Southampton Has Been
The “Perfect Place to Grow Up” Since 1973
Rick and Jacque Blum, creators, owners and Executive Directors of Southampton Summer Day Camp, located in Upper Southampton in beautiful Bucks County, have provided recreational, and cultural activities for 48 years. We offer the finest in day camping for boys and girls ages 3-15. Both are experienced educators and have taught in the Elementary through High School grades. Rick’s lifelong love of athletics as a player and coach continues to provide SSDC with innovative ideas to motivate campers to build on their own achievements.
At Southampton we offer a place where campers are able to explore, grow, and develop into confident individuals. We truly believe that each child and staff person have the right to feel safe and cared for at Southampton Summer Day Camp while enjoying activities that are fun and build self-esteem. Our activities foster a sense of community and belonging. You as a parent are trusting us with your most prized possessions. It is our goal to safely return your camper to you at the end of each day: tired, a little bit dirty, and full of camp stories! We look forward to seeing the smiles on their faces, hearing their conversations and listening to the stories of their adventures with their camp families every summer. We have shared the “Southampton Way” for 48 summers with 1000’s of camp families.
Top 10 Reasons to Choose
Southampton Summer Day Camp
#10 Southampton Day Camp “A Real Camp Experience”
Our passion is to share the “Southampton Way” with you. The value of a traditional eight-week real camp experience is one that provides many young people with an extra constant in their lives with which to build relationships and experiences. SSDC is alone as perhaps the last day camp to place great value on the impact of the full real camp summer. A real camp should not just be a place to be, but rather a mixture of all things to do, centered on the one for all and all for one concept of growing together for eight whirlwind weeks (a limited number of 4-week placements are available). The final days of a real camp should be packed with culminating activities like championship and All-Star games, a dance and theater show, art projects, counselor talent shows and award’s presentations. A real camp should end bittersweet, with sadness and anticipation of new adventures to be shared next summer with old and new friends alike. CLICK ON THE LINK TO SEE NOTES FROM “UNCLE” RICK’S NOTES ABOUT 2022 REGISTRATION
#9 SSDC Has been a Special Place for 48 Years
For 46 years we have been making each summer season a pleasant experience for camp families. We strive every day to provide a safe, happy, and positive environment for your camper. Everything we do at SSDC is with the intention of providing an exceptional experience on many happy levels that will stay with each camper and staff member of our Southampton family for life. As Jacque says, “Six Degrees of Southampton Summer Day Camp” is truly a sweet pleasure to watch and experience as members of our camp family grow up into adulthood!
#8 Our Facilities and Programs Are First Rate
Spacious ball fields and courts as well as numerous hardtop areas enhance skill development in all sports areas. A modern, indoor, state of the art collegiate style Fieldhouse and Gym that can accommodate all sports rain or shine. Three sparkling, heated swimming pools with instructional swim programs taught by our certified Water Safety Instructors and Lifeguards using the American Red Cross Program. awaits your camper. A brand-new American Ninja Style Course along with a Continuous-Belay High Ropes Challenge Course for 2020. This is in addition to a giant zipline across Lake Daniel, a 4-sided rock wall, a climbing tower/zipline component and Air Bungee element. A complete indoor area for the creative arts, including music, dance and theater. Our private spring-fed lake provides good waterfront for our small craft and fishing enthusiasts. Our riding and nature programs round out our amazing facilities.
#7 Friendship Week & Color Games Creates Lasting Memories
Color Games is time honored camp tradition at camps worldwide. It is the most competitive activity at camp when the Gold and Brown Teams draw the line in the sand to gather together and earn the title of the winning team for the summer. Spirit, camaraderie and a “one for all, all for one” feelings are high during this much anticipated weeklong event. At the end of Color Sing we gather together to shout the traditional, “It Just Doesn’t Matter” chant, signaling that Color Games was great fun as we cherish the memories are friendships we’ve made until next summer.
#6 Southampton Has the Best Food of Any Camp Around
Scrumptious daily lunches that include all kinds of amazing cuisine are all supervised and prepared by our own Executive Chefs Brian Bowman and Terrance Barge. An extensive salad/food bar offering a multitude of choices including fresh fruit (watermelon, pineapple, honeydew, cantaloupe, apples, peaches and bananas), egg, chicken, and an array of freshly prepared salads awaits your camper. Gluten free and vegetarian choices are widely available each day. Every week SSDC offers a Yogurt Bar with fresh berries (strawberries and blackberries) and granola. Throughout the summer we offer special themed lunch days such as “Taco Day”, “BBQ Day”, “Breakfast for Lunch” and “Sushi Day”.
