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June 18-22, 2018


This camp is for 11-13 year olds. The program features basic cooking techniques, such as mise en place, knife handling, how to make soup and sauces, safe food temperatures, how to choose fruits and vegetables, meat cooking tips, how to bake bread, and how to make pizza. Taste workshops introduce the children to a wide variety of foods, including greens, whole grains, beans, healthy fats and milk and non dairy alternatives. The cooking sessions are introduced by nutrition students who use the MyPlate components—grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy, and protein—to compose a healthy plate and a healthy diet.


Each day’s format includes a brief introduction, the nutrition education lesson, a cooking demonstration, active cooking time, and a tasting of all the products made.


The camp program runs from 9 am to 1 pm each day in Room 7 Henderson Building on Penn State's University Park campus. Each day as parents come to collect their campers, there will be samples of all the great foods created that day.

Fees and Scholarships

The fee for the camp is $265 per registrant. Scholarships are available for income eligible families. Call Lisa Clapper at 814-865-8898 to discuss eligibility requirements. Scholarship applications are due by April 15; however, scholarships are on a first-come-first-served basis. You are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

**Scholarships are available due to partial funding from the Pennsylvania (PA) Department of Public Welfare (DPW) through PA Nutrition Education Tracks, a part of USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). To find out how SNAP can help you buy healthy foods, contact the DPW’s toll-free Helpline at 800-692-7462. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.