ExploreHope and Hope College welcome K-12 students to campus for engaging camps and activities! There’s something for everyone!

ExploreHope offers innovative programming for the community allowing K–12 students and teachers to experience hands-on activities in science, engineering, math and the arts. Summer and afterschool programs expand learning opportunities that complement in-classroom goals.

We engage Hope students in these innovative experiential learning programs to provide unique pre-professional experiences to their education.

Additional Information

Participation for all students
ExploreHope aims to include a diverse population of participants that reflect the community at large regardless of financial or logistical barriers to participation. All students are invited to apply and participate in any ExploreHope program. Contact us if you or someone you know needs financial assistance to participate.
2021–2022 Community Event Calendar

Full calendar coming soon.

OCTOBER 9, 2021

Environment Close-Up
9 a.m.–Noon| $15 (grades K-5)
1–4 p.m.: $15 (grades 6-8)
Outdoor exploration of the wonders we see around us!
Hands on activities followed by environmental clean up.

October 30, 2021

Digital Leadership
1–4 p.m. | $15
Explore digital tools for leadership, community involvement and sharing your message.
Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts

November 6, 2021 Citizenship in the World
Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
9 a.m.–3 p.m.: $15
January 8, 2022 Girl Scout Junior Journey
Details Pending
9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Janaury 15, 2022 Nuclear Science Day
9 a.m.–3 p.m.: $15
Community Partnerships and Sponsors

The West Michigan community is a great place for education. ExploreHope is thankful for the many partners and supporters who make our programs possible. We'd love to include you on that list! Contact us to provide in-kind donations, program speakers or scholarship funds.

Thanks to our amazing sponsors!

Thanks to our community partners!

Hope Student Experiential Learning Opportunities

As Hope trains our students to be active, contributing members of their communities, experiential learning opportunities will play a central role in shaping the type of citizen they will become. Student cohorts focus on programs in their area of study while learning team work, project management, curriculum development and instructional skills that are required in their future careers. ExploreHope experiential learning opportunities push students to grow in the areas of:

  • Professional skills
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Program management and delivery
  • Interactions with diverse set of people
  • Teamwork
  • Personal responsibility
  • Professional society meeting presentations

Full-time summer and part-time spring positions are available. 

Support Us!

ExploreHope is self-funded center of Hope College. Join us in creating innovative learning opportunities for our area youth.

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ExploreHope Blog Posts

  1. ExploreHope Staff Assembles for 25th Year of Science Camps

    Posted by Daniel Sharkey

    For the 25th year in a row, busyness has ensued as the ExploreHope staff has begun preparing for ...

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  2. STEM@Home: Stomach Science

    Posted by Elizabeth Zinck

    Picture a chemist working in her lab: white coat, protective goggles, pipette. Rows of neatly lab...

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  3. Celebrate Slime, Robots and Dinos: ExploreHope turns 25!

    Posted by Elizabeth Zinck

    ExploreHope, Hope College’s academic outreach center, is celebrating our 25th anniversary o...

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  4. Anchor Camp 2021

    Posted by Elizabeth Zinck

    Imagine you’re a kid, and your parents announce, “Next weekend, we’re going to ...

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  5. STEM@Hope: Environmental Stewardship Day

    Posted by Elizabeth Zinck

    Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Okay, that’s an old riddle perplexing minds for a...

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  6. Summer of STEM: Dive Deeper into Dissection!

    Posted by Elizabeth Zinck

    This summer we’re hearing from our amazing camp staff. Our Hope College students do the heavy l...

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Hope by the Numbers

  • 1,000+Summer Science Camp Participants

    Join more than 1,000 other participants in our fun learning environment this summer.

    Sign up for a Summer Science Camp
  • 20Hope Camp Staff

    Summer Science Camps provides an engaging, pre-professional experiential learning opportunity for students of all majors. We have 20 student employees every summer.

  • 350+Scout Badges Earned

    Over 350 scouts joined us on campus to earn Boy and Girl Scout Badges in 2016.

    Explore our scout programs
  • 15Departmental Partnerships

    15 departments across campus contribute to our innovative camp curriculum.