Your year-round destination for student & youth programs—for groups of all sizes! For over 21 years, Mount Hope Estate and the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire have provided enriching, interactive, and fulfilling Student Programs for hundreds of thousands of group in the Northeast. Whether at Summer Youth Day at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, Summer Youth Day at the Faire or through our Holidays at Mount Hope Theater in the Mansion program, our main goal is to help with the growth and learning of the youth of today, the future of our tomorrow. We invite you to peruse our Student Programs and learn why getting your group involved will help invigorate, energize and promote their love for education, history, the earth, science and more!
We cannot wait to welcome you and your group for 2020 Summer Youth Day at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire! Please take time to review the following information to ensure a smooth, safe, and fun day with us. See you soon!
Summer Youth Day operate from 9:00am—3:00pm.The 2020 schedule of performances will be available closer to your event, including with a map that you can print and bring along. The link will be posted here and we will be sure to email you when it is available.
All registered educators are required to read the following information at least two weeks prior to your trip. We want to make sure your visit goes as smoothly as possible and your group have a safe, educational, and enjoyable day!
This option will enable you to receive your admission wristbands in advance of your trip and save time upon arrival. Submit your confirmation invoice, payment form, balance due, and emergency contact form [link] by July 23, 2020. Payment and emergency contact form must be received by the deadline (not mailed by). If prepayments or emergency contact forms are received after the July 23, wristbands will be held at the registration table to pick up the day of the trip. No exceptions.
Please DO NOT mail a check after July 23.
Please note: Prepaid groups must still check in at the Registration Table upon arrival.
Count Changes: We know that count changes may occur even up to the time you arrive. All groups (even pre-paid groups) must stop at registration upon arrival. At that time, we will be able to sell additional wristbands to registered group leaders (cash, check, or Visa/Mastercard payment accepted) or submit a refund form for any extra wristbands turned in.
1. Prior to your arrival, take a count of all students and adults. The Registered Group Leader is responsible for the Admission Wristbands for everyone in their group and must supply wristbands to anyone who may arrive late. Wristbands will not be sold to or held for individuals at the Registration area.
2. Present Payment with Confirmation Invoice and payment form. Cash, checks made payable to: Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, and Visa or Mastercard are acceptable forms of payment. No coupons or other passes (including Employee Participant Passes and Season Passes) are accepted on Summer Youth Day. Bus drivers do not need to be included in your final count.
3. Bus Drivers’ Admission is free of charge. Bus drivers will be given a wristband by bus greeters.
4. Distribute Admission Wristbands BEFORE proceeding to the Front Gate — After completing the steps at the Registration Tent, return to the bus to distribute a wristband to each youth and chaperone. The best method is to provide each person with a wristband as they exit the bus.
The entire group should proceed to the Front Gate together AFTER Admission Wristbands have been distributed. Do not leave the bus area until everyone is wearing a wristband. Be sure that no one carries unused wristbands through the Front Gate onto the Faire site before they have been distributed to everyone in your group. Any wristbands taken into the faire without being distributed could result in a presumed shortage of wristbands for those in your group still outside the gates. Anyone not wearing a wristband will be detained at the Front Gate.
When your group is ready to leave the Shire for the day, please meet somewhere other than the Front Gate area to keep this area free of crowd congestion. We advise you to meet in the grassy picnic area near the Gaming Glen Games before proceeding to the buses.
Please make sure you reviewed all the above information carefully. We want to make sure your visit goes as smoothly as possible and your group have a safe, educational, and enjoyable day!
In addition to all the stage shows and performances throughout the day during Summer Youth Day, your groups can also become involved with or take part in the following participatory events and competitions! Participation is not mandatory, but groups must pre-register no later than July 23, 2020 to participate (no late entries will be accepted). Please fill out the Event & Competition Participation Form and be sure to check each event descriptions below, or download the printable Day-Of Competitions & Participatory Events PDF.
Would your group like to perform for Her Majesty?
Groups are invited to perform a period song, juggling act, dance piece, period skit or magic act for the Queen. Groups must preregister using the Special Event Participation Form to perform during the Command Performance. Only registered groups will be permitted to perform. All performances must be prepared in advance of the students’ visit to Summer Youth Day.
Acts must be no longer than two minutes in length and students should be ready to perform when called to the stage. Students who perform will receive a special boon from Her Majesty for their hard work!
Groups must pre-register for this event using the online Event & Competition Participation Form by July 23rd to perform.
Camps and Groups are invited to try their hand at creating a poster depicting a Coat of Arms, incorporating in-class suggestions to represent the Camp or Group. During the Middle Ages and Renaissance periods, noble knights fought covered from head to toe in chain mail or steel plate for protection. Often they could not be recognized when in armor, so they adopted the “Coat of Arms” on their clothing and shields to be readily identified on the field of battle and at tournaments.
The Coat of Arms, or heraldry as it is also referred to, is a visual language used to distinguish one family from another using specific symbols and colors. These coats were passed down from one generation to another. Instruct children to identify characteristics, motto, accomplishments, etc. of your camp or group. List these items on the board such as camp or group colors or mascot. When the list is complete, decide which elements the children would like to represent on their competition poster. The design they decide upon is, in essence, the Coat of Arms of their camp or group.
Posters will be hung in the Swashbuckler Grove area. Posters will be judged from 11:30 – noon. You can pick up your poster at 1pm. Any posters not picked up by the end of the day will be disposed of.
To get a better count of participants, we ask that you please pre-register for this competition using the online Event & Competition Participation Form by July 23, 2020. You must submit posters at the Registration Table upon your arrival. Posters may be picked up at the display area after 1 PM. The Faire assumes no responsibility for posters left behind at the end of the day.
Juggle - v. : Perform feats of dexterity, especially by tossing objects in the air and catching them, keeping several in the air at the same time.
This history of juggling is a long one. The art has been with man in some form as long as civilization. There is evidence of jugglers during the great Egyptian civilization where it was imported from India. In its early forms, juggling was usually combined with other forms of entertaining skills such as slight-of-hand and acrobatics.
Learn the art of juggling! The Shire’s Master Jugglers will teach students the step-by-step process to juggling their own hand-made juggling bags. Students must pre-register and prepare their own juggling bags in advance of their trip to attend Silly School (see below for full instructions).
To participate in this event, groups must fill out the Event & Competition Participation Form by July 23, 2020.