Summer 2018 Programs in Philadelphia

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We all know flow of a student's summer vacation: it begins with the sweet bliss of sleeping late, but too often descends into boredom and inactivity. Luckily, there are many summer programs out there that can be both fun and educational. 

With the help of our friends at the Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia and After School Activities Philadelphia, we have compiled a list of just a few of the free and low-cost 2018 summer opportunities for your child, complete with program descriptions, ages served, dates offered, location, and cost. Use the table of contents below to navigate programs you're interested in.


Day Camp
Sleep-Away Camp
Summer Activities
Other Summer Programs
Work Opportunities

Day Camp

Academy Explorers Camp 

Who: children ages 5-12

When: Weekly sessions run from July 9-August 31, 9am-4pm. Before and after care available.

Where: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia PA 19103

Cost: $320/week (members), $360/week (non-members)

“Academy Explorers Camp invites campers, ages 5-12, 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! From fossils to our extreme earth to amazing animals, check out our camp themes to find the best fit for your child’s interests.”

Anthropologists in the Making 

Who: Children ages 6-13

When: Weekly sessions starting June 25, 9am-3p

Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 

Cost: Before May 1: $280/week for members, $300/week for non-members. After May 1: $300/week for members, $320/week for non-members 

"Celebrating 20 years of engaging children with summer fun and learning through Penn Museum’s world-renowned collections. Anthropologists in the Making is designed for children ages 7-13 who will be entering grades 2nd – 8th for the 2018-2019 school year."

Be Outside Teen Adventure Program 

Who: Teens ages 12-14

When: One six-week session June 25 - August 2, 9am-3pm, Mon-Thurs

Where: Gustine Recreation Center (4868 Ridge Avenue, 19129), and Chalfont Playground (4430-40 Deerpath Lane, 19114)

Cost: $300

"A multi-dimensional experience for teens! Youth will be introduced to a variety of outdoor programs and activities– like kayaking, rock climbing, zip lining, and hiking– that will improve their skills, determination, and self-confidence. They’ll also enjoy knowledge enrichment focused on career exploration, social responsibility, and physical activity, all with an outdoor theme."

The Business of Doing Good, Entrepreneurial Summer Camp

Who: Children entering grades 5-9

When: August 13-17, 9am-3pm 

Where: Saxby's Headquarter, 2300 Chestnut Street #310, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Cost: $450

"Our goal is to help your child find their passion and to instill the determination and skills to achieve their goals. Our program is highly individualized to meet your child's interest and skill set.  We provide the exposure and tools, and every participant chooses their own topic to focus on. We provide a dynamic and engaging curriculum that will leave kids inspired to change the world. We also teach kids how to create, present, and launch their unique social entrepreneurial endeavor."

Butcher Sew Shop Junior Camp

Who: Children ages 6-14

When: One week sessions starting June 25

Where: 1912 South Street, and 800 S 8th Street

Cost: Price range $360-$410 depending on age and time of registration. Sibling, and Multiple Session Discount Available. Check website for more information.

"Mighty Makers delve head first into the world of machine stitching and never look back. Campers create two or three theme-week projects in addition to a team challenge piece and an embroidery sampler. Throw in hoola-hooping contests, bean bag tournaments and sidewalk chalk murals and you're in for a week of creativity and fun! Oh, and don't forget our weekly scavenger hunt!"

Camp Save-A-Life

Who: Children ages 10-14

When: Weekly sessions run June 25-August 17, 9:00am-3:00pm

Where: Red Cross House, 40th St. and Powelton Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19104

Cost: Free

“Camp Save-a-Life provides youth with the opportunity to learn valuable disaster preparedness techniques and leadership skills. Youth will become certified in CPR and First Aid, and most importantly, they will have fun while learning to keep their families safe!”

