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2905 Camp Swatara Road
Bethel, PA 19507
USA

717-933-8510

Trips and Events

Oct
7
to Oct 8

Global Getaway - Heifer Project Global Village Experience

Youth and adults are invited to join Camp Swatara friends for an exciting overnight Global Gateway adventure this fall! This cultural immersion experience will take place at the Heifer Project International Global Village, located at Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center (Sharpsburg, MD). The Global Village features replicas of homes, gardens, and livestock from developing nations where Heifer Project is active. Participants will tour the village and then be assigned to one of the eight home sites (Guatemala, Mozambique, Kenya, Appalachia, Refugee, Thailand, or Tibet) to cook dinner, sleep, and make breakfast. The experience will challenge participants to examine their own habits, consumption, and beliefs through unique hands-on learning experiences that seek to promote an awareness and understanding of care for Creation, global economics, hunger, multiculturalism, and poverty. The group will gather at Camp Swatara on Saturday, October 7th to load up and travel to Maryland. A pick-up location in Harrisburg is also an option. We will return to camp on Sunday, October 8th. Participants must be at least 12 years old and youth age 12-17 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is just $85 per person and includes transportation to and from Maryland, a packed lunch for Saturday, and the Global Gateway experience. Register online at www.campswatara.org or by sending in the form below with your registration fee (non refundable) by Sept. 8, 2017.

Register Online or Click HERE for Registration Form and Information

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Fall Fun Night!
Oct
8
4:00pm 4:00pm

Fall Fun Night!

Reunite with friends and staff from the summer around the campfire for a hot dog cookout, songs, stories and inspiration. Come early for fun and fellowship with games and activities for all ages. Feel free to bring along a side dish, snack or dessert to share.  After dinner we will join in singing and laughter for a Fun Campfire. You are welcome to bring a lawn chair or enjoy a seat around the campfire circle. Suggested donation of $5 (max $20 per Family). Please RSVP to the camp office.

 

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Nov
3
6:00pm 6:00pm

2017 Contributors Dinner

This annual event provides a chance for you to interact with camp staff, enjoy a delicious meal and evening entertainment, hear a report on camp’s ministry and get an update on the Building Bridges Capital Campaign, congratulate the volunteer of the year, and celebrate staff milestones.  We are excited to welcome Jeff Raught, a composer, actor, singer, storyteller, and musician, as this year’s entertainment!

Tables of 8 persons will cost $700 each.  Individual tickets will cost $50 each but individuals are challenged to give $74 per ticket in honor of camp’s 74 years.  Purchase Tickets Online

 

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Sep
8
to Sep 17

Acadia National Park Trip

This trip is currently FULL. Please contact the Camp Office if you would like to be wait-listed for this trip. 

The 11th annual Camp Swatara Adult Trip will travel north to Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park from September 8th – 17th, 2017. Register now to ensure that you have a “wicked good” time learning why Mount Desert Island is considered “downeast,” enjoying excellent dining including lobster and Maine blueberries, and taking in the intense natural beauty of the Maine coast where the “waters meet the forests.” 

Additional Information and Registration Form

Online Registration Coming Soon!
 

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Sep
2
9:30am 9:30am

Family Camping Center Auction

Come enjoy a day at Camp Swatara on Saturday, September 2, 2017 to benefit the Family Camping Center!  Great items and gift certificates will be available for auction with all funds benefiting the ministry and facility needs at Camp.  Delicious foods, creative crafts, and fun family fellowship will be available all day!  The children's auction will begin at 9:30am followed by the main auction.  

If you have items you would like to donate, please contact the Family camp Office (717-933-5244) or deliver them to the East Lodge by Friday, September 1.  Auction items will be available for preview on Friday night.

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Jul
12
8:00am 8:00am

Annual Golf Fore Camp Tournament

WHERE:
Blue Mountain Golf Course located off Route 22 (East of Fredericksburg and north of Esther's Diner)

WHEN:
Wednesday July 12, 2017

COST:
$75 per person (includes greens fee, cart, refreshments, banquet, prizes)

TIME:
8:00am start

FORMAT:
"Scramble Play" - Each member of the foursome drives on each hole. Players then all hit from the point considered the best position. Tee shots are from the white markers for men, red markers for ladies, and gold markers for those 65 and older.

