Blast Summer Day Camp
2023 Registration Opens February 20, 2023!
Are you wondering how to get your kids excited to be outside this summer? Black Rock Retreat is excited to offer 8 weeks of high-energy, intentionally-programmed summer day camp in Lancaster County for campers entering 1st through 6th grade in the fall of 2023. Give your kids a summer experience they will not soon forget.
Every week at Blast Day Camp, campers will experience the natural world around them, grow in knowledge and skills, and connect with new friends. It’s fun, with no Wi-Fi required!
Sign them up for one week, two weeks, or more!
“[My camper] loved camp. He really blossomed this summer as a result of this camp experience” – Blast Day Camp Parent
Why Blast Summer Day Camp in Lancaster, PA?
- Weekly themes that guide hands-on learning experiences
- Daily swimming time
- Lunch and snacks included
- Caring and trained staff
- Daily devotional times
- Pick one week, two weeks, or more!
- Camp runs Mon-Fri, 9am-4:30pm w/ extended care available from 7:00am until 6:00pm (details below)
- A new way to experience the summer fun that Black Rock Retreat has been offering for over 60 years!
Blast Day Camp offers two age groups. Blast Day Camp Pioneers for campers entering 1st-3rd grade and Blast Day Camp Explorers for campers entering 4th-6th grade. Groups will have separate age-appropriate activities throughout the day and will be together for meals, swimming, and other large group games.
2023 Theme Information to Come: Click here to see the 2023 dates.
Sign up for as many weeks as you want!
Each week runs Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm with extended care available from 7:00 am until 6:00 pm (additional cost). Your camper will have a BLAST!
Sample Daily Schedule:
7:00-8:00am: Early Drop-off (Additional Cost)
8:30-9:00am: Blast Day Camp Drop-off
9:15am: Activity 1
10:30am: Activity 2
11:30am: Devotional Time
12:45pm: Swim Time (Pool, Lake, or Creek)
3:00pm: Activity 3
5:30-6:00pm: Late Pick-up (Additional cost)
Each week will have a unique theme that will be part of the week’s activities, crafts, games and devotionals. Specific theme information for 2023 to come soon, see the 2023 schedule here.
**New for 2022** We provide a three-tiered system to allow families to choose the price that best fits their financial situation. All campers receive the same experience regardless of what tier they pay, and all families are free to choose the option that works best for them. Why are there 3 prices?
5-Day Option (Monday-Friday) includes lunch and 2 snacks each day.
|Tier 1||Tier 2||Tier 3|
Early Drop-off: $55/week – includes breakfast each day
Late Pick-up: $55/week – includes dinner each day
3-Day Option (Monday, Wednesday, Friday Only) includes lunch and 2 snacks each day
|Tier 1||Tier 2||Tier 3|
Early Drop-off: $33/week – includes breakfast each day
Late Pick-up: $33/week – includes dinner each day
FAQs About Blast Summer Day Camp in Lancaster County, PA
- Can I sign up online?
Yes, you can sign up here »
- Can I sign my child up for more than one week?
Yes! You may sign your camper up for as many weeks as you would like. Campers signed up for 5 or more weeks will receive a 2nd t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag.
- Can I sign my child up for part of a week?
This year we are offering limited spots for campers to sign up for 3 days a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. When signing up, select the 3 Day (MWF) option when selecting the week of camp you want to attend.
- Where is drop-off/pick-up?
- Do you offer sponsorships?
For families looking for financial assistance, please check out our overnight Summer Camp program or check with your local church to see if they offer any sponsorship assistance.
- What if I need a refund?
Any amount paid above the $100 non-refundable deposit is refundable up to 14 days prior to the registered week of Day Camp. No refunds will be given for cancellations within 14 days of the registered week of Blast Day Camp.
- Does Blast Day Camp qualify as a Day Care Center for tax purposes?
Blast Day Camp is a camp program does not qualify to be claimed as tax-deductible child care.
- What if my child is sick?
If your child is sick we require them to be kept home for the day. If your child becomes sick during the day an authorized person will need to pick them up.
- How do you train the counselors?
Counselors participate in training sessions prior to the first week of Day Camp. All counselors are certified in Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED for adults and children. All staff working directly with campers have background checks as required by Pennsylvania law.
- What is the staff ratio?
Our ideal staff ratio is 1 staff for 7 campers. This number is adjusted as needed by the needs of a particular activity or group.
- Will there be lifeguards?
Yes! All swimming activities take place under the supervision of Red Cross certified lifeguards. Did you know we also offer summer swimming lessons for kids?
- What do you do in the case of inclement weather?
When the weather does not permit us to be outdoors, the fun just moves to either a pavilion or an indoor space such as our Nature Center or Gym.
- Where will the meals will be served?
Most meals will be served in one of our dining halls with an emphasis on providing balanced options. If your camper has any dietary allergies or restrictions please contact us.
- Can I get more information?