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Camp LCTI returns to Lehigh Career & Technical Institute this summer and we hope your camper will join us for two weeks of STEAM-focused fun and career exploration.

What is Camp LCTI?

Lehigh Career & Technical Institute, or LCTI, is the public career and technical high school that serves Lehigh County’s nine school districts. Each summer, we host Camp LCTI as a service to the Greater Lehigh Valley and to spread the word about the value of career and technical education.

Led by LCTI’s dedicated instructors, campers spend each day exploring career areas of their choice with inventive, STEAM-based activities that utilize our school’s high-tech facilities. We offer a variety of classes at Camp LCTI and all of them are linked to the high school’s programs of study.

Who can attend Camp LCTI?

Camp LCTI is designed for campers in grades 5-8 who want to have fun and get smarter over the summer.

Campers who completed fourth grade in school year 2017-18 and are slated to be fifth-graders in 2018-19 are welcome, as are campers who completed eighth grade in school year 2017-18 and are slated to be ninth-graders in 2018-19.

Most of our campers live in Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe and Northampton counties, but Camp LCTI does not have a residency requirement. So kids visiting relatives in the Lehigh Valley this summer, for example, are welcome to join us.

When is Camp LCTI?

This year, Camp LCTI is hosting a pair of weeklong sessions. The sessions are scheduled as follows:

  • Session 1: Monday, June 18 – Friday, June 22
  • Session 2: Monday, June 25 – Friday, June 29

Camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Campers spend each day in four camp classes selected during registration. The classes are scheduled as follows:

  • Class 1: 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
  • Class 2: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – Noon
  • Class 3: Noon – 1:30 p.m.
  • Class 4: 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

This year, LCTI is offering 16 camp classes. Learn more about them.

Where is Camp LCTI?

Located at 4500 Education Park Drive, Schnecksville, PA, 18078, LCTI’s campus is directly off Route 309 and adjacent to Lehigh Carbon Community College.

Motorists approaching LCTI from the north should turn right onto Education Park Drive and make an immediate left to access the school. Motorists approaching LCTI from the south should turn left onto Education Park Drive before making an immediate left, as well. Route 309 is easily accessible from Interstate 476, Interstate 78 and Route 22.

Campers should be dropped off and picked up in Lot 3.

How much does Camp LCTI cost?

Camp LCTI costs $225 per session for each camper. 

Campers who register and pay by May 1 will receive a free Camp LCTI T-shirt!

Campers may pay with a credit card online, with a check, with a money order or cash. Checks and money orders should be made payable to “Camp LCTI” and campers’ names should be written in the memo field. There is a $15 fee for returned checks. Registration is not complete until payment is received.

Camp registration forms, checks, money orders and cash may be dropped off at LCTI’s Main Office between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, or by appointment. Call 610-799-1360 for an appointment.

Registration forms, checks and money orders also may be mailed to Rita Tatusko, Lehigh Career & Technical Institute, 4500 Education Park Drive, Schnecksville, PA 18078. Do not mail cash.

Camp LCTI does not offer refunds.

What camp classes are available this year?

During registration, each camper chooses four classes, as well as two alternatives. Campers are assigned to classes on a first-come, first-served basis, so early registrants are more likely to get all of their top choices. This year, LCTI is offering 16 camp classes. Learn more about them.

Every effort is made to assign campers to their preferred classes, but there are no guarantees. Some classes are only available during Session 1. Camp LCTI reserves the right to close classes that reach maximum capacity or cancel classes due to low enrollment.

Camper’s class schedules will arrive by email the week of June 10.

When is the Camp LCTI Open House?

The Camp LCTI Open House is scheduled Thursday, June 14 from 6-7 p.m.

Parents or guardians and their campers are welcome to stop by LCTI to check out our facilities, meet our instructors, learn more about our camp classes and pick up their camp class schedules and T-shirts.

Who can I contact for more information about Camp LCTI?

For more information about Camp LCTI, contact Rita Tatusko at 610-799-1360 or tatuskor@lcti.org.

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Camp Classes

At Camp LCTI, each camper spends the week in four classes of their choice. All of the classes feature fun and challenging STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) activities designed to help campers explore a wide variety of career areas.

This year, Camp LCTI is offering 21 classes linked to LCTI’s career and technical education programs. Scroll down to check out the class descriptions or click here to print them out. Camper’s class schedules will arrive by email the week of June 10.

