Where can you meet 54 fabulous summer camps all under one roof? THIS SATURDAY, at the FREE Bucks Camp Expo, Jan. 19! The Expo will run on Saturday, whatever the weather—our day and overnight camps will be ready to meet parents and kids ages 3-17. It’s a great way to get a head start on choosing a summer camp. (Tip: many camps offer tuition discounts when you sign up early.) Bring your family and friends—the Expo is fun for everyone!
Join us at Delaware Valley University’s Student Center Building, 700 E. Butler Ave., Doylestown, PA 18901 — free parking, accessible. The Bucks Camp Expo runs from 12 to 3 pm.
ATTN Parents: Did you know that January is the most popular month to sign kids up for summer camp? Many camps offer early registration discounts, and enrolling early ensures that camps will have space for your kids. Plus, you’ll enjoy peace of mind when you know your children are all set for the summer!
There are so many great summer camps available now, and so many factors that go into choosing the right camp for your family, that the process can be overwhelming. Get a head start by meeting camp directors and senior staff from 51 summer camp programs all under one roof at the Bucks Camp Expo—connecting camps and families in the Bucks County region (and NE Montgomery & NE Philadelphia) for 20 years!
Expo camps include a diverse array of camp programs for ages 3-17: day and overnight camps; traditional and special interest camps (STEM, arts, sports, nature, more!); teen travel, adventure, and community service summer programs; and camps for children with special needs.
The Bucks Camp Expo is easy, accessible, and FREE! Free admission, free parking, fun for the whole family! It’s a convenient way to meet camps, speak with camp directors, ask questions, and see how camp staff interact with your children. Plus, every family receives the free Expo Directory, with information about every participating camp!
SAVE THE DATE and plan to visit the Bucks Camp Expo, Saturday, January 19, 12-3 pm at Delaware Valley University’s Student Center Building, 700 E. Butler Ave., Doylestown, PA 18901—follow the balloons and signs to the region’s favorite summer camp fair!
This holiday season, give your children a gift that builds skills for life and creates lasting memories: give the gift of camp!
It’s easy to create an exciting gift box that children can unwrap at the winter holidays, even if you haven’t picked a camp yet. Simply print a big, colorful gift certificate for “One fabulous camp experience this summer” (or specify something like “Two weeks at arts camp”), then box it up with some fun things that your child might use at camp, such as a water bottle, flashlight, backpack, T-shirt, etc. (If you’ve already picked a camp, add gift items that have the camp name/logo on them, such as a sweatshirt, blanket, duffel bag, or other items available from the camp.)
If your young child has never attended camp before, consider adding a book to your gift box - then read it together often to help build excitement for the upcoming camp experience. A few fun books about going to camp are:
Camp K-9, written by Mary Ann Rodman and illustrated by Nancy Hayashi.
Plantzilla Goes to Camp, written by Jerdine Nolen and illustrated by David Catrow for kids 4-8 years of age.
Bug Bites and Campfires: A Story for Kids About Homesickness, written by Frank J. Sileo, PhD and illustrated by Eric Scott Fisher.
I Love Camp, written by Todd Parr, recommended for ages 3-5.
Noah’s Swim-a-Thon, written and illustrated by Ann D. Koffsky for ages 5-6.
Parents, educators and youth development professionals know that children learn valuable life skills at day and overnight camps, where trained staff help kids practice teamwork, independence, leadership, communication, problem-solving, conflict-resolution, creativity and more—skills that help children succeed in school and beyond. At camp, kids can try new activities in a supportive, nurturing environment, or pursue their favorite passions, while making friendships that can last a lifetime.
If you’re searching for a summer camp, find the right camp for your family at the free Bucks Camp Expo on Saturday, January 19, from 12 to 3 pm in the Student Center Building at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, PA. The Expo is a great place to meet 50 camps, with all kinds of camps for ages 3-17. Speak with representatives from local day camps, overnight camps from near and far, traditional camps, special interest camps (STEM, sports, arts, nature), teen travel and adventure camps, community service programs, and camps for children with special needs. Free admission, free parking, accessible venue, KIDS WELCOME!
As we say goodbye to summer, campers are already counting down the days to summer 2019!
Parents: mark your calendar for the Bucks Camp Expo on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Come meet the day and overnight camp directors who are dedicated to helping your children build life skills, lasting memories and enduring friendships.
Camps: register now to exhibit your camp and meet the families who come to meet you!
A great summer camp experience can be life-changing. In a few weeks I'll be coming together with friends I met more than 50 years ago at summer camp. We'll be returning to our old campgrounds to celebrate what would have been our beloved camp's 100th anniversary, because we carry our camp experience with us always.
Our hope is that the Bucks Camp Expo helps connect more children with the magic of summer camp.
--Ellen Warren, Bucks Camp Expo Coordinator
On July 24th, summer camps across America will celebrate Camp Kindness Day to recognize the great work that camps are doing to teach kindness in engaging, simple, repeatable and high impact ways that live on in the daily lives of campers and staff members when they return home.
