This program will be conducted in classroom facilities on Penn State’s University Park campus. Camp participants will reside in the Penn State residence halls while the camp is in session. If campers arrive prior to the first day of camp, or need additional lodging after the camp concludes, those additional arrangements for lodging are the responsibility of the camper.
Housing, Food Services, and Residence Life offers a secure and friendly environment for youth. The residence hall community also offers an excellent atmosphere for fun, learning, and growth. Each floor is gender-specific, and each building is normally assigned to only one gender. University policy requires that youth groups provide a minimum of one staff member for every 8 residential campers age 9 through 14 and one staff member for every 10 residential campers age 15 through 17. Residential counselors must be 18 years or older, of the same gender as the participants, and are required to successfully complete background clearance and mandated reporter training. The housing office also provides one conference assistant per building for youth programs. Our conference assistants can help participants who need directions, experience homesickness, have roommate issues, etc.
All residence hall areas have television lounges and pay laundry facilities. Pay phones are available in the commons areas. Bed linens are provided. Participants should bring the following items:
- Clothes hangers
- Portable fan
- Alarm clock,
- Other personal items
Rooms are not air-conditioned.
Attendees may indicate one roommate preference on the registration form. Each roommate must list the other on their registration form. Listing a roommate preference does not guarantee enrollment of the roommate in the program. If no preference is indicated, a roommate will be assigned. If the program has an odd number of males or females, a camper may not have a roommate.
Each hall has 24-hour door-card access for assigned residents. Only residents can access the hall. The doors are always locked.
Because the security and safety of youth participants are important, youth attendees must be in their assigned residence halls by 11:00 p.m. University-student auxiliary police monitor the residence halls and surrounding areas overnight.
Additional information about drop-off and pickup, and other important logistics, will be provided by email to enrolled campers and their parent or guardians about 2 weeks before camp starts.
The State College/University Park Airport (airport code: SCE) is located near the conference site. Call 814-865-5511 or visit the State College/University Park Airport website for information on flights.
The Penn State University Park campus is located within driving distance of many major cities, including Harrisburg (1.5 hrs., 90 mi.), Pittsburgh (3 hrs., 137 mi.), Philadelphia (3.5 hrs., 194 mi.), Baltimore (3.5 hrs., 155 mi.), Washington, D.C. (4 hrs., 190 mi.), New York City (5 hrs., 250 mi.), and Toronto (6.5 hrs., 304 mi.).
See our Visitors and Neighbors website for detailed visitor information, including maps.