Client of the Quarter

College Settlement

Shaping the lives of young people by instilling respect for self, others and our natural world.

College Settlement’s mission is to deliver a unique camp experience to young people concentrated in the greater Philadelphia area,without regard to economic circumstances. Their programs foster personal growth and provide a safe, affordable, and nurturing place for young people to enjoy the outdoors while learning about themselves, others, and the environment.

Summer camps at College Settlement provide two camps to choose from.   At their day camp, children can be dropped off by car or can get on their buses early in the morning to hit the campground right before breakfast. Two meals are provided throughout the day, and the campers are free to explore and participate in numerous fun activities throughout the remainder of the day.

At their overnight camp, whether for 5 days or 12 days, campers experience a variety of  activities including boating, creek crawls, fishing, exploring, hiking, insect study, and a trip to a real farm right on site just to name a few. Sporting activities may include kickball, basketball, soccer, rugby (taught by a member of their international counselor staff) and the ever popular camper favorite- gaga.  Other activities include arts & crafts, cooking, dancing, storybook reading, games and many more. Both camps offer swimming in their swimming pools. Campers are always carefully supervised to ensure their  safety. ACA accredited, the camp has been running continuously in Horsham, PA since 1922.

College Settlement uses these five core values to ensure a proper and safe environment for campers:

Supportive, Safe and Healthy Environment: Providing a secure living, learning and recreational environment, both physically and emotionally.

Sense of Community: Fostering an environment of belonging and collaboration, where everyone feels that they matter.

Respect and Diversity: Embracing the uniqueness and worth of every individual, they view our collective diversity as a strength.

Equity and Affordability: Providing high quality programs at reasonable price points and financial assistance for young people who otherwise would not be able to afford such an experience.

Connection to the Natural Environment: Providing opportunities for young people to connect with the power, joy and beauty of the natural world.

This program costs College Settlement approximately $2,400 per camper over a 12 day session. However, College Settlement charges as little as $100 per camper and at most $895 for a 12 day session. Donations from individuals are crucial to fill this gap. Please consider giving a donation so they may brighten children’s lives throughout the summer. College Settlement also provides private, public and parochial schools throughout the Spring and Fall a unique field trip with team building and environmental activities all on their 234 acre property.

For additional Information on both summer and school year programming, visit College Settlement online at