Our professional, mature teachers and coaches instruct each of the following 22 activities as if we were a specialty camp in that activity. Each activity has its own curriculum that builds upon what was learned the previous week. Our comprehensive 8-week instructional program improves knowledge and skills while promoting independence and confidence. The camp schedule is structured so that each child has swimming and baseball daily and the other activities weekly. Small group sizes of 8-10 children allow for both team and one-on-one instruction to maximize productivity and fun.
Please click on each activity below to see photos of that activity.
We also teach Chess, Fencing, Newcombe, Badminton, Ping Pong, Tetherball, Shuffleboard, and more!
Independent Play Time
An important part of our day that takes place as the campers are arriving is "Independent Play Time." This 45 minute period is a great opportunity for campers to practice their decision-making and to choose what activities they would like to do and who they would like to play with, boy or girl, older or younger. They can spend extra time at a favorite activity or try an activity that is not included in the weekly group schedule such as Chess, Newcombe, Kickball, etc. Since we de-emphasize competition while teaching the activities, the campers who are interested in more competition can also join a soccer or basketball league during this time in the mornings.
The Leadership Program
We offer the Blue Bell Leadership Program to a select group of campers as part of their weekly schedule. Participation in this character-building program is designed to create confident and respected leaders. Our oldest Division accepts a limited number of fifth, fourth, and older third graders to take part in this innovative and one of a kind program. As our oldest campers, their age group will have unique opportunities to develop their leadership skills and become role models for the rest of the camp. We feel that understanding and implementing the important principles of leadership will help our campers achieve both personal and academic success. The members of the Senior Division are also able to participate in special day trips and our camp overnight. Parents are welcome to contact us to discuss this program in more detail.
Senior Leadership Division
Members of the Blue Bell Bandana Club After the Senior Overnight
"Thank you so much for a wonderful summer. The boys had a blast, were exposed to new activities, and really enjoyed their experiences. Your staff really helped get them excited about learning new activities and helped to build their confidence and self-esteem all around. Thanks for everything!"
– Mr. and Mrs. M., Blue Bell, PA
"We really appreciated the quality of the counselors… all teachers makes a *huge* difference. Excellent management, quality of programs and staff. We love that it is a real 8 week program with consistency and continuity."
– Mr. and Mrs. Z., Gladwyne, PA
"BBC has been a very positive experience for our son. He learned new skills and was exposed to new things and was proud of the things he accomplished at camp. Counselors were invested in and engaged with the kids. Great camp – it has definitely met and exceeded our expectations and has been a great place for our son."
– Mrs. H., Blue Bell, PA