College Settlement Camps

Camp talent shows close out each session.
Summer biking program
Camp sessions always begin and end with a campfire.
One of our two high ropes courses
Team building is a huge part of our program
We love to offer new and weird sports - like cricket!
With 2 pools, staff help teach campers to swim
Our environmental center is very popular with the campers
Fishing is always a camp favorite!
Kids enjoy the raspberries at our organic farm.
The camp Uber!
We are not sure who has more fun - the staff or the kids.
Best place to be on a hot afternoon!
It is ten degrees cooler up there.
Best camp ever! Join our team.
Off camp bike trip
Raising self esteem
Another way to cool off

With over 100 years of making a positive impact on kids, come join us for a summer of discovery, camaraderie and fun.

College Settlement Camp’s mission is to deliver a unique camp experience to young people without regard to economic circumstances. We are a nonprofit organization with over 100 years of success. Our programs foster personal growth, provide a safe, affordable, and nurturing place for young people to enjoy the outdoors while learning about themselves, others and the environment.

Conveniently located 15 miles outside of Philadelphia, College Settlement's 235 acre Horsham campus is a beautiful location for hundreds of activities in our forests and wetlands, ponds and creeks,

About College Settlement Camps

As one of the longest-running non-profit camps and Outdoor School programs in the region, our spring, summer, and fall jobs are a great way to gain great experience, earn a competitive wage, expand your own skill set and join a team where staff members are valued as the heart and soul of what we do.

We are proud that 2018 will be our 96th year offering summer camp programs and our 45th running our spring and fall Outdoor School program. We are committed to making excellent programs accessible to children from ALL socioeconomic backgrounds and to guarantee that no child misses out on the summer or school field trip of a lifetime because of inability to pay.

We recruit a dedicated, talented, driven, diverse staff who are encouraged to be creative and think big - to bring their own ideas and skills to each of our programs.  We have a wide variety of jobs available and bring in staff from all over the USA and around the globe to bring our programs to life.

The Employee Experience

Our Culture

College Settlement's culture is progressive, embraces diversity, and is rooted in deep-seated traditions of treating people with dignity and respect.  Our programs are carefully designed to be focused on quality, not quantity.  Above all else, we value the positive connections and contribution each year's staff and campers make.  We do not run a "canned" program - instead, we encourage our staff to share their own experiences and skills to make each season unique.

Our Diversity

The College Settlement Camp community is a celebration of diversity. Our staff comes from a wide variety of backgrounds (last summer over 20 nationalities were represented) and our campers represent the vibrant ethnic, cultural and neighborhood diversity of the city of Philadelphia and its surrounding areas.

Our Impact

All of our summer program fees are heavily subsidized, thus ensuring that all children can afford to attend our camp.  For many of our campers, College Settlement is the only opportunity that they will get to experience the joys of camp.  Our staff leave at the end of the season knowing they made a HUGE positive impact on children and that their hard work and dedication was important and very much appreciated.

Our Outdoor School is also priced to keep the programs accessible to public schools.  Our scholarship fund is supported financially by several local businesses who help teachers bring students to us for 1, 2 or 3-day field trips.

Who are we looking for?

All camp jobs are intense and require stamina and dedication - College Settlement is no different.    We look for folks who can make good judgment calls, are hard-working, self-motivated, flexible, enthusiastic and prepared to dive into any and all activities that we offer.   We recruit staff who will be positive role models, who are patient, compassionate and genuinely committed to the welfare and development of young people!   We put together a fun, inspirational, very capable crew.  Because of the rich diversity within our camp community, we welcome open-minded and open-hearted staff members who thrive in a culturally vibrant environment. 

Ideal Candidate

Our ideal staff members exhibit enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, integrity, self-motivation, and adaptability.  They are collaborative, spontaneous, willing to be goofy but also have a good head on their shoulders!  Our staff members treat others with respect and work through the tougher moments treating everyone with dignity and grace.

  • We prefer a minimum of two years post-high school, or 1 year of college or work experience, but we will consider those with less depending on position
  • Previous experiences working with children is essential
  • Positive role models with the ability to set great examples for their campers in a fun-loving setting 
  • For specialized positions such as pool, trip, bikes, ropes or camper advocate positions - we require skill specific certifications and experience.  Details of these specific skills can be found by shooting us an email or checking each individual job description.

Room and Board

Full room and board are provided throughout the season and during weekends off.

We offer cabin and dorm type accommodations.  Nutritious meals are cooked mainly from scratch.  Vegetarian and organic meals are available.

