What are the first steps to bringing my students?
Give us a call and we can tell you more about all our program options, available dates and fees.For overnight programs, one of our Outdoor School staff members can come down to your school to show our slideshow presentation which answers many questions parents, students and teacher may have. We also encourage you to come over to camp and see what we have going on.
Once you have a date that works for you, we will send out a booking contract. We ask that a 10% deposit be sent back with a certificate of insurance for the school at least 6 weeks before your trip.
How many teachers from my school should attend?
There should be one school faculty member on site at all times during the program. We recommend 1 school chaperone for every 25 students during the day. For evening cabin supervision, we recommend two (2) adults per cabin. Camp staff do not sleep in the cabins with students.
We do not charge for day trip chaperones. For overnight chaperones, we only charge adults over the 1:25 teacher-to-student ratio.
Will I need to teach lessons or lead activities?
For most groups, our Teacher Naturalists lead most of the activities. We do ask that teachers participate in activities and help with supervision. However, for larger groups (over 100 students) Teachers may be needed to help run a group challenge station or provide additional supervision during lessons led by Outdoor School staff.
We make sure there are some down times for teachers during the overnight programs!
Is there phone and internet service at the camp?
All cell phone carriers have service. Wi-Fi is provided in the camp dining hall.
Do you accommodate special dietary requirements?
Most day trip groups brig their own bagged lunch. For overnight program groups we can provide vegetarian and gluten-free options. We can also provide dairy-free meals. Please contact our office directly at 215-542-7974, at least a week in advance to arrange a special meal arrangement. All meals at College Settlement are nut-free except any bagged lunches students bring. A refrigerator and microwave are available for use.
Do you accommodate students with different abilities?
We can adapt our programs to enable as much student participation as possible. We have
Can we bring parent chaperones?
Some schools do use parent chaperones to assist with evening supervision in the cabins. Each school’s policy on using parent chaperones differs. The camp staff do not cover overnight supervision in cabins.
Does College Settlement provide a nurse?
We do not have a nurse on staff during our Outdoor School programs. Most schools bring a camp nurse or a parent who has medical training. If your school does not have a nurse that can attend, we can put you in touch with some of our local RN friends who you can contract for your trip.
Are there any scholarships available?
We are able to offer our participating schools financial assistance to assist cover the fees for students who would otherwise not be able to afford to participate in their school trip. Funds are available thanks to EITC program and corporate donations. The scholarships are awarded to schools, not individuals. Parents cannot apply for scholarships. The amount available for scholarships varies each years.
Scholarships are available for all of our programs – both overnight AND day programs. Please contact our office for details on how to apply for scholarships.
What Dates available?
Many of our overnight Outdoor School dates book up at least a year in advance, with May and October being our most popular months. Day trip options are most flexible. Please contact us for availability.
For help planning your trip we have created our Outdoor School Planning Guide 2020 2021