Summer Programs

2023 Summer Programs

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At Gettysburg College, we’re here, all of us, to do great work.  Join our community of passionate achievers this summer, on a campus where history and innovation meet to shape the future.

Rising high school students attending a Gettysburg College summer camp will experience an immersive learning environment, welcoming atmosphere, and historic yet contemporary campus setting.  Each program is led by subject-matter experts – Gettysburg College faculty, staff and students – and subjects for 2023 programs include jazz music, creative writing, civic engagement, 3D printing, and Civil War studies.

On this page:

  • Sunderman Jazz Camp with Guest Artist Christian McBride — Tuesday, June 20 – Friday, June 23, 2023
  • Innovation and Creativity Camp — Sunday, June 25 – Friday, June 30, 2023
  • American Civil War Camp — Sunday, July 2 – Friday, July 7, 2023
  • Young Writers Workshop VIRTUAL — Sunday, July 9 – Friday, July 14, 2023
  • Eisenhower Institute Civic Engagement Camp — Sunday, July 16 – Friday, July 21, 2023

*Camp Psych is CANCELLED for 2023.


Sunderman Jazz Camp with Guest Artist Christian McBride

Tuesday, June 20 – Friday, June 23, 2023

Camp Type: Day camp with residential option
Camp Cost: $795 (day) / $1395 (residential)

Early bird registration available before April 1.

Play or sing in a jazz combo, learn about improvisation and jazz theory, and develop your skills as a musician in a welcoming and engaging setting. We will be joined by DownBeat Magazine’s Bassist, Producer, and Jazz Artist of 2022, Christian McBride, for a day of masterclasses and a performance with his quintet in the Majestic Theater. The week will conclude with a showcase of student performances.

More details on registration for this camp to follow. Please contact AHeim@gettysburg.edu in the interim with any questions.


Innovation and Creativity Camp 

Sunday, June 25 – Friday, June 30, 2023

Camp Type: Residential (overnight)
Camp Cost: $1495*

Through engaging hands-on activities and design thinking challenges students will learn how to use a wide variety of tools including laser cutters, cnc machines, vinyl cutters, virtual reality, sewing machines, and even build a 3D printer to take home! This camp is designed for any skill level with no previous experience needed.

*Cost of this camp is slightly higher than other residential camps due to cost of 3D printer each camper will take home.

More details on registration for this camp to follow. Please contact itcamp@gettysburg.edu in the interim with any questions.


American Civil War Camp

Sunday, July 2 – Friday, July 7, 2023

Camp Type: Residential (overnight)
Camp Cost: $1395

Study American Civil War history through lectures, hands-on field trips, and unique learning experiences.  Delve into the circumstances leading up to the war, investigate significant battles during the war – including the Battle of Gettysburg – and explore the condition of the United States after the war.

For more questions and more information on the camp, please contact civilwarcamp@gettysburg.edu


Young Writers Workshop VIRTUAL

Sunday, July 9 – Friday, July 16, 2023

Camp Type: Virtual
Camp Cost: $395

Develop your unique writing voice throughout the virtual camp. Students gain an in-depth introduction to all four genres of creative writing: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and writing for stage and screen. All sessions taught by actively-publishing Gettysburg College faculty.

For questions, please contact the Workshop Co-Director, Fred Leebron: fleebron@gettysburg.edu.


Eisenhower Institute Civic Engagement Camp

Sunday, July 16 – Friday, July 21, 2023

Camp Type: Residential (overnight)
Camp Cost: $1395

This program is designed for motivated students with a passion for civic engagement within the American political system. Students will face challenging academic questions and real-world situations.

More details on registration for this camp to follow.  Please contact ei@gettysburg.edu in the interim with any questions.


Camp PSYCH - Cancelled for 2023

Camp Psych is unfortunately cancelled for 2023. The good news is that we will be back in 2024 with our on-campus, in-person Camp Psych program.  Planning is already underway!  We look forward to working with you then – and to spending an amazing week together learning more about psychological science. 

As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions about our program: camppsych@gettysburg.edu


Frequently Asked Questions

Below are common, general camp FAQs to assist in planning for summer 2023.  For specific questions and information regarding a particular camp, please contact the camp director of the program(s) in question, as each camp has different scheduling, activities, etc. 

  • When does 2023 registration close?  Each camp registration will remain open until June 1, 2023, or until the program is filled.
  • What is included in the camp registration fee? The registration fee covers hard costs such as administrative and staffing expenses, meals in dining hall, lodging, etc., where applicable, i.e., virtual camps have different expenses than residential (overnight) camps.
  • Are scholarships or financial aid available to cover registration costs?  Scholarship/aid offerings vary by camp.  Please contact the camp director(s) for specific information and available opportunities.
  • COVID-19 Update.  All current Gettysburg College COVID-19 Guidelines must be followed during the time of your actual event.  Please see the College’s COVID-19 response page for additional information, or contact the camp director with any questions.

For any questions related to general camper experience, Gettysburg College campus, etc., please contact conferences@gettysburg.edu