This video provides a good introduction to who and what Camp Concepts is all about.
Big Oak Day Camp is a summer day camp owned and operated by career teachers that provide programming for children ages 6-14. The mark of a great summer day camp includes a diverse program of games and activities, an experienced and qualified staff and enthusiastic campers! Big Oak Day Camp is a Camp Concepts camp. Since 2003, Camp Concepts has been designing, administrating summer camp programs for kids and has earned a reputation for excellence in Bucks County. Our difference- we are educator owned and operated and have earned a reputation for creating a strong community environment where each camper is a valued and known member.
Our administrative team has more than 150 years of teaching and camp leadership experience. Our reputation for creating a strong family-like atmosphere for our staff and campers is what helps make a Big Oak summer memorable. Great camp games such as GaGa, Capture the Flag, Jurassic Park, Tchoukball which all come from our experience as Physical Education teachers to expected camp activities such as nature, arts & crafts, dance, drama, stream stomping and more. Your child’s Big Oak experience is about feeling deeply connected in our camp community.
Camp is about creating memorable and meaningful moments for our campers. We call these M&M moments! Because we seek to intentionally manufacture as well as react to these magical moments- they help us create an undeniable culture of community at camp. The definition of community is “the feeling of fellowship with others as a result of the sharing of common interests, attitudes, and goals.” In our opinion, “Community” is achieved with intentional assimilation of quality ingredients, including creative, innovative and diverse programming, experienced educator-based administrators and staff, supportive families, and of course, enthusiastic and fun-loving campers. Community is where all individuals combine efforts and unite to make the overall outcome greater than the sum of its parts. We pride ourselves in greeting campers by name and with excitement.
We believe a successful camp program begins with a wide variety of games and activities to create a fun and dynamic program. We believe games and activities provide a foundational base for creating an interactive and fun program for campers.
Our focus is not skill acquisition, but rather putting campers into situations where conversation, communication, and community are promoted and where their self-confidence and personal identity can be strengthened through a positive summer camp experience. Click here to view a collection of photos of our fun camp activities.
We also believe that diverse programming contains activities that allow campers to be creative, problem-solve, design, collaborate, take risks and develop a greater sense of self-reliance and self-assurance.
We utilize many games and activities that one might find in a good quality PE program. These are games/activities where the greater objective, besides having fun, is how the group works together to accomplish or succeed. We do not shy away from competition, but we seek to keep a healthy balance between the spirit and desire to win, and the reason for, and method of, winning. Click here to see a clip of our memorable and meaningful moments at camp.
Groupings - We group campers by co-ed cluster age groups. We have two main divisions: Junior Camp (entering grades 1-5) and the senior teen camp (entering grades 6-8). Each group has a lead counselor along with a CIT, JC, or/and an AC. One distinct feature is that when a group goes to a scheduled activity there is an Activity Leader who will facilitates and run the activity. Most of our Activity Leaders are educators! This allows our counseling staff to concentrate on camper interaction and having maximum fun. Each year we hire an amazing group of leaders who lead, mentor, and guide our campers through the fun activities of camp. These were our amazing Lead Counselors for the 2023 season:
Meet Danie Lead Counselor of Razzleberries.
Meet Emma Lead Counselor of Steamrollers
Meet Erin Lead Counselor of Trailblazers
Meet Adam Lead Counselor of the Dreamweavers
Meet Evan Lead Counselor of the Starbursts
Meet Ben Lead Counselor of the Fireballs
COST- Please visit our 'dates & rates' page.
LUNCH-One of campers and parents favorite things about our programs is that we serve a delicious lunch to every camper. Prepared on site by our amazing kitchen cook, campers eat hot or cold entree items as well as fruit and dessert. We work closely with those campers who may have food allergies to keep them safe. Please communicate any such food allergies on the medical form but also in an email or phone call as well. In addition to hot entree items, we always have turkey & cheese, ham & cheese, PBJ, or Nutella sandwiches available. For those who prefer, campers may pack a lunch and bring it to camp. Take a look at our menu.
SENIOR CAMP - Our senior camp (grades 6-9) has an expanded camp program that includes a CHOICE in their schedule selection as well as a very cool Teen Travel program of weekly off-campus trips. View the proposed schedule below. Our weekly CURIOSITY SHOPS allow our older campers to select from different CHOICE activities based on their interest or do what their friends are doing.
CAMP SWIM PROGRAM-Our camper swim program is one of the favorite camper activities to stay cool in the summer. We cool off and have fun in the beautiful indoor pool at Carl Sandburg Middle School. Read more details about our swim program here.
TEEN TRAVEL: ALL Teen Travel trips are scheduled for Tuesday's unless otherwise noted OR other unforseen factors that may impact the proposed schedule. We will do our best to notify parents AND campers when the schedule changes. Click HERE to see the 2023 Teen Travel locations.
TEEN TRAVEL 2024- THE KENYA EXPERIENCE
Our connection with Global Connections Foundation (a regsitered 501 (3)(c) gives us inside access to provide one of the coolest life experience trips to Kenya in July 3-12,2024. This 9-day Purpose Trip will include multiple unforgettable safari drives, immersive cultural & educational experience with Kenyan kids, as well as allow us to work side by side Kenyans in beautifying schools in the village Nyanchonori. The trip is open to children ages 11-16 and will be under the chaperone guidance of Camp Concepts staff. Interested travlers (parents and/or campers, should contact Steve Haines- CampConcepts@comcast.net, 267-261-4098 for more information. Check out some videos from our 2023 Kenya Experience trip here.
Visit our Kenya Experience WeTravel page here
Big Oak Day Camp 2023 Teen Travel Trip Schedule 2024 schedule coming soon
TRIPS are typically on TUESDAY but may vary due to factors including schedule changes at the Vendor location.