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.
Summer Science Camps started 20 years ago with Tod Gugino’s dream of sharing the love for science.
Equipment loans, school visits, teacher training, tours — let us enhance your classroom learning.
Hope Student Opportunities
Love working with younger students? Excited to share your love of Hope? Apply to work with ExploreHope Summer Science Camps!
- 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.
- 2019-2020 Community Event Calendar
Saturday, September 21
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Think Like an Engineer!
Middle and high school girls participate in hands-on Engineering Design Projects
Girl Scouts can earn Think Like an Engineer Journey by attending. Registration
Saturday, October 19
Daisy/Brownie Girl Scout Science Journey
Daisies: Between Earth and Sky
Brownies: WOW: Wonders of Water
Saturday, November 16
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Boy Scout Merit Badge Day – Environmental Science and Citizenship in the Nation
Pick one of two Eagle Required Merit Badges
Saturday, January 4
9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Think Like a Scientist!
Junior Girl Scouts earn their Think Like a Scientist Journey
Saturday, January 11
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
Nuclear Science/ Digital Technology Merit Badges - pick one
Saturday, February 15
Middle School Girls STEM Day –
Fall in love with Science
All ages welcome to join in engaging and wacky brain games.
Hope College A. Paul Schaap Science Center, 9 a.m. to noon (no registration required)
Teachers – email us to request a school visit the week before.
Girl Scout STEM Day
Cadette/Senior/Ambassadors (9am - 3pm)
Earn Think Like a Citizen Scientist
Daisies/Brownies/Juniors (9am - noon)
Earn Coding for Good / Cybersecurity
June 8-26 /
Summer Science Camps
All students entering grades K–12 are welcome for engaging summer learning.
2020 schedule posted in December 2019
- 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!
- 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
- Personal responsibility
- Professional society meeting presentations
Full-time summer and part-time spring positions are available. Find details and application links.
- Support Us!
ExploreHope is self-funded center of Hope College. Join us in creating innovative learning opportunities for our area youth.
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.