For Parents

“Favorite Field Trip Ever!”

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Kids get a chance to learn while never sitting still!!

If your child is coming to College Settlement Outdoor School for a field trip, they have a wonderful, busy, exciting program ahead of them.

Students will participate in small group lessons and activities that are hands-on, engaging and allow them to explore and discover. Our Teacher Naturalist staff leads students through activities that focus on cooperation, fun, respect, and applying knowledge learned in the classroom. Students are kept engaged as they show their leadership abilities and work through team challenges. Abstract classroom science concepts come to life as students discover the wealth of animals and plants right here in our steams and forests. Our beautiful 235-acre camp has ample open space for large groups, wetlands, creeks, a pond, beautiful meadows, and lots of great forest. We also lease 20 acres of land to our partner Pennypack Farm, an organic Community Sponsored Agriculture farming facility that we use to teach amazing farm lessons. We also have an environmental center with many great displays, and our own camp critters.

With several large pavilions, two dining halls and many great large and small lesson spots, we have plenty of areas to take learning outdoors and bring it all to life!

Day Trip Programs

Day trips are fast paced and jam-packed with activities. A typical day trip typically includes two hours at the team building course tackling small group challenges, a picnic lunch, then one or two environmental activity options such as visiting Pennypack Farm, shelter building, animal tracking, or meeting the camp critters at our environmental center. Most day trips are scheduled around bus availability. Students usually spend 9:30 am to 2:15 pm at our site. Some schools stay with us for extended day trips and enjoy dinner with us before heading home around 8:00 pm.

See our Basic Day Trip Schedules

Overnight Programs

We offer two-day trips (spend one night at camp) or three-day trips (with 2 nights at camp). Overnight trips include a customized selection of activities that combines group challenges, environmental education, and incredible learning opportunities that capture those “intangibles” such as being away overnight with your best friends. Here are two sample schedules:

 

Youth Group Programs:

We work with dozens of youth groups, churches and sports teams and can customize a program for you.  Weekday and weekend dates are available March through late May and September through December. Give us a call to find out all we have to offer.

Interested in Summer Camp too?

We have some great programs during the summer, too! To learn more about our summer programs, visit our Summer Camps website.

Come Visit During Our Open House Events

Come on over and see the camp for yourself — and learn more about all we offer. Our spring Open House days are gone but we still have our June Supper event

  • Thursday, June 7 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein