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Philadelphia Summer Camps 2016

Arts & Crafts | Music | Science | Sports | Recreation/Other                  

Here is a list of summer camps in West Philly and other Philadelphia neighborhoods that parents and kids might be interested in. The list is continually updated, so if you know of a camp that’s not on here, drop us a line at: editor@westphillylocal.com     Updated: 2/9/2016.

 

Arts and Crafts Camps

 

Curio Theatre Summer Camp

Curio Theatre, 4740 Baltimore Avenue

Session 1: July 5 – 15, 2016

Session 2: July 18 – 29, 2016

Camper ages: students in grades 1 – 12 (ages 7-17).

Hours: Mon-Fri 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Extended care is available.

Description: Curio Theatre Company continues its 11th anniversary season of providing theatre education in West Philadelphia! Qualified theatre professionals engage campers in acting, improvisation, movement/dance, theatrical design, and playwrighting. Campers will present a final performance for family and friends on the final day of each session! All camp activities are held within the Calvary Center for Culture and Community at 4740 Baltimore Avenue.

Cost: $450 per session. Scholarships may be available. Email Steve Carpenter at: steven@curiotheatre.org

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.curiotheatre.org/summer-camp-2016.html.

 

University City Arts League Summer Arts Camp

University City Arts League, 4226 Spruce Street, Philadelphia

July 5 – August 26, 2016. Weekly sessions.

Camper ages: 5 – 10

Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. (optional before care and after care available)

Description: Join the University City Arts League’s stellar Teaching Artists for one week or a few weeks of creative arts. Campers now get FOUR different arts classes each day in 2D Art, 3D Art, Wearable Art, Pottery, and Dance & Theatre! Each week of camp is loosely structured around a theme to spark imagination and creativity and includes: four art classes per day, outdoor play and field trips. Healthy snack and lunch are included in the tuition.

Cost: Members: $230 before May 1st / $260 after May 1st. Non-Members: $245 before May 1st / $275 after May 1st. Some scholarship may be available, please email programs@ucartsleague.org for a Scholarship Application.

For more information and to register online, visit: http://www.ucartsleague.org/summer-camp/. Tel.: 215-382-7811.

 

Fashion Design Camp (Lavner Camps)

University of Pennsylvania (Houston Hall & Irvine Auditorium), Philadelphia

June 20-24, July 11-15, August 15-19, 2016

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (extended day options available)

Camper ages: 8 – 12

Description: Do you want to express your creativity and become a trendsetter in the world of fashion?  If so, whether you are a total beginner or have some experience, Fashion Design Camp is for you! At this stylish summer camp, campers brainstorm ideas, sketch their designs, and bring them to life!  Throughout the week, campers work with a wide range of materials, fabrics, colors, patterns, and styles.  Campers learn how to use and improve their skills on sewing machines, in addition to more manual techniques like measuring, cutting, spacing, hand stitching, and much more! Not only will your design skills improve, but your math skills will too!

Cost: Full Week (9:00am to 3:30pm) – $519/week ($489/week if registered by March 1, 2016)

For more information and to register, go here.

 

Jewelry Design Camp (Lavner Camps)

University of Pennsylvania (Houston Hall & Irvine Auditorium), Philadelphia

June 20-24, 2016

Camper Ages: 8 – 12

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (extended hours are available)

Description: Have you ever dreamed of designing your own jewelry line? If so, whether you are a total beginner or have some experience, this camp is for you! At Jewelry Design Camp, campers create a bracelet, a pair of earrings, and a necklace each week! In a two-step process, campers will first design their piece and then create it using hands on methods and an awesome selection of materials. Campers learn jewelry-making techniques like macramé basics, needlework, beading, creating and wrapping loops, measuring, cutting, threading, flattening, and more!

Cost: Full Week (9:00am to 3:30pm) – $519/week ($489/week if registered by March 1, 2016)

For more information and to register, go here.

 

NEW! Hand Sewing Camp: Stuffed Animal Creations (Lavner Camps)

University of Pennsylvania (Houston Hall & Irvine Auditorium), Philadelphia

June 27 – July 1, July 25 – 29, August 8 – 12, 2016

Camper ages: 8 – 12

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (extended hours are available)

Description: Do you want to learn the traditional art of hand sewing?  Sewing you can do virtually anywhere at any time? Even better, in this camp, you will put your skills to practice and create fun loving stuffed animals to keep at the end of the week! At Hand Sewing summer camp, campers learn about the basic techniques for everyday sewing. Throughout the week, campers use a wide variety of materials and colors. In addition, campers have the chance to make accessories for their stuffed animals. Campers learn how to use and improve their skills with hand sewing, measuring, cutting, stuffing, and much more! Not only will your sewing and creativity improve, but your technical skills will too!

Cost: Full Week (9:00am to 3:30pm) – $519/week ($489/week if registered by March 1, 2016)

For more information and to register go here.

 

Performing Arts Camp

Gwendolyn Bye Dance Center, 3611 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia

Hours: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (half-day camp: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1 – 4:30 p.m.)

Camper ages: 3 – 18

Description: The Gwendolyn Bye Dance Center has served the Philadelphia community as a full service dance school for children and adults since 1986. In 2006, the Dance Center merged with and became a division of the Dancefusion non-profit organization. The Gwendolyn Bye Dance Center offers year-round training classes for children and adults and is dedicated to the education and preservation of dance as a performing art; teaching at the highest standards the many disciplines of dance to students who will make up our next generation of dancers, artists, patrons and public; using dance as a bridge to cross cultural, social and economic boundaries. Summer camp programs include the following activities: ballet, jazz, pointe, modern, hip-hop, singing, acting, crafts, and musical theater.

