Summer Camps

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West Chester Parks and Recreation Summer Camps 

ALL CAMP LOCATIONS ARE FULL
Due to the overwhelming response to our outstanding program and staff; our all summer camp have filled.

We have been preparing for another great summer camp program and are excited to spend our summer with new and returning campers and staff members! 

Summer Camp Philosophy

West Chester Parks and Recreation Summer Camp is a child-centered environment that positively impacts participants through social interaction and learning while offering opportunities for human development. We hope this camp inspires a child to gain a greater appreciation for other individuals in a social setting and broaden their understanding of the environment and community in which we live.  We encourage both, staff and campers to enjoy sharing their talents in sports, arts and crafts, music and being their own individual.  Our desire is that every child takes home a smile, new friendship and positive memories that will last a lifetime.

Our Goals

  • To develop self-discipline and self-motivation; awareness of abilities and increased self-control, self-confidence and self esteem
  • To develop and encourage positive personal growth, respect for others, property, environment, supplies and equipment
  • To develop a better understanding of group dynamics, group interactions, and team work
  • To develop and refine recreational, artistic and creative skills; enjoy and reflect upon personal achievements
  • To avoid possible problems by providing guidance in worthwhile activities that can occupy leisure time
  • To have safe experiences with limits and supervision
  • To develop values in the group experience
  • To accept, respect, be responsive and understanding of individuals and groups of varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds, habits and environments; sharing oneself with people of all ages
  • To increase the individual’s awareness of the Borough of West Chester and the surrounding area and all that it has to offer them
  • To provide a positive camp environment for campers to develop and maintain friendships
Children must be within the age specifications at the start of their respective camps. Ex: A 10 yr old that turns 11 in July would have to go to Summer Day Camp, not Camp B.I.G.

Summer Day Camp 
Ages 5 to 10
Dates June 20 – August 12
Time: 7:30am-6:00pm
Sites: Hoopes Park and Everhart Park. All full day packages include camp from 7:30am to 6:00pm and a morning snack. 

A CAMP: NO BUS TRIPS                    $730(R)           $790 (NR)
B CAMP 3 BUS TRIPS                         $785 (R)          $830 (NR)
C CAMP   6 BUS TRIPS                       $880 (R)          $930 (NR)
D CAMP   6 BUS TRIPS AND 6 SWIM TRIPS   $1,000 (R)       $1,050 (NR)
(R) - Resident of the Borough of West Chester 
(NR) - Non Resident of the Borough of West Chester 

Weekly Themes
Week 1: Super Hero
Week 2: Animal Animal
Week 3: Music
Week 4: Spirit Week
Week 5: Under the Sea
Week 6: Thailand 
Week 7: Thailand 
Week 8: Summer Olympics

Bus Trips
AGES 5-7
B CAMP PACKAGE
:
Wednesday, June 29     Elmwood Park Zoo
Wednesday, July 13      Dutch Wonderland 
Tuesday, July 26          Bowling and A Movie 

C CAMP PACKAGE: C Camp includes all the B trips plus…

Wednesday, July 6         Helicopter Museum 
Wednesday, July 20       Adventure Aquarium
Tuesday, August 2        The Oasis Family Fun Center

D CAMP PACKAGE: D Camp includes all B and C trips plus swimming trips to French Creek State Park on Fridays during weeks two through seven (July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29, August 5)

AGES 8-10
B CAMP PACKAGE:

Wednesday, June 29 Elmwood Park Zoo
Wednesday, July 13   Dorney Park 
Tuesday, July 26 Bowling and A Movie 

C CAMP PACKAGE: C Camp includes all the B trips plus…
Wednesday, July 6       Hagley Museum and Library 
Wednesday, July 20     Adventure Aquarium
Tuesday, August 2       The Oasis Family Fun Center

D CAMP PACKAGE: D Camp includes all B and C trips plus swimming trips to French Creek State Park on Fridays during weeks two through seven (July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29, August 5)

* All trips are subject to change 


Camp B.I.G.
Ages 11 to 14
Sites: East High School
Time: 7:30am- 5:30pm

Session 1: 6/20 TO 7/15                 $580 (R)          $640 (NR)
Session 2: 7/18 TO 8/12                 $580 (R)          $640 (NR)
Both Sessions: 6/20 TO 8/12           $930 (R)          $1,030 (NR)
(R) - Resident of the Borough of West Chester 
(NR) - Non Resident of the Borough of West Chester 

Weekly Themes
Week 1: Friendship
Week 2: It’s a Shore thing
Week 3: Comic-con
Week 4: California
Week 5: Exploration
Week 6: Music
Week 7: Thailand
Week 8: Thailand

Bus Trips
JUNE 22       Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation 
JUNE 29       Rehoboth Beach, DE
JULY 6         Dorney Park 
JULY 13        French Creek
JULY 20        Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum 
JULY 27        French Creek
AUGUST 3    Bowling and a Movie
AUGUST 10  Clementon Park Splash World
* All bus trips are subject to change


Camp Registration Starts February 10, 2016
  • Residents must live in the Borough of West Chester
  • At the start of camp, children must be within camp age limits
  • More than one child in either Day Camp or Camp BIG = $50.00 off each additional child’s tuition.
  • A $100.00 Deposit is required for each child registered.
  • Camp registration deadline is FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016
  • $50.00 Late Fee will be applied after Friday, May 20, 2016
  • Financial Aid is available. For more details, please contact the West Chester Parks and Recreation Department
  • CAMP TUITION MUST BE PAID IN FULLY BY FRIDAY, JUNE 10TH  NO EXCEPTIONS
  • A child will not be permitted to attend camp before their tuition is paid in full
  • NO CAMP ON MONDAY, JULY 4, 2016
  • To register for any camp program:
  • Pick up a Summer Camp Registration form in the West Chester Parks and Recreation Office
  • Contact our department at 610-436-9010 to have a form mailed to you
  • We accept cash, check, credit and debit.
  • Look for more camp information in the Summer 2016 Activity Guide

Financial Aid



The West Chester Parks and Recreation Department strives to make the summer camp experience accessible and works to provide as much financial aid assistance we can. 

In order to be considered for the 2016 Summer Camp Financial Aid, you must fully complete & return the financial aid application and the 2016 Summer Camp Registration Form, along with all of the required documents:

The application deadline for Financial Aid is May 16, 2016. Applications may continue to be processed after the deadline, but we cannot ensure a timely response, nor guarantee the availability of funds. 

Please submit your fully completed Summer Camp Registration forms, along with this Financial Aid form. Please note, if you are applying for Financial Aid, and your child is in the 5-10 year old age bracket, you cannot apply for any camp higher than the “B” level camp. 

Thank you for your interest in the West Chester Parks and Recreation Summer Camp. If you have any questions, about the financial aid process and policies, please contact us at 610-436-9010.


Summer Employment
Interested in working as a camp counselor for the Parks and Recreation Department? Fill out a Summer Employment Application (PDF).
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