Summer Camps 2014

Arts | Music | Science | Sports | Recreation/Other                    Updated: 7/2/2014

Here is a list of summer camps that parents and kids around the neighborhoods might be interested in. The list will be continually updated, so if you know of a camp that’s not on here, drop us a line at: editor [at]





Curio Theatre Summer Camp

Curio Theatre, 4740 Baltimore Avenue

Session 1: June 30- July 11, 2014

Session 2: July 14-July 25, 2014

For children ages 7 – 17

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

Each camp includes basic acting, improvisation, dance, playwriting, singing, and an introduction to costumes and props. The camp is divided into age appropriate groups with each group working on a short play to be performed on the last day of camp.

Cost per session: $425. Scholarships may be available (email: Harry Slack at

For more information and to register, visit:


University City Arts League Camp

University City Arts League, 4226 Spruce Street, Philadelphia

June 30 – August 29, 2014. One and two-week sessions.

For children ages 5-10

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

Join us this summer as we explore the natural world through art and think about how we can help this big green world. We will create unique art projects inspired by nature and enjoy the great outdoors.

Camp fee: $465 (for members), $495 (for non-members) for two weeks. Register before May 1 and receive discounted pricing ($420-$450).

For more information and registration forms, visit: or call: 215-382-7811.


Graphic Design Camp (Lavner Camps)

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

July 14-18 & August 4-8, 2014

Camp Hours: 9:00am to 3:30pm; Half Day AM Session: 9:00am to 11:30am; Half Day PM Session: 1:00pm to 3:30pm.

Camper Ages: 10 to 14; CIT Ages: 15

Graphic designers are visual storytellers whose ultimate goal is to sell a product or an idea through effective visual communication. Using Adobe ® Photoshop®, Illustrator ®, and InDesign®, campers learn to complement their creativity with the proper technical skills to produce designs that communicate messages and leave lasting visual impressions. Campers learn about typography, pure design elements like colors, shapes, and images, design skills to organize and convey information, strengthen conceptual skills, and produce clean and effective work product.

During the week, campers work in groups to develop and design a brand for a business of their choice. Campers may choose any business, where some examples include (but are not limited to): a gym, clothing store, restaurant, professional sports team, movie theatre, video game design company, and much more. Once the business is selected, campers then create designs for logos, business cards, posters, signs, brochures, t-shirts, and other items. Campers also learn about the value of good project management, “soft” and “hard” deadlines,” and the basic psychology of grabbing the attention and creating positive responses from consumers.

Groups present their final projects on Friday afternoon to the entire camp.

Tuition: Full Week: $455/week; Full Day: $94/day; Half Day: $60/day.

For more information, visit


Fashion Design Camp (Lavner Camps)

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

June 23-27, July 28 – August 1 & August 11-15, 2014

Camper Ages 8 to 12: CIT Ages 13 to 15

Camp Hours: 9:00am to 3:30pm; Half Day AM Session: 9:00am to 11:30am; Half Day PM Session: 1:00pm to 3:30pm.

Do you want to express your creativity and become a trendsetter in the world of fashion? 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! Campers create and design yoga/athletic pants, a handbag, and a dress during the week, all with a focus on the aesthetic and functionality. Families are invited to a Friday fashion show where campers show off their final products and discuss the process of creating their work.

The Friday fashion show will take place at 2:30pm each week. In addition to a hands-on design experience, campers have the chance to learn from high level fashion designers who are brought in as Guest Speakers to talk about their experiences in the fashion industry, share some of their work with the camp, and discuss the latest fashion trends.

Tuition: Full Week: $455/week; Full Day: $94/day; Half Day: $60/day

For more information, visit


Brooke Lanier Fine Art Summer Camps

Brooke Lanier Fine Art, 201 S. Camac Street, Philadelphia

June 23 – August 22, 2014. Weekly and two-week sessions.

Hours: 12 – 2 p.m. or 3 – 4 p.m.

Weekly summer youth classes are: Drawing Landscapes, Elementary Drawing, Portraiture, Drawing Animals, Acrylic Painting, and Drawing the Human Form. Online registration is now available, and a $30 discount is offered for people who register more than two weeks before the first class, and a $15 discount for people who refer a friend who registers.

Tuition: $105 for one-hour long weekly classes (Mon-Thu); $180-$200 for two-hour long weekly classes; $330 for two-week classes.

Contact for questions and registration or register at:


Genre Arts Summer Drama Classes

5537 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia

A variety of classes and workshops offered all year round.

For more information, visit


NEW! Mighty Writers Summer Camps

The Writer’s Craft

1501 Christian Street, Philadelphia

July 7-10, 2014

Camp Hours: 1:00-4:00 p.m.

For rising 9th and 10th graders

Writers write! Writers read! Writers talk about craft with other writers! Are you a writer? Would you like to share your work with other writers? Join us for a professional-style workshop with a focus on craft. Submit a manuscript of up to 5 pages of poetry, rap lyrics, fiction, non-fiction or memoir and develop your skills as a creative and critical reader and writer in your chosen genre. Be prepared to make new friends, meet professional writers, produce new work and improve upon works-in-progress! During the course of the week, each workshop member will have an intensive one-on-one consultation with a published writer. Expect to work, play and build your creative community! This workshop is for rising 9th and 10th graders only. Instructor: Andrea Walls

Click here to apply.

