Day Camp2023-01-23T09:26:14-05:00

2023 Day Camp Dates

  • For campers who have completed Kindergarten through 9th grade
  • 10 weeks of Summer Day Camp from June 12-August 18, 2023
  • Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm
  • Extended hours, transportation and trips are available!

Day Camp will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th and the price for Day Camp Week 4 will be adjusted accordingly.

We know you want the best for your child’s summer!  At Best Week Ever Day Camp in Dallas, PA we make it our goal to serve both campers and parents with an amazing program and convenient structure.

We offer flexible scheduling, excellent pricing and convenience options that will fit the needs of your family.  And our staff will provide your kids with an exciting and engaging program, so they WANT to come back every day.  Come spend your summer with us and experience Best Week Ever!

For more information please contact [email protected] or (570) 333-4098 x100.

Transportation times are subject to change and you will be notified of adjustments.  Additional stops or routes may be considered based on enrollment.

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Weekly Pricing As Low As

$21000week
  • Save even more with sibling discounts and our Referral Incentives!

Extended Care Available

$30-4500week
  • $30/week before care or $30/week after care. Package both for $45/week. Also available for $6/day.

Transportation

$4500week
  • Transportation is only $45/week.

Day Camp Age Groups

Best Week Ever Day Camp provides the perfect balance of freedom and structure!  Campers are grouped according to the grade they are entering in the fall.  Each individual grade level will be grouped as a cohort to achieve smaller group sizes and to ensure that campers are with their school friends.  Campers will have the opportunity to customize their experience with daily elective choices and afternoon locations!  And they will also have the opportunity to see friends outside of their cohort group.

Schedule:

8:30-9:00: Arrival/Carline
9:00-9:15: Announcements
9:15-10:00: 1st Elective
10:00-10:15: SNACK
10:15-11:15: Word Rally
11:15-11:45: Breakout
11:40-12:20: LUNCH
12:20-12:40: Challenge
12:40-1:25: AT/EGGGOs/2nd Elective
1:30-2:05: 2nd Elective/AT/EGGGOs
2:10-3:10: Pool/Lake/Special
3:10-4:00: Dismissal/Carline

Daily Activity Options: Afternoon Pool or Lake Choice

Weekly Features: Climbing Wall, Crafts, Inflatables, Gaga, Archery, Bikes/Boards/Blades, Crowd Control Games, King of the BLOB (must pass swim test)

Other common electives: 4 Square, 9 Square, Basketball, Bingo, Board Games, Bracelet Making, Broomball, Camp Songs, Capture the Flag, Carpetball, Crafts, Disc Golf, Dodgeball, Drama, Extreme Hopscotch, FDAB Baseball, Fishing, Flingsock, Football, Fort Building, Ultimate Frisbee, Frogging, Gameroom, Gaga, Golden Nugget, Hair Braiding, Imagination Station, Jackpot, Kickball, Lego, Nail Art, Nature Hike, Nerf, Paper Airplanes, Pedal Karts, Pickleball, Relay Races, RPS Games, Sidewalk Chalk, Slackline, Soccer, Tag Games, Tetherball, Volleyball, Wiffleball  plus many more that will pop up over the summer!

Best Week Ever Day Camp provides older campers the opportunity for new experiences to test the limits of adventure and creativity!  Enjoy new challenges like the pendulum swing, racing ziplines and paintball! Campers are grouped according to the grade they are entering in the fall. Each individual grade level will be grouped as a cohort to achieve smaller group sizes and to ensure that campers are with their school friends.  Campers will have the opportunity to customize their experience with daily elective choices and afternoon locations!  And they will also have the opportunity to see friends outside of their cohort group.

