Fun. Fulfilling. Enriching.

Sadly, due to COVID-19, Veritas has cancelled our summer camp offerings for 2020. We look forward to serving families with these programs in 2021!

It's a chance for your kids to not only have a great time with new friends this summer, but also learn something new that they will carry with them for seasons to come!

Veritas summer camps offer a range of experiences that allow children to develop their creativity, hone new skills, get active, and expand their horizons. Our summer camp instructors are trained professionals from within our community who desire to share their passion for their respective camp themes!

2020 Summer Camps

Camps are cancelled for this year. The list below serves as a reference for families to see the types of programs we offer. 

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chamber-musicChamber Music Camp - Registration Now Closed
Dates: June 8-12. Times vary depending on age/skill level. See application for times.
Concert: 1 PM on Friday, June 12
Cost:* $180 for Intermediate & Advanced Programs; $140 for Beginning and Junior Programs
Age levels: For students in grades (rising) K-12

Our purpose is to train young Christian musicians to play skillfully for the glory of God. Students of any age and ability are welcome, but must have at least one school year of playing experience and be able to read notes. The daily schedule includes orchestra rehearsals, chamber coaching, musicianship and technique classes, instrument choirs, instrumental improv, acting improv and special workshops and masterclasses. For more information on chamber music and this year's camp, click here. You can also email Jennifer Petry directly with questions regarding Chamber Music Camp at

Why Chamber Music?

‘Chamber music’ is music that is written for and performed by a small ensemble.  There are one to two players per part, so the student develops confidence as an individual, independent player.  Studying and playing chamber music gives the young musician an opportunity to develop his or her sense of rhythm, intonation, and tone in a setting where these elements are more apparent than in a large ensemble.  Since there is no conductor, students develop leadership skills and learn to listen more effectively.  Students improve their listening and performance skills, music reading ability, confidence as performers, and ability to work with others.

Application deadline: Camp applications are due by March 27 (no late applications accepted this year). *Please note that Chamber Music Camp requires a separate application filled out specifically for this camp, available here.
* Chamber Music Campers must pay Mrs. Jennifer Petry directly. Online payment is NOT available for music camps.


PhotographyPhotography Camp

Dates/Times: June 15-19, 9 AM - 12 PM
Cost: $90
Grades: Rising 8th graders through adults
Teacher: Graham Dennis

Calling all avid and aspiring photographers! If you have been intimated by shooting with a camera and would like to learn how to use it better, this is the camp for you! We will be doing the following in the camp:

  • Day 1: The basics of the camera and the basics of photography
  • Day 2: Composition and portrait (people) photography
  • Day 3: Landscape and “thing” photography (or: using light well)
  • Day 4: Using the “M” (manual) mode on your camera: managing the photographic trinity—exposure, ISO, aperture
  • Day 5: Fun photography (“rainy day”) and processing photos using a program like Lightroom or Capture One

cooking-through-dayCooking Through the Day

Dates/Times: June 22-26, 9 AM - 12 PM
Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church
Cost: $120 per camper
Grades: (rising) 3rd - 6th grades
Teacher: Katie Zappitella

Are you bored with your breakfast? Languishing with dull lunches? Dying for a different dinner? This is the camp for you! Come learn how to prepare new and delicious recipes that will pep up your meals. The first three days of camp will each focus on a meal, followed by a day of appetizers, and concluding with dessert and some exciting activities. In addition, students will learn basic cooking skills, improve in their ability to read and follow recipes, and have a fabulous time. Plan on eating lots!


soccerSoccer Camp

Dates/Times: June 29 - July 2, 9 AM – 12 PM
Cost: $80
Grades: (rising) 5th-8th graders
Teacher: Graham Dennis

Come for a week of pre-season warmup and summer skill-building! While this camp is open to non-Veritas students, this is also an excellent way to decide if your student wants to play on Veritas’s middle school soccer team in the fall. Campers will work on the following skills:

  • Monday: basic ball handling skills and learning to strike the ball well 
  • Tuesday: triangles, passing, and movement on the field 
  • Wednesday: scoring, shooting, and long-distance passing (switching fields) 
  • Thursday: Fun day and summary of previous skills in skills competition. 

Graham Dennis has eight years of coaching experience at the high school level, including as an assistant on a state championship team in Massachusetts. 


cooking-around-worldCooking Around the World

Dates/Times: July 13-17, 9 AM – 12 PM
Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church
Cost: $125 per camper 
Grades: (rising) 7th graders through college students
Teacher: Katie Zappitella

Come on a culinary adventure around the world! Experiment with new recipes and flavors, fall in love with foods you never expected, enjoy savory and sweet foods, and brush up on your geography at the same time! Each day of camp will focus on a different country. Students will practice basic cooking skills but will also experiment with some complex recipes. Campers will also receive some cooking tools to help them continue eating adventurously after the camp ends. Come hungry!



Dates/Times: July 13-17, 10 AM - 11 AM
Cost: $45
Grades: For girls grades 9-12 and women of all ages (adults)
Teacher: Tracy Leaman

The best offense is a good defense.  And that holds true with self-defense. In this summer camp, girls grades 9-12 will learn how to avoid dangerous situations, how to be more aware, and how to get out of situations if needed.  This camp will involve education as well as practical hands-on experience.  We will be discussing real situations, so parents please be aware that some adult level role playing scenarios are involved.  Moms and older sisters are also invited to participate.  Cost includes the use of targets during class, boards for breaking, handout materials, and guest helpers. 


harry-potterWizard Camp

Dates/Times: July 20-24, 9 AM - 12 PM
Cost: $90
Grades: (rising) 3-6
Teacher: Amanda Crooks

Dive into the world of Harry Potter by spending a week at Hogwarts Veritas.  Campers will be sorted into houses, have fun with Quidditch (and other games), concoct potions (science experiments), enjoy Butterbeer (Harry Potter themed snacks!), care for magical creatures (arts and crafts and maybe a creature or two), and engage in many other magical activities. 

Camp is open to Harry Potter enthusiasts and budding fans.

Note to parents:  Our goal is to help engage kids' imaginations and love of Harry Potter and reading while approaching activities through a Biblical worldview.

Veritas Summer Camp General Info

Camp Director: Mrs. Katie Zappitella

Camp Location (except for cooking camp): Veritas Academy at 26 Hillcrest Ave. Leola, PA 17540

Camp Contact Information: Call 717-556-0690 (school office); or, email

Who Can Come: Camps are open to the public! We welcome Veritas Academy students and all new friends to join us!


2020 Summer Camps Cancelled