For more information, call 215-222-7633.

 

Summer Woodworking Camp

Philadelphia Woodworks, 4901 Umbria Street, Philadelphia

June 20 – August 19, 2016 (weekly sessions)

Hours: 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Camper ages: 9 – 11

Description: We’re a woodworking school in Philadelphia focusing on beginner friendly, project oriented classes for adults and children. Our series of safe, fun and educational projects will be perfect to help children expand their understanding of hands‐on crafts and to develop confidence with basic woodworking tools. Your children will make great projects that they can enjoy using at home for years to come. Our 1-week camps are designed to build different projects each session, so multiple sessions will reinforce skills but will not duplicate the projects made!

Cost: $299 + materials ($69).

For more information and to register, click here.

 

Yes! And… Collaborative Arts Summer Theatre Camp

21 W. Washington Ln. in Germantown (19144)

June 27 – September 2, 2016.

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (optional before care and after care available)

Camper ages: children in grades K through 8th

Description: Yes! And… Collaborative Arts Summer Theatre Camp offers exciting, creative and transformative summer experiences for young people in grades K-8th. Our programs dig into each child’s imagination and awaken a sense of play and wonder. We explore dance, acting, music, visual arts and more in order to teach collaboration, working as a group, and building on each other’s strengths.

Cost: $300 per week (discounted and early registration pricing available). Scholarships are available – simply check the “Campership” box on your registration form and you will be contacted with details.

For more information and to register, go to: http://www.yesandcamp.org/programs/camp/details.html or call 215.278.4264.

 

Arden Theatre Summer Camp

62 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia

June 27 – September 2, 2016 (weekly sessions)

Hours: Mon-Fri 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Camper ages: kids in grades 1 – 12

Description: Join Philly’s best theatre professionals for fun classes in Acting, Music, Storytelling, Improvisation, Dance, and Design at Arden Summer Camp. Inspiring creativity, Drama Camp motivates kids to create stories using characters and ideas built from their own imaginations. Explore the world of theatre, interact creatively, and make new friends at Arden Summer Camp!

Cost: $290-$400 per week.

For more information and to register, visit: www.ardendramaschool.com

 

Mighty Writers Summer Camps

1501 Christian Street, Philadelphia

More info coming soon.

Visit www.mightywriters.org for updates.

 

Philadelphia School of Circus Arts Camp

5900A Greene Street, Philadelphia

June 20 – September 2, 2016. One and two-week sessions.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (after care is available)

Camper ages: 5 – 18

Description: Get your kids moving, climbing, and going upside-down in our air-conditioned space.

Cost: Starting at $375/week.

More information is available at phillycircus.com/summer-camp or by phone: 215-849-1991.

 

Philly Art Center Summer Art Camps

Fairmount Art Center, 2501 Olive Street; Queen Village Art Center, 514 Bainbridge Street, Philadelphia

June 13 – September 2, 2016. Weekly sessions.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (extended care is available)

Camper ages: 4 – 12 (Kids Summer Camps); 9 – 14 (Tween Summer Camps)

Description: Kids Summer Camps: Award winning summer camps run by-the-week all summer long, starting in early June and going through Memorial Day! Each week, we delve deep into a new theme, experiencing a wide range of 2 & 3-D media, balanced by daily outside time and an exciting special event, museum trip or visiting artists! Campers are grouped by age and enjoy age appropriate studio challenges supported by the best art teachers in Philly! Tween Summer Camps: These totally tween-centered camps offer specialty themed weeks for kids who want to really focus on a particular medium! Led by experience artists educators, camp themes include: sewing, comics, crafts and hacks, as well as drawing and painting. Sign up for the themes that interest your budding artist! These camps run select weeks only, check the camps page for dates and themes!

Cost: $325-$375 per week. 25% early registration discount (before February 29, 2016).

More details and registration information are available here. Call with questions: 215-765-2787.

 

Summer Clay Camps

The Clay Studio, 137-139 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia

June 27 – August 25, 2016. Weekly sessions.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (half-day options available)

Camper ages: 6 and up

Description: Fire up your creativity and join the fun at The Clay Studio’s 2015 weeklong art camps, designed for ages 6 and up! Campers expand their imaginations and explore the exciting world of clay through a wide range of projects and building techniques. Whether working with sculpture, claymation, or wheel-thrown pottery, students learn in a supportive, small class setting with plenty of individual instruction and inspiration.

Early registration discount (before March 1, 2016) is $15. Questions can be directed to: Rachel Pearlman, Education Assistant at 215-925-3453 x 19 or rachel@theclaystudio.org

For more info and to register online, visit: public.theclaystudio.org/public/ClayCamp.faces.

 

WHYY Film and Journalism Summer Camps

Hamilton Public Media Commons, 150 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Camper ages: teens finishing 9th-12th grade.

WHYY Young Journalists Summer Camp

June 27 – July 9; August 8 – 19, 2016

Description: This award-winning, hands-on camp gives you the opportunity to use WHYY production equipment to develop and produce news stories based on your interests, while under the tutelage of experienced media instructors. Facilitated by the staff of WHYY’s Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons, the two-week intensive camp features lectures and training sessions from the renowned staff of WHYY’s news department.

Cost: $1,200 (members); $1,350 (non-members). Scholarships are available.