Writing for Social Change

1501 Christian Street, Philadelphia

August 4-7, 2014

Camp Hours: 1:00-4:00 p.m.

For rising 9th and 10th graders

Are you ready to be the change you want to see in the world? Do you believe the pen is mightier than the sword? Tell us what you are passionate about and let’s work together to transform our visions for a brighter future into an action plan for social change. Whether you want to save the environment, shut down the prison industrial complex, stop war or simply ask for better food in your school cafeteria, let’s use our Mighty Writing skills to make a difference. We’ll meet local artists-activists and organizers. We’ll read Mighty Speeches that changed the world. We may even write our own! We’ll practice writing petitions, letters to the editor, letters to congresspersons, policy makers, school principals and community stakeholders. Writing is power! Power to the people! This workshop is for rising 9th and 10th graders only. Instructor: Andrea Walls

Click  here to apply.

Writing & Communicating for Careers I

3861 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia

July 14-16, 2014

Camp Hours: 1:00-4:00 p.m.

For rising 9th and 10th graders

It’s never too early to get a start on job prep. During our week-long camp, students will learn how to write and format their own resumes and how to write strong cover letters that showcase their most marketable skills. Participants will also participate in mock job application and interview processes, getting them more comfortable with speaking about their skill sets amongst their peers and potential employers. If you can’t make this session, sign up for session two of the class in August. They’re exactly the same. This workshop is for rising 9th and 10th graders only.

Click here to apply.

Writing & Communicating For Careers II

3861 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia

August 11-14, 2014

Camp Hours: 1:00-4:00 p.m.

For rising 9th and 10th graders

It’s never too early to get a start on job prep. During our week-long camp, students will learn how to write and format their own resumes and how to write strong cover letters that showcase their most marketable skills. Participants will also participate in mock job application and interview processes, getting them more comfortable with speaking about their skill sets amongst their peers and potential employers. If you participated in our July session, please be aware that the two classes are identical. Students who did not take the class in July are encouraged to sign up! This workshop is for rising 9th and 10th graders only.

Click here to apply.


Philadelphia School of Circus Arts Camp

5900A Greene Street, Philadelphia

July 7 – August 29, 2014. One and two-week sessions.

Cam Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For children ages 5-17

This summer, children can experience the circus and more during Youth and Kinder Circus Programs at The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. The camps include Friday performances every two weeks.

Camp fee: Youth Camps cost $750 per camper for each two-week session and $375 per camper for each one-week Kinder Camp Session.

More information can be found at or by phone at 215-849-1991.


Summer Art Camp

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

June 16 – August 29, 2014. Weekly sessions.

For ages 4-18

The Art Centers orchestrate outstanding camp programs through smart, discovery-based curriculum that fosters out-of-the-box thinking. The more weeks, the more you save– your children can attend one week or the entire summer! Curriculum is always different and exciting.

Each day campers spend the morning in the studios building skills in a wide range of media, followed by walking field trips and playground time in the afternoon. Artists are grouped by age and developmentally appropriate curriculum challenges them with support from experienced and passionate art educators.

Camp rates: $100-$365 weekly – discounts apply (25% off 9+ weeks // 20% off 7+ weeks // 15% off 5+ weeks // 10% off 3+ weeks.

To register, go to Call with questions: 215-765-2787.


NEW! 2014 Summer Clay Camps

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

July 7 – August 29, 2014

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

For ages 6 and up

Fire up your creativity and join the fun this summer at The Clay Studio’s weeklong clay 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. Two programs for teens (ages 13-17) interested in working with clay on the wheel and claymation have been added from August 18-29.

Camp fee: $360 ($320 for members) for full-day camp.

Questions can be directed to Josie Bockelman, Director of Education at 215-925-3453 x 23 or

For more info and to register online, visit:


WHYY Film and Journalism Summer Camps

150 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia

Camp Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m, M-F.

For teens finishing 9th-12th grade.

WHYY Young Journalists Summer Camp

June 30- July 11, 2014

August 11 – 22, 2014

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.

Member course fee: $1,200
Non-member course fee: $1,350

WHYY Film Academy

July 14 – August 1, 2014

Learn to script, shoot, act and edit movies as you create your own short film from script to screen, over three fun-filled weeks.

Member course fee: $1,800
Non-member course fee: $1,950


Scholarships are available. For more information and to register for both camps, go to: or call: 215-351-3318.


Summer FUNdamentals Art Camp

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

June 30 – August 15, 2014. Weekly sessions.

Camp Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Additional after camp session available until 5:30 p.m.).

For all creative campers ages 5 – 15

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.

Registration before March 1: $235/week/members; $255/non-members

Registration before May 31: $250/week/members; $270/non-members

Registration after June 1: $280/week/members, $300/non-members

For more information and to register visit or call 215-972-2054.


