Spring Weekend
Mar
29
to Mar 31

Spring Weekend

If you just can’t wait until June arrives to come to camp, come join us for a Spring Weekend! You’ll get a chance to experience all of the typical camp activities like nature, arts & crafts, Bible & music. Get a sneak peak of our summer theme “Peace Works, Empowering the Next Generation of Peacemakers.” Of course you’ll get to make new friends, reconnect with old ones and grow in your faith!

Registration for the 2019 Spring Weekend is available at Http://cwngui.campwise.com/Customer/swatara/browser-check-reg.html

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2019 SPRING OPENING CAMP SWATARA FCC “WORK WEEKEND"
Apr
6
8:30 AM08:30

2019 SPRING OPENING CAMP SWATARA FCC “WORK WEEKEND"

  • 2905 Camp Swatara Road Bethel, PA, 19507 United States (map)
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Things are THAWING OUT here and Spring is Just Around the Corner ……  Come Help Us OPEN UP the Campground and Spruce things up! FREE CAMPING in Exchange for Your Labor and Help! 

RESERVATIONS PREFERRED to GET AN ACCURATE HEAD COUNT for the FREE LUNCH and BREAK SNACKS on Saturday

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Spring in Swatara
Apr
28
3:00 PM15:00

Spring in Swatara

  • 2905 Camp Swatara Road Bethel, PA, 19507 United States (map)
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Make plans now to join us Sunday, April 28, 2019 for an afternoon of games, activities, crafts and tours for all ages and abilities. Stay for dinner followed by a presentation from “Cissy and The Man” in the East Lodge. Trust us, you won’t want to miss this event! Bring your family, friends and let’s have FUN!

There will also be a special time of appreciation and greeting for outgoing Camp Administrators, Joel & Linetta Ballew.

 This event is FREE and open to the public! (RSVP’s preferred, but not required!)

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Spring Bird Weekend 2019
May
2
to May 5

Spring Bird Weekend 2019

Make plans now to join other bird watching enthusiasts fir a special trip of fours days of birding along the south Lake Erie shores. Sites around Magee Marsh include the best warbler and songbird migration stop in the Midwest. The birding festival held at this time is “The biggest week in American birding.” Thursday will be spent traveling to Ohio. We will explore the birding sites Friday & Saturday. The boardwalk at Magee Marsh is famous for warblers while Ottawa NWR has wetland habitat. We will return to Pennsylvania on Sunday.

Link to Registration Form can be found here.

Registration for the 2019 Spring Birding Weekend is available at Http://cwngui.campwise.com/Customer/swatara/browser-check-reg.html

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Family Camping Center Yard Sale
Jun
29
9:00 AM09:00

Family Camping Center Yard Sale

  • 2905 Camp Swatara Road Bethel, PA, 19507 United States (map)
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Camp Swatara will host a benefit yard sale on Saturday June 29 from 9am-12noon in the Family Camping Center. Bring your items for sale either at your site or rent a table in the FCC Fellowship hall for $15. Individuals are welcome to keep the proceeds from their sales. Proceeds from the table rental fundraiser will benefit the Family Camping Center.

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Golf FORE Camp
Jul
17
8:00 PM20:00

Golf FORE Camp

Dust off your irons -- polish up your spikes -- makes plans to tee up and benefit the ministry and work at Camp Swatara! Look for details and more information this spring to register your foursome. Registration includes greens fee, cart rental, refreshments, banquet lunch, and prizes. A great time supporting camp is guaranteed!

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Family Camping Center Benefit Auction
Aug
31
9:30 AM09:30

Family Camping Center Benefit Auction

  • 2905 Camp Swatara Road Bethel, PA, 19507 United States (map)
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Come enjoy the day at Camp Swatara on Saturday August 31 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 for the day! If you have items you would like to donate, please deliver them to the FCC Fellowship Hall by Friday August 30. Auction items will be available for preview on Friday night.

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Fall Hiking Retreat
Sep
14
9:00 AM09:00

Fall Hiking Retreat

  • 2905 Camp Swatara Road Bethel, PA, 19507 United States (map)
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Our life of faith is a journey. Join us for a day of exploring the path as we prayerfully walk Camp Swatara’s trails. We will look at preparation for the journey and watch for how God meets us on the path of our lives. We will learn from scriptural examples of journeys and pay attention to God’s surprises along the way.

The pace will be easy, with time for personal and group reflection along the easy-to-moderate unpaved trails. The trail guide will be Karen Haldeman (spiritual director and friend of Camp Swatara).

Link to Registration Form can be found here.

Registration for the 2019 On the Trail with God, A walking day-retreat is available at Http://cwngui.campwise.com/Customer/swatara/browser-check-reg.html

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Fall Fun Night
Oct
5
5:30 PM17:30

Fall Fun Night

  • 2905 Camp Swatara Road Bethel, PA, 19507 United States (map)
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Prepare your favorite Camp Swatara dish (from the cookbook or one you remember from camp) and bring it along for a carry-in dinner. The kitchen will prepare some of our favorites for everyone as well. You won’t want to miss the Ice Cream Churn Off with special taste-testing judges! For more information and to RSVP contact the camp office.

