Summer Camps at College Settlement
The Mission of Summer Camps at College Settlement is to provide camping programs and services to young people from the greater Philadelphia area, especially those who are economically disadvantaged, in order to foster personal growth through understanding, acceptance, respect for self, others and our natural world by means of enjoyable, experiential and environmental educational activities.
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.
Day Camp Program, Ages 7 to 12
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 participate in one overnight campout.
The Camp is divided into three co-ed villages. Each village is divided into smaller groups, each with its own Counselor.
Dates for Summer Day Camp 2017 are:
Session One: Monday, June 26 – Friday, July 21
Session Two: Monday, July 24 – Friday, August 18
Each camper may enroll for one day camp session only. A five day overnight session may also be selected (5 day only)
Summer Camp Open House Dates 2017
Saturday, April 8- noon-3pm
Sunday, May 7- noon-3pm
Thursday, June 8- 5:30-7pm
After a morning filled with nature time, swimming lessons, and small group activities, the children stop for a nutritious lunch in the Cornell Hall dining room. 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 busses 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, 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.
Registration for Summer 2017 is now open. Click here for link.
Bus stop locations for summer 2017 can be found here.
Help Send a Child to Camp
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 $2,000 per camper for a 12-day session? Continuing our ongoing mission to serve all families, for overnight camp we charge as little as $125 and at most $695 for a 12-day session to overnight camp. Donations from individuals are crucial to fill the gap. Most of our campers in our 12 day session pay $265 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.