Art: Summer at Penn

University of Pennsylvania

July 6 – August 2, 2014. Residential and day sessions.

Ages 14-18

The University of Pennsylvania School of Design offers a four-week summer art program for high school students. This pre-college art program prepares students for college admissions and allows them to work with Penn faculty and other young artists from around the world, experiment with different artistic disciplines, learn new skills and build a visual portfolio. Residential students live at the University of Pennsylvania in Penn’s Quad and experience evening activities and weekend trips to places such as Washington D.C, NYC, and NJ beaches.

To register click here. Contact info:, phone: 610-265-9401.


Architecture: Summer at Penn

University of Pennsylvania

July 6 – August 2, 2014. Residential and day sessions.

Ages 14-18

The University of Pennsylvania School of Design’s Architecture Summer program for high school students prepares students for college admission as they experience college life and create a portfolio. The architecture studio introduces the fundamentals of design with assignments in freehand drawing, technical drawing, and model building. Students also visit local architecture firms and can speak with today’s industry leaders. Residential students live at the University of Pennsylvania in Penn’s famous Quad and experience evening activities and weekend trips to places such as Washington D.C, NYC, and NJ beaches.

For more information visit: Contact info:, phone: 610-265-9401.


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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.


August 18-22, 2014

For ages 7-12

Learn to play acoustic AND electric guitar! You get to learn the basics or expand your current skills, and collaborate with other guitarists. Students will have the opportunity to learn song writing, play lead and rhythm guitar, and will perform LIVE at the end of the week!


August 11-15, 2014

For ages 13-17

Spend a week learning how to play music, write songs, and collaborate with other musicians. Students will arrive at Rock to the Future at 8am and have a fun filled day of learning their choice of guitar, bass, keyboards or drums. Students will attend workshops on singing, songwriting and collaborating. Students will form bands, write music, and even perform for a live audience at the end of the week!

Tuition: 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:


Girls Rock Philly Camp

Location TBA

August 4 – 10, 2014

Camp Hours: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

For girls ages 9 – 18

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 studio recording their original songs. Campers have instrument instruction ever day in groups of 3-5 organized by skill level and age. 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.

Tuition: Sliding scale – $50-$450.

For more information and to register go to: Questions? Email:


The Nelly Berman School of Music Camp

461 W Lancaster Ave., Haverford, PA

July 28 – August 1, 2014

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

For children ages 7 – 16

The week-long summer camp at The Nelly Berman School of Music offers an unusually high-quality, personalized program for up to 20 students, providing unparalleled one-on-one attention. The emphasis here is on the quality of instruction, the results of which can be  heard by the parents and friends themselves at the concert on end of camp concert on Friday, August 1st.

Camp fee: $450 per student. Some scholarships are available to string, wind, and brass players by audition only.

For more information and to sign up, visit:, email: or call (610) 896-5105.


School of Rock Summer Camp

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

July 7 – August 1, 2014. Weekly sessions

Camp Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For children ages 9-18

Can’t get no satisfaction? Come to one of School of Rock’s awesome summer camps! Like all School of Rock programs, these camps are PERFORMANCE BASED. Students will learn guitar, bass, keys, drums, and/or vocals while learning a full set in one or two weeks and performing in a real rock show the last Friday of camp! Lunch is provided the last Friday.

Camp fee: $545/session.

For more information visit: or call 267-639-4007.


Summer camps at Settlement Music School (Wynnefield Branch)

4910 Wynnefield Avenue, Philadelphia

Summer Strings Camp

June 30 – July 3, 2014

Ages 7 – 14

Camp Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday

Tuition: $300

This camp for beginning and intermediate string students, explores string orchestra music and small chamber opportunities through rehearsals and related arts activities. The daily schedule includes a full ensemble rehearsal, sectionals, visual arts and playwriting. Camp concludes with a performance incorporating student’s plays and art with the string orchestra.

Summer Jazz Camp

August 4 – 8, 2014

Ages 12 – 18

Camp Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday through Friday

Tuition: $375

This is a one-week session for students who play drums, electric guitar, bass, keyboard, and wind and string instruments. Students form small ensembles based on skill level, study big band playing and technique, jazz standards, jazz improvisation, history and composition. Camp focuses on introducing and developing strong jazz skills and learning how to play in an ensemble and concludes with a final performance at a local venue.


For more information and to register, please contact Karin Orenstein at or the Wynnefield Branch at 215-320-2641.


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Robotics Camp (Lavner Camps)

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

June 23 – 27 and July 7 – August 22, 2014 (Monday to Friday).

Camper Ages: 6 to 12; CIT Ages 13 to 15

Camp Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Half Day AM Session: 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.; PM Session: 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

At Robotics & Technology Camp, campers will use LEGO® Mindstorms® NXT 2.0 and Lego ® Mindstorms ® EV3 to learn the fundamentals of building 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. The LEGO® Mindstorms® NXT 2.0 and EV3 product lines allow for hundreds of possibilities of robots, and each week at camp new ideas and projects are presented. In addition to building, campers learn how to program robots using a computer, how to use Bluetooth ® for wireless control, and work in teams every step of the way.

