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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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Athletic Camps (Grades Preschool-12)

For more than twenty years, the GFS varsity coaches and other dedicated professionals have offered premium camp experiences for young athletes interested in developing their skills and confidence.

In addition to skill-building and scrimmages, athletes who participate in Girls Sports, Boys Sports, Lacrosse, Soccer Shots, Baseball, and Wrestling will have the opportunity to swim at the Germantown Cricket Club each day. Campers who participate in the Soccer Camp will swim on Tuesday and Thursday.

All camps are listed by the grade your child will be entering next fall. Unless otherwise specified, the athletic camps are open to all genders. 

Week Athletic Camp
Week 1
June 17-21
  • Girls Sports Camp (Grades 1-6)
  • Boys Sports Camp (Grades 1-6)
  • Soccer Shots (Ages 4-6)
  • Sports Leaders-in-Training Program (Grades 7-9)
  • Girls Basketball Clinic (Grades 3-8)
Week 2
June 24-28
  • Girls Lacrosse (Grades 2-9)
  • Soccer (Grades 2-9)
  • Soccer Shots (Ages 4-6)
  • Community Basketball and Enrichment (Grades 3-9)

Week 3
July 1-5

  • Baseball (Grades 4-9)
  • Wrestling (Grades 2-12)
  • Community Basketball and Enrichment (Grades 3-9)
Week 4
July 8-12
  • Community Basketball and Enrichment (Grades 3-9)
Week 5
July 15-19
  • Community Basketball and Enrichment (Grades 3-9)

Camps below are listed by week. 

Soccer Shots Camp

Preschool-grade 1 (Ages 4-6)
Weeks 1 and 2
June 17-21, June 24-28, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Main Campus
$195/$175 (early bird)

Soccer Shots' nationally acclaimed program offers a tailored, age-appropriate camp curriculum for our young players, designed to ensure children will have a great time developing their soccer skills while also honing their understanding of important concepts such as cooperation, determination, teamwork, and respect.

No previous soccer experience is required; kids can wear sneakers or athletic shoes, and bring a water bottle (all campers receive a Soccer Shots water bottle on the first day). Your child will enjoy outdoor exercises, soccer skill building, and fun with Soccer Shots coaches!   

Soccer Shots campers are welcome to join the Jr. Explorer or Explorer Camp (age-dependent) in the afternoon for lunch and recess as well as for activities and water play. To register for the afternoon in Jr. Explorer or Explorer Camp, please click both Soccer Shots tuition options at registration.

Girls Sports Camp

Grades 1-6
Week 1
June 17-21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: GFS Fields 
$365/$335 (early bird)

The GFS Girls Sports Camp puts the “fun” in fundamentals and provides campers a chance to thrive in a girl-only sports environment. Campers are introduced to a variety of sports each day, including soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, softball, basketball, and tennis, in a relaxed, supportive, and positive atmosphere. No previous athletic experience is necessary, just a willingness to try new things and to be on the move!

GFS Girls Varsity athletes serve as counselors, providing leadership and lots of spirit while supporting campers. Campers are grouped by grade level to provide a developmentally appropriate sports experience, and camper-to-counselor ratios are low to ensure individual attention. Under the direction of Deb Brackett, GFS Director of Physical Education, GSC campers gain confidence and skill through their participation in sports activities and become part of the community of GFS Tiger athletes!

Boys Sports Camp

Grades 1-6
Week 1
June 17-21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Location: GFS Fields
$365/$335 (early bird)

Boys Sports Camp focuses on learning and competing in team sports, including basketball, lacrosse, soccer, baseball, flag football, floor hockey, and volleyball. In addition, campers also will take part in a variety of traditional games such as dodge ball and Wiffle ball as well as individual sports such as tennis and track and field.

Under the direction of Paul Hammond, GFS Varsity Wrestling Coach, campers will focus on team-building, self-awareness, and interpersonal skills. Our passionate and professional coaching team will help participants become more skillful and confident athletes. Even more importantly, campers will have a terrific time making new friends and bonding with their Upper School athlete-counselors whose job it is to reinforce the values of teamwork, sportsmanship, and doing one's best.

Boys Sports Camp Leaders-in-Training (LIT) Program/
Girls Sports Camp Leaders-in-Training (LIT) Program

Grades 7-9
Week 1
June 17-21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: GFS Fields
$295/$275 (early bird)

The Leaders-in-Training Program combines a classic counselor-in-training program (focused on assisting younger campers) with leadership training activities. Training sessions will address such questions as:

  • “How do you know when to lead and when to follow?”
  • “What are your emerging strengths as a leader?”
  • “What makes an activity fun for campers?”
  • “Are you prepared to handle unexpected situations?”
  • “Can you take on the responsibility of leading warm-ups, cheers, and other activities?”
  • “Do you know what it takes to become a successful athlete yourself?”

