New Group Steps Up to Run Summer Program at Camp Archbald

Summer campCamp Archbald has been offering sleep-away camping to girls for the past 98 years. This semi-rustic camp, located on the shores of the picturesque Lake Ely near Kingsley in Susquehanna County, is steeped in tradition with modern additions – a new dining hall, a water slide, and the immensely popular climbing wall and zip-line.

This summer the Girl Scout council, Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, which owns Camp Archbald has decided not to offer resident camp here. The Supporters of Camp Archbald (SoCA), a group of Girl Scouts and camp alumnae, has stepped up to offer one week of resident camp this summer.

Our resident camp is running from July 15- 19 and is open to all girls ages 7 to 17. Costs range from $225 to $275 depending on the program; some financial aid is available and cookie money can be applied. Girls who attend will enjoy activities such as swimming, boating, hiking, campfires, archery, and arts & crafts.

Girls entering 4th grade and up can challenge themselves on the climbing wall and enjoy an exhilarating ride on the zip-line. Girls entering 6th grade and up also get to choose a day-trip off camp, either hiking at Watkins Glen State Park or boating down the Susquehanna River. The best parts about camp will still be for every girl: friendships, independence, new skills, and memories that last a lifetime.

To register your child for summer resident camp at Camp Archbald, please go online and select “resident camp.” For questions or more information, please email:

Environmental Education Center Offers Summer Day Camps

environmental day campThis summer, more than 200 local youths ranging from ages five through 18 will have the opportunity to participate in LCEEC Summer Day Camps, which are focused on connecting children to nature.  They will take place at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center in Covington Township.

Each weeklong camp takes place at LCEEC’s beautiful 211-acre property and LEED Gold Certified facility.  The property is home to native plants and wild animals, forested areas, a stream, a marsh, meadows, instructional gardens, and indoor and outdoor classroom space.  Campers will spend time exploring natural habitats and playing summer games while the experienced staff guides campers through innovative experiential activities including hiking, stream and forest ecology, environmental activities, nature-based art projects, and much more.

Focusing on discovery and teamwork, children gain a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of all life while daily interactions with one another helps develop cooperation skills and encourage friendships. A low camper-to-counselor ratio ensures children are safe, supervised, and engaged in activities that keep their minds and bodies healthy.

High school students interested in getting a jump-start on their college career can register for a 10-day Environmental Quality field course. Students will assess the quality of our local environment to determine the extent and sources of pollution. This three-credit course is open enrollment for any high school student who has completed their sophomore year.  Completion of the course earns students three-credits towards their Environmental Science degree, which are transferrable within Lackawanna College or to other institutions.

Other weekly themes include ArtVentures, Wilderness Survival, Backyard Habitats, Closer Look, Eco Explorers, and Eco Quest.  On the last Friday of each camp, LCEEC hosts a family program where parents and siblings can come to watch the campers receive their Ecological Awareness Certificate of Completion and present a program about their week’s experience.

For more information or to register contact the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center at (570) 842-1506 or email

Advanced Manufacturing Camp at Lackawanna College

Lackawanna College manufacturing camp

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC) recently graduated high school students from Adventures in Advanced Manufacturing Camp at Lackawanna College.

Campers learned about lean manufacturing and 3-D printing, drone coding, and process mapping. They also gained hands-on experience and toured manufacturing plants. Special camp sponsors included Gentex Corporation and Quadrant EEP.

Shown in front row, from left:  Noah Johnson, Abington Heights; Samantha Domzalski, Dunmore; Mia `Laboranti, Scranton; David Alunni, North Pocono, and Michael Fedorka, Mid Valley. Back row, same order: Eric Joseph Esoda, CPA, President & CEO, NEPIRC; Ethan Auer, West Scranton; Hayden Krewson, Scranton; Nick Beardsley, ME Central School; Tristan Kwiatkowski, Pittston Area, and  Mark Volk, president of Lackawanna College.