Camp Catherine is located adjacent to Swatara Creek on a hilltop outside of Hershey, PA. The camp itself encompasses over 4 acres, is surrounded on 3 sides by forested land, and opens to the front on a large field where deer can be seen grazing most evenings.
We are perfectly located near most of central PA’s major attractions and areas of interest. Camp is only minutes away from Hershey Park, Chocolate World, Tanger Outlet Malls, Giant Center, Hershey Gardens, and Zoo America. We’re 15 minutes off of I81 and RT 22, 20 minutes from major Shopping Centers on RT 22; 35 minutes from M&M Mars, downtown Harrisburg and the PA Turnpike. In 60 minutes and you can enjoy all of York and Lancaster’s attractions including Dutch Wonderland. You can even take in the Gettysburg Battlefield.
Camp Catherine Mission Statement
To provide a modern, yet rustic, camping and meeting facility; with a rural feel, adjacent to an urban area, for use by youth and adult groups, businesses, non-profits, clubs, families and our surrounding communities; that is clean, safe, local, and affordable.
We carry out both our youth and adult missions by teaming up with local leaders and resources to provide an environment where one can explore, appreciate, and learn, while enjoying various experiences in the great out of doors.
For those who desire to utilize or present their own programs or meeting in a not so formal setting we offer our Main Lodge with a large open area. It is air conditioned and has a fully stocked kitchen. For that company picnic or family gathering we have a covered pavilion with 2 large BBQ’s, 2 fire rings where you can enjoy your evening socializing, cooking off hot dogs, burgers, and s’mores while watching the wildlife grazing or strolling the grounds doing some star gazing.
Because we are open year round *Camp Catherine is unique in its offerings which are, but not limited to: winter camping, open area tent camping, covered camping, lodge cooking and meeting facilities, pavilion cooking and picnicking, hiking trails, 2 campfire rings, wildlife viewing, archery classes, creek side trails, fishing, swimming and wading, nearby boating and canoeing, programs on local plant and wildlife recognition, and easy access to major entertainment venues. These are only some of the benefits of staying at Camp Catherine.
*Camp Catherine is not set up to support RV camping, however, self-contained RV’s are allowed on a case-by-case basis.
The Derry Township Camping Association, Inc. operates Camp Catherine on an all-volunteer basis and is comprised of a fourteen member Board of Directors.
Camp Catherine is the gem she is today because of the continued efforts of so many volunteers, both past and present. Our group of volunteers have many skills, but we still have voids that need to be filled. There is no job or task that is not vital to the overall mission of Camp Catherine and your volunteer efforts will not go unnoticed or unappreciated. If you have a special talent or skill you feel could help further the mission of Camp Catherine, or if you just want to help out, then by all means contact a board member.
We need ongoing volunteers in, but not limited to the following areas:
-Post camper cleanup
-Birdhouse installation and care
-Program Planning and Staffing
Derry Township Camping Association, Inc.
1275 Swatara Road, Hershey PA 17033
Phone (717) 298-0235 | firstname.lastname@example.org