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"I also have my own memories of your camp as it was my first camp experience as a mother dropping off my precious babies onto that huge campus for the first time as they looked at me with those big eyes - "Mom, why are you leaving?" - tears rolling down their little faces and I really came to trust you when you took them out of the back seat each morning but I knew that they were going to be ok. You were right when you said that you do have a sense of family at your camp. That is something unique about Little Buds that I know will carry on because it's the PEOPLE who make up the heart of your camp. And you have a lot of heart!!" - Janice (camp mom)

 

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program

Your Little Bud won't be bored this summer! Little Buds resides on the beautiful 20+ acre campus at 752 Big Oak Road in Yardley. Since 2006 Little Buds has provided hundreds of families and pre-school campers an enriching camp experience through creative and sensory play in an active, stimulating and fun-filled environment! Each week will include the following sessions tailored to the developmental skills of this age. Lunch Included! Check out what our moms say about our program!

Arts & Crafts
Music & Movement
Nature/Garden
Stream Stomping
Water Play & Water Slides
Story Time/Quiet Time
Trykes, Bikes, & Scooters
Fun with Food
Computers
Outdoor Cooperative Games
Playgrounds
Tumbling
Lunch Included
Dance
Naps for 2 & 3 year olds

We also provide:
Special Events
Annual Variety Show
Annual Carnival
Family Movie Night Under the Stars
Instructional Swim
Family Fun Nights
Parent's Night Out
AM & PM Extended Care

Throughout the summer we provide parents and siblings the opportunity to share in your child's camp experience with activities such as the camp carnival, movies under the stars and the variety show! Stay tuned for more details to come!

Max the miniature horse will be visiting camp several days this summer to give pony rides and lessons on horse care and grooming to all our Little Buds campers!
Max the miniature horse


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dates & rates for 2007

Thank you to all campers and families for making our 2014 summer camp season spectacular!  We look forward to another great summer in 2015!

Little Buds Day Camp will be held from June 22 through August 14. Camp is held on the campus of Big Oak Day Camp at 752 Big Oak Rd, Yardley, PA from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There is AM Extended Care available from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and PM Extended Care available until 6:00 p.m. for an additional fee. Campers may sign up for two or more weeks and either 3 or 5 days each week. Both 2 and 3 year olds have an option of a full day or "mini-camp" from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 

 

COST:

Full Day Camp (2, 3, 4, & 5 year olds) -- 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
5 full days: $320 per week + $25 registration fee* ($200 non-refundable deposit required with registration)
3 full days**: $205 per week + $25 registration fee* ($200 non-refundable deposit required with registration)
Full day tuition includes all program activities including lunch.

Mini-Camp (2 & 3 year olds only) -- 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
5 day "mini-camp" $155 per week + $25 registration fee* ($100 non-refundable deposit required with registration)
3 day "mini-camp"** $105 per week + $25 registration fee* ($100 non-refundable deposit required with registration)
Lunch is not included in "mini-camp"

*Please note: The $25 registration fee assessed, once per family when you sign up for your first camp program, entitles each registrant to receive a camp T-shirt. If you are also registering an older sibling for Big Oak Day Camp, families will only pay the registration fee for the Little Bud.

**For 3-day camps, you pick your days!

 

 

EXTENDED DAY CARE:
Extended day care is available for a Little Bud for an additional fee per session (AM or PM)

The first child registering for the a.m. or p.m. extended day service is charged full price, the second and successive child registered for the same service will be discounted at the rate of 50%.

Times:
AM Extended Care: 7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
PM Extended Care: 3:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Fees:
5 full days/5 mini days AM Extended care: $75
5 full days PM Extended care: $75
3 full days/3 mini days AM Extended care: $50
3 full days PM Extended care: $50

Extended care activities vary from day to day. Snack included. For your convenience, extended care can be arranged on an as-needed basis for AM or PM care for $25 per day. Please call Ruth to work out this arrangement.

 

 

WATER PLAY & SWIM

Little Buds runs a structured and scheduled program but allows for observed free play. Research indicates a greater developmental and social need for this age group to experience unguided free play. To create a creative environment we have water tables, sand tables, bikes and trykes, inflatable water slide and pools. This is a very important learning time as children learn to interact through play.

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All tuition monies are due by May 15th.

 

Discounts:

A sibling discount of $15 per week is available for children enrolled in full-time (5 days a week) camps only and will be applied to each successive child enrolled from the same family.

