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

2018–2019 Community Outreach Calendar

Saturday, September 29 Daisy/Brownie Girl Scout Engineering Day
Earn new Mechanical Engineering Badges
Saturday, November 17 Girl Scout Cadette/Senior Journey Day
Join with other middle and high school scouts in earning your
It's Your Story Tell It Journey

Boy Scout Merit Badge Day - Environmental Science

Earn Eagle Require Environmental Science Merit Badge
Saturday, January 5 Junior Girl Scout Journey in a Day
Select Engineering or Programming
Saturday, January 12 Boy Scout Merit Badge Day - Engineering
Hands on fun earning the Engineering Merit Badge
Saturday, February 16 Middle School Girls STEM Day - Fall in Love with Science
Saturday, March 2 BRAIN DAY!
All ages welcome to join in engaging and wacky brain games.
Hope College A. Paul Schaap Science Center
9 a.m.–noon (no registration required)
Teachers - email us to request a school visit the week before!
Saturday, april 13

Girl Scout Cadette/Senior Journey Day
Work with fellow scouts on your 
It's Your Planet Love It Journey 
Join us for science fun and Earth Day project.

June 10–28/July 8–26 SUMMER SCIENCE CAMPS!
All students entering grades K–12 are welcome for engaging summer learning. 
Check out our camps page! 

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

About ExploreHope

Hope pre-professional students manage, plan and run educational programs for K–12 students and teachers in the community. 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.

The Center for Exploratory Learning (ExploreHope) in turn 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.

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.
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
  • Teamwork
  • 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.

Give online today! 


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.