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THE TENDERFOOT CAMP provides recreational activities specially attuned to the interests of three- to six-year-old children. The program focuses on social development, independence, the nurturing of new friendships, and the strengthening of self-esteem. As children grow, they are encouraged by our supportive staff to broaden their experiences and see what the world around them has to offer. Emphasis is placed on cooperation rather than competition. Children are placed in coeducational groups by age. We offer: • A balance of structured activities and free play opportunities • Experienced early childhood educators • Cooperative rather than competitive activities • A low staff/child ratio

ACTIVITIES SWIMMING Our well-trained swim staff supports our young campers through the early stages of swim instruction. Water safety and skill development are emphasized in our pool built to accommodate the youngest children. Small group instruction, based on campers’ needs and skill level, occurs every morning, and a free swim period gives each child a chance to cool off every afternoon.

MUSIC & DRAMA Our music and drama counselors engage our campers in singing and acting out familiar songs and stories, as well as new ones. Our campers play simple instruments, and use creative movement and role playing as ways of creative expression.

ARTS & CRAFTS Campers can experience all types of media from paint to clay to glitter to recyclables. We invite them to use their imaginations to express themselves through art.

NATURE Children use all five senses to explore the trees, insects, rocks, and the pond on our beautiful 18-acre Lower School campus. Discover nature through hands-on exploration.

COMPUTERS Our four- to six-year-olds enjoy using our new technology as they are exposed to an assortment of fun, exciting early childhood software. The air-conditioned lab is a real plus on a hot summer day.

SPORTS AND GAMES With an emphasis on fitness and cooperation, campers play numerous group games such as “Blob Tag” and “Snakes in the Grass,” as well as develop soccer fundamentals. A counselor skilled in working with young children gets everyone involved in the fun.

A TYPICAL DAY 8:30-9:00


11:30-12:30 12:30-3:00

DROP-OFF Greeted at their cars by a welcoming counselor, campers are escorted to their camp rooms where they deposit belongings, have a free choice time, and get ready for a busy day with their team of counselors.

MORNING ACTIVITIES Campers run, laugh, swim, and learn together with their group through five morning periods, including Snack Time. The variety is exciting and stimulating. Here are some examples: do the Superman float for the first time at Instructional Swim; put the final touches on a 4th of July hat at Arts and Crafts; create original sounds with their own camp band at Music; and lay flat and still by the pond to fully observe the goldfish swimming lazily about during Nature time.

LUNCH A time to eat and refresh with counselors and friends.

AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES A balance between structured activities and “down” time; catch up with a playmate on the playground, splash and cool off in the pool at Free Swim, or interpret the role of the spider in “The Spider and the Crab” in Drama. The afternoon is characterized by flexibility and individualization, depending on the age and pace of campers. Those campers that need a little catnap are given the chance to rest. Six-year-olds are off to their WOW! activity.


PICK-UP Counselors assist their campers at pick-up at the end of the camp day.


AFTER CAMP Extended care available; snack and swim included.



The same quality of excellence that marks

The Lower School Campus, located on Old Gulph

Friends’ Central as one of the outstanding

Road in Wynnewood, encompasses 18 acres,

independent schools in the Philadelphia area

with fields, a nature trail, a large swimming

also characterizes our summer activities. All of our programs are managed by Friends’ Central faculty who are invested in their school community and are committed to providing a happy, enriching, and safe camp experience for every child. Friends’ Central School is recognized for its friendly, welcoming atmosphere as well as the positive interactions between children and faculty. These characteristics, as well as fair play, acceptance, and respect for the individual, are emphasized in the summer programs.

pool, a gymnasium perfect for rainy days, and three playgrounds for campers to explore and use, including “Joey’s Playground.” Our wellequipped facility and varied terrain provide a safe, nurturing setting for our campers. GMC (GOOD MORNING CLUB) 8:00 am – 8:30 am Early morning, supervised care at a fee of $30/week (weekly basis only). ACE (AFTER CAMP EXPERIENCE) 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm Extended afternoon camp care can be

All summertime employees are oriented and

purchased in 3 ways: 3 single days for $60

guided in following the Quaker practices for

(that can be used anytime during the camp

which the school is known.

season); each calendar week $90; or the full 7 weeks of camp for $550.

