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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.