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A Summer of Fun at Camp Creek Run
Our Program & Philosophy
Camp Creek Run is a state-accredited, dynamic summer day camp for children ages 4-13 (PK - 8th grade). The camp is located on 50 pristine wooded acres in Marlton, New Jersey. Among the property's natural features are beautiful wooded nature trails, open meadows, a spring fed lake with a sandy beach, and a southbranch tributary of the Rancocas Creek. Our camp facilities 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, climbing wall, nurse's station, snack bar, and gaga pit.
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 non-competitive 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.
Our summer camp program runs for 8 weeks, and children ages 4-13 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 2021 open house dates are:
•Sunday, March 28 from 1-3pm
•Sunday, April 25 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.
2021 Summer Camp Dates
June 21 - August 13*
• Closed July 5th in observance of Independence Day Holiday
• 4pm dismissal August 13
2021 Summer Camp Rates
•$325 per week
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.
The camp program for grades 1-8 is from 8:30am - 3:30pm. Our morning ceremony begins promptly at 8:55, and camp ends with snack from 3:15 – 3:30. These age groups may be dropped off as early as 7am and stay until 4pm at no charge. After Care from 4pm-6pm for grades 1-8 is available (see "Extended Care" program below).
The camp program for PreK/K is from 8:30-3:15. PK/K 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 this age group.
Extended Care Program
Our Extended Care program is available for campers entering grades 1-8. Children in grades 1-8 may be dropped off as early as 7am at no charge. After Care from 4pm-6pm is available at an extra cost for those who need it in grades 1-8. Campers entering Pre-K & K may be dropped off as early as 8am, and must be picked up by 3:15 pm.
•AM Early Care: 7am – 8:30 am drop off – NO CHARGE (8am drop off for PK & K if needed – see above)
•PM After Care: Pick up between 4-6 pm – $30 / week / camper (not offered to PK & K)
Campers picked up before 4pm are not charged an extended care fee! Our camp day ends promptly at 6pm with no exceptions. Late fees will begin accruing after 6pm.
Placement - Lower & Upper Camp
Campers are grouped into villages according to their grade. Our “Lower Camp” consists of those campers entering PK & K 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 7 & 8 (up to age 13). Upper Campers may select their own afternoon “choice” activities at camp in the afternoons for three periods following lunch.
Lunch & Snack
Campers pack their own lunches. We schedule a snack time in the morning, and also in the afternoon. In the morning, we provide a small snack (animal crackers or pretzels), and in the afternoon, campers may purchase a small snack from our snack bar if they choose, or may bring their own snack. Snack cards for our snack bar are sold in $5 increments.
To register for the Camp Creek Run summer season, just fill out the registration form below and enclose a $100 non-refundable deposit per child, or full tuition if desired. The $100 deposit is deducted from the total tuition cost. 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. A camper’s registration is not considered complete until health forms are on file.
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, and 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.
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 and canoeing. Campers wear lifejackets at all times, and are supervised by a lifeguard and adult counselors. Upper campers who have passed a swim test may use the paddleboats for supervised boating. Lower Campers always paddleboat with a counselor.
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 and recreational swimming in our in-ground pools. Swimming lessons are given in the pools by our Red Cross certified lifeguards. The children are grouped according to age and ability.
Water sports and games are provided by our lifeguards as well. They include fun games such as relay races, water volleyball, water tag, water polo, water basketball, musical balloons, and many others.
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 the climbing wall, 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 call us at 856-596-4250 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.