Summer Camps at GFS
At Germantown Friends School, you'll find summer camps for every interest: sports, academics, technology, arts, and outdoor adventures.
Why Camps at GFS?
We believe in helping children find activities that bring them joy. Our summer program is organized around the steps of play, practice, and mastery. Each step offers campers age-appropriate opportunities to explore a wide range of activities that will help answer that important life question: “What do I really enjoy doing?”
Jr. Explorer and Explorer Camps are focused on play because play is fun! It's also through play that children discover their personal interests and aptitudes. Both Jr. Explorer and Explorer Camp offer children many different types of play to explore potential future interests and talents.
Discovery Camp offer a combination of play and practice because while we believe that play is vital, we also believe that children benefit from learning the skill of persistence that comes from digging deeply into an area of interest. Through our daily Discovery Workshops, campers practice a wide range of activities, ranging from Hip Hop to Robotics.
Specialty Camps offer campers the opportunity to work toward mastery of a specific area of interest by devoting an entire week (or weeks) to one activity, whether sculpture, STEM, or even outdoor adventure.
Because GFS believes it is critical to promote community connections, Summertime at GFS Camps are open to students from throughout the Delaware Valley. Furthermore, because we understand and respect parents’ busy schedules and demanding routines, we offer transportation, lunches, before-camp programming, and an extended day program.
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 Germantown Friends School takes place in three primary locations:
- Main Campus, which includes three theaters, four gymnasiums, numerous art and music studios, computer labs, a LEED-certified Science Center, and both gardens and wooded areas for outdoor education and exploration.
- GFS’s athletic fields.
- GFS’s Center City location (601 Walnut Street in the Curtis Center), where the Junior Explorer Camp will take place from Monday, June 17 through Friday, July 19.
Camp durations vary based on the camp; see details here.
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 2019.
All camps except Girls’ Sports Camp are open to non-GFS students.
July 4th Holiday
Summertime at GFS will be closed on July 4, in observance of Independence Day. The price of camps that take place during the week of July 4 are prorated to reflect the holiday closure.