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Camps

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

215-683-3600
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

Valerie Arhondakis
215-683-1997
Wissinoming Park
5801 Frankford Avenue

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

Campers select either the Drawing and Painting Program, which includes a focus in two-dimensional art lessons with specialty sessions in sculpture each week; or the Sculpture Program, which includes a focus in three dimensional art lessons and specialty sessions in drawing and painting each week. Both programs will participate in Photography and Printmaking sessions on Fridays. Qualified professional artists will provide instructions in Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking and Photography in an outdoor setting.

To provide maximum involvement, each unit is limited to twelve students per teacher.

Breakfast & lunch are provided. Refrigeration is available for campers who prefer to bring their own lunch.

Since the Art Camp is designed for the artistically motivated participant, campers who exhibit little inclination towards the arts will be removed from the roll.

COST
$150 for Three Week Session + $50 registration fee.
$300 for Six Week Session + $50 registration fee.
Visit our Facebook page and website to see past artwork and more information visit the Visual Arts Facebook page or the Visual Arts Camp website.
 
View or download the Application (pdf)

Intro to the Performing Arts Camp

William Powell
215-685-2245
Rhawn & Ditman Streets

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 $210 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.

Registration must be completed online.

Locations
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
215-685-2245
Annenberg Center
3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

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 University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Center (3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104).  A fee of $320 for the six-week camp includes lunch and a snack.  Daily bus service is available for an additional $150.  Registration must be completed online.

Golf Camp

Jim Marino
215-683-3686

This instructional camp is for beginning golfers and teaches basic skills, rules, etiquette and different types 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 players.

Applications for the Mini Clinic for ages 7-10 (pdf) and the Main golf camp for ages 11 and up (pdf) are available now.

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

Fee is $30 per week for the mini clinic.

Fee is $60 per week for the main camp.

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
215-683-3663
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 cost for the six-week program is $150. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Download the application here.

Tree House Adventure Camp

A week-long camp filled with nature, discovery games, and adventures. Whether it’s wasing 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

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)

Carousel House Day Camp

The program provides a complete day camp experience for mentally disabled campers, as well as mentally disabled campers with physical disabilities. Camp activities include swimming, arts and crafts, music, organized games, trips and special events. We offer three two-week sessions of day camp for participants 6-25 years of age. Program capacity is 30 per encampment.

A fee of $125.00 per encampment includes lunch. Transportation will also provided.

The camp will be held Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

An interview is required for each applicant.

Contact Erica Young or Joe Ryan at 215-685-0160

Carousel House Sports Camp

This camp for mentally challenged teens and young adults will provide a medley of sports activities, including: basketball, soccer, swimming, kickball and volleyball. Program capacity is 30 per encampment.

This camp runs between Monday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.. An interview is required of all applicants.

$125.00 per encampment includes lunch. Transportation is also provided.

Contact Erica Young or Joe Ryan at 215-685-0160

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
215-685-9285
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 $200 per camper.

For age Ages 11-14
To be held Monday through Friday, 9am-3pm
Session 1: August 18-22
Session 2: August 25-29

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

Be Outside Teen Program

Terri Kerwawich
215-683-3683
4863 Ridge Avenue
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 June through 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 $200. Slots are filled on a first come basis.

Contact Terri Kerwawich at terri.kerwawich@phila.gov
or call 215-683-3683

Rowing Camp

Dan Maier
215-685-3696
Kelly Drive at Water Works Drive
Young Philadelphians will be taught the basics of the sport of rowing. The cost is $25 per two-week encampment. Breakfast and snack will be provided. Campers must bring their own lunches.

To be held at Lloyd Hall.

Download the Rowing Camp Information Packet (PDF) to learn more and register.

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

StephanieRobinson
215-685-0470
Pennypack Environmental Center
8600 A Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115
Come explore, investigate, and enjoy Pennypack Park at this fun-lled week of shing, 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.

Campers bring their own lunch. We provide a light snack.

Limited to 24 campers. $125.00 per child.

Contact Stephanie Robinson at 215-685-0470
Pennypack Environmental Center
8600 A Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115
To find a camp near you, use our Find A Facility application.