Community Tennis Summer Camp

Who: Children ages 7-16

When: Weekly Sessions run from June 26-August 9

Where: Various SitRegions and Locations around Philadelphia  

Cost: Visit your regional site for costs and registration

"The Community Tennis Summer Camp program provides seven weeks of top-notch tennis instruction, team and individual match play competition, life skills and mentor-ship, reading and reflective writing activities, a city-wide team and individual tennis tournament, a free Team Legacy t-shirt and the opportunity to compete in the USTA’s essay contest."

Destination Diversified Summer Camp

Who: Children in grades K-8

When: Contact for more information

Where: Stephen Girard, Dixon Learning Academy, or Western Learning Center

Cost: $25 application fee

“Diversified Community Services Summer Camp Program provides breakfast, lunch, and snacks, in addition to academic and extracurricular activities to support the retention of students’ in-school knowledge while emphasizing team building among their peers. Our students attend weekly trips that are educational, and full of adventure. Swimming, sports, dance, karate, golf, arts and crafts are also an integral part of the curriculum and daily activities. The program also has support through community engagements from the Free Library of Philadelphia, Eagle’s Book Mobile, Streets Smart and parent volunteers. The staff is experienced in arts, dance, sports, and karate. They receive ongoing trainings that include First aid and CPR.”

DiverseCITY Baseball 

Who: Students entering grades 5-11

When: July 23-July 27, 9 am-3pm

Where: Kennerstein Field, Haverford College

Cost: $350 (a limited number of scholarships are available for students in need of financial assistance)

“The DiverseCITY Baseball Summer Camp, run by current and former professional and collegiate players and coaches, is more than just a typical baseball camp. In addition to top notch instruction and competitive games, DiverseCITY Baseball includes classroom sessions on with related to our campers’ identity, character, and community. It truly is a more complete summer camp experience.

Located on the Haverford College campus at the newly renovated Kannerstein Field, our facility boasts six mounds, three roofed cages, and a finely manicured baseball diamond.

*We are looking for rising 3rd – 10th grade boys and girls who have demonstrated an ability to be a leader on their team and in their community. If you’re interested in becoming a better baseball player, a better teammate, and a more active community member, then DiverseCITY Baseball would love to have you at our 2017 Summer Baseball Camp.”

DiverseCITY Hoops

Who: Students entering grades 5-11

When: July 23-July 27

Where: Haverford College

Cost: $350 (Session 2)

DiverseCITY Hoops will provide campers of all skill levels an opportunity to improve on their basketball skills through individual and team competitions, talks from guest speakers, daily lessons on leadership, teamwork, and life skills, and guided days by experienced staff. Camp will also provide hot lunches daily, camp t-shirts, and camp awards.

Fleisher’s Children & Youth Programs

Who: Children ages 5 to 18

When: various dates between June 25 and August 3, 8:30 am-4:30pm. Visit their class listings for more details.

Where: Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St., Philadelphia, PA 19147

Cost: Full Day :$315, After April 7:$350. Half Day:$180, After April 7: $200

“Fleisher Art Memorial's summer workshops for children and youth offer young artists a chance to explore their creativity five days per week. Fleisher offers morning and afternoon workshops with an option to stay for lunch for a small fee per week. Workshops offer everything from painting and mosaics to cartooning and terrarium construction.”

The Franklin Institute Discovery Camp

Who: Children in grades pre-K through 9th

When: Weekly sessions starting June 11, 9am-4pm daily. Before and after care available.

Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103

Cost: $369/week (members), $399/week (non-members). Special pricing for week of July 2-6; $309 for members, $339 for non-members. Financial aid available; see website for details.

“Each camp day includes hands-on science activities and workshops, museum exploration, a snack, and a break for lunch. Campers may also have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers and see shows in the Fels Planetarium, Tuttleman IMAX® Theater, or Franklin 3D Theater, depending on the camp session.”

The Franklin Institute PACTS (Partnerships for Achieving Careers in Technology and Science)

Who: Student entering grades 6-8

When: July 2-13 (Session 1) and July 16-27 (Session 2), 9am-3pm

Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103

Cost: $250/session. Financial assistance is available.

