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Summer 2022 Programs in Philadelphia

Summer 2021 Programs in Philadelphia

We all know the flow of a student’s summer vacation: it begins with the sweet bliss of sleeping late, but too often descends into boredom and inactivity. Luckily, there are many summer programs out there that can be both fun and educational.


We have compiled a list of just a few of the summer opportunities for your child, complete with program descriptions, ages served, dates offered, location, and cost.


Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Summer Camps

What: Philadelphia Parks and Recreation offers over 100 summer day camps in neighborhoods across the city where children will experience arts and crafts, sports, educational activities, field trips, and games. Specialty camps focus on one particular activity or skill throughout the summer like visual and performing arts, swimming, rowing and many more.

Who: Most camps range from ages 7-13, with specialty camps for kids and teenagers up to 18 

When: six-week sessions July 5 -August 12, 2022. Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Where: Click here to find a camp in your area!

Cost: Prices vary. Some camps are priced on a week-to-week basis ranging from $25-125 per week. Other camps are priced by season, ranging from $25-750 per season.


Academy Science Camp

What: Academy Explorers Camp invites campers, ages 6-10, to learn about natural science in a safe, fun, and engaging way. Each week of camp explores an exciting new theme and will feature hands-on activities, creative crafts and untold secrets of the museum! From fossils to our extreme earth to amazing animals, check out our camp themes to find the best fit for your child’s interests.

Who: children ages 6-10

When: Weekly sessions run from June 27-September 2, 2022, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. each day

Where: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cost: $335/week (members), $375/week (non-members)

Camp registration for each week closes two weeks prior to that week’s start date.


Penn Museum Anthropology Camp

What: A camp that allows students to learn through exploration of Penn’s world-renowned collections. Students get to act as archaeologists, historians, and museum designers.

Who: Children ages 6-13

When: Weekly sessions starting June 27-August 19, 2022, 9am-3pm

Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA

Cost: Before April 1: $320/week for members, $340/week for non-members. After April 1: $340/week for members, $360/week for non-members. Pre-camp: $30/week; After-camp: $75/week

Full and partial scholarships are available. Before and after care available for additional cost.

Request application here: [email protected]


Allens Lane Art Center Summer Art Camp

What: Our Summer Art Camp offers a unique blend of arts and athletic activities that gives each child a fun and memorable summer experience. Our in-person campers will still get top level instruction in a wide variety of artistic disciplines like Dance, Theater, Singing, Crafts, Art and Ceramics plus plenty of Outdoor Games and Activities while our virtual campers will get more specific instruction in the performing or visual arts from well qualified teaching artists who know how to bring out the fun and creativity in your child.

Who: Children ages 5-13

When: Physical camp dates – June 20th-August 12th – 8:30am-3:30pm, with before-care from 7:30am-8:30am and after-care from 3:30pm-6:00pm for an additional fee, only available for those enrolled in the 4 or 8 week sessions.

Where: 601 W Allens Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19119

Cost: 8 Week Session: $2,520 (a 10% savings each week!)
4 Week Session: $1,330 (a 5% savings each week!)
1 Week Session: $350 (available for weeks 1-6)

-Returning Campers from 2021 qualify for a $50 discount off 4 weeks and $100 discount off 8 weeks.


Asian Arts Initiative: Bruce Lee Camp

What: Asian Arts Initiative’s Camp Bruce Lee Pilot Program is a week-long program for middle schoolers that teaches confidence and self-knowledge in a mind, body, spirit curriculum based on Bruce Lee’s philosophies and life.

Who: Children ages 10-14

When: June 27 – July 1st; August 15th – 19th, 9am-3pm

Where: 1219 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Cost: $250/camper


Butcher Sew Shop Junior Camp

What: “Mighty Makers” delve head first into the world of machine stitching and never look back. Session themes include making Design Your Own Stuffie, Fashion Designer, Bedroom Makeover,  Slumber Party and much more!

Who: Children ages 6-15

When: One week sessions starting June 27 and ending September 2. Camps run from 9am-3pm, with extended care available from 8am-9am and/or 3-5pm, each for additional fee.

Where: 1912 South Street, and 800 S 8th Street

Cost: Price range $360-$440 depending on age and time of registration. Sibling, and Multiple Session Discount Available. Check website for more information.



