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The College Settlement Residential Summer Camp
The College Settlement Camp, which started in 1922, offers overnight camping to economically disadvantaged children from the five county Philadelphia area. Children come for a two week session of residential camp.
Our residential camp offers camping experiences to children ages 8-12 who could not otherwise afford such opportunities. 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.
During their stay campers will live in cabins. They will enjoy participating in activities such as swimming, boating, crayfishing, creek crawling, berry picking, campfires, sports, games, crafts, camping out and participating in a talent show or a dance. There is an endless list of fun things to choose from!
Most twelve-year-old campers will have a chance to experience wilderness camping for four days and three nights at our Spruce Run Outpost in the Poconos.
Cost: The camp fees are based on a sliding scale and include meals, programs, lodging and transportation. We believe every child should have the opportunity to attend camp. Limited camperships are available for families that are eligible. A registration fee of $75.00 must be attached to each application. It is not refundable for accepted applications and will be applied to the tuition fee.
Donating a campership for a child: A donation of $250.00 provides a campership for one needy 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 through PayPal by clicking that link on our How You Can Help page.
Registering for camp: A $75.00 registration fee is due from all campers at the time of registration. Each camper may enroll for one session only.
Sessions for Summer Residential Camp 2013 are:
Session One: Saturday, June 22 – Friday, July 5 (Teens end July 2)
Descriptions of Units
Boy and Girls Villages
Children ages 8 to 11.
Children ages 11 and 12 attend our new Tween Creeks Unit, participating in a program specially tailored to this older age bracket.
Spruce Run Outpost
Children enrolled in our Tween Creeks unit go on a four-day and three-night excursion to Spruce Run, our wilderness camping outpost located in the Pocono Mountains north of Bloomsburg, PA. This fascinating trip exposes children to hiking and camping in the woods, more advanced learning about wildlife and plants, expanded team-building skills, outdoor cooking skills and much more.
Teen Adventure Program
The Teen Adventure Program is a 12-day journey with emphasis on backpacking, hiking and experiential learning, the Teen Adventure Program offers 13- and 14-year-olds the opportunity to continue their experience at College Settlement Camp, with activities tailored to challenge, educate and inspire. Campers will participate in a camping program that includes sleeping in tents and cooking their own food. They will also learn valuable skills in team-building and cooperation, and explore and develop the leadership abilities within themselves.
The Teen Adventure Program (TAP) has been cancelled as of Summer 2009. This unfortunate action is a result of the economic situation that has gripped our country.
TAP has been an integral part of our program for many years and has excelled as a model teen program. Since the 50’s College Settlement Camp has been in the forefront of providing camping services to teenagers; this action greatly concerns our Board and Staff. It is our sincere hope that in the future we will again offer this outstanding program to the teenagers of our community.
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