Environmental Day Camp

2019 Day Camps

All Day Camp sessions are full and there is no waiting list.

Session Dates Ages Cost
Session 1 6/17 - 6/28 6-14 FULL
Session 2 7/1 - 7/12 6-14 $250
Session 3 7/15 - 7/26 6-14 FULL
Session 4 7/29 - 8/9 6-14 FULL



Participating campers spend their day enjoying many of the same activities as their resident camp counterparts. Rotating from activity to activity, campers swim, ride horseback, canoe and explore the natural surroundings of Penn's campus. They also participate in specialized programs designed solely for day camp, such as creating their own entrepreneurial community. Older campers also participate in team challenges and high ropes elements. Of course, the day ends at 5:30, at which time campers return home to their family.

Sample Schedule (Monday thru Friday)

7:30-8:30 am

Arrival/Check In and Games

8:45-9:45 am

Activity Session

9:45-10:00 am


10:00-11:00 am

Activity Session

11:30 am


12:30-1:30 pm


2:45-3:45 pm

Activity Session

3:45-4:15 pm

Our Town

4:30-5:30 pm


*Optional Camp Sleep-overs occur the second Thursday of each session

Day Camp Leadership Adventures

There is now an exciting new day camp program for 13 & 14 year-old campers. Modeled after the Leader-In-Training program from previous summers, Leadership Adventures allows day campers who have been through the program for several summers to return in a leadership role. During the two week session, teens develop awareness of personal responsibility and leadership skills while giving some guidance to younger campers.

True Leadership

Day Camp staff are dedicated to carrying out the mission of Betsy-Jeff Penn. The staff-to-camper ratio is one-to-eight and we provide 100% supervision for all campers. Staff are highly trained, energetic and enthusiastic about both program and participants. Staff members are chosen with an emphasis on experience, attitude and work ethic, and are hired both locally and internationally. This diverse and qualified group also benefits from access to the best training on youth development techniques and programming in the state.

Equipment & Food

The Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Educational Center provides all the specialized equipment needed to canoe, climb, negotiate the ropes course, ride horseback, camp out and explore the environment. Day campers need to bring a bag lunch and snack each day.


All North Carolina youth between the ages of 6 and 14 are welcome at Penn's day camp sessions, but keep in mind that daily commutes are necessary.


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