Employee Perks

Benefits of joining our team

Other than the great work environment and rewards of being able to make a real difference - 

  • Excellent resume building opportunity
  • Competitive Salary

  • Culturally diverse environment

  • Full Room & Board

  • College Internship or Credit

  • Weekly days and every other weekend off

  • Staff Lounge with Internet

  • Local public transportation to Philadelphia and New York

  • Easy access to local recreation opportunities - restaurants, movie theaters, parks, shopping

  • Opportunity to extend work into spring/fall/winter seasons

Getting Here and Getting Around

Staff may bring personal vehicles or bikes to camp. 

We are fortunately very well located with easy access to public transportation to Philadelphia and surrounding areas.  With movie theaters and restaurants are a short 3 minute Uber ride away.  

We also have a fleet of staff bikes that can use to get to nearby stores, restaurants and libraries.

Camp runs a daily shuttle to local train stations.

For Fun

College Settlement will give you the opportunity to experience MANY of the following: hike beautiful waterfall trails, mountain bike, climb, zipline, white water raft, catch dinosaurs, visit the organic farm, cook, paint donkeys, perform in talent shows and counselor fear-factor, lead night hikes, play in a famous camp band, wrestle chickens, get painted, make candles, speak other languages, learn cricket and rugby and hurling, star gaze, dance, sing, camp under the stars, make s'mores, tube the Delaware, invent new games, attend Philly sporting events, visit Philly (best city in the USA!) and have the best summer of your life.

Our Jobs

SUMMER POSITIONS (For more details click the Jobs List Tab)

Staff orientation and camp sessions run between June 11th August and 18th 2018.

Lifeguard and High Ropes training sessions offered June 12th-15th

Full job descriptions can be found under the JOBS LIST or can be provided by emailing camps@Collegesettlement.org

We have residential (live at camp) and day only (live at home) positions for each of the following positions.  ALL staff members share counselor duties when not running their specific program activities.

Below is a brief description of each job and the experience and qualifications required:

  • General Counselor (Minimum age 19+) Counselors work directly with their own group of 7-12 year old campers. Counselors spend summer participating in all the activities with their kids, and get to lead activities they have expertise in.  Counselors have the most vital position of the summer - and are the staff member making the magic happen for the campers!  Bus counselor positions also available (ride the bus to/from Philadelphia with campers as supervisors)

  • VIllage Leader (Minimum age 21+)  Coordinate all aspects of a camp “village” typically consisting of 50 campers plus 8-10 staff.  Schedule and organize village activities, mentor and supervise counselors, act as village lead, support staff in their daily programs. Experience with camp programs, youth work, supervisory/leadership experience required.

  • Environmentalist (Minimum age 19+) Environmental Education specialist lead small group activities such as creek crawls, nature hikes, fun "nature stuff".  They are responsible for and teach about our camp animals collection - donkeys, goats, chickens, snakes, etc. Experience with teaching, environmental education, science education or other relevant experience required.

  • Teen Adventure Program Leader (Minimum age 21+) TAP staff lead our 13 and 14 year old campers through their 5 or 12 day epic adventures - hiking through beautiful Pennsylvania gorges, white water rafting, ziplining and high ropes, mountain biking, camping at our Spruce Run Outpost.  Experience with youth work, outdoor recreation required.

  • Mountain Outpost Leader (Minimum age 21+)  Coordinate all aspects of our Spruce Run Outpost program for our 13 and 14 year old Teen Adventure Program campers and their counselors.  Camp cooking, hiking through beautiful Pennsylvania gorges, white water rafting, ziplining and high ropes, mountain biking. Experience with youth work, outdoor recreation, supervisory/leadership experience and clean driver's license required.

  • Bike Program Leader (Minimum age 19+) Lead mountain biking activities round camp, teach campers bike safety, teach campers how to ride a bike - perform basic bike maintenance on fleet. Experience with basic bicycle maintenance desired

  • High Ropes Program Leader (Minimum age 19+) Lead climbing tower and high ropes activities, teach basic belay skills, set up and take down equipment and perform all safety checks. Experience with climbing belay systems, high ropes required.