Questions? Contact our camp coordinator, Rita Tatusko, at 610-799-1360 or tatuskor@lcti.org.

COMPUFUN: Campers learn to identify the internal components of a computer and how they interact before taking on the challenge of building a PC from scratch as they explore information technology careers. Instructor: Bill Gordon

CUISINARTISTS: Campers build confidence in the kitchen as they prepare Italian and Mexican dishes while learning basic measuring, mixing and cooking techniques. Instructor: Donna Lobach

DIGITAL PADAWAN: Guided by Google’s CS First curriculum, campers explore art concepts as they learn to code, moving from simple animation to virtual greeting cards. Instructor: Joseph Peregrin

DIGITAL KNIGHT: Guided by Google’s CS First curriculum, campers explore game design concepts as they learn to code games with dialogue between characters and other features. Instructor: Joseph Peregrin

DIGITAL MASTER: Guided by Google’s CS First curriculum, campers explore animation concepts as they learn to code racing, maze, platform, escape and launcher games. Instructor: Joseph Peregrin | DIGITAL KNIGHT IS A PREREQUISITE FOR THIS CLASS

FORENSIC FUN: As they lift fingerprints and collect other crime scene clues, campers learn how forensic science helps investigators answer the quintessential question, “Whodunit?” Instructor: Melanie Hoderewski

FUNTOGRAPHY: Campers learn to use a DSLR camera and build a mini portfolio. Along the way, they have fun with action photography, light painting, Photoshop and more. Instructor: David Aretz | SESSION 1 ONLY

GEOCACHE ME IF YOU CAN: Campers participate in a high-tech game of hide-and-seek known as geocaching. Equipped with GPS receivers, they’ll develop navigation skills and more while scouring the school’s campus for geocaches. Instructor: Diane Rarick

HAMMERTIME: Carpentry is a timeless skill and campers learn the basics, using hand and power tools to build birdhouses, knickknack shelves and other projects. Instructor: James Geist | SESSION 1 ONLY

HEALTH EXPLORERS: Through a combination of hands-on practice, group games and physical challenges, campers learn how to check and chart vital signs, make smart food choices and more as they learn about careers in health care. Instructor: Eileen Bechtel

INVENTIONEERING: Campers construct catapults, build LED light circuits, whip up oobleck and more in a weeklong adventure filled with experiments and inventions inspired by science and engineering concepts. Instructor: Melanie Hoderewski

IT’S ELECTRIC!: Campers wire light fixtures, read multimeters, bend conduit and brush up on their fractions while exploring the world of Electrical Technology. Instructor: Lou Pachella

JUST DESSERTS: Campers learn to bake cupcakes, pies and more from scratch as they explore the important role science plays in making our favorite desserts so delicious. Instructor: Lori Dreisbach

KEEPING IT COOL: Campers learn to turn PVC pipe into train whistles and make water boil at room temperature in this introduction to the science and technical skill behind HVAC. Instructor: Kevin Keeler

MINI MASONS: Campers learn the basics of building with brick and stone in this introduction to the math and technical skill behind one of the world’s oldest construction trades, masonry. Instructor: Shirley Chanitz

MURAL MAGIC: Campers design, sketch and paint murals as they turn sheets of plywood into works of art. In the process, they learn to measure, cut and sand wood. Instructor: MaryKatherine Citera

NETWONDERS: Campers learn what computer networks do, the role networks play in our daily lives and how to build a simple network as they explore information technology careers. Instructor: Bill Gordon

SCIENCE FITNESS: Campers explore the science behind Olympic success as they experiment with sprint mechanics, resistance and other training techniques medal-winning gold medalists rely on to win. Instructor: Dale Phillips

SMART ART: Campers explore the artistic side of teaching as they create themed bulletin boards, hand puppets and more with die-cutting machines and other crafting equipment. Instructor: Jenn Alkhal

SUPER CIRCUITS: Campers delve into the inner workings of consumer electronics as they learn to solder while creating circuits that set off flashing lights, sirens and more. Instructor: Tom Lesisko

VIRTUAL ADVENTURES: Campers explore the computer science behind virtual and augmented reality apps like Pokemon GO and Snapchat as they experiment with Merge Cube and much more. Instructor: Diane Rarick

4500
Education Park Drive

Schnecksville, PA
18078

Our mission at LCTI is to prepare all students for successful careers and lifelong learning.