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Session I: July 8–13
Session II: July 15–20



Summer Science Splash Camp is a week-long residential camp—an immersion in scientific observations and experiments for middle-school students—on the campus of Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. Campers will spend their days in the lab and in the field exploring technology and the natural world. Sessions will be led by Westminster faculty and assisted by Westminster students. Evening activities will include games, sports, arts, hanging out with new friends, and MORE SCIENCE.

Campers do not need to have an advanced understanding of science to attend, but they are expected to be excited and motivated to learn!

Quick Facts

Camp Sessions

Choose from two sessions:

Session I
July 8 – July 13
Session II
July 15 – July 20


Campers should arrive Sunday afternoon between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. and depart Friday afternoon around 2 p.m. Campers will be engaged in team competitions; therefore, campers must stay for the entire week.

Note: Each session provides the same experience, so campers should only register for one session.

Registration for both sessions will open in mid-January.


Thanks to the financial support of the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and the II-VI Foundation, we are able to offer this week-long residential camp at a cost of $450 per camper. (Total value of camp is in excess of $1050—an enthusiastic thanks to our sponsors!) This cost includes a week of top-notch science instruction featuring daily hands-on lab experience, lodging, meals, snacks, supervised activities, camp shirts, and a variety of other goodies and prizes.

Who are our Campers?

Students entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in 2018. Sixty campers per session will be grouped into five teams for the week, learning and competing together.

Who are our Teachers?

Five Westminster College science faculty will lead each group of 12 campers through a set of engaging science activities. Additional staff will support some of the evening activities.

Who are our Counselors?

Westminster College students and alumni will assist in each lab session, guide campers around the Westminster College campus, and oversee evening activities with one counselor for every nine campers. A “House Parent” will be present in the residence halls with the campers and counselors for some additional adult oversight.

Who is the permanent Camp Staff?
  • Academic Director: Dr. Craig Caylor, Associate Professor of Physics. Dr. Caylor has been a professor at Westminster since 2001, following his Ph.D. in experimental physics at Cornell University.

  • Administrative Assistants: Sharon Muraca and Doreen Matune.

Westminster College

Westminster College welcomes campers to our 300-acre campus in New Wilmington PA. (Directions) Summer finds our grounds an especially quiet and secure setting, which has hosted thousands of students at a variety of sports camps in recent years. We are excited to now offer our expertise in STEM fields to provide a compelling science camp experience for the youth of our region and beyond!

Why a Science Camp at Westminster College? Well, not to brag, but we have got a reputation as…

A special offer to students attending our 2018 camp: A $500 scholarship (toward future college tuition at Westminster) will be awarded to each camper!

Questions? Seeking more information? Contact Sharon Muraca at: (724) 946-7206,

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