The American Camp Association (ACA), the nation's oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the value of a summer camp experience and healthy youth development, is working in cooperation with KindnessEvolution to take a stand for a positive shift in our nation. Focusing on our youth and young adults, Camp Kindness Day will help showcase the commitment of the camp community to fostering the core values of kindness, compassion, generosity and care and integrating those values more fully into every aspect of our society. These values are already part of the fabric of the camp experience. We share the mission for our youth to be nurtured, taught, supported and inspired to grow into our new generation of kind, compassionate, socially-minded, community-oriented citizens. #CampKindessDay
Thanks to our 48 fabulous camps and the hundreds of families who came out for the 2018 Bucks Camp Expo! We enjoyed welcoming so many parents and kids, and helping them find the right camp to meet their needs and interests. If you couldn't make the Expo on January 20th, we encourage you to visit our participating camps at their websites or contact their directors for a personal tour or information.
Hope we see you next year - save the date: January 19, 2019!
Until then, have a great summer at camp!
ArtMuse Summer Camp
Briarwood Day Camp
Bucks County Audubon Society Summer Nature Camp
Burn Brae Day Camp
Camp Highpoint at Philadelphia Sports Clubs
Camp Lee Mar
Carson Simpson Farm Christian Camp
Diamond Ridge/Rockwood Adv.
Elbow Lane Day Camp
Engineering for Kids
Experiment in Int'l Living
First Children's Academy
French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts
Future Stars Camps
George School Day Camp
Golden Slipper Camp
KidsU at DelValU
Liberty Lake Day Camp
Mercersburg Summer Programs
New Dance Workshop
PA Distance Learning Charter School
Physics and Flight STEM Camp
Science Camp Watonka
Silver Lake Nature Center Summer Camp
Spring Mill Youth Camp
United Friends School Summer Camp
Valley Forge Summer Camp
Windmill Day Camp
The Woodlands Stable
YMCA Camp Conrad Weiser
YMCA Camps Ockanickon and Matollionequay
How will your children spend the summer? The Bucks Camp Expo helps you find the answer, with 48 terrific summer camps and programs ready to meet you and answer your questions.
Tomorrow, Saturday, January 20, from 12 to 3 pm, bring the family to the Bucks Camp Expo at Delaware Valley University's Student Center building, 700 E. Butler Ave., Doylestown, PA 18901.
Our 48 camps for ages 3-18 include 30 local day camps plus 17 overnight camps, featuring traditional camps, plus a wide range of specialty camps, teen travel programs and camps for children with special needs. Free Admission, Free Parking, Kids Welcome!
Find the right camp for your family at the Bucks Camp Expo!
Bucks County's favorite summer camp fair returns to Delaware Valley University on Saturday, Jan. 20 from 12-3 pm, located in the Student Center Building on campus at 700 E. Butler Ave., Doylestown, PA 18901. The Expo features great camp programs for every child (ages 3-18) and family!
Our 48 fabulous camps include day and overnight camps, traditional and special interest camps, teen travel and adventure programs, and camps for children with special needs. The Expo is a terrific way to learn about all these summer camps in one convenient location, with free admission and free parking. Children enjoy visiting all the tables, and parents can take time to speak with camp directors and representatives to learn about their programs.
January is the best month to start your summer camp search. Age groups can fill up fast at popular camps, and many camps offer early registration tuition discounts. Choosing your camp soon can help families save money, and ensure that your child can be placed in the program you prefer. When it's cold outside, that's the time to think about summer camp. Warm up at the Bucks Camp Expo!
(Note to Philadelphia and Montgomery County families: some of our day camps offer transportation in your Counties, and children from across the region--and across the country--attend our overnight camps. The Bucks Camp Expo is open to all! Come meet our camps!)
ATTN: ALL resident camps and day camps in Bucks and upper Montgomery Counties (PA) - online registration for the Bucks Camp Expo is now open! Reserve your table now for Saturday, January 20, 2018; Expo runs 12-3 pm. Join the many happy camps that return to this camp fair year after year. Come meet families who live in the greater Philadelphia region and "NY suburbs" of Bucks County. ACA members enjoy $20 registration discount!
More than 40 day and overnight camps and travel programs participated in the 2017 Bucks Camp Expo! Hundreds of families came to meet them, and so many parents expressed appreciation for the opportunity to find all of these great camps all in one place and be able to speak with camp representatives. If you couldn't attend Expo 2017, we encourage you to look for their websites online--and plan to join us on January 20, 2018! Have a great summer at CAMP!
