Registration closes Wednesday (May 23)

Register now for Summer 2018 Camps: June 4-8

Bright Time Summer Camp Program offers more than 50 athletic, fine arts, science, and all kinds of fun opportunities for children in rising grade 1-8.

Costs: $35-40 per camp (Camps are 60-80 minutes each for five days during the camp week)

Shine On Campcare: a place for kids before, between and after camp so that students can spend the day here.

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Camp Descriptions
Rising Grades 1-2
  • 8:30–9:30 a.m. Spectacular Science. Experiment with roller coasters, invisible ink, and more! Have fun with physics and chemistry as you explore wind, solar, and water power. Instructors: Malina Kleepbua, former teacher/Bethany bus driver, and Karen Swartzendruber, Bethany parent and bus driver. Camp max: 15.
  • 9:30–10:30 a.m. Tennis. Beginners and less-experienced players will learn, compete, and have fun exploring tennis basics. Instructor: Matt Miller, Bethany middle school teacher, varsity boys tennis coach, and Bethany parent.
  • 9:30–10:30 a.m. Things That Fling. Build various devices that can hurl small and large objects, such as amazing catapults, air powered rockets, and individually-designed paper airplanes. Instructor: Jeff Hershberger, teacher at Benton Elementary and former Bethany parent. Camp max: 15.
  • 10:30–11:30 a.m. Invention Connection. Create your own inventions! Each day will feature a different project, including marble rollers, stomp rockets, catapults, gears, and a nature confetti launcher! Instructor: Heather Potsander, art teacher at Parkside Elementary and Bethany alumna. Camp max: 15.
  • 10:30–11:30 a.m. Softball. Throw, catch, and hit! Get ready to play this popular sport. Designed for beginners. Girls and boys will have fun practicing the basics of softball. Required: bring your own glove! Instructor: Troy Barber, Bethany parent and softball coach.
  • 12:00–1:00 p.m. Soccer. Develop fundamentals and an understanding of the world’s most popular game. Play small-sided games with an emphasis on having fun. Instructors: Hank Willems, Bethany principal, varsity soccer coach and Bethany parent; Mark Yoder, former Bethany varsity boys soccer coach.
  • 12:00–1:00 p.m. Stick-lets. What can you do with one stick or a whole bunch of sticks? Enjoy the great outdoors while you create forts, designs, sculptures, and more! Build with simple sticks and Stick-lets. Experience the fun of building in nature through imaginative, collaborative, hands-on play. Instructor: Andrew Kauffman, teacher at Chandler Elementary and Bethany alumnus. Camp max: 15.
  • 1:00–2:00 p.m. Lookin’ for Critters. See what lives in a pond in the summer. Be prepared for wet feet! Use screens to sift for tiny creatures while searching for tadpoles, frogs, dragonfly nymphs, and more. Runs rain or shine, so bring rain gear as needed. Instructor: Jeff Hershberger, teacher at Benton Elementary and former Bethany parent. Camp max: 15. 
  • 1:00–2:00 p.m. Puppets. Create your own shadow puppets with moving parts, make props, and come up with a storyline for your puppets. We will put on a performance the last day of class. Instructor: Heather Potsander, art teacher at Parkside Elementary and Bethany alumna. Camp max: 15.
  • 2:00–3:00 p.m. Basketball FUNdamentals. Have fun learning to shoot, handle the ball, and get comfortable on the court. Instructor: Ryan Gingerich, Bethany varsity boys basketball coach.
  • 2:00–3:00 p.m. Messy Week. Have fun with messy things of summer such as water, sand, soap bubbles, shaving cream, finger painting, edible playdough, worms, and sidewalk chalk. Wear clothes that can get messy. Instructor: Cheryl Mast, Bethany middle school science teacher and Bethany parent. Camp max: 15.
  • 3:00–4:00 p.m. World Adventure. Explore a different country each day by using all your senses! Dance, taste, listen to music, do a craft, and even learn some words in other languages! Instructor: Emma Caskey, teacher at Prairie View Elementary and Bethany alumna. Camp max: 15.
Rising Grades 3–4
  • 8:30–9:30 a.m. Piñata Bash. Make your own piñata and break it! What’s inside? Instructor: Linda Hochstetler, Bethany 5th grade teacher. Camp max: 15.
  • 8:30–9:30 a.m. X Marks the Spot. Discover the mysteries of mapmaking and orienteering! Learn how to read, create, and use maps. With a compass and natural navigation techniques, we will go hiking and design our own courses to solve! Instructor: Shelley Kauffman, teacher at Waterford Elementary and spouse of Bethany alumnus. Camp max: 15.
  • 9:30–10:30 a.m. All Out Games. Play water games, lawn games, and games that keep you running. Plan to work together with your fellow campers to strategize. Instructor: Juanita Hershberger, Bethany 6th grade teacher. Camp max: 15.
  • 9:30–10:30 a.m. It’s Show Business. Develop a story line and put on your own two-character play using the marionettes you make from recycled materials. We’ll build the mini stage and props too! Instructor: Heather Potsander, art teacher at Parkside Elementary and Bethany alumna. Camp max: 15.
  • 10:30–11:30 a.m. Softball. Throw, catch, and hit! Get ready to play this popular sport. Designed for beginners. Girls and boys will have fun practicing the basics of softball. Required: bring your own glove! Instructor: Troy Barber, Bethany parent and softball coach.
  • 10:30–11:30 a.m. Tennis. Learn and improve proper mechanics of tennis fundamentals such as the forehand, backhand, serve, and volley. Instructor: Matt Miller, Bethany middle school teacher, varsity boys tennis coach, and Bethany parent.
  • 12:00–1:00 p.m. Lookin’ for Critters. See what lives in a pond in the summer. Be prepared for wet feet! Use screens to sift for tiny creatures while searching for tadpoles, frogs, dragonfly nymphs, and more. Runs rain or shine, so bring rain gear as needed. Instructor: Jeff Hershberger, teacher at Benton Elementary and former Bethany parent. Camp max: 15. 
  • 12:00–1:00 p.m. Messy Mystery Science. Expect to be amazed and get very messy! Make oobleck and slime. Observe how acid-base reactions launch rockets and erupt volcanoes. Learn how temperature and reaction time are related. Discover the mysteries behind the mess. Instructor: Cheryl Mast, Bethany middle school teacher and parent. Camp max: 15.
  • 12:00–1:00 p.m. On Stage! Want to be on stage? We’ll play fun games and activities to improve your acting skills. Explore musical theater and dance. Work on a skit and musical piece and be ready to perform on stage on Friday! Instructor: Emily Shenk, teacher at Model Elementary and Bethany alumna. Camp max: 15.
  • 1:00–2:00 p.m. Paper Creations. Make and paint a paper mache bowl and other paper items using clothing fibers, invasive plants, and food. Instructor: Juanita Hershberger, Bethany grade 6 teacher. Camp max: 15.
  • 1:00–2:00 p.m. Soccer. Participate in the world’s most popular sport with an emphasis on developing fundamental skills in an environment that stresses sportsmanship and cooperation. Each camper will be challenged individually and in small groups. Instructors: Hank Willems, Bethany principal, varsity boys soccer coach, and Bethany parent; Mark Yoder, former Bethany varsity boys soccer coach.
  • 1:00–2:00 p.m. Stick-lets. What can you do with one stick or a whole bunch of sticks? Enjoy the great outdoors while you create forts, designs, sculptures, and more! Build with simple sticks and Stick-lets. Experience the fun of building in nature through imaginative, collaborative, and hands-on play. Instructors: Andrew Kauffman, teacher at Chandler Elementary and Bethany alumnus. Camp max: 15.
  • 2:00–3:00 p.m. Challenge Games. Grab your thinking caps and solve the mysteries!  Who is the spy? Who is really on your team? Who, what, when and where, or more importantly, why? Let’s play board games, scavenger hunts, word puzzles, spy games, and more. Instructor: Emma Caskey, teacher at Prairie View Elementary and Bethany alumna. Camp max: 15.
  • 2:00–3:00 p.m. Chess. For those who already play and enjoy chess or want to learn how to play. Learn rules and practical strategies through activities and games, including a tournament with prizes! Instructor: Dennis Monokroussos, U.S. Chess Federation master and former Bethany chess coach.
  • 3:00–4:00 p.m. Basketball FUNdamentals. Learn fundamentals, including passing, rebounding, defense, offense, and shooting through the use of individual skill stations. Younger players interact with and learn from high school players. Daily competitions and fun activities are integral to the experience. Instructor: Ryan Gingerich, Bethany varsity boys basketball coach.
  • 3:00–4:00 p.m. Keva Planks. Learn about architecture from the ground up as you construct buildings and contraptions out of small wooden Keva Plank blocks. Investigate the design of buildings around the world and then try your hand at building. Instructor: Andrew Kauffman, teacher at Chandler Elementary and Bethany alumnus. Camp max: 15.
Rising Grades 5–6
  • 8:30–9:30 a.m. Kitchen Magic. Much of the magic in the kitchen is actually science. Learn the secrets of cooking and following recipes; create and eat fun food each day. NOTE: Camp fee of $40 includes cost of ingredients, which include peanut, dairy, sugar, and wheat. Instructor: Cheryl Mast, Bethany middle school teacher and parent. Camp max: 12.
  • 8:30–9:30 a.m. Sphero Robotics. Learn the basics of coding and programming a Sphero Robot to complete an obstacle course and challenge another robot to race or a game of tag. No programming/coding experience necessary! Instructor: Benji Hurst, Bethany digital communication teacher and cross country/track coach. Camp max: 14.
