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Our Camp is situated on 18 beautiful acres on the picturesque Perkiomen Creek in Lower Salford Township. There are twenty buildings on site for various activities including six cabins for sleeping, a new dining hall for meals, arts & craft pavilion, outdoor basketball pavilion, woodworking pavilion, medical building, and office. The pool overlooks the lower field where we hold many fun activities. Boating activities are also available and take place on the Perkiomen Creek. The Perkiomen Trail runs along the camp property.

Brief History

Board of Directors

Friends of Camp Rainbow

 

Program Description

Founded in 1951 by the Harold G. Knight Foundations, Camp Rainbow, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization, is a non-profit organization dedicated to offer deserving children of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania a one, week-long, overnight Summer camping experience at a low cost to the family.

Criteria for Acceptance to Camp:  between the ages of 7 and 16, a resident of Montgomery County, PA, and financially, emotionally, and/or socially challenged.  Identified children are qualified to attend regardless of their race, ethnicity, sex, gender, sexual orientation or religion.

Up to 100 children each week will experience proper guidance in democratic living in a community building.  Children garner a true appreciation of nature by taking part in activities while making friendships that last a lifetime.  Through a variety of fun, adventure-based problem solving and team building experiences, they will discover their leadership talents and experience the power of respect, responsibility, and healthy relationships.  Additionally, campers become knowledgeable about healthy living as they participate in discussions about nutrition, exercise, stress, conflict resolution, bullying prevention, and drug and alcohol abuse. Our camp activities include swimming, arts and crafts, archery, trail hiking, boating, basketball, fishing, baseball, campfires, skits and storytelling, nature study and adventure education programs (team building and low ropes initiatives).

Camp Rainbow strives to foster open relationships among children and adults where the sharing of ideas, philosophy, knowledge, beliefs, values, and passion is channeled into creating constructive solutions. We aim to build a healthy community where we grow as instruments for positive change. 

A safe, caring environment is created through consistency, clear expectations, and personal responsibility. This environment is created through our programming, outlined in our Full Value Contract and instilled through explanation, repetition, and practical application.  We ask each participant, from student to administrator, to listen to, understand, and agree to our guiding principles.  We find that the Full Value Contract contributes to individual and communal success when adapted and practiced. Practice makes progress.

Full Value Contract

Safety – Keep ourselves and each other physically and emotionally safe.
Valuing Behaviors – Act and speak in a way that puts people up, not down.
Honest Feedback – Give specific, thoughtful, honest feedback.
Let It Go! – Know when to let something go and move on.
Challenge By Choice – Each person must take responsibility for their own actions; it is their choice to participate.

As James Comer says, “There is no significant learning without significant relationships”