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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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Registration Details


Online registration is open! When registering, parents may also sign up for transportation, nutritious lunches, and extended morning and evening coverage. Enrollment is limited, so please register early.


Campers who enroll for five or six weeks of summer camp fun will automatically receive a 25% discount!

Please note: Discount does not apply to Academic Camps, Community Basketball and Enrichment Camp, or End-of-Summer Camps.

Discounts are applicable only for camp fees and do not apply to transportation, lunches, extended day or any other fees.


CAMP REGISTRATIONS AND SELECTIONS ARE FINAL AFTER MAY 15, 2017 for all camps other than the End-of-the-Summer and Gear-up-for-Fall Camps, which are final after July 15, 2017.


A non-refundable deposit of 25% of the cost of each camp is due at the time of registration. For Explorer Camp, Jr. Explorers, Explorer CIT Program, Athletic, and GFS Mathematics and Economics Summer Courses, the balance will be charged in three installments on April 1, May 1, and June 1, 2017. All camp balances must be paid in full on June 1. No camper with a balance due will be permitted to attend camp.

All Registrations made after May 15 must be paid in full.

A $25 administrative fee will be charged for changes made to the application after it has been submitted, including transportation changes. However, additions such as lunch, transportation, before or after care, will not incur any change fee.

The camp fee covers all regularly scheduled activities and snacks and also includes a camp T-shirt and Friday treats. Campers who do not choose the lunch option (buffet lunch for Explorer Camp and box lunch for Junior Explorers and Sports camps) must provide their own lunch, including a beverage.


Two weeks before the start of each camp, the prices will increase by $20.

July 4th Holiday

Summertime at Germantown Friends will be closed Tuesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. The July 4th session of Explorer Camp and CBE are prorated to reflect the holiday break.

Non-GFS Campers

All camps except the GFS Girls’ Sports Camp are open to non-GFS Students.

contact information

Germantown Friends School
31 West Coulter Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Camps phone:215-951-2384

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