WHYY Summer Filmmakers

July 11 – 29, 2016

Join our award-winning staff for an exciting opportunity to learn all aspects of movie production with other young filmmakers. Learn to script, shoot, act and edit movies as you create your own short film from script to screen, over three fun-filled weeks. If you have the desire to tell a story or have an interest in filmmaking, this is an excellent chance to express your ideas and use professional equipment!

Cost: $1,800 (members); $1,950 (non-members). Scholarships are available.

 

For more information and to register for both camps, click here or call: 215-351-3318.

 

PAFA Summer Art Camp

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 128 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia

June 27 – August 19, 2016. Weekly sessions.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (After-camp sessions are available).

Camper ages: 5 – 15

Description: PAFA’s summer camp offers enriching and creative experiences for campers in PAFA’s historical galleries, the art studios of the school and around the city. Week long fun and imaginative sessions give campers a chance to learn new skills, create art work and make new friends. Sessions are designed to appeal to all levels and interests of young artists.

Cost: Registration before April 4, 2016: $265/members; $300/non-members per session. After April 6: $280/members, $330/non-members.

For more information and to register, visit www.pafa.org/summercamp, call 215-972-2054 or email: artcamp@pafa.org

 

MADE Teen Fashion Camp

MADE Studios, 305 Cherry Street, Philadelphia

Ages: 16 through 19

Description: With this 2 week immersive summer program, students will learn about the fashion industry through mood boards, fashion sketching/illustration, fabric shopping, pattern reading, and garment sewing. Students will complete the program with a fully illustrated portfolio collection, and an adorable cocktail dress of their own design to display at our Junior Fashion Show and photo shoot at MADE. Teen Fashion Show – August 15th, 7pm-9pm at MADE Studios.

Cost: $625 for a two-week session.

Schedule and Enrollment information is available here.

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Music

 

Future Summer Music Camps

Rock to the Future, 2139 E Cumberland St

Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (early drop off and late pick up available)

Our innovative summer music camps will inspire and excite your child as they learn guitar, drums, bass, or keyboard and make new friends by forming a band with their peers! Our music summer camps are co-ed, ages 7-12 or 13-17, and last from 9am-4pm for a week (early drop off and late pick up available). We also feature a live student performance on the last day of camp. Experience is not necessary and instruments will be provided.

GUITAR STAR

July 18 – 22, 2016

Camper ages: 7 – 12

Description: Spend a week learning the basics of acoustic and electric guitar! Learn basic chords, technique, exercises, and basic music theory. Learn popular songs and even write your own music. Students will receive daily lessons and creative workshops. At the end of camp, get a chance to be in the spotlight and perform live for family, friends, and peers. All instruments are provided; no musical experience is necessary.

ROCK-A-DELPHIA

July 11 – 15, 2016

Camper ages: 13-17

Description: Spend a week learning how to play music, write songs, and collaborate with other musicians. Students will arrive at Rock to the Future at 8 a.m. and have a fun filled day of learning their choice of guitar, bass, keyboards or drums. Students will receive daily lessons, creative workshops, and band practice. At the end of camp, get a chance to be in the spotlight and perform live for family, friends, and peers. All instruments are provided; no musical experience is necessary.

 

Cost: Rock to the Future Summer Music Camps are free for lower-income Philadelphia youth (scholarship application must be filled out and approved) and $250 for others.

For more information visit: http://rocktothefuturephilly.org/programs/summer-programs/

 

Girls Rock Philly Camp

Mastery Charter School – Thomas Campus, 927 Johnston Street, Philadelphia

July 11 – 17; July 18 – 24, 2016

Hours: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Camper ages: girls ages 9 – 18

Description: Girls Rock Philly’s Summer Camp is a week-long program featuring instrument instruction, workshops, visiting artists, band practice, a showcase and a day in the recording studio. Campers have instrument instruction every day in groups of 3-5 organized by skill level and age. On Day 1, campers form bands with whom they then will write at least 1 original song collaboratively, assisted by band coaches and adult mentors. Campers also attend workshops on topics ranging from songwriting to improvisation to healthy relationships. At the end of the week, bands perform their original song at a showcase and then spend the next day recording their song in a professional studio.

Cost: $50-$450 sliding scale. Registration for 2016 Summer Camps opens on February 29, 2016.

Go to: http://www.girlsrockphilly.org/programs/campers/ for more information. Questions? Email: info@girlsrockphilly.org

 

The Nelly Berman School of Music Camp

461 W Lancaster Ave., Haverford, PA

August 1 – 5, 2016

Hours: 8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (before and after care is available for additional fee)

Camper ages: 7 – 16

Description: Summer Camp 2016 will be held from August 1-5 and will focus on music from the Romantic Era.  Please check back soon for more details.

For more information, visit: http://www.nbsmusic.com, email: nbsmusic@comcast.net or call (610) 896-5105.

 

School of Rock Summer Camp

421 N 7th St (same building as the Electric Factory)

June 27 – August 5, 2016

Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Camper ages: 9-18

Description: School of Rock Camps are 5 days of learning and playing music, band bonding, and performing! Throughout the week the kids go from zero to a full set of songs and perform at the venue located in our school! Group rehearsal, song casting, one-on-one attention from our instructors, gear education, and band-related activities are all aimed at helping kids learn a set of songs and be totally ready to rock them by the end of the week. Whether you play drums, sing, shred guitar or bass or play keyboard-you’ll have a blast!

Cost: $549 per session.

For more information and to sign up, click here or call 267-639-4007.

