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Register for summer camp

Each summer, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation hosts more than 100 neighborhood day camps and a dozen theme camps throughout the city. Camps serve children ages 6-12. More than 7,000 campers attend each summer.


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

  • Neighborhood day camps for young people ages 6-12.
  • Theme camps for youth and older adults.
  • Camps for people with intellectual and physical 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.

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.

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.


Non-English speakers can bring a a language access card to the site. Or, request use of the language access line when calling the recreation center.

Register for a summer day camp

  • Find a playground or recreation center near you.
    • Use Parks & Rec’s Finder app.
    • Enter your address in the search bar labeled “Address or zip code.”
    • Click on the blue “Locations” tab.
    • Choose a site.
    • Scroll down to look for a summer day or theme camp at that site.
  • Call or visit the location to confirm that space is still available. Or, look for another site with a camp near you.
  • Once you confirm that a space is available:

Register for a theme camp

  • Use the Finder app to find a theme camp that interests you.
  • Click on the name of a camp to see additional details such as dates and hours of operation.
  • 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.”
  • 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 Camp Philly

Forms & instructions