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In response to the COVID 19 precautions, we are able to adjust our programs to meet all safety protocols for your trip.
We typically work with over 50 schools and youth organizations each year and offer programs that students say was the highlight of their school years. Almost 7,000 children participate in activities at College Settlement each year, and we have been running youth programs that focus on respect and personal growth for over 100 years.
Our Program Menu can be found here
Our beautiful 235 acre camp has a wide variety of lesson and activity areas – from aquatic ecology and forest ecology to archaeology and sustainable agriculture through our partner Pennypack Farm . Pennypack Farm is 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 of course our own camp critters.
Science – Our lessons
We focus on teaching science through inquiry – a student centered hands-on approach. Students work collaboratively in new social settings, exploring different environments, and sharing new experiences with their peers. Students leave the program with a new sense of personal responsibility, independence and understanding of the natural world around them. This learning model supports the Next Generation Science Standards approach to student understanding of science concepts.
Read more about our lessons on our lessons page
Our Team Building activities are designed to welcome inclusion without coercion, and see how team spirit can be naturally grown. Team challenges are carefully selected activities where students are required to work together as a group in order to achieve a common goal, which cannot be achieved individually. With over 25 stations on our Group Challenge field, these activities can be adapted to be more or less challenging, depending on the group dynamics.
Read more about our Team Building activities here Group Challenge Descriptions – all
Day Trip Programs
Day trips are fast paced and jam-packed with activities. We have three basic types of day trip
TEAM BUILDING – Primarily run on our Day Camp property – this program focuses on all team building and collaborative activities.
ENVIRONMENTAL FOCUS – Primarily run on our Overnight Camp property – this program focuses on all environmental education based activities.
COMBINATION – This program combines elements of both the above, and location is based on availability.
A typical day trip typically includes two hours at the team building course tackling small group challenges, a picnic lunch then one or two activity options such as more group challenges or 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 9.30am -2.15pm on our site. Some schools bring students on 2 or 3 consecutive days, focusing on team building some days and environmental lessons the next. Many schools stay with us for extended day trips and enjoy dinner with us before heading home around 8pm. Our day trip brochure gives a great overview of the day for parents and can be found here Day Trip Brochure for Combination Trips
We can take up to 150 students in our day trip programs.
Here is a link to our Basic DAY TRIP schedules
We offer two day trips (spend one night at camp) or three day trips (with 2 nights at camp). We can also offer 4 or 5 day trips tailored to school curriculum. 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.
Before an overnight trip, we will come to your school to do a PowerPoint presentation for parents and students if desired . A full PLANNING GUIDE is available here Outdoor School Planning Guide 2020 2021 and sample forms are available to make trip planning easier for school faculty. A brochure for 2-3 day trips can be found here: 2-3 day brochure Click the links to sample schedules are below:
Outdoor School 2 day short schedule
Basic 3 day schedule OS
Youth Group and Weekend 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. Please just give us a call and see all that we have to offer.
We offer some of the most affordable (if not most affordable) environmental education and team building programs in the area. We believe all schools should be able to afford quality outdoor education programs. With many program options for schools to choose from, our program fees can be found here OUTDOOR SCHOOL FEES 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR
We also have scholarships available for Title 1 schools or for students who need financial assistance to attend with their class. Please contact us for more details.
Interested in Summer Camp too?
We have so many more programs during the summer too. To learn more about our summer programs, visit our Summer Camp website.
Come on over and see the camp for yourself and learn more about all we offer. Give us a call and we will show you around our beautiful camp.
“Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.” ― John Dewey