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Culture & recreation

Register for summer camp

Each summer, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation holds more than 130 neighborhood day camps and a dozen theme camps throughout the city. Generally, camps are for children ages 6-12. More than 7,000 campers attend each summer. We also offer camps for older adults and people with disabilities. All camps require registration in advance.

Who

Parks & Rec has summer camps for lots of people, including:

  • Neighborhood day camps for young people ages 6-12 (ages vary per camp).
  • Theme camps for youth and older adults.
  • Camps for people with disabilities.
  • An overnight camp experience in partnership with the YMCA.

Where and when

Summer day camps are held at neighborhood parks, recreation centers, and playgrounds. They offer arts & crafts, sports, educational activities, games, field trips, and more. Generally, day camps will operate from June 17th to August 9th in 2019. Some camps run longer. Before and/or after care are offered at some locations for an additional fee.

Theme camps focus on specific activities and interests. These include performing and visual arts, natural discovery, team sports, skateboarding, swimming, rowing, and more. Theme camps vary in length from one to six weeks or longer. Some theme camps offer before and/or after care for an additional fee.

Carousel House in West Fairmount Park hosts summer camps for people ages 6 to 25 with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Camp Philly is a week-long overnight camp with scholarships for a limited number of campers. This camp is offered in partnership with the YMCA. Find out about Camp Philly.

How

Register for a summer day camp

  1. Use the Finder app to find a summer day camp near you.
  2. Check to see if a camp has space available by looking for the camp’s registration status. Closed camps will include the text “Closed: Check back again.”
  3. Call the location to confirm that space is still available, or look for another camp near you.
  4. Print out the Youth Registration and Waivers form, fill it out, and bring it to the location. If you are not able to print the form, please visit the location to fill out a form.

Register for a theme camp

  1. Use the Finder app to find a theme camp that interests you.
  2. Click on the name of a camp to see additional details such as dates and hours of operation.
  3. Check to see if a camp has space available by looking for the camp’s registration status. Closed camps will include the text “Closed: Check back again.”
  4. Some theme camps include a registration link after the text “To sign up visit”. If there is no link, please follow steps #3 and 4, listed under “Register for a summer day camp,” above.

Register for a camp for people with disabilities

  1. Check out the eligibility information in the Carousel House Summer Camp flyer.
  2. Use the Finder app to find a camp for people with disabilities.
  3. Click on the name of a camp to see additional details such as dates and hours of operation.
  4. Check to see if a camp has space available by looking for the camp’s registration status. Closed camps will include the text “Closed: Check back again.”
  5. Call the Carousel House to register or for more information.

 

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