Summer Camps

Summer Camp Details

Bellisario College Communications Camps
July 10-15, 2022 / University Park, Pennsylvania


Registration costs $1,100. This fee covers instruction, housing, food, all program materials, field trips and activities. No payment is due at the time of application. Full payment is due within three weeks of receiving camp acceptance notification.

Important Information for Parents

Please review this ethics and compliance webpage before camp begins. Please read these standards of conduct (Adobe PDF) before submitting your registration.

COVID guidelines for residential camps have not yet been released; however, we have approval to move forward with marketing our camps as long as this statement is included on the camp website:

    • Communications Camp will follow all University COVID-19 guidelines that are in place at the time of camp. DETAILS HERE
    • You  can learn about Penn State’s current COVID response and view up-to-date policies and frequently asked questions on the University's Coronavirus Information site

How to Apply

A link to the online application can be found below. The application consists of these parts:

  1. Online Application
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Letter of Recommendation (may be completed by any individual who can attest to the student’s academic performance)

Scholarship Opportunities

At the time of application, students will automatically be evaluated for a scholarship. Application for scholarships must be submitted no later than March 15, 2022. Students who apply prior to this deadline will be notified of any scholarship award in early April.

Camp Admissions Decisions

To be considered for early decision, applications are due no later than March 15, 2022. Students who apply prior to this deadline will be notified of their admission decision in early April. Applications will continue to be accepted through April 30, 2022 and will be notified on a rolling basis. All accepted students will be sent an official registration form via email that must be submitted along with payment.


Parents of students who apply prior to the early decision deadline of March 15, 2022, will be notified of their admission decision in early April via email. Applications will be accepted through April 30, 2022, and students/parents will be notified on a rolling basis.


If your request to withdraw is received at least 15 business days prior to the first day of the program, we can issue a partial refund. Send your written request by fax to 814-863-5190, or by email to A $50 administrative fee will be charged for each withdrawal.


For legal reasons, the University cannot release the names or phone numbers of other participants, not even to those who want to carpool.


Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing special accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the conference planner at 814-863-5132 at least two weeks prior to your arrival.

Medical Information

Staff members will refer medical emergencies and illnesses to University Health Services or the Emergency/Outpatient Department of Mount Nittany Medical Center. A parent or guardian must sign the “Medical Treatment Authorization” portion of the registration form to grant permission for any medical attention required during the program.

Health Notice

Please help lessen the spread of any contagious diseases. The exclusion of ill persons from public, school, and group gatherings is key to lessening the spread of illness. If you are ill, please remain at home during your illness and recovery. If you have a fever (100˚ F or higher), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends limiting contact with others until you have been without a fever for at least 24 hours.
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Medical Fees and Insurance

The University does not provide medical insurance for campers.

In the event of illness or injury requiring treatment, hospitalization, or surgery, family medical insurance must be used. Parents or guardians will be billed directly for any medical care given at University Health Services, Penn State Hershey–State College Orthapedics, or Mount Nittany Medical Center.

University Health Services does not have contracts with any health insurance companies and does not send bills to insurance companies. Patients will receive an itemized bill at the end of a visit and will receive a statement from the University Bursar as well.

The University urges that participants be covered by some form of personal medical insurance. Be sure to provide your insurance company’s information where indicated on the registration form.

The parent(s) or guardian(s) of a participant requiring medical treatment at University Health Services, Penn State Hershey–State College Orthopaedics, or Mount Nittany Medical Center will be notified of the treatment within 24 hours. We know how important timely notification is for insurance claims, so it is extremely important for you to list the following in the designated areas of the registration form: the numbers of your daytime phone, home phone, and cell phone, and your family physician’s name and phone number.

Location, Travel and Housing

This program will be conducted in classroom and lab facilities on Penn State’s University Park campus.

The Penn State residence halls are an ideal lodging location for youth programs. Housing, Food Services, and Residence Life offer a secure and friendly environment for youth. The residence hall community also offers an excellent atmosphere for fun, learning, and growth.

Each floor is gender-specific, and each building is normally assigned to only one gender. University policy requires that youth groups provide a minimum of one staff member for every 8 residential campers age 9 through 14 and one staff member for every 10 residential campers age 15 through 17.

Residential counselors must be 18 years or older, of the same gender as the participants, and are required to successfully complete background clearance and mandated reporter training. The housing office also provides one conference assistant per building for youth programs. Our conference assistants can help participants who need directions, experience homesickness, have roommate issues, etc.

All residence hall areas have television lounges and pay laundry facilities. Pay phones are available in the commons areas. Bed linens are provided. Participants should bring a pillow, pillowcase, blanket, soap, towels, clothes hangers, portable fan, alarm clock, and other personal items. Rooms are not air-conditioned.

Attendees may indicate one roommate preference on the registration form.  Each roommate must list the other on their registration form. Listing a roommate preference does not guarantee enrollment of the roommate in the program. If no preference is indicated, the housing office will assign a roommate.

Each hall has 24-hour door-card access for assigned residents. Only residents can access the hall. The doors are always locked.

Because the security and safety of youth participants are important, youth attendees must be in their assigned residence halls by 11 p.m. University-student auxiliary police monitor the residence halls and surrounding areas overnight.


By Air
The University Park Airport (airport code: SCE) is located near the conference site. Call 814-865-5511 or visit the University Park Airport website for information on flights.

By Car
The Penn State University Park campus is located within driving distance of many major cities, including Harrisburg (1.5 hrs., 90 miles), Pittsburgh (3 hrs., 137 miles), Philadelphia (3.5 hrs., 194 miles), Baltimore (3.5 hrs., 155 miles), Washington, D.C. (4 hrs., 190 miles), New York City (5 hrs., 250 miles), and Toronto (6.5 hrs., 304 miles).

Please see our Visitors and Neighbors website for detailed visitor information, including maps.