“Our four week summer camp is for rising grade 6, grade 7, and grade 8 students. During the four weeks, students will learn how to conduct science experiments, develop research skills and learn how to apply the scientific method. Students will also be exposed to the wide variety of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career options and cool science, math and engineering jobs!”

Girls Rock Philly Summer Camp  

Who: Girls (both cisgender and transgender) and gender variant youth ages 9 to 19

When: July 9-15 from 9am-5pm (Session 1: Teens), July 16-July 22 from 9am-4:30 pm (Session 2: Youth)

Where: El Centro de Estudiantes, 126 Dauphin Street, Philadelphia, PA 19133 (Session 1: Teens); Hackett Elementary, 2161 E. York Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125 (Session 2: Youth)

Cost: cost ranges from $50 to $450 depending on annual household income. See website for more details.

“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.

Monday to Friday: Campers form bands or DJ crews. In their bands, they will write at least 1 original song collaboratively. In their DJ crews, they will develop collaborative DJ sets. Both bands and DJs will be assisted by coaches and adult mentors. Campers also attend workshops on topics ranging from songwriting to improvisation to self-defense.

Saturday and Sunday: Bands and DJs perform their original songs/sets at a showcase and then spend the next day at the recording studio.”

Hardwork Studios Summer Camp

Who: Children ages 5-12

When: One week sessions starting June 1, 9am-3pm

Where: Narberth Studio, 35 N Narberth Avenue, Narberth, PA 19072

Cost: $440 for a full day, $315 for Morning 9am-1pm, $190 for Afternoon 1pm-3pm

Introduction to the Performing Arts Camp, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation

Who: Children ages 6-10 (Child must be 6 years old by July 1, 2018)

When: July 2-August 10, 9am-2pm

Where: Holmesburg Recreation Center in Northeast Philadelphia (Site 1), 48th and Woodland Playground in Southwest Philadelphia (Site 2), Waterview Recreation Center in Germantown

Cost: $300 for all six weeks. Aftercare until 5pm is an additional $30/week or $150 in advance for all weeks.

“Children will have the opportunity to take classes in movement, drama, & music. The campers will also perform in a presentation at the end of the six-week camp. This unique experience gives youngsters the chance to perform in a professional space. Campers will also take performing arts related field trips. Prospective campers register for the camp in the spring of 2016 and the camp is held daily from 9AM – 2PM from July 3th to August 11th of 2017. Lunch and snack will provided daily.”

Lanver Camps

Who: Children ages 6-15

When: June 18-August 24, 9am-3pm

Where: University of Pennsylvania - Houston Hall & Irvine Auditorium

Cost: $329-$5e49 per week depending on the tuition of each specific camp; Check website for more details. Before Care ($10/day) and After Care ($18/day) available. Families may also purchase catered lunch for $38/week

"Campers attend one camp each week, and SPECIALIZE in an area of interest for the entire week!  This allows campers to fully immerse themselves in the subject matter of the camp, improve skill sets, and create awesome projects, all while learning from talented instructors (we hire less than 8% of applicants) in a camp environment that offers a 1:8 staff to camper ratio or better!  We also allow for plenty of socialization and outdoor time during snack and recess.  Combining lots of education and fun, an investment in this amazing camp experience is an investment in YOUR child.  And yes… campers can attend the same camp for multiple weeks… as they move up in our curriculum!  Campers may also attend different camps over the span of multiple weeks"

Legacy Youth Tennis & Education Summer Camp

Who: Children ages 7-17

When: Various weekly sessions will be held throughout the summer starting June 25. See website for more details.

Where: Legacy Youth Tennie & Education, 4842 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19129

Cost: Scholarships available

“Tennis instructions from a trained coaching staff, team and individual match play (region and city-wide), reading and reflective writing activities, entry into a national essay contest, and t-shirt. Legacy will provide equipment but participants may bring their own racquets. Participants should wear appropriate clothing and sneakers and bring water, snacks, and sunscreen.”