There are three levels of Robotics & Technology curriculum used at camp, and campers are divided by age and ability to ensure the best experience possible for each camper. Campers at all levels participate in a camp tournament called ROBOWARS. This “all camp” tournament takes place on the Friday of each week, where all groups “free build” a robot that battle head to in a tournament setting. For many campers, ROBOWARS is the highlight of their entire summer!

For more information, visit:


Video Game Design (Lavner Camps)

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

June 23 – July 25; August 11 – 15, 2014

Camp Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Half Day AM Session: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; Half Day PM Session: 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Camper Ages: 6 to 12; CIT Ages: 13 to 15

Using the powerful program Multimedia Fusion 2, campers learn how to create their own video games for use on computers, and create Apps compatible with iOS® devices (the Ipad® and iPhone®) and the Android™. No previous experience is necessary, however more complicated projects are offered to campers based upon their age and ability. Starting with a blank screen, campers begin with a single frame where they place objects, scenery, a scoreboard, and number of lives. They then use the events editor to program how objects behave in this environment. The games and Apps are then expanded to multiple frames and levels, resulting in a complete multi-level arcade and/or platform game/App.

In addition to using objects and scenery from Multimedia Fusion 2, campers can bring outside objects and scenery that they design into the game, or manipulate the design of objects within the Multimedia Fusion 2 library. In this sense, campers learn not only programming logic, but also animation and design. Multi-level decision-making teaches campers to consider the game as a whole, beyond just a single frame, and encourages vision and planning.

Tuition: Full Week: $455/week; Full Day: $94/day; Half Day: $60/day

For more information, visit:


Minecraft 3D Innovation (Lavner Camps)

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

July 14-18, July 28 – August 1, August 4-8 & August 18-22, 2014

Camp Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Half Day AM Session: 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.; Half Day PM Session: 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Camper Ages: 7 to 12; CIT Ages: 13 to 15

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: dream homes, towers, castles, caves, roller coasters and entire amusement parks. Campers may also construct famous buildings and structures like the Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building, the Egyptian Pyramids, and/or structures of their own choosing.

Projects will include the construction of a train system or roller coaster allowing all players to tour and travel the entire environment for observation, work efficiency, and gameplay. Campers may choose to work with others or on their own, but group participation is highly encouraged. By working in the same world with multiple players, campers will assume different roles (builder, architect, resource gatherer, protector, etc…) where communication and fulfilling one’s role is very important to the group’s collective success.

Tuition: Full Week: $455/week; Full Day: $94/day; Half Day: $60/day.

For more information, visit:


Anthropologists in the Making

Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

Jun 23 – August 22, 2014. Weekly sessions.

Camp Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. After-camp care is available.

For children ages 7 – 13

Each week-long session has a different theme.

Camp fees:
Register by May 1: $255 Museum members per week, $275 non-members per week.
Register after May 1: $275 Museum members per week, $295 non-members per week.

A limited amount of partial scholarships ($100 off tuition) are available until May 1.  Email:

For more information and to register go here.


Discovery Camp

The Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th Street

June 16 – August 29, 2014. One and two-week sessions.

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

For children Grades Pre-K – 8.

Camp fees:

Campers entering K-8 Grade
1 week session



Pre-K campers
1 week session
Pre-K half days available



For more information and to register, click here.


Academy Explorers Camp

Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

July 7 – August 29, 2014. Weekly sessions.

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

For children ages 5 – 12

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!

Camp fees: Members pay $295 per camper per weekly session. Non-members pay $335 per camper per weekly session.

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


ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp

Temple University College of Science and Technology, 1803 N. Broad Street

July 6 – 18, 2014. Camp Theme: Passport to the Future:  Reclaiming Philadelphia

For students entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grade

The EMBHSSC is a two-week, academic, residential camp that emphasizes increasing students’ mathematics and science knowledge and skills while introducing them to college life and stimulating their interest in science and engineering as a potential career path. The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC) is organized to provide activities, experiments, projects, and field experiences for students entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grade in the Fall of 2013. The camp promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and supports historically underserved and underrepresented students with limited opportunities.

Students attend the camp free of charge. Students currently in grade 5, 6, or 7 who have an interest in science and mathematics, at least a B average in science and mathematics courses and a passing score on the state’s standardized science and mathematics tests are eligible to apply.

Application deadline: May 21, 2014.

For more information and to apply, go to:


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Julian Krinsky School of Tennis and Golf

Haverford College or Villanova University

June 2 – Aug 29, 2014. Weekly sessions. Residential, half day, and full day programs available.

Ages: 4-18

Julian Krinsky School of Golf and School of Tennis has world-class professional instructors. They take each player’s game to the next level through daily instruction, personalized coaching, competitive play, video analysis, and mental and physical conditioning. All levels are welcome. Summer programs are held at Haverford College and Villanova University. Students play at dozens of area golf courses and tennis courts.

For more information click here. Contact info:, phone: 610-265-9401.