Schedule:

8:30-9:00: Arrival/Carline
9:00-9:15: Announcements
9:15-10:00: 1st Elective
10:00-10:15: SNACK
10:15-11:00: 2nd Elective
11:00-11:40: LUNCH
11:40-12:30: Word Rally
12:30-1:00: Breakout
1:00-2:05: Pool/Lake/Special
2:10-2:40: AT/EGGGOs/3rd Elective
2:45-3:10: 3rd Elective/EGGGOs/AT
3:10-4:00: Dismissal/Carline

Daily Activity Options: Afternoon Pool or Lake Choice

Weekly Features: Pendulum Swing, Racing Zip Lines, Climbing Wall, BLOB Launch, Crafts, Inflatables, Gaga, Archery, Bikes/Boards/Blades, Crowd Control Games

Other common electives: 4 Square, 9 Square, Basketball, Bingo, Board Games, Bracelet Making, Broomball, Camp Songs, Capture the Flag, Carpetball, Crafts, Disc Golf, Dodgeball, Drama, Extreme Hopscotch, FDAB Baseball, Fishing, Flingsock, Football, Fort Building, Ultimate Frisbee, Frogging, Gameroom, Gaga, Golden Nugget, Hair Braiding, Imagination Station, Jackpot, Kickball, Lego, Nail Art, Nature Hike, Nerf, Paper Airplanes, Pedal Karts, Pickleball, Relay Races, RPS Games, Sidewalk Chalk, Slackline, Soccer, Tag Games, Tetherball, Volleyball, Wiffleball

..plus many more that will pop up over the summer!

Day Camp Trips

Day Camp Offsite Trips and Onsite Presenters:

Offsite trips and onsite visitors will be on Wednesdays unless otherwise noted.  Paintball will also be on Wednesdays.  Offsite trips are optional and will be limited to the first 125 campers.  Please choose during registration to ensure availability!  Onsite presenters will be available for all campers that are present on that day.

Paintball will be available for campers in grades 5+ on designated Wednesdays.  Campers should pack closed toed shoes, long sleeve shirt and pants.  (Optional athletic cup for male campers).  $30 paintball option includes rental of marker, mask and CO2 tank, plus supply of paintballs and CO2.  $20 paintball option includes supply of paintballs and CO2 (camper brings marker, mask and tank).

Updates to your trip and paintball selection can be made until 7 days before the start of the session.  We are unable to make changes to your selections once registration for that week closes.  Example: Week 1 (June 13-17) registration updates CLOSE on Monday, June 6th (7 days prior to the START of the session).

Week 1 (Wednesday, June 14): Onsite Sawptician Chainsaw Carver / Paintball (grade 5+)

Week 2 (Wednesday, June 21): Offsite Trip Back Mountain Bowling and Skating

Week 3 (Tues, Wed, or Thurs June 27, 28, 29): Offsite Trip Art Party Place *Please select one day

Week 4 (Wednesday, July 5): Paintball (grade 5+)

Week 5 (Wednesday, July 12): Onsite Starwars 501st Legion / Paintball (grades 5+)

Week 6 (Wednesday, July 19): Onsite Tony the Magician / Paintball (grade 5+)

Week 7 (Wednesday, July 26): Offsite Trip Skyzone

Week 8 (Wednesday, August 2): Offsite Trip Electric City Aquarium

Week 9 (Wednesday, August 9): Onsite The Reptile Guy / Paintball (grade 5+)

Week 10 (Wednesday, August 16) Onsite: COH Carnival Celebration

Frequently Asked Questions

Special Needs Grant Requests2023-01-11T09:33:35-05:00

Eligible campers with special needs may submit an online GRANT REQUEST FORM by March 1.

Our Special Needs Grant covers 10 days of respite for eligible campers through our Best Week Ever Day Camp Program.  (Guardians will be responsible for optional fees including transportation, extended care and trips).  Agency support must be provided for the full time that campers are in our program.

  • Log in to your Ultra Camp account or create an account for new families.
  • Complete the Grant Request Form and submit.
  • You will receive a reply to the primary email listed on your account.  The email will include your grant offer and next instructions.  Please allow two weeks for this process and watch for the email!

Upon approval, each family will complete their own registration for programs.  Please plan to pay for optional fees including transportation, extended care and trips.

Scholarship Requests2023-01-11T09:32:00-05:00

We invite you to take advantage of registration incentives available for all Camp Orchard Hill families!  If you need additional assistance, please submit an online SCHOLARSHIP REQUEST FORM with supporting documents by March 1.

