ACA research shows camps help learn to be present in the moment

Research by the American Camp Association (ACA) and independent youth development professionals continues to define the many valuable benefits children receive with a great summer camp experience, including life skills that help them succeed academically and socially, and later in college and careers.

Read about how a summer camp experience can teach children how to be present in the moment…

5-Year Impact Study Phase 2 Findings: Being Present in the Moment . . .

Thanks to all the great day & overnight camps who participated in the 2019 Bucks Camp Expo!

Missed the Expo? Visit these excellent camp programs online—click on camp names:

ActionQuest and GoBeyond

Amica Day Camp at George School (special needs)

Barn Nature Center

Briarwood Day Camp

Bucks County Audubon Society

Burn Brae Day Camp of Creative Arts

Camp America Day Camp

Camp Cayuga in the Pocono Mountains

Camp Curiosity

Camp Highpoint at PSC

Camp NAC

Camp Onas

Camp Oneka

Camp Tioga

Camp Twin Creeks

Carson Simpson Farm Christian Day Camp

Csehy Summer School of Music

Cub Creek Science Camp

Diamond Ridge Day Camps

East Coast Recording Camps

Elbow Lane Day Camp

Engineering for Kids

The Experiment in International Living

FCA-First Children’s Academy

French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts

Future Stars Camps at Delaware Valley University

Game-U Summer Camp

George School Day Camp

Gettysburg College's Academic Programs and Camps

Independent Lake Camp

KidsU! at Delaware Valley University

Kinder Works

Kinder Works DIGital/ARTS Summer Camp

Lawrenceville Summer Scholars

Liberty Lake Day Camp

The Little Gym of Doylestown

Mercersburg Summer Programs

NJY Camps

Noble Explorers

PA Distance Learning Charter School

The Pathway School (special needs)

Pocono Springs Camp

Rambling Pines Day Camp

Rockwood Adventures

Science Camp Watonka

Science Explorers

Sew Much Fun Sewing Studio

Silver Lake Nature Center

Stages Academy Theatre Arts Summer Camp & Stages Academy Preschool Summer Camp

Stars Studio Dance Camp

Summer Camps at College Settlement:

Temple University Summer Education Camps

Theatre Arts Center Musical Theatre Summer Camp

URJ Camp Harlam; URJ 6 Points Sports Academy; URJ 6 Points Creative Arts Academy; URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy; URJ 6 Points Sports Academy

Windmill Day Camp

YMCA Camp Conrad Weiser

Have a great summer at camp!

Bucks Camp Expo announces biggest year ever--come meet 54 summer camps!

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 weatherour 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.

Meet 51 GREAT day & overnight camps at the Bucks Camp Expo, next Sat., Jan. 19!

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!

Give your child the gift of a great summer camp experience!

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!

Mark your calendar for Bucks Camp Expo - Jan. 19, 2019

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

Camps celebrate #CampKindnessDay on July 24th

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

Thank you for another great Bucks Camp Expo!

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!

Appel Farm

ArtMuse Summer Camp

Briarwood Day Camp

Bucks County Audubon Society Summer Nature Camp

Burn Brae Day Camp

Camp America

Camp Arcadia

Camp Curiosity

Camp Highpoint at Philadelphia Sports Clubs

Camp Lee Mar

Camp NAC

Camp Onas

Camp Oneka

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

Fusion Academy

Future Stars Camps

George School Day Camp

Golden Slipper Camp

Independent Lake

KidsU at DelValU

Kinder Works

Liberty Lake Day Camp

Mercersburg Summer Programs

New Dance Workshop

NJY Camps

PA Distance Learning Charter School

Perlman Camp

Physics and Flight STEM Camp

Rambling Pines

Science Camp Watonka

Silver Lake Nature Center Summer Camp

Sixers Camp

Spring Mill Youth Camp

Summit Camp

ThrillCoaster Tours

Total Soccer

United Friends School Summer Camp

Valley Forge Summer Camp

Windmill Day Camp

The Woodlands Stable

YMCA Camp Conrad Weiser

YMCA Camps Ockanickon and Matollionequay




Tomorrow's forecast: 55 and sunny! A perfect day to find the right camp for your family at the Bucks Camp Expo!

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!

Warm up at the Bucks Camp Expo, Saturday, Jan. 20! Meet 48 great day and overnight camps!

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!)

CAMPS: reserve your table now for the Bucks Camp Expo - a great Philly region camp fair!

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!

Learn more about these great camps!

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 America

Camp Curiosity

Camp Highpoint at PSC

Camp Kinder Works

Camp Men-O-Lan

Camp NAC

Camp Onas

Camp Oneka

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

Independent Lake

Kenbrook Bible Camp

KidsU! at DelValU

Lavner Camps & Programs

The Learning Experience Doylestown

James Michener Art Museum

Ravens Run

Rein Teen Tours

Science Camp Watonka

Science Explorers

Silver Lake Nature Center

Sixers Camp

South Mountain YMCA Camp

Town and Country Players

Trevose Day School/Neshaminy Valley Montessori Summer Camp

United Friends School

Wilderness Adventures

Windmill Day Camp

World Choice Game

XL Sports World Summer Cam

Meet great camps for ages preschool through high school at the Bucks Camp Expo, Jan. 21, 2017

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! 


Give the Gift of Camp Now...and visit camp fairs to meet the right camp for your family

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:

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!



What will your child learn this summer? Camps build skills for life!

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:

  • Independence
  • Leadership
  • Friendship
  • Initiative
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Respect
  • Resilience
  • Responsibility
  • Creativity
  • Cooperation
  • 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: