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Philadelphia Parks & Recreation offers camps year-round, not just in the Summer. Our Neighborhood Day Camps during the summer is our biggest camp initiative, engaging thousands of Philadelphia's youth each year.

Neighborhood Day Camps

Various locations across the city

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is proud to offer affordable, fun and safe summer programming for children of all ages in neighborhoods throughout the city! Each camp offers arts & crafts, sports, trips, educational activities, games and more. 

For ages 5-12, neighborhood Day Camps will be held at over 130 neighborhood playgrounds and recreation centers each year. 

Program capacity and fees may vary between sites. Contact your neighborhood Parks & Recreation facility to find out what's available near you.

Summer Art Camp

Wissinoming Park 4035 E. Cheltenham Ave.
Parkside Evans 5200 Parkside Ave.
Fisher Park 571 W Spencer Street

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Summer Art camp is open to children, ages 7 to 17 who have an interest in fine art. A recommendation is needed from a teacher, recreation leader or an art instructor for first year students.

Qualified professional artists will provide instruction in Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking and Photography in an outdoor setting during this 6 week program. Each week students will typically participate in: 4 classes of Drawing/Painting, 4 classes of Sculpture, 1 class of photography, and 1 class of printmaking. Trips and specialty classes will also be worked into the schedule to ensure a well rounded camp experience. To provide maximum involvement, each class is limited to twelve students per teacher.

Breakfast & lunch are provided. Refrigeration is available for campers who prefer to bring their own lunch. Instruction is conducted outdoors in the parks. Indoor facilities are available for severe weather, however class structure will change due to indoor space restrictions.

Registration begins March 15!

$150 for Three Week Session + $50 registration fee.
$300 for Six Week Session + $50 registration fee.
Visit the Visual Arts Facebook page or Visual Arts Camp website to see past artwork or to get more information about camp and other programs.
View or download the Summer Art Camp Application (pdf) or download our Summer Art Camp Brochure (pdf).

Please email with any questions.

Intro to the Performing Arts Camp

William Powell

Intro to the Performing Arts Camp is designed for those children with an expressed interest in the performing arts. Campers will have the opportunity to take classes in creative movement, drama and music. The campers will also perform in a presentation at the end of the six-week camp.

A fee of $250 for the six week camp includes lunch and a snack. An aftercare service is available until 5:00 p.m. for an additional fee of $30 per week or $150 in advance for all six weeks.

All registration must be completed at the Performing Arts Website.

Holmesburg Recreation Center
Rhawn & Ditman Streets in Northeast Philadelphia

Hawthorne Cultural Center
12th & Carpenter Streets in South Philadelphia

Waterview Recreation Center
Rittenhouse & McMahon Streets in Germantown

Young Performers Theater Camp

William Powell
Venice Island Performing Arts Center

The Young Performers Theater Camp is for youth, ages 9 to 18, with an expressed interest in theater and related arts. Majors include dance or musical theater.  An audition is required in May.  The camp is held at:

The Annenberg Center
3680 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 and

Venice Island Performing Arts Center
7 Lock Street
Philadelphia, PA 19127 

A fee of $340 for the six-week camp includes lunch and a snack.  Daily bus service is available for an additional $150.

Registration must be completed on the Performing Arts Website.

Golf Camps

This instructional camp is for beginning golfers and teaches basic skills, rules, etiquette and different type of scoring. Local golf professionals provided by the PGA Philadelphia Section will conduct the driving range clinics. Staff will include local college players and high school playerss .

Camp consists of several one-week encampments. Program capacity is 35 per encampment.

Umbria Golf Center
7200 Umbria Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19128

Burholme Golf Center
401 W. Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

Swim for Life Camp

Lisa Whittle
Cohocksink Rec Center and Lee Cultural Center
2889 Cedar St., Philadelphia, PA 19134 (CRC) & 4328 Haverford Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19104 (LCC)

This six-week camp, for ages 9-15, encourages children to participate in aquatics programs, provides a wholesome recreation experience in a safe and healthy environment and teaches participants sportsmanship through physical activity. Camp includes the "Competitive Program" for experienced swimmers and the "Learn To Swim" Program for kids who want to learn how to swim.

