Summer camp offers intro to classic car restoration

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High school students get hands-on experience at this automotive restoration summer camp | Penn College photos

As the school year nears its end, it’s time to think about summer camp. But we’re not talking canoes and s’mores here but a summer camp where high school students can learn about sheet-metal forming, automotive painting and other classic car restoration skills.

From June 16-19, the Pennsylvania College of Technology will host its summer overnight pre-college program in automotive restoration. The school, which is affiliated with Penn State University, is located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Metal-shaping class

“Participants will discover what it takes to return vintage cars and trucks to their former glory while they immerse themselves in the world of automotive restoration,” the school says on its summer camp website.

Camp classes are coed

“Workshops include sheet metal forming, upholstery, pin striping, paint simulation, and more! Participants will get to keep what they create in the metal forming and upholstery workshops. Also included is a field trip to the Eagles Mere Auto Museum where over 75 cars from the 1950’s and 1960’s are on display.”

The camp experience includes hands-on and seat time with a Ford Model T.

The fee for the summer camp is $375 and includes meals, housing and all camp activities and the off-campus outing to the museum. “Participants will need to bring spending money for ice cream,” the school adds.

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The camp is open to students entering grades 10-12. Those attending the camp who decided to enroll at Penn College are offered a special scholarship program as well.

Registration ends May 31. For information, visit the summer camp website.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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