aspire * achieve * amaze
at Harrisburg University
July 9-13, July 16-20
Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm
The American Literacy Corporation (ALC) will host the 3rd Annual Central PA Writers and Illustrators Summer Camp – aspire • achieve • amaze at Harrisburg University. This ten-day camp will be held Monday through Friday, July 9th through 20th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. The camp is for students going into the 3rd through 12th grade in the fall of 2018.
The theme for the camp is Fairy Tales and Folklores. Campers will read and study the classics and not so well known fairy tales and folklores. They will also write their own fractured and original fairy tales or folklores and illustrate pictures to go with the stories. Campers will also perform short skits of original and fractured fairy tales and folklores. “I am excited about this year’s theme. Teachers have been working hard already to prepare for next year. We will have so much fun and keep the campers excited and interested,” says camp founder and organizer Floyd Stokes.
Last year, nearly 100 students in grades 3rd thru 12th attended the camp. We continue to receive rave reviews from the parents and campers. We contribute much of the success to the generous community partners, dedicated and talented teachers, supportive parents, and engaged campers. We hire the best teachers from local school districts from a diverse background to reflect the campers.
- Early Bird before January 1 – registration is $375 for both weeks.
- January 1 thru March 14 – registration is $400 from for both weeks.
- After March 15 – registration is $425 per camper for both weeks.
- After June 1 – registration is $450 per camper for both weeks.
- Military, veteran, and first responders’ camp fee is $350 for both weeks.
- An additional option is for one-week only registrants, price is $250 per week. One-week registrants will be place on a wait list upon receipt of $50 registration fee. Priority will be given to two week registrants. To get the full benefit of the camp, campers should register for the entire two weeks though we know this is not possible for everyone.
Cost includes: writing and art supplies, camp T-shirt, lunch, morning and afternoon snack, admission to Whitaker Center and other field trips. Group discount and scholarships might be available after March, if scholarship funds are received from granter. Fewer funds for scholarships are available due to the loss of funds from a major funder as the funds were only available for two years.
The 3rd Annual Central PA Writers and Illustrators Summer Camp is a program of The ALC which is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Since 2000, the ALC has served the community by partnering with community-based organizations and other institutions with programs targeting educational enhancement and development for elementary-aged students.
Returning authors and illustrators are: Charles R. Smith, Jr., Matt Novak, Sharon Flake, Sheena Hisiro, Floyd Stokes and others will be added. Cost: $225 per week.
Keep reading and writing,
Sample Summer Camp Schedule (all days)
Central PA Young Writers and Illustrators Summer Camp is a program of The ALC which is a non-profit organization. The mission of the ALC is to partner with community-based organizations and other institutions with programs targeting educational enhancement and development for elementary-aged students.
Thank you for your continued support and for considering this opportunity. If you have any questions, please contact Floyd Stokes at (717) 580-5429.
- From my daughters: the food was awesome, our groups were fun, the afternoon activities were fun and open mic was cool!!!
- We love that the camp was on HACC’s campus.
- She loved the illustration class.
- Our granddaughter truly enjoyed her experience with this camp.
- I had no idea how to write a poem or how to illustrate good but, at the end of the camp I can write a poem. I feel that I draw better and can tell a story with drawings (animation).The presenters taught us the material in a fun way.
- Interacting with the staff & other kids was positive. Loved seeing the artwork other kids had.
- Wanted more time to do activities for art & writing so a possible longer day.
- I (Jack J.) would remember all of the awesome friends I made while at the camp.
- Daphne had many positive memories, with staff and authors and illustrators. I do believe one of her biggest take aways was at open mic and getting to see so many other students and their work. It was very encouraging and gave ideas and room to grow seeing the older students’ work.
- Isaiah had a very good interaction with Charles R. Smith, Jr. I was very happy about this connection. We will be buying his books.
- Loved meeting the authors & illustrators.
- My son became more comfortable with sharing in a group setting and speaking at a level above a whisper in public.
- My daughter enjoyed the variety of activities, interacting with students and presenters and generally doing something worthwhile with her summer hours instead of just swimming.
- Positive: Meeting Authors & Illustrators Negative: Not having enough sample books for tweens & teens. Not getting any feedback from authors or illustrators for campers writing samples or art work. Positive: Breaks between sessions Negative: Planned exercises Positive: Tasty lunches & snacks Negative: Small portions for tweens & teens
- The students had an opportunity to interact with real authors and illustrators. My child in the 5th grade group liked the individual author/illustrator presentations so she could hear from the ones who weren't teaching her grades. The teachers were very attentive to camper needs as everyday my child came home excited about the day and sharing what was done. I was grateful that camp staff were waiting to greet and direct us on the first day and every day. So by the last two days I was able to drop off my child and watch as they walked in knowing that camp staff was there to lead them in.
- Being older (13) he commented that the authors were mostly children's book authors. He said "They need to have teen authors represented."
- My child had a good time and made friends.
- My daughter was excited to share with us what happened each day, which made us excited for her and the other campers.
- She loved hearing from authors regarding illustration and writing.
- Opportunity to enhance my daughter's interest in illustration. Also liked the physical fitness each day.
- They show my son how to draw better and he feel good. He is so happy and me too.
- Meeting Ms. Sharon Flake
- I actually don't know enough superlatives to accurately describe this camp. What an outstanding experience for my daughter! I have seen her creativity and confidence blossom more in these four days than in her high school career thus far. I cannot commend you enough for your care and encouragement. The overall experience was so amazing that I scarce can believe it was the first year. Bravo!!! Kudos to all involved!!!
