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2024 Summer Camps

Engage in hands-on activities led by experienced teaching artists in a professional studio environment. Our Summer Arts Camps feature fun, innovative, and creative camps for ages 3–12. Each week offers a new unique theme, encouraging campers to explore, create, innovate and problem solve while growing critical thinking skills and making new friends! 

Scholarships Available

To apply for a scholarship please visit Scholarship Application

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Tap Dance Class

Ages 3-5

Picturebook Preschool Camps

Camps run Monday-Friday:
9:00 AM-12:30 PM
Snack is provided.

$185 | $175 Members 

Children’s favorite books inspire art projects, music, movement and theater games. Our youngest campers create in a nurturing and caring environment in our drop-off program that combines the art forms to promote socialization, early literacy skills and a lot of FUN.. Led, by Miss Becky, this camp has less transitions moving between spaces than the multi-arts camp, while continuing to provide access to guest Teaching Artists who join the group throughout the week for special activities. We also have playground and snack time too! 

June 17-21, 2024
The Life of a Little Plastic Bottle by IglooBooks

June 24-28, 2024
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

July 8-12, 2024
Baby’s Dragon Big Sneeze by Sheryl Bass

July 15-19, 2024
Monster Trouble by Lane Frederickson

July 22-26, 2024
Too Cute to Spook by Diana Aleksandrova

July 29 – Aug 2, 2024
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

Aug. 5-9, 2024

Every So Often, a Zebra Has Spots by by Lauren Grabois Fischer

Aug. 12-16, 2024

Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry

Ages 4-12

Multi Arts Camps

Theater, Art, Music, Movement, Playground, Snack time! New workshops and instructors under a different theme make every week something new to try. Our team of Teaching Artists are joined by Special Guests including: T-Dog (Tanya Turgeon), the team from Nolde Forest, and more surprises. AND, sharings are BACK! Families are welcome to join us on Friday’s at noon when our campers share snippets of their week’s adventures in music, art, creative drama and movement.

FULL DAY: 

Monday-Friday (ages 5-12)

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM 

Drop-off starts at 8:30 AM

Pick-up starts at 4:15 PM 

Pack a lunch. 

$285 | $275 Members
Max: 30 Full Day

 

AM HALF DAY: 

Monday-Friday (ages 4-12)

9:00 AM-12:30 PM 

Drop-off starts at 8:30 AM

Pick-up at 12:30 PM

$190 | $180 Members

Max 20 Half Day

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June 17th - June 21st: From Trash to Treasure - Found Art Extravaganza! 

Learn how to take trash and transform it into treasure! Make collage masterpieces using items from your junk drawer, turn ordinary household objects into unique musical instruments, and use random items to create a one-of-kind found art puppet show! 

June 24th - June 28th: Optical Illusions and Magic Tricks

Embark on a mesmerizing journey into the world of optical Illusions and magic! This extraordinary camp week combines the wonder of visual illusions, mind-bending tricks, and creative arts, offering a truly enchanting experience for young minds and aspiring magicians and artists alike. Let’s make magic together!

July 8th - July 12th: Superhero Fairy Tales
Hold on to your capes and get ready for a week filled with superpowered excitement, heroic storytelling, and artistic innovation. Campers will transform into the superheroes of their wildest dreams, blending the enchantment of fairy tales with the thrill of superhero action.

July 15th - July 19th: Myths & Monsters

Fans of the Percy Jackson series will love this adventure-filled camp! Explore the realms of ancient mythology in this exhilarating summer adventure! Create new mythical creatures, build new magical worlds, and write and perform epic tales of heroes and monsters.

 

July 22nd - July 26th: Halloween in July

You don’t have to wait for October to have some spooky fun! Campers will spend the week creating fun costumes, constructing creepy crafts, designing haunted houses, and acting out spooky stories. The week will be filled with tricks and treats for all ages. Campers may even get a sneak peek at our summer production of The Addams Family!

