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Summer Camp 2016 Information and Registration Form


SUMMER CAMP runs from mid June to mid August

HOURS ARE 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM

7:30-8:00 Staggered Arrival / Free Choice - Quiet Activities
8:00-8:30 Breakfast Served (cereal, fruit, juice, milk)
8:30-9:30 Group Time, Art Activities, Outdoor Games, Field Trips, Etc.
9:30-10:00 Transition to Swimming
10:00-11:00 Swimming
11:00-11:30 Transition to Lunch
11:30-12:30 Lunch (Menu Posted at Camp Site)
12:30-1:30 D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read or Write)
1:00-4:30 Field Trips, Activity Time, Games, Projects, Art, Science, Etc. - Afternoon Snack, Too!
1:30-2:30* Transition to Swimming
2:00-4:00* Swimming
4:30-5:30 Staggered Departures/Free Choice - Quiet Activities
*Swimming is scheduled in the morning and afternoon. When we go will depend on availability of the pool. A schedule will be posted at each camp site.

Possible Activities

  • Name the Camp Contest
  • Special Visitors
  • Field Day
  • Cooking
  • Summer Journals
  • Water Day
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Science and Nature
  • Adams County Library Summer Reading Program - Bookmobile
  • Hershey Park Summer Reading Challenge - Gettysburg Times

Possible Field Trips

  • Roller Skating
  • Strawberry Hill Nature Center
  • Fort Letort
  • Movies
  • Eisenhower Playground
  • Caledonia State Park
  • Land of Little Horses
  • McDonald's
  • Granite Hill Campground
  • All Star
  • Rec Park
  • Rita's Italian Ice
  • Ice Cream
  • Washington, D.C. Zoo
  • Lake Heritage Pool
  • Gettysburg Railway
  • Explore and More
  • Miniature Golf
  • Bowling
  • Tommy's Pizza
  • Port Discovery
  • Gettysburg Tour Bus

Items Your Child Will Need (everything needs to be labeled)

  • A towel and swimsuit (we will be swimming every day at the campus pool or the Gettysburg Hotel pool, weather permitting)
  • A bag or backpack to carry items to the pool and/or on field trips
  • A water bottle to carry on walking trips and to take outdoors
  • Walking shoes/sneakers for outdoor activities and trips
  • Sunblock - we will be spending a lot of time outdoors
  • A spiral notebook (to keep summer journal in)
  • Reading material for summer reading programs


Because we know that caring adults can make a difference in a child's life, our program planning goals are based on the following beliefs:

  1. All children are entitled to our respect and every form of caring attention we can give to them.
  2. Childhood is a basic right of all children. Growing-up comes soon enough!
  3. Play . . . in all forms, both structured and "free" . . . is good and will be the mainstay of our days.
  4. As a home-away-from-home, our Camp should provide a sense of belonging for children as well as opportunities for growth and development.
  5. Every child deserves to be safe and every aspect of safety is a priority.
  6. Children learn in every waking hour, wherever they are, whatever they are doing.

Goals for Summer Program

  1. To create a relaxed, trusting atmosphere where children are encouraged to pursue their own interests, develop friendships, and grow in confidence, independence and respect for themselves and others.
  2. To provide caring staff who show respect for the children and believe in each child's potential.
  3. To create a stable environment that is inviting, comfortable, attractive, orderly, and a happy, exciting place to be.
  4. To offer a variety of developmentally appropriate activities that include art, construction, active play, sports, games, dramatic play, science, cooking, crafts, music, and reading.
  5. To formulate a schedule that allows time for each child to observe, think about options, and participate according to his/her own talents and interests.
  6. To establish parameters that foster feelings of physical and emotional safety.

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(717) 337-8211 phone | (717) 337-8460 fax | Center Director Sherry Yingling
142 Constitution Avenue
Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA 17325