FORMS:
Team Registration Form
Tournament Sponsor Form

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Jun
24
10:00am10:00am

Trail Trek

Join us for the 1st Annual Trail Trek!  Hike one (or more) of our 4 designated Trail Trek routes at Camp to obtain the most "punches."  The more punches you find, the more opportunities you will have to win prizes.  At the conclusion of your hike, join us for ice cream in the West Area!

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When: June 24, 2017 10-?
Where: Starting in Camp's West Area, then the hiking trails
Why: Fun & Fellowship!  And to help raise money for the Building Bridges Capital Campaign.
Cost: Get as many sponsors for your hike as you can!  A minimum total sponsorship of $10/hiker is required (children under 5 are free)

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Apr
23
3:00pm 3:00pm

Spring Into Swatara!

It’s an Open House. It’s a Family Fun Day. It’s Spring into Swatara! Join us for games, activities, crafts and tours for all ages and abilities from 3-5pm. Stay for dinner
followed by a program by “This Way Up!” a Christian band of “boomwhackers!”

This event is free and open to the public!
Please RSVP to let us know you’re coming!

 

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Mar
24
to Mar 26

Intermediate Spring Weekend!

WHO: All youth in 4th to 6th grade.

Campers will experience the best of camp before the summer begins! Spring Weekends offer the opportunity to have fun, meet friends and get a sneak peek at the theme for the summer. Arts and crafts, nature, singing, campfires and Bible time will all be part of this fun filled weekend!

WHERE: Camp Swatara
(Registration begins at 7 pm Friday evening and camper pick-up is at 1 pm Sunday afternoon. Campers will be staying in the West Area.)

COST: $90 per camper

Additional Information and Registration Form

Online Registration!

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Mar
17
to Mar 19

Junior Spring Weekend!

WHO: All youth in 1st to 3rd grade (Juniors) 

Campers will experience the best of camp before the summer begins! Spring Weekends offer the opportunity to have fun, meet friends and get a sneak peek at the theme for the summer. Arts and crafts, nature, singing, campfires and Bible time will all be part of this fun filled weekend!

WHERE: Camp Swatara
(Registration begins at 7 pm Friday evening and camper pick-up is at 1 pm Sunday afternoon. Junior Camp will be staying in the West Area.)

COST: $90 per camper

Additional Information and Registration Form

Online Registration!

 

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Feb
25
8:00am 8:00am

Paul Bunyan Workday

Grab your tools and a couple of friends and head to the base of the Blue Mountain for the 2017 Paul Bunyan Workday on Saturday, February 25th! The woodboxes are camp are looking really empty, so we are in need of lots of help this year! Work will begin around 8am and last until mid-afternoon. Enjoy a delicious morning coffee break and wonderful lunch! 

Please contact the camp office at info@campswatara.org or 717-933-8510 to sign-up and let us know you're coming! See you there! (In case of severe snow, we will reschedule for our snow date of March 11th.)

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Cookie Camp at Camp Swatara
Dec
3
8:00am 8:00am

Cookie Camp at Camp Swatara

At Cookie Camp, all the aprons, measuring utensils, bowls, mixers, and ingredients are
provided for preparing your Christmas cookies or gifts to share! Individuals, pairs, or
families focus on spending time together and enjoying Christmas decorations, music,
and treats (cookies, hot chocolate, punch, etc). We do the work while you get to enjoy
the fun and then leave the mess to us! Pick a morning (9:30am-12:00pm), afternoon
(1:30-4:00pm), or evening session (5:30-8:00pm) on Saturday, December 3rd
and choose from one of two options:

  •  Mix and Make - Mix up four batches of delicious cookie dough and freeze them as individual cookies to pull out and bake whenever you need cookies! $45
  • Gifts in a Jar - Create six beautiful gifts in a jar with dry ingredients, recipe cards, and decorated lids for special, handmade gifts to share! $35

