Summer Explorations

Week 3



Dates (In Person) June 21, 2021 - June 25, 2021

​Half-day Session:​ (9:00-12:00 or 1:00-4:00) $185 per week

Full-day Session:​ (9:00-4:00) $325 per week

​Week 3 Workshops


​​​Summer Explorations is designed to engage our campers in learning and exploring through summer camp workshops that emphasize hands-on experiences and lots of fun!

Experienced teachers, administrators, and teaching interns provide classroom instruction and supervised activities. The program is held on the beautiful Lower School campus in Forty Fort, Pennsylvania.

Enrolled campers may attend a morning session, an afternoon session, or both. Campers can enroll for one, two, or all three weeks. Summer Explorations is designed to be as flexible as you need for all your summer plans.

Workshop sessions are broken up by age group so campers have the best educational and social experience possible.

Entering Grades Pre-K3 and Pre-K4

Water, Water, Everywhere (half or full day)      Margaret McCann

Students will dive into learning all about water, where it comes from and how we use it everyday through stories, hands-on activities, art projects, songs, and discussions. Weather permitting, we will enjoy many outdoor activities!

Entering Grades Kindergarten through Grade 1

Nature Art (morning)      Kris McCarthy

Calling all artists to join the fun and create some amazing projects using items found in nature! Grab your art supplies and come along for a few days of art in nature.

The Wizarding World of Wyoming Seminary (morning)      Nina Cinti

The Lower School is recruiting a magical class of budding Witches and Wizards for Summer 2021. Represent your Hogwarts House, test out your potion making, and make Fluffy’s drool slime. Learn about “Fantastic Beasts”, “Herbology”, and enjoy some Honeydukes-approved treats. Let the magic begin!

Community Heroes (Afternoon)      Nina Cinti

Our community is full of everyday heroes who do many extraordinary things. Come learn about what firefighters, police officers, doctors, and nurses do to help keep us safe and healthy. Each day will feature a visit from one of our local community heroes.

Sport-A-Day (Afternoon)      Ed Plaksa

Try out a new sport each day with skills training and lots of practice and playing time.

Entering Grades 2 through Grade 4

Hiking in NEPA (morning)      Barbara Rogers

This week will be filled with hiking adventures in some of our wonderful local parks and communities. Each day we will travel by van to a different place and explore the wonders that await us. We’ll learn how to use GPS units to orient ourselves. We will enjoy a picnic snack by streams, lakes or in the shade of a forest.
If the weather does not support a hike in nature, we will take a look at some of the amazing parks in our state and create a vacation route map to visit them at some point in the future.

Tennis Camp (morning)      Paul Burg

This program will focus on beginner and intermediate player skills. The camp will include individual skill work, team play, and games.

Basketball Camp (Afternoon)      Paul Burg

This program will focus on beginner and intermediate player skills. The camp will include individual skill work, team play, and games.

Gardening 101 (afternoon)      Barbara Rogers

We will plan, plant and tend our school garden in this camp. You will learn about how seeds become plants, what plants need to thrive, selecting healthy garden plants and how to care for a growing garden. We will take a trip to a local farm and learn about sustainable agriculture. You will also make a container garden to take home!

Entering Grades 5 through Grade 8

Robotics Challenge (morning)      Sara Molitoris & John Eidam

In this camp we will introduce robotics programming, developing basic coding skills. Building through the week we will introduce problem-solving challenges. New and experienced programmers will engage in fun, hands-on STEM learning.

Introduction to Beadwork (Afternoon)      Kate Mercado

Students will explore basic beadwork techniques, loom weaving and bead patterns. A new project and pattern will be introduced each day and students will create beaded jewelry, sculptures and embroidery. Class discussions will center on modern beadwork and an overview of contemporary artists.

Director of Summer Explorations

Meet Our Director

John Eidam

John R. Eidam, Jr. is a 1990 graduate of Wyoming Seminary. A member of the full-year faculty since 2010, John currently serves as Director of the Louis Maslow STEM School and teaches fifth-grade science. Also, as part of the Summer at Sem programs, John serves as program director for Summer Explorations on the Lower School campus and coordinates the English Language Institute Summer STEM program.

As STEM director, John strives to inspire STEM thinking, creativity, and innovation through dynamic learning experiences. Dedicated to integrating STEM into the arts and humanities, he is an advocate for helping students develop the right skills to become critical thinkers and problem solvers through interdisciplinary opportunities. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, carpentry, and serving the community as a volunteer firefighter.