  • Swim Instructors/lifeguards (Minimum age 21+)   Provide safety coverage at our two pools and coordinate swim lessons, pool games, create fun aquatic events. Previous swim teaching and or lifeguarding experience and current Lifeguard Training/CPR certification required (or be able to complete by summer)

  • Camper Advocate (Minimum age 21+)   Provide support to camp staff to assist campers with any behavioral or emotional concerns while at camp. Lead workshops on positive communication and esteem building activities. Previous experience in counseling, special education, behavior management or youth development required  

  • Camp Office Assistant (Minimum age 19+) Work in our camp office assisting with parent calls, filing and data entry.

  • Camp Cook (Minimum age 19+) Prepare daily meals for 50 - 250.  Previous experience and current Food Safety Handling certification required    

  • Kitchen Counter Assistants (Age 16+) Help serve meals, prep food, clean up.  Daytime, dinner and weekend flexible shifts available.

  • Grounds Worker (Age 18+) Assist with groundskeeping, mowing, basic cleaning.


FALL AND SPRING POSITIONS 2018

Staff orientation and camp sessions run between September 4th and Thanksgiving 2018.

  • Teacher Naturalists (Minimum age 21+)  Lead small and large group activities in environmental education, team building and outdoor recreation for school students ages 3-10th grade. Experience with teaching, environmental education, science education or other relevant experience required

  • Camp Cook (Minimum age 19+) Prepare daily meals for 50 - 250.  Previous experience and current Food Safety Handling certification required    

  • Kitchen Counter Assistants (Age 16+) Help serve meals, prep food, clean up.  Daytime, dinner and weekend flexible shifts available.

Summer Program

High Ropes Course/Climbing Program Leader

Horsham

High Ropes Program Leader (Minimum age 19+) Experience with climbing belay systems/ high ropes required.

Our two high ropes courses (both with zip lines) and climbing tower are central to our camp's goal to raise campers' self esteem.  In combination with 2 low ropes courses and 2 group challenge fields, all campers have the opportunity to climb and expand their skills. 

High Ropes Course staff lead climbing tower and high ropes activities for 2-4 hours most days, teach basic belay skills to our CIT and Counselor staff.  Course set up and take down equipment, all  course and equipment safety checks, equipment logs and reports are the responsibility of the Ropes Course staff.

 

We use standard dynamic and static belay systems (one belayer with back up using ATC/stitch plate devices) and have 2 elements that use team belay systems.  We have stand alone and circuit high elements.


When not running climbing activities, ropes course staff help with all other camp activities include mountain biking, boating, fishing, swimming and  general counselor duties such as supervision during meals and free time.  Our programs encourage our campers to push their comfort levels, to be brave, to be independent as the group participates in a series of more challenging outdoor activities as they progress through multi-year programs.

We look for our ropes course staff to be able to make good judgement calls, are flexible, enthusiastic and prepared to dive in with any and all activities.  Leaders must have experience with belay systems and be confident enough to set up, take down and run the course with minimum supervision.  ACCT certification a definite plus!. We recruit staff who will be positive role models, who are patient, compassionate and genuinely committed with the welfare and development of young people - especially teens!



Brief overview of the position:

  • Prep for climbing activities - organizing campers to be properly clothes, oriented, physically and emotionally ready to go!
  • Set up high ropes, low ropes or climbing tower prior to use and conducting pre-use safety checks on all equipment and course.
  • Making sure ALL camp policies and procedures are followed at all climbing activities.    
  • Supervise and instruct campers on climbing activities, maintaining a physically and emotionally safe environment for all participants
  • Assist with the  training and supervision of counselors and CITs who wish to belay
  • Take down, store and log all equipment use
  • Making sure the activities are safe, fun, safe, rewarding, safe and awesome.  And safe.   And fun.
  • Participate  in all camp activities -  such as hurling, rugby, drama, weird and cool crafts, bug hunts, instrument making, cricket - who knows what each summer's crew of counselors will bring.

SEASON DETAILS

June 11-23 Our Staff orientation is 11-14 days and is a comprehensive training that includes a chance to scout out the activity locations, behavior management, tips and tricks for working with kids, emergency trainings, protocols and procedures for the summer.  It also is intended to be fun and rewarding for the staff, and created bonds that builds a strong team.  We also offer a lifeguard training, first aid and CPR course, plus a high ropes course certification course at no cost to our staff.

June 25 - August 18 The camp sessions are 5 or 12 days, and we run 5 sessions per summer.  Camp staff have weekends off between each session so there is ample opportunity to visit Philadelphia, New York, Washington D.C., the Pocono Mountains or the Jersey Shore for some rest and relaxation before the next session of campers arrive the following Monday.


QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. PREFERRED Red Cross First Aid and CPR or equivalent certification as  approved by the American Camp Association (or ability to gain by the start of summer season)
  2. ACCT High Ropes Facilitation PREFERRED

EXPERIENCE:

  1. 1 year of experience in camping, education, recreation, or group-related work.
  2. One years’ experience with climbing belay systems
  3. At least 6 months experience working with youth
  4. Age 20 years or more

We also offer a lifeguard, first aid/CPR and high ropes training

Our camp hires an amazing team of staff members from around the corner and around the globe. You will work with a diverse group of folks who bring an array of talents to our camp. You will cultivate relationships and friendships with people whose path you would otherwise never have crossed. You’ll leave camp having bonded with new friends just as the camp kids do. Your summer experiences will keep these bonds strong long after the last camp bus has left at the end of the summer. You may come to camp without knowing a soul but you’ll leave with great memories and some new lifelong friends. 

Summer Program

Pool Director

Horsham

Our Pool Directors provide lifeguard coverage and coordinate all pool activities such as swimming lessons, special theme days, Counselor in Training development during our 5 and 12 day programs. 

Pool directors spend their summer providing a safe environment for campers and staff at our 2 pools.  Supported by counselors and Counselors in Training, pool directors run daily morning swim lessons designed to teach and improve camper swimming abilities, and to provide lifeguard coverage at all times. 

Pool directors set the tone at the pool for the summer - a safe environment that encourages cooperation, personal growth, and positive participation. Pool directors supervise counselors at the pool,  and are required  to use their skills and experience to manage group dynamics, to motivate individuals, to set common goals and keeping the aquatic activities safe, organized and fun.  We encourage our campers to push their comfort levels, to be brave,  and to improve their swimming ability while at camp.


The most important facet of being a great pool director is having a crystal clear understanding of the responsibility that comes with the job.  Above all else, our pool must be a safe place for campers and staff.  We look for pool directors who can make good judgement calls, are hard working, self motivated, are flexible, enthusiastic and prepared to react without hesitation in the event of an emergency.  Pool directors must have experience with lifeguarding, swim teaching and have great organizational skills. We recruit staff who will be positive role models, who are patient, compassionate and genuinely committed with the welfare and development of young people - and preferably have held a supervisory or peer leadership role.

The pool directors must also be highly organized and able to supervise 5-10 staff members while they are at the pool.


The camp sessions are 5 or 12 days, and we run 5 sessions per summer.  Staff have weekends off between each session so there is ample opportunity to visit Philadelphia, New York, Washington D.C., the Pocono Mountains or the Jersey Shore for some rest and relaxation before the next session of campers arrive the following Monday.

Our Staff orientation is 11-14 days and is a comprehensive training that includes a Red Cross Lifeguard course, first aid and CPR course, behavior management, tips and tricks for working with kids, emergency trainings, protocols and procedures for the summer.  It also is intended to be fun and rewarding for the staff, and created bonds that builds a strong team.  

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Age 21 or older
  2. Red Cross First Aid and CPR or equivalent certification as  approved by the American Camp Association (or ability to gain by the start of summer season)
  3. Red Cross LifeGuard Certification or equivalent as  approved by the American Camping (or ability to gain by the start of summer
  4. Swim instructor certification  and/or experience preferred

EXPERIENCE:

  1. At least 3 months leadership/supervisory experience preferred 
  2. At least 6 months prior experience working at a pool or lake in lifeguard capacity
  3. At least 6 months experience working with children or youth

 

 

 

Spring/Fall Outdoor School PROGRAM

Spring/Fall Teacher Naturalist

Horsham

Hands on environmental education is a huge part of Outdoor School programs.

 

Spring and Fall Outdoor School (March 20 - June 5 and/or September 5 - November 18)

With almost 3000 students participating in our Outdoor School programs, our Teacher Naturalists lead small groups of elementary and middle school students through environmental education, team building and retreat type activities.

This three part program has been very popular since it began in 1973. With 6-8 Teacher Naturalists per season, e offer a wide variety of activities for our participating schools.

We work with a wonderful variety of schools, from public to private, charters and alternative curriculum schools.   School groups come for a 1 day trip or for our 2 or 3 day overnight programs. Our lessons are typically geared towards 3rd-6th grade students and usually fall within these topics

  • Archaeology
  • Animal Introductions 
  • Forest ecology
  • Aquatic ecology
  • Sustainable farming
  • Soil study
  • Animal tracking
  • Nature hikes
  • Wetland ecology
  • Survival
  • Wild edibles
  • Wildlife

The Basic Low-down  on our Teacher Naturalists jobs

Outdoor School spring and fall staff live in dorm style accommodation and do not have overnight responsibilities for students.  The school faculty have complete responsibility for overnight/cabin supervision.