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Annual Contributors Dinner
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

Annual Contributors Dinner

  • 2905 Camp Swatara Road Bethel, PA, 19507 United States (map)
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Gather with other camp supports as we enjoy a delicious dinner, honor the Volunteer of the Year, recognize staff milestones, and spend a wonderful evening with other friends of Camp. The 2019 Contributors Dinner will be a chance to retell cherished stories, but also to look forward to the year ahead.

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Advent Retreat
Dec
7
9:00 AM09:00

Advent Retreat

  • 2905 Camp Swatara Road Bethel, PA, 19507 United States (map)
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The Advent season brings calendars full of holiday programs, traditional activi-ties, and family gatherings. To begin the season, give yourself the gift of a day to set aside your to-do lists and expectations and to be present to the peace that can come while we wait for Immanuel, God-with-us.

Led by Karen Haldeman (spiritual director and friend of Camp Swatara), this day retreat will include time for group and personal reflection as we move into this season of holy waiting.

Optional Friday evening begins at 7:30 pm with a brief gathering time before entering into the quiet of the night on your own.

Link to Registration Form can be found here.

Registration for the 2019 Advent Day Retreat is available at Http://cwngui.campwise.com/Customer/swatara/browser-check-reg.html

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Cookie Camp
Dec
14
9:30 AM09:30

Cookie Camp

  • 2905 Camp Swatara Road Bethel, PA, 19507 United States (map)
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Let Camp Swatara’s Cookie Camp simplify your Christmas Season!

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 on Saturday 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

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Dec
8
9:30 AM09:30

Cookie Camp

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 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

Promotional Flyer

Click HERE for online registration.

Register by Wednesday November 28th so that we can have all of your supplies ready!  

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Nov
2
6:00 PM18:00

2018 Contributors Dinner

Come and join us at the East Lodge for our Annual Contributor's Dinner on November 2nd!  In addition to the delicious appetizers and dinner, interactions with camp staff, and honoring the Volunteer of the Year, this year's event will feature special entertainment, presentations, displays, and speakers in honor of camp's 75th anniversary!  

Tables of 8 will be $750 and individual tickets will be $50 each with a challenge of $75. Table and ticket sales will begin in August via mail or online.

Informational Flyer

Printable Reservation Form

Online Reservation Form

 

 

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Nov
2
to Nov 4

Fall Birding Weekend 2018

Make plans now to join other bird watching enthusiasts for a weekend of birding along the New Jersey Shore. Our first stop will be the wetlands at Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge near Brigantine NJ. This is a major water and shorebird stop along the coastal Flyway. All day Saturday and Sunday morning will be spent touring sites in the Cape May area, including the famous Hawk Watch at Cape May Point Park. We will play close attention for late migrants and vagrants. Cape May is famous as a migrant stop as birds hesitate to cross the Delaware Bay at this point. We will return to the camp Sunday afternoon. 

Click HERE for online registration.

Paper Registration Form

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Oct
13
9:30 AM09:30

Toddler Day Camp

Join us for a NEW camp experience designed for those who weren't quite old enough for our 2018 summer camp!  Similar to the Big & Small Camps we offer in the summer, Toddler Day Camp is a chance for kids as young as 3 and as old as Kindergarten (2018-2019 school year) to come to camp along with an adult!  The day will begin around 9:30am and feature fun camp activities like crafts, nature, Bible study, recreation, and music geared specifically to this age group and our theme, "If I Were a Butterfly."  We'll enjoy family-style meals together for lunch and dinner.  An optional overnight is  available for pairs that would like to stay at camp from the conclusion of the day program Saturday evening at 6:30pm until Sunday morning.

Cost is $45 per Camper/Adult pair and includes lunch, dinner and a snack. Cost to add an overnight stay is $30 per pair and includes breakfast and a stay in either our West Retreat or East Staff House.

Click HERE for online registration

Paper registration form coming soon!

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Oct
13
9:00 AM09:00

On the Trail with God

Our life of faith is a journey.  Join us for a day of exploring the path as we prayerfully walk some of the trails at Camp Swatara.  We will look at preparation for the journey, pay attention to how God meets us on the path of our lives, and learn from scriptural examples of journeys, as we watch for God’s surprises along the way.  The pace will be easy, with time for personal and group reflection at spots on the trail.  The day’s trail guide will be Karen Haldeman (spiritual director, retreat leader, and friend of Camp Swatara).  Registration fee of $20 includes lunch.

Please bring a small knapsack or bag containing a water bottle, your journal, and (if desired) your Bible to carry with you throughout the day.  Sturdy footwear is highly recommended.  You might consider bringing a towel to sit on where there are no benches.

NOTE: Walking will be easy to moderate on unpaved trails, with an optional difficult hike to the Rock Pile after lunch.  Outdoor seating and restroom facilities will be limited.