  • 8:30–9:30 a.m. Tennis. Learn and improve proper mechanics of tennis fundamentals such as the forehand, backhand, serve, and volley. Instructor: Matt Miller, Bethany middle school teacher, varsity boys tennis coach, and Bethany parent.
  • 9:30–10:30 a.m. Cardboard Carnival. Dive into the world of cardboard construction—make games, buildings, machines, and art. Get inspired by the story “Caine’s Arcade” in which a young boy created a carnival out of cardboard. Explore the different ways to build with cardboard and how to reuse recyclable materials. Showcase your creation at the end of the week in a Bright Time Carnival. Instructor: Andrew Kauffman, teacher at Chandler Elementary and Bethany alumnus. Camp max: 15.
  • 9:30–10:30 a.m. X Marks the Spot. Discover the mysteries of mapmaking and orienteering! Learn how to read, create, and use maps. Using a compass and natural navigation techniques, we will go hiking and design our own courses to solve! Instructor: Shelley Kauffman, Waterford Elementary teacher and spouse of Bethany alumnus. Camp max: 15.
  • 10:30–11:30 a.m. On Stage! Want to be on stage? We’ll play fun games and activities to improve your acting skills. Explore musical theater and dance. Work on a skit and musical piece and be ready to perform on stage on Friday! Instructor: Emily Shenk, teacher at Model Elementary and Bethany alumna. Camp max: 15.
  • 10:30–11:30 a.m. Soccer. Participate in the world’s most popular sport with an emphasis on developing fundamental skills in an environment that stresses sportsmanship and cooperation. Each camper will be challenged individually and in small groups. Instructors: Hank Willems, Bethany principal, varsity boys soccer coach, and Bethany parent; Mark Yoder, former Bethany varsity boys soccer coach.
  • 12:00–1:00 p.m. Challenge Games. Grab your thinking caps and solve the mysteries! Who is the spy? Who is really on your team? Who, what, when and where, or more importantly, why? Play board games, scavenger hunts, word puzzles, spy games, and more. Instructor: Emma Caskey, teacher at Prairie View Elementary and Bethany alumna. Camp max: 15.
  • 12:00–1:00 p.m. Illusion Confusion. Learn the secrets behind optical illusions that trick your eyes into seeing things that aren’t there! Trick your family and friends with the optical illusion spinners, experiments, and art projects you make in this class. Instructor: Heather Potsander, art teacher at Parkside Elementary and Bethany alumna. Camp max: 15.
  • 12:00–1:00 p.m. Softball. Throw, catch, and hit! Get ready to play this popular sport. Girls and boys will practice the basics of softball and become better players. Required: bring your own glove!  Instructor: Troy Barber, Bethany parent and softball coach.
  • 1:00–2:00 p.m. Basketball FUNdamentals. Learn fundamentals, including passing, rebounding, defense, offense, and shooting through the use of individual skills stations. Younger players interact and learn from high school players. Daily competitions and fun activities are integral to the experience. Instructors: Krysten Parson, Bethany phys ed teacher and varsity girls basketball coach; Ryan Gingerich, Bethany varsity boys basketball coach.
  • 1:00–2:00 p.m. Chess. For those who already play and enjoy chess or want to learn how to play. Learn rules and practical strategies through activities and games, including a tournament with prizes! Instructor: Dennis Monokroussos, U.S. Chess Federation master and former Bethany chess coach.
  • 2:00–3:00 p.m. All Out Games. Play water games, lawn games, and games that keep you running. Work together with your fellow campers to strategize. Instructor: Juanita Hershberger, Bethany 6th grade teacher. Camp max: 15.
  • 2:00–3:00 p.m. Up and Down and All Around. Learn to juggle and practice sleight of hand techniques to astound your audience! Instructor: Jeff Hershberger, teacher at Benton Elementary and former Bethany parent. Camp max: 15.
  • 3:00–4:00 p.m. Escape Quest! Can you beat the clock? Work in groups and think in new ways to undo locks to find the key for escape. Create your own escape room with a set of hidden clues, invisible ink, and secret codes for parents and friends to solve on the last day! Instructor: Emily Shenk, teacher at Model Elementary and Bethany alumna. Camp max: 12.
  • 3:00–4:00 p.m. Paper Creations. Make and paint a paper mache bowl and other paper items using clothing fibers, invasive plants, and food. Instructor: Juanita Hershberger, Bethany grade 6 teacher. Camp max: 15.
  • 3:00–4:00 p.m. Volleyball for Beginners. Focus on passing and setting through drills and games as you begin to learn the game of volleyball. Beginning work on serving and hitting will also be part of the week. Instructor: Lois Mast, phys ed teacher at New Paris Elementary, Bethany varsity volleyball coach, and Bethany alumna.
Rising Grades 7–8