Camp Ladore, The Salvation Army

What: Camp Ladore is owned and operated by The Salvation Army. Situated among picturesque mountain ranges it consists of approximately 1,200 acres of land surrounding a 365 acre lake. Our programs take full advantage of these natural resources for contributing to the spiritual, educational, social, and recreational needs of every camper. Camp Ladore is ready to provide the ultimate camping experience with a mature well-trained staff and accreditation through the American Camp Association.

Who: Children ages 7-16

When: Weekly sessions run June 27-August 1

Where: 35 Ladore Way, Waymart, PA 18472

Cost: Free


Camp Settlement

What: “The Mission of The College Settlement and Kuhn Day Camps is to provide camping programs and services to young people from the greater Philadelphia area, especially those who are economically disadvantaged, in order to foster personal growth through understanding, acceptance, respect for self, others and our natural world by means of enjoyable, experiential and environmental educational activities… We will post two (2) daily videos which will vary in length, covering topics such as gardening, camp songs, arts and crafts, healthy nutrition, guest videos by our international counselors, and more. On Fridays, we’ll provide a zoom link and ask those who can and want to join in our campfire chats. We also plan a Talent Show where you can send in your talent videos and we will make one Talent Show video. Those who sign up will receive a packet of activities that will coincide with some of the videos. We miss you—and hope you will join in the fun from home!”

Who: Children ages 8-14

When: Overnight Camp (5 days): June 20-24, June 27-July 1; Overnight Camp (12 days): july 5-15, July 18-29, August 1-12;           Day Camp: June 20-July 1, July 5-15, July 18-29, August 1-12

Where: 600 Witmer Road, Horsham, Pennsylvania 19044

Cost: Variety of pricing based on length of camp sessions.


Camp Sojourner Girls Leadership Camp

What: “The mission of Girls Leadership Camp is to help girls become leaders who take charge of their own lives and also act as agents of positive change in their communities. We fundraise all year and collect supply donations so that we can offer our program to girls no matter what their family economic situation may be. We accomplish our work by hosting 8-17 year old girls at Camp Sojourner, our summer overnight camp program, and by involving girls in our year-round mentoring, service projects, creative arts, and leadership activities.”

Who: Girls ages 8-18

When: August 1-August 6

Where: Windham, NY. Transportation is provided.

Cost: Tuition is on a sliding scale, and depends on family income. There is a $25 application fee.


Legacy Tennis Summer Camps

What: “The Community Tennis Summer Camp program provides seven weeks of top-notch tennis instruction, team and individual match play competition, life skills and mentor-ship, reading and reflective writing activities, a city-wide team and individual tennis tournament, a free Team Legacy t-shirt and the opportunity to compete in the USTA’s essay contest.”

Who: Children ages 5-16

When:  Camp runs from June 13-September 2

Where: 4842 Ridge Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19129

Cost: $425/week (Munchkin Camp), $425/week (Legacy Training Camp), $485/week (Legacy Training Camp Elite). 10% sibling discount.


DiverseCITY Online

What: “DiverseCity Online is a virtual leadership and sports training platform for youth. Our live-streamed and pre-recorded sessions offer instruction for multiple sports from experienced athletes and coaches. We strive to keep young people active, healthy, and connected to a global community!”

This program offers 12+ hours of training per week, plus a library of pre-recorded content produced by expert-level coaches and instructors. Sports such as baseball, basketball, dance, football, soccer, and more are showcased in instruction. Live sessions will last anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes depending on the sport, and will be recorded for view at a later time.

Who: Children ages 6-18

When: Begins June 29. Sessions are Mon-Thurs, 10 am-1pm

Cost: $49.99 per month


InMovement Gymnastics Education Enrichment Camp

What: “Exposure to an array of physical activities including gymnastics, rock climbing, slack lining, dance, obstacle courses, yoga, group games and more. Emphasis is placed on being playful and curious while discovering all the different ways in which our body can move. Hard work and supporting one another are emphasized through team challenges and goal setting. There are weekly fun and engaging themes including American Ninja Warrior, Super Hero, Under the Big Top, Jedi Training and more!”

Who: children ages 4 to 12

When: various one week sessions beginning June 27 and ending Aug 26, 9-4:30p.m. (Extended hours available from 8-5:30 for additional cost)

Where: Queen Village location at 500 Kenilworth Street Philadelphia, PA 19147 or Bella Vista location at 610 South Percy Street Philadelphia, PA 19147

Cost: Kinder Camp: $375/first week, $350 for additional weeks, sibling $350/first week, $325 for additional weeks


Fleisher’s Children & Youth Programs

What: “Fleisher Art Memorial’s summer workshops for children and youth offer young artists a chance to explore their creativity five days per week. Fleisher offers morning and afternoon workshops with an option to stay for lunch for a small fee per week. Workshops offer everything from painting and mosaics to cartooning and terrarium construction.”

