Children’s Physical Activity Camp

  • The Children’s Physical Activity Camp is a developmentally appropriate activity program for children between the ages of five and twelve years. Each child will be involved in group and individual activities designed to promote health-related physical fitness, skill development, safety, and general physical and social growth.

    The camp is run by the Department of Health and Physical Education and is based out of Zink Hall on the IUP Campus. Counselors for the Children’s Physical Activity Camp are primarily majors from the Health and Physical Education Department or other education-related fields. All have been interviewed by department faculty and hold all clearances as well as safety certifications necessary for working with children.

    The camp runs for ten consecutive weeks, and parents/guardians can choose from a variety of options when enrolling their children.

    Program Description

    Five and Six Year Olds – Children in this group receive instruction in creative movement and motor development. The motor development component is designed to develop movement concepts such as balance, hand-eye coordination, and spatial relationships. Fundamental motor patterns such as throwing, catching, kicking, and striking are also included. The creative movement component works on development of rhythm and timing. Children in this group begin to make the transition to sport specific skills.

    Seven and Eight Year OldsThe children in the seven- and eight-year-old group expand development of fundamental motor patterns and creative movement. Children in this group receive more sport-specific skill instruction and transition into lead-up games.

    Nine and Ten Year Olds – The nine- and ten-year-old group reviews fundamental motor patterns and creative movement as they receive sport skill instruction and participate in lead-up games. This group is introduced to rules and strategies in game play.

    Eleven and Twelve Year Olds – Children in this group spend more time involved in skill development for specific sports. Along with lead-up games, these children will be taught game rules and strategies as they transition to actual game play.

    Overview of Activities

    • Check-In – Children arrive for camp between 7:00 and 7:15 a.m. (Extended Day Camp) or 7:45 to 8:00 a.m. (Day Camp). Upon entrance, children will be signed in and are to check in with their counselor. We ask parents to bring their child into the building.
    • Warm up, flexibility, and fitness – Each day at camp, children will be taken through a warm-up routine and instructed and assessed on principles of flexibility, muscular strength, and muscular endurance.
    • Swimming – Children normally swim on a daily basis. The camp uses the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program. Counselors and lifeguards will be on hand to instruct and assist campers and to maintain strict safety regulations.
    • Instructional Sessions – Activities will be age specific. Typical camp offerings include instruction in fundamental motor patterns, creative movement, motor development, archery, badminton, orienteering, cooperative games, tennis, soccer, basketball, football, volleyball, track and field, nature walks, dance, and arts and crafts. Daily activities are dependent on weather and availability of facilities.
    • Lunch – Each child brings their own packed lunch. We ask parents to pack a nutritious lunch and snack.

    We discourage use of vending machines.

    Parents are more than welcome to come and eat lunch with their child.

    Weather permitting, and with parental approval, camp participants may be escorted to the university's Oak Grove on Wednesdays for the university’s Lunch Time Artist Program.

    • *Dismissal – Camp will end promptly at 2:00 p.m. (Day Camp) and 4:00 p.m. (Extended Day Camp). Parents are asked to come into the building and pick up their child.


    To obtain a brochure with all camp details and registration form, please contact the Department of Health and Physical Education at 724-357-2770 or by e-Mail at

    Please note that camp enrollment is limited. Registration is on a first-come basis.