept applications until April 15th. SLE is competitive and not all who apply are offered to attend.

Learn more about SLE- https://www.westpoint.edu/admissions/summer-program
Apply now- https://apply.westpoint.edu/portal/candidate

STEM Summer Program at Millersville University

The College of Science and Technology at Millersville University is pleased to announce the 36th annual Summer Science Training Program (SSTP) for students with an interest in STEM.  Two distinct five-day sessions of science, math, and technology workshops will be taught consecutively, with each session consisting of 10 stimulating topics under the STEM umbrella.  This program is open to students entering 8th through 12th grade in the fall of 2024.

The program includes two five-day sessions held during the weeks of June 24-June 28, 2024 (Session 1 for grades 8-9) and July 8-July 12, 2024 (Session 2 for grades 10-12).  During each session, students will be engaged in exciting hands-on activities during three-hour workshops from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Participants will use fully equipped labs and classroom facilities in Millersville University’s Science and Technology Complex. SSTP participants will benefit from the extensive experience of the Millersville University mathematics, science, and technology faculty and staff who serve as instructors for all workshops. Students can register for a session based on their grade as of fall 2024. 

Additional program and registration information can be found on the SSTP website. The cost of this year’s program is $250 per Session, which covers instructional costs and supplies.  Due to limited lab space and equipment, early registration is encouraged to ensure participation.

Registration opens March 1, 2024. The registration deadlines are June 20, 2024 for Session 1 and July 5, 2024 for Session 2, OR when each session reaches 24 participants (whichever comes first). This is an engaging and enriching program to add to your summer schedule!

Pre-College Summer Programs

One of the great things about being in high school are all the different opportunities available to help you prepare for your future. Many colleges and universities offer pre-college programs over the summer to help high school students gain knowledge, explore career options, and possibly earn college credits. Check out the exciting programs below and make sure to check back to the “Summer Opportunities” page for updates! 

Bucknell University

Bucknell Academy Summer Experience (BASE) is a residential, hands-on learning experience giving students a chance to be exposed to college-level work and explore the value of a liberal arts perspective in making challenging decisions to improve today’s world.

Dates: June 23-28, 2024

Who: Rising high school juniors and seniors are welcome to apply

Application can be found here: https://www.bucknell.edu/admissions-aid/plan-visit/camps-conferences-visit-programs/bucknell-academy-summer-experience

Financial Aid is available

Application deadline: March 16, 2024

Cornell University

Cornell University Precollege Studies is currently accepting applications for summer online classes for high school students. Immerse yourself in rigorous online courses taught by top Cornell faculty and earn 3 to 8 credits. 

Dates: Courses offered between June 3 – August 6, 2024

Who: Rising high school juniors and seniors are welcome to apply

Application can be found here: https://sce.cornell.edu/precollege

Limited financial aid available

DeSales University

Below is information on two different unique and exciting programs offered by DeSales University.

DeSales University Summer Video Institute & Advanced Summer Institute

Dates: June 17-22, 2024 and July 8-13, 2024

Who: Ages 13 and up

Application can be found here: www.desales.edu/svi

Application deadline: June 2024 (see website for more details) 

Summer Theatre Institute at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Dates: July 22-August 3, 2024

Who: Rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors & rising college freshmen 

Application can be found here: www.desales.edu/sti

Limited scholarships are available. Scholarship deadline is April 20, 2024

Messiah University 

Messiah University offers a number of programs over the summer for high school students. Check out the websites below for more information!

Cyber Camp: June 10-13, 2024 (apply online by May 13th)  www.messiah.edu/cybercamp

Exploring Careers in Healthcare: June 10-12, 2024 (apply online by June 2nd) www.messiah.edu/healthcareerscamp 

Psychology Camp: June 23-28, 2024 (apply online by June 1st) www.messiah.edu/psychcamp

Young Filmmakers’ Workshop: June 23-28, 2024 (apply online by June 1st) www.messiah.edu/filmmakersworkshop

Young Writers Workshop: June 23-28, 2024 (apply online by June 1st; apply by April 1st for  discounted rate) www.messiah.edu/writersworkshop

Young Peacemakers Academy: June 23-28, 2024 (apply online by June 3rd) www.messiah.edu/youngpeacemakers

University of Delaware

University of Delaware is offering “Edge,” a three-week, credit-bearing college experience for accomplished and highly motivated high school students 

Dates: July 7-27, 2024

Who: Rising high school juniors and seniors are welcome to apply

Application can be found here: www.udel.edu/edge

Limited financial aid available

Application deadline: May 1, 2024

West Point “Summer Leaders Experience” Opportunity

The United States Military Academy at West Point is offering two “Summer Leaders Experience” (SLE) sessions on June 1-7 and June 8-14, 2024. Current high school juniors may apply now, and the priority application deadline is March 15, 2024. The SLE is a fantastic opportunity for students to interact with West Point Cadets, complete academic workshops, participate in military days, and more.

A Facebook Live event covering SLE will be held on February 15th at 6 pm and is available here or on the Facebook page “West Point Admissions.” Major Mark Owens (Southeast Regional Commander, USMA ’13) and Cadet Raquel Zitta (USMA ’25) will co-host this event and discuss SLE and how to apply. Students can ask them live questions if they attend!

A flyer with more detailed information can be found here.