#5 Our Counseling Staff is Experienced and Exceptional
Campers and staff return to SSDC year after year because of the feeling of tradition, community, and belonging that they experience. For many campers, their time at camp is what they look forward to all year long. The fun and the friendships that are built at Southampton provide life-long childhood memories for our campers. 70% of our Senior Counselors have been at camp for more than 5 years. 22 staff members have been employees at camp for 15 or more years at SSDC.
#4 Special Events at Southampton Are Amazing
Our campers love our Special Events!!! We bring in performers and entertainment to keep the fun rolling all summer long. Hampy’s Splash Bash, Olympics, Carnival Rides & Booth Day, and Color Games are some of our camper favorites. Every Wednesday is Spirit Day at camp, where campers can where an SSDC shirt. Each week at Southampton brings new Special Events and surprises to keep thing fun and exciting throughout the summer!
#3 SSDC is Continuously Improving Our Camp
NEW FOR 2021 AT SOUTHAMPTON SUMMER DAY CAMP!!
- AMERICAN STYLE NINJA LOW COURSE. Take a swinging rope into a cargo net to begin your adventure. Cross the Swing Log, Tire Traverse, Monkey Bars and Indiana Jones Bridge just like a real warrior.
- NEW FOR 2021 CONTINUOUS-BELAY HIGH ROPES CHALLENGE COURSE WITH MULTIPLE PODS. Put on your harness and helmet to challenge yourself on our new course. Take a vertical climb to a central platform to start your challenge. New elements include an Indiana Jones Bridge, Catwalk, Pirates Crossing and Swinging Chairs, all ending in a “Leap of Faith.”
- USA Quickball, comes to Southampton Summer Day Camp in 2020. Quickball is innovative, fun, and inclusive. Quickball is literally “Quick Baseball” a national youth sports program that teaches diamond skills in a fast-paced, sandlot setting.
Quickball is a game that is engaging, physically active, fun and simple that enables players of all skill levels to compete on the same playing field. Quickball creates an environment that is appealing to many children and their families. Quickball also teaches basic diamond skills and promotes physical activity in ways that traditional baseball/softball does not – a definite plus.
#2 Southampton Summer Day Camp is an “ACA” Accredited Camp
Southampton is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). The ACA is a national, non-profit organization that supports and promotes high standards and best practices in organized camping. As an accredited camp, Southampton undergoes regular independent audits every three to five years to demonstrate its compliance of nearly 300 quality standards covering health and safety, facilities, personnel, administration, and programming. ACA accreditation is camping’s “good housekeeping seal of approval” and the “gold standard” for the camping industry.
#1 Southampton Has Been The “Perfect Place to Grow Up” Since 1973
Rick and Jacque Blum, creators, owners and Executive Directors of Southampton Summer Day Camp, located in Upper Southampton in beautiful Bucks County, have provided recreational and cultural activities for 48 years. Both are experienced educators and have taught in the Elementary through High School grades. Rick’s lifelong love of athletics as a player and coach continues to provide SSDC with innovative ideas to motivate campers to build on their own achievements. At Southampton we believe that we offer a place where campers are able to explore, grow, and develop into confident individuals. We look forward to seeing the smiles on their faces, hearing their conversations and listening to the stories of their adventures with their camp families every summer.
Fun Facts and Figures About SSDC
AT SOUTHAMPTON SUMMER DAY CAMP OUR CAMPERS ALSO LOOK FORWARD TO…
- A fully packed Arcade & Game Room
- An Arts & Crafts Program, including ceramics and Hampy’s Workshop wood projects
- “Little Hoot’s Playhouse”, an innovative, multi-colored, enclosed maze of climbing tubes, slides and amusements
- Two tent covered Pro-Wall Ga-Ga Courts
- A complete Bankshot Basketball Facility
- “Make and taste” treats in Hampy’s Kitchen
- Weekly awards and recognition in every bunk for Camper, Sportsmanship and Athlete
- Seasonal Awards and Trophies for many areas at camp
- Gymnastics Area with a “Tumble Track” and “Mini Mountain”
- Making memories with resident owl mascots; Hampy, Honey and Little Hoot