Camp Psych FAQs - Academic Summer Camp in Psychology

Registration and Logistics

  • When is the camp?
    The camp will take place from July 9 to July 14, 2017.
  • How much does it cost to attend?On campus
    The camp fee is $1,250. 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 (advanced psychology majors), and guest speakers.
  • What is the contact information for the camp?
    The email address is
  • Who is eligible to attend Camp Psych?
    Camp Psych is designed for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
  • Is financial aid available?
    Yes, we offer two to three full tuition waivers. Tuition waivers are based upon academic performance in high school and financial need. If you would like to be considered for a tuition waiver, check the appropriate box on the application form. You must submit your application by January 23 to be considered for a tuition waiver. If needed, we will contact you for additional information. Please note that the tuition waivers are competitive.
  • When is the application deadline?
    Applications will be accepted until the camp is full and will be considered on a rolling basis. We have limited space so we recommend that you submit an application as soon as possible. We receive applications from many more qualified applicants than we can admit. 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 2. 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 at Apple Hall (at the intersection of West Lincoln Avenue and Constitution Avenue, Gettysburg, PA). Parking on the street is free on Sundays. Check-in time is from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on July 9 and check-out time is at 12:00 p.m. on July 14. 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 9 as camp activities will begin that afternoon.
  • 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 at the 1:30 p.m. shuttle on July 9 and depart Gettysburg College for any of these transportation centers at the 12:00 p.m. shuttle on July 14. Transportation outside these times and locations (e.g., to/from Dulles) will require an additional charge of $60 one-way or $120 round trip. Reservations for transportation are required, even if using the camp shuttles. If transportation is needed, parents 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 9, 2017.

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 (pillowcase, 2 towels, 2 flat sheets, blankets). Each room also has a micro fridge. Campers should bring washcloths, toiletries, clothes, etc., and may also want to bring their own blanket or comforter and a fitted sheet for an extra long twin bed. Campers may also bring drinks and snacks to keep in their room if they would like.
  • What are the accommodations for campers?
    Campers will live in Apple Hall, an air-conditioned Gettysburg College dormitory. Apple Hall has 4 to 6 person apartments each with their own kitchen and bathroom.
  • Who will be living with my students?
    Campers will live in a college residence hall with resident advisors, psychology majors at Gettysburg College. Resident advisors are selected based on their expertise in psychology and their maturity and experience mentoring younger students. 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. Computer access will be provided for all classroom activities. 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
    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.