Penn Sports Camps

University of Pennsylvania

From June 16, 2014

A variety of sports camps is available, including swimming, basketball, football, soccer, gymnastics, tennis and more. For more information and to register online click here.


University City Field Hockey Day Camp

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

June 23 – July 3, 2014. Weekly sessions

For children ages 5-12

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

University City Field Hockey Day Camp (UCFHC) summer 2014 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: (5-7) (8-10) (11-12).

Camp Fee: Early bird sign-up (by May 17th) = $330 for week 1 and $265 for week 2 ($350 after 5/18 for week 1 and $280 for week 2). Early bird sign-up (by May 17th) = $595 for BOTH sessions. ($630 after 5/18). Sibling Discount: 5% off total fee for your second child.

To register, go to this page.

Contact: Steve Wagner: Phone: 215-901-6880.


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NEW! Bible Way Baptist Church Summer Camp

1323 N 52nd Street, Philadelphia

June 30 – August 8, 2014. Weekly sessions

Camp Hours: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For Ages 3-12

If you’re looking for a way to make new friends, be in a Christian Environment, go on trips and do a little learning, too, then the Bible Way Baptist Church Summer Camp is the camp for you.

Camp fee: Only $65/week! The extended camp (7 a.m. – 6 p.m.) is $80 per week. Call Sis. Emily at (215) 477 0778 or email for more information.


Business and Leadership Camp for Youth

The Enterprise Center, 4548 Market Street

Session I (ages 16-18) June 23 through June 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Session II (ages 12-15) July 21 through July 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Summer Business and Leadership Camps–Summer TEC-LAB–is an intensive business and entrepreneurship training program targeting rising 6th through 12th grade students from low-income communities throughout Philadelphia. The program hosts more than 100 students and connects them with professional business owners and community leaders who mentor the students and foster their development as entrepreneurs and leaders.


  • Identifying inner business and leadership strengths
  • Competing for seed capital cash for business
  • Meeting influential business leaders
  • Designing commercials
  • Developing an elevator pitch and networking strategies
  • Marketing through social media
  • Learning Personal and business savings strategies
  • Forecasting financial data
  • Exploring STEM business building
  • Creating a portfolio…and more

Camp fees: $75. This fee includes breakfast, lunch and a t-shirt.

More information and registration forms are available here. Email: if you have any questions.


CIT Leadership Program (Lavner Camps)

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

For teenagers ages 13-15

The Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Leadership Program is for motivated teenagers who want to learn and develop new skills while working with children in a camp setting. CITs receive an orientation-training prior to camp and become certified in CPR/First Aid. During the summer, CITs work under the close supervision of our instructors and camp directors, and an evaluation is provided each week (for learning & improvement purposes.) This program helps to prepare our CITs for future work experience and will also bolster their résumés. It also gives our CITs a chance to have a fun and productive summer where they can work in specialty camps of their choice!

To become part of our CIT Leadership Program, an applicant must “register” on and complete an application process. The CIT Leadership Program is offered for every camp that is offered at the University of Pennsylvania this summer. A CIT can choose to work from four to eleven weeks at camp, but a four-week commitment (full week) is the minimum requirement.

For more information about this program visit, call (215) 767-1354 or email:


Filmmaking Camp (Lavner Camps)

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

July 7-11, July 21-25 & August 18-22, 2014

Times: 9:00am to 3:30pm; Half Day AM Session: 9:00am to 11:30am; Half Day PM Session: 1:00pm to 3:30pm.

Camper Ages: 8 to 13; CIT Ages: 14 to 15

The ultimate goal of the camp is to teach campers how to start and complete a film project from scratch. Campers script a short film, develop characters, film, edit, and produce a final copy. The final product can be used as a reel for aspiring actors/directors, and all of the skills learned at camp help campers understand many aspects of working in film.

This camp is a combination of scripting, acting, directing, and editing. When starting out in film, whether in front of the camera or behind the scenes, it is always important to understand and appreciate all aspects of production. Campers who get a taste of everything can decide what they like and want to pursue in the future. Campers are grouped by age and ability level. If time allows, campers may also create and film commercials.

Join us for a totally unique and fun summer experience where campers are super-creative, challenged, and produce a final product they can be proud of and watch for years to come. Campers take home their project on a CD at the end of the week!

All film projects are new for 2014! Calling all future Hollywood stars!

Tuition: Full Week: $455/week; Full Day: $94/day; Half Day: $60/day

For more information, visit


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

Friends Select School, 1651 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia

July 7-18, 2014

Camp Hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

For children entering K – 8th grades

At Al-Bustan Camp, children and teens appreciate Arab culture, while developing new language skills. Open to participants of all backgrounds. ‘Al-Bustan’, Arabic for ‘The Garden’ encourages dialogue, understanding respect and a celebration of diversity. Al-Bustan Camp provides a fun and enriching environment.

