Lancaster Rec offers four high quality summer day camps for boys and girls, starting right after the school year ends. Each day camp is unique and has its own theme weeks, daily activities and field trips. You may also download the registration forms and register by mail or in person at the Lancaster Recreation Center. Your child may start at any of our summer day camps the day after you register them, if you do so before noon. Free lunch and snack is served every day at Discovery Day Camp, Sports of All Sorts and Camp Optimist. Free breakfast, lunch and snack is served every day at Kindergarten Boot Camp. Campers go on multiple field trips, some of which may have additional costs.

Camps will run from June 18 – August 17, 2018*. Camp Optimist will run until August 23, 2018. NO CAMP WILL BE HELD ON JUNE 14. (*Dates are subject to change due to the School District of Lancaster calendar)

$150/week, $39/day

Locations and Information

  • Discovery Day Camp

    Location: Ross Elementary School

    Ages: Students entering 1st-entering 6th grade

    June 18 – August 17, 2018

    Each week offers your children a chance to learn something new in connection with that week’s theme. Campers enjoy outside activities and educational stations. Campers are placed in small groups based on the grade they are entering and participate in age-appropriate activities with 40 minutes a week of instruction in literacy, art, and physical education in accordance to PA State Learning Standards. The goal is to keep academic skills fresh over the summer, apply the knowledge the children have learned in a fun way, and prepare them for the next school year.

    Campers swim at Conestoga Pines Pool on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

  • Sports of All Sorts Day Camp

    Location: Washington Elementary

    Ages: Students entering 1st-entering 6th grade

    June 18 – August 17, 2018

    Sports of All Sorts Day Camp offers your child a full day of sports fun, including fitness and wellness activities. At Lancaster Rec, we believe in fostering age-appropriate learning in a fun, sports-oriented atmosphere. Children will receive positive feedback for their participation, teamwork and sportsmanship.

    Campers swim at Conestoga Pines Pool on Mondays and Fridays.

  • Camp Optimist

    Location: Conestoga Pines Park

    Ages: Students entering 1st-entering 6th grade

    June 18 – August 23, 2018

    The main ingredient of Camp Optimist is fun that comes from the spirit of participation. We foster an inclusive, positive and caring environment in which each individual is encouraged to contribute and participate in our activities. We create a non-competitive environment where campers have fun while making lasting friendships and feel safe trying new activities. All campers take part in outdoor skills, sports, crafts, community activities, waterfront adventures, and all-camp events.

    Camp Optimist is located at Conestoga Pines Park off of Pitney Road. Indoor headquarters are at the Conestoga Pines Barn. Campers swim daily at the outdoor Conestoga Pines Pool.

  • Kindergarten Boot Camp

    Locations: Lancaster Recreation Center and Lancaster Rec Child Care Center at McCaskey

    Ages: Entering Kindergarten

    June 18 – August 17, 2018

    Kindergarten Boot Camp is a summer program that helps to prepare your child for Kindergarten. Teachers instruct students in reading, writing, numeracy, physical activity, nutrition and social skills, including cooperation and problem solving skills.


Space is limited at our four summer day camps, so complete your registration early to hold your child’s spot.

Registration for Child Care programs is only accepted in person at the Lancaster Recreation Commission office, except for registration for the Lancaster Rec Child Care Center at McCaskey High School which is also accepted at the site. No phone registrations are accepted. An annual non-refundable registration fee of $50 (plus $10 for each additional child from the same family) is due at the time of registration and at the beginning of every new school year.

A complete registration consists of the following. Children are not permitted to attend any Summer Camp program until all items have been turned in.

  • Completed and signed Child Care Agreement
  • Completed and signed Camper Schedule Form
  • Completed and signed Health Assessment Form (Physical) and Immunization (Shot) Records
    • Physicals and Shot Records less than one year old are required for Grades K-5 and Grades 5 and up
    • Children in Grades 1 through 4 are required to turn in Physicals and Shot Records (may be more than one year old)
  • Copies of any Custody/PFA Court Documents, if applicable
  • Copies of child’s IEP or IFSP, if applicable
  • Completed and signed Child and Adult Food Care Program Enrollment Form, for children age 5

Subsidized care is handled by Child Care Information Services. Call 393-4004 for details. CCIS funding only available for Lancaster Rec Discovery Day Camp, Sports of All Sorts Day Camp and Kindergarten Boot Camp.

Resources and Contact

Read more about each day camp’s benefits and see what a typical day’s schedule looks like.

Summer Day Camps Brochure

See the benefits to your child of participating in Kindergarten Boot Camp.

Kindergarten Boot Camp Brochure

This handbook outlines our philosophy, policies and procedures. Please read this handbook prior to bringing your child for child care.

Child Care Family Handbook
Please contact Marisol at or 717-392-2115 x138 with any questions.