 

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Science

 

Robotics Camp (Lavner Camps)

University of Pennsylvania (Houston Hall & Irvine Auditorium), Philadelphia

June 20 – August 19, 2016. Weekly sessions

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Half Day AM Session: 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.; PM Session: 12:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Camper ages: 6 – 15

Description: At Robotics Camp for ages 6-12, campers will use LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT 2.0 and LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 to learn the fundamentals of building and programming a wide variety of robots. By learning important principles, campers will acquire the ability to create robots from their imagination, in addition to following instructions for specific robots provided by LEGO® and independent websites.

At Robotics Camp for ages 11-14, campers will use Tetrix® from Pitsco. This Robotics Camp is from August 15-19, 2016 and offers the next level for hands on learning in Robotics. Tetrix allows campers to build and program more complex robots using advanced features such as aircraft grade aluminum parts, powerful drive motors, wires, customizable remote controls, and engineering design.

Cost: Robotics Camp with LEGO® MINDSTORMS®: $519/week ($489/week if registered by March 1, 2016); Robotics Camp with Tetrix®: $549/week ($519/week if registered by March 1, 2016).

For more information and to register, go here.

 

Computer Programming Camps (with Scratch, Java, Python)

Lavner Camps, University of Pennsylvania (Houston Hall & Irvine Auditorium), Philadelphia

June 20 – August 12, 2016. Weekly sessions

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Camper ages: Programming with Scratch: 8 – 11; Programming with Java: 12 – 14; Programming with Python: 11 – 14

Description: The Programming with Scratch camp for ages 8 – 11 is held July 11-15 and July 18-22. At this awesome computer camp, campers gain great experience with computer science! Campers use Scratch, a program created by the MIT Media Lab, to create, program, and share projects. Campers code from the backend to create character actions and interactions, in addition to establishing entire interactive adventures and stories.

The Programming with Java camp for ages 12 – 14 is held June 20-24 and August 1-5. This computer programming camp immerses campers into Java™, the popular operating software used on over four billion devices worldwide! Campers learn about the logic, planning, and calculations that go into building Java™ programs, in addition to sharpening skills in planning, problem solving, and of course… computer programming!

The Programming with Python camp for ages 11 – 14 is held July 18-22 and August 8-12. Did you know that sites like YouTube, Dropbox, and Instagram are coded in Python? If you want to create your own site and share your innovation with the world, it is time to start learning Python™! In this computer programming camp, campers learn to code cool graphics, games, and programs! Campers benefit from clean syntax and other stream lined attributes within Python™ that provide a new approach to learning and understanding programming. With Python™, coders can often write code more quickly, allowing them to produce more project results in a shorter period of time.

Tuition: Programming with Scratch: Full Week (9:00am to 3:30pm) – $519/week ($489/week if registered by March 1, 2016); Programming with Java: Full Week (9:00am to 3:30pm) – $549/week ($519/week if registered by March 1, 2016); Programming with Python: Full Week (9:00am to 3:30pm) – $549/week ($519/week if registered by March 1, 2016).

For more information and to register go here or call (610) 664-8800.

 

Anthropologists in the Making

Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

June 27 – August 19, 2016. Weekly sessions.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Pre-camp and after-camp care is available).

Camper ages: 7 – 13

Description: Campers delight in topics such as mythology, dance, music, art, and customs from both long ago civilizations and modern cultures. Through gallery tours, scavenger hunts, art activities, games, and special guest performances, campers will discover the diversity of humankind, past and present.

Cost: Register by May 1: $270 Members / $290 Non-members per week. Register after May 1: $290 Members / $310 Non-members per week. A limited amount of partial scholarships ($100 off tuition) are available until May 1 (email summercamp@pennmuseum.org).

Registration opens February 12, 2016.

For more information about each session and to register, go here.

 

Discovery Camp

The Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th Street

June 13 – September 2, 2016. Weekly sessions

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Extended day program is available).

Camper ages: children in grades Pre-K – 9.

Description: Our day camps allow campers to spend each week exploring the museum, engaging in hands-on science activities, participating in explosive live science shows, and making new friends—all while learning about the lively world of science! Each summer day camp session’s theme is independent of the other weekly themes. Campers do not need to attend weekly sessions consecutively; however it is highly recommended that campers attend a full weekly session to get the best camp experience and to engage in all camp activities.​

Cost: Book ​by April 15, 2016: $329 per week – Members; $359 per week – Non-members. Book after April 15, 2016:
$349 per week – Members; $379 per week – Non-members.

For more information and to register, visit this page.

 

Academy Explorers Camp

Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

July 5 – September 2, 2016. Weekly sessions

Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Optional before and after care available)

Camper ages: 5 – 12

Description: Academy Explorers Camp invites campers to learn about natural science in a safe, fun, and engaging way. Each week of camp explores an exciting new theme and features an off-site field trip.

Cost: Members pay $320 per camper per weekly session. Nonmembers pay $360 per camper per weekly session. A small number of scholarships are available. Early-bird Discount: Register before April 18 and receive $25 off each week of summer camp you purchase per child.

For more information and to download Registration Form, go here.

 

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Sports

 

Soccer Shots Summer Camp

Smith Memorial Playground, 3500 Reservoir Dr, Philadelphia

August 22 – 26, 2016

Hours: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Camper ages: 4 – 8

Description: Soccer Shots is offering a week-long summer camp at Smith Memorial Playground for children ages 4-8. Join us for soccer instruction, games, crafts, snacks, playground fun and prizes!