The camp begins on July 5th and runs through August 12th and runs from 8:30a.m. until 1p.m. daily.

The cost for the six-week program is $150. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

Tree House Adventure Camp

A week-long camp filled with nature, discovery games, and adventures. Whether it’s wading in the creek, learning to fish, catching insects in the meadow, scrambling over large rocks, or building a forest shelter, your child will learn about the natural world through play. Children may attend only one session. Limited to 25 campers. $185 per child.

Contact Patricia Fries at 215-685-9285
Wissahickon Environmental Center
300 W. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118

Find out more on the Wissahickon Summer Camps page!

National Junior Tennis and Learning Program Summer Camp

Program includes tennis instruction from a trained coaching staff, team and individual match play (region and city-wide), reading and reflective writing activities, entry into a national essay contest, and t-shirt. Legacy will provide equipment but participants may bring their own racquets.

Download the application (pdf)

2017 Summer Rowing Camp at Lloyd Hall

Lloyd Hall Recreation Center
#1 Boathouse Row
Have you ever dreamed of rowing on the river? Are you interested in learning how to row? Well, here is a great opportunity for local teenagers to do just that.
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation will offer four (4) two-week sessions, for youth ages 13 to 17 years old, beginning on Monday, June 27, 2016. Encampments are $25 per session.  

During each session, campers will be taught the basics of the sport. Camp is held at Lloyd Hall on historic Boathouse Row. The camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Breakfast and a snack will be provided. Campers must bring their own lunch.

To be held at Lloyd Hall (Kelly Drive at Water Works Drive)
Contact Dan Maier at 215-685-3696

Find out more on our Camp Flyer (pdf).

Carousel House Day Camp

Offered to boys and girls ages 6 - 25 with developmental disabilities. We will be offering 3 two week camps this year. The encampments will begin 7/3, 7/17 and 7/31, 2017. The camp fee will be $100.00 per encampment with a $25.00 registration fee. Activities include arts and crafts, music, nature walks, sports, games, swimming and trips. Lunch provided. See brochure for eligibility and more information.

Carousel House Sports Camp

Offered to participants aged 16 and above with intellectual disabilities. The two week day camp starts in mid August. Activities include basketball, soccer, touch football, bowling, swimming, miniature golf and trips to sporting events. Lunch provided. The fee is $75.

Senior Art Camp

Philadelphia senior artists can enjoy five days exploring visual arts and discovering the pleasure of creative expression in the beautiful Horticulture Center, located at Belmont Avenue and North Horticultural Drive in West Fairmount Park.

This is a great opportunity to experience painting outdoors, a valuable tradition practiced by many great artists. Painting and drawing directly from nature preserves the visual impact and freshness of natural scenery.

Camp features include personalized instruction, basic artist materials, morning coffee, a daily boxed lunch, admission to the Horticulture Center, all culminating in a final day celebration and exhibit!

Participants can receive instruction in acrylic painting (beginner), acrylic painting (intermediate/advanced), watercolors, drawing, sketching or Chinese watercolors. 

This camp usually takes place in late June.

Fee: $45

For further information, registration forms, maps and or directions, call 215-685-2715.

Out-n-About Camp

Patricia Fries
Wissahickon Environmental Center
300 Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118
A more adventurous camp for the older campers! In years past, day trips have included tubing on the Delaware, raft building, rock climbing, canoeing, biking, an overnight camp-out, a downtown scavenger hunt, and much more. This year an extended day trip followed by an overnight camp-out is planned. Transportation to all activities is included. The cost is $225 per camper.

For age Ages 11-14
To be held Monday through Friday, 9am-3pm
Session 1: August 14-18
August 17 is an overnight trip; Pick up on Friday is 12:00 noon.

Contact Patricia Fries at 215-685-9285
Wissahickon Environmental Center
300 W. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118

Be Outside Teen Program

Pennypack Environmental Center Klein House 8600A Verree Road
The Be Outside Teen Program is a six-week multi-dimensional outdoor experience for teens ages 12-14. The camp is typically held from late late June - early August, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Trip days may run later. Youth spend most of their time outdoors in various activities.

