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.


Statement to 2020 Summer Camp Families

ExploreHope Summer Camp Families,

Thank you for entrusting ExploreHope Summer Science Camps with providing fun and engaging experiences for your campers. As we face these uncertain times, the safety of our campers, staff, and families are paramount. Therefore, our ‘normal’ camp season schedule is canceled for the Summer of 2020. 

First, we'll stay in touch.

  • Weekly social media activity posts will continue 
  • Exploration Box elementary virtual camp program will begin in June
  • Pop Up Camps’ will run if conditions allow in July and early August

Second, we want to support our amazing college student staff. 

Unfortunately, this decision also cancels a summer position for our dedicated, caring staff. If you know of child care, tutoring or other employment opportunities, please consider posting at hope.edu/handshake.

Third, you may elect to receive a full refund or receive credit for next year. 

  • You may select to roll your current registration into a gift certificate for next year.
  • Refunded fees will be returned in the same manner as originally paid.

Please let us know your preference on this form by May 8th. If we do not hear from you by this day, we will issue a refund.

Further details will be available here in the next couple of weeks. Please allow us a few weeks to process all the refunds and requests. 

Thank you all again. Stay safe and we can’t wait to see you all soon!

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.
2020-2021 Community Event Calendar Will be Available Late July - Stay Tuned!
May 30

Cadette/Senior/Ambassadors (1pm-4pm)
Earn Think Like a Citizen Scientist
Homework" will be emailed a couple of weeks before the event for girls to prep for that afternoon. Badges will be mailed following the event.

JULY Summer Fun 
Check out the links on the right side of the page for our activity blog, elementary student program and middle/high school camps.
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. 

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 Summer Camps 2.0: Adapted to ‘Keep Exploring’

    Posted by Daphne Fairbanks

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  2. STEM@Home: NASA SpacePlace

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  3. STEM@Home: Exploration Boxes

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  4. STEM@Home: Citizen Science

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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.