Cost: $200/week.

For more information and to register, click here. Questions? Call 267-630-1557 or email: trockett@soccershots.org

 

University of Pennsylvania Sports Camps

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

From June 20, 2016

Description: A variety of sports camps are available, including swimming, basketball, football, soccer, gymnastics, tennis and more. For more information and online registration click here.

 

University City Field Hockey Day Camp

Drexel University, Buckley Field, The Field Complex, 43rd and Powelton, Philadelphia

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Extended care is provided at no additional cost.

Camper ages: 6 – 12

Description: University City Field Hockey Day Camp (UCFHC) summer 2015 is for boys and girls. No experience or equipment required. We’ll teach your child how to play field hockey, with a focus on skill development, team building, sportsmanship, age appropriate fitness training and fun! Sign up for one week or two. We will give your child what is needed to have a great experience and all you will need to do is send a bagged lunch and a water bottle. That’s it!! Equipment supplied: Field hockey stick, balls. Age grouping: (6-8) and (10-12).

Visit this page for more information and to register.

Contact: Steve Wagner: steve@goalkeeping1-on-1.com (phone: 215-901-6880).

 

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Recreation/Other

 

NEW! World Cultures of Philadelphia Camp

Jubilee School, 4211 Chester Ave., Philadelphia

June 27 – August 12, 2016

Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Camper ages: 3 – 12

Description: Camp activities include: weekly trips, art, photography, crafts, swimming, gardening, drumming, jazz, singing, exercise, pottery, yoga, dance, capoeira. Free breakfast and lunch.

Cost: $175 per week. CCIS welcome.

For more information, visit: www.jubileeschool.net, email: dbaxter@jubileeschool.net or mfranz@jubileeschoo.net Telephone: 215.387.7592.

 

NEW! Elite Skills with Minecraft™ Camp (Lavner Camps)

University of Pennsylvania (Houston Hall & Irvine Auditorium), Philadelphia

June 27 – July 1, July 25 – 29, August 15 – 19, 2016

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Camper ages: 11 – 14

Description: Are you an experienced Minecrafter who wants to learn advanced skills in Minecraft™ and gain exposure to programming mods in Java? If so, check out our Elite Skills in Minecraft™ Camp! While working in single player and multiplayer, campers can take their skills to the next level and have a blast engaging in fun projects in a social setting. In multiplayer, students work in teams to complete projects and participate in adventures and competitions. Campers also learn how to program mods using Java, install mods, use survival skills in difficult environments, scratch craft items from recipes, and utilize Redstone at more advanced levels.

Cost: Full Week (9:00am to 3:30pm) – $549/week ($519/week if registered by March 1, 2016)

For more information and to register, go here.

 

3D Innovation & Design Minecraft™ Camp (Lavner Camps)

University of Pennsylvania (Houston Hall & Irvine Auditorium), Philadelphia

June 20 – August 19, 2016

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Camper ages: 7 – 12

Description: Stretch your imagination, improve your skills, and work individually or collaboratively (on our own private server) in the same virtual world! Our own servers allow campers to work together on the same projects, creating fun and dynamic group interaction! Using Minecraft as a learning tool, campers participate in one of the world’s most popular gaming platforms to create their own world. By using blocks and various resources, campers will literally “mine” and “craft” their own creations, with some project options including: a medieval village, landscape arenas, secret underground cities, pirate ships, high rise buildings, towers, bridges, castles, caves, roller coasters and entire amusement parks. Campers may also construct famous buildings and structures like the Space Needle, Petronas Towers, The White House, Taj Mahal, Buckingham Palace, The Pantheon and/or structures of their own choosing.

Cost: Full Week (9:00am to 3:30pm) – $519/week ($489/week if registered by March 1, 2016)

For more information and to register, go here or call (610) 664-8800.

 

Video Game Design Camps (Lavner Camps)

University of Pennsylvania (Houston Hall & Irvine Auditorium), Philadelphia

June 27 – August 12, 2016

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Camper ages: 10 – 13 (Video Game Design with GameMaker™); 8 – 12 (Video Game Design with RPG Maker™); 6 – 12 (Video Game Design Camp with Apps)

Description: At Video Game Design Camp with GameMaker™, which is held July 11-15 and August 8-12, campers are challenged in creativity, design, and programming logic throughout the process of creating fun and exciting games in this popular software. At camp, campers learn the process of creating a video game including brainstorming, character design, level design, programming, interface design and much more!

At Video Game Design Camp with RPG Maker™, which is held July 5-8 and August 1-5, campers get to create an RPG game where the protagonist is a destined traveler faced with the challenge of saving the world from an evil Lord. In this game, campers customize their landscapes, story lines, character profiles, character interactions, dialogues, challenges, score/health, and other features that drive the game. As campers progress, they can incorporate more advanced topics such as “Advanced Programming using Custom Events”, “Public Events and Variables”, “Customizing Scripts and Maps,” “Advanced Battle Scripts,” and more to improve the level of functioning and intricacy within the game. Campers with one week of experience or more are able to make additional types of RPG games within our curriculum!

At Video Game Design Camp with Apps, which is held June 27-July 1, July 18-22 and July 25-29, campers will use the program Fusion 2.5 to create their own video games for use on computers, and learn how to create game Apps that are compatible with the Android™ and/or iOS devices.   Known as one of the best computers camps available, campers come away with added skills, knowledge, and accomplishments!

Cost: Full Week (9:00am to 3:30pm) – $519/week ($489/week if registered by March 1, 2016)

For more information and to register, go here or call (610) 664-8800.