  • Log in to your Ultra Camp account or create an account for new families.
  • Complete the Scholarship Request Form and submit appropriate documents to [email protected].  Income verification and camper essay must be complete before your request can be considered.
  • You will receive a reply to the primary email listed on your account.  The email will include your scholarship offer and next instructions.  Please allow two weeks for this process and watch for the email!
  • Upon approval, each family will complete their own registration for programs.  Please plan to pay the applicable deposit for requested camp weeks.
How will you communicate with parents during the summer?2023-01-11T09:31:49-05:00

We use the primary email address that you provide during registration to communicate important details before camp and during the summer season. When you register, you will receive a confirmation to your primary email to indicate that you were successful.  Please make sure you receive this email and contact us if you don’t!  Then check your email regularly for updates.  Entrance into camp facilities is limited during our summer weeks to approved staff and registered campers only.  If you need to contact us with questions or concerns, please use our main email [email protected]dhill.com or call us at (570) 333-4098 x100.

How will lunches be served this year?2023-01-11T09:31:11-05:00

Chef Steve serves up the hot, delicious, kid-friendly meals that our campers love all in the Lakeview Dining Room!  Meals may include: chicken tenders, hamburgers, pasta, meatballs, pizza, hot dogs and sandwiches.  Each meal will also include a healthy variety of salad, fruit, vegetables and other sides.  Campers will continue to have options in their daily meal selection. We take great care to accommodate allergies and special dietary needs!  Please indicate your needs during online registration!

How are campers grouped at Day Camp?2023-01-11T09:29:27-05:00

Campers will be grouped by the grade level they are entering in the fall for attendance, headcounts and counselor ratios. Individual grade groupings will create smaller group sizes and ensure that campers are with their school friends!  Campers will have opportunity to make activity choices during the day and will have opportunity to interact with campers in similar grade levels.

Do you offer price incentives for Day Camp?2022-01-05T12:14:05-05:00

Yes!  Take advantage of all of our registration incentives for your best price!  Specific prices are available during registration.

    • Receive a Half Summer Incentive Price when you register for at least 5 full weeks of Day Camp before June 1.
    • Receive a Full-Summer Incentive Price when you register for at least 9 or 10 full weeks of Day Camp before June 1.
    • Receive a Paid in Full Discount when you pay your balance for at least 5 full weeks of camp before June 1.
    • Receive a multiple child incentive when you register additional children for full weeks of camp. (Must be immediate family.)

Refer a Friend Incentive: Introduce your friends to Best Week Ever Day Camp and save!  When a first-time camper writes your name in the “Friend who Referred Me” field of their registration, we will subtract $25 from your registration fee – up to the full price of camp!

Transfer, Cancellation and Late Registration Policy2021-11-22T14:53:01-05:00

A $50/week deposit is due at the time of registration and is non-refundable.  Please pay the balance for each week of camp by 7 days prior to the start of the session.  All convenience option fees (Transportation, Before/Aftercare and Snack shop) will be due at registration and are refundable.

  • Missed days of camp cannot be refunded or transferred
  • A $50 deposit will be non-refundable.
  • Full session fee becomes non-refundable 7 days prior to the start of each session.
  • Registration modifications close 7 days before the start of each session.
Can my child bring a personal water bottle?2021-02-01T15:01:46-05:00

Absolutely!  We request that each camper bring a personal water bottle marked with their name.  We will provide the opportunity to refill personal water bottles as needed.

How do you hire and train your staff?2021-02-01T14:32:29-05:00

We hire every seasonal staff member as if they were caring for our own children and provide intense training to prepare them for service.  All Camp Orchard Hill Staff undergo a rigorous screening process including an application with references, an interview, plus state and national criminal background checks.  Each team member completes a week-long training and orientation program that covers all aspects of camp life and ACA requirements for staff readiness.  Staff will be trained in new health and safety protocols based on CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines regarding COVID-19.

Do you have a nurse on staff?2020-06-04T22:55:38-04:00

At Camp Orchard Hill, we plan every activity with your child’s safety in mind.  In the unlikely event that he or she requires medical attention while at camp, COH is prepared with a registered nurse on duty 24/7, certified lifeguards, and staff certified in CPR and First Aid.

