Day Camp Notes
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The Mission of Summer Camps at College Settlement is to deliver a unique camp experience to young people concentrated in the greater Philadelphia area, without regard to economic circumstances. Our programs foster personal growth and provide a safe, affordable, and nurturing place for young people to enjoy the outdoors while learning about themselves, others and the environment.
Day Camp is located on over 60 acres in Horsham Township, Montgomery County. Founded in 1950, the Day Camp is adjacent to the Overnight Camp, and the two camps share some facilities and resources.
Each weekday, campers are dropped off or bused from designated stops near their home and arrive at camp in time for breakfast. Day Camp is a great, exciting place where children get to spend the day swimming, creek crawling, playing games, telling stories, cooking, picking berries and all sorts of other fun-filled and enjoyable things.
The Day Camp is open to children ages 7 to 12 years. Transportation will be provided to select locations in Philadelphia.
The Day Camp operates two, four-week sessions each summer. Children are provided with breakfast, lunch and a snack each day. Older campers have the opportunity to also participate in overnight camp.
The Camp is divided into three co-ed villages. Each village is divided into smaller groups, each with its own Counselor.
Session One: Monday, June 22 – Friday, July 17
Session Two: Monday, July 20 – Friday, August 14
Each camper may enroll for one day camp session only. A five-day overnight session may also be selected (5 days only)
After a morning filled with nature time, swimming lessons, and small group activities, the children stop for a nutritious lunch in the New Day Camp Activities Center. After lunch, group games, small group activities and free swim time in Carolyn’s Pool keep everyone busy until it’s time for a snack before loading the buses for the trip home. During the morning, individual groups participate in activities independently. However, the entire Camp comes together to choose from a variety of activities offered in the afternoon.
Sample Daily Schedule:
7:45 – 8:15 Bus Pick-ups
7:45 – 8:45 Car drop-off for campers
8:30 – 9:00 Buses Arrive/Breakfast Served
9:00 Announcements, etc.
9:15 – 12:15 Morning Sessions
12:30 – 1:15 Lunch
1:15 – 3:45 Afternoon Sessions
4:00 Bus Lines and Snack
4:15 Buses Depart
4:15 – 5:30 Car Pick Up for Campers
While at Camp, your child will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities. Environmental activities may include creek crawls, fishing, exploring, hiking, insect study, adaptation lessons and many more. Sporting activities may include kickball, basketball, gaga, soccer and softball. Other activities include arts & crafts, cooking, dancing, storybook reading, games and many more.
Each Friday at Day Camp is a “Special Day.” Special Days may include Movie Themes, Friendship Games, Water Carnival and others.
Bus stop locations for summer 2020 can be found here.
Licensed Physician Form and up to date immunization history must be completed no more than 4 weeks before child’s summer session.
Please register for a session with availability and add waitlist option for any full session you would prefer. If/when space becomes available we will call you to secure a space for your child. If you need assistance, please call the camp office and ask for Becky or Amber 215-542-7974.
A donation of $250.00 to the Camper Fund helps provide financial assistance for a deserving child. Gifts of any amount are gratefully accepted throughout the year. To donate, you can call our camp office at 215-542-7974, mail a donation check to our camp office, or donate with a credit card through our website by clicking the link on our How You Can Help page.
Did you know that it costs Summer Camps at College Settlement over $1,900 per camper for a four week session? Continuing our ongoing mission to serve all families, for day camp we charge as little as $350 and at most $850 for a four week session to overnight camp. Donations from individuals are crucial to fill the gap. Most of our campers in our day camp pay $350 which covers a little over 10% of our actual costs. Gifts of any amount are gratefully accepted throughout the year. To donate, you can mail a donation check to our camp office at College Settlement, Attn: Camper Fund, 600 Witmer Rd, Horsham, PA. 19044, or donate with a credit card through our website by clicking the How You Can Help link above.