The basic outdoor school program involves mornings spent leading Group Challenge "team building" activities, large group cooperative games, icebreakers and warm ups,  Afternoons are generally when Teacher Naturalists lead lessons with groups of 8-15 students with additional support from teachers.  We offer many "specialized" activities such as visiting the organic farm, learning about the animals, creek crawls or lessons requested by school teachers.   The late afternoons are spent as "choice time" where you offer activities that the kids enjoy - crafts, crazy hikes, whatever your skill set enables you to offer.   We love the ever changing list of activities brought by our staff - our program is always evolving.

Evenings are typically large group activities such as Capture the Flag, campfires, camp quizzes, before everyone heads back to cabins for showers and snacks with the school teachers.  


SEASON DETAILS (Staff can choose to combine spring and fall seasons with summer jobs)

SPRING March 20 - June 5, FALL September 5th - November 20  Schools join us for day trip or for 1 night (2 day) or 2 night (3 day) field trips.  Camp staff have weekends off with the option of earning extra salary by working weekend programs.

EXPERIENCE:

  1. Experience in camping, education, recreation, or youth work referred.
  2. At least one years’ post high school "life" experience such as  college, travel, volunteering
  3. At least 6 months experience working with children or youth
  4. Age 19 years or more
  5. Previous experience with environmental education, ecology, biology, agriculture, animal husbandry or other relevant job/college background

We are proud of the diversity embodied within our camp community.  With campers and staff from every walk of life, and staff from over 20 countries, our camp community is vibrant and embraces the richness of our differences.  Come join us!

Summer Program

Summer Bike Program Leader

Horsham

 

Biking Program Leader (Minimum age 19+) Experience with bike safety/basic bike maintenance required.

Our fleet of 80+  Trek and Fuji bikes are used both on and off campus to give our campers an opportunity to learn to ride a bike, improve their riding skills, enjoy scenic trail rides and learn about bike safety. 

Bike staff lead biking activities for 2-4 hours most days, teach basic riding and safety, and teach other staff how to properly fit bikes and helmets to kids.  Bike staff perform maintenance and basic repairs on all bike equipment, log all equipment safety checks, and work closely with Village Leaders to maximize use of the bike fleet for campers.  

Bike staff are also free to use their creativity to design bike trails for fun activities such as bike safaris, "Tour de Camp" and (simple) obstacle courses for bikes to improve skills.


When not biking activities,  the bike staff help with all other camp activities include climbing, boating, fishing, swimming and  general counselor duties such as supervision during meals and free time.  Our programs encourage our campers to push their comfort levels, to be brave, to be independent as the group participates in a series of more challenging outdoor activities as they progress through multi-year programs.

We look for our bike staff to be able to make good judgement calls, are flexible, enthusiastic and prepared to dive in with any and all activities.  Leaders must have experience with biking safety and be confident enough to schedule, organize rides and maintain all equipment with minimum supervision.  We recruit staff who will be positive role models, who are patient, compassionate and genuinely committed with the welfare and development of young people - especially teens!



Brief overview of the position:

  • Prep for biking activities - organizing campers to be properly clothes, oriented, physically and emotionally ready to go!
  • Set up bikes prior to use and conducting pre-use safety checks on all equipment and on the trail to be ridden.
  • Making sure ALL camp policies and procedures are followed at all biking activities.    
  • Adjust all bikes and helmets to correct size for riders.
  • Supervise and instruct campers on biking activities, maintaining a physically and emotionally safe environment for all participants
  • Assist with the  training and supervision of counselors and CITs who wish to help with bike rides
  • Maintain, repair, clean, store and equipment including water bottles
  • Making sure the activities are safe, fun, safe, rewarding, safe and awesome.  And safe.   And fun.
  • Participate  in all camp activities -  such as hurling, rugby, drama, weird and cool crafts, bug hunts, instrument making, cricket - who knows what each summer's crew of counselors will bring.

SEASON DETAILS

June 11-23 Our Staff orientation is 11-14 days and is a comprehensive training that includes a chance to scout out the activity locations, behavior management, tips and tricks for working with kids, emergency trainings, protocols and procedures for the summer.  It also is intended to be fun and rewarding for the staff, and created bonds that builds a strong team.  We also offer a lifeguard training, first aid and CPR course, plus a high ropes course certification course at no cost to our staff.

