Brief History

Camp Rainbow was originally incorporated in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania as the Harold G. Knight Foundation on March 5, 1951. The original purpose of Camp Rainbow, as stated in the charter, is:

“For charitable and benevolent purposes and more especially, to extend such aid and assistance to wards of the Juvenile Court of Montgomery County as may be suggested and/or approved by the President Judge, thereof and for the accumulation of a fund for the establishment and proper maintenance of a Summer camp wherein deserving children of Montgomery County may experience proper guidance in democratic living, to the end that they may be better fit to take their places as useful and constructive citizens of the community and the nation…”

The original charter members were Peter J. Frascino, Norristown; Bram Kulp, Hatfield; William Shelton, Oaks; Honorable Harold G. Knight, Green Lane; Foster Hillegas, Pennsburg; Raymond Mensch, Gilbertsville; Robert Reilly, Norristown; Edward Snow, Ardmore; Joseph Jervis, Jeffersonville; Samuel Glass, Conshohocken; Ira J. Mills, Jeffersonville; and Benjamin Scirica, Norristown.

On March 30, 1951, the officers of Camp Rainbow signed a lease with the County commissioners to operate the camp on 10 acres of land located in West Norriton Township adjacent to the Detention home which was known as Montgomery Hall.

On December 5, 1983, documents were filed to legally change the name of the Harold G. Knight Foundation to Camp Rainbow, Inc.

For many years, the camp was operated for boys only, ages 7-14. In 1985, the camp began operating as a coeducational camp.

Because of urban sprawl occurring in West Norritown Township, the Board of Directors began searching for other properties out “in the country” which would be more suitable for the camp. In 1992, the County Commissioners purchased “Camp Firefly” in Upper Salford as part of the County Park System. Since then, Camp Rainbow has been operating in Upper Salford, PA.

The camp is operated for 6 weeks during the summer months offering a six-day, five-night experience to selected children who may not otherwise have been given an opportunity to attend a summer camp. The boys and girls arrive on Sunday between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM, departing on Friday afternoon.  Approximately 3,000 applications are sent to all of the schools, social agencies, and police departments in Montgomery County.