Blast Summer Day Camp

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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 2024. 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!

For campers entering 7th-9th grade, check out our Jr Servant-Leadership Program for Blast Day Camp!

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“[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?

Give your kids an unforgettable summer experience at Black Rock Retreat! Ideally located in Lancaster County, PA, Blast Day Camp promises to help them connect with new friends and experience the natural world around them in a whole new way. Blast Day Camp is the perfect way to get your kids excited to be outside this summer with age-appropriate activities, daily swimming time, and more!

  • 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!

Our retreat center is conveniently located near Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, New York City, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware. Only 30 min from Interstate 95, so your child can enjoy a secluded camping experience without having to go too far off the beaten path.

Blast Summer Day Camp Details

Blast Day Camp offers three age groups. Blast Day Camp Pioneers for campers entering 1st-2nd grade, Blast Day Camp Explorers for campers entering 3rd-4th grade, and Blast Day Camp Trekkers for campers entering 5th-6th grade. Groups will have separate age-appropriate activities throughout the day and will be together for meals, swimming, and other large group games.

When:

 See the 2024 Blast Day Camp dates and themes.

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). Blast Day Camps provide a variety of different activities to experience depending on age group and year, as we want to create a ‘progression’ of activities, keeping the campers interested year after year. Your camper will have a BLAST!

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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
10:15am: Snack
10:30am: Activity 2
11:30am: Devotional Time
12:00pm: Lunch
12:45pm: Swim Time (Pool, Lake, or Creek)
2:45pm: Snack
3:00pm: Activity 3
4:30-5:00pm: Pick-up
5:30-6:00pm: Late Pick-up (Additional cost)

Weekly Themes:

Each week will have a unique theme that will be part of the week’s activities, crafts, games and devotionals. See the 2024 schedule here.

Cost:

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 themWhy are there 3 prices?

5-Day Option (Monday-Friday) includes lunch and 2 snacks each day.

Tier 1 – Partially Sponsored Tier 2 – Subsidized Cost Tier 3 – True Cost
Price $240.00 $260.00 $280.00

Add-ons:
Early Drop-off: $65/week – includes breakfast each day
Late Pick-up: $65/week – includes dinner each day

3-Day Option (Monday, Wednesday, Friday Only) includes lunch and 2 snacks each day

Tier 1 – Partially Sponsored Tier 2 – Subsidized Cost Tier 3 – True Cost
Price $190.00 $215.00 $230.00

Add-ons:
Early Drop-off: $40/week – includes breakfast each day
Late Pick-up: $40/week – includes dinner each day

 

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Questions? See FAQs below (click here).

Looking for an overnight camp experience in Lancaster County? Check out our overnight Christian summer camps.

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FAQs About Blast Summer Day Camp in Lancaster County, PA

Can I sign up my child for Blast Day Camp online?

Yes, you can sign up for the 2024 summer camp season here »

Can I sign my child up for more than one week of Blast Day Camp?

Yes! You may sign your camper up for as many weeks as you would like.

See the weekly schedule, cost, or sign up online here.

Can I sign my child up for part of a week of Blast Day Camp?

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.

See the weekly schedule, cost, or sign up online here.

Where do I drop-off/pick-up my child from Blast Day Camp?

Dropoff and pickup will both take place in the Nature Center at Black Rock Retreat, 1345 Kirkwood Pike, Quarryville, PA (#26 on the map you can find here). Get Google Maps directions »

Does Blast Day Camp 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.

Are sign ups eligible for refunds?

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.

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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.

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Is there a policy regarding missed camp days due to illness?

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.

Contact Us for more information about our our absentee policy.

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.

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What is the staff-to-camper 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.

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Will there be lifeguards?

Yes! All swimming activities, and all aquatic fun your camper will get into this summer, take place under the supervision of Red Cross certified lifeguards.

Contact Us for more information about the safety standards in place at Black Rock Retreat.

Does camp close due to 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.

Contact Us for more information about how we communicate closures (if any).

Where will campers receive meals?

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 about Blast Day Camp?

Sure! Check out the Parent Packet or email us.