June 25 - August 18 The camp sessions are 5 or 12 days, and we run 5 sessions per summer.  Camp staff have weekends off between each session so there is ample opportunity to visit Philadelphia, New York, Washington D.C., the Pocono Mountains or the Jersey Shore for some rest and relaxation before the next session of campers arrive the following Monday.


QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. PREFERRED Red Cross First Aid and CPR or equivalent certification as  approved by the American Camp Association (or ability to gain by the start of summer season)
  2. Bike Safety Course Certification PREFERRED

EXPERIENCE:

  1. 1 year of experience in camping, education, recreation, or group-related work.
  2. One years’ experience with bikes, basic bike mechanics
  3. At least 6 months experience working with youth
  4. Age 20 years or more

We also offer a lifeguard, first aid/CPR and high ropes training

Our camp hires an amazing team of staff members from around the corner and around the globe. You will work with a diverse group of folks who bring an array of talents to our camp. You will cultivate relationships and friendships with people whose path you would otherwise never have crossed. You’ll leave camp having bonded with new friends just as the camp kids do. Your summer experiences will keep these bonds strong long after the last camp bus has left at the end of the summer. You may come to camp without knowing a soul but you’ll leave with great memories and some new lifelong friends. 

Summer Program

Summer Camp Counselor

Horsham

Summer Camp Counselor

Our camp hires an amazing team of staff members from around the corner and around the globe. You will work with a diverse group of folks who bring an array of talents to our camp. You will cultivate relationships and friendships with people whose path you would otherwise never have crossed. You’ll leave camp having bonded with new friends just as the camp kids do. Your summer experiences will keep these bonds strong long after the last camp bus has left at the end of the summer. Your summer spent on staff will automatically enroll you into the camp's Alumni – a lifetime network of friends and colleagues thousands and thousands of members strong. You may come to camp without knowing a soul but you’ll leave with great memories and some new lifelong friends. Goodbye at the end of the summer is seldom goodbye forever


Camp counselors are at the heart and soul of our program.  With days spent guiding their campers through a wide range of activities such as sports, games, crafts, camp fire programs, high ropes, biking, boating, fishing, swimming and any other events that camp life presents, counselors truly are the ones who make the camp magic happen.  The counselor job requires stamina, patience, a great sense of humor.  The rewards camp staff can gain are immeasurable - raising self esteem , diversifying your range of skills, working with great folks from all over the world and gaining great job (and life) experience. 

As the leader of a group of children or camp staff, you will learn to nurture an environment that encourages cooperation, personal growth, and positive participation. You’ll be that mentor and guide for the campers, requiring you to use your skills to manage group dynamics, to motivate individuals, to set common goals and keep group on track to accomplish them.

What Makes a Counselor Awesome?

The most important facet of being a great staff member is to be a positive and responsible team player.  Our most successful staff members are hard working, self motivated people that are flexible, enthusiastic and prepared to dive in with any activities that we run through. Counselors are positive role models who are patient, compassionate and genuinely committed with the welfare and development of young people.   Counselors are creative.  They are upbeat  They are the staff members kids look upto. Also – counselors are folks that really like to have fun!


The Basic Low-down of the Counselor Job

Our counselors work with their own group of 6-8 campers and can choose which age group they prefer to work with.  Counselors live in cabins with their campers and 1-2 other staff members.   The cabins are basic but comfortable with showers, electricity and wifi. 

The basic camp day involves mornings spent working with "specialized" activities such as visiting the organic farm, high ropes or mountain biking.   We hire staff members skilled in these areas to lead the campers and counselors through these activities.  The afternoons are spent as "choice time" where the counselors offer activities that they would like offer.  These activities vary depending upon the skills and interests of our counselor crew!  We love the ever changing list of activities brought by the counselors - hurling, rugby, drama, weird and cool crafts, bug hunts, instrument making, cricket - who knows what each summer's crew of counselors will bring.

Evenings are typically large group activities such as Capture the Flag, campfires, tent camp-outs, camp quizzes, before everyone heads back to cabins for showers and snacks.  All staff help settle the kids down for the evening by reading or playing music, then some staff have a few hours off to go catch a movie or grab some food at a local eatery while their colleagues stay on bunk duty until curfew.  Then the next day - we do it all again!


