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.
Our overnight camp offers a five-day or twelve-day summer camping experience. 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 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.
The Overnight Camp is divided into four units:
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:
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 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 2015Session 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)
Staff Orientation DatesMonday, 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 February 2015.
A Printable Application can be found in the Parent/Guardian Forms on the right-hand side of this page. Please read the Parent/Guardian Handbook and the Parent Letter before beginning the application.
If you would like a Paper Application, an Application Packet can be mailed to you. Call the camp office at 215-542-7974 to request that an Application Packet 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.
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