Summer Youth Camps Policies and Information

More information for youth attending one of our Penn State Scranton Nittany Cub Camps?

Camp Cancellations

The University reserves the right to cancel any camp due to insufficient enrollment or for other unforeseen circum­stan­ces. If a camp is cancelled, registrants will be notified immediately and registration fee refunds will be processed. Please note that the University cannot be held responsible for any other costs, charges, or expenses. Refunds may take 7 - 10 business days to be reflected on your statements. 

Camp Withdrawal and Refunds

If you must withdraw from a camp, please notify us via email at [email protected] a minimum of (7) seven business days in advance of the start of the camp.  Refunds are subject to a $35 administrative fee for each camp cancellation plus the cost of any materials associated with each camp. No refund will be issued after the start of the camp.

Access and Accommodations for Campers

Penn State encourages individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you antici­pate needing special accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Center for Business Development and Community Outreach Office at 570-963-2600 or email at: [email protected] prior to the start of camp.

TSS Workers

Please notify our office at 570-963-2600 immediately if a TSS worker will be accompanying your child.

Instructor and Volunteer Background Checks and Training

All Penn State youth programs have policies in place to ensure the safety of youth participating in our programs is not compromised. All Penn State Summer Youth instructors/camp aides/volunteers are required to have a current Pennsylvania State Police background check, Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check, Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, and go through training on an annual basis about their responsibilities including safety and security procedures. For more information, view the Information for Parents web page.

Your Child's Medication

Penn State program officials will not dispense over-the-counter or prescription medications to campers. Participants will be allowed to possess and take medications on their own if permission is granted in writing by a parent or guardian. Medications must be in their original containers. For additional information on medication policies, please refer to the University Medical Treatment Authorization form.

First Aid and Medical Emergencies

Penn State personnel and/or instructors may only wash cuts, apply non-latex band-aids and apply ice packs. Parents will be contacted if any injury requires medical attention. If any medical emergencies arise, the instructor will call 911.

Emergency Alerts

Parents/guardians may sign up for emergency alerts via social media at PSUAlert. PSUAlert is Penn State's official emergency alerts system.  To check on campus status go to:


For safety reasons, the University cannot release the names and/or phone numbers of other participants, even to those who wish to carpool.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up

  • All campers must be dropped-off and picked-up daily at the REAR entrance of the Engineering Building located near the center of campus. 
  • Before and after-camp care is not available.
  • Daily Check-In/Check-Out: Campers may not arrive more than 15 minutes early or be picked-up more than 15 minutes late. If your child is registered for the full day, only the morning check-in is required.
  • Authorized Pick-Up: If someone other than the parent/guardian is picking up your child, and you indicated the names of the individuals during registration, those names will be added to your child’s camp roster as authorized pickup individuals. If you would like to have additional pick-up individuals added, you must complete a Child Release Form and return the form to us prior to the child being released at the camp end time.
  • Proof of ID: **Parents/guardians, and those authorized to pick up your child/children, MUST show proof of ID before the child will be released**.
  • Early Release: If a camper must leave camp before the designated end time, the parent must complete the Early Departure Form. Forms are available by contacting 570-963-2600 or [email protected].
  • For last minute arrangements or emergencies, please notify our office immediately with your request, by contacting Allison Karpinski or Jo Ann Durdan at (570) 963-2600.

Lunch and Snacks During Camp

Students enrolled in all-day camps should bring a packed lunch. Please note that we do not have the capability to heat or refrigerate lunches. All lunch periods are supervised by Penn State staff.

Please note that snacks and beverages are not provided. However, campers are welcome to bring their own snacks and/or beverages, which may be eaten during breaks scheduled by the instructors. 

Cellphones and Cameras at Camp

We respect our campers' right to privacy. Some parents do not give us permission to take photos of their child/children while at camp. Selfies and inappropriate use of cameras, imaging, and digital devices is prohibited while attending camp, including during lunch and break periods.

Cell phones may not be used during camp or special sessions. If a parent needs to contact their child during camp for any reason, they may contact our office at 570-963-2600.

Illness and Absence from Camp

Please call 570-963-2600 if your child is not able to attend class due to illness or any other circumstance. If your child is displaying symptoms of illness, please do not send to camp, otherwise, camp personnel may contact you to pick up your child to take them home.