Day Camp2021-06-16T08:36:08-04:00

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.

You can register for Camp Orchard Hill programs with confidence!

The health and safety of your camper is our top priority, and we will continue to honor CDC and PA Dept. of Health guidelines across all programs.  Refer to our COVID-19 Update section to read our Health and Safety Plan and to understand the tone of our efforts since 2020.  We will provide a full refund if a program needs to be canceled due to COVID-19 or if you are unable to attend due to illness, quarantine or changing comfort level due to COVID-19.  

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

2021 Day Camp Dates

June 14 – August 20

Monday – Friday

9am-4pm (with extended hours and transportation available)

Voted #1 Day Camp in NEPA!

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Weekly Pricing As Low As

$19000week
  • Save even more with our referral program!

Extended Care Available

$25-3500week
  • $25/week before care or $25/week after care. Package both for $35/week.

Transportation

$4000week
  • Transportation is only $40/week.

Day Camp Options

Base Camp provides a designated activity space and separate staffing to create a unique camp experience designed for small bodies! Campers must be potty independent.

Best Week Ever Day Camp provides the perfect balance of freedom and structure!  Campers are grouped according to age and will also have the opportunity to customize their experience with daily elective choices and afternoon locations!

Daily Schedule
7:30     Before Care
8:45     Camper Arrival
9:00     Activity Sign-up / Team Building
9:15     Elective 1
10:00   Snack
10:15   Elective 2
11:00   WORD Rally
11:30   Lunch
12:30   Small Group Breakout
1:00     Camper Choice
3:00     Pack Up n’ Play
3:30     Debrief and Dismissal
4:00     After Care (until 5:30)

Our Rise Adventure program is a weekly exclusive trip option designed as a special privilege for our oldest campers.  Trips are an additional $30 fee each week and campers can decide to participate or remain on camp grounds.  Please make your trip selections during your initial reservation!

Rise Trips:

  • Thursday, June 17 – Ricketts Glen
  • Thursday, June 24 – Laser Tag
  • Thursday, July 1 – Escape Room
  • Thursday, July 8 – Sky Zone
  • Thursday, July 15 – Pikes Creek Raceway
  • Thursday, July 22 – Camelbeach Waterpark
  • Thursday, July 29 – Ice Skating
  • Thursday, August 5 – Tubing at Harvey’s Lake
  • Thursday, August 12 – Knoebels Amusement Park
  • Thursday, August 19 – Canoe Trip

Day Camp Themes and Trips

We’re continuing our FamJam 2021 with Day Camp themes from the best of Family Game Night! 

WEEKDATETHEMESPECIAL EVENT
Week 1June 14-18Guess WhoShangri-La Horse Stables (onsite presentation)
Week 2June 21-25SpellboundLahey Family Fun Park (offsite trip – $40)
Week 3June 28-July 2Master PlanPine Valley Alpacas (onsite presentation)
Week 4July 5-9Level UpElectric City Aquarium (offsite trip – $30)
Week 5July 12-16Gaining GroundReptile Guy (onsite presentation)
Week 6July 19-23Let’s MoveBack Mountain Bowling and Roller Skating (offsite trip $25)
Week 7July 26-30Riddle Me ThisThe Brain Show (onsite presentation)
Week 8August 2-6The Art of AbstractThe Dietrich Theater (offsite trip – $25)
Week 9August 9-13Wild CardsProfessor Malkemes (onsite presentation)
Week 10August 16-20Race to the FinishMontage Meltdown (offsite trip – $50)

Frequently Asked Questions

How will lunches be served this year?2021-02-01T15:02:57-05:00

Chef Steve will continue to serve up the hot, delicious, kid-friendly meals that our campers love!  The location and format will be determined closer to the start of camp based on current PA Dept of Health guidelines.

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.  Regardless of the serving format, campers will continue to have options in their daily meal selection.

Did you know?  We take great care to accommodate allergies and special dietary needs!

What is your refund policy for Day Camp?2021-02-01T14:59:37-05:00

A $50/week deposit is due at the time of registration.  Please pay the balance for each week of camp 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.

Transfer, Cancellation and Late Registration Policy

  • Missed days of camp will not be refunded or transferred
  • $20 fee to transfer weeks
  • $50 fee for each week cancelled on or before Wednesday preceding your Day Camp session.
  • Full fee is due if camp is cancelled after the Wednesday preceding your Day Camp session.
  • Registration closes at noon on the Thursday before each camp week.  If we are able to accommodate a late registration, a $25 fee will be added.
  • Missed days of camp will not be refunded or transferred

In 2021, we will continue to offer a full refund or a transfer of fees if a program is canceled due to COVID-19.  We will also provide a full refund or transfer of fees if you are unable to attend your program due to illness, quarantine or changing circumstances/comfort level due to 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.

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.

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.
If my child comes to camp with a friend, will they be in the same cohort?2020-06-04T22:54:38-04:00

Attending camp with a friend is an awesome experience! Indicate your buddy request preference during online registration and we will make every attempt to honor your request.  Buddy requests must be within one year’s age of each other and must be made 7 days prior to the start of your session.

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
Do you offer price incentives for Day Camp?2021-02-01T15:00:48-05:00

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 14.
    • Receive a Full-Summer Incentive Price when you register for at least 9 or 10 full weeks of Day Camp before June 14.
    • Receive a Paid in Full Discount when you pay your balance for at least 5 full weeks of camp before June 14.
    • 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!

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.

What kind of lunches will be served this year?2020-06-04T22:52:37-04:00

Chef Steve will continue to serve up the hot, delicious, kid-friendly meals our campers love!  Snacks and meals will be served in “to go” containers and eaten outdoors at picnic tables and in our pavilion.  Our youngest campers will eat inside, 4 per table.  Campers with special needs will also be able to eat inside with their support staff if they prefer.  

Meals may include: chicken tenders, hamburgers, pasta and meatballs, pizza and sandwiches.  Each meal will also include a healthy variety of salad, fruit, vegetables and other sides, water bottle and juice box.  Each day in their morning cohort meeting, campers may select from three meal options.  1. The daily hot lunch special 2. A hot dog (with sides) or 3. A sandwich with soy butter and/or jelly (with sides).  We will continue to accommodate allergies and other special needs. 

What health measures are in place to keep campers safe this summer?2020-06-04T22:52:09-04:00

All staff and campers will undergo a daily health screening including temperature check upon arrival at camp.  Entrance into camp facilities will be limited to staff and campers who have received a health screening.  Campers will be grouped into cohorts of 25 to limit large group interaction and exposure.  Our facilities and shared equipment will be sanitized regularly and specifically in between cohort use.  We will require frequent hand washing & use of sanitizer when unable to wash with soap & water. Campers will wash/sanitize before and after each activity, snacks, lunch, and bathroom breaks.  Please refer to our Communicable Disease Plan for further details on protocol for campers who develop symptoms of COVID-19.

Will my child have to wear a mask at camp?2021-02-01T15:03:21-05:00

All staff and guests are currently required to wear a face covering while they are engaged in programs at Camp Orchard Hill.  Our face covering policy for Summer 2021 will be based on up-to-date guidelines provided by the PA Department of Health.  We expect to provide a new Health and Safety Plan by May 15.  Guidelines may change throughout the summer and you will be notified of any changes.

Special Needs Campers

Special Needs at camp

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 requires TSS services at school, they must also have TSS 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).

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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