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Hopewell Area Recreation & Parks

Hopewell Area Recreation & Parks



This program is designed to get your children out of the house and active in a safe, inclusive and supportive activity. Our dedicated staff are committed to providing a positive environment for all participants. Your children will learn new skills, become more confident, and make new friends. Children must be accompanied to the playground site by a parent or guardian unless permission has been given in your registration for them to walk to and from home to our program.

The Playground Program will offer endless opportunities for your child ages 6-12 to have a fun and a memorable summer. Our half-day summer playground program is designed to spark your child’s imagination, grow new friendships, and assist them in discovering adventure and enjoyment in outdoor play. With creatively planned activities, campers enjoy a safe community to keep them structured and busy!

Families can select any combination of weeks or all 10 at a reduced rate! All children registering weekly must be registered one week prior to the week they plan to attend. To ensure we are staffed accordingly for the upcoming week. All registrations MUST be completed online by Monday, of the previous week. 

*All Staff are CPR/First Aid Certified, and have three current background clearances on file.  (State, Child Abuse and FBI) Our staff is energetic and ready to provide a FUN summer for the campers!

 Camp Time

Camp runs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9a-12p

Thursday from 9a-4p (if going to the pool, if not 9a-12p)

Lunch 11am – Campers are to pack a lunch on pool days to eat at HARP prior to leaving for the pool. 

Rainy Day Refund Policy
Camp runs rain or shine.  On rainy days campers will be kept under the pavilion or inside the community building.  There will be no refunds for canceled days due to unforeseen reasons.  Pool days may vary if inclement weather is forecasted or the July 4th holiday occurs for our Thursday’s regular Pool Day.

Schedule of weekly activities will be posted.

Registration is limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Registration Listing

2024 HARP Summer Playground Program

Hopewell Area Recreation & Parks will be hosting a Summer Playground Program for the 2024 summer season for children ages 6-12 that reside in one of our four service areas (Hopewell Township, Stewartstown Borough, East Hopewell Township & Crossroads Borough). It will be a ten-week summer program that will be supervised by our Director, Rick Kerns. While in college, Rick was a Summer Playground Counselor for the York Township Parks and Rec Department. He was also a certified Red Cross Lifeguard and managed three summer camps and seven before and after school programs for almost ten years for the YWCA of Lancaster. He will use these experiences to provide an enjoyable and safe environment for your child/ren in our summer playground program. 

Who:  Children ages 6-12 (Children must be 6 years of age by June 3, 2024)

What: 10 weeks of summer fun!

When: Monday, June 3rd through Friday, August 9th (program will not be held July 4th)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday from 9:00am-12:00pm
Thursday (Pool weather permitting) from 9:00am-4:00pm

Where: HARP located at 16 College Avenue Stewartstown, PA 17363

The program will include active games, board games, sports activities, tournaments, arts & crafts, and much more. On Thursdays we will attend Shanberger’s Pool (164 E. Main Street, Fawn Grove, PA 17321) from 12:30pm until 3:30pm. Participants should pack a lunch on pool days to eat at the program prior to departing for the pool at noon. Bus transportation will be provided to and from the pool on these days. Daily pool admission and bus transportation fees are included in your registration fee. Parents planning to pick up prior to 3:45pm will need to do so at the pool. Our bus from the pool will usually return to the park around 4pm for parent pick up.

Early Bird Weekly Registration Fee
Residents = $95 weekly    NR = $125 weekly   Entire Summer= $750 Pool & Transportation Fee included in registration
May 1st 2024, the weekly registration fee will increase by $10.

Note to Parents: The Summer Playground Program is designed to provide activities for children and is not a substitute for childcare. Attendance is not mandatory or enforced. Be sure to inform your child of your expectations regarding attendance. Pre-registration is required.

Week Eight Registration (7/22-7/26/24)

Registration closes on 07/18/2024 at 11:00 PM
Season Dates: 07/22/2024 to 07/26/2024

Week Nine Registration (7/29-8/2/24)

Registration closes on 07/25/2024 at 11:00 PM
Season Dates: 07/29/2024 to 08/02/2024

Week Ten Registration (8/5-8/9/24)

Registration closes on 08/01/2024 at 11:00 PM
Season Dates: 08/05/2024 to 08/09/2024

HARP Refund Policy


Volunteer Help

If you have a teen that is interested in being a volunteer junior counselor for the upcoming summer please have them contact our Director at [email protected] or give a call at 717-993-2255.  We will only be accepting a couple of junior counselors this summer.

All Volunteers 16 years and older must have Criminal and Child Abuse Clearances on file with HARP office.  See  the "Volunteer" Tab above to apply.


Hopewell Area Recreation & Parks
16 College Ave (Physical Location), PO Box 959 (Mail)
Stewartstown, Pennsylvania 17363

Phone: 717-993-2255
Email: [email protected]

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