Loco Summer Modern Robotics Camp

Who: Children ages 7-13+

When: Various one-week sessions starting June 18, 9:30am-4:30pm

Where: Center City (2125 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, and The Baldwin School (701 Montgomery Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010)

Cost: Check website for pricing for each specific camp session

"We created LocoSummer to be a place where kids can experience a real-world technological ecosystem and the excitement of bringing robots to life with the application of computational concepts, coding, physics, statistics and robotics. Here, kids discover their own creativity that will ultimately empower them to achieve anything they want in life."

NLARTS Summer Camp 

Who: Children in grades K-8

When: August 6-24, from 8:30am-3:30pm. After care runs from 3:30pm-5:30pm.

Where: NLArts, 700 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19123

Cost: $155/week for campers ages 4-8 (Before July 1,2018); $100/week for campers ages 9-12 $140/week sibling discount. $45/week for after care. Financial aid available upon request. $10 additional fee per week of camp for registration after July 1, 2018.

“The three-week summer NLArts program consists of three workshops each in the morning and afternoon every weekday. In the first week, kids put together a dance or theatrical performance, in the second week they concentrate on visual art, and in the third week they take trips to art galleries and studios around the city.”

Parent Infant Center Summer Camp

Who: Children entering grades K-5

When: June 18-22 (Session 1), June 25-June 29 (Session 2), July 2-July 6 (Session 3), July 9-July 13 (Session 4) July 16-July 20 (Session 5), July 23-July 27 (Session 6), July 30-August 3 (Session 7), August 6-August 10 (Session 8), August 12-August 17 (Session 9), August 20-22 (Session 10) from 8am-6pm

Where: Parent Infant Center, 4205 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Cost: $325/week, Week 3 and Week 10, $275, and $225 respectively

“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 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.”

Penn Baseball Camp

Who: Children ages 7-13

When: 3 one week sessions: June 18-21, July 16-19, and August 6-9

Where: Meiklejohn Stadium at the University of Pennsylvania

Cost:$275/session: Before and Aftercare available for $40/session.

"This camp will focus on teaching all aspects of the game. We will provide an organized and structured camp on preparing the younger player for his next level and refining his game. Competitive and challenging drills will be performed in a fun and safe environment. The camp will also have team competitions in the afternoon."

Penn Soccer Academy Summer Camps 

Who: Children ages 5-13

When: 3 one-week sessions: June 11-15, July 16-20, and July 23-27

Where: Penn Park, 3000 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Cost: $310/week, Half-Day available for ages 3-5, $180


Philadelphia NFL Alumni Hero Youth Football Camps

Who: Children ages 6-14

When: July 23-27, 8:30am-11:30am

Where: Salvation Army Kroc Center, 4200 Wissahickon Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19129

Cost: $259

"It’s Football Fit for Kids ages 6-14. Learn to run, throw, catch & play within safe, non-contact or flag instruction. It’s a Pro Sports Experience for Kids.  Featuring professional, Pro Sports Experience Coaches with Philadelphia NFL Alumni Heroes such as Fred Barnett, Bill Bergey, Garry Cobb, Mke Schad, William Thomas or Brandon Whiting.  Learn to Play the NFL Alumni Hero Way!!"

Rock to the Future

Who: Children ages 7-17

When: July 9-13 from 9am-4pm (ages 7-12), July 23-July 27 from 9am-4pm (ages 13-17)

Where: Rock to the Future, 2139 E. Cumberland St., Philadelphia, PA 19125

Cost: $250/week. Scholarships available for those who apply. See website for more details.

“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 (GuitarStars-first session) or 13-17 (Rock*A*Delphia-second session?). We also feature a live student performance on the last day of camp. Space is limited to 35 students, so sign up today!”

