Vision Statement: Shaping the lives of young people by instilling respect for self, others and our natural world.
Mission Statement: Our mission is to deliver a unique camp experience to young people concentrated in the greater Philadelphia area, without regard to economic circumstances. Our programs foster personal growth and provide a safe, affordable, and nurturing place for young people to enjoy the outdoors while learning about themselves, others and the environment.
We are proud of the diversity embodied within our camp community. With campers and staff from every walk of life, and staff from over 20 countries, our camp community is vibrant and embraces the richness of our differences.
OUR STAFF: Our camp hires an amazing team of staff members from around the corner and around the globe. This professional, diverse group of folks bring an array of talents to our camp. Our staff members cultivate relationships and friendships with people whose path they would otherwise never have crossed. They leave camp having bonded with new friends just as the camp kids do. Summer experiences keep these bonds strong long after the last camp bus has left at the end of the summer. Staff and campers may come to camp without knowing a soul but leave with great memories and some new lifelong friends.
COUNSELORS: Camp counselors are at the heart and soul of our program. With days spent guiding their campers through a wide range of activities such as sports, games, crafts, campfire programs, high ropes, biking, boating, fishing, swimming and any other events that camp life presents, counselors truly are the ones who make the camp magic happen. The counselor job requires stamina, patience, a great sense of humor. The rewards camp staff can gain are immeasurable - raising self esteem , diversifying your range of skills, working with great folks from all over the world and gaining great job (and life) experience.
As the leader of a group of children or camp staff, you will learn to nurture an environment that encourages cooperation, personal growth, and positive participation. You’ll be that mentor and guide for the campers, requiring you to use your skills to manage group dynamics, to motivate individuals, to set common goals and keep group on track to accomplish them.
Our counselors work with their own group of 6-8 campers and can choose which age group they prefer to work with. Counselors live in cabins with their campers and 1-2 other staff members. The cabins are basic but comfortable with showers, electricity and wifi.
ACTIVITIES: The basic camp day involves mornings spent working with "specialized" activities such as visiting the organic farm, high ropes or mountain biking. We hire staff members skilled in these areas to lead the campers and counselors through these activities. The afternoons are spent as "choice time" where the counselors offer activities that they would like offer. These activities vary depending upon the skills and interests of our counselor crew! We love the ever changing list of activities brought by the counselors - hurling, rugby, drama, weird and cool crafts, bug hunts, instrument making, cricket - who knows what each summer's crew of counselors will bring.
JOB REQUIREMENTS: The most important facet of being a great staff member is to be a positive and responsible team player. Our most successful staff members are hard working, self motivated people that are flexible, enthusiastic and prepared to dive in with any activities that we run through. Camp staff members must be positive role models who are patient, compassionate and genuinely committed with the welfare and development of young people. Also – folks that really like to have fun!
Counselors must be at least 19 years old. Some jobs require applicants to be at least 21 years old.
TRAINING: June 10th -15th Our Staff orientation is 9-14 days depending on which extra training sessions staff choose to attend. Orientation is a comprehensive training that includes behavior management, tips and tricks for working with kids, emergency trainings, protocols and procedures for the summer. It also is intended to be fun and rewarding for the staff, and created bonds that builds a strong team.Evenings are typically large group activities such as Capture the Flag, campfires, tent camp-outs, camp quizzes, before everyone heads back to cabins for showers and snacks. All staff help settle the kids down for the evening by reading or playing music, then some staff have a few hours off to go catch a movie or grab some food at a local eatery while their colleagues stay on bunk duty until curfew. Then the next day - we do it all again!
SESSION DATES: June 25th - August 18th The camp sessions are 5 or 12 days, and we run 5 sessions per summer. Staff have weekends off between each session so there is ample opportunity to visit Philadelphia, New York, Washington D.C., the Pocono Mountains or the Jersey Shore for some rest and relaxation before the next session of campers arrive the following Monday.
High Ropes Course Instructors
Mountain Biking Instructors
Camper Advocates (Behavioral Support)
SPRING and FALL Teacher Naturalists