Camp Philly

Bringing Philadelphia children to a one-week overnight camp in the Pocono Mountains.

What we do

Every child should get to experience sleep-away summer camp. Camp Philly offers a low-cost option for Philadelphia residents. During a week at Camp Speers, campers develop:

  • Decision-making skills.
  • Creativity.
  • Confidence.
  • Teamwork.

Opened in 1948, Camp Speers is a 1,100-acre property with a 40-acre private lake. Under the guidance of positive adult role models, campers participate in a wide range of activities:

  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Rock climbing
  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Arts and crafts
  • Survival skills


1515 Arch St.
10th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Process and eligibility

To apply for a Camp Philly scholarship valued at $900, you must submit a completed application to your recreation leader, along with the $30 application fee by June 30. A link to the application is provided below. The application fee is the only cost to attend the camp. Your $30 will be refunded if a scholarship is not granted.

To be eligible for a scholarship, your child must:

  • Be recommended by a recreation leader.
  • Be an active program participant at a Philadelphia Parks & Recreation facility.
  • Be able to swim. If your child cannot swim, they can take free swim lessons at a local YMCA.
  • Have a physical prior to attending camp.
  • Be between 9 and 11 years old.
  • Be okay being away from home and away from electronics.
  • Attend, along with parents, all information and program sessions provided by Parks & Rec and YMCA.

In 2018, Camp Philly had two sessions:

  • Session 1: Sunday, Aug. 12 – Friday, Aug. 17
  • Session 2: Sunday, Aug. 19 – Friday, Aug. 24

Please check back for the dates for the 2019 Camp Philly sessions.

Please refer all questions to your recreation center leader.


Presenting sponsor

Cabin sponsors

K Ten Kids Foundation
Pierce Keating
Ken and Judy Weinstein

Starlight sponsors

Cozen O’Connor
The Seravalli Family Foundation
JJ White