(first camp starts at 8:40 a.m. and all camps run 80 minutes)

  • 8:40–10:00 a.m. Escape Quest! Can you beat the clock? Work in groups and think in new ways to undo locks to find the key for escape. Create your own escape room with a set of hidden clues, invisible ink, and secret codes for parents and friends to solve on the last day! Instructor: Emily Shenk, teacher at Model Elementary and Bethany alumna. Camp max: 12.
  • 8:40–10:00 a.m. Soccer. A fun opportunity to participate in the world’s most popular sport. Emphasis is placed on developing fundamental skills in an environment that stresses sportsmanship and cooperation while challenging each camper individually through competitive activities and small sided games. Instructors: Hank Willems, Bethany principal, varsity boys soccer coach, and Bethany parent; Mark Yoder, former Bethany varsity boys soccer coach.
  • 10:10–11:30 a.m. Basketball FUNdamentals. Work on individual skills and fundamentals with emphasis on proper shooting form, ball handling, passing, and the attitude required for team success. Learn concepts of team play through small-sided games and group instruction by skill level. Instructors: Krysten Parson, Bethany phys ed teacher and varsity girls basketball coach; Ryan Gingerich, Bethany varsity boys basketball coach.
  • 10:10–11:30 a.m. Chess. The aim of the game is checkmate. Learn attacking chess from the best players in the world. The week concludes with a tournament with prizes! Instructor: Dennis Monokroussos, U.S. Chess Federation master and former Bethany chess coach. 
  • 10:10–11:30 a.m. Cooking. Learn the art of baking bread and muffins, granola and snacks, pies and cakes.  Come ready to create and eat. NOTE: Camp fee of $40 includes cost of ingredients, which include peanut, dairy, sugar, and wheat. Instructor: Cheryl Mast, Bethany middle school teacher and parent. Camp max: 12.
  • 12:00–1:20 p.m. Softball. Throw, catch, and hit! Get ready to play this popular sport. Girls and boys will practice the basics of softball and become better players. Required: bring your own glove! Instructor: Troy Barber, Bethany parent and softball coach.
  • 12:00–1:20 p.m. Sphero Robotics. Girls and boys learn the basics of coding and programming a Sphero Robot to complete an obstacle course and challenge another robot to race or a game of tag. Learn the basics of coding and programming a Sphero Robot. No programming/coding experience necessary! Instructor: Benji Hurst, Bethany digital communication teacher and cross country/track coach. Camp max: 14.
  • 1:20–2:40 p.m. Tennis. Great for girls and boys at beginner and intermediate levels to learn, compete, and have fun. Review proper mechanics and techniques and advance to skills of consistency, placement, and power. Instructor: Matt Miller, Bethany middle school teacher, varsity boys tennis coach, and Bethany parent.
  • 1:20–2:40 p.m. Theater Arts. This energetic ensemble-based group works on foundations of musical theater: singing, acting and dancing (including some tap). Use pieces from musicals to build skills and perform at the end of the week. Instructor: Emily Shenk, teacher at Model Elementary and Bethany alumna. Camp max: 14.
  • 1:20–2:40 p.m. Volleyball. Girls and boys learn and practice the basic skills for success in volleyball. Each session will include specific skill work (passing, setting, serving and hitting) as well as time for competitive play. Instructor: Lois Mast, phys ed teacher at New Paris Elementary, Bethany varsity volleyball coach, and Bethany alumna.
  • 2:40–4:00 p.m. A-Mazing Math. Put your brain to the test with logic games, math puzzles, mazes, and put-togethers! Ever hear of Hashiwokakero, Hidato, or Strimko? Discover the world’s most fun math games! Instructor: Renae Yoder, Bethany high school math teacher.
  • 2:40–4:00 p.m. Pottery. Practice and learn techniques for throwing on the wheel, creating hand-built pottery pieces, and glazing and decorating the surface. Some finished work will be available to keep. This camp is available to students taking it for the first time. NOTE: $40 fee includes cost of supplies. Instructor: Eric Kaufmann, Bethany art teacher, professional potter, and Bethany parent. Camp max: 12.