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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 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?” 

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. GFS’s athletic fields.
  3. 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.

Detailed maps and directions here. 

Start/End Times

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.

Non-GFS Campers

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.