Rowing Camp, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation

Who: Children ages 13-17

When: Four two-week sessions will begin June 26, 9am-3pm

Where: Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Cost: $25 application fee

“During each session, campers will be taught the basics of the sport. Camp is held at Lloyd Hall on historic Boathouse Row. The camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Breakfast and a snack will be provided. Campers must bring their own lunch. Safety is a top priority; we emphasize and teach personal safety to each camper through lessons on equipment handling, equipment maintenance and boat/water safety. Camp staff is comprised of veteran Crew Coaches, experienced rowers and certified Lifeguards.”

Sing Summer Camp

Who: Children ages 7-12

When: June 25-29, 9am-4pm

Where: St. Peter's Church, 3rd and Pine

Cost: Tuition on a sliding scale from $50-$320. Aftercare available for $40/week.

"SING Philadelphia is a week-long summer choir camp for boys and girls ages 7-12. The camp provides an exceptional musical experience for children and youth who love to sing. Under instruction of Director Dr. Darryl Roland, campers learn classical repertoire with special attention to breathing techniques, vowel formation and choral tone, sight singing and intonation, and music theory (written notation)."

Skateboard Camp 2018

Who: Children ages 6-12

When: Two one-week sessions: June 25-29, and August 13-17, 10am-2pm

Where: Rizzo Rink, 1001 Front Stret, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Cost: $50/camper per session 

"Learn from a pro! This specialty camp will be taught by a professional skateboarder and local teens who are regular competitors."

Spells Writing Lab 

Who: Children ages 7-16

When: June 25-29 from 9am-12:30pm (ages 12-16): July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27, and July 30-August 3 from 9am-12:30pm (ages 7-12) 

Where: Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (ages 12-16); Spells Writing Lab, 1425 N.  2nd St., Philadelphia, PA, 19122 (ages 7-12)

Cost: free, but a refundable $25 deposit is required

"Each week-long program focuses on a different writing theme, such as adventure stories, songwriting, mysteries, or animation. But our campers don’t just sit around writing all the time—we find inspiration for our stories through interactive games, group brainstorming sessions, and outdoor play."

Starfinder Foundation 

Who: Children ages 6-14

When: July 9-13, and July 16-20 from 9am-12pm

Where: Starfinder Field, 2015 Main Street, Philadelphia PA 19127

Cost: $100/week, although families who are unable to pay the full amount can determine how much they can contribute

“Our summer camps offer kids ages 6-14 a fun, supportive environment to play soccer, learn new skills, and make friends. High school members of our Senior Leaders Program serve as mentors and coach the younger children. Camps are each one week long and take place at sites across the city. Join us this summer for fun, friends and soccer!”

Summer Art Camp, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation 

Who: Children ages 7-17

When: Two three-week session, and one six-week session starting July 2, 8:30am-3pm

Where: Wissinoming Park (5801 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia PA, 19135), Fisher Park (571 W. Spencer Street, 19120), and Parkside Evans Playground (5300 Parkside Avenue, 19131)

Cost: $200 for one three-week seesion, $350 for entire six-week session

“Our summer camp is a lively and creative place for young artists to spend their summer. They have the opportunity to build their portfolio of artwork with many quality pieces. Their lessons range from drawing and painting, to sculpture and printmaking, to more digital platforms like photography. Campers work independently on some projects and then collaboratively on others. They will learn from highly experienced artists, all of which have had teaching backgrounds or other experience with children. At the end of the camp session, the campers' artwork will be displayed in a summer art show where awards will be distributed for our most impressive work.”

Summer Programs at St. Peter School

Who: Children grades Preschool-9. Children must be fully potty trained to attend.

When: Weekly sessions starting June 18, 8am-4pm daily

Where: St. Peter School, 319 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Cost: Check website on pricing for specific age groups, and sessions. Sibling, Multiple Session, and Early Bird discounts available.

"SPS Summer Programs offer dynamic and engaging experiences for all students. With an emphasis on exploration, socialization, and hands-on activities and lessons for all age groups, our Summer Programs combine learning with fun!"

