Campers are divided by age with a target group size of 15-20 campers. We keep a camper to staff ratio of 4 to 1 to ensure that your child will be in a place where he/she is known, understood and safe.
Campers participate in various activities each day on our beautiful, 140-acre campus. Some examples are:
Swimming: Campers swim daily in Solebury's solar-heated outdoor pool. Like everything else at Solebury, this activity is a combination of instruction (from basic swimming to junior lifesaving) and play (free swim, pool games, and diving). Our lifeguard-certified swim teacher Britta Milks, who has been with our camp since the 1990s and has been described as being able to "teach a stone to swim." Two additional certified lifeguards are also staffed.
Sports: We believe children should be allowed to be children and that sports should be fun! Some instruction in soccer, wiffleball, and basketball will be combined with games new and old. Some examples of this are Capture the Flag, Kick the Cone and the always popular, Red Rover!
Art: We let kids' imaginations run wild! Campers learn to draw, paint, sculpt — but mainly, they learn to have fun with art!
Flex: This activity sometimes has campers working together as they learn how to problem-solve as a team, sometimes they will be doing individual activities such as making friendship bracelets and sometimes they will get a voice in what they’d like to do that period. This is why it’s called “Flex”! It’s flexible in terms of what they do and how they choose to do it!
Science/Nature: A summer's worth of fun and engaging projects and experiments will open campers' eyes to the world around them with our hands-on activities.
Option: Campers in Groups 3-7 will be able to choose what to participate in each week. Offerings will include theater, sports and other activities.
Special Events for Summer 2020
Because we have campers who only spend a portion of their summer with us, we host an event/theme each week so that each week is special!
From day trips (for older campers) to water experiments to a talent show to our annual camp out (for older campers), some of the special events are Solebury School Day Camp traditions, others will be new to our veteran campers.
Week of June 29th: Wet & Wacky Week
Water balloon fights, special pool games, and even a drenching from a New Hope Eagle Fire Company truck make this one of campers' favorite weeks!
Week of July 6th: Archery
New for 2020! Day Camp is very excited to partner with Shooting Star Archery Academy for week-long instruction in archery by certified instructors who will create amazing new lesson plans for each day! This activity will be for Groups 2-7, while Group 1 will have a week of special activities planned just for them.
Week of July 13th: Talent Show
This event is one of the highlights of the summer. Those who wish can showcase their talents for the rest of the camp and their parents.
Week of July 20th: Trips Week
- Groups 1-3 will see a show on campus hosted by Jungle Joe’s Wildlife Adventures
- Groups 4-5 will visit the pool complex at Nockamixon State Park
- Groups 6-7 will see an evening Trenton Thunder baseball game
Week of July 27th: Annual Camp Out
On Friday night, campers in Groups 5-7 can stay at camp all day and through the night. Dinner, games, movies, campfires, s'mores, and more make for a memorable evening. Camp at its very best!
Groups 1-4 get to participate in some special camp out-style activities during the week!
Week of August 3rd: Spirit Week
A variety of special days culminating with our 2-day, all-camp Olympics. We'll end the season with a special gathering of campers and parents where we honor our oldest campers, watch a camp video, and say our goodbyes.
Our staff includes teachers, counselors, and a camp nurse. The staff is handpicked by the Camp Co-Directors Julie Laing and Leila Crooks, who have been with Solebury School Day Camp for a combined 15 years. We select counselors who share our love of children and who are dedicated to providing them with a fun and educational summer. Most of our staff have been with the camp since they were campers!
Extra Services for Today's Busy Families
To make our parents' summers as enjoyable and stress-free as your children's...
Food is included. We provide the campers with a hot and cold lunch (several choices) and two snacks every day. We are a peanut-free camp . We offer a range of options for children including vegetarian and non-vegetarian entrees, an extensive salad and sandwich bar, sunflower butter and jelly sandwiches (the campers who like PB&J love it), and a variety of fresh fruit.
Aftercare is an option. We offer afternoon care until 5:30 p.m. for an additional $25 per day or $100 per child per week. You can pay for this service up front if you know how often you will be using it, or you may use it on an as-needed basis and pay throughout the summer.
A Flexible Enrollment Policy. We allow families to enroll from just one week through six weeks of camp. We have a core group of campers (80 or so) who are here for all six weeks, and we have lots of families who include us as a portion of their summer plans.