Camp fees:

One week: $310 by May 1, 2014; $330 by June 1

Two weeks: $575 by May 1; $610 by June 1

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 21-25, 2014

For ages 8 – 14

Camp Jamison is a diverse, inclusive, and affordable summer program that includes:

-Wildlife Study — Explore the world of wildlife through hands-on learning
-Tracking and Stalking — Practice the art of tracking and stalking wild animals
-Astronomy — Study the stars, the moon and the planets in the night sky

-Canoeing — Learn the basics of canoeing followed by a paddling adventure on a pond
-Hikes — 5 different trail available for various hiking experiences
-Sports — fun and friendly games of basketball, kickball, and other games
-Campfire — Sit around the campfire and enjoy s’mores
-Team building — A series of challenges which promote team building and cooperation
-Conference Course – Increase confidence levels and develop trust between others

-Nature Journaling– Write or draw about experiences in nature.
-Environmental Art–Using natural materials to create works of art
-Various other arts and crafts projects

Cost:  $502. Full and partial scholarships are available (email: for more info).

For more information, visit: or


Camp Sojourner, Girls’ Leadership Camp

New Jersey School of Conservation, Stokes State Forest (Pocono Mountains),

August 4-9, 2014

For 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.

For more information and to register, visit: or call: 215-951-0330 x 2180.


Nature Ramblers and Summer Adventure Treks at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

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

Nature Ramblers Summer Camp

June 23 – August 22, 2014. Weekly sessions

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

For ages 3-9

Based on 340 acres of diverse habitat, Nature Ramblers Summer Camp provides children intimate and ongoing access to forests, fields, streams, ponds, and even an organic farm garden. Campers explore the natural world through hands-on. Weekly camptopics range from ecology to geology, writing to art and photography, history to birds and bugs. Kids will hike, get dirty, play outdoors, and go on field trips.

Camp fees start at $250/week for members, $270/week for non-members.

Summer Adventure Treks

June 16 – August 22, 2014. Weekly sessions

Camps hours:  9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., with overnights varying from 1 – 4 nights.  Before and aftercare available for 8 – 9 a.m. and 3:30 – 6 p.m.

Summer Adventure Treks challenge pre-teens and teens to improve their outdoor knowledge and skills in a supportive setting. Campers learn more about themselves, strengthen self-confidence, and gain teamwork skills while exploring the outdoors in unique and fun ways. They’re continually challenged in very safe and incredibly fun environments under the guidance of experienced instructors and outdoor guides.

Camp fees start at $275/week for members, $295/week for non-members.

For more information about both camps email: or call 215-482-7300. Sign up online at:


Epic Adventurez Camp

Chamounix Mansion in Fairmount Park, 3250 Chamounix Dr

July 7 – August 15, 2014. Weekly sessions. Overnight Camp for ages 12 + TBD.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Ages 8 and up

Day camps are full of capture the flag, character writing, magic systems and improv games. Epic Adventurez has the perfect day camp for enjoying beautiful summer days. Week long sessions bring players together to make new friends, play active sword games, create fascinating characters, build hilarious improv scenes, master our magic classes and embark on mystical quests. Players battle monsters, meet fairies and more.

Tuition: $250 per week. For more information and to register visit:


Summer Camp at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

West Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

July 14 – August 15, 2014. Weekly sessions

Camp Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For children entering 3rd through 6th grades.

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.

July 14 – July 18: Taste of Japan (Food Week)

July 21 – July 25: Tea Ceremony Week

July 28 – Aug. 1: Martial Arts Week

August 4 – Aug. 8: Taiko Drumming

August 11 – Aug. 15: Manga and Anime

Camp fees: Non-Members $260/week, Members $235/week.

For more information, visit: or email Nicole Schaller at:


Summer Cycling Day Camp

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

June 30 – August 22, 2014. Two-week sessions

Camp Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For children ages 8 – 14

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.

Tuition: $575 for the full-day two-week session. Scholarships are available.

Click here for more information and to sign up.


Summer Daze Camp

Jumpstart Learning Center, 45 Long Lane, Upper Darby, PA

June 23 – August 15, 2014. Weekly sessions

Camp Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (before care (6:30 – 8:30 a.m.) and after care (4:30 – 6:30 p.m.) available for additional fee)

Weeks 1 & 5: Earth Science

Weeks 2 & 6: Making Music

Weeks 3 & 7: Sports Week

Weeks 4 & 8: The Arts

Snacks are provided but parents must pack bag lunches for campers.

Tuition: $175/week, full day: $25 non-refundable fee required (registration fee will go toward the first week of camp). Before or after care fee: $30/week.

For more information and to sign up call: 610-734-1560 or e-mail:


International Affairs: Learning Leadership Through Model UN

University of Pennsylvania

July 6 – August 2, 2014. Residential only

Ages 15-18

If you are interested in world politics, this program will increase your experience, knowledge and skills in this fascinating area. Living and working with students from around the world, you will gain a unique perspective on international affairs and how to achieve solutions through diplomacy. This program offers exploration of International Relations, Foreign Policy, and Diplomacy in a four-week session.

Tuition: $6,295.

For more information visit: Contact info:, 610-265-9401.