Swim for Life Camp

Who: Children ages 9-15

When: One six-week session, July2-August10, 8:30am-1pm

Where: Cohocksink Recreation Center (2889 Cedar Street, 19134), and Lee Cultural Center (4328 Haverford Avenue, 19104)

Cost: $180 for the six-week session. 

Contact Aquatics Coordinator Lisa Whittle at for more information 

"This camp encourages children to participate in aquatics programs, provides a wholesome recreation experience in a safe and healthy environment, and teaches participants sportsmanship through physical activity. Camp includes the “Competitive Program” for experienced swimmers and the “Learn To Swim Program” for kids who want to learn how to swim."

Yes! And…Collaborative Arts Summer Camp 

Who: Children entering grades K-12

When: Various one- and two-week sessions are available between June 11 and August 17 . Four-week “Summer Sort of Thing” is a four week program that runs from July 30 to August 24 from 9am-3pm. See website for more details.

Where: Yes! And…Collaborative Arts, 21 W. Washington Ln., Philadephia, PA 19144

Cost: $315/week. “Summer Sort of Thing” is $375/week. See website for discount details.

K-4th grade: “Imagination Camp is a summer performing arts camp that is specifically designed for campers in Kindergarten through 4th grade. Camp sessions are one week long! This camp lays the foundations for effective collaboration as kids play hard with purpose while being introduced to and developing the skills of the creative theatre arts.”

5th-8th grade: “Campers in 5th through 8th are taught acting, dance/movement, visual arts, storytelling/playwriting, all of which culminate in a final performance created, produced, and performed by the campers. During their time at camp, campers become members of small tribes. Through play and work in daily classes, campers create with their tribe imagined identities, roles, shared history, myths, and story. All campers are taught by professional artist teachers, and are accompanied from class to class by Travelers (counselors) and Junior Staff (Shadow Company members).”

9th through 12th grades: “Shadow Company's summer camp creates and rehearses a unique show for the FringeArts Festival every September. Campers will come to a two-week intensive theatre-creation workshop then rehearse throughout the summer. Campers can participate in the two-week intensive without performing, but they are encouraged to work on the show in other backstage supporting roles.”

Summer Sort of Thing: “You're not reading this wrong, Summer Sort of Thing is available to high schoolers as well as middle schoolers! Summer Sort of Thing is a part of our Sort of Thing program. SSOT is a four week intensive summer camp program where students will work with profesional artists to bring a musical to life! The musicals chosen for production are shows that have already been performed in Winter Sort of Thing productions. There is no proir experience necessary for this program.”

Youth Arts Workshop Summer 2018

Who: Students in grades 6-8, although students in 5th and 9th grade may enroll with permission from the program director.

When: July 9 - August 17, 9 am-3pm. Mandatory Orientation on July 6. Students are expected to participate in all 6 weeks of the program.

Where: 1219 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Cost: $1,200 for all 6 weeks, which covers the cost of daily breakfast and lunch, art supplies, and weekly field trips. Financial aid is available on a sliding scale.

“This summer, Asian Arts Initiative’s Youth Arts Workshop presents Sidewalk Studio, a six-week long arts camp that uses media arts to learn about public space. Led by Teaching Artists Rachel Ishikawa and Jino Lee, students will develop skills in creative storytelling through photography and audio recording. In addition, students will have daily open studio time for other arts projects with experience guest artists.”


Sleep-Away Camp

Camp Jamison

Who: Children ages 8-14

When: July 16-20

Where: Pocono Environmental Education Center. Pick-up and drop-off is in Northeast Philadelphia.

Cost: Price depends on family’s monthly income. See website for details.

“Camp Jamison is a diverse, inclusive, and affordable summer program that includes nature activities, recreation, canoeing, hiking, sports, arts, and team building.”

Camp Ladore, The Salvation Army

Who: Children ages 7-16

When: Weekly sessions run June 25-August 15

Where: Waymart, PA. Transportation is provided.

