George School Summer Day Camp Celebrates 30th Anniversary
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Founded in 1977, the George School Summer Day Camp celebrates its 30th anniversary this summer. The 2007 season, which begins on Monday, June 25, will feature two special 30th anniversary events, as well as recognition for several camp activity leaders who have worked at the camp for twenty years or more.
As it did thirty years ago, the Day Camp draws on George School's Quaker values in order to provide an emotionally and physically safe place for children to learn and play together. The camp combines athletic, academic, and artistic activities in an environment that emphasizes respect for the individual and individual responsibility for the group. Former George School athletic director Bob Geissinger—who directed the camp from its inception until his retirement in 1990—recalled that one camper, an eight-year-old boy, gave the camp its "best compliment" when he told his mother, "At the other camps I was a nobody, but at George School, I'm a somebody."
Open to children ages six through thirteen, the camp is located on the George School campus. "There's a greater purpose than just the activities themselves," said Steve Haines, the current director of the camp. "We build a sense of community without really focusing on who wins or loses." Through experiences such as tennis and swim instruction, drama games, dance, computer projects, problem-solving activities, arts and crafts, and instruction from visiting artists, Steve said, the campers learn valuable lessons about working with others.
According to Bob, approximately eighty to ninety children attended the camp at the beginning, and there were six camp counselors. Today, the camp has grown to enroll over two hundred and sixty campers each year, and has eighty-five staff members. "We have an excellent camper-to-staff ratio," said Steve.
Campers will bring their parents and siblings to George School's William Penn Outdoor Auditorium for the two 30th anniversary events—a Movie Under the Stars (A Night at the Museum) on Friday, July 20, at 8:00 p.m., and a Concert Under the Stars on Friday, July 27, at 6:30 p.m., featuring electric violinist Caryn Lin. Entitled "Bach 2 Rock," Caryn's performance will introduce children to the electric violin, the acoustic violin, and the music of Johann Sebastian Bach through performances, demonstrations, and audience participation. The Ones, a musical group led by Day Camp staff member Toby Mochel, will open the Concert Under the Stars.
The camp's hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For information about registration, visit the camp's website, located at http://www.gsdaycamp.org, or contact Director Steve Haines at 215-579-6689 or firstname.lastname@example.org