Our Past, Present and Future

College Settlement Past

College Settlement’s roots go way back. Founded in 1892 to provide social, cultural, and educational programs for the immigrants of South Philadelphia, the Agency operated a Settlement House in Philadelphia at Fourth and Christian Streets. The College Settlement Camp was founded in 1922 by Anna Freeman Davies. A detailed history of our organization can be found on The College Settlement History Page.

The Outdoor School began offering residential environmental education programs on the College Settlement property in 1973. The facilities are open for school participation during the months of March through May and September through December.

College Settlement Present

Almost 6,000 students attend our Outdoor School programs each year. We work with elementary, middle and high schools, private and public, plus many youth, boy scout, girl scout, and church groups. Many of our schools have been attending for over 20 years.  Below is a list of schools we work with, but we are adding new schools each year!

Abington Friends School

Ancillae-Assumpta Academy

Andrew Jackson Elementary

Andrew Morrison Elementary

Anna Lane Lingelbach

A Step Up Academy

Blair Mill Elementary

Children’s International Service Village

Cornwells Elementary

Crooked Billet Elementary

Discovery Charter

DREAM Program

Faith Christian Academy

First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter

G. W. Childs Elementary

General George A. McCall Elementary

Germantown Academy

Good Shepherd Catholic Regional School

Green Woods Charter School

Hallowell Elementary

Harriton High School

Holy Child Academy Drexel Hill

Juniata Park Academy

Julia de Burgos Elementary School

Keith Valley Middle School

Keystone Academy Charter

Let’s Go Outdoors

Loesche Elementary

Maple Glen Elementary

MaST Community Charter School

Memphis Street  Academy

Meredith Elementary

Murray Avenue School[

Newtown Elementary

Our Lady of Mercy

Overbrook Educational Center

Pennfield Middle School

Pennypack Elementary

Perelman Jewish Day School Forman Center

Perelman Jewish Day School Stern Center

Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

Philadelphia Academy Charter

Schuylkill Elementary School

Simmons Elementary

Skyview Upper Elementary School

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

Tacony Academy Charter

The Agnes Irwin School

The Common Place

The Philadelphia School

The Quaker School at Horsham

The Shipley School

The Swain School

Thomas Fitzwater Elementary

University of Pennsylvania Christian Association  Mentors Program

Upper Dublin High School

Upper Merion Area Middle School

Upper Moreland Middle School

William Penn Charter School

Wissahickon Charter AWBURY

Wissahickon Charter FERNHILL

College Settlement Future

We are always creating new lessons, unique activity locations and enhancing our program variety.  We are always creating ways to help more opportunities for schools. We have expanded our day trip availability. A day trip is a great way to introduce younger students to College Settlement before they come for an overnight trip. Contact us for more details.

In 2019, we added 2 new pavilions by the upper and lower villages. These give us more areas for activities when we get too much sunshine or a bout of heavy “liquid sunshine.”  We completely replaced our wetland boardwalk to make it more wheelchair accessible – opening up access to the campfire and group challenge areas.

We also continuing the development of our new Group Challenge course on our day camp property with help from our friends at Americorps NCCC who hopefully will send another crew our way in the spring of 2022.

There is always something cool going on at College Settlement!

Do not try to satisfy your vanity by teaching a great many things. Awaken people's curiosity. It is enough to open minds, do not overload them. Put there just a spark. If there is some good inflammable stuff, it will catch fire. - Anatole France