 Click HERE for an event flyer 

Click HERE for a Cookie Camp Registration Form

Click HERE to register online for Cookie Camp

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2016 Contributor's Dinner
Nov
4
6:30pm 6:30pm

2016 Contributor's Dinner

This annual event provides a chance for you to interact with camp staff, enjoy a delicious meal and evening entertainment, hear a report on camp’s ministry and get an update on the Building Bridges Capital Campaign, congratulate the volunteer of the year, and celebrate staff milestones. This year we will be remembering Buildings and Grounds Manager, Lloyd Moyer, who passed away in May, recognizing Office Manager, Joann Ebling, who retired this summer, and celebrating Lloyd and Joann’s decades of service to camp.  We are also excited to welcome professional handbell ringer, Ron Bellamy accompanied by Linda Young Lorgus, as this year’s entertainment!

Tables of 8 persons will cost $700 each. Individual tickets will cost $50 each but individuals are challenged to give $73 per ticket in honor of camp’s 73 years.

Purchase Tickets

Purchase Tickets Online

Purchase Tickets Online

Call the Camp office at 717-933-8510

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2016 Fall Birding Trip
Oct
21
to Oct 23

2016 Fall Birding Trip

This Fall Doug and Sally Ruby will be leading the Camp Swatara Birding Trip to explore the Delmarva Peninsula.  The itinerary for this trip will include visiting Bombay Hook in Delaware on Friday, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia on Saturday, and Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge of Sunday morning, before returning back to Camp Swatara.  This itinerary should provide a variety of migrating songbirds, water birds on their winter sites, and late moving raptors.

Doug and Sally Ruby’s home in Salisbury Maryland will be used as the base of operations.  Overnight housing will be at the Ruby’s or a nearby hotel. 

Cost of $130 per person includes transportation throughout the weekend, meals and lodging.   

      Contact Doug & Sally Ruby with specific questions at:    srubybird@comcast.net or (410) 548-9122

Register online or check out this Registration Form

 

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Acadia National Park Adult Trip
Sep
9
to Sep 18

Acadia National Park Adult Trip

From September 9-18, Camp Swatara is sponsoring a trip to Acadia National Park and the surrounding area. Ray and Judy Powell, who have co-led this trip for the past nine years, have more than 30 years of experience exploring the Park. Activities will include nature discovery walks and boat rides, as well as a carriage ride through the Park. Park Ranger presentations will be included on several of these discoveries. Sightings of deer, eagles, seals and beaver are common. (Sorry, no moose, but you never know.) There will also be a stop at the famous Jordan Pond House to eat popovers and time to explore the shops of Bar Harbor.

Housing accommodations while in Maine are in modern 2-3 bedroom cottages located on the water's edge outside of Bar Harbor (www.seasidemaine.com). Each cottage is comfortably furnished and includes private bedrooms (double occupancy), as well as a shared bath, kitchen and living room. Travel to and from Acadia is done in two Camp vans and overnight accommodations while traveling are in three star hotels included in the cost of the trip. The estimated cost is $975 per person (dependent upon final accommodation costs). This cost includes all housing accommodations, transportation, tickets, all breakfasts and the dinner/supper meal while in Maine. Similar trips with commercial vendors cost more than $3,000. Space is limited to no more than 18 persons.

Past trips have included participants from various COB congregations such as Chiques, Palmyra, Myerstown, Lancaster, Phoenixville, Indian Valley, Spring Creek and Elizabethtown.  A full informational brochure and the option of online registration will be available soon on camp's website.  For additional information, contact camp directly (717-933-8510) or for contact Ray and Judy at jmprkp@comcast.net or 717-669-7403.

Download The Brochure

 

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Taizé Lenten Retreat
Feb
26
to Feb 27

Taizé Lenten Retreat

Join us at Camp Swatara to begin the Lenten season with prayer, worship, Bible study, service, and fellowship!  Our time together will be modeled after the daily schedule of the Christian community in Taize, France.  Taize-style worship includes a unique, meditative blend of scripture, silence, prayer, and beautiful song.  Overnight accommodations will be available in North Lodge or the East Staff House.    Download the brochure for more information.  Register at http://www.campswatara.org/camps/register 

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Valentine's Day Getaway!
Feb
12
to Feb 13

Valentine's Day Getaway!

