Camp LCTI

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 2016-17 and are slated to be fifth-graders in 2017-18 are welcome, as are campers who completed eighth grade in school year 2016-17 and are slated to be ninth-graders in 2017-18.

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 19 – Friday, June 23
  • Session 2: Monday, June 26 – Friday, June 30

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 11.

When is the Camp LCTI Open House?

The Camp LCTI Open House is scheduled Thursday, June 15 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, 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 16 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 11.

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

3D DISCOVERY: Campers design everything from tchotchkes to dream homes and use a 3D printer to produce their creations as they learn to use Autodesk software. Instructor: Wanda Yohn

BUSY BOTS: Campers learn to think like engineers as they create bristlebots, drawbots, and other simple robots with repurposed household items and K’NEX products. Instructor: Sharon Kinney

CHEFS IN TRAINING: Campers build confidence in the kitchen as they prepare pasta, pizza, stromboli and more while learning basic measuring, mixing and cooking techniques. Instructor: Brock Cahoon

CODE NAME: ARTIST: 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

CODE NAME: ANIMATOR: 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 CODE NAME: GAMER IS A PREREQUISITE FOR THIS CLASS.

CODE NAME: GAMER: Guided by Google’s CS First curriculum, campers explore game design concepts as they learn to code games with features like dialogue between characters. Instructor: Joseph Peregrin

DECOR-GREAT: Campers design and build a miniature bedroom as they learn basic architectural concepts and how to create 3D floor plans with Autodesk software. Instructor: Wanda Yohn

ENERGY EXPLORERS: Campers explore environmental science principles as they team up to conduct fun experiments that explain how traditional and alternative energy sources are harnessed to power our world. Instructor: Jim Bennett

EPIC ELECTRONICS: 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

FREEZE FRAME: Campers learn to use a DSLR camera and build a miniature portfolio. Along the way, they have fun with action photography, light painting, Photoshop and more. Instructor: David Aretz

LIGHT IT UP: Campers learn about series and parallel circuits as they pair LEDs with coin-cell batteries to create origami fireflies, twinkling pinwheels, glow-in-the-dark jewelry and more. Instructor: Lori Dreisbach

MINI MOVIE MAKERS: Campers explore the art of digital storytelling as they use specialized software to create short films about their dream vacations and other topics. Instructor: Elaine Beam SESSION 1 ONLY

SCIENTIFIC BEAUTY: In between spa treatments, campers conduct experiments that reveal the science behind beauty secrets, answering questions like, “How does heat both straighten and curl hair?” Instructor: Heather Post

SUPER SLEUTHS: 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

SWEET SMARTS: Cookies and cupcakes are on the menu of tempting treats campers whip up while learning about the role science plays in making our favorite foods delicious. Instructor: Sam Kennerly

WOODEN WONDERS: Woodworking is a timeless skill and campers learn the basics, using hand and power tools to build a train whistle, a birdhouse and other projects. Instructor: James Geist SESSION 1 ONLY

4500
Education Park Drive

Schnecksville, PA
18078

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