Working at Our Summer Camps

Summer Camps at  College Settlement operates Overnight Camp and Day Camp programs for 7- to 14-year-old children. Many of our campers come from economically disadvantaged areas, and receive camperships to attend our programs. Many of these children live in difficult situations and face challenging problems in their daily lives. We offer them an enjoyable, educational summer camp experience. We are and American Camping Association Accredited Camp, and are supported in part by the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and have been involved in interracial, intercultural camping since 1922.

Our 235-acre facility includes a 4-acre pond, wetlands, many small streams, meadows, fields and woodland trails. There are several pavilions, two nature centers, a dining hall, and cabins which serve as living quarters. We also have two swimming pools, both low and high ropes courses, and two tree houses. The resident camp also owns and operates a 75-acre outpost which sits amidst 6,000 acres of state game lands in the central Pennsylvania Pocono Mountains.

Although the two programs differ slightly, their basic goals are the same:

  • To develop and nurture a positive environmental ethic through activities that teach about the natural world.
  • To have a family/community atmosphere in which children and adults enjoy working and playing together.
  • To offer the opportunity to share, play, learn and work with children of all backgrounds, religions, affiliations, cultures and nationalities.
  • To provide a healthy and practical lifestyle through proper nutrition and practice of daily routine. We stress responsibility for oneself and concern for one another.

Working a Summer Camps at College Settlement is more than just another job. Some of the benefits include:

  • Work experience in education, counseling and social science.
  • Possible college credit.
  • Positive, non-discriminatory job environment.
  • Participation in progressive environmental education programs.
  • State-of-the-art training such as conflict resolution, wilderness first aid, life guarding and more.
  • Working in a dynamic, culturally-diverse population of children.
  • Job references from a highly-respected educational organization.
  • Participation in adventure-based programs.
  • Spending a season doing a meaningful job that is fun!

Who Are We?

The College Settlement of Philadelphia is over 100 years old, and was originally chartered as a Settlement House. In 1922 a camping program was added by Anna Freeman Davies in Horsham, PA, to augment cultural, educational and recreational programs offered in the city. Summer programs offer 8 weeks of day and residential programs to economically disadvantaged campers 7 to 14 years old.

Why Join Our Team?

We offer opportunities for young people to gain extremely valuable work experience and job skills while working with an organization dedicated to providing positive environmental and social experiences for children from diverse backgrounds. Our programs have been nationally recognized, participants and former staff often crediting their experience here as one of the most formative of their lives. With both live-on and live-off campus positions, we have jobs suitable for many people — students, teachers and others wanting to spend a season doing a job that makes a difference.

Read The Top 10 Reasons Why Working at a Summer Camp is Beneficial, and see a message from our camp director on Comcast Newsmakers.

Summer Programs at Summer Camps at College Settlement

We offer a variety of very successful programs developed for children ages 7 to 14 from the five county Philadelphia area. We recruit an international staff dedicated to working with underserved youth; a staff who are energetic, resourceful and committed to providing our campers and school groups with a positive, fun-filled, educational experience.

Overnight Camp provides 3 twelve-day and 2 five-day sessions for campers. Campers enjoy traditional activities such as arts and crafts, sports, swimming, day trips, campfires and special theme days in a positive, energetic atmosphere where the emphasis is on fun for staff and kids alike!

Teen Adventure / Spruce Run Outpost – Our Teen Adventure campers participate a combination of main campus and outpost based programs. During their time at our main campus, teens participate in day trips to local points of interest; participate in biking, hiking and climbing activities. During their five-day trip to the Spruce Run Outpost located in the beautiful Pocono mountains, teen campers and staff participate in tent camping activities and Outdoor Living Skills programming.

Day Camp also offers long days filled with fun activities. The Day Camp program is very similar to that of its overnight sister camp, but offers 2 four-week sessions that run Monday to Friday each week. Campers are bussed to and from Philadelphia each day. Day Camp is a great way for teachers and college students to enjoy all the fun of our programs without having to live in. Day camp has a few residential staff positions.

Our Camp Community is a very accepting one. We are tolerant of the differences among all people. We feel that the diversity among our campers and staff enhances the camping experience.


To apply for a summer position at Summer Camps at College Settlement:
New/Returning Staff Application for 2018 is available here.(You will need to create an account if you are new, otherwise sign into previous account if returning)
(This application is for all summer staff including counselors, nurse, food service, staff assistants, etc.)

If you have further questions, please call 215-542-7974 or e-mail camps@collegesettlement.org for more information.

International Applicants:

We work with several international recruiting agencies who provide J-1 visas for our overseas staff members.

If you are interested in working with us but are not a US citizen, please register with one of the following organizations before completing our online application.







Printable Forms for  staff:

Voluntary disclosure statement can be found here

Summer Staff 18+ Medical Form here

Counselor in training medical/doctor form here

Swimming twice a day… yeah!