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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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Registration and Logistics

Online registration is open! When registering, you may also sign up for transportation, lunches, Early Risers morning coverage, and Extended Day afternoon coverage. 

Enrollment is limited, so please register early.

Please note: Children from other schools are welcome and encouraged to attend Summertime at GFS Programs!

Discounts

FIVE-WEEK Discount

Campers who enroll for five weeks of summer camp from June 17 to July 26, 2019 will receive a 10% discount, which will be applied automatically at check-out. 

This discount cannot be applied with any other discount nor does it apply to Community Basketball and Enrichment Camp or Academic Programs. 

MULTI-SIBLING DISCOUNT

Families with multiple children attending the same week of camp will automatically receive an 10% discount on the second and third child's tuition for applicable camps.

This discount cannot be applied to Fleming Tech Camps, Science Explorer Camps, any 3-day program or courses, Orchestra Camp, Community Basketball and Enrichment Camp, End-of-Summer Camps, or Academic Camps.

Special promotional DISCOUNT

Early Bird discounts run until April 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Sign up by April 15 and receive up to $50 off per week! The discount does not apply to all camps and some restrictions apply.

General exclusions

Discounts are applicable only for camp fees and do not apply to transportation, lunches, Early Risers, Extended Day, or any other fees. Discounts are not eligible to be combined with GFS staff and faculty discount. Discount is per camper, not per family.

CAMP REGISTRATIONS AND SELECTIONS ARE FINAL AFTER MAY 15, 2019.

DEPOSIT

A non-refundable deposit of 25% of the cost of each camp is due at the time of registration. After May 15, all new registrations must be paid in full.

Balances will be due as follows:

  • For camps taking place during the week of June 17, June 24, and July 1, the balance in full will be due on June 1.
  • For camps taking place during the week of July 8 and July 15, the balance in full will be due on June 15.

Participants can pay in full or opt for a payment plan wherein the balance will be charged in three installments on April 1, May 1, and June 1, 2019 or April 15, May 15, and June 15 depending on program selection. All camp balances not linked with a payment plan must be paid in full on June 1. 

No camper with a balance due will be permitted to attend camp.

Change Fees

A $25 administrative fee will be charged for changes made to the application after it has been submitted, including transportation changes. However, additions such as lunch, transportation, before or aftercare, will not incur a change fee.

Camp Fee Inclusions

The camp fee covers all regularly scheduled activities and snacks and also includes a camp T-shirt. Campers who do not choose the lunch option must provide their own lunch, including a beverage.

LATE REGISTRATION SURCHARGES

Two weeks before the start of each camp, the prices may increase by $25.

Registration within 24 hours of the start day and time will incur an additional $20 surcharge.

JULY 4TH HOLIDAY

Summertime at Germantown Friends will be closed Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

NON-GFS CAMPERS

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

contact information

Germantown Friends School
31 West Coulter Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Camps phone:215-951-2384
camps@germantownfriends.org