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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 Germantown Friends School, you'll find summer camps for every interest: sports, academics, technology, arts, and community exploration.

camp options

Jr. Explorers Camp 
(Rising Preschool and Kindergarten; ages 3-6)

June 11-July 20

Our youngest campers enjoy theme-related art, cooking, and science projects; creative and cooperative play; imaginative dramatic games; and water fun.

Explorer Camp
(Rising grades 1-5)

June 11-July 20

Each week of Explorer Camp will focus on a different discovery-related theme, which will inform the daily array of diverse projects and activities.

Four afternoons a week, campers will enjoy a swim at the Germantown Cricket Club before returning to campus for end-of-the-day games and activities.

In addition, each week campers will enjoy a field trip to an exciting, theme-related destination.

Explorer CIT Program
(Rising grades 6-8)

June 11-July 20

The Explorer CIT Program combines the fun of being a camper with the challenge and satisfaction of leading a group of younger kids.

Athletics Camps
(Rising grades 1-9)

June 11-July 20 (variable)

Premium sports camp experiences for athletes interested in developing skills, strategies, and confidence.

Specialty Camps
(Rising grades 3-12)

June 11-July 20

Specialized camp experiences that focus on Drama, Robotics and Coding, and Orchestra.

Academic Camps
(Rising grades 7-12)

June 11-August 31 (variable)

Whether drafting college application essays in June, studying Algebra in July, or strengthening skills and reinforcing key concepts to prepare for the start of the new school year in August, GFS offers valuable programming for every Middle School and Upper School student.

Center City Junior Explorers Camp
(Rising grades Preschool-K)

June 11-July 20

Junior Explorer Camp in Center City offers our youngest campers an enriching, developmentally appropriate play-based experience set within the context of old-fashioned summertime fun.

End-of-Summer Camp
(Rising grades Preschool-8)

Aug. 20-31

Join us for a two-week "road trip" to some of America's most exciting travel destinations. Campers will "visit" a different place each day, including our nation's capital, Disneyland, the Grand Canyon, and Hollywood.


Summertime at Germantown Friends School takes place in three locations:

  1. GFS’s athletic fields and baseball diamond.
  2. 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.
  3. GFS’s brand new Center City location (601 Walnut Street in the Curtis Center), where the Center City Junior Explorers Camp will take place from Monday, June 11 through Friday, July 20.

Summertime at GFS camps are open to students across the Delaware Valley. Because we understand and respect parents’ busy schedules and demanding routines, we also offer transportation to and from Center City, lunches, and an extended day program in the morning and afternoon.

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.


All camps are listed by the grade your child will be entering in Fall 2018.


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 will be closed Wednesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. The July 4th session of Explorer Camps and CBE are prorated to reflect the holiday break.

All camps except the GFS Girls’ Sports Camp are open to non-GFS Students.