Julian Krinsky Camps and Programs

Haverford College or Villanova University

June 22 – Aug 9. Weekly sessions. Residential, half day, and full day programs available.

Ages: 10-18

JKCP offers over 20 specialized experiences to middle and high school students. Students can choose one or two courses each week and can attend for half-day or full-day options. JKCP’s summer camp courses are taught by college professors and other professionals. Students are offered popular programming in Pre-College Enrichment, Middle School Xploration, Business Leadership, Fashion Design, Cooking, Technology, Robotics, Tennis, Art and more! Our summer programs are held at prestigious college and university campuses on Philadelphia’s Main Line at Haverford College and Villanova University.

For more information visit: Contact info:, phone: 610-265-9401.


Summer Camp at PIC

Parent Infant Center, 4205 Spruce Street

June 23 – August 29, 2014. Two-week sessions.

Camp Hours: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

For children entering Grades K – 5

Join us for an enriching summer of art, sports, reading, dance, outdoor fun and more! We offer a 10 week full-day program broken down into two-week sessions. Your child will enjoy making creative projects, playing games, tackling athletic feats, participating in music and dance performance, and undertaking community-minded good deeds. Sign up for one or more two-week sessions or the whole summer! Each session of activities focuses on a different theme, ranging from Sports for All Sorts, Around the World adventures, Splish-Splash (water play), Shining Stars (music and dance) to Rhyme and Reading.

Camp fee: Tuition for sessions 2-5 is $475. Due to the July 4 holiday, the rate for the first session is $430. A one-week session is $275. Discounts and tuition assistance for qualified families are available.

To enroll, visit this page and download an application or email:


Summer Camp at the Little Green School House

219 S. Melville Street, Philadelphia

July 7 – August 29, 2014. Two-week sessions.

Camp Hours: 8:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

For children ages 2-5

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.

Tuition: $540 for each two-week session, with extended care available for $210 per two-week session.

To sign up, email:, or call 215-222-0208. For more information, visit:


“Tot”ally Tot Camp at Bright Beginnings Learning Center

Lansdowne, PA (site TBD)

June 16 – August 29, 2014. Weekly sessions

For children ages 3-5

Camp Hours: Full day 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Half Day 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Extended day until 6 p.m.

The camp offers weekly themed curriculum/ activities and weekly field trips that directly relate to each week’s theme. Also: swimming lessons, talent showcase, and much much more! Lunch and snacks provided daily.

Weekly rates: $140/ full day, $100/ half day, $170/extended day.

To sign up, or for more info call 215-869-0784 or 484-441-3152. Facebook page


Tree House Books: History Makers Summer Camp

1430 W. Susquehanna Avenue, Philadelphia

Starting July 7 – August 1, 2014

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

For children ages 7-13

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 on Friday, August 1st. Additionally, campers’ work will be “permanently” displayed in a mobile-museum called the Philadelphia Public History Truck in 2015.

Camp fee: $50 non-refundable deposit + an additional $50 per child = $100 per child for four weeks. Registration will open Tuesday, April 1st 2014. 

For more information, call 215-236-1760, email:, or go to:


Northwestern Stables’ 2013 Horseback Riding Camp

120 Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia

June 16 – August 8, 2014 (weekly sessions)

Camp Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For children 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.

Camp fee: $325 for each week.

For more information and to register, visit:


iD Tech Camps & iD Teen Academies

Villanova University, 800 E Lancaster Ave

June 16 – August 1, 2014

Camp Hours: Please check website

For ages 7 – 18

Build iPhone/Android apps, video games, programs in C++/Java, movies, and more at weeklong, day and overnight programs.  Small classes for ages 7-17 in a fun, challenging, un-school environment.  Also 2-week, teen-only Academies for ages 13-18: iD Gaming Academy (held at Villanova), iD Programming Academy, and iD Visual Arts Academy.

Tuition starts at $849 per week.

Visit iD Tech Camps in Philadelphia for more information and to register. Email: Phone: 1-888-709-TECH (8324).


Summer Internships at Penn

University of Pennsylvania

June 29 – July 19 and July 20 – August 9. Residential only

Ages 16-18

This program gives students the opportunity to explore work in your chosen field while living on the University of Pennsylvania campus, during the three- or six-week sessions. You will work with a personal internship adviser and be placed in a professional office or business located in the greater Philadelphia area. This is a chance to do meaningful, hands-on work in the field of your choice, such as law, marketing, entertainment, and more.

Tuition: $5,495 for each three-week session.

For more information visit: Contact info:, phone: 610-265-9401.


The Miquon Day Camp

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

June 23 – August 15, 2014

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

For children ages 4 – 10.

The camp program includes: arts and crafts, music, drama, athletics, swimming, nature exploration, and small community-service projects.

Tuition: $495/week (discounts apply). Camp Fee includes accident insurance, bus transportation, beverages, snacks, and a cookout lunch on Wednesdays.

Click here for more information and to register. E-mail:


Philadelphia Zoo Summer Camp

3400 West Girard Avenue

June 16 – August 22, 2014. Weekly sessions.

Camp Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. (9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. half-day camp). Extended care is available.