 

City Wild Camp

Fairmount Waterworks, 640 Waterworks Dr, Philadelphia

July 27 – August 19, 2016 (two-week sessions)

Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Camper Ages: 10-13

Description: LandHealth Institute, along with their partners Miquon School and Fairmount Water Works, are pleased to announce the 2016 season of City Wild camp! City Wild is an 8-week summer camp for curious kids ages 10-13 that offers off-the-beaten-path adventures and behind-the-scenes excursions through Philly’s neighborhoods to explore nature in the urban environment.

Cost: Early Bird Registration: $890 per 2-week session on or before March 18, 2016. Regular Registration: $990 per 2-week session.

For more information and to register, go here. Tel.: (267) 571-5750.

 

High School Mock Trial Experience

Drexel University, Philadelphia

Dates: TBD

Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Camper ages: rising high school juniors and seniors. Rising high school sophomores have been admitted on an individual, case-by-case basis.

Description: An intensive five-day program introducing high-ability students to mock trial and trial advocacy. Students will begin by learning the basics of trial procedure, courtroom decorum, the rules of evidence, and how to make proper objections. They will be coached throughout the week by local attorneys and members/coaches of the nationally competitive Drexel University Undergraduate Mock Trial team.

Cost: $625. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.

Sign up at http://www.drexel.edu/undergrad/summer/ (select “Law” in lefthand-side panel) until May 20, 2016. Contact Michael Vitlip, Head Coach, Drexel Mock Trial atvitlip@drexel.edu or 215.895.1632 for more information.

 

The Evoluer House Summer Empowerment Programs for Teen Girls

Peirce College, 1420 Pine Street, Philadelphia

Dates: TBD

Camper ages: girls ages 13 – 18

Description: Two programs are offered: Personal Development Program is an exciting, fresh program taught by youth development and education professionals, to provide a reality-based learning experience to teenage girls to inspire a positive self-image, ambition, and true personal development. Youth Workforce Development Program provides teen girls with the social, resume-writing and communication skills they need to land a job, keep a job, and advance in their lives and careers. This 8-week program is taught by a great team of youth development, human resources, and image professionals.

Cost: Both programs are FREE for those who qualify. Others pay a small fee.

More information about the programs is available here. If you have any questions, please call 215-592-8988.

 

CIT Leadership Program (Lavner Camps)

University of Pennsylvania (Houston Hall & Irvine Auditorium), Philadelphia

Ages: 13 – 15

Description: The Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Leadership Program is for energetic and motivated teenagers who want to learn and develop leadership skills while working with children in a camp setting. This program is designed so that CITs develop leadership skills through direct supervision, regular conferences with their lead instructors, and a hands-on experience engaging with campers. The goals of this program are: to provide teens with training and skills to become effective leaders improve self-confidence, provide a meaningful opportunity to assist children in a camp environment, create an opportunity to excel at handling a reasonable amount of responsibility while at camp.

Teenagers (ages 13 to 15) interested in participating in the CIT Program must go through an application process.

For more information and to register, go here or call (610) 664-8800.

 

Spanish Language Camp (Lavner Camps)

University of Pennsylvania (Houston Hall & Irvine Auditorium), Philadelphia

July 5 – 8, 2016

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m

Camper ages: 10 – 12

Description: Want to immerse yourself into a new language and culture? This camp is for you! Learning a new language is easy and natural for children, especially as their brains continue to develop cognitively and linguistically. Using interactive learning tools rather than textbooks, campers use more hands-on and fun methods to improve their language skills (speaking, reading, and writing), and explore the culture through traditional food, dance, history, music, media and much more.

Cost: Full Week (9:00am to 3:30pm) – $335/week ($305/week if registered by March 1, 2016)

For more information and to register, go here or call (610) 664-8800.

 

Al-Bustan Camp: An Arabic Language and Cultural Day Camp

Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center, 700 Cobbs Creek Pkwy, Philadelphia

June 27 – July 1, 2016

Hours: 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Camper ages: children entering K – 5th grades

Description: AL-BUSTAN CAMP provides a fun, welcoming, and enriching environment that brings together campers, artists, educators, and families, while fostering curiosity and creativity. Children have the opportunity to engage with Arab arts and culture through a variety of activities, including music, visual art, storytelling and writing, poetry, and Arabic language instruction. Typically, camp is held for 3 weeks; however, for this year we are offering a one week program, which we hope to extend next year. The nature/science theme will be related to food and herbs growing in our garden!

Cost: Fee for one week paid in full by April 8: $300. Fee for one week paid in full by May 15: $330. Scholarships are available. Limited scholarships, based on financial need, are available.

For more information and to register, go here.

 

Camp Jamison

Pocono Environmental Education Center (two hours from Philadelphia; transportation will be provided from a specific pick-up location in Philadelphia)

July 18 – 22, 2016

Camper ages: 8 – 14 (CIT program is available to 15-16 year olds).

Description: At Camp Jamison children get to experience different activities every day such as creating arts and crafts activities, canoeing on two different lakes, swimming in the Delaware River, Environmental Education activities, friendly and competitive sports games, hikes on five different trails, adventure low ropes courses, and more!

Cost: Sliding scale: $75-$400.

For more information, click here or visit: www.facebook.com/campjamison

 

Camp Sojourner, Girls’ Leadership Camp

New Jersey School of Conservation, Stokes State Forest (Pocono Mountains), www.csam.montclair.edu/njsoc.

