Our Guiding Light
Miss Betty Stonorov founded Charlestown Day Camp at her home in Charlestown Township. For over 5 decades Miss Betty oversaw the daily activities of Camp and it is her inspiration that guides us to this day.
Miss Betty was Ms. Betty Stonorov (1906-2003). Ms. Betty 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.
In the 1930’s, she operated a “Play School” out of her parent’s home in Charlestown Township. With the help of her family, she soon opened “Charlestown Playhouse” on Charlestown Road in Phoenixville. Charlestown Playhouse is a co-operative school in that parents are expected to participate, in some meaningful way, to further the education of all the children who attend. Charlestown Play School still operates today as a preschool for children ages 2 - 5.
Miss Betty’s Camp provided summer activity for those same and other children when Play School was not in session. Miss Betty was kind enough to operate the camp on her property every summer. Upon her death, a group of parents decided that her legacy must continue and the camp was moved to its current location at Pickering Grove Park in Chester Springs.
Miss Betty believed strongly that children learn from playing. In that respect, much of what happens at Play School and Camp is unstructured and free form. She also believed that children know that their parents are interested and involved in their education through their own participation.