The Basics Camp

A girl stirring a pot.Dates

June 23-27, 2014


The Basics program features basic cooking techniques, such as mise en place, knife handling, how to make stock and soup, how to make sauces, safe food temperatures, how to choose a fruits and vegetables, meat cooking tips, how to bake bread, egg handling and how to make pizza. Taste workshops introduce the children to a wide variety of foods, including greens, whole grains, beans, healthy fats and milk and non dairy alternatives. The cooking sessions are introduced by nutrition students who use the food guide pyramid components—grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, fats and sweets, and meat and beans—to see how they interconnect in a healthy diet.


Each day’s format includes a brief introduction, the nutrition education lesson, a cooking demonstration, active cooking time, and a tasting of all the products made. When not cooking, the campers can play with a Wii Fit or Xbox Kinect. Other activities include old fashioned potholder weaving and various food related crafts.

At the end of each day’s session the campers will learn how to make a healthy snack.


The camp program runs 9 am to 1 pm each day in Room 007 Henderson Building. The week’s activities of cooking, tasting and savoring foods will culminate with a reception that the campers will plan and execute for their families and invited guests.

Fees and Scholarships

The fee for the camp is $265 per registrant. Scholarships are available for income eligible families. Call camp director Lisa Clapper at 814-865-8898 to discuss eligibility requirements. Scholarship applications are due by April 15.

**Scholarships are available due to partial funding from the PENNSYLVANIA NUTRITION EDUCATION TRACKS, a part of USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This program provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. It can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet. To find out more about PENNSYLVANIA NUTRITION EDUCATION TRACKS, contact the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare's toll-free helpline at 800-692-7462. In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington DC 20250-9410, or call 800-795-3272 (voice) or 202-720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.