After careful consideration and consultation with the St. Joseph County Department of Health, P-H-M is pleased to once again offer summer enrichment, athletic and activity camps for the Summer of 2021! The last day of school for P-H-M students is Wednesday, June 2, 2021 and camps will begin the following week on Monday on June 7.
P-H-M will once again offer a wide variety of activities over the summer including athletic, enrichment, community education camps and programs, all day camps, as well as opportunities for students to boost their academic skills. Click to see the entire schedule below.
All COVID-19 health safety protocols will be followed including a mask requirement. All student campers, camp sponsors and camp assistants will all be required to be properly masked. Indoor camps will operate on 85% capacity maximum. That means that there will be a limited number of spots open this year. All camp registrations will take place online and are on a first come, first serve basis. Youth camps and experiences will operate the same as the school day and camps will not shut down for “48-hours” or shut down entirely due to COVID unless advised otherwise by the St. Joseph County Department of Health. Listed below are the health safety protocols that will be followed this summer:
Camp COVID Health Safety Protocols:
- Parents/guardians are expected to screen and monitor their child’s health before arrival. If a camper experiences COVID symptoms during any time period before, after, or during the camp, they are expected to notify the Teacher Sponsor/Coach via email and stay home while seeking a medical diagnosis. Parents, click here to use the most recent IDOH COVID-19 screening guide.
- Social distancing is expected while attending camp, including using the restroom facilities and moving about the building or grounds.
- Campers should wash their hands and/or use hand sanitizer when appropriate to help mitigate risk.
- There will be no snacks or meals during camp. Exceptions include full-day camps that will utilize approved cafeteria spaces with planned seating arrangements to maintain social distancing and educational camps involving food preparation as an activity.
- All equipment and supplies will be sanitized during and between camp sessions (as appropriate) by the camp staff.
Camp entry and exit procedures, including transitions between sessions, will be established by camp staff and communicated to campers and families.
Because we are limiting access inside our buildings in order to make social distancing possible, parents of younger campers will not be able to escort their children inside the buildings for indoor camps. Each camp sponsor will have a plan to escort children to and from their camp's inside locations. Camp sponsors will communicate these protocols closer to the start of the camps. If you have a child who may need special accommodations, please notify the sponsor as soon as possible.
Small groups or pods will be created and remain the same as much as possible throughout the camp. Attendance will be taken and recorded every day.
- Campers are expected to bring their own water bottles with their names marked on them. Water will not be provided for campers, and currently, all drinking fountains are turned off.
- Camp Sponsors, will maintain an up-to-date roster and pod/cohort/group list for each camp and time period.
Student campers will be placed into pods, groups, cohorts, etc., to make contact tracing manageable.
If a camper is displaying symptoms, you will need to separate that child in a safe area with supervision until the parent can be contacted and the child can be picked up. If there is a positive case in a camp, the camp sponsor will collaborate with the P-H-M Building Administrator to notify all camp families in a timely manner.
- No parent/family spectators will be allowed inside the school buildings for culmination activities/performances. Parents should remain outside of the school building and establish a meeting place with their child(ren).
- At this time, family spectators will be allowed to attend performance days. Spectator capacity will be limited to 25% of the stadium’s current seating capacity in which the camp is being held. Masks are expected to be worn at all times by family spectators while on P-H-M property/campuses.
- Family spectators should not linger after camps. They should leave immediately after the camp is concluded. If they are waiting on their own camper, they should exit and wait for their student(s) in their vehicles.
- Inclement weather will result in the canceling of camp for that day. Sponsors will notify parents of a possible “make-up day” during the same week. Should inclement weather occur while students are in camp, campers will be moved to a predetermined safe location for pickup. Outdoor camps will not continue indoors.
Listed below are some of the activities available to P-H-M students and children in the greater community this summer. Parents are responsible for transportation unless otherwise noted. Not all camps are open to students who do not attend P-H-M schools, so please read the qualifications for each camp carefully.
All camps will require online registration (for camps that are not free, payment details will be provided through the online registration form). Parents will be required to fill out one online registration form per each child.
Enrichment Academies (June 7 – July 30, 2021)
Visual Arts Academy (July 12 - 16, July 19 – 23, or July 26 - 30): In this award-winning academy, current P-H-M K – 5th grade students learn art history, art production and writing through a unique integration program. The same content will be repeated for each week. The Academy will be held entirely at Penn High School from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Monday - Friday, and is FREE. Parents choose which week they want their student(s) to attend. Click here to fill out the online registration form.
Junior Foreign Language Academy (July 12 - 16): This in-person academy integrates the Spanish language, social studies, culture, visual arts and music into an intensive and enriching learning experience. The one-week camp is held at Penn High School from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Monday - Friday, and is FREE to current P-H-M 3rd, 4th or 5th grade students. Click here to fill out the online registration form.
Junior STEM Academy: In this one-week FREE academy, current P-H-M K – 5th graders will discover how math and science are applied in the real world. The 2021 STEM Academy will be held at Penn High School from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Monday - Friday. Each week is reserved for specific grades and will be held at Penn High School. Click here to fill out the online registration form; within the form you will be directed to the week reserved for your child’s specific grade. Students will attend the one-week academy based on their grade level:
- Kindergarten and 1st grade registration for the week of July 19 – 23
- 2nd and 3rd grade registration for the week of July 26 - 30
- 4th and 5th grade registration for the week of July 12 - 16
Learn a Foreign Language Academy (June 7 – 18) This FREE two-week academy is open to current 6th and 7th graders. The course will be taught by Penn High School Language teachers who will teach the students how to read, write, and speak in Spanish. This academy will be held 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Monday - Friday at Schmucker Middle School. Click here to fill out the online registration form.
