Recreational Services enrich the children’s lives by strengthening their social interactions & creativity.
Socialization is provided through various activities such as therapeutic swimming, music therapy, birthday celebrations, involvement with volunteers, participation in Boy and Girl Scout activities, special holiday events, and games. Community outings are a vital part of St. Edmond’s Recreational Services offering trips to: Sporting events, beach adventures, carnivals, theatre/performing arts, aquarium, zoo, hayrides, museums, proms, theme parks, bowling, shopping and many many more. Children experience a growth in creativity through variety of sensory stimulation activities such as arts and crafts, cooking, gardening, music therapy and animal therapy.
St. Edmond’s Home has also partnered with the education outreach branch of Walnut Street Theatre (WST) in Center City Philadelphia. A representative from WST comes twice a month to introduce the children to the performing arts through interactive workshops. The children benefit from socialization, sensory play, use of imagination, and awareness of their body and voice. They engage in imagination journeys, storytelling experiences, character development and movement. This program is a wonderful outlet for expressing feelings and for having fun.
Ashley, our Walnut Street Theatre “artist in residence” adapts each workshop to the children’s abilities and interest. One week one of the boys was enjoying and reacting to the song “Car Wash.” The following session Ashley had the children go through a car wash created by fabric hanging by a hula-hoop, someone blowing bubbles and a squirt bottle. The children loved it!
Camp Rainbow provides full day programming Monday through Friday for 8 weeks from June- August and is offered to children that live within the community. Children are greeted with a calendar of creative theme weeks and endless activities including- swimming, cooking, gardening, snoezelen, arts and crafts, & therapeutic positioning. The children are placed in small groups allowing for a more individualized programming plan. These small groups then join together for a large group activity pertaining to the theme week at hand such as:
These annual weeks are accompanied by new & creative theme weeks offering new & exciting activities for the children to experience.
The children also venture out on multiple community outings- including The Mann Center, bowling, Dave & Buster’s, Adventure Aquarium, Upper Darby Summer Stage, Please Touch Museum, Baseball games & other fun destinations. The hiring of additional staff/counselors provides the children with enhanced companionship throughout this 8 week program- adding to the excitement and energetic atmosphere that defines Camp Rainbow.
I had the best time coming back to Camp Rainbow for my third summer with the amazing kids here! I had the opportunity to witness all of the children accomplish amazing things and have plenty of fun. I can’t wait until next year!
Camp rainbow is an atmosphere that is filled with a love that is not found anywhere else. As counselors we are there to teach and help the children, but it is the children who shape our lives and teach us more than we thought was possible. Out of my six summers at St. Edmond’s, this summer was easily one of the best.
Even though I have worked at St. Edmond’s for three years, I would rarely call it my work place. It is so much more than that! Not only do the children bring smiles to my face every day, but the workers at St. Edmond’s try incredibly hard to make it the best summer Camp Rainbow has seen. It definitely paid off because this summer was loaded with fun new activities that everyone enjoyed!
Thank you for another spectacular summer! You all have made the last 13 summers so very special—I had so much fun!
Wonderful Camp! The counselors are incredible! The staff is absolutely amazing!
There were more activities and special events than I expected! Thank you for another great summer at Camp Rainbow!