Camp Us Summer Program

Making memories together...

Our curriculum varies each summer. We enjoy adding different activities, especially for those children who have been with us for several years. We also greatly value the children's input while planning our days. We discuss their interests and desires for a fun and fulfilling summer during our "Morning Meeting" time each day, and incorporate as many ideas and activities as possible. Our weekly workshops include journal writing, studio/art time, character building, self-esteem enhancers, problem solving (social skills exercises), team building and good sportsmanship.

"Our mascot Scorch leads the way to fun while we learn about our county!"

The month of June is an exciting month because we get to see our old friends from previous summers, and meet new friends. We come together daily with many team building activities, providing a positive, supportive atmosphere for learning many basic skills needed in our lives today. Many of the recreational activities children participate in are good old fashioned outdoor games and relays, such as: tag, kickball, jump rope, four corners, t- ball, and volleyball just to name a few.

Our program is more than just fun and games…it's also about learning! At Begin With Us we have developed a fun-filled historical curriculum for the summer program. Included are many exciting educational activities that the children will enjoy…

During the months of July and August we follow a curriculum that focuses on the historical significance of the Allegheny Mountains. Our curriculum is based on "The Allegheny Ridge Heritage Area Discovery Guide" which teaches about our county's history and heritage. The guide was compiled by Pennsylvania educators and historians in conjunction with the Allegheny Ridge Corporation. The curriculum includes many educational outings for the children. The trips are throughout Blair and Cambria County and require us to take a rented tour bus. These trips include Horseshoe Curve National Historical Landmark, Railroaders Memorial Museum, Chimney Rocks Park, Canal Basin Park, Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Johnstown Flood National Memorial Museum, Fort Roberdeau, Baker Mansion, Lincoln Caverns, Rails to Trails, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Canoe Creek State Park and several other historical sites.

Local historians also visit Camp Us throughout the summer months to discuss various historical aspects and share their knowledge and experiences living in the Allegheny Mountains. It is our hope that the children leave our camp with a better understanding of their roots in the Allegheny Mountains.

During the summer months, the "Creature Teacher," a certified naturalist and science teacher presents several days of science activities at the center and at local state parks. The children walk in the stream at Canoe Creek finding crayfish, minnows and other wildlife. They take nature walks and churn their own butter.

In addition to the historical and science activities, many events are planned that are on an entertainment level including cooking days, art days, bus trips to the movies and local play parks, "Splash Day" at the Blair County Ballpark, as well as walking trips for ice cream!

Our daily schedule at Camp Us includes oral reading time, rest time and supervised outside activities in our fully equipped play yard.

Some favorite excursions include walking to Valley View Park, bowling at Pleasant Valley Bowling Alley, roller skating at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park, fishing at Brush Mountain Sportsman's Club, visiting a farm with wagon rides, traveling to a wildlife refuge, nature hiking with a park ranger at Canoe Creek State Park and taking a day trip to Indian Caverns. Our goal is for the children to have an educational and eventful summer while having a good time and great summer camp memories!

We take days to play outside at Valley View Park with a picnic lunch, have a beach party day, plant flowers, make jewelry, have a favorite music and dance day, and enjoy many more fun-filled, playful camp days. Weekly themes include "Christmas in July", "Bike Week", "Down on the Farm" and "Waterworks", just to name a few. We also conduct small group arts and crafts projects each week and children can participate in drama, photography, and journalism clubs!

Enrichment classes including gymnastics, jazz and martial arts are offered during the summer for minimal additional fees.  The lessons are optional.

If you are planning to have your child attend Camp Us, we would prefer to have your children attend at least 3 days per week, as we learn about and attend trips throughout the week. Please register for Camp Us by the end of May.

At Begin With Us we want your child's summer to be an exciting, memorable and fun-filled experience while we promote an educational atmosphere to use and expand their knowledge!







"There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where c olors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again."  - Elizabeth Lawrence