Adventure Camps

Create a unique computer graphic and learn how to perform a mind bending card trick. Explore African elephants as part of the Wonders of the World and bike trails at nearby Raystown Lake. Try outdoor adventures in canoeing, horseback riding , and river tubing. Go wild on the Wildcat roller coaster at Hersheypark amusement park and soak up a night at the ballpark. Bond with the best (and most enthusiastic) counselors anywhere! Play flashlight tag, camp out with your friends, and have fun playing wacky games.


Junior Adventure Camp (JAC: Ages 7-10)

Junior Campers ages 7-8 will have the time of their lives expressing themselves in a safe and fun environment that embraces and appreciates the diversity of every camper. Read More >

Mercersburg Adventure Camp (MAC: Ages 8-14)

Adventure Camp is two weeks of non-stop fun that kids will talk about for years.  Join Camera Crew to write, direct, and star in your own short film or battle in Iron Chef to make the tastiest treats. Read More >

Discovery Day Camp (Ages 8-12, Non-Boarding)

Discovery Campers ages 8-12 will have the time of their lives in a safe and fun environment that embraces and appreciates the diversity of every camper. Read More >

Merit/Financial Aid Initiative

Our Merit/Financial Aid Initiative provides students displaying strong desire, high merit, and financial need the opportunity to attend our programs. Download the Financial Aid Checklist and submit the Financial Aid Applicationalong with your registration. Contact our office if you have any questions via email or phone.


Parents’ Corner

Our Adventure 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:

CAMP LIFE

These are contemporary camps with a traditional flavor, even down to cabin life. Campers live in a modern, air-conditioned dormitory that has been altered to meet the vigorous needs of Adventure Campers.

Two sets of bunk beds occupy each dorm room, which 3-4 campers transform into their cabin. Carpeted hallways lead to tiled bathrooms, with showers that have privacy curtains. Bring your trunk and personal necessities, and you are set for cabin life, Adventure Camp style. Counselors live in adjacent cabins and our open-door policy ensures comfort and safety for every camper. An emphasis on respect, courtesy, cooperation, and consideration enables campers to live and thrive with others to make cabin life enjoyable for all.

INCLUSIVE TUITION

Tuition covers everything—all activity choices, events, trips, meals, two camp shirts, backpack, and a water bottle. There are no extra charges; campers do not need snacks, care packages, or even personal spending money.  We also offer financial aid to families based on need and merit.  Download the financial aid checklist and form.

APPROACH

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.

COMMUNICATION

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!

HEALTH/CARE

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.

VISITS/REFERENCES

Feel free to arrange a visit to our campus and discover the essence of our Adventure Camps and the Mercersburg Academy campus. References are also available, upon request.
 Commuter OptionResidential OptionLengthEnrichmentsOutdoor ActivitiesCostMultiple SessionsWeekend Stayover
Discovery Camp Yes No 5 Days Culinary Creations, Digital Arts, Wacky Science Lab and more! Tubing, Sports, Swimming, Slip-n-Slide, Canoing, Alpaca Farm, HersheyPark and more! $275.00 Yes No
Junior Adventure Camp No Yes 6 Days Edible Experiments, Mad Science Lab, Tie Dye, Sand Art, Science Projects, Paper Mache and more! Travel to a local state forest area for a day of canoe rides, trail hiking, swimming, Frisbee golf, sports, tubing and more! $925.00 No No
Mercersburg Adventure Camp No Yes 13 Day Adventures in Clay, Craft of Art, Center Stage, Digital Photography, Videography, The Joy of Cooking, Old School Science Lab, Wizard Training and more! Canoeing, Geocaching, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Sports and Games, Wild World of Animals, Wilderness Survival Skills and more! $2150.00 Yes Yes
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