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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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Health Services and Safety

Staff

Our summer camp medical team includes a registered nurse and a licensed athletic trainer. In the event of an illness or injury, a member of the camp staff will escort the camper either to the nurse or to the athletic trainer.

Epi-PenS/Medications

If your child has an epi-pen and/or an inhaler, please plan to leave the device(s) with the nurse (if attending camp on the Main Campus) or with the athletic trainer (if attending camp at the GFS Fields) on the first day of your child's camp. Please also plan to pick up the epi-pen and/or inhaler on the last day of camp.

If your child will take any prescription medications during camp, the medication must be left with the nurse and will be administered solely by the camp nurse; campers may not keep medications with them.

Health Records

If your child is not enrolled in GFS, you must provide a copy of your child’s immunization records, including documentation to confirm that your child has completed a TB (Tuberculosis) test. If your child has any medical problems or physical limitations, please share that information both during registration and with the nurse and/or trainer in person.

contact information

Germantown Friends School
31 West Coulter Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Camps phone:215-951-2384
camps@germantownfriends.org

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