 

July 29th - August 2nd: Lego - Think Outside the Brick
Make one-of-a-kind creations using nothing but legos and a little bit of imagination. Discover new ways to use lego - make jewelry, unique artwork, and clever lego crafts.

 

July 31- Aug 4: Carnival of the Animals
Lead Teacher, Nadia Pochan
Drawing from the music and poetry of Camille Saint-Saëns, we will create a new re-mix carnival of real, mythical, and imaginary animals. Poetry, Spoken Word, all genres of music will inspire how our animals move, what they look like and where they may have come from.

August 5th - August 9th: Camp Olympics! 

Explore the magic, history, and culture diversity of the Summer Olympics through the arts! Create magnificent Olympic treasures, act amazing stories of athletic daring, and explore the wonderful musical rhythms of the Olympic games.

August 12th- August 16th: Mini Movie Making Camp!
Lights, Camera, Action! Campers will learn the art of filmmaking with BLiNCK studios. Develop an idea, create a script, and bring that script to life. All campers will have the opportunity to create a short film that can be shared on the Yocum YouTube channel! 

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Ages 8-15

Specialty & Performance Camps

Older campers work with professional directors, actors, dancers, and artists to develop performance, writing, and/or artistic skills. These camps help to build confidence, collaboration, and creativity while working in a safe and encouraging environment. Performance and Teen Camps range in length (1 – 3 weeks) and many result in performances held in the Yocum Institute’s Schumo Black Box Theater. All camps are led by talented teaching artists and creative professionals who work in education and their chosen discipline.

Camp times and age ranges vary, please click the links below for details. Snacks and lunch are not provided.

Specialty and Performance Summer Camps

Broadway JR: Audition Boot Camp
Theater Faculty
Ages 8-15

July 1st,  2nd, 3rd 

HALF DAY: Monday - Wednesday, 9am - 12:30pm

This special "how to," audition workshop is open only to students registered for the 2024 Broadway Jr. Show: The Addams Family. Learn good audition practices, review the audition materials, and make new friends. Perfect for the actor without much auditioning experience or the actor who struggles with nerves! Highly recommended for those new to Yocum's Broadway JR program.

$35 each day | Schumo Theater 

2024 Broadway Jr:

THE ADDAMS FAMILY: YOUNG PART
Ages 8-15

3 Weeks: July 8-26, 2024 + Performances
Monday-Friday, 9:15 AM-4:15 PM + performances
$575 | $555 Members


Ticketed Performances will be held July 28, 29, 30

Blend a performance opportunity with the skill building to improve any performance. Led by Andrea Hart, Guest Teachers and Yocum Theater Faculty, this popular in depth summer theater experience gives young actors training in voice, dance and acting while working towards putting on a fabulous production for the public.

About the Show

Join Andrea Hart, Joel Gori, Kristina Dennis, Jeremiah Loubriel, and the rest of the Broadway JR team for an unforgettable theatrical experience. All campers will get the opportunity to learn acting techniques, collaborate with fellow cast members, and create wonderful memories on stage and off. This year, our production will be “The Addams Family: Young Part.” Young actors will get the opportunity to play creepy and quirky characters and make big acting choices! The Broadway JR team strives to give each actor an opportunity to shine and grow as a performer and a person

Synopsis from Theatrical Rights Worldwide

“Celebrate the wackiness in every family with our best-selling Broadway musical adapted for middle school-age performers! Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family whom her parents have never met. She confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before– keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.”

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Helpful things to know before registering:

  • It is expected that participants will attend every day of the program for the full time.

  • Actors will be responsible for, learning music, choreography and lines. Depending on the role, this may require time outside the program day.

  • No role is precast. Auditions are held during the first week of camp.

  • Tickets are $15 for ages 3+, Show run time is approximately 60 minutes.


