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2024 Challenge Program registration now open

2024 Challenge Program registration now open

by Public Relations | March 12, 2024

LATROBE, PA – Registration for the 2024 edition of Saint Vincent College’s popular Challenge Program, a STEM-based academic summer program for students from Pre-K to grade 12, will close on May 31, 2024. Space is limited. Early registration discounts are active until March 15, 2024 and will be applied automatically at checkout when a balance is paid in full.

The theme for the 2024 Challenge Program is “Heroes Unite 2024,” and interested participants can choose from a variety of “Heroes” overnight program immersions for grades 5-12, middle school overnight programs for grades 5-8 and high school overnight immersion programs for grades 9-12. Additionally, younger children can participate in the “Super Kids” program for preschool and kindergarten-aged students and “Super Tots” day program for grades 1-4.

The Heroes programs are scheduled for June 16 through 21, 2024. The Super Tots day program is offered from June 17 through 21, from 9 a.m. to noon, while the Super Kids Day program is being offered on the same days, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All Hero overnight students are housed in the Rooney Hall residence hall, while on-campus meals are provided to both the day and overnight attendees by Parkhurst Dining Service.

The Hero overnight program, open to students entering grades 5-12, offers the opportunity to choose two immersion experiences to participate in throughout the week, a three-hour morning and a three-hour afternoon experience that culminates with a final project, event or challenge. Some immersions will be on campus and others in the local area off campus. Course instructors will encourage full participation, collaboration and authentic learning, while offering project-based experiences to encourage students to deepen their understanding. Evenings will be full of planned fun and entertainment.

The Super Kids program allows students in grades 1-4 the opportunity to participate in academically and creatively theme-based experiences, led by certified elementary teachers. These interactive courses happen in a half-day offering. During the other half of the day, the children will be involved in an immersion experience, with guest presenters, planned events and group opportunities. A counselor will remain all day with the group of children to help them throughout their experience, while students will be provided with lunch and a snack each day. 

Preschool and kindergarten students are invited to take part in the half-day Super Tots program, which will feature multiple learning experiences with galactic missions incorporated throughout. Students will be provided a snack each day, while each class is taught by a certified teacher and counselors will be on hand. Students will participate in activities and lessons both inside and outside. 

All Challenge Program instructors are certified educators who are either Saint Vincent College alumni or current graduate students. All program counselors are undergraduate majors in the College’s Department of Education, training to become teachers. Counselors and instructors undergo thorough training to ensure the enjoyment and safety of the children.

The Challenge Program has been held at Saint Vincent College since 1982 and is currently under the leadership of Dr. Kathleen Beining, assistant professor of education and director of Prek-12 education programs at SVC. The program regularly attracts students from across the U.S., with recent participants hailing from Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, Delaware, New York, Michigan, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arizona, Illinois, New Mexico, Colorado and Mexico.

Complete information on the 2024 SVC Challenge Program, including pricing and immersion course offerings, can be found at

Parents of children who wish to attend and who may have a special need or concern are asked to contact Dr. Beining at or 724-805-2981. In the past, the program has been able to address a variety of concerns to enable many students to attend.