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.


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
9 a.m.–noon
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
Registration coming soon
Saturday, February 15
9 a.m.–noon
Middle School Girls STEM Day –
Fall in love with Science 
February 29
9 a.m.–noon

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. 

April 18

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 /
July 6-24
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
  • 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.