Northern Central Railway of York offers youngsters a brand new and exciting summer camp experience. Kids will actively participate in a wide variety of learning activities that will introduce them to the magic of train travel, the mechanics of trains, and the science to be discovered up and down the tracks. This “train camp” will both entertain and educate.
Each day, children will:
1) build, construct, and operate various train-related projects
2) listen to award-winning train books by a professional storyteller
3) meet a specific railroad worker (engineer, brakeman, conductor, etc.)
4) share a snack
5) create a special “museum activity” to summarize their summer experiences
The camp is based on the five elements of S.T.E.A.M. Each day, children will actively participate in a creative variety of “hands-on, minds-on” activities:
Monday: Science (making train sounds, investigating inertia)
Tuesday: Technology (constructing an electromagnet, designing train tracks)
Wednesday: Engineering (building a bridge, inventing a roller coaster)
Thursday: Art (crafting a jigsaw puzzle, discovering colors)
Friday: Math (the geometry of trains, measuring trains)
On the last day of camp, camper families will take a specially chartered ride on an NCR train and participate in a memorable graduation ceremony.
The summer camp will be directed by NCR’s Education Coordinator, Dr. Anthony Fredericks. A professional educator for more than 50 years, Dr. Fredericks is a former classroom teacher, reading specialist, and professor of education at York College. He is also an award-winning author of more than four dozen children’s books, including “All Aboard” Starts with A.
Please note: We will require a minimum of 10 registered campers (for each scheduled week) to run the camp. Due to COVID precautions, our maximum enrollment will be 20 registered campers for each week.
Some activities may be held outside (depending on weather). All campers should have appropriate attire for outdoor activities, wear closed-toe shoes, and bring water and sunscreen they can apply themselves.