The Principles On Which Our Programs Are Built

Our Vision

To prepare young people to make a positive impact on the world.

Our Mission

The Mission of The College Settlement and Kuhn Day Camps is to provide camping programs and services to all young people from the greater Philadelphia area, especially those who are economically disadvantaged. The programs foster personal and interpersonal growth and development through enjoyable, experiential and environmental educational pursuits.

Our Core Values

The Individual:
We believe in the uniqueness and worth of our campers and staff. We believe in their special talents, attributes and their ability to grow in the skills necessary to improve themselves and society.

Self Esteem:
We place great importance on providing young people with experiences that encourage positive self-esteem. To respect others and the world, young people must first respect themselves.

Economically Disadvantaged Children:
We provide an excellent, high quality camping experience to young people who otherwise would be unable to afford such an experience.

Diversity:
We embrace diversity and tolerance. We openly welcome people into our camp community and do not discriminate as to race, color, religion, ancestry, age, ability, country of origin, sexual orientation or economic level.

Teamwork:
We believe the camp’s environment creates an atmosphere where young people can learn to live and work together and to cooperate with one another.

Leadership:
We provide an environment in which campers and staff can observe good role models. Through mentoring, they will learn and/or practice leadership skills.

Environment:
We have chosen to serve young people through the camping experience, which uses the outdoors as its foundation. It is vital that we preserve our camp’s natural environment and foster a positive and lasting environmental ethic.

Safety:
We provide a secure living, learning and recreational environment in which our campers and staff can feel, and are, safe.

Stability:
We see the value of and need for constants in the lives of the young people we serve. The camp, its vision, mission, values, program and facility have been — and will remain — a steady, stable and positive influence.