 

Select this link for Camp Participation Policies, including information about deposits and refunds, liability, behavior, camper removal, medical needs, and off-campus transportation.


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philosophy

Little Buds Counselor and Camper

We believe two, three, four, and five year olds have a powerful urge and curiosity to learn about themselves and the world around them. The best opportunities for learning come from socialization, exploration and discovery. They largely foster these skills through creative play where they are given the opportunity to use all of their senses. The "Little Buds" program will provide an age appropriate program in a safe and nurturing environment. This well-balanced day camp program will seek to provide campers with the social, emotional and physical stimulation that is essential for this age group. Our mature and caring staff is made up of adults who work in the child care field, college students and some teenagers.


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location

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Little Buds Day Camp is held on the 20+ acre campus of the Big Oak Day Camp located at 752 Big Oak Rd, in Yardley, Pennsylvania. This is the former site of St. John's The Evangelist School. This beautiful campus is complete with an air conditioned gymnasium, stage area, two-story school building, lots of open field and play area, playground and wooded area for exploration. Additional water activities will include outdoor water play with sprinklers, small child's pool and water slides.


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registration

REGISTER AND PAY ONLINE: To register and pay your deposit online using our secure payment center select this link.

ADDITIONAL CAMPER INSURANCE
We are also proud to offer additional protection for your child and your investment in summer camp. One of the top quality providers of camp insurance, TravMark, has an excellent and affordable day camp insurance option that gives you and your children additional protection. Included in this coverage is additional medical coverage as well as an excellent cancellation refund coverage. This means that should your child not be able to attend camp for any reason (up to 2 days before the start of camp), you can get up to 75% of your tuition money refunded.

Read more about it: Camper Insurance
Enroll: http://youth-studentplans.com/default.asp?linkid=conc11

 

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photo gallery

Select a link to see a photo gallery or slideshow (it will open in a new window).

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Little Buds 2010 Slideshow
Little Buds 2009 Little Buds 2009

 


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testimonials

"Thank you so much for helping me feel comfortable at camp this summer. I loved being your helper!"
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Kylie (4-year-old girl camper)

"Camp is AWESOME! I loved swimming lessons, water play, nature and EVERYTHING!"
~ Andrew (5-year-old boy camper)

"I had a blast at Little Buds Camp this summer! Thank you for all the fun!"
~ Nicky (5 yr old boy camper)

"Thank you very much for creating such a warm and positive environment. ... This will be the summer where the kids will remember "camp" and not that Daddy was deployed in Iraq."
~Krista (camp mom)

"Thanks for a great camp. The kids love it every day and that is not an easy thing to do!"
~Ann Marie (camp mom)

"Thank you so much for a great summer. Ethan really had a terrific time. He is excited to move up to GSDC next year and Dylan is gearing up to be a "Tree Frog." You guys really run a terrific program and I know you put your heart into it. It shows!"
~ Sandy (camp mom)

"I just wanted to thank you for all your hard work and dedication to making summer camp so amazing for the kids! This was Anjali’s first real camp experience and she loved it! ... You run a very well organized camp with such a great variety of activities. Thanks so much for everything on behalf of my whole family! See you next summer."
~ Smitha (camp mom)

"I just had to email you, and tell you how much Jess is loving her summer at camp! We talk every day about all of the fun things she does, the crafts she makes, even what she eats for lunch! I just wanted to say thank you to you and your team for giving Jess so many wonderful experiences this summer. We were a bit nervous about her starting because she’s never been to camp before, and so we were thrilled that she’s come home every day, excited and bubbling about what a wonderful time she had."
~ Sheri (camp mom)

"Thank you for providing a wonderful experience with many activities and opportunities to make new friends. Jennie has had a great time these past two summers. Thank you."
~ Lynn & Dave (camp parents)

"Thank you so much for such a great summer. I was thoroughly impressed with the staff, facilities, and activities that the children took part in. Lucas had a wonderful time and really learned a lot with you. He can’t wait to go back to camp next year and be a "squirrel" and his younger brother is chomping at the bit for his turn at camp after hearing about all the fun Lucas had."
~ Morayea (camp mom)

"Thank you so much for a great Little Buds summer! Kendall had a great time at Little Buds, and she is truly sad that camp has come to an end. All of the counselors have been great, and I really appreciate your frequent and informative communications to parents throughout the summer.
~ John (camp dad)

