Upper Camp Program
The Upper Camp program (ages 9-12) takes place on the upper hillside of our 8.5 acre campus. All sports, activities and field trips are age appropriate.
NIne year olds, ten year olds and eleven / twelve year olds each have their own separate schedules for activities, swimming and sports. However, they travel together on field trips and compete as a whole in events such as our "penny war" fundraiser.
The center of camp is the “Barn”, a circa 1790-1810 German bank barn that houses the game room, reading center and camp director’s office. The campus has wooded and open areas where campers enjoy games, challenges, sports and the antics of our resident animals ("Tessa" the pony, "Sunny" the horse and our alpacas "Harley" and "Judd").
Camp Enrollment, Hours and Extended Care - Upper Camp at Hopwood runs Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. . The program is a full day / 5 day only program (2 week minimum enrollment). Hopwood provides before and after camp care from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for an additional charge. 2 week minimum enrollment does not need to be consecutive.
Non-Competitive Sports -Team sports are played daily and structured so that everyone participates without feeling uncomfortable about their skill level. Popular camp sports include Capture The Flag, Manhunt, Tennis, Archery, Gymnastics, Swimming, Volleyball, Kickball, Basketball, Softball and Challenge course.
Creative Activities - Individuals and small groups explore a variety of media in our Art Barn and Wood Working Center. Campers enjoy Pottery Making, Basketry, Weaving, Plaster Casting, Needlework, Macramé, Acrylic and Water Color Painting. Singing, Dance, Drama and camp wide Talent Shows round out the program.
Field Trips - Numerous field trips are taken throughout the summer. They include Iron Pigs baseball games, nature reserves, laser tag, skating, and more. Fishing trips at a nearby pond are also a favorite Upper Camp pastime.
Decision Making - Young people need to practice decision making. Campers will have time every day to make choices for activities and projects. For instance, they may choose between a hike, cooking, playing a game or going fishing. All activities are supervised by a counselor.
Planning and Problem Solving - Campers and staff plan and implement projects which the campers initiate. Counselors encourage and assist as the campers tackle a wide range of project related tasks and obstacles. Past projects include a camp newspaper, carnival games, structure building, egg launch challenges and plays.
Special Days -Throughout the summer, Hopwood invites special guests to the camp to give hands on talks and demonstrations for campers. Special guests in the past include representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Natural Resources, wild animal rescues, honeybee keepers, police K9 and Colonial American "living history" reenactors to name a few. Wednesdays are “Pizza Wednesday”. Thursdays are always a theme day or a field trip. Upper and Middle campers have enjoyed such past theme days as Summerween, Olympic Day , Fiesta!, Carnival Day and Messy Mania.
All Campers will receive a Hopwood Camp t-shirt to be used on camp trips.
Contact us early! Our Camp programs always sell out!
Registration, tuition and schedule information can be found on our Camp Registration page. For questions related to our registration procedures, to schedule a tour, or to ask general questions regarding Camp, call us at 215-368-1135 or use our contact form.
Services are provided and admissions/referrals are made without regard to race, color, religious creed, ancestry, gender, handicap or national origin.
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