Rain Date October 27th

Click HERE for Online Registration

Paper Registration/Information Form

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Sep
29
5:30 PM17:30

Fall Fun Food Fest!

Prepare your favorite Camp Swatara dish (from the cookbook or one you remember from camp) and bring it along for a carry-in dinner. The kitchen will prepare some of our favorites for everyone as well. You won't want to miss the Ice Cream Churn Off with special taste-testing judges! 

For more information and to RSVP, contact the camp office at info@campswatara.org or 717-933-8510. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Promotional Flyer

Ice Cream Churn Off Entry Form

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Sep
1
9:30 AM09:30

FCC Benefit Auction

LOCATION UPDATE: For 2018, the auction will take place in the FCC Fellowship Hall!

Come enjoy a day at Camp Swatara on Saturday, September 1, 2018 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 Fellowship Hall by Friday, August 31. Auction items will be available for preview on Friday night.

 

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Jul
11
8:00 AM08:00

Annual Golf Tournament

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

WHEN:
Wednesday July 11

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.

Registration information coming soon! 

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Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

Trail Trek!

Hike one (or more) of our FIVE 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!

When: June 23, from 10:00 - 3:00
Where: Starting in Camp's West Area, then hiking the trails!
Why: Fun & Fellowship!  And to 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). And a challenge for 2018: Raise $75 for the 75th Anniversary and be entered into a special drawing! 

 Click HERE for more details and to register for this event!  

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May
18
to May 20

Spring Birding Weekend - West Virginia Tour

Make plans now to join other bird watching enthusiasts for a fun filled weekend in West Virginia! The weekend tour, led by Doug and Sally Ruby, is timed with the peak of songbird migration north. Plans include visiting Blackwater Falls State Park, Bickle Knob Observation Tower, Seneca Rocks and Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Space is limited, so register early!

You can register online HERE

Or you can print a paper Registration Form and mail it into the camp office.  

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Apr
22
3:00 PM15:00

Spring Into Swatara!

It’s an Open House. It’s a Family Fun Day. It’s Spring into Swatara!

Bring your family and/or your youth group and join us for games, activities, crafts and tours for all ages and abilities from 3-5 pm. Stay for dinner (prepared by camp) followed by special entertainment! 

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

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Apr
21
9:00 AM09:00

Be Still Retreat

A Day Apart for Prayer and Reflection - NEW FOR 2018! 

This day-long retreat will provide an opportunity to slow down, to quiet our noisy minds, to be still. With times of guided reflection, teaching, contemplative prayer practices, and personal silence amid the natural beauty at Camp Swatara, the day is a chance to connect deeply with God without the usual distractions. 

The $20 registration fee includes your lunch and a snack on the retreat day. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes for optional walking. Remember to bring your Bible, a journal or notebook, and a candle (preferably unscented and in a glass holder). Bring an open heart and a willingness to wait upon the Lord. 

Please contact the camp office with any questions about the retreat day or if you need assistance with registering for this event: Email: info@campswatara.org, Phone: 717-933-8510

You can register online HERE

Or you can print a paper Registration Form and mail it into the camp office.  

 

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Apr
6
to Apr 8

FCC Opening Work Weekend

Make plans to join us on Saturday April 7th at 8:30 am at the FCC Fellowship Hall to help us get ready for another amazing camping season! 

Please contact Rick and Sarah Balmer for more information and to make a reservation for the weekend. Those who help on Saturday will receive FREE CAMPING for the weekend! 

We hope to see you there!

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Mar
2
to Mar 4

Spring Weekend 1 (Grades 5-8)

Come get a taste of Summer Camp! Enjoy some of your favorite camp activities like Nature, Arts & Crafts and Bible. Of course you'll have chances to grow in your faith, catch up with old friends and make new ones!

Open to Campers in Grades 5-8.

Cost: $90 per camper

Register Online at This Link or using this Flyer

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Feb
24
8:00 AM08:00

Paul Bunyan Work Day

Grab your equipment and a couple of friends and head to the base of the Blue Mountain for the 2018 Paul Bunyan Workday on Saturday, February 24th! The wood-boxes are camp need to be filled for the 2018 camping season! Work will begin around 8:00 am and last until mid-afternoon. Enjoy a delicious morning coffee break and wonderful hot 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 3rd.)

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Jan
1
to Dec 31

75th Anniversary

In 2018 Camp Swatara will be celebrating 75 years of fellowship! Make plans to join with friends, fellow campers, past and current staff at the great events we have planned throughout the entire year! For more information, please go to our 75th Anniversary page! 

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Dec
2
9:30 AM09:30

Cookie Camp at Camp Swatara

Registration is closed.
Please contact the camp office with any questions!

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

 

 

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Fall Fun Night!
Oct
8
4:00 PM16:00

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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Oct
7
to Oct 8

Global Getaway - Heifer Project Global Village Experience

Due to low interest, this event has been cancelled.  

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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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
9:30 AM09:30

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
8:00 AM08:00

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
10:00 AM10:00

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!

Register Now!  | Downloads

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
3:00 PM15:00

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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