Our Guiding Light
Miss Betty Stonorov attended Bryn Mawr College, the New School for Social Research in New York City and the Bank Street College of Education. She also studied at the Barnes Foundation with Dr. Albert Barnes. Her passion was bringing adults together to meet the needs of children.
Miss Betty circa 1967.
Miss Betty started Charlestown Day Camp in 1949. Camp was originally located on her personal property in Charlestown Township. In 2004 camp moved to our current location at Pickering Grove Park in Chester Springs. With the move the name of camp was changed to Miss Betty’s Day Camp. Miss Betty had a deep understanding of people young and old. Her goal was to provide an environment that would create well rounded, inquisitive children that were interested in the world around them and believed strongly that children learn through play. In that respect, much of what happens at Miss Betty's Day Camp is unstructured and free form. She also believed that parents were a child's first and best resource and their number one advocate. Miss Betty's was founded on a Co-op based system where parents were welcomed and encouraged to be involved in the running, organization, and overall development of Camp. We continue to encourage a Co-op based system at camp and ask parents to be involved in many ways at camp, whether it be through providing help during our pre-camp work party, or donating supplies/materials for one of our many specialty areas.
We continue to do our best to uphold the principles at Miss Betty's that Betty herself established so many years ago.