Our fantastic summer of discovery, fun and lasting friendships has begun!
Camp has gotten off to a great start. In the first week alone, our campers have begun work on their own animated movies, built pom pom launchers, played fun sports like Dodgeball and spent quality time with our fabulous flock of chickens! Each day is packed with arts, crafts, athletics, science, and themed activities that inspire and captivate our young campers.
The staff has been hard at work planning amazing events and opportunities for the weeks ahead. Here are a few highlights we can’t resist sharing:
Both age groups will visit the Churchville Nature Center Butterfly House where they will learn about metamorphosis, visit a special chrysalis chamber, meet different types of butterflies and observe caterpillars munching on leaves. Our Adventure Campers will also experience a Cartoonist Superhero class and a Therapy Dog Show at the Lower Southampton Library.
The beekeepers of Quiver Farm will visit our camp to teach us all about beekeeping, bees, honey and honeycomb (we’ll also get a sweet taste of their hard work!). Our friends from the Peaceable Kingdom petting zoo will introduce us to ecological principals and the ways that people and animals coexist. Bonnie Reeves, the Lower Southampton children's librarian, will lead our Young Explorers in a summer-long reading program. The Barclay Farm Pony Party People will also teach the Young Explorers all about caring for ponies as they ride, groom and pet the animals.
We are committed to providing a caring, encouraging community for our campers. Our highly skilled staff excels in fostering stewardship and attending to the needs of each individual child.
We would love to take this opportunity to introduce our amazing team:
Helene Shannon-Hines is the Educational Director and Head Directress of Neshaminy Montessori. This summer, she will lead our campers in establishing a Butterfly Garden using National Wildlife Federation guidelines. Together, we will plant milkweed, herbs and flowers to attract the Monarchs to our habitat and create a water source and sheltered place to raise their young. Our hope is to become a Certified Wildlife Habitat!
o Favorite thing about camp: “Learning a whole lot of things but not having to take tests!”
o Fun Fact about Helene: “I can knit a purse out of plastic bags.”
o Dream Superpower: “My super power would be being in more than one place at a time.”
Lauren Berman is a recent graduate of Muhlenberg College where she majored in Psychology and received her PreK-4 Education Certification. She has worked at summer camps in the past and absolutely loves leading exciting activities and getting to know all of the campers.
o Favorite thing about camp: “The best thing about summer camp is meeting new friends and learning new things!”
o Fun Fact about Lauren: “I have a bearded dragon lizard named Rambo. He loves carrots and playing in water!”
o Dream Superpower: “If I could have one super power it would be to fly so I could see the world!
Shelby Wolf is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design where she obtained her Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Animation. She specializes in 2D traditional hand drawn animation. Her animation class teaches campers skills such as filmmaking, animation principals, fine drawing and storytelling.
o Favorite thing about camp: “All of the various special activities are such a great way to learn and try new things!”
o Fun Fact about Shelby: “I still watch cartoons and make a point to try to see as many animated films in theaters as I can. “
o Dream Superpower: “If I could have one super power it would be the ability to do magic so I could do a bunch of things like teleport, make my room clean itself, and fly!”
Lisa Brown is the art instructor at Trevose Day School and taught our 4th and 5th graders this past year while their teacher was on maternity leave. She has a Bachelors degree in Textile Design, a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education and an American Montessori Society Certification for Early Elementary.
o Favorite thing about camp: “The best thing about summer camp is learning from new experiences, strengthening old friendships, making new ones, and playing outdoors!”
o Fun Fact about Lisa: “Sharks are my very favorite animal. For my birthday last summer, I got to go swimming with sharks. There was a sand tiger shark that was the same age as me!”
o Dream Superpower: “If I could have one superpower, it would be the ability to understand and communicate with animals. Then I could know what my pug is saying when he makes his silly, strange sounds!”
Amanda McDonald is a returning Trevose Day School camp counselor and an upcoming senior at La Salle University. She is majoring in Speech-Language Pathology and has a minor in Psychology. Her passion is working with preschool and elementary age children.
o Favorite thing about camp: “The best thing about summer camp is getting the opportunity to make new friends while having fun at the same time!”
o Fun Fact about Amanda: “My favorite place to go on vacation is the beach.”
o Dream Superpower: “If I could have one super power, it would be the ability to have super strength so I could fight crime and save the world.”
This is going to be a fantastic summer, and we look forward to sharing more news with you soon!