August 1 – 7, 2016

Camper ages: girls ages 8 – 16

The summer program is located in the Pocono Mountains at the New Jersey School of Conservation, about two and a half hours away from Philadelphia. Buses take girls up to the camp at the beginning of the session and bring them home at the end of the session. Camp office: Calvary Church, 48th and Baltimore. Activities at camp include: swimming, boating, hiking, team-building, campfires, archery, and creative arts such as singing, dancing, drawing, painting, drumming, acting, sewing, and wood-working.

Cost: Camp tuition is on a sliding scale, depending on family size and income.

For more information and to register, visit: www.girlsleadershipcamp.org or call: 215-951-0330 x 2180. Applications are due by February 15.

 

Little Green School House Summer Camp

219 S. Melville Street, Philadelphia

Dates: TBD

Hours: 8:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (extended after care available)

Camper ages: 2 – 5

Description: During each two-week session we will do a Deep Exploration of a different topic and use our questions to learn. We’ll also visit parks and playgrounds, go on field trips, play in the water, and learn through music, art, dance, cooking, and gardening. We have a mixed-age environment for students ages 2 through 5 where were inspire all students as teachers and learners.

Go here for updates, call 215-222-0208 or email: rowan@littlegreenschoolhousepa.com

 

Nature Ramblers and Summer Adventure Treks

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia

June 13 – August 19, 2016. Weekly sessions.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Before and aftercare available from 8 – 9 a.m. and 3:30 – 6 p.m.

Camper ages: 3 – 15

Description: The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education offers two exciting, environmentally-based summer camp programs: Nature Ramblers for younger children and Adventure Treks for pre-teens and teens. All camp programs are run by experienced environmental educators and offer children and teens unparalleled opportunities to explore the natural world and their connection to it.

Cost: Camp fees start at $260/week for members, $280/week for non-members. Partial scholarships are available for low-income families.

For more information and to register, click here.

 

Summer Camp at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

West Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

July 11 – August 12, 2016. Weekly sessions.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Camper ages: For children entering 3rd through 6th grades.

Description: Spend a week (or five!) this summer experiencing Japanese culture at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden! Boys and girls can try many Japanese hands-on activities in the beautiful Japanese House and Garden and at nearby Sakura Pavilion in West Fairmount Park. Each week ends with a special camper-led tour and performance for their parents and guardians. Campers will experience a different theme each week. Sign up for any or all of the offerings.

Cost: Non-Members $270/week, Members $245/week.

For more information about each session and to sign up, click here or email: info@shofuso.com

 

Summer Cycling Day Camp

Neighborhood Bike Works, 3916 Locust Walk (behind St. Mary’s Episcopal Church)

July 5 – August 26, 2016. Two-week sessions.

Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Camper ages: 8 – 14

Description: Summer Cycling Day Camp offers youth the opportunity to recondition a bicycle and earn a bike, helmet and lock in just two weeks! Youth complete the Earn-A-Bike curriculum in two weeks, and participate in fun outdoor activities, go on educational field trips and learn about safe cycling, nutrition and healthy lifestyles. Classes are limited to 12 campers per session. Campers MUST already know how to ride a bike and MUST be able to ride a bike for 20 minutes without having a rest.

Cost: TBA. Full and partial scholarships are available. Registration opens March 1.

Click here for more information.

 

Summer Camp at PIC

Parent Infant Center, 4205 Spruce Street

Dates TBA. Two-week sessions.

Hours: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Camper ages: children entering grades K – 5

Description: Join us for an enriching summer of art, sports, dance, reading, outdoor fun and much more.
PIC’s urban campus provides easy access to all that the Greater Philadelphia area has to offer children during the summer. Camp is divided into five two-week sessions, each with a focus on different theme-related activities. In addition to themed sessions, campers enjoy water play, play at neighborhood parks, visit the museums and cultural institutions that surround us, take trips to the nearby lakes, movies, play games, and see shows by visiting musicians and other performing artists.

Cost: TBA

To enroll, visit this page and download an application form, email: lpiersol@parentinfantcenter.org or call 215-222-5480, ext. 303.

 

Tree House Books: History Makers Summer Camp

1430 W. Susquehanna Avenue, Philadelphia

Dates TBA

Hours: Monday-Thursday 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Camper ages: 7-13

Description: Tree House Books’ 4-week summer camp is a diverse learning experience for children to explore reading in exciting ways. Each of our camps will read a different book that focuses on a specific time in Black history or on specific African-Americans who changed history. Campers will connect the characters in their books to community stakeholders (past and present) here in Philadelphia. Campers will learn how to interview and record story as they talk with community members, create art and writing projects influenced by what they hear and display their work at our End-Of-Camp party.

For more information, call 215-236-1760, email: lauren@treehousebooks.org, or go to: http://treehousevolunteers.wordpress.com/programs/

 

Northwestern Stables’ Horseback Riding Camp

120 Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia

June 20 – August 12, 2016 (weekly sessions)

Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Camper ages: 8 – 12

The camp is located at the historic Northwestern Equestrian Facility in Wissahickon Park. It is a terrific experience for children ages 8-12 who love horses. Each day, campers will have a riding lesson, and learn something new about horses. The afternoons are filled with fun arts & crafts, and games in the meadow. This program is the perfect fit for kids who have no previous horse experience, as well as those who are currently riding. By the end of the week, it’s fun to see how much progress campers have made in this concentrated riding opportunity. The program is staffed with full-time adult professionals and three additional counselors for each week.

