Overnight Camp since 1922

The College Settlement Residential Summer Camp

The Mission of The College Settlement and Kuhn Day Camps 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.

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Our overnight camp offers a two week summer camping experience and enrollment is open to children ages 8-14 from the five county Philadelphia area (Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery.) The College Settlement 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.

Overnight Camp Program, ages 8 to 14

The College Settlement Resident Camp offers four twelve day sessions during the summer. Each camper may attend one session. The Resident Camp is divided into four units:
• ’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 ages 8-12 is as follows:

• Wake Up
• Breakfast
• Bunk Clean Up
• Morning Activity 1
• Instructional Swim
• Morning Activity 2

• Lunch
• Siesta Time
• Free Swim Girls/ Boys' Afternoon Activity
• Free Swim Boys/ Girls' Afternoon Activity
• Clean Up for Dinner
• Dinner
• Leisure Time
• Evening Activity
• Snack
• Showers and Bed
• Lights Out!

Teen Adventure Program

The newly structured Teen Adventure Program (TAP) is a twelve-day program designed for 13 and 14 year olds who enjoy camping, backpacking and adventure based activities. Teen Campers will participate in a wide variety of activities and no two days will be exactly the same.  Our program combines adventure-challenge activities based out of both our Horsham and Spruce Run Mountain Outpost campuses.

Spruce Run Outpost Camp (SRO) Teen Adventure Campers will spend four nights 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 15 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.

Overnight Session Dates for Summer 2015

Session One: Monday, June 22 – Friday, June 26 (5-day session)
Session Two: Monday, June 29 – Friday, July 10
Session Three: Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 24
Session Four: Monday, July 27 – Friday, August 7
Session Five: Monday, August 10 – Friday, August 14 (5-day session)

Each camper may enroll for one session only.

Staff Orientation Dates

Monday, June 1 — Tuesday, June 9: Camp set-up and ACA preparation
Wednesday, June 10 — Saturday, June 13: Supportive Staff Training
Sunday, June 14 — Saturday, June 20: All Staff
Friday, June 12 — Sunday, June 14: Day Camp Staff (if you cannot attend, June 15 to 17 is make-up)

Registration: How to register your child(ren) for camp

ONLINE Registration will begin in December 2014.

Paper Applications will be available when registration opens in December 2014.
You can call the camp office 215-542-7974 for a paper application to be mailed to you.

Donating a campership for a child

A donation of $250.00 provides a campership (additional assistance) for one 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.

Pirate Day!

Every session has a special day, and Pirate Day is one of those.
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Going Gaga for Gaga!

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Summer Packing List

Here’s what your child should—and should not—bring to camp.
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