SEASON DETAILS

June 15-23 Our Staff orientation is 9 days  long and is a comprehensive training that includes a chance to bond with colleagues, practice activities, learn our behavior management and safety policies and procedures, master tips and tricks for working with kids, and build a strong team for the summer.  It also is intended to be fun and rewarding for the staff, and created bonds that builds a strong team.  We also offer a lifeguard training, first aid and CPR course, plus a high ropes course certification course at no cost to our staff.  These training sessions run June 11-16th.

June 25 - August 18 The camp sessions are 5 or 12 days, and we run 5 sessions per summer.  Camp staff have weekends off between each session so there is ample opportunity to visit Philadelphia, New York, Washington D.C., the Pocono Mountains or the Jersey Shore for some rest and relaxation before the next session of campers arrive the following Monday.

EXPERIENCE:

  1. Experience in camping, education, recreation, or youth work referred.
  2. At least one years’ post high school "life" experience such as  college, travel, volunteering
  3. At least 6 months experience working with children or youth
  4. Age 19 years or more

We are proud of the diversity embodied within our camp community.  With campers and staff from every walk of life, and staff from over 20 countries, our camp community is vibrant and embraces the richness of our differences.  Come join us!

 

 

Summer Program

Summer Naturalist

Horsham

Hands on environmental education is a huge part of our summer and Outdoor School programs.

Summer (June 11-August 18):

Our camp programs combine traditional activities such as crafts, swimming and posts with "Nature Time". Our summer environmentalists take care of our camp animals, lead nature hikes and creek crawls, take groups of kids and counselors to Pennypack Farm (also on our site) and generally amaze kids with those indescribable "nature moments".  Working out of our great Environmental Center with fun displays and tons of cool lesson equipment, our summer environmentalists have a huge repertoire of activities that the campers love.


We have a great variety of activities that our summer environmentalists can run.  These include:
  • Archaeology (digging up the old camp midden!)
  • Animal Introductions  (meet our critters!)
  • Forest ecology (Walkin' in the woods!)
  • Aquatic ecology (creek crawls!!!!!)
  • Sustainable farming (visit the farm and eat yummy veggies)
  • Animal tracking (Safari)
  • Nature hikes (Safari again!)
  • Wetland ecology (Mud appreciation)
  • Survival (not an actual survival activity - just basic shelter building!)
  • Wild edibles (after we know you know what one they are!)

The Basic Low-down of the Environmentalist jobs

Lessons are generally with groups of 8-24 campers with additional support from teachers or summer camp counselors. Summer staff live  in cabins with the campers and counselors and 1-2 other staff members.   The cabins are basic but comfortable with showers, electricity and wifi.

The basic camp day involves mornings spent working with "specialized" activities such as visiting the organic farm, learning about the animals, creek crawls or activities that you bring with you and love to lead.   The afternoons are spent as "choice time" where you offer activities that the kids enjoy - crafts, crazy hikes, whatever your skill set enables you to offer.   We love the ever changing list of activities brought by our staff - our program is always evolving.

Evenings are typically large group activities such as Capture the Flag, campfires, camp quizzes, before everyone heads back to cabins for showers and snacks.  All summer staff help settle the kids down for the evening by reading or playing music, then some staff have a few hours off to go catch a movie or grab some food at a local eatery while their colleagues stay on bunk duty until curfew.  


SEASON DETAILS (Staff can choose to work 1, 2 or all 3 seasons)

SUMMER June 15-23 Our Staff orientation is 9 days  long and is a comprehensive training that includes a chance to bond with colleagues, practice activities, learn our behavior management and safety policies and procedures, master tips and tricks for working with kids, and build a strong team for the summer.  It also is intended to be fun and rewarding for the staff, and created bonds that builds a strong team.  We also offer a lifeguard training, first aid and CPR course, plus a high ropes course certification course at no cost to our staff.  These training sessions run June 11-16th.

June 25 - August 18 The camp sessions are 5 or 12 days, and we run 5 sessions per summer.  Camp staff have weekends off between each session so there is ample opportunity to visit Philadelphia, New York, Washington D.C., the Pocono Mountains or the Jersey Shore for some rest and relaxation before the next session of campers arrive the following Monday.

EXPERIENCE:

  1. Experience in camping, education, recreation, or youth work referred.
  2. At least one years’ post high school "life" experience such as  college, travel, volunteering
  3. At least 6 months experience working with children or youth
  4. Age 19 years or more
  5. Previous experience with environmental education, ecology, biology, agriculture, animal husbandry or other relevant job/college background

We are proud of the diversity embodied within our camp community.  With campers and staff from every walk of life, and staff from over 20 countries, our camp community is vibrant and embraces the richness of our differences.  Come join us!