Cost: Free

“The purpose of Salvation Army camping is to serve the needs of campers: physical, social and spiritual. For physical needs, our aim is to help campers develop good health habits in cleanliness, proper rest, balanced diet, exercise and care of the body. To meet social needs, the camp provides an opportunity for each camper to contribute to and receive from a group living experience. The aim is to help campers make their own right decisions, stimulate creativity, and foster independence.”

Camp Philly

Who: Children ages 9-12

When: Two one-week sessions: August 12-17, and August19-24

Where: Camp Speers , 143 Nichecronk Road, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328

Cost: $30 registration fee. Campers selected for camp will receieve a scholarship equalaing $900 in value to attend Camp Philly. 

"This program, presented in partnership with the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA, provides an opportunity for Philadelphia children to attend a one-week overnight camp in the Pocono Mountains. Opened in 1948, Camp Speers is a 1,100-acre property with a 40-acre private secluded lake."

Camp Settlement

Who: Children ages 8-14

When: One- and Two-week sessions run June 25-August 17

Where: Horsham, PA. Transportation is provided.

Cost: Between $125 and $695 for a two-week session, depending on family income

“The Mission of The College Settlement and Kuhn Day Camps is to provide camping programs and services to young people from the greater Philadelphia area, especially those who are economically disadvantaged, in order to foster personal growth through understanding, acceptance, respect for self, others and our natural world by means of enjoyable, experiential and environmental educational activities. During their stay campers will live in cabins with campers their own age and gender. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities including creek crawling, fishing, exploring, hiking, plant & animal study, boating, biking, climbing, basketball, soccer, rugby, softball, arts & crafts, hay rides, dancing, storybook reading, games, ropes course and others.”

Camp Sojourner Girls’ Leadership Camp 

Who: Girls ages 8-13

When: July 30-August 4

Where: Branchville, New Jersey. Transportation is provided.

Cost: Tuition is on a sliding scale, and depends on family income. There is a $25 application fee.

“The mission of Girls’ Leadership Camp is to help girls become leaders who take charge of their own lives and also act as agents of positive change in their communities. We fundraise all year and collect supply donations so that we can offer our program to girls no matter what their family economic situation may be. We accomplish our work by hosting 8-17 year old girls at Camp Sojourner, our summer overnight camp program, and by involving girls in our year-round mentoring, service projects, creative arts, and leadership activities.”


Summer Activities

Police Athletic League of Philadelphia

Who: Children ages 6 to 18

When: Summer and year-round programs available. Ask your center for more details.

Where: 17 centers across Philadelphia. Find your center here.

Cost: Free

“PAL programs help reduce crime in our neighborhoods, promote positive character development, and improve educational outcomes for Philadelphia’s children. Each of our centers provides a safe place and a positive environment for “kids to be kids,” while also being introduced to a multitude of free activities and experiences to which they might not otherwise have access. While learning how to play chess or table tennis, preparing for an exam, or competing in academic or athletic competitions, the relationships forged between Philadelphia children and the Philadelphia Police are special, and a critical component to the future of our city.” Enroll your child here.

Science in the Summer

Who: Children in grades 2 through 6

When: Various dates, starting June 27. See website for more details.

Where: Various libraries across the city. See website for more details.

Cost: Free

"GSK Science in the Summer™ is a fun, free education program that brings exciting, hands-on experiments to children across the country. Taught by certified teachers in your local libraries.  For more than 30 years, GSK has worked to instill students with a lifelong love of learning!

The Science of Sports-  Behind every professional basketball player, gymnast, swimmer, and sprinter is a team of scientists who help athletes excel in their sport, from trainers, nutritionists and physical therapists to statisticians and equipment engineers. Students will learn about these scientists and tackle basic scientific concepts through fun, hands-on activities like experimenting with healthy sports drink recipes and creating their own bouncy balls to test bounce height against other sports balls."


