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.
Overnight Camp Program,
Ages 8 to 14
The College Settlement Overnight Camp offers three twelve-day sessions and two five-day sessions.
The five-day sessions are ideal for campers who would like to try Camp for a first time in a shorter session before moving on to a full 12-day session next year, or campers who have other summer commitments.
Regardless of the length of the session, our days are jam-packed with a variety of activities to thrill and engage each camper. Some activities are firm favorites such as swimming and sports and crafts, and others introduce new experiences such as climbing, rugby, cooking, kayaking and gardening. Whether 5 or 12 days, campers are kept busy and happy while spending time with new friends. Each camper may attend one session.
Overnight Session Dates for Summer 2017
Session One: Monday, June 26 – Friday, June 30 (5-day session)
Session Two: Monday, July 3 – Friday, July 14
Session Three: Monday, July 17 – Friday, July 28
Session Four: Monday, July 31 – Friday, August 11
Session Five: Monday, August 14 – Friday, August 18 (5-day session)
Each camper may enroll for one overnight session only.
Summer Camp Open House Dates 2017
Saturday, April 8 – noon to 3:00 pm
Sunday, May 7 – noon to 3:00 pm
Thursday, June 8 – 5:30 to 7:00 pm
The Overnight Camp is divided into Four Villages:
• ’Tween Creeks Village for boys and girls ages 8-9
• Boys Village for boys ages 10-12
• Girls Village, for girls ages 10-12
• Teen Adventure, for boys and girls ages 13-14
During their stay campers will live in cabins with campers their own age and gender. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities. Environmental activities may include creek crawling, fishing, exploring, hiking, plant & animal study and many more. Sporting activities may include boating, biking, climbing, basketball, soccer, rugby, and softball. Other activities include arts & crafts, hay rides, dancing, storybook reading, games, ropes course and others. At least once while your child is here, they will participate in a “Special Day”. Examples of camp special days are Year-in-a-Day, Super Sunday Carnival, and our most popular Pirate Day. Campers 8-12 will have the opportunity to participate in a tent camping “overnight” on our property.
A typical daily schedule for campers age 8 – 12 looks like this:
- Wake Up!
- Bunk Clean Up
- Morning Activity 1
- Instructional Swim
- Morning Activity 2
- Siesta Time
- Girls’ Free Swim / Boys’ Afternoon Activity
- Boys’ Free Swim / Girls’ Afternoon Activity
- Clean Up for Dinner
- Leisure Time
- Evening Activity
- Showers and Bed
- Lights Out!
Teen Adventure Program
The Teen Adventure Program is a five- or twelve-day program designed for 13 and 14 year olds who enjoy camping, backpacking and adventure based activities. Twenty-four Teen Campers each session will participate in a wide variety of challenges, and no two days will be exactly the same. Teen Adventure Campers reside in their own cabins in Boys Village and Girls Village. This program includes adventure-challenge activities which are based out of both our Horsham and also Spruce Run Mountain Outpost properties. The boys and girls Teen Adventure Groups are not co-ed.
Please note: The 5-day session will be a condensed format of the 12-day program and will not include a visit to the Spruce Run Mountain Outpost or white water rafting, but will focus on our Horsham-based activities.
Spruce Run Outpost Camp (SRO) Teen Adventure Campers will spend five days at Spruce Run Outpost (SRO). This is our 75 acre mountain campus located in the Pocono Mountains near Millville, PA. The land was purchased by The College Settlement Camps in 1976. SRO is surrounded on three sides by 6,000 acres of beautiful State Game Lands which can be used by the Camp for program purposes. The site is heavily timbered, rough and rolling, teeming with deer and other wildlife. It is ideal for our teens’ environmental education and rustic camping programs. Teen campers are transported the 125 miles to SRO by 10-passenger van. These trips are not co-ed; the girls’ teen and boys’ teen groups are scheduled to stay at SRO at different times.
At SRO, Teen campers will camp in tents or enclosed Adirondack shelters, will help prepare their own meals, and explore their wilderness surroundings. The program has been developed to take advantage of the natural features of the area, and concentrates on nature awareness and outdoor living skills. Teens will participate in one or two day trips that depart from the Spruce Run Outpost location. The Outpost program is supervised by two Teen Adventure leaders plus one Teen Unit Leader – staff members trained in running the Outpost program.
Our program is designed to allow teens to grow in numerous ways: self- confidence, teamwork, leadership and new outdoor skills. This unique combination fosters an appreciation for the environment, instills a spirit of adventure, and a sense of community through memorable wilderness and community experiences. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in a college campus tour, climb our high ropes course, bike and hike through some of Pennsylvania’s most stunning trails and mentor younger campers.
Your teen must realize this can be a physically and emotionally intense program. Expectations for commendable behavior are high as TAP campers are considered role models for younger campers. It takes a certain type of person to accept the challenge and excitement of fulfilling that responsibility.
The Overnight Camp offers children from different ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds the opportunity to live, play and learn together. We do not discriminate as to race, creed, color, national origin, special needs or gender.
Registration for Summer 2017 is now open Click here for link.
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 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.
Photo Galleries of Summer 2015
See Our Photo Galleries of the Summer 2015 fun!
Overnight Camp Session 5 (August 10 to 14)
Overnight Camp Session 4 (July 27 to August 7)
Overnight Camp Session 3 (July 6 to July 17)
Overnight Camp Session 2 (June 29 to July 10)
Overnight Camp Session 1 (June 22 to 26)