Summer Day Camp

At Solebury School Day Camp, we keep our campers busy with a variety of activities that build their confidence, help them learn and grow, and keep them smiling! Our staff loves spending the summer with children, and we are dedicated to making each day a time to remember and cherish. Our small size offers children the attention we feel they need, and our flexibility and extra services benefit today's parents.

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BASIC INFORMATION

  • Ages: 4 years old to rising 7th grade
  • Dates:
    • Week 1: June 27 - July 1 
    • Week 2: July 5 - 8 
    • Week 3: July 11 - 15 
    • Week 4: July 18 - 22 
    • Week 5: July 25 - 29 
    • Week 6: August 1 - 6  
  • Monday through Friday, 9:00a.m. - 3:15p.m.
  • Lunch and two snacks provided daily
  • Campers may attend any combination of weeks
  • Campers are grouped according to grade just completed & based on enrollment
  • Camper-to-staff ratio: 4 / 1
  • Peanut-free camp
  • After-care is available daily

From games and swimming to science and field trips, camp-outs, special events and more, our summers are busy, exciting, and fun!

Watch us in action to see how we spend our days...

Small Size

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.
 

Activities

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 2022

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 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 27th: CARNIVAL
Fun for all ages!! The Carnival takes place one afternoon during this week and brings us back to a simpler time with games, face painting, inflatables and more.

Week of July 5th: WET AND WACKY
“Wet and Wacky” certainly sums up Week One at Solebury Day Camp.  Water balloon fights, special pool games, sprinklers throughout campus and even a drenching from a New Hope Eagle Fire Company truck make this one of campers' favorite weeks! The “Wacky” part of the week involves a visiting Improv Master to lead Groups 4-7 through Improv activities every day.  Not only is Improv “wacky” but it also involves working together as a team and learning how to cooperate with others.

Week of July 11th: 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.  Younger campers usually perform together as a Group with their counselors.  Participation is encouraged for all! 

Week of July 18th: The Great Camp-In"
On Friday night, campers in Groups 4-7 can stay at camp all day and through the evening until 10 PM. Dinner, games, scavenger hunts, movies, campfires, s'mores, and more make for a memorable evening. Camp at its finest!  The younger groups who are too young to stay the extra time will have an opportunity during the week to enjoy campfires and s’mores as well!

Week July 25th: TBD
This week is still a week in progress with some fun activities being planned.

Week of August 1st: SPIRIT WEEK
A variety of special days including group matching day, dressing up as a favorite character day and a crazy hat day culminating with our 2-day, all-camp Olympics. We'll end the season with a special gathering of campers where we honor our oldest campers, watch a camp video, and say our goodbyes.
 

Our Staff

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 17 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.

Costs for Summer 2022: SAME PRICES AS 2021!

Cost per week: $510 ($410 for week 2)

Aftercare Costs: $25 per day per camper, or $100 per week

Discounts for multiple week enrollment:
4 and 5 weeks: $225 off of total cost
6 weeks: $400 off of total cost

The registration fee includes all activities and trips, insurance, materials, lunch and snacks, and a T-shirt for each child. A deposit of $100 per week for each camper is due with registration. All camp payments are due May 1, 2022. Any camper that is not paid in full forfeits their deposit and will lose their spot in camp.

Full registration refunds will be granted up to May 1 (minus 5% processing fee). Deposits will not be refunded after May 1. In the event that Solebury School must cancel camp, all balances will be deposited minus the 5% processing fee.