- Working with the Disney animator, entering and winning the writing contest, meeting new friends.
- Jenna and Chelsea loved every part of camp. It was perfectly done. Their parents and grandparents have no complaints. We all wish for more days of camp.
- Karlye liked writing her story and that she got an award for doing it.
- Camp flowed well. Sadie wants to come again next year.
- Her creativity was enhanced as it relates to writing.
- I like the diversity that my kid experienced. Overall very positive experience. Thank you Floyd and all the staff.
- It was all a positive experience. The combination of writing and illustration classes was wonderful.
- Great opportunity to learn from published authors!
- I really enjoyed the positive atmosphere!
The theme for the short story contest: Once I Dreamed…
For the art contest, campers were asked to create original art during the camp. Congratulations to all participants and winners of the contests. Special thanks to Central Penn Parent and Journal Media for partnering with us on the contests.
Grade 3-4 First Place Short Story Contest
My Journey Through Space
By Sadie Ross
Once I dreamed about me being the only person who could fly. I race the birds and always win. I never have traffic. One day, I wanted to use my power to the fullest. I packed clothes, packed food, and I got ready to fly to space. I started July 12, 2017.
As I flew, I could see all of the world. Two days later, I got there. I was astonished and flabbergasted because I could breathe. First, I went to Mars. It was so beautiful. After flying one mile, I saw a living creature up ahead. Was it an alien? I flew closer. It was! It was a red alien with 3 eyes, 3 mouths, and 20 arms and legs. It also had a cool jetpack. I took some pictures and then headed to Saturn. The rings were magnificent. They looked so cool that I roller skated around them for two and a half hours. Then I felt kind of tired so for a little I just looked at Earth. I was accompanied by a nice alien girl named Shhhooolulu. We talked and talked until I said it was time for me to leave. She asked to come and she did. Then I woke up knowing I had the best dream ever!
Grades 5-6 First Place Short Story Contest
Once I Dreamed…
By Joleigh Nailor
Once I dreamed that I was an alien named Vesin. I was originally from Venix. I was on a mission to get into the Gem Museum and recoup the 24 karat diamond from Earth, but something struck my ship and I crash landed in a dry area. I had enough spare parts to fix it, but it did not hold. After about a mile of flying, I crash landed again, but this time in the middle of the rainforest. Eleven days of hiking the rainforest went by and I finally found the Museum. I climbed up the fire escape and immediately lowered myself into the diamond case. I snatched the diamond and climbed back up the rope, down the fire escape, and hiked back to my ship. I saw monkeys climbing all over. As I spoke, they seemed to understand. The monkeys and I worked together to patch the many holes I had suffered in my ship and attempted to patch once before. I asked the hippos to help me move the ship out of the rainforest so I could take off. After three hours of hiking and sad goodbyes to my new friends, I was on my way back home. Two days later, I made it back to my planet, Venix. That night, my plan was to sneak the diamond back into the Venix Master’s Shack so that no one would know I had found it. I snuck it in the shack and no one knew. After one week of hearing it nonstop on the news, I decided to claim responsibility for my actions and take credit for the find. I was proud to have served my planet in rescuing the 24 karat diamond.
Grades 7-9 First Place Short Story Contest
By Emily Keim
Once, I dreamed of a day that I could be free from my father. I feared the dream would die soon after I caught it, like a firefly trapped in a jar. Of course, I wished for an escape from him, even if it came to me in death. I was tired of the constant abuse that I had grown to know better than the back of my hand. It was so simple to me – another mistake led to another beating by my father – yet it seemed whatever I did was seen as a mistake in his eyes.
“Amadi, you’ve broken your mother’s shell necklace!” my father roared, his voice a bellowing cry which had to have been heard by our entire South African village. “Have your sisters ever done anything so foolish?”
My younger sisters, Kulwa and Kakra, were twins born after a series of children lost by my mother and father. As such, nothing they did was seen as a mistake. My father would never dare lay a hand on them. They were angels to him.
“It doesn’t matter what Kulwa or Kakra do. I am neither of them.” I mumbled. My father glanced to his fist, clenching it tightly.
“What did you say?” He glared at me, and I puffed up my chest.
“I am my own man, and you can’t continue to abuse me the way that you do.” A new found aggression was boiling inside me, and when he raised his hand to my face, I pushed him away. His head struck the table nearby, and he collapsed to the ground. A twisted sense of pride rose inside me, knowing I had finally stopped him.
“Amadi, you cannot leave us. You must respect your family.” His voice was ragged and pained, but I turned away from him. Though I was not sure where I would go, I left my home and my father behind. I had no remorse walking out of that door. My dream had been achieved, and I was finally free.
Essay Contest Winners
1st place – Sadie Ross
2nd place – Tegwin Liggett
1st place – Joleigh Nailor
2nd place – Carson Bouder
1st place – Emily Keim
2nd place – Laurel Fleszar
Art Contest Winners
1st place –Tegwin Liggett
2nd place – Melessia Shehata
Honorable Mention – Sadie Ross
1st place – Addie McCarty
2nd place – Hanna Warren
Honorable Mention – Holland Harrell
1st place – Crystal Echeverria
2nd place – Aneesa Williams
Honorable Mention – Laurel Fleszar