(*Please note: Memberships will be confirmed upon registration, no separate member discount code is needed)

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Parent Resources

**Online registration ends the Wednesday before the start of a new camp.
Please call 610-376-1576 after that time to check availability and to register.**

CANCELLATION POLICY: Upfront $25 cancellation fee. Withdrawal from camp 10 days before start: full refund, 5 to 9 days: 50% refund, 2 to 4 days: 25% refund, after that no refund will be issued. 

In the case of an extreme emergency, please contact us. Although camp is non-refundable, if we are able to accommodate it, we may be able to transfer your child to another camps this season.

Picturebook Preschool Camp Information 
Multi Arts Camp Information

2024 Medical Care and Release Form (Coming May 2024)
2024 Camp Withdraw/Transfer Request Form (Coming May 2024)

DOES “4 - 12 YEARS OLD” MEAN THAT MY 10 YEAR OLD WILL BE WITH 4 YEAR OLDS?

In short: Nope. Each week we look at the enrollment and divide everyone into smaller developmentally age-appropriate groups. We do our best to cap groups at 12 participants which allows for individualized attention. Groups travel with their aide to studio spaces to experience each art form.

 

WHAT TIME DOES CAMP START?

  • Multi Arts: Drop-off begins at 8:30 AM, camp activities begin at 9:00 AM.

  • Picturebook Preschool: Drop-off begins at 8:30 AM for 9:00 start time.

  • Specialty Camps: Drop-off and Pick-up differs between programs. Please check each for specifics. 

 

IS CARE AVAILABLE BEFORE and/or AFTER CAMPS?

Please contact us directly. There is no official before or after care, but we are often able to work with you to support your need.

WHAT IS A “TEACHING ARTIST?”

The term “teaching artist” can be a broad term. At the Yocum Institute for Arts Education, we use the definition that many states use in the context of education: “A teaching artist (artist–educator) is a practicing professional artist with the complementary skills and sensibilities of an educator, who engages people in learning experiences in, through, and about the arts.” We choose our teachers and aides carefully based not only on their resume, but their ability to work with children and classroom management skills. We also, typically have them lead a sample class prior to hiring.

WHAT IF MY PLANS CHANGE OR MY CHILD GETS SICK?

CANCELLATION POLICY: Upfront $25 cancellation fee. Withdrawal from camp 10 days before start: full refund, 5 to 9 days: 50% refund, 2 to 4 days: 25% refund, after that no refund will be issued. In the case of an extreme emergency, please contact us. Although camp is non-refundable, if we are able to accommodate it, we may be able to transfer your child to another camps this season.

WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS SPECIAL FOOD OR BEHAVIORAL NEEDS?

We believe in creating a space that allows all children to succeed. Directors and staff will work with you to make sure all special needs of campers are met throughout the week, whether they be monitoring the snacks or monitoring behavior.

Please keep in mind, that if a child’s behavior is disruptive to the detriment of a group’s positive experience, we will discuss with you what alternatives are available for your child. In the extreme event that a faculty, staff, or camper is physically threatened by your child’s behavior, the camper will be asked to leave without refund.

DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS OR SCHOLARSHIPS?

Partial Scholarships are available to families in need. You must submit a scholarship application (available at the Yocum Institute or online) with your registration form noting which camps you are most interested in.

IS THERE A WAY I CAN I SEE WHAT MY CHILD HAS LEARNED IN CAMP?

We share photos from camp on our Facebook page at the end of each week.

IS MY 3 yr OLD REALLY READY FOR CAMP?

We believe that young children greatly benefit from our Picturebook Preschool camps and have positive learning experiences. However, we recognize that each child is different and we are flexible and patient with our youngest campers. We demonstrate this by providing a structure specifically based on age-appropriate practices. While the 4 – 12 Multi-Arts Campers travel throughout the building to different spaces and instructors, the 3 – 4 year old campers instructors travel to them to provide comfort, safety, and stability. And no, they don’t have to be potty trained!

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