Cost: $350 per week.

For more information and to register, visit: http://northwesternstables.com/programs/summer-camp/

 

Alexa Café: All-Girls Tech Camp

Held at Bryn Mawr College and select campuses nationwide

June 27 – August 5, 2016

Hours: Please check website

Camper ages: 10 – 15

Description: Calling all girls! Build tech skills in a unique, stylish setting where girls collaborate in small, close-knit clusters and discover coding, design, filmmaking, leadership, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and more. Weeklong day and overnight sessions for ages 10-15 are held at campuses nationwide.

Visit www.AlexaCafe.com for more information and to register. Email: info@iDTech. com. Phone: 1-888-709-8324.

 

iD Tech Camps: Code, Game, Create!

Villanova UniversityUniversity of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

June 27 – August 5, 2016 (one-week and two-week sessions)

Hours: Please check website

Camper ages: 7 – 17

Description: Learn coding, game design, app development, robotics, web design, film, photography, and more in a fun camp setting! Day and overnight programs for ages 7-17 are held at over 100 top universities nationwide. Create and innovate with personalized instruction—only 8 students per instructor.

Visit www.iDTech.com for more information and to register. Email: info@iDTech.com. Phone: 1-888-709-8324.

 

The Miquon Day Camp

2025 Harts Ln, Conshohocken PA (bus transportation from and to University City locations is provided by camp)

June 27 – August 19, 2016 (weekly sessions)

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. After camp care is available.

Camper ages: 4 – 11.

Description: Located in a 10-acre wooded valley just outside Northwest Philadelphia in Whitemarsh Township, we offer a rustic setting in which your children can have that summer camp experience of yesteryear. Long summer days filled with friendships & fresh air, swimming & sports, music & drama, arts & crafts. At Miquon Day Camp, children experience summer the way it used to be–when kids had freedom to play, wonder, and experience the joys of the great outdoors.

Cost: $445/week (transportation included), $395/week (no transportation) if register before March 15. $495/$445 after March 15.

Click here for more information and to register. E-mail: campdirector@miquon.org

 

Uncharted Horizons Summer Camp

Chamounix Mansion, West Fairmount Park, 3250 Chamounix Dr, Philadelphia

Date TBA. Weekly day and overnight camps.

Hours: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (day camp)

Camper ages: 10+

Description: We are a West Philly-based youth theater and adventure camp. We use cooperative play and improv theater to build community bonds and support our campers as they grow. We are running seven weeklong sessions (Monday-Friday), the first four of which are 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. day camps and the last three of which are overnight camps.

Cost: TBA

More information can be found at http://unchartedhorizonslarp.com/camps.html. Contact email: unchartedhorizonsLARP@gmail.com.

 

West Philadelphia Cooperative School Summer Camp

4625 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia

Dates TBA. Two-week sessions.

Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Camper ages: 2 – 6

Description: Summer camp days are filled with opportunities for open-ended play and exploration. Our experienced teachers lead a structured circle time that anchors the day with books, songs, and group activities connected to a different theme for each session. Summer camp themes are often related to nature, and children spend much of the day outdoors in our shaded yard and on the back deck where water play and fun sensory projects are offered daily. Trips to local playgrounds and gardens help connect our school to our neighborhood and community.

Cost: $40 per day​,​ with a $10 activity fee and $30 co-op fee per session ​.​

To sign up, email westphillycoop@gmail.com. For more information, go here.

 

Youth Summer Cooking Camp

The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, 4207 Walnut Street

July 11 – 29, 2016. Weekly sessions.

Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Camper ages: 7 – 14

Cost: All-day full week – $535; All-day two weeks or more – $460 per camper per week. Tuition includes one chef jacket, hat and apron.

All camps are sold out. Email communityed@walnuthillcollege.edu to get on the waiting list.

Click here to download Camp Registration Form. For more information, go here. Tel: 215-222-4200 Ext. 3067, e-mail: communityed@walnuthillcollege.edu

 

YMCA West Philadelphia Branch Day Camp

5120 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

June 13 – September 2, 2016. Weekly sessions.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Extended care is available.

Camper ages: 4 – 14.

Description: Summer Day Camp programs include arts & crafts, sports, games, nature, adventure, performing arts, swimming, field trips, special events, story-telling, camp songs and many other activities. All activities are centered on a weekly theme.

Cost: Full Privilege Members: $175-$190/week; Program Members: $190-$205/week.

Registration closes two weeks before each camp week begins. Online registration closes on June 1, 2015. All campers must have a current Y membership.

To download the West Philadelphia YMCA camp brochure, click here. For more information and to register, go here or call: 215-476-2700 ext. 2035.

 

ZoomDance Summer Camp

Major Moment Studio, 1624 South Street, Philadelphia

July 11 – September 2, 2016

Hours: Full days: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Early and Late Care options from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Camper ages: 3 – 8

Description: At ZoomDance Camp, there’s plenty of space for all kids to expend energy, express themselves, and find something new they love. Program includes ZoomDance workshops, specialty classes such as Music and Yoga, field trips, art projects, playground adventures, and picnics. In the summer we will also visit the pool regularly. Specific Fridays will be performance days and friends and family will all be invited in to see what we’ve been working on. These performance weeks will feature one of our favorite stories, more on that coming soon!

Cost: $250 for five full days; $150 for five half days (9 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 12 – 3 p.m.).

Sign up here: zoomdance.com/camps. Questions? Email camp@zoomdance.org or call 215-326-9613.

 

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