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2019 Camp Guide

Searching for the perfect summer camp? Read on to plan the best summer yet for your child.

Note: All camps that appear in this guide support the Main Line Parent and Philadelphia Family communities. If you are interested in being part of our Camp Guide, register here!

It may be cold outside, but it’s already time to start planning for the summer! Our Main Line Parent and Philadelphia Family Summer Camp Guide highlights summer camps from across the Delaware Valley, from traditional camps to specialty camps, as well as academic camps and programs.

Read on to plan the best summer yet for your child.

Go straight to: Traditional Summer Camps
Specialty Camps: Art, Creative, Science, and Technology
Sports Camps
Academic Camps and Educational Summer Programs

Traditional Summer Camps

Arrowhead Day Camp

West Chester, 610-353-5437

 

“All-inclusive” day camp for boys and girls ages 4-14.

 

Blue Bell Camp

Blue Bell, 215-646-4444

 

This family-run day camp for ages 4-11 has been building skills and confidence since 1946.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania

Various locations throughout Eastern Pennsylvania including Valley Forge, Phoenixville, Gilbertsville, Poconos, Lehigh Valley, Lafayette Hill, 215-564-2030

 

 

Girl Scouts host four resident camps and three day camps throughout Eastern Pennsylvania for girls in grades K-12.

 

Holy Child Academy

Drexel Hill, 610-259-2712

 

Traditional day camp for kids ages 2-14, as well as specialty STEAM camps.

 

JCC Camps at Medford

Medford, New Jersey, 856-424-4444

 

Kids ages 3-14 will have the summers of their lives with sports, STEM, swimming, the arts in a Jewish environment.

Photograph courtesy of JCC Camps at Medford.

Liberty Lake Day Camp

Columbus, NJ, 856-437-5340

 

An all-outdoor camp for kids ages 4-15, teaching skills to inspire young people to change the world.

 

Penn Charter Summer Camp

East Falls, Philadelphia, 215-844-3460, ext. 364

 

A variety of camps for kids ages 3-15; including day, sports, science, performing arts, drone, and even MineCraft camps. Early care, after care, lunch, and transportation available.

 

Pinemere Camp

The Pocono Mountains (overnight), 215-487-2267

 

Located in the beautiful Poconos, this camp provides an authentic Jewish camping experience in a rustic setting. For boys and girls ages 6-16.

 

Ramah Day Camp

Elkins Park, 215- 885-8556

 

Incorporating Jewish values and learning into fun and adventure, Ramah provides the very best camping experience for kids, from prekindergarten up to current seventh grade.

 

Sesame Rockwood Day Camps

Blue Bell, 610-275-2267

 

Now in its 66th year, SRDC provides sports, outdoor adventure, arts, aquatics, and more for kids ages 3-14.

 

Summer Camp at the School in Rose Valley

Rose Valley, 610-566-1088

 

Kids ages 3-15 can fill their days with fun indoor and outdoor activities, all of which include daily swimming lessons.

 

Tall Pines Day Camp

Williamstown, New Jersey, 856-262-3900

 

South Jersey premier day camp for kids ages 3-14 serving Center City.

 

YMCA of the Pines

(Formerly known as YMCA Camp Ockanickon)

Medford, NJ, 609-654-8225

 

Coed day camp for kids ages 3-15, located in the South Jersey Pine Barrens.

Early Registration Incentive: Register before February 15 for 5% off.

Sports Camps

Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs

Various locations in Philly and the Main Line, 610-265-9401

 

 

JKCP offers over 22 programs for ages 7-18 on four college campuses. For ages 7-9 there is day camp, and for ages 10-18 there are both day and residential camps.

Use the code FOCUSFAMILY18 to get $50 off when you enroll online!

 

Philadelphia Rock Gyms

Oaks, Wyncote, East Falls, Coatesville, 877-822-7673

 

Full-day and half-day camps. Indoor and outdoor. No experience necessary! For ages 4-15; campers are divided into small groups of similar age range for most activities each day.

Specialty Summer Camps: Art, Creative, Science, and Technology

Photograph courtesy of Academy of Natural Sciences.

Academy Science Camp at Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Logan Square, Philadelphia, 215-299-3798

 

Science based programming with a focus on the natural world for kids ages 5-12 and teens ages 13-16.

 

 Burn Brae Day Camp of Creative Arts

Dresher, 215-657-3388

 

Kids ages 3-15 can explore arts, technology, science, and physical activities.

 

Discovery Camp at the Franklin Institute

Logan Square, Philadelphia, 215-448-1200

 

 

Kids ages 5-15 can participate in museum exploration, hands-on science projects, presentations by local scientists, and more.

 

iD Tech

Various locations (UPenn, Villanova, WCU, Arcadia), 1-888-709-8324

 

Summer tech camp for kids and teens ages 7–18.

 

Kitchen Wizards

Multiple locations, 610-348-5284

 

 

Discover the magic of cooking, one bite at a time!

 

Lavner Camps

Various locations throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, 1-888-854-2267

 

Weekly sports, tech, and arts camps for kids ages 5-15; offered at various locations throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including UPenn.

 

Philly Art Center

Queen Village and Fairmount, Philadelphia + Cherry Hill, New Jersey, 215-765-2787

 

 

Philly Art Center’s summer camps run by-the-week all summer long, for ages 4-14. Build confidence and skills to last a lifetime!

 

Quadrat Academy

Northern Liberties, Philadelphia, 443-825-1234

 

Outdoor, photography, startup, design, and inventor camps.

Photograph courtesy of Independence Seaport Museum.

Seaport Summer Camp

Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia, 215-413-8622

 

 

Kids ages 6-12 will enjoy full days of activities and exploration on the water.

 

Academic Camps and Educational Summer Programs

Camp Pegasus

Haverford, 610-649-1080

 

 

Day camp for kids ages 6-16. Camp Pegasus addresses all social challenges in a fun day camp.

 

Malvern Prep Summer Programs

Malvern, 484-595-5218

 

“Friar Fun in the summer!” Coed camps and summer courses for ages 6-18.

 

PA Distance Learning Charter School

Virtual camp, 1-888-997-3352

 

These virtual camps are 100% free for students in grades K-12.

 

The Pathway School

Jeffersonville, 610-277-0660 x 289

 

 

The Pathway School offers a six-week Extended School Year (ESY) Program, including supporting IEP goals.

 

And be sure to sign up to attend our Camp Fair on January 2o at the Franklin Institute!

 

Lead photograph courtesy of Camp Pathway. 

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