A Summer of Fun at Camp Creek Run
Our Program & Philosophy
Camp Creek Run is a state-accredited, dynamic summer day camp for children entering Kindergarten through 8th grade (ages 5-13). Our nature preserve is located on 50 pristine wooded acres in a Pine Barrens ecotone in Marlton, NJ. Our summer day camp program's philosophy is embodied in the phrase "Respect for the self, respect for others, and respect for all living things." We believe that instilling a respect and understanding for the natural world fosters a child's connection to community and other human beings. Our program is nature immersive and our strengths lie in the quality and training of our staff and the depth of our programming. We value fun, adventure, creativity, learning, safety, and diversity.
Summer campers spend their whole day outdoors at Camp Creek Run, enjoying our nature preserve's beautiful wooded nature trails, open meadows, spring fed lake with a sandy beach, and a southbranch tributary of the Rancocas Creek. Our camp facilities also include an EcoCenter & lakeside lodge, two in-ground swimming pools, playgrounds, basketball court, shaded pavilions, sports fields, vegetable & pollinator gardens, small farm sanctuary, volleyball court, archery range, nurse's station, snack bar, and gaga pit.
Our summer camp program runs for 8 weeks, and children ages 5-13 can enjoy the full eight-week summer program or choose flexible camping sessions. However many sessions your child attends, you can be sure that their time with us will be fun-filled, educational, and inspirational. Just follow the "activity" links to find out more about our nature, art, music, swimming, and sports programs.
Come Visit Us at an Open House!
Our 2023 open house date is:
•Sunday, April 16, from 1-3pm
Meet the camp directors and tour the facilities to register for a summer of fun!
Can't make an open house? Contact us to schedule an alternate date and time for a tour. Please email us or call the office at 856-596-4250.
2023 Summer Camp Dates
June 26 - August 18*
• Closed July 4th in observance of Independence Day Holiday
• 4pm dismissal August 18
2023 Summer Camp Rates
•$340 per week (Extended Care for campers in grades 1-8 is available for $40/ week, see details below)
Choose the weeks that fit your schedule, there is no minimum number required.
Part-time weeks are not available.
•5% Early Payment Discount: Pay in full prior to 3/1 and deduct 5%.
•10% Sibling Discount: Deduct 10% per additional siblings.
Yes, discounts may be combined! Extended Care fees are not subject to discounts.
At the start of their session, campers receive a complimentary Camp Creek Run T-shirt. Extra shirts are available for $10 each.
Our camp program funs from 8:30-3:30 M-F, with extended available from 7:30-8:30 am in the morning, and from 3:30-5:30 pm in the afternoon. Please read below regarding extended care details, including pricing and age requirements.
The camp program for children entering Kindergarten is from 8:30-3:15. Kindergarteners may be dropped off as early as 8am at no charge, and must be picked up by 3:15. No After Care is available for children entering Kindergarten.
The camp program for grades 1-8 is from 8:30am - 3:30pm. Our morning ceremony begins promptly at 8:55, and camp programming ends at 3:15. Campers prepare for dismissal from 3:15-3:30. These age groups may be dropped off as early as 7:30 am and stay until 4pm at no charge. After Care from 4pm-5:30pm for grades 1-8 is available (see "Extended Care" program below for prices and age requirements).
Extended Care Program
Our AM Extended Care program is provided at no charge for campers in grades 1-8. Campers in these grades may be dropped off as early at 7:30am. Kindergarteners may be dropped off as early as 8am at no charge, but no earlier. If you have Kindergarten-aged campers as well as older campers eligible for our extended day program, please make arrangements in your schedule to comply with our Extended Care age group requirements.
Our PM Extended Care program is available for an extra $40/week/camper for campers entering grades 1-8. The PM Extended Care program is not available for children entering Kindergarten. After Care for grades 1-8 is available from 4pm-5:30pm at a cost of $40/week/child. Campers entering Kindergarten must be picked up by 3:15 pm. If you have older campers as well who are eligible for our Extended Care hours, please make arrangements to comply with our Extended Care age group restrictions. Kindergarteners may not stay at camp after 3:15 if they have an older sibling attending who can. Thank you for your cooperation.
•AM Early Care: 7:30am – 8:30 am drop off – NO CHARGE (8am drop off for Kindergarten if needed – see above)
•PM After Care: Pick up between 4-5:30 pm – $40 / week / camper (not offered to Kindergarten)
Campers picked up before 4pm are not charged an extended care fee! Our camp day ends promptly at 5:30pm with no exceptions. Late fees will begin accruing after 5:30pm.
Placement - Lower & Upper Camp
Campers are grouped into villages according to their grade. Our “Lower Camp” consists of those campers entering Kindergarten through grade 2. Lower Campers participate in activities with their village following a varied daily schedule of age-appropriate activities.
Our “Upper Camp” includes campers entering grade 3 through grade 8 (up to age 13). Upper Campers may select their own afternoon “choice” activities at camp in the afternoons for three periods following lunch. Upper Campers entering 8th grade are eligible for our CIT program if they have been campers previously at Camp Creek Run and have been recommended by their counselors. See our "CIT Program" below for details.
Lunch & Snack
Campers pack their own lunches and snacks. We schedule a snack period in the morning, and if your camper is staying for after care, they are also welcome to enjoy another snack after camp that you provide. Please pack snacks and drinks as necessary for snack times, as snacks are not available for purchase at camp. We recommend that all campers bring snacks for Extended Care if they sign up for it.
