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. Please view our summer COVID protocols here.
- Ages: 4 years old to rising 7th grade
- Week 1: June 28 - July 2
- Week 2: July 5 - 9
- Week 3: July 12 - 16
- Week 4: July 19 - 23
- Week 5: July 26 - 30
- Week 6: August 2 - 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...
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 2021
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 28th: 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 5th: Naturepalooza
“Naturepalooza” is a new edition to our Camp Themes in order to utilize and enjoy the abundance of nature on our incredible campus. With our wooded trails, pond, stream and acres of land, our campers will be encouraged to connect with the natural world around them. Some of the activities planned include building fairy houses, hiking, searching for tadpoles and frogs, cooking over a campfire and possibly even some geocaching or fishing.
Week of July 12th: TALENT SHOW “Solebury Day Camp’s Got talent”
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 19th: The Great Camp-In/Triathlon
Due to anticipated covid safety protocols, our traditional Camp Out will most likely be a “Camp-In”. On the Friday night of this week, campers in groups 3-7 will remain after usual camp hours to enjoy all of the activities usually associated with the Camp Out. This will include a Scavenger Hunt, fun pool activities, camp fires, smores and dinner with their friends. Campers will be picked up no later than 10 PM. Please note: if circumstances allow us to change this to a more traditional camp out, we will!
Also happening this week is The Second Annual Solebury Day Camp Triathlon!! This is for campers in groups 5-7 and involves swimming in our pool, riding their bikes through our campus and finishing up with a run on our track. The smaller campers love to stand and cheer for the competitors along the way!
Week July 26th: ARCHERY
New for 2021! 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 3-7, while Groups 1 and 2 will have some special activities planned just for them.
Week of August 2: 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 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.
Costs for Summer 2021
Cost per week: $510
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
Discounts for multiple campers per family:
1 week: $10 per additional camper
2 weeks: $20 per additional camper
3 weeks: $30 per additional camper
4 weeks: $40 per additional camper
5 weeks: $60 per additional camper
6 weeks: $75 per additional camper
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, 2021. 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.