For children ages 4 – 13.

Fee: from $315 for members and $340 for non-members for each week.

Click here for more information and to register. Tel.: 215-243-5601.


Wharton Sports Business Academy

University of Pennsylvania

July 6 – August 2, 2014. Residential only

Ages 16-18

The Wharton Sports Business Academy (WSBA) is a summer institute that provides an opportunity for talented rising high school juniors and seniors to study sports business leadership at the Wharton School. The Academy examines academic disciplines such as management, law, negotiation, marketing and leadership as they apply to the sports industry, with an overview of intercollegiate, Olympic and professional sports enterprises. Students live and study at UPenn and also get to meet leaders in the sports business world and travel to high-profile sport venues to explore all areas of sports business.

For more information visit: Contact info:, phone: 610-265-9401.


Kids’ Yoga Summer Camp

Studio 34, 4522 Baltimore Avenue

August 4 – 8, 2014

For ages 5-12

Hours: 8:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. (8-12 year olds); 8:45-12 p.m. (5-6 year olds)

This full-day camp is filled with fun, educational activities, and games. Yoga camp is unique because your kids will spend time together as a team building trust and friendships that fall outside of a typical competitive sports camp, yet has all the benefits of developing a love for movement and play. Throughout the week, kids will practice yoga, learn about yoga history and philosophy, prepare ayurvedic snacks (and a Friday meal), learn about staying healthy, create art, play games, make music, and still have time for reflection, relaxation and rest.

Cost: Full day: $225/$250 after July 14; Half day: 135/$150 after July 14.

For details and registration, visit:


Cooperative Preschool Summer Camp

West Philadelphia Cooperative School, 4625 Baltimore Avenue

June 30- August 22, 2014. Two-week sessions.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

2-5 days/week options

For ages 2-6

Session 1: June 30 – July 11 (closed July 4)
Session 2: July 14 – July 25
Session 3: July 28 – August 8
Session 4: August 11 – August 22

The West Philadelphia Cooperative School (WPCS) is welcoming non-member families to join in the fun for its summer camp program. 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 2-week 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 to the Pentridge Children’s Garden help connect our school to our neighborhood and community.

Tuition: $40 per day, with a $12 activity fee and $30 co-op fee per session. Families who can commit to contribute two hours per session of teacher assistance, maintenance work, or other projects in school, will be waived the $30 per session co-op fee.

Click here to sign up. For more information about WPCS visit:


NEW! Summer Empowerment Programs for Teen Girls

Peirce College, 1420 Pine Street, Philadelphia

July 8 – August 28, 2014

Hours: Tuesday and Thursday—10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

For girls ages 13-18

In an era when teen girls idolize reality TV stars and scantily clad music artists, the non-profit Evoluer House is offering two far more positive development workshops for area teen girls: The Evoluer Personal Development Workshop and the Evoluer Youth Workforce Development Program. Taught by area youth development and education professionals, Evoluer’s Personal Development Workshop seeks to inspire a positive self-image and ambition in girls through an eight-week, reality-based learning experience. Topics include “Loving the Skin You’re In,” “Your Life, Your Goals,” financial literacy, internet safety and etiquette. The Youth Workforce Development program focuses on the personal, resume-writing and communication skills girls need to land a job, keep a job, and advance in their lives and careers.

Camp fee:  The programs are free, or require a small fee for applicants who do not meet income guidelines.

For more information and to register, visit:!summer-program/c11kv


Youth Summer Cooking Camp

The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, 4207 Walnut Street

July 7 – 25, 2014

Camp Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

For children ages 7 – 15.

Tuition: All-day full week – $525; All-day two weeks or more – $450 per camper per week. Tuition includes 1 Chef Jacket, Hat and Apron.

Registration deadlines: two weeks before the first day of camp unless sold out.

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


YMCA West Philadelphia Branch Day Camp

5120 Chestnut Street

June 23 – August 29, 2014. One to two week-long sessions.

Camp Hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Extended care is available.

For children ages 4 – 14.

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.

Camp fees: Full Privilege Members: $165-$175/week; Program Members: $175-$185/week.

Registration closes two weeks before each camp week begins. All campers must have a current Y membership.

To download the camp brochure, click here. For more information call: 215-476-2700 ext. 2035.


ZoomDance Summer Camp

Actors Chekhov Studio, 1831 Bainbridge Street

July 14 – August 29, 2014

Camp Hours: Full days: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Half days: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 12 – 3 p.m.

For ages 3-8

With lots of different movement classes, field trips, swimming, art projects, dancing, and performing there’s plenty of space for all kids to expend energy, express themselves, and find something new they love. Program may vary week-to-week, but specialty classes can include Hip Hop, Music, Yoga, Ballet, and Tap Dance. Each week will also feature ZoomDance performance workshops centered around one of our favorite stories. Pick your schedule: You can choose which weeks to attend, which days of the week you’ll join, and half or whole days.

Camp fees: 5 full days – $250, 3 full days – $180; 5 half days – $150, 3 half days – $105.

For information and to sign up, visit: or email:


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