DIRECTOR AND STAFF Deb Will begins her ninth year as Director of the Tenderfoot Camp, after serving three years as Assistant Director. Currently Lower School Reading Specialist at Friends’ Central, Deb brings to the job over twenty-three years of experience teaching young children. A former Assistant Director at Trailblazer Camp, Dave Thomas begins his seventh year assisting Deb Will at Tenderfoot Camp. Dave has been the fifth grade science teacher at Friends’ Central for 24 years. Special counselors at the Tenderfoot Camp include a professional music educator, a drama specialist, a computer instructor, art and nature counselors, certified lifeguards, and a full-time registered nurse.

THEME WEEKS Tenderfoot Campers anticipate the excitement of our weekly thematic activities. Our counselors develop their curriculum around a particular theme that culminates on Friday at an all-camp assembly. A few of these themes have included: Friendship Week, where making new friends is emphasized and having a Teddy Bear Parade is the highlight; Animal Week, where campers can pet exotic and familiar animals at the petting zoo and masks of tigers and mice abound; and International Week, a time for each camp group to focus and learn about one country, making a native costume in Arts and Crafts, singing related songs in Music, and performing a skit at the end of the week representing all that’s been learned. Learning and fun go hand-in-hand in every Theme Week. The weekly camp newsletter, “The Hoot”, keeps parents informed about all the latest camp news and thematic events.


the enrollment form to hold a spot for your

Door-to-door service is available to and from

child. The balance is due by April 9, 2012.

FCS Tenderfoot Day Camp. An application form

If you need to reduce your enrollment weeks

is enclosed. A shuttle between Trailblazer

or cancel your child’s enrollment, notify us in

Camp on City Avenue and Tenderfoot Camp

writing before March 1, 2012 in order to receive

on our Lower School Campus is offered for

a partial refund. No refund will be given out

a small fee to families with children at both camps. This will allow parents to drop off and pick up their children at only one location. BROWN BAG LUNCH Our Brown Bag Lunch includes a choice of sandwich, fruit, snack, and a beverage. The cost is $29 per week. OPEN HOUSE There will be a camp Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2012. Campers will meet their counselors and tour the campgrounds. FEES 4 weeks $1,850 5 weeks $2,025 6 weeks $2,175 7 weeks $2,300

after this date. All cancellations are subject to a $250 cancellation fee. Upon receipt of your enrollment and deposit, a confirmation letter and supplemental services information will be mailed to you. You can then register for Good Morning Club, ACE (After Camp Experience), and Brown Bag Lunch. THREE-YEAR-OLD PROGRAM For the three-year-old, who may be experiencing summer camp for the first time, we offer: • Small groups • Experienced and energetic counselors • Special activities such as Art, Nature, and Music geared to three-year-old abilities and interests • Relaxed afternoon schedule including story and rest time All children must be toilet trained — no exceptions.

AGE REQUIREMENTS Any child whose birthday falls between July 1, 2005 and June 30, 2009 is eligible


for camp.



and Tenderfoot Camp offers them WOW,

To accommodate family summer scheduling

Wonder Of the Week. Beginning Week Two

plans, the camp offers the convenience of

of camp, campers will experience different

enrollment flexibility. Four, five, six, and seven

areas of concentration that will change weekly.

week programs are offered. You do not have to

These areas may include basketball, soccer,

select consecutive weeks. We are providing

ceramics, science, technology, and dramatics.

our returning campers and FCS students with

WOW activities will be held in the afternoons.

a priority mailing of enrollment information in December. New camper information will be mailed January 13th. All enrollments will be

Six-year-olds are ready for more excitement,

Six-year-olds are also being accepted as Trailblazer Campers on our City Avenue

considered on a first-come-first-served basis.

Campus. Call the Summer Programs Office

A minimum deposit of $500 is required with

at 610-645-5132 for further information concerning this program.




Lower School Campus Ages 3-6 228 Old Gulph Road Wynnewood, PA 19096


City Avenue Campus Ages 6-12 1101 City Avenue Wynnewood, PA 19096


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Karen Bleakley at 610-645-5132 Or send email to:

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