Are you looking for a unique Valentine's Day gift for that camp lover in your life?  What about an overnight getaway including an evening dinner and delicious morning brunch?  Couples can arrive anytime after 2pm on Friday, February 12th to settle in at North Lodge and enjoy time at camp.  Dinner will be served at 6:30pm.  Coffee, tea, and pastries that will be available in North Lodge on Saturday morning followed by a delicious brunch from 10:00-11:00am.  Couples are welcome to stay and enjoy camp or depart whenever it suits best on Saturday.   Package price for each couple is just $140.  Space is limited, so check out the registration information.  (Thank you for making other arrangements for your children.)

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Annual Contributor's Dinner
Nov
6
6:00pm 6:00pm

Annual Contributor's Dinner

Join us for Camp Swatara's Annual Contributor's Dinner on Friday, November 6 at 6:00pm in the East Lodge!  This is the perfect chance to interact with Camp staff, enjoy a delicious meal and evening entertainment, hear a report on Camp's ministry, get an update on the Building Bridges Capital Campaign, congratulate the volunteer of the year, and celebrate staff milestones.  We are happy to welcome professional concert pianist H. William Moyer as this year's entertainment!  Tickets are $700 per table of 8 or $50 per person with a challenge donation of $72 (in honor of Camp's 72 years!)  Contact the camp office (717-933-8510 or administrator@campswatara.org) or a member of the Board of Trustees to get your tickets today!

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2015 Acadia National Park Adult Trip
Sep
11
to Sep 20

2015 Acadia National Park Adult Trip

 

Why is the area around Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park called Downeast Maine? In 2015 you will have the opportunity to not only learn the meaning of "Downeast," but also experience firsthand the wonders and beauty of this area where the "waters meet the forests." From September 11-20 Camp Swatara is sponsoring a trip to Acadia National Park and the surrounding area. Ray and Judy Powell, who have co-led this trip for the past eight years, have more than 30 years of experience exploring the Park. Activities will include nature discovery walks and boat rides, as well as a carriage ride through the Park. Park Ranger presentations will be included on several of these discoveries. Sightings of deer, eagles, seals and beaver are common. (Sorry, no moose, but you never know.) 

There will also be a stop at the famous Jordan Pond House to eat popovers and time to explore the shops of Bar Harbor.  Housing accommodations while in Maine are in modern 2-3 bedroom cottages located on the water's edge outside of Bar Harbor (www.seasidemaine.com). Each cottage is comfortably furnished and includes private bedrooms (double occupancy), as well as a shared bath, kitchen and living room. Travel to and from Acadia is done in two Camp vans and overnight accommodations while traveling are in three star hotels included in the cost of the trip. The estimated cost is $900 per person (dependent upon final accommodation costs). This cost includes all housing accommodations, transportation, tickets, all breakfasts and the dinner/supper meal while in Maine. Similar trips with commercial vendors cost more than $3,000. Space is limited to no more than 18 persons.

Past trips have included participants from various COB congregations such as Chiques, Palmyra, Myerstown, Lancaster, Phoenixville, Indian Valley, Spring Creek and Elizabethtown.

If you wish to register for this trip you may contact Camp directly.

Download the Brochure

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Ribbon Cutting Celebration
May
24
3:00pm 3:00pm

Ribbon Cutting Celebration

Join other Camp Swatara supporters at the newly completed camp bridge for a ribbon cutting as we celebrate one of the project milestones for the Building Bridges Capital Campaign.  Plan to spend the afternoon at Camp enjoying all the family fun that a day at Swatara can provide. At 3pm a ribbon cutting celebration will be held followed by a parade across the new bridge. A ticketed dinner with live music will follow late in the afternoon concluding with a time of vespers worship. Make plans to be at camp on May 24th as we celebrate the achievements of the Building Bridges Campaign to this point, and press on toward the goal!

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