The list of special organizations and agencies in the area that sponsor summer camps for children is endless. There are sessions and themes to suit all sorts of schedules and tastes.
Here is a small sample:
• Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania, 112 W. Foster Ave., State College, offers camps featuring science exploration, crafts and outdoor activities for first- and second-graders, programs for parents and children, and drop-in science activities: 234-0200.
• Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center summer camps: 3400 Discovery Road, Petersburg, 863-2000, www.shaverscreek.org.
• YMCA of Centre County: Offers a variety of summer camps and programs for ages 3 and up at State College, Bellefonte and Moshannon Valley (Philipsburg) branches. 237-7717 (State College), 355-5551 (Bellefonte), 342-0889 (Moshannon Valley) or www.ymcaofcentrecounty.org.
• Centre Region Parks and Recreation summer day camps: 231-3071, www.crpr.org.
• Penn State offers summer camps and year-round programs in sports, arts, sciences, adventure, nature, leadership and career exploration: www.outreach.psu.edu/youth.
• Stone Valley Recreation Area offers Camp Adventure and other family oriented activities: www.psu.edu/stone_valley.
• Camp Woodward, 134 Sports Camp Drive, Woodward, offers camps in action sports, gymnastics, cheerleading and digital media: 349-5633, www.campwoodward.com.
• State College Area School District Community Education offers Shorts and Sports, an educational/recreational day camp for youth in first through sixth grades. There are additional offerings for middle and high school students: 231-1062, www.scasd.org/domain/50
• Child Development and Family Council offers camps for children who have completed kindergarten through 12 years old. Activities include swimming and field trips. www.cdfc.org