Briarwood Day Camp
Bucks County World Language Academy
Burn Brae Day Camp
Camp Highpoint at PSC
Camp Kinder Works
Central Bucks Family YMCA
Diamond Ridge/Rockwood Adventures
Elbow Lane Day Camp
First Children's Academy
French Woods Performing Arts
French Woods Sports & Arts Center
Future Stars Day Camps
George School Day Camp
Gettysburg College Summer
Honey Hollow Summer Eco-Camps (Bucks County Audubon Society)
iD Tech Camp
Kenbrook Bible Camp
KidsU! at DelValU
Lavner Camps & Programs
The Learning Experience Doylestown
James Michener Art Museum
Rein Teen Tours
Science Camp Watonka
Silver Lake Nature Center
South Mountain YMCA Camp
Town and Country Players
Trevose Day School/Neshaminy Valley Montessori Summer Camp
United Friends School
Windmill Day Camp
World Choice Game
XL Sports World Summer Cam
This Saturday, January 21, families can learn about 40 exciting camp programs for ages preschool through high school at the Bucks Camp Expo--the Bucks County (PA) region's favorite camp fair for nearly 20 years. The Expo will be held in Delaware Valley University's Student Center from 12 to 3 pm. Admission and parking are free; children are welcome!
Expo camp exhibitors always include wonderful day and overnight programs for younger children, and this year parents will again have the opportunity to speak with camp directors and representatives from many excellent local day camps, plus overnight camps in PA and beyond. (Think your child isn't old enough for overnight camp? Maybe not this summer, but the Expo is a great place to meet camps you might consider for future years as well!)
Exhibiting camps cover the spectrum from traditional camp programs to special interest camps focused on various sports, visual and performing arts, nature, science and academic enrichment. This year the Expo also features an array of exciting opportunities for teenagers, including camps that offer adventure, travel, and community service trips in the U.S. and abroad. New this year, we are delighted to welcome World Choice Game, a Moscow-based camp in which international children ages 12-18 explore politics, economics and culture in Ethnomir, Russia's largest ethnographic park-museum.
Families from Bucks and adjacent areas in Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties who are seeking day camps within driving distance will find many excellent full and half-day camps at the Expo. Families with middle and high school age kids who live anywhere in the greater Philadelphia region can also explore overnight and travel camps offering a diverse range of experiences.
The variety of camps participating in the Bucks Camp Expo provides for every family's needs and budget. Research shows that a summer camp experience is an important part of healthy youth development--giving children of all ages the chance to try new activities, pursue favorite passions, meet new friends and make memories that last for life. Camp also helps kids develop 21st century life skills including resilience, independence, responsibility, leadership, communication, collaboration and conflict-resolution. Most of all, camp is FUN!
When the calendar turns to the New Year, it’s a good time for parents to start thinking about what their children will do this summer. Although swimming and long summer days may seem months away, summer camps fill up early, and many offer early registration discounts that expire in early spring.
Finding the right camp experience for a child can take time, so the nonprofit American Camp Association (ACA) recommends that parents start soon, and regional camp fairs like the Bucks Camp Expo are a great place to start. Camp fairs offer a convenient way to meet a variety of camps, and to speak personally with camp directors or other camp representatives. To make good camp decisions, and find the right camp for your family's needs and budget, consider asking some of these questions:
- What is the camp’s philosophy and program emphasis?
- What makes this camp unique?
- What is the camp director’s background?
- Is the camp director accessible? Does he/she welcome your questions?
- What is the counselor-to-camper ratio?
- What does a typical camp day include?
- Does the camp offer age-appropriate activities that can grow with your child?
- Do campers choose activities or move as a group?
- How are behavioral and disciplinary problems handled?
- How does the camp handle special needs?
- How does the camp handle homesickness and other adjustment issues?
- What is the camp’s policy on cell phones and electronic games?
- If the camp serves food, can they handle dietary restrictions?
- Is medical staff on camp?
- What experience, certifications, and training do counselors have or get?
- What percentage of campers return each year?
- What percentage of counselors return each year?
- What is included in the camp tuition? Snacks? Transportation? All activities?
- Is the camp sanitized regularly with an approved cleanser to combat viruses?
- Can or should siblings and friends be in the same group? (Discuss pros and cons.)
- For day camps, does the camp offer early drop-off and late pick-up? Extra fee?
- Is the camp accredited by the ACA (or another oversight organization like the National Association of Independent Schools)?
ACA offers helpful information about preparing children for a summer camp experience here: http://www.acacamps.org/campers-families.
Wrap up a gift certificate for a camp experience with some items your child might use at camp and give the gift of camp this holiday season, then come meet camp directors at the Bucks Camp Expo on January 21!
Great camps are nurturing environments where children feel safe and encouraged to learn new skills or practice favorite activities. Did you know that camp also teaches skills that can help children succeed in school, and later in work and life? Research by the American Camp Association and independent youth development experts shows that kids learn important life skills identified by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and more:
- Social Skills
- Unplugged Play
Choosing a summer camp or program? Ask how their program promotes life skill-building. All camps participating in the Bucks Camp Expo will gladly discuss their camp program and philosophy with families.
Learn more about youth development research and life skills at: