This summer – IDEA Camp for kids entering 3rd-5th grades!

Full-day outdoor camp offered for 7-weeks of Interactive Discovery & Educational Adventures.

7 weeks, 7 adventures!

Week 3 and Week 5 are presented in partnership with Carlisle Arts Learning Center (


YWCA Carlisle & Cumberland County (YWCCC) is offering week-long, interactive camp experiences for elementary students. Campers will engage with local professionals, and will learn by doing projects, experiments and demonstrations in a fun environment! Each week will feature field trips off site, and a day spent at the Carlisle Community Pool.


Students entering 3rd, 4th & 5th grade in 2021-22 school year


All weeks are held at YWCA Carlisle & Cumberland County, 301 G Street, Carlisle PA 17013


8:30am – 3:30pm, Monday through Friday

Registration is first-come, first-serve, and camp capacity is capped at 20 campers per week.  I.D.E.A. Camps cost $150/week per child entering 3rd through 5th grades.

Drop off time for camp is from 8:30-8:45 and pick up is between 3:15-3:30.

Camp weeks:

Week 1: June 21-25 – The Art of Coding
Week 2: June 28-July 2 – Into the Wild
Week 3: July 12-July 16 – Around the World
Week 4: July 19-23 – The Hill We Climb
Week 5: July 26-30 – One Voice
Week 6: August 2-6 – Local Heroes
Week 7: August 9-13 – Daily Detectives


$150/Week – You can sign up for one week, 7 weeks, or anything in between!  Scholarships available

More Information?

Contact Thomas at or call 717.243.3818.

Ready to Register? Register ONLINE BELOW then CLICK HERE to complete supplemental forms for a summertime of fun!!!

Week 1: The Art of Coding – June 21-25 – Fieldtrip to Whitaker Center/Harsco Science Center

Does your kiddo love figuring out how things work? Then this is the camp for you! Students will use computers to learn basic coding techniques and skills. Students will also be off screens to complete activities that introduce coding, binary code, conditional statements in programming, and more. Guest speakers include individuals working in the STEM field, including a focus on ‘Women in STEM’. Field trip destination is the Whitaker Center in downtown Harrisburg to spend time in the Harsco Science Center!

Week 2: Into the Wild – June 28-July 2

Students will learn about different species of animals throughout the week, including sea creatures, birds, insects, reptiles, mammals and more! This week will cultivate a love of animals and the animals’ natural habitats. Lessons and activities include information about preservation and what your child can do to help preserve their local animal species.

Week 3: Around the World – July 12-16

A week of fun with Carlisle Arts Learning Center (CALC), as we take a trip around the world in 5 days by learning about countries on 6 different continents! CALC will teach artistic techniques that originated in different countries across the world. Students are encouraged to learn and try the techniques themselves. Featured guest speakers will talk about their culture and traditions as it relates to their own heritage.

Week 4: The Hill We Climb: Creating a Better Tomorrow – July 19-23

Students will learn about racial justice, social justice and equity throughout the week! Campers participate in activities that help them develop and explore their identities, purpose, and their sense of belonging. Students are empowered to have confidence in themselves, be proud of their differences, and celebrate others around them.

Week 5: One Voice – July 26-30 – Fieldtrip to Keystone Theatrics at Allenberry

Students will use different art mediums to use their voice to express themselves and their uniqueness to find their voice. Students will work with the Carlisle Arts Learning Center (CALC) to create their own masterpieces that center around personal expression. Children will utilize techniques like painting, drawing, writing, music, and theatre to express their personal identities, to advocate for a cause, and to demonstrate acts of service throughout the community!

Week 6: Local Heroes – August 2-6

Students will channel their inner superhero powers as they meet and learn from local heroes. Students are encouraged to be introspective and share what abilities make them special. These attributes will be fostered throughout the week, as they are encouraged to use their traits for good. Throughout the week, guest speakers will describe the way they create beneficial change for the community – guest speakers include a veterinarian, artist, bank manager, and more!

Week 7: Daily Detectives – August 9-13

Students will become a detective for a week – learning about the daily life and tasks of police officers and detectives. Students will meet Carlisle’s local K-9 officer, and of course his trusty K-9! They will hear from a forensics expert to learn about DNA and do some forensic investigating! A detective from Carlisle will help the kids learn what it’s really like to be a professional detective! All activities will be designed to stimulate minds and see behind the scenes of the local police force.