LIT Program participants will work directly with campers and support both the camp director and the senior counselors in the daily activities of the Sports Camp. 

Girls Basketball Clinic

Grades 3-8
Week 1
June 17-21, 3-5:30 p.m.
Location: GFS Field House

Join the GFS Varsity Girls Basketball coaching staff and players for a week of intensive basketball skill development, play, and fun.

Designed to offer participants leadership opportunities, this afternoon clinic also offers them the chance to develop teamwork and self-confidence. Any player who is interested in improving her skills, whether she is brand new to the sport or already an experienced team player, is highly encouraged to enroll. Sessions will include fundamental concepts as well as games designed to improve application of learned skills.

For those interested, the clinic can serve as a bridge to Community Basketball and Enrichment Camp, which runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June 24-July 19. 

Soccer Camp

Grades 2-9
Week 2
June 24-28, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: GFS Fields
$385/$355 (early bird)

Join GFS Boys Varsity Soccer Coach Sam McIlvain (USSF A License, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma) and members of the GFS varsity boys and girls soccer teams for a fun, positive, and rewarding soccer camp experience.

Appropriate for novice through advanced players, this camp emphasizes ball mastery, creativity, vision, and decision making. By exposing the campers to progressive activities (simple repetitions to free play) that promote guided self-discovery, we aim not only to improve the campers’ skills and understanding of “the beautiful game,” but also to increase their confidence and motivation.

Girls Lacrosse Camp

Grades 2-9
Week 2
June 24-28, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Location: GFS Fields
$365/$335 (early bird)

The GFS Girls Lacrosse Camp offers the ideal way for players of all levels to improve their individual skills, have fun, and meet new friends. This camp is designed for players who want to work on fundamental skill-building with a major emphasis on stick work, positional play, and game concepts. We will also focus on play-making, conditioning, and basic game rules. The goal for the camp is not only to teach the skills necessary to excel at lacrosse but also to build confidence and deepen players’ passion for the sport.

GFS Athletic Director and former Division I two-sport athlete, Katie Bergstrom leads a week of making friends, getting fit, and mastering the art of one of the world's oldest and greatest sports.

Baseball Camp

Grades 4-9 
Week 3
July 1-3 (3 days only), 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: GFS Baseball Fields (2940 West School House Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144)
$235/$210 (early bird) *3-day program prorated for July 4 holiday*

Under the direction of Randy Mower, former minor league and Division 1 pitcher and GFS Varsity Baseball head coach, baseball players will develop their essential skills, hone their strategic thinking, improve their fitness and confidence, and most importantly, have a terrific time with others who share their passion for America’s favorite ballgame!

Campers will focus on improving their hitting, base-running, and other team fundamentals in addition to developing their defensive skills and strategies in the infield, outfield, pitching and catching. The coaching team also will introduce and demonstrate drills and will incorporate this instruction and drill work into simulated games. Batter up!

Wrestling Camp

Grades 2-12
Week 3
July 1-3 (3 days only), 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 
Location: GFS Wrestling Room in Smith Gym
$235/$210 (early bird) *3 day program prorated for July 4 holiday*

Campers will experience a dynamic week of training focused on laying a great foundation in wrestling. Student wrestlers will work on fundamentals such as position, motion, level change, lifting, and arching. The program also emphasizes the ethical aspects of the sport in a safe and enjoyable environment.

Under the direction of GFS Varsity Wrestling Coach Paul Hammond, participants will train with top-tier high school coaches and athletes who love the spirit of wrestling and want to share their passion for the sport with its next generation.

Community Basketball and Enrichment (CBE) Camp

Grades 3-9
Weeks 2-5
June 24-July 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: Main Campus, Field House Gym
One week: $145 (Week of July 1 is $115); Four weeks: $495*

* To enroll for all four weeks of Community Basketball and Enrichment Camp at a discount, please register for Week 1 through Week 4, and the discount will be applied automatically.

Community Basketball and Enrichment (CBE) Camp focuses on skill building both on the basketball court and in the classroom.

The goal of CBE’s athletic component is to reinforce the fundamentals of basketball while simultaneously strengthening participants’ sense of self-confidence and deepening their passion for the game. The goals of the program’s academic program are strikingly similar: to reinforce essential classroom skills while simultaneously strengthening participants’ sense of self-confidence and deepening their passion for learning.

Under the direction of Shawn Werdt, GFS Boys Varsity Basketball Coach, CBE’s experienced coaching team will work to achieve the program’s athletic goals by honing participants’ shooting, passing, dribbling, and defensive skills while developing players’ sense of teamwork and sportsmanship. At the same time, CBE’s team of experienced teachers will reinforce the fundamentals of reading, writing, and math while incorporating other key topics like leadership. Pizza lunches, as well as Gatorade and other snacks, are available daily for a small additional fee.