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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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Meal Plan

This summer, CulinArt will be serving delicious and nutritious lunches daily.

Upon enrollment, please note any food allergies or other dietary restrictions your child may have.

Hot Lunch for Explorer Campers

Each day the CulinArt team will prepare a delicious hot entree for the Explorer Campers who have signed up for the Hot Lunch option. A fruit and/or treat, dessert and beverage are also included with the Hot Lunch meal plan.

Explorer campers who sign up for Hot Lunch will be given a wristband at the beginning of the week. Please send your child to camp with his/her wristband for the duration of his/her time at camp. If the wristband is lost, a $5.00 replacement fee will be charged.

Box Lunches for ATHLETIC, Explorer, CIT, Academic and Junior Explorers Campers

Athletic, Explorer, Jr. Explorers, Explorer CIT, and some Academic campers can enjoy a nutritious box lunch delivered daily to the appropriate camp location. Box lunches will include a sandwich, fruit, dessert, and beverage.

Food from Home

Your child may also bring his or her lunch and/or snacks from home.


Pasta with marinara with meatballs, Chicken stir-fry with rice, Hamburgers and hot dogs, Lasagna, Pizza, Quesadillas, Chicken fingers and baked fries, Macaroni and cheese, and Grilled cheese


Apples, Plums, Peaches, Watermelon, Yogurt, Carrot Sticks and Applesauce

DESSERT OPTIONS (1 per day):

Jell-O, Pudding, Bars, Cookies, Popsicles


Filtered Water, Iced Tea, Low-fat Milk, Lemonade

* All recipes are made nut-free, and every effort is made to keep nuts out of any other products that are served.

* No items that are served will be deep-fried.

contact information

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

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