"You do an amazing job! Thank you for a wonderful summer! Thank you for your hard work, patience and passion"
~ camp family)

"Thank you so much for an amazing summer! This camp was one of the most incredible experiences of Jake’s life – he loved every minute of it!"
~ Paul & Stacey (parents)

"Thank you for a wonderful summer! Hannah really enjoyed her first camp experience. Thank you for all of your help throughout the weeks and for always being open and approachable"
~ Marc & Lisa (parents)

"Thank you for running an absolutely amazing camp…..Everything about the camp was run well and so creative…"
- Christine & Bob (parents)

"I would like to thank you for running a great camp this summer. Clare had a great time and came home ech day with good stories to tell about the day. She also crashed on the couch for a long nap each day….that is a true sign of a good, active day having fun!"
~ S. Petrone (parent)

"Thank you for making Little Buds camp so much fun! I loved the Carnival, getting ready for the Variety Show, learning to dance to the Cha Cha Slide and to Crazy Frog……..I can hardly wait for next summer……."
~ Andrew (4-year-old camper)

"Thank you for a wonderful summer.  Sophia truly enjoyed every day of the camp."
~ Danielle (parent)

"Annie loved the experience of Little Buds. It was so good for her to be away from home in a structured setting. She really loves all her new friends!.....You guys are awesome at what you do!"
~ Molly (parent)

"Thanks for creating and providing such a wonderful, positive camp experience. Nicolas really loved Little Buds. It is bittersweet that he will be too old to come back next year."
~ Park Family

"…thank you for another fabulous summer. Adam loved his time as a squirrel and all of the wonderful activiities you had planned…..It is obvious how much you love what you do, and you do an amazing job organizing it…"
~ Heather & Andrew (parents)

"I also have my own memories of your camp as it was my first camp experience as a mother dropping off my precious babies onto that huge campus for the first time as they looked at me with those big eyes - "Mom, why are you leaving?" - tears rolling down their little faces and I really came to trust you when you took them out of the back seat each morning but I knew that they were going to be ok. You were right when you said that you do have a sense of family at your camp. That is something unique about Little Buds that I know will carry on because it's the PEOPLE who make up the heart of your camp. And you have a lot of heart!!" - Janice (camp mom)

 

 


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articles

- The Power of the Experience (for parents debating the cost/benefit equation of sending their kids to camp)

 


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about the director

Ruth Haines is the mother of five children and a former pre-school teacher. Ruth brings both practical and professional experience and leadership to Little Buds Day Camp. Ruth's energetic and nurturing approach to this specific age group makes this a wonderful camp experience for each Little Bud.

Ruth is also proud owner of PINK & STEEL, a premier women's fitness facility located in Horsham, PA. 


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contact us

Ruth Haines
Little Buds Director: Ruth Haines
Phone: 267-261-4102
Email: campconcepts@comcast.net

Kids jumping

Little Buds is a Camp Concepts camp. Camp Concepts is owned by Steve Haines.

Camp Concepts owns and operates summer camp programs for kids at the Big Oak campus including Little Buds Day Camp, Expressions Day Camp, and Horizons USA Camp which will be located on the campus of The College of New Jersey.

Camp Concepts also owns and operates the subsidiary Advantage-USA. Advantage-USA is a global education and cultural alliance firm responsible for running the summer camp English Language immersion program for international campers called HORIZONS USA. www.Advantage-USA.org

Business Office & Mail: 560 Center Street, Warrington, PA 18976
Email: campconcepts@comcast.net
Phone:
Steve Haines: 267-261-4098
Ruth Haines - Camp Office: 267-261-4102
Fax: 215-491-3259
EIN#: 74-3082740

Account Services:
Linda Schloo
Phone: 215-285-2537
Email: accounts@campconcepts.org


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Little Buds at Big Oak Day Camp, 752 Big Oak Rd. Yardley, PA 19067

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Now, with Little Buds and Big Oak Day Camp we offer a great 8-week day camp for campers ages 2 -14. Those with an older Big Oak Day Camp sibling receive a $15 per week sibling discount. One campus, one convenient drop off and pick up and a great cost value in Bucks County day camps.

To register your older sibling (ages 6-14) at Big Oak Day Camp, click here: www.BigOakCamps.org

 

 


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