 

Summer Program

Teen Adventure Program Leader

Horsham and Spruce Run Outpost

Our Teen Adventure Program (TAP)   staff spend their summer leading all activities for our 13 - 14 year old campers.  Activities include white water rafting, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, river tubing and rustic camping.  Programs  include time at both our beautiful mountain outpost in Pennsylvania's Pocono mountains and our base camp centrally located 40 minutes from Philadelphia, PA. at our beautiful mountain outpost.


Base camp activities include high ropes, biking, boating, fishing, swimming and  river tubing.  During the trip to our mountain outpost where the campers learn how to cook their own meals, get to sleep in Adirondack shelters, take a white water rafting trip and hike some of the most breathtaking trails in Pennsylvania. The outpost program encourages our campers to push their comfort levels, to be brave, to be independent as the group participates in a series of more challenging outdoor activities.

The TAP leader's role is to create an environment that encourages cooperation, personal growth, and positive participation. Working with the Outpost and TAP base camp leaders, you are the main mentor and guide for the campers, managing group dynamics, motivating the team, encouraging participation..  

We look for our TAP leaders to be an avid outdoors enthusiast who can share that love for all things outdoorsy with our campers!  We look for leaders who can make good judgement calls, are hard working, self motivated, are flexible, enthusiastic and prepared to dive in with any and all activities.  Leaders must have experience with camping, hiking and have great organizational skills. We recruit staff who will be positive role models, who are patient, compassionate and genuinely committed with the welfare and development of young people - especially teens!



Brief overview of the position:

  • Prep for trips - organizing campers to be properly clothes, oriented, physically and emotionally ready to go!
  • Making sure ALL camp policies and procedures are followed at the outpost site.    
  • Supervise campers on on hiking and rafting trips, and all outpost activities such as meal prep and clean up, night hikes, 
  • Making sure the trips are safe, fun, safe, rewarding, safe and awesome.  And safe.   And fun.
  • Participate  in all camp activities -  such as hurling, rugby, drama, weird and cool crafts, bug hunts, instrument making, cricket - who knows what each summer's crew of counselors will bring.

SEASON DETAILS

June 11-23 Our Staff orientation is 11-14 days and is a comprehensive training that includes a chance to scout out the activity locations, behavior management, tips and tricks for working with kids, emergency trainings, protocols and procedures for the summer.  It also is intended to be fun and rewarding for the staff, and created bonds that builds a strong team.  We also offer a lifeguard training, first aid and CPR course, plus a high ropes course certification course at no cost to our staff.

June 25 - August 18 The camp sessions are 5 or 12 days, and we run 5 sessions per summer.  Camp staff have weekends off between each session so there is ample opportunity to visit Philadelphia, New York, Washington D.C., the Pocono Mountains or the Jersey Shore for some rest and relaxation before the next session of campers arrive the following Monday.


QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Red Cross First Aid and CPR or equivalent certification as  approved by the American Camp Association (or ability to gain by the start of summer season)
  2. Red Cross Life Guard Certification preferred or equivalent as  approved by the American Camping (or ability to gain by the start of summer
  3. Valid driver's license and ability to drive 15 passenger camp vehicles

EXPERIENCE:

  1. Two years of experience in camping, education, recreation, or group-related work.
  2. Experience and desire to lead extended overnight outdoor recreation and outdoor living skills programs.
  3. One years’ experience with adventure based activities such as kayaking, white water rafting, climbing or biking, hiking and camping
  4. At least two years’ experience in driving motor vehicles
  5. At least 6 months experience working with teenage youth
  6. Age 21 years or more

We also offer a lifeguard, first aid/CPR and high ropes training

Our camp hires an amazing team of staff members from around the corner and around the globe. You will work with a diverse group of folks who bring an array of talents to our camp. You will cultivate relationships and friendships with people whose path you would otherwise never have crossed. You’ll leave camp having bonded with new friends just as the camp kids do. Your summer experiences will keep these bonds strong long after the last camp bus has left at the end of the summer. You may come to camp without knowing a soul but you’ll leave with great memories and some new lifelong friends. 

 

How to Apply

Please contact us for more job specific details.

Email  Karyn@collegesettlement.org

Or apply directly online. We look forward to hearing from you!

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