Emily Knowles-Kellett

Summer break is here, and so are free and low-cost youth opportunities in Adams County. Check them out in Collaborating For Youth’s online directory,

In quality out-of-school-time programs, kids engage in self-discovery, social connection, physical exercise, interest advancement, outdoor time, ‘making a difference,’ reflection, and more. These experiences truly make a difference in strengthening youth resilience.

What summer opportunities are available?

Free camps include Respective Solutions Group’s summer program in the GARA Rec Park for GASD students, and the Center For Youth and Community Development’s program at Camp Nawakwa for grades four through eight across all Adams County districts, Hanover, and Chambersburg.

Camps that offer full or partial scholarships to youth in qualifying families are offered by the Gettysburg Community Theatre, Adams County 4-H, the Adams County Arts Education Center, YMCA Hanover’s Camp Hickory, BSA Scouts, Girl Scouts In The Heart of Pennsylvania, and So’s Taekwondo.

Additional Camps are offered through the East Berlin Area Community Center, Under The Horizon, Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve, Mont Alto (Stem Camp), Gettysburg Summer Camp, and Lincoln IU12 (Career Camp).

What about summer programs?

Free programs include ‘Summer Quest’ at all Adams County Library locations, Free Tennis For Kids, and Guthrie Library summer programs.

Additional programs include Adams County 4-H animal, community and special interest clubs, as well as Tae Kwon Do offered at both the Gettysburg YWCA and the East Berlin Area Community Center.

Outdoor activities rock summer!

In Adams County, they include AC Library System and Wellspan’s ‘GO & Explore The Universe!’ at area parks, the Littlestown/Hanover YMCA Pool, the Gettysburg YWCA outdoor pool, the Gettysburg Skate Park at the Rec Park, berry picking at area farms (, and Gleaning Project volunteer opportunities on local farms and orchards.

Other activities offered at low or no cost include free children’s movies at Gateway Gettysburg (W & Th 10 a.m.) and RC Theatres Hanover (T & W 10 a.m.), Hanover YWCA’s CanTeen Saturday gatherings, South Hanover YMCA’s Kids Corner and the Kids Bowl Free program in Hanover.

Faith-based offerings include VBS at Gettysburg Presbyterian Church June 24-27. Year-round youth ministries are offered by GPC, Freedom Valley, and Foursquare Church.

Special Needs offerings include the United Way of Adams County’s Autism Fun Nights, Easter Seals/ Under the Horizon Day Camp, June 11-15, 18-22 and several offerings at Shining Stars including Respite Night for youth 14 and up and their parents, Therapeutic Horse Riding and Therapeutic Cart Driving.

Finally, summer program scholarships are available to youth in qualifying families who live in the UASD & BSSD areas, courtesy of the Partnership for Better Health (

That’s the free and low-cost summer list for now. Thank you to the youth providers who make these opportunities possible. Please continue to share program updates, corrections and additions through the website at We are a resilient community together.

Emily Knowles-Kellett is the community engagement specialist at Collaborating For Youth, and supports service-learning in Adams County. She can be reached at

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