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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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Adventure Camp (Grades 6-10)

Adventure Camp Group

Adventure Camp

Grades 6-10
Weeks 3-6
July 1-26, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Main Campus & nature preserves in the Philadelphia area
Cost per week: $495/$450 (early bird)
July 1-5 cost: $365/$335 (early bird) (No camp on July 4.)

Adventure Camp, which is designed specifically for Middle and Upper School campers, will expand students’ familiarity with and knowledge of the great outdoors. 

Adventure Camp will take place outdoors rain or shine and is the ideal opportunity to disconnect from screens and connect with nature.

Along with the weekly themes, Adventure Camp will explore environmental stewardship, sustainability, land management, personal growth, safety, and the recreational tourism industry.

Each week will focus on a different adventure-related activity:

Primitive Skills Week
(July 1-5)

Campers will go back in time to learn the traditional skills used to live and thrive off of the land. Campers will look at the science behind these techniques, both on campus and at the Wissahickon, to test and challenge newfound skills and knowledge. We’ll cover shelter-building, fire-making, tracking, plants and animals, and survival 101.

Mountain Week
(July 8-12)

During mountain week, we will explore activities such as biking, hiking, adventure races, and orienteering. We will travel around the region to different wilderness preserves to get an up-close look at nature’s wonders as well as panoramic views of scenery you don’t get to see from a car window. 

Water Week
(July 15-19)

Coming down from the mountain activities, we move towards the water environment and explore water-based activities such as canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and more.

Backpacking and Camping Week
(July 22-26)

This week, campers will take an in-depth look at the art of backpacking. For the first two days, we will plan and prepare for our Wednesday through Friday two-night backpacking trip in the beautiful Pocono Mountains.

(The effects of last winter and environmental conditions may result in a change of location or an overall change in the plan for the two-night trip.)