If your child has an accident or illness, we will use the primary contact information that you have provided on their health form, as well as alternate contacts if you cannot be reached.  This process is initiated by the Director and/or the lead health-care provider, but can be delegated to an appropriate staff member.  Since we have no way of determining what each person considers an emergency, the general camp practice is to contact parents when there is concern about a camper’s health and/or when a situation is not progressing as expected.  Because many people remotely access their voice mail, it is expected that camp personnel will leave a voice message that appropriately communicates the need for a given parent to call the camp.

If it is necessary to seek medical attention, every attempt will be made to contact parents prior to treatment and again at the conclusion of treatment to provide an update on the camper’s health.

As an accredited member of the American Camping Association, you can be assured that we comply with up to 300 health, safety and program quality standards.  Being accredited by the ACA is solid proof of our accountability, credibility and commitment to you, the parents, and your campers.

What is your camper to staff ratio?2020-06-04T22:54:58-04:00

Ratio requirements vary based on the age of campers and the camp setting.

  • For Day Camp ages 4-5, the ratio is 1 counselor to every 6 campers.
  • For Day Camp ages 6-9, the ratio is 1 counselor to every 8 campers.
  • For Day Camp ages 10-15, the ratio is 1 counselor to every 10 campers.
Can my child bring their cell phone to camp?2020-06-04T22:54:22-04:00

Part of the power of camp is the freedom to unplug from the constant noise and distraction of technology, in order to build skills, build meaningful relationships and enjoy the beauty of creation.  For this reason, campers are not permitted to bring their cell phones to camp.  If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact us in the office at (570) 333-4098.  We will also post photos of camp activities regularly to help you share in the camp experience.  Check out opportunities to communicate with your camper while they are at camp!

What is Camp Orchard Hill’s policy on bullying?2020-06-04T22:54:01-04:00

Camp Orchard Hill has carefully cultivated an atmosphere of relational, emotional, physical and spiritual safety.  Our staff team will model healthy, caring relationships and then expect the same from campers in the group setting.  Our programs are specifically designed to develop and promote teamwork and inclusion.  Bullying behavior is contrary to our vision and mission and will not be tolerated.

If a camper bullies another camper, they will meet with leadership for an explanation of the offending behavior and the harmful effects that result.  If the behavior continues, the camper will be sent home.

Bullying will be defined as physical, verbal or emotional abuse, hazing or threats.  A pattern of continued behavior will result in dismissal. 

  • Verbal abuse including taunting, gossiping, mocking, name calling
  • Physical abuse including hitting, pushing, shoving, kicking
  • Organized social rejection including exclusion from activities or groups
  • Public humiliation
  • Threatening racist, religious or sexist remarks
  • Frightening acts

Special Needs Campers

Camp Orchard Hill serves children with special needs in an inclusive setting.  Our program focuses on building skills and gaining self-esteem as part of the outdoor experience with opportunities to participate in all activities alongside their peers.

Campers must be able to navigate uneven terrain and be potty trained, or provide a caregiver to assist with the task.  In addition, if a camper is eligible for BHT services at school, they must also have BHT services for the full amount of time they are at camp.

Campers remain eligible for Best Week Ever as long as they are eligible for school services (generally until age 21) and have a BHT to attend Day Camp programs.

Testimonials

“Thank you and your staff so much for providing [our daughter] with such a wonderful experience this summer. I cannot even tell you how much she loved Camp Orchard Hill, and how excited she was literally every day when she got home…Your camp kept her active and engaged all summer…please pass my thanks along to your counselors and professional staff at the camp. We were so thrilled with our experience and will tell everyone we know!”

2019 Day Camp Parent

“Thank you!!!  [My son] got in the car and shouted ‘BEST DAY EVER!’ Lots of mom prayers and the extra mile from you and your staff helped SOOO much this week!  He told me his counselor spent time talking with him and made him feel included!  I’m big on relationships so please pass on how much of an impact that made!  You guys are top notch!”

2019 Day Camp Parent

“To the Chef: Thank you for the amazing meals!  My peanut allergy has never been taken care of with so much consideration.  Thanks for not making me feel like it was a burden!”

2020 Winterblast Leader
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