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The Mission of College Settlement 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 camp experience has the following goals: * 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
The College Settlement of Philadelphia was founded in 1892 to provide social, cultural & educational programs for the immigrants of South Philly. The Camp was founded in 1922 to augment the city programs & has grown to provide camping services to the greater Philly area.
We operate Overnight & Day Camps for children (7-14). Many campers come from economically disadvantaged areas & receive camperships to attend. Many live in difficult situations & face challenging problems in their daily lives.
Our 235-acres include a 4-acre pond, wetlands, streams, meadows, fields & trails. We have 2 nature centers, a dining hall, cabins for living quarters, 2 swimming pools, low & high ropes courses, 2 tree houses & a 75-acre outpost in the Poconos. We are accredited by the American Camping Assoc., are supported by the United Way of SE PA & have been involved in interracial, intercultural camping since 1922.
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