To register for the Camp Creek Run summer season, just click on the link below to register and make a deposit per week, per child, or pay full tuition if desired. The deposit is deducted from the total tuition cost, and is refundable before June1st. Please refer to “Discounts” under “Rates and Dates” for your discount eligibility.
Tuition must be paid in full by June 1st. Each camper will receive a camp shirt on his or her first day of camp.
Health forms are due before June 1st and can be submitted through our registration portal.
Prior to June 1st, 100% of tuition will be refunded upon request. Because we reserve a space for your camper when you register, after June 1st no refunds will be made unless advance notice is given and we are able to fill your camper's slot. No refunds or time exchanges can be made in the event of absences or illness.
Summer Camp Activities
EcoStudy Programs & Dolittle Farm
Children have a natural curiosity about the world around them. At Camp Creek Run, we harness this wonder to teach campers about the local ecology through hands-on activities that engage all of their senses.
Through many positive, fun, free-range, and focused educational experiences in the outdoors, campers will gain an understanding of the rhythms of nature and the intricate relationships between other living things. We believe that instilling a respect and understanding of the natural world fosters a child’s connection to community and other human beings.
A few of the natural history investigations that are offered include aquatic, forest, and wildlife ecology; tree identification; birding; fishing & fish Identification; gardening for pollinators & wildlife; nature observation & journaling; fungi forays; life cycles; entomology; and animal tracks & signs.
Our camp’s EcoCenter is a nature center equipped with microscopes, natural science materials, and local field study guides. After exploring the woods, fields, and streams in search of leaves, grasses, insects, and other natural objects, campers can spend time with their counselors in the EcoCenter identifying and learning about their discoveries.
Campers will also have opportunities to visit Dolittle Farm, our small farm sanctuary, to water and pick vegetables in our organic garden, observe insects in our pollinator garden, learn about animal husbandry, and spend time with the domestic animals that call Dolittle Farm their home.
Fishing & Boating
Our lake is stream and spring fed with a sandy bottom and beach. The depth is 0 to 6 feet. The primary activities for the lake are paddleboating, canoeing, and fishing. Campers wear lifejackets at all times in boats, and are supervised by a lifeguard and adult counselors. Lower Campers may paddleboat or canoe with their counselors, and Upper Campers who have passed a swim test may use the paddleboats independently for supervised boating. Upper Campers are welcome to bring fishing poles with UNBARBED hooks for fishing during free choice activities. Lower Campers may have the opportunity to fish on Fridays as their schedule allows.
Creative Arts Program
Our creative arts program provides multiple opportunities for individual expression. It is designed to inspire the artist in every child, and to help campers achieve personal and artistic growth regardless of age or ability. Our arts & crafts director engages campers in activities such as mask-making, traditional camp crafts, painting, pottery, and jewelry making. Our music director inspires campers through activities that include singing, dancing, playing instruments, music appreciation, and writing songs and cheers. Lower Campers have arts & crafts and music as a part of their day-to-day schedule, and Upper Campers may choose creative arts in the afternoons.
Swimming & Water Sports
Each day, campers have swim instruction, recreational swimming, and pool games in our in-ground pools. Campers entering K - 3rd grade have instructional swimming by our Red Cross certified lifeguards that focus on gaining confidence in the water, learning swim strokes, and building on strengths. Campers entering grades 4 and up have pool games offered by our lifeguards that focus on swimming endurance and building skills. All campers from K - 8 grade have recreational (free) swim also as a part of their daily schedule.
Field Sports & Games
We offer a structured sports program, supervised by our sports directors. Our program focuses on developing cooperation, problem solving, trust, and self-esteem to build strong individuals and strong groups. Our counselors create a supportive and judgment-free atmosphere where individuals and groups are able to challenge themselves and learn through their experiences.
To achieve these goals, we offer varied sports such as basketball, soccer, volleyball, and kickball; outdoor education activities such as canoeing basics, hiking, archery, and orienteering; and cooperative & traditional camp games that give every camper a chance to excel.
A Sampling of Camp Activities
•Fishing & fish identification
•Nature walks & hiking
•Music & karaoke
•Arts & crafts
•Pottery and ceramics
•Nature study & journaling
•Circle time & story telling
•Open Mic Wednesdays
A Counselor-In-Training Program (C.I.T.) is available at Camp Creek Run for campers entering 8th grade who have previously attended Camp Creek Run. This one-year program gives our older campers the opportunity to gain experience working with children under the guidance of experienced adults, learn to work with a team, plan and lead activities, and create a positive community. It is a chance for campers to grow their leadership skills in a fun setting during their last summer at Camp Creek Run.
CITs assist counselors and act as mentors to younger campers and also help organize special events, distribute supplies, participate in camper programs, and represent the best Creek Run has to offer. Only motivated, energetic young men and women are invited into our program. The program is limited and acceptance is based on camp experience and recommendations from their summer camp counselors. There is no need to apply for this program. Evaluations are made by the summer camp counselors during their final summer as a camper in our oldest village (Iawanda - 7th grade & 8th graders). If campers are recommended, they are mailed acceptance letters during the next summer's registration process for upcoming summer. Please email us with any questions regarding the CIT program.
Each of our villages is led by a certified teacher or an adult head counselor with equivalent experience. Our assistant counselors are also either certified teachers or otherwise qualified adults who have experience working with children. Our staff members are chosen for their knowledge and camping experience as well as the ability to teach according to a child’s needs. Creek Run counselors are well-trained, energetic, and dedicated to ensuring your child’s physical and emotional safety. We conduct criminal background checks and check references on each of our staff members, whether they are directly supervising campers or not.
We also employ a Registered Nurse, and several of our staff members have CPR and First Aid certification.