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Camp Philly

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

Please check back for updates on the upcoming Camp Philly season.

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, you must submit a completed application to your recreation leader, along with the annual application fee by June 30. The application fee is the only cost to attend the camp. The fee 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.
  • Take free swim lessons at a local YMCA if they do not know how to swim.
  • Have a physical prior to attending camp.
  • Be between 8 and 12 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.

Please refer all questions to your recreation center leader.

Deadline to apply: to be announced.


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