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The mission of College Settlement, and the Summer Camps at College Settlement is to provide environmental education and camping programs to young people from the greater Philadelphia area – regardless of economic circumstances- in order to foster personal growth and prepare them to make a positive impact on the world.
Summer Camps at College Settlement operates overnight and camp programs and for 7- to 12-year-old economically disadvantaged children from the metropolitan Philadelphia area. Many of these children live in difficult situations and face challenging problems in their daily lives. We offer them an enjoyable, educational summer camp experience. We are supported in part by the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and have been involved in interracial, intercultural camping since 1922.
Our 235-acre facility includes two swimming pools, a ropes course, a small lake and several small streams, fields and woodlands. There are several pavilions and about twenty buildings including two nature centers, a dining hall, and cabins which serve as living quarters. The resident camp also owns and operates a 75-acre outpost in the central Pennsylvania mountains which sits amidst 6,000 acres of state game lands.
Although the two programs differ slightly, their basic goals are the same:
To develop and nurture a positive environmental ethic through activities that teach about the natural world.
To have a family/community atmosphere in which children and adults enjoy working and playing together.
To offer the opportunity to share, play, learn and work with children of all backgrounds, religions, affiliations, cultures and nationalities.
To provide a healthy and practical lifestyle through proper nutrition and practice of daily routine. We stress responsibility for oneself and concern for one another.
We also have a spring and fall Outdoor School program which offers 1, 2 or 3 day programs for elementary and middle school students. Our three part program combined environmental education, team building and makes group development activities.