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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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Jr. Explorer (Ages 3-6) & Explorer (Grades K-2) Camps

Jr. Explorer and Explorer Camps are focused on play! Both Jr. Explorer and Explorer Camp offer children many different types of play to explore potential future interests and talents. 

The daily schedule features traditional summertime fun, including group gatherings, arts and crafts, and daily water activities, as well as sports, music, art, drama, cooking, and movement. 

Jr. Explorer and Explorer Camps begin each day in the spirit of Quakerism with a morning meeting, during which we reflect on past days and introduce the exciting activities to come. 

Both Jr. Explorer and Explorer Camps encourage children to widen their comfort zones, build their confidence, engage in healthy, group-centered activities, and nurture a strong sense of belonging within the close-knit camp community. The result is an unforgettable summer camp experience.

Weekly Themes

Both Jr. Explorer and Explorer Camps focus on the same themes, though the activities and concepts are tailored for each specific age range.

Week 1: Exploring the Natural Environment
Week 2: Exploring Innovation and Inventions
Week 3: Exploring Earth and Our Solar System
Week 4: Exploring Motion and Emotion
Week 5: Exploring the Senses 

Jr. Explorer Camp

Rising Preschool, Pre-K, and K (Ages 3-6)*
5 Weeks of Camp
June 17-July 19, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Locations: Main Campus and Center City
$365/$335 (early bird)
Week 3 (July 1-5), prorated for 4th of July holiday: $295/$275 (early bird)

Summer camp fun meets school readiness at Jr. Explorer Camp.

We combine all the fun and excitement of summer camp with the quintessential stepping stones for school readiness, such as following directions, teamwork, literacy, and problem-solving.

Through the carefully crafted daily routines, campers also hone key developmental skills, including fine and gross motor, listening, and social skills. As the days and weeks progress, campers feel a stronger sense of independence and self-confidence.

Each week, our youngest campers participate in a different exploration-related theme activity related to art; cooking; science; creative and cooperative play; imaginative dramatic games; and water fun. All of the activities and projects are designed to develop campers' sense of inquiry, curiosity, and wonder.

For Soccer Shots participants, a split-day option is available so your child can enjoy Soccer Shots in the morning and then join Jr. Explorer Camp in the afternoon. Learn more about Soccer Shots. 

(Jr. Explorer campers do not swim. All participants must be fully toilet trained before starting camp. Pull-ups are not permissible.)

* Rising Kindergarten students are welcome to participate either in Jr. Explorer or Explorer Camp; parents should select the camp that best suits their child developmentally.

Explorer Camp

Rising grades K-2*
5 Weeks of Camp
June 17-July 19, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Location: Main Campus
$365/$335 (early bird);
Week 3 (week of July 1-5), prorated for 4th of July holiday: $295/$275 (early bird)

Explorer campers learn and explore different concepts, skills, and ideas related to our weekly theme through a project-based learning lens. Campers will work together on a theme-based project each week, allowing them to dive into a variety of concepts while developing their problem solving, teamwork, scientific inquiry, and creativity skills while building strong summer camp relationships.

In Explorer Camp, campers build confidence, engage in healthy, team-centered activities, and build lasting friendships in a fun, imaginative, and supportive camp environment. The result is an unforgettable summer camp experience.

Each week, Explorer campers also will enjoy: 

  • Daily swims at the Germantown Cricket Club
  • Excursions to the Wissahickon to experience the countless benefits of spending time outdoors in "the wild"
  • Field trips to such locations as The Franklin Institute, Legoland Discovery Center, and other nearby destinations selected to offer hands-on learning and discovery

For campers in Kindergarten and grade 1, during Weeks 1 and 2, there is a split day option to participate in Soccer Shots in the morning and then join Explorer Camp in the afternoon. Learn more about Soccer Shots. 

* Rising Kindergarten students are welcome to participate either in Jr. Explorer or Explorer Camp; parents should select the camp that best suits their child developmentally.

Director and Staff

Lauren Stenberg, GFS’s ASPire Program Manager, is directing the Jr. Explorer and Explorer Camp Program with the assistance of GFS’s Lower School Assistant Teacher, Maggie Tulik. Several other current GFS faculty, GFS graduates, and ASPire staff members—as well as some extraordinary counselors—round out our Explorer Team.