As of March 2022, the majority of our facility is mask optional. In alignment with CDC, State of Pennsylvania and American Camp Association (ACA), please visit yocuminstitute.org/covid-19 to view our most current Covid-19 Mitigation Procedures. The safety of our campers and staff remains our top priority.
Engage in hands-on activities led by experienced teaching artists in a professional studio environment. Our Summer Arts Camps feature fun, innovative, and creative camps for ages 2–17. Each week offers a new unique theme, encouraging campers to explore, create, innovate and problem solve while growing critical thinking skills! Campers learn to be curious and brave, to solve problems on their own and as part of a group, try something new, be artistic and creative, be silly, try a new adventure, and make new friends.
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2022 Picturebook Preschool Camps for Ages 2-4
Camps run Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM-12 Noon, Snack is provided.
$155 | $145 Members (2022 prices)
Children’s favorite books inspire art projects, music, movement and theater games. Our youngest campers create in a nurturing and caring environment in our drop-off program. Held primarily in a preschool room, our Early Childhood Campers are led by Miss Becky. Guest Teaching Artists come join the group through the week for special activities with music, theater and creative movement. Playground and snack time too! We combine the art forms to promote socialization, early literacy skills and a lot of FUN.
June 20-24: Not A Box, by Antoinette Portis
June 27-July 1: From Head to Toe, by Eric Carle
July 5 – 8: If I Knew A Polar Bear, by Karen Sutula (4 days)
July 11-15: Art & Max by David Wiesner
July 18-22: Waking Dragons by Jane Yolen and Derek Anderson
July 25-29: Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman
Aug 1-5: The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler
Aug 8-12: Whistle for Willie, by Ezra Jack Keats
2022 Multi Arts Camps for Ages 4-12
Take it all in: Theater, Art, Music & Movement. New workshops under a different theme make every week something new to try. Our team of Teaching Artists are joined by Special Guests including weekly time with juggler/ circus artist T-Dog and visits from the team from Nolde Forest, More being added!
FULL DAY: Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Full day campers should pack a lunch.
$245 | $235 Members (2022 prices)
AM HALF DAY: Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM-12:30 PM
$180 | $170 Members (2022 prices)
June 13-17: Bugging Out, What does, “bugging out” mean to you? LIttle insects or going crazy. With a special visit from our friends from Nolde Forest, we will explore the insect world through all the art forms and get a little crazy too.
June 20-24: Art-venting: Young Engineers, Like to take things apart and create something new? This is your chance to get messy and creative. Our young artists will take apart old computers and other mechanical devices, mix them together to make something inspired by a character you create or an environment you imagine. Make your own musical instruments and help us transform on of our hallways into an art installation.
June 27-July 1: Dare Detectives, A week of mystery, intrigue and a lot of questions.. Campers will create clues for other groups to solve, scavenger hunts and other activities that get your thinking cap on. Do you dare?
July 5 – 8 (4 days): Arctic Adventures, It’s getting hot, so we are cooling off with “cool” experiments using dry ice, meet some of our cold weather friends, explore sounds from the arctic and learn tales and folklore from the icy regions of our world.
July 11-15: Time Travelers: Futuristic Fun, What do you see when you imagine the future? If you took an object you like to play with now, how might it change in the future? This week is focused on all of the fun things we have to look forward to!
July 18-22: Who’s in the Castle?, Create your family crest and design a personalized Castle. Classic tales of knights, princesses and dragons are only the beginning, the answer of “Who’s in the Castle?,” can only be found in our campers amazing imaginations.
July 25-29: Pop Art & Fancy Fashionistas, From the Campbell’s soup can to TikTok, pop art shapes and informs our everyday lives. Explore what Pop Art is and take it into the the world of fashion, students will design an article of clothing (i.e. hat, t-shirt) while exploring all things “Pop” from music to dance to art.
Aug 1-5: Horns, Tails & Wings: Creature Creations, Our friends of Nolde Forest return to show us real life creatures to inspire us to imagine our own. From feathers to fur, campers will create their own creature from idea to back story to art piece.
Aug 8-12: Percussion to Pollock: Art in Action, Local percussionists join us this week to collaborate with our teaching artists in dance and visual art to create an explosion of color. Dress for MESS! Every day will bring a new sound, look and inspiration as art forms collide.
Aug 15-20: Mini Movie Making, Stretching beyond the “likes” of YouTube, our movie makers learn more about what goes into making a movie as they create shorts with local film director Andrew Pochan. Created works will be edited and finalized after the camp and posted to Yocum’s YouTube page.
2022 Specialty & Performance Camps for Ages 7-17
Older campers work with professional directors, actors, dancers, and artists to develop performance, writing, and/or artistic skills. These camps help to build confidence, collaboration, and creativity while working in a safe and encouraging environment. Performance and Teen Camps range in length (1 – 3 weeks) and many result in performances held in the Yocum Institute’s Schumo Black Box Theater. All camps are led by talented teaching artists and creative professionals who work in education and their chosen discipline.
Camp times and age ranges vary, please click the links below for details. Snacks and lunch are not provided.
**Online registration ends the Wednesday before the start of a new camp. Please call 610-376-1576 after that time to check availability and to register.**
CANCELLATION POLICY: Withdrawal from camp 10 days before start: full refund, 5 to 9 days: 50% refund, 2 to 4 days: 25% refund, after that no refund will be issued.
(Subject to Change based on Covid-19 Mitigation Efforts)
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