Why Mercersburg Summer Programs?

Mercersburg Summer is all about fun. Nestled in the mountains of south-central Pennsylvania, our beautiful campus provides the perfect setting for a wide range of opportunities for learning, personal growth, and most importantly, fun. Each summer, participants take part in an array of programs, ranging from Mercersburg Adventure Camp to various Enrichment, Arts, and Sports Camps.

Mercersburg Summer programs are safe, supportive environments that focus on engaging participants on every level and challenging them to broaden their horizons, make new friends and create unforgettable memories. Mercersburg Summer programs are co-ed, with both day and overnight options for kids ages 8-17. Our participants come from all over the country and all over the world to enjoy the dozens of programs that are offered every summer. Over a thousand kids gather here between June and August to enjoy our programs. No matter what your interests are, there is a Mercersburg Summer Program for you.

Our camps are a young person’s dream. In fact, they may also be an adult’s dream. Here are just some of the reasons why parents love us:

We invite prospective families to schedule a visit to our campus and discover the essence of our summer programs and the Mercersburg Academy campus. Please schedule your visit by e-mailing us at:
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Tuition covers everything—all activity choices, events, trips, meals, camp shirt, backpack, and a water bottle. There are no extra charges; campers do not need snacks, care packages, or even personal spending money. 


We also believe that communication is one of the keys to success. That communication includes 24-hour phone access to the camp staff, and includes a call from your camper’s counselor after camp gets started. Check out our blog or photos that we update regularly during sessions so that parents get a “virtual” look at what we are doing and where we are going!


Our Campus features over 300 acres of expansive athletic fields, wildlife habitat areas, farmland and state-of-the-art academic facilities. 

Our renovated academics buildings contain modern lab spaces, art studios, computer facilities, study areas, and faculty offices. The entire campus is connected via a wireless network, bringing a whole world of information directly to students in the classroom, the library, the dormitories, and even the dining hall. Whether you like chemistry or computer programming, our facilities can fulfill your needs.

Displaying an affection for the arts, Mercersburg opened the Burgin Center for the Arts in September 2006. The building houses state-of-the-art spaces for music, dance, theatre, and visual arts. A two-story atrium, a studio theatre, a chorale room, and a recital hall are just a few features of the facility.

The Nolde Athletic Center and Hale Field House include 7 full-size basketball courts, 4 tennis courts, a 9 lane 25-yard pool, state of the art fitness center, Davenport Squash Courts, and Kuhn Wrestling room. 

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Choosing an overnight program brings excitement and concerns, particularly if the choice involves a first-time experience or a new location. Overnight experiences offer young people multiple opportunities to develop their identity both individually and socially, to gain personal responsibility, and to increase their self-esteem through independent thoughts and actions.


All of our adventures are supervised to varying degrees. Young people need the opportunity to succeed and even to struggle, with the knowledge that they are tackling challenges within a supportive environment.


Care of our participants includes medical services. Our on-campus health center provides care for minor bumps and bruises, and we have access to emergency services 24 hours a day.


All Mercersburg Summer participants stay in modern, recently renovated dormitories, complete with air conditioning, carpeted hallways, tiled bathrooms, and private shower areas. Counselors and other staff live in adjacent rooms, where they place an emphasis on respect, courtesy, and consideration.

Campers at Mercersburg Summer programs enjoy some of the best food imaginable. While our menu is varied, our food is nutritiously balanced and our chefs are very sensitive to alternative diet needs and preferences. All meals include a main entree, side dishes, salad/sandwich bar, a vegetarian option, and a fruit station.


Around here, we understand that great summer staff makes for great summer programs. Mercersburg Summer staff are inventive, creative and responsible people who truly love to work with kids. Our instructors, many of whom are current Mercersburg Academy faculty, are not only experts in their fields, but also experts at making learning fun. Mercersburg Summer Counselors are typically college students or youthful teachers who have a zest for working with kids. Staff preparation includes CPR/AED training, safety management, and interpersonal skills focused on dealing with homesickness and other camper issues. 
Our Adventure Camper to Counselor ratio ensures that the staff can direct all of their focus on the unique needs and development of self-esteem and self-confidence in every camper. Staff preparation includes interpersonal skills that address mediating/resolving conflicts, homesickness, and other camper issues. We put a special focus on training to ensure that all staff are prepared to handle anything that comes their way.
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