2016 Convention General Info




Date of convention: May 13 & 14, 2016

8 AM to 5 PM

Location: Farm Show Complex






*Online Registration is Now Closed. You may register at the door.*

CHAP Convention Program

View the 2016 CHAP Convention Program PDF





Facility and Food

Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center – Featuring more than 200 shows and events each year, and utilizing nearly one million square feet of indoor floor space, the complex is one of the premier event locations in Pennsylvania. The flexibility of the complex allows it to host major events around the entire facility, a private meeting, or anything in between. This facility welcomes us with lots of elbow room ~ spacious Exhibit Hall and newly remodeled rooms for workshops and seminars.

The Farm Show concessionaire will have a variety of food available in a Food Court – everything from a cafeteria line with multiple choices to fast food stands for a quick bite to eat. Prices can be similar as amusement park pricing. No food or drink may be brought into the Farm Show building by order of the Farm Show. You are welcome to bring your own food to be stored in a cooler in your car and return to your car to eat your lunch. Unfortunately, there are restaurants in the vicinity, but very few within walking distance. Please be above reproach and respect the rules of the facility (This is not CHAP’s rule, but the Farm Show’s policy).

The Farm Show has several ATM machines inside the complex buildings and also a drive-up machine outside the Cameron Street Lobby. Please consult your complex map for exact location denoted “$.”

Parking is available on site. The Farm Show has increased the daily parking fee for all events starting January 1 from $8 to $10 (the exception to this amount is the Farm Show event in January has a per day fee of $15). There is a coupon in the Visitor’s Guide by the Harrisburg Hershey Regional Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (HHRCVB). The coupon can be used for $2 off the parking fee. Each business (not the HHRCVB) which places a coupon in the Visitor’s Guide determines the parameters of the coupon. The Farm Show has chosen to make their parameters be the coupon must be cut from the printed Visitor’s Guide.

So each person who wants to utilize this coupon must contact HHRCVB and request a copy of the Visitor’s Guide be mailed to them via USPS – Include your complete mailing address in the email request.

This is the contact info to request a copy of the 2016 Visitor’s Guide:

Contact Kim McKelvy

Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau


Phone: 877.727.8573

If the main parking lot becomes full, overflow parking will be available off-site in the parking lot at the corner of Elmerton Avenue and Sycamore Drive (watch for signs off I-81 and Cameron Street) and includes shuttle bus service to the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. This parking fee is the Farm Show’s policy and a requirement. CHAP does not have control over it.

The emergency phone number for the Farm Show Complex during the hours of the convention is 717-783-2815.


CHAP Booth – full of helpful information

Make the CHAP Booth your first stop for information. Its location is right inside the convention registration area.

New to Homeschooling?

Plan to visit the CHAP Booth Table in the Exhibit Hall, where experienced home educators will be happy to assist you as you start your homeschooling journey!

If you are new to the Farm Show Complex you might want to take advantage of one of the free convention tour guides CHAP has to help you navigate. This service is available from the CHAP Booth. We also have Homeschool Mentors to help those new to homeschooling or if you just want one-on-one discussion time with a seasoned homeschooler. The CHAP booth is also the new location for the Prayer Booth where you can pray about a need or submit a request for prayer.



Young Adults, Teens, and Pre-teens

We are thrilled when your pre-teens, teens, and young adults attend the Convention with you! Their hearts are stirred and their vision solidified when they see hundreds of families who are walking the same path. We applaud parents who are striving to give their children a vision of being adults, rather than the cultural norm of prolonged irresponsibility. We desire to have the next generation gain a vision for their future and what the Lord wants to do in their lives!

Teen Track – Each year, CHAP offers a teen track especially geared for young adults. The 2016 Teen Track will have a variety of speakers covering topics to interest, challenge, and educate your teens.

Children’s Program – Each year in the past, CHAP has offered a children’s program especially geared for children. In 2016, there will be an independent Children’s Program offered by Giant Cow Ministries, a national organization. While mom and dad are attending sessions geared for them, the kids can enjoy a conference of their own. It will be longer in length and features high-energy drama, exciting music, fun activities, memorization of God’s Word, and positve mentoring by dynamic young people. An additional fee is required. To view pricing, details, and the daily schedule , please visit the Giant Cow website.

Check the CHAP Convention webpage for more information on these optional programs and for information on the general workshops which would be of interest to your children and teens.

The Convention is designed for parents to examine and purchase curriculum and attend seminars and workshops for encouragement, inspiration, and education. Childcare is not provided. Children and teens under the age of 18 attending the Convention must also have their parents in attendance at the Convention for safety and liability reasons. Children must be supervised at all times by a parent unless the child or teen are registered and attending the Children’s Program or the Teen Track. Children may attend seminar sessions with a parent as long as they are quiet.

As always, please caution your children and teens to stay with their group and to be aware of their surroundings. The CHAP Convention takes place in a public building that has multiple functions going on during the CHAP Convention.


Children & Nursing Infants

CHAP’s primary goal is to minister to parents who can, in turn, educate their children! We feel that children will benefit more in the long run from having parents attend the convention than from being there themselves. If you do choose to bring your children, please help keep the convention enjoyable and peaceful by abiding by these rules:

  • Nursing infants (15 months & under) may come free with their parents.
  • Due to our roomier facility, strollers are permitted, but large suitcases, wagons, and large carts are not permitted.
  • Nursing Mother’s Room – An area will be available for nursing mothers, but baby-care products are not provided. Only very young children may accompany their mothers into the Nursing Mother’s Room, located in the Vendor Hall.
  • Workshop Sessions: Please be considerate! Young children or nursing infants and their parents should sit near the door of the room, and children who fidget or talk and babies who make disturbing noises – even happy ones – should be removed immediately! Young children under 13 are not permitted to ask questions during any of the sessions. This is an opportunity for educators to educate themselves.
  • Children under 18 should not be left unattended. Children and teens under the age of 18 attending the Convention must also have their parents in attendance at the Convention for safety and liability reasons.



We desire for pastors and grandparents to understand what we’re doing and why we’re doing it! So please encourage your pastor and his wife to attend this convention!



Questions About the Convention?

Please do not call Farm Show Complex as they are not able to answer questions about the convention.

For questions or information, call CHAP at 717-838-0980, or send an email to staff@chaponline.com.



Stay Connected

It’s easy to be informed about all the exciting happenings taking place at the Convention!

  • EmailSign up to receive our monthly emails
  • Online – The website will be updated with any changes and late-breaking news about this convention as it becomes available.
  • Social Media – The CHAP Facebook page can be accessed for convention news. Your family will enjoy seeing what’s happening at the convention while you’re away – and maybe even you! Encourage them to drop by!


Map & Directions

Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center

View a Map of the Farm Show Complex

2300 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA | (717) 787-5373 | pafarmshowcomplex.com


darraVolunteers make the difference!



This is Darra McDowell,CHAP Volunteer Coordinator, and I am so excited about this year’s convention! I want to personally invite you to join our team at convention! Please serve for a few hours to help and encourage the other homeschoolers attending. Did you know CHAP is run mostly by volunteers and the organization of the yearly CHAP Convention requires over 400 volunteers to make it run smoothly?


You can make a difference by volunteering a few hours of your time during the 2-day Convention.

-These volunteer positions take little or no training.

-Orientation letter will be given online before the convention.

-Parents, grandparents, even teens, can be of service.

-Volunteers are rebated the registration fee for serving.

-As an added bonus, Friday morning early-bird shopping at the Used Curriculum Sale is open only to volunteers.

Find where you would best fit in and sign up early – positions are given out on a first come, first served basis. So register for convention and sign up to Volunteer.

If you have any questions, let me know via email volunteer@chaponline.com

I look forward to having you on our 2016 convention volunteer team!

General Volunteer Positions

  • CHAP Lounge
  • Floater
  • Host/Hostess*
  • Information Booth
  • Prayer Booth
  • Registration
  • Resource Bag Distribution*
  • Security
  • Set Up or Tear Down
  • Vendor Booth
  • Volunteer Booth

*Jobs appropriate for TEENs (ages 14-17 years)


Check the volunteer page online for additional information:


Registration opens on February 1.

We hope you will join our team of volunteers and be a blessing to the home educating families of the Middle Atlantic region.






*Online Registration is Now Closed. You may register at the door.*

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