Other Summer Programs

Below is a list of community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, schools, and centers that have traditionally offered after-school and summer programs in the past. Browse their websites and reach out to them directly to find out about their programs, and if they offer locations near you.

Academy at Palumbo High School

The Advocate Center for Culture and Education

Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative

Allens Lane Art Center

And Still I Rise Youth Development Program

Appletree Childcare & Learning Center

Arden Theater Company

Ayuda Community Center

Beauty for Ashes, Inc.

Black Women in Sport Foundation

Blair Christian Academy

Boys & Girls Club of Philadelphia

BPSOS-Delaware Valley

Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia

Caring People Alliance

Catholic Social Services OST

The Center for Grieving Children

Children’s Village

Clyde Community & Youth Resource Center

Communities in Schools of Philadelphia, Inc.

Community Concern Day Care Center

Community Council

Community Education Center (CEC)

Concilio High School OST

Congreso de Latinos Unidos

CORA Services, Inc.

Creative Steps Inc.


Dr. Warren E. Smith Health Center

Education Works

Elements of the Community, Inc.

EOM Athletic Association

Episcopal Community Services

ESF Dream Camp

Evelyn Graves Summer Day Camp

Fashion Center International

Foundations, Inc.

Free Library of Philadelphia

Genesis Kidz

Georgia E. Gregory Interdenominational School of Music

Germantown Life Enrichment Center

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

Greater Philly Churches Athletic Association

The Hacktory

Highway Mission Tabernacle

Hope Partnership for Education

Kensington Soccer Club

Kidsville Learning Center, Inc.


Korean Community Development Services Center

The Lenfest Center

Logan Hope School

Lutheran Settlement House

Makom Community

MasterMinds Chess Club

Mathnasium of Andorra

Mercy Neighborhood Ministries

Merge Dance Studio

Neighborhood Education Workshop

New Generation Drama Guild

Nia Learning Center Inc.

Norris Square Community Alliance

North Light Community Center

Old Pine Community Center Arts and Education After School Program

Olney Elementary Annex

The Parent Infant Center

Penn State Extension Philadelphia 4-H Programs

Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA

Philadelphia OIC

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory

Philadelphia Zoo

Philly Art Center

Photo Posse Studio/Cafe

Presbyterian Children’s Village

Presbyterian Community Ministry of the Delaware Valley

Ready Ready Daycare and Early Learning Academy

Rhawnhurst Turning Point

Saint Tabernacle Outreach Ministries

Salvation Army

School of Rock

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

Sharon’s After School and Summer Camp

Somerset Academy

Southeast Philadelphia Collaborative

Southwest CDC


Starfinder Foundation

Strawberry Mansion Learning Center

Summer Search Philadelphia

Summit Children’s Program

Sunrise of Philadelphia

The Wagner Free Institute of Science (SNAP)

To Our Children’s Future With Health, Inc.

United Communities Southeast Philadelphia

University Community Collaborative

Urban Tree Connection Garden Programs

Variety – The Children’s Charity

Village of Champions

Visitation BVM School

West Park Cultural Center

Wordsworth Human Services

YOACAP/Urban Affairs Coalition

Young Achievers Learning Center

Your Child’s World Learning Center, Inc.

Youth Service Inc.

Zhang Sah Martial Arts


Work Opportunities

WorkReady Philadelphia

Who: youth and young adults ages 14-21, who are Philadelphia residents and who have not enrolled in post-secondary education

When: summer programs last six weeks

Where: varying work locations across Philadelphia

Cost: workers are paid for their time

“WorkReady summer models offer educationally-enriched work exposure to in-school and out-of-school youth and young adults, ages 14-21. Participants complete a six-week (120 hour), paid work experience that fosters the acquisition of the 21st century skills through work-based learning. This continuum of models challenges youth to understand the correlations between work experience, high school completion and credential attainment, and how those variables impact their potential for college and career success.”


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