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Summer Program for Youth (SPY) is an academic and social enrichment summer program for children entering 1st, 2nd and 3rd-grades in the Carlisle and South Middleton School Districts. SPY’s mission is to help students grow academically, socially and emotionally.

Campers are recommended by school counselors as students who would benefit from the program and almost all come from low-income homes. SPY is offered at no cost to assure accessibility for any child.

SPY was founded in 1986 as an outreach program of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Since then, with the support of the United Way and community contributions, and in response to our society’s evolving needs, the program has expanded. SPY is now an independent 501(c)(3) organization and is not a religious-based program.

This will be an extraordinary summer for SPY as we adjust our program to limit the risk for all involved and still provide much needed academic and social engagement for the children in our community.  Click here to read our COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan that outlines the details on how this will be accomplished.

  • Academic Enrichment
  • Meaningful Relationships
  • Holistic Approach
  • Memorable Experiences
  • Fun!

Academic Enrichment

Our staff of certified teachers and college education majors provide daily learning experiences in reading, writing, math, art, physical education, technology and music.

Meaningful Relationships

An emphasis on positive character traits along with the influence of caring adult role models reinforces positive social skills and creates an atmosphere that fosters healthy relationships.   

Holistic Approach

Academic success is greater when the health and wellness needs of a child are met.  The security of a stable daily routine, regular physical activity and the provision of two nutritious meals and a snack give SPY campers the opportunity to thrive.

Memorable Experiences

Fun and educational weekly trips broaden the children’s horizons and create cherished memories that last a lifetime.  In addition, exposing children to a variety of experiences advances reading comprehension skills as real life knowledge is applied to make inferences and draw conclusions.  Reading enjoyment increases as material becomes relevant and relatable.


Camper’s smiling faces and eager attendance each day make it clear that SPY makes education entertaining and FUN!

Why Spy

Pre and post camp testing prove SPY’s effectiveness at helping to keep summer academic slippage to a minimum.  In fact, most SPY children actually improve their reading and math skills over the summer months and teachers praise the progress SPY kids make from participation in our program.  Confidence is gained as campers start school feeling ready for the new year.

You make SPY possible

SPY is provided at no cost to the families we serve to remove the financial barrier to participation.  Our ability to provide quality programming is dependent on the generosity of our community. We are extremely grateful to the United Way for their contributions that cover nearly 1/3 of our operating expenses. The remainder of our budget comes from St. John’s and other churches, civic organizations, and individual donors. Your contribution in any amount helps SPY achieve its mission and offer children in our community the chance to succeed!

Donate to SPY

Approximately $180 per child per week is spent providing an enriching and fun summer program that increases the chance of success for children in our community.

Help make a difference in a child’s life by donating via our secure Paypal link, or by mailing your contribution to the address below.  SPY is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.

Summer Program for Youth

PO Box 612
Carlisle, PA  17013

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The use of volunteers helps keep administrative costs to a minimum.  Volunteers provide behind-the-scenes support, read aloud to campers, and assist the kitchen manager at meal times.  For information about how you can become a SPY volunteer, please fill out the form below.

Our School Year Program for Youth has immediate needs for volunteers.  We are looking for lunch helpers and readers as well as meal delivery drivers.  Click here for more information or to sign-up to help.

Board Member

The Board of Directors for Summer Program for Youth serves as a volunteer governance and fundraising body for the organization.  We are looking for individuals with a passion for making a difference in the lives of children and who are willing to share their time and talents with us at monthly meetings and assist with various projects as needed.  

Book Reader

Sign up to share your favorite book, or a book selected for you, with a group of young children and show them just how engaging and fun reading a book can be!  Our volunteer readers are so important!  Reading aloud with children strengthens literacy skills, introduces new vocabulary, and models what fluent, expressive reading sounds like.  Volunteer readers read for 30 minutes with each of the two reading groups for a total of one hour.  Counselors remain with the group and monitor behavior so you can relax and enjoy the time making a difference in the lives of children.  

Kitchen Helper

Campers at SPY are fed a nutritious and delicious lunch every day while attending camp.  Volunteers are needed to assist our Kitchen Manager with the preparation of the food, serving the campers and cleaning-up after the meal.  Volunteers can sign up for one or all three of the kitchen assignments and can expect to help for about 90 minutes per task.  Two volunteers are needed per kitchen assignment so sign up with a friend!

Food Bag Pick-up

Food bags from Project Share are provided to eligible campers at the end of each week to assure they receive adequate nourishment over the weekend.  A volunteer is needed to pick these bags up and deliver them to the camp for distribution.  Individuals volunteering to pick these bags up should have a vehicle with the capacity to transport as many as 50 bags.

Our Leadership

Jeanna SomExecutive Director

Deborah Sweaney Board Chair

Robin OrnerSecretary/Treasurer

Sue BaxterBoard Member

James BurgessBoard Member

Donna Christopher Board Member

Ann GerrasBoard Member

Sarah MerrittBoard Member

Tanis MonroyBoard Member

Linda Myers Board Member

Liz TothBoard Member

Monique WallaceBoard Member

Judy WheatonBoard Member


Thank you so much to our sponsors who allow us to continue our programming:




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