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Partnership with College Settlement Camps

Once the two University Camps locations were sold and they ceased operation as overnight camps, the Dana How Fund sought another venue for providing financial support. This resulted in a partnership with the College Settlement Camps in Horsham, PA.

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College Settlement Camps is rooted in the same Settlement House tradition as University Camps once was. While other settlement houses in the Philadelphia area were divesting of their residential camps, College Settlement Camps has continued to thrive.

The Dana How Fund not only provides scholarship money so that underprivileged youth in the greater Philadelphia area may attend the camp at a greatly reduced (or no) cost, it has also sponsored a Counselor In Training (CIT) program. Long time camp attendees now have the option of returning to camp in their mid teen years to work as CITs. This successful program has not only expanded the window of camp involvement, it has formed the basis of a counselor “supply chain.” It is hoped that today’s CITs will become tomorrow’s counselors, providing an organic source of talent for many years to come.

In 2023 the Dana How Social Services Fund provided financial support to two new camp operations, Camp Jamison and Discovery Pathways. Both serve minority youth from communities in Philadelphia. We look forward to continuing that support for summer programming in 2024 and beyond.

Camp Jamison
The mission at Camp Jamison is grounded in principles of diversity, inclusivity, and affordability. They recognize the importance of these values, especially for kids growing up in a city with its unique set of challenges. Camp Jamison serves as a vital escape and reset for these young individuals, offering a week of fun, relaxation, and reflection.
Discovery Pathways
Discovery Pathways' mission is to uplift the well-being of the community and environment through experiential, nature-based  programs. By providing hands-on environmental education to urban youth and adults, they empower leaders and cultivate a connection to the natural world.