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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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Summer Camp News

A Glimpse into Summertime at GFS

School may not be in session, but there's plenty of action on campus as Summertime at GFS camps have been underway.

The best way to get a sense of summer camp is to experience it yourself, of course, but if you can't do that, we suggest watching our GFS Summer Camps video series as a great way to get a peek into this summer's myriad experiences.

GFS alum Lilly Dupuis '17 has been working with the camps this summer, and created these videos to help share a flavor of the summer experience.

From Fred | A Look at Our Day!

Dear Campers,

I am getting more and more excited for the beginning of Explorer Camp, and I hope you are, too!

One thing I'm especially excited about is Community Choice Time. This is a time in the afternoons when you'll get to drop in to join our counselors or CITs as they each do something that they really love and that they want to share with you. Maybe it'll be speaking French, or doing a four-by-four relay, or learning to juggle. You'll get to choose which activity or activities you'd like to join, and each day will be different!

Another thing I'm very excited about is camper groups. In the afternoon for a few days of the week, you'll join up with the same group of other campers outside of your mini-courses. In your camper group, you'll get to know each other, play games, and even make and share something with the rest of the camp. Maybe your group will share a song, or a painting, or a dance. Your group will decide!

At Explorer Camp, your voice and your contributions will be important and special. And guess what... What I'm most excited about is getting to know you!

'Til soon,


(Your Explorer Camp Assistant Director and Master of Ceremonies!)

All the Summer's a Stage!

Do you love theater and performing? I do. I love making plays, playing music, and acting.

My name is Fred, and I'll be an assistant director at GFS Explorer Camp this summer. At camp this summer, during Weeks 1, 3, and 6, we'll have a Theater Games mini-course, where you can play improv games with one of our fantastic instructors. During Weeks 2 and 5, you can sign up for a mini-course in Live-Action Roleplay, which is a mix of performance and competition, with a magical twist! And during Weeks 1 and 6, you can try out our Rhythm & Voice mini-course, where we'll create a soundscape performance using everyday objects as our instruments!

Outside of these mini-courses, Explorer Camp will be full of creative exploration and performances every day. Each day will start with a Morning Meeting and a performance by the counselors, directors, or counselors-in-training. Every afternoon we will have Community Choice time, which will include options to play imaginative games (or other fun activities, like a musical jam session or learning to knit or reading under a tree.) At the end of each week, every camper has the chance to something they made at camp to their parents at the Explorer Showcase!

I would love to meet you at Explorer Camp this summer and to see all the creative things you can do!


Camp questions?

Call us (215-951-2384) or email us.

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All the Summer's a Stage!

This summer at Explorer Camp, all the camp's a stage! Each day begins with a fun and interactive performance at the Explorer Morning Meeting, and don't forget Friday's Explorer Showcase for family and friends! If that's not enough, campers can also enroll in Theater Games, Rhythm & Voice, and Live-Action Roleplay (LARPing)!

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