Penn Robotics Team 135 Summer Camp (June 7 – 11, June 14 – 18, 2021)
There are two, one-week camp sessions. The Sessions and times are broken down by grade levels 1st – 8th and skill set. Depending on their age and level, students will get to work with Legos, 3D modeling, coding, along with getting hands-on experience with fabrication, prototyping and building an actual robot with VEX IQ! All camps are facilitated by Penn Robotics instructors and Penn's Robotics Team 135 student members. There is a cost for these camps. Camp costs ranges from $82.62 – $154.92, depending on which camps you sign your child up for, and is payable to Penn Robotics Team 135. Click here for a full description of camps, the schedule and online registration through the Penn Robotics website.
Bakers Gonna Bake Camp (June 7 -11, June 14 – 18, and June 21 – 25, 2021)
Bakers Gonna Bake Camp, taught by Penn teacher Amy Rice, is an experience for any girl or boy who wants to learn the basics of baking, create homemade recipes and have fun all while making new friends. The one week camp is open to P-H-M students entering 3th – 6th grades for the 2021-2022 school year. The same content will be repeated for each week. Camp times for students going into 3rd & 4th grades are 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Camp times for students going into 5th & 6th grades are 10:30 – 12:30 p.m. The cost is $60 per student and is payable to Amy Rice. Click here to fill out the online registration form.
Kingsmen Athletic Camps (June 7 – July 15, 2021)
Penn coaches and P-H-M faculty members offer a wide variety of sports camps from cheerleading to wrestling. The camps are open to current students in grades K-8 (most are open to all children in the community). There is a cost for these camps. Click here see the full schedule of Summer Kingsmen Athletic camps and for online registration.
P-H-M Community Education Camps & Activities (June 7 – July 30, 2021)
Community Education classes are open to any student in the community; the child does not need to be a P-H-M student or live within the District to be eligible.
Learn to Swim Classes (Session I: June 7 – 18, Session II: June 21 – 25 & July 6 – 9 (no classes Monday, July 5), Session III: July 12 – 23) - Session I and III are 10 classes and Sessions II is nine classes (no class on July 5). Classes are held in the Penn High School pool daily Monday – Friday and are 30 minutes taking place both in the morning and afternoon. Children must be at least 4-years-old and potty trained. The cost is $40 per child, for each two-week session. Space is limited and is available on a first come, first serve basis. Click here for online registration & payment on phm.revtrak.net.
Camp Invention (June 14 – 18) - A one-week STEM enrichment program for students who want to put their hands and minds to building solutions. This camp is open to any student in the community entering grades K - 6 for the 2021-22 school year. Camp will be held Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m and will be based at Northpoint Elementary School. Space is limited and is available on a first come, first serve basis. Cost is $240 payable to Camp Invention. Click here to register and pay online through the Camp Invention website.
Super Kids Camp (June 21 – 25 at Horizon, July 12 – 16 at Prairie Vista, July 26 – 30 at Bittersweet) - Students entering Grades 1- 6 will experience an engaging rotation of science, music, art and fitness activities in this half-day camp. Camp hours are 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at three locations: Horizon (June 21 – 25), Prairie Vista (July 12 – 16), and Bittersweet (July 26 – 30). Check back after April 13 for registration details. Click here for online registration & payment on phm.revtrak.net.
Youth Theater Camps (Session I: June 14 – 18 in Penn’s Studio Theater, Session II: July 26 – 30 Penn’s CPA) - Pick one or both of the weeks of the half-day camp which is designed for students entering 5th – 8th grades who are interested in performance and stage work or those who just want to build self-confidence. Camps will be filled with fun activities including games, exercises, improvisations and scene work. The half-day camp is offered 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The cost is $90 and includes a t-shirt. Click here for online registration & payment on phm.revtrak.net.
Summer Kids Club (June 7 – August 13, 2021)
Full-day childcare is offered at two locations (Northpoint and Walt Disney Elementary Schools) for current P-H-M students in grades K-5. Children will enjoy a variety of educational and recreational activities, crafts and field trips. Cost is $150 a week, for 5 days a week. All children not currently enrolled in Kids Club are required to pay the $25 registration fee in addition to all other program-related costs. Space is limited so register your child online today to reserve a spot.
Summer School Information
Many students suffered academic learning loss as a result of the pandemic. To assist in getting students back on track, P-H-M will conduct one Summer School Session for elementary and middle school students, and two sessions for Penn High School students. Families of students who need this extra help will receive invitations to attend. Info on P-H-M Transportation and Food Service during Summer School will be provided to families. Elementary and middle school summer school will be 100% in-person. Credit recovery for Penn High School students will be both in-person and some asynchronous learning online.
ELEMENTARY and IREAD-3 Summer School (June 7 – July 2)
for students currently in grades K-4th
- Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Walt Disney or Meadow’s Edge Elementary School
MIDDLE SCHOOL SUMMER SCHOOL (June 7 – July 2)
for students currently in grades 5-7th
- Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Schmucker Middle School
YOUNG ADULT PROGRAM (June 7 – July 2)
- Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Schmucker Middle School
PENN HIGH SUMMER SCHOOL, Session 1 (June 7 – 25)
PENN HIGH SUMMER SCHOOL, Session 2 (July 12 – 30)
for students currently in grades 8-12th
- Monday – Friday, 8:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m., Penn High School