Camp Psych FAQs

Registration and Logistics

  • When is the camp?
    The camp will take place from July 14 to July 19, 2019 .
  • How much does it cost to attend?On campus

    The camp fee is $1,295. This includes lodging, meals, and activities. The number of admitted campers is limited to facilitate close contact with camp directors (two psychology professors) and additional faculty (four psychology professors), resident advisors (current and former psychology majors), and guest speakers.

  • What is the contact information for the camp?

    The email address is camppsych@gettysburg.edu .

  • Who is eligible to attend Camp Psych?

    Camp Psych is designed for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

  • Is financial aid available?
    No. We already allocated our tuition waivers for the year (the application deadline was January 21, 2019). We do not have any additional financial aid available.
  • When is the application deadline?
    Applications will be accepted until the camp is full and will be considered on a rolling basis. We sometimes receive applications from more qualified applicants than we can admit especially as the camp fills. Once admitted, campers will receive instructions for completing online registration. When the camp is full, registration will close.
  • What is the refund and cancellation policy?
    Full refunds will be issued before June 1. From June 2 to June 9, there will be a 50% refund. After June 9, no refunds will be offered.
  • Where is check-in and check-out going to be?
    Check-in and check-out will be in Hanson Hall (at the intersection of North Washington Street and West Lincoln Avenue). Check-in time is from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on July 14 and check-out time is at 11:00 a.m. on July 19. Although we know this can be difficult for campers traveling from far away, we urge campers and parents to make every effort to ensure arrival by 4:00 p.m. on July 14 as camp activities will begin that afternoon. Additionally, our staff need to clean the residence halls for the next occupants so we would appreciate departure no later than 11:00 am on July 20. 
  • My camper will be arriving by plane/train/bus. How do they get to campus?
    Gettysburg College provides safe and convenient transportation to/from local airports and train stations. Transportation to and from Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), the Harrisburg Amtrak Station, and the Harrisburg International Airport (MDT) is included in the camp price as long as campers can depart from BWI, the Harrisburg Amtrak Station, or MDT for Gettysburg College on the 1:30 p.m. shuttle on July 14 and depart Gettysburg College for any of these transportation centers on the 10:45 a.m. shuttle on July 19. Due to the size of the camp, we cannot provide transportation outside these times and locations. Reservations for transportation are required. If transportation is needed, parents/guardians must arrange it for their camper. We will send a link to a website that will allow parents to complete a transportation request. Please note: To guarantee transportation for your camper, reservations must be made by June 14, 2019.


Camp LifeScience center

  • Does my camper need to do academic preparation for the camp?
    No. We welcome campers with varying levels of psychological knowledge from no knowledge to extensive knowledge.
  • What does my camper need to bring?
    We will provide linens and towels for each camper (a pillowcase, 2 towels, 2 flat sheets, and a blanket). Each room also has a micro fridge. We recommend that campers bring washcloths, toiletries (e.g., toothpaste, hair dryer, feminine products, shower soap, etc.), any relevant and parent-approved over the counter medication (e.g., antacids, Tylenol, etc.), comfortable walking shoes, an umbrella, a refillable water bottle, and money for souvenirs. Campers may also want to bring their own blanket or comforter and drinks and snacks to keep in their room if they would like.
  • What are the accommodations for campers?
    Campers will live in Hanson Hall. Campers will room with one or two other campers and will share bathrooms in typical dormitory style.
  • Who will be living with my students?
    Campers will live in a college residence hall with resident advisors, current or recent psychology majors at Gettysburg College. Resident advisors are selected based on their expertise in psychology and their maturity and experience. Resident advisors will work with students in and outside of class to support the goals of the camp and all aspects of the campers' experiences.
  • Does my camper need to bring a computer?Glatfelter
    Campers do not need to bring computers. However, campers are permitted to bring computers if they wish. Wireless access is provided in the dormitory.
  • Can my camper have a cellphone?
    Yes. However, campers will be asked to turn off cellphones and other portable electronic devices during class sessions.
  • What does a typical day look like?
    See a typical day at Camp Psych.
  • How much money should I send with my child?
    All camp-related meals and expenses are covered by the camp registration fee. Campers may want to bring additional money for bookstore purchases, snacks, or souvenirs.
  • Can I send mail to my camper?
    Yes. Please send mail to:
                Camp Psych at Gettysburg College
                CAMPER: CAMPER NAME
                Box 407
                Gettysburg College
                Gettysburg, PA 17325

    In addition, Dining Services has special "spoil-em-long-distance" packages available if you want to send your camper a special treat. More information
  • How do I know my child will be safe and secure?
    The dorm is locked at all times. Resident advisors live with the campers and will do a bed-check each night at curfew (10:00 PM). Gettysburg College public safety officers are on duty 24 hours a day seven days a week. More information about Gettysburg College Public Safety


Health/Medical Concerns

  • What if my student has food allergies or special dietary needs?
    No problem. Gettysburg College dining services can accommodate many special dietary needs (e.g., food allergies, vegetarian, vegan), though the dining services cannot do completely kosher or completely organic. Campers will be asked to complete a special food allergies form so please let us know about any accommodations at that time.
  • My camper is on prescription medicine. How is that handled?
    As part of the registration process, fill out a medical release form. Depending upon parent/guardian instruction, campers will administer their own medications or resident advisors (chaperones) will keep medicine locked at all times and will administer it as needed.
  • What if my child gets sick?
    Parents/guardians will be contacted in case of illness to discuss how each individual situation will be handled. The nearest hospital, Gettysburg Hospital, is just 2 miles down the road (147 Gettys Street.) Gettysburg College Public Safety officers will ensure safe transport to the hospital if necessary.


College Preparation

  • Will my child have the opportunity to have a campus tour?
    Yes. Each day there will be a free choice period in which campers will be able to choose from a variety of activities. Campers will have the opportunity to do campus tours during these times.
  • Will this camp help my child get into college?
    Camp Psych is designed to give your camper an insider view into the science of psychology and a glimpse into what college life is like. Our curriculum is designed not only to increase your camper's knowledge of psychology, but to increase critical thinking and analytical skills. While any one experience is not a guarantee of admission to an institution, we do believe that this camp can be a great part of a comprehensive college preparatory experience.