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2905 Camp Swatara Road
Bethel, PA 19507
USA

717-933-8510

General Weekend Information

Welcome and Registration
More information regarding registration times and locations will be added closer to the event! 

Volunteer Information
More information on how to identify staff and volunteers in the case of questions that come up during the weekend will be added soon! 

Lost and Found
Lost and Found items can be turned in or claimed at the Welcome Tent or either of the Information Booths (Bridge Area and East Lodge Coat Room).

Recycling and Trash
Please help our efforts to be good stewards of God’s creation! BLUE recycling containers are available throughout camp and are labeled with accepted items. All trash should be placed in trashcans. If a trashcan gets full and needs to be emptied, please alert a staff member or volunteer. While supplies last, all registered anniversary guests will receive a refillable plastic souvenir cup. Be sure to write your name on your cup and keep it with you to use throughout the weekend to help reduce our use of paper products.

Offering
A free-will offering will be taken during the Saturday afternoon “Tell the Story” Celebration Program. This offering will be used to cover expenses incurred for 75th anniversary events and activities. After all expenses are covered, any additional funds will be designated for Building Bridges Capital Campaign (final project – West Lodge!). Donations may also be given at the Welcome Tent (Fellowship Hall) or Information Booth (East Lodge Coat Room). Thank you for your generosity and support of Camp Swatara!

Childcare and Children’s Activities – Location To Be Determined
Childcare for children age 6 and under will be provided free of charge on Saturday afternoon from 1:30-5:15pm during the “Tell the Story” Celebration Program. Families MUST pre-register for this service by August 1st. 

Lawn Chairs
Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair with them to use at the Saturday afternoon “Tell the Story” Celebration Program. 

First Aid and Water Stations
Guests are responsible to take care of their own First Aid and medical needs. If you need assistance, limited First Aid supplies and staff assistance is available at the Welcome Tent (Fellowship Hall) and Information Booths (Bridge Area and East Lodge Coat Room).  Frystown Fire Company and the Bethel Ambulance Service are aware of this event and will be on-site at various points during the day on Saturday to provide Emergency Services. 

Safety
In order to help everyone have a safe weekend, please observe and enforce the following rules in addition to camp’s regular rules and policies. 

  • We anticipate a significant amount of vehicle traffic at camp this weekend. PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY and yield to pedestrians. Camp Swatara is a pedestrian-first site and pedestrians have the right-of-way. 
  • Because of the large amount of traffic anticipated at camp, there will be NO BIKING on Friday or Saturday. Biking will be permitted on Sunday. Bikers under 12 years old must wear an appropriately sized helmet designed for biking activities. 
  • At least one adult (over 18) must be responsible for and provide supervision of any children or youth in their group.

Parking Information
Parking attendants will be available Friday morning and evening, all day on Saturday, and on Sunday morning to direct traffic. Please obey all posted signs and parking attendant instructions. All Day Visitors MUST park in the Visitor and Event Parking areas (Family Camp playfields or overflow parking areas), as directed. Van shuttles will be available on Saturday to provide transportation to and from the Fellowship Hall to the East Lodge. Family Camping Center campers should park at their site (one vehicle per site) with any additional vehicles parked in the designated Visitor and Event Parking areas. Guests staying overnight in the East, West, or North Lodge Areas will be provided with a parking pass to allow them to park in the retreat area. Persons with a handicapped placard or significant mobility  issues should contact the Camp Office by August 1st to request a parking pass.