The cost for the program is $300. Slots are filled on a first come basis.

Download a brochure (PDF) to find out more and download a registration form (PDF) to get started!

Checks should be made out to 'Outdoor Experience Advisory Council'.

Application and checks should be mailed to:

Katie Wimsey
PPR Outdoor Experience Coordinator
Pennypack Environmental Center
Klein House
8600A Verree Road
Philadelphia, PA 19115 

For additional information contact  Katie Ann Wimsey at or 215-685-0487.

Soccer Start Camp

The Soccer Start Camps are designed for, but not limited to, the children of the recreation sites participating in soccer programs with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. Volunteers who coached or officiated in this program are also invited to be a part of the camp. The camp goal is to instill a spirit of cooperation, build self-esteem, encourage healthy competition and to develop athletic abilities in youth living in under-served areas. Instruction will consist of skills training, drills and small-sided games with the emphasis on fun and learning the fundamentals of the game of soccer. The camps are a cooperative effort of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer.

To be held Monday June 23 - Friday June 27
Lee Cultural Center
44th Street & Haverford Avenue
(215) 685-7655

Download the app (pdf)

Pennypack Nature Camp

Pennypack Environmental Center
8600 A Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115
Come explore, investigate, and enjoy Pennypack Park at this fun-filled week of fishing, hiking, bird-watching, outdoor campre cooking, games, crafts, and more! Pennypack Nature Camp is the perfect setting to discover nature’s wonders in a sage, educational, and social environment. Classes are taught by park staff and guest educators from other professional organizations.

Limited to 24 campers. $125.00 per child. Spaces are reserved when payment is received. Applicants will receive a confirmation letter once their camper has been registered. 

Camp is for children aged 8-12 

Dates: Monday, June 27-Friday, July 1 from 9:00am - 3:00pm. Campers should bring their own lunch and we will provide a light snack. 

Contact 215-685-0470
Pennypack Environmental Center
8600 A Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115

Summer Sports Camps

Our Summer Sports Camps are designed for, but not limited to, the children of Donald Finnegan Playground, Piccoli Playground and McDevitt Rec Center who are interested in one, two or several different sports and activities. The camp goal is to increase knowledge, skill and sportsmanship in several sports activities. PPR also seeks to instill a spirit of cooperation, build self-esteem, encourage healthy competition and to develop athletic abilities in campers at these facilities. Instruction will consist of skills training, drills and small-sided games with the emphasis on fun, skill development and learning the fundamentals of the games.

Download the 2015 Summer Sports Camps flyer to learn more (PDF)

Pennypack Teen Adventure Camp

For teens ages 13-18 years old, a series of day adventure trips including white water rafting, disc golf and more! Running Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - Friday, July 8, 2016, please read our flyer (PDF) for all the details.

You can register using our Teen Adventures Camp Registration (PDF) form. For more information, please contact the Pennypack Environmental Center at or call 215-685-0470.

Skateboard Camps

Katie AnnWimsey
PPR Outdoor Experience Program hosts skateboard camps at at Rizzo Rink (1001 S Front Street, 19147) each summer. The camps are for boys and girls aged 6-12 and are open to participants citywide.

The cost is $50.00 per week per camper. No experience is needed. Skateboards and helmets will be provided. Participants may bring their own helmet/boards/pads if preferred. The camp is facilitated by a professional skateboarder along with local teens who are regular skateboard competitors.

Space is limited and registration will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Dates and further information can be found on the Skateboard Camp Flyer. (PDF)

To register, send a completed PPR Youth Participation Form (PDF) along with check or money order made payable to “Outdoor Experience Advisory Council” to:

Katie Ann Wimsey
PPR Outdoor Experience Coordinator
Pennypack Environmental Center – Klein House
8600A Verree Road
Philadelphia, PA 19115

For additional information email Katie Wimsey or call 215-685-0487.

Fire Safety Camps

In partnership with the Philadelphia Fire Department, PPR is hosting two summer camps for teens ages 14 through 18 at Hunting Park Recreation Center in August 2017.
For more information, click the links above or contact the Fire Prevention Division at (215) 686-1382 or email
To find a camp near you, use our Find A Facility application.