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explore our CAMPUS

What's cool about our campus is that it's spread out over seven acres in Philadelphia's historic neighborhood of Germantown. The buildings are an eclectic mix of old and new, a unique look and feel more consistent with a college campus. With three gyms, three auditoriums, a student center, numerous open, green spaces and nine classroom buildings, it's a place worthy of adoration and exploration. The Meetinghouse, at the center of it all, provides a beautiful and spiritual focal point.

1. Main Building 2. Meetinghouse 3. Sharpless 4. Hargroves 5. Wade Science Center 6. Alumni Building 7. Admissions 8. Living Graveyard 9. Dead Graveyard 10. Loeb Performing Arts Center 11. Smith Gym 12. Cary Building 13. Friends Free Library 14. Field House 15. Scattergood Gym

we have deep roots in this place

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Quaker Education

At GFS, students and teachers gather in Meeting for Worship once each week. This is a time for shared, silent contemplation. Anyone who feels moved to speak may rise and do so. It is a simple formula, and can be a remarkably powerful experience.In these days of constant connectivity, the ability and opportunity to sit in silence have special value. Meeting for Worship is a cornerstone of the GFS culture that many come to cherish throughout their lives.

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speak the truth

We strive to deal fairly, equally and honestly with everyone. We aim to do as we say, reflecting our beliefs in our actions. even when it is inconvenient or challenging, we stand by our convictions, striving to lead lives of integrity.

Shine Together

We are all blessed with remarkable gifts. We are equally qualified to seek truth and to hear the voice of God. Every person deserves equal respect. For these reasons, we work against prejudice and discrimination and for equality.

stay connected

"Alone we can do little; together we can do so much."* We know there is strength in cooperation and wisdom to be found when many perspectives come together. We believe in the power of community.*
The words of Helen Keller.

keep it simple

In every way we can, we try to minimize the distractions that can draw our attention from the important things in life. This means not becoming overwhelmed by the busyness of daily routine. It means seeking balance. It means embracing simplicity.

care for all

This planet we inhabit, the talents we've been given, the community of which we are a part- all hold remarkable value. We must be responsible, imaginative and proactive in protecting these gifts and caring for the world and people around us. We must exercise good stewardship.

promote peace

We believe each life is precious and unique. We stand against war and violence and work to eliminate their root causes, including ignorance, racism, hatred and oppression. We are committed to creating peace.

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Summertime at GFS

At Germantown Friends School, you'll find summer camps for every interest: sports, academics, technology, visual and performing arts, and community exploration.

camp options

Jr. Explorers Camp
(Ages 4-6)

June 12 - July 21

Our youngest campers enjoy theme-related art, cooking, and science projects; creative and cooperative play; imaginative dramatic games; and water fun.

Explorer Camp
(Grades 1-5)

June 12 - July 21

On top of summertime fun, Explorer campers pick two daily mini-courses upon enrollment, choosing among 30+ options offered across 10 focus areas.


Explorer C.I.T Program
(Grades 6-8)

June 12 - July 21

The Explorer C.I.T. Program combines the fun of being a camper with the pride and excitement of leading younger kids.


Athletics Camps
(Grades 2-9)

June 12 - July 21 (variable)

Premium sports camp experiences for athletes interested in developing skills, strategies, and confidence.


Academic Camps
(Grades 7-12)

June 19-Sept.1 (variable)

Strengthen skills and reinforce key concepts to prepare before the start of the new school year.


End-of-Summer Camp

(Grades K-7)

Aug. 21 - Sept. 1

Can't get enough of camp? Join us for two weeks of "The Amazing Race," GFS-style!


Private Music Lessons

June 19 - July 14

Half-hour lessons for musicians of all skill levels in guitar, ukulele, piano, bass, and drums. Private lessons are offered to campers whose camps meet on Main Campus.


Locations

Summertime at Germantown Friends School takes place in two locations: the school’s athletic fields and baseball diamond as well as the Main Campus, which includes three theaters, four gymnasiums, numerous art and music studios, computer labs, a LEED-certified Science Center, and gardens and wooded areas for outdoor education and exploration.

Summertime at GFS camps are open to students across the Delaware Valley. Because we understand and respect parents’ busy schedules and demanding routines, we also offer transportation, lunches, and an extended day program in the morning and afternoon.

Start/End Times

Camp durations vary based on the camp; see details here.

Leadership

All Summertime at GFS camp directors are skilled and passionate professionals who are experts in their respective fields and whose primary goal is to help campers grow as individuals and community members.

CAMPS ARE FOR RISING GRADES

All camps are listed by the grade your child will be entering in Fall 2017.

REGISTRATION

Full details on how to register, drop-off/pick-up, transportation, pre- and post-camp coverage, food, and health and safety are available here.

Summertime at GFS News

A Message from Fred Brown, Assistant Director of Explorer Camp

Since leaving his position teaching Classics in the Middle and Upper Schools in 2014, Fred Brown has earned an MFA in collaboratively devised physical theater through the Pig Iron School and has been keeping busy as a musician, composer, improviser, teacher, and theater artist in Philadelphia. This summer, Fred returns to GFS this summer to share his two main passions--Play and Fun--with Explorer Camp.

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