Who: Children ages 5 to 8

When: Various one-week sessions, June 20 – July 29. Half-day and full-day sessions available.

Where: 719 Catharine St, Philadelphia, PA 19147


GSK Science in the Summer: In Partnership with the Franklin Institute

What: This year’s GSK Science in the Summer theme is Be a Biologist! with all-new activities that invite children to play the role of professional biologists and tackle real-world challenges in fisheries, plant biology, paleobiology, and wildlife biology.

The program will be offered in-person at libraries across the greater Philadelphia area for children entering 2nd through 6th grade. The program team and library staff are working together to ensure we can deliver a safe and memorable summer science program.

Interested families may enter an online lottery now through June 3 for a chance to participate at the library of their choice. Summer calendars are available for each participating county below.

If you are not selected in the lottery, the educator guide, materials lists, and videos will be shared online, so you can still assemble your own materials and have fun being biologists at home!

All activity guides, materials lists, and videos will be shared online, so you can still assemble your own materials and have fun being chemists at home!

Who: Children ages 7-13

When: July 5 – August 12

Where: In-person at libraries across the Philadelphia area

Cost: Free

Introduction to the Performing Arts Camp, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation

What: “Children will have the opportunity to take classes in movement, drama, & music. The campers will also perform in a presentation at the end of the six-week camp. This unique experience gives youngsters the chance to perform in a professional space. Campers will also take performing arts related field trips.”

Who: Intro Camp: 6-10, Young Performer Theater Camp: 9-18

Where: Intro Camp: Holmesburg Recreation Center (Rhawn & Ditman Street., Northeast Philadelphia); Waterview Recreation Center (Rittenhouse & McMahon Street, Northwest Philadelphia); 48th & Woodland Playground (Southwest Philadelphia); Hawthorne Cultural Center (1201 Carpenter Street in South Philadelphia); Young Performer Camp: Venice Island Performing Arts Center (7 Lock Street, Manayunk, 19127)

Cost: $300/6 week program


Lavner Camps

What: Lavner Camps was developed by a leadership team with educational backgrounds from the University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, Columbia University, Cornell University, Brandeis University, UCLA Graduate School of Educational Leadership, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and more. Lavner Camps is filled with experiential, hands-on learning, collaboration, excitement, and cutting-edge topics in STEM, Technology & The Arts. Our proprietary curricula is student-centered, so whether you are a novice who can’t wait to learn a new program or an advanced camper with years of experience, you will acquire new skills each week. With a guaranteed max staff to camper ratio of 1:4 to 1:8, we offer the premier summer camp experience for ages 6 to 16. 

Who: Children ages 6-16

When: June 13-August 12

Where: University of Pennsylvania

Cost: $599-$799/week depending on tuition of each specific camp.


Parent Infant Center Summer Camp

What: “PIC’s urban campus provides easy access to all that the Greater Philadelphia area has to offer children during the summer. Camp is divided into five sessions, each with a focus on different theme-related activities. In addition to themed sessions, campers enjoy water play, play at neighborhood parks, visit the museums and cultural institutions that surround us, take trips to the nearby lakes, movies, play games, and see shows by visiting musicians and other performing artists.”


Who: Children in Kindergarten, first, second, third and fourth grades

When: June 21-August 19

Where: 4205 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Cost: $410/week; $3,530 for entire summer. $35 application fee.


Penn Baseball Camp
What: “This camp will focus on teaching all aspects of the game. We will provide an organized and structured camp on preparing the younger player for his next level and refining his game. Competitive and challenging drills will be performed in a fun and safe environment. The camp will also have team competitions in the afternoon.”
Who: Children ages 7-13
When: 3 one week sessions: June 20-23, July 18-21, and August 8-11, 9-3:30 p.m.
Where: Penn Park at the University of Pennsylvania
Cost: $285/session: Before and Aftercare available for $40/session. There is a $45 discount for signing up for 2 sessions, and $100 discount for signing up for all three.


Penn Tennis Camp
What: “Each camper receives personal attention, advanced teaching techniques, intensive drill work and game / match play, all in a fun and competitive environment.”
Who: children ages 5-18
When: various one-week sessions, beginning June 13 and ending September 2, 9-3pm. 9-6pm extended day (ages 5-17) and 9-12pm half day (ages 3-5)
Where: University of Pennsylvania, 240 South 31st Street
Cost: $465/week, aftercare available for $25/day. Discount available for purchase of 3+ weeks of camp ($45 off/week). Lunch is provided in the full day cost.


Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Summer Art Camp
What: “A summer art camp that nurtures seeing, exploration, and creativity for young people ages 4-15 in PAFA’s historic Cast Hall.”
Who: children ages 5-7 / 8-9 / 10-11/ 12-14
When: various one week sessions available between June 27 and August 12, 9-3pm (after care available from 3-5:30pm)
Where: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118 North Broad Street
Cost: $400/week ($340/week for PAFA family members), aftercare available. scholarship application available


Philadelphia NFL Alumni Hero Youth Football Camps
What: Led by professional coaches with supplemental instruction from NFL Alumni Philadelphia Eagles like Fred Barnett, Garry Cobb, Irving Fryar, Frank LeMaster and Brandon Whiting. Boys and girls ages 6-14 learn to run, throw, catch and play within safe, non-contact or flag instruction. On the field, we provide station-based training for athletic and football skill development. We establish small space games, skill challenges and team tournament competition. Kids get the opportunity to build confidence, knowledge and have fun. Off the field, kids are engaged with programs like Eat Like a Pro ©, The Franchise, Chief Scout Draft and Rapid Fire True or False.
Who: Children ages 6-14
When: July 18-22, 9-3pm (half day 8:30-11:30 am). Aftercare is also available for an additional fee
Where: Salvation Army Kroc Center, 4200 Wissahickon Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19129
Cost: $369.00


Rock to the Future
What: Rock to the Future summer programs help students to learn, grow, and rock. Music education is a critical part of growing up, and our programs help students build the skills they need to succeed on and off stage.
Who: Children ages 7-17
Where: Rock to the Future, 2139 E. Cumberland St., Philadelphia, PA 19125
Cost: Free for Philadelphia youth.


Rowing Camp, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
Have you ever dreamed of rowing on the river? Are you interested in learning how to row? This is a great opportunity for local teenagers to do just that. Three 2-week sessions are offered.

Campers will be taught the basics of the sport. This theme camp is held at Lloyd Hall on historic Boathouse Row. Breakfast and a snack will be provided. Campers must bring their own lunch.

Limited space available per session. Registration is taken on a first come basis.

Who: Children ages 13-17
When: Various sessions beginning July 5 and ending August 12, 9:00am- 3:00pm
Where: Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Cost: $25 application fee



Sing Summer Camp
What: “SING Philadelphia is a week-long summer choir camp for boys and girls ages 7-12. The camp provides an exceptional musical experience for children and youth who love to sing. Under instruction of Director Dr. Darryl Roland, campers learn classical repertoire with special attention to breathing techniques, vowel formation and choral tone, sight singing and intonation, and music theory (written notation).”
Who: Children ages 7-12
When: June 20-24, 9am-4pm
Where: St. Peter’s Church, 3rd and Pine
Cost: Tuition on a sliding scale from $0-$325. Aftercare available for $40/week.


Skateboard Camp
What: Want to learn how to skate or perfect your skills? Sign up for summer camp sessions with The Philadelphia Skateboard Academy. We offer camps led by remarkable teachers.
Who: Premier Camp Experience – Children ages 6-17; Community Style Camp – Children ages 5-12 (13 if with a sibling)
When: Week 1 starts June 27th, 2022, 9am-3pm and runs for 8 weeks; Community Style Camp – June 20-24th and June 27th-July 1st, 9am-2pm
Where: Premier Camp Experience – The Skateboard Academy located at 3245 Amber Street 4th Floor Philadelphia, PA; Community Style Camp – Front Street Sk8 Camp (Rizzo Rinks)
Cost: Premier Camp Experience – $500/week. $120/day for single day rate. Must register 24 hours in advance to ensure availability, maximum 15 campers per day. Community Style Camp – $150/week


Starfinder Foundation
What: “Our summer camps offer kids ages 6-14 a supportive environment to play soccer, learn new skills, make new friends, and most importantly, have fun! High school students from our Playmakers Program are trained to serve as coaches for the campers.”
Who: Children ages 6-14
When: July 5-8, July 11-15, July 18-22, July 2529 from 9am-12pm
Where: Starfinder Field, 2015 Main Street, Philadelphia PA 19127
Cost: $100/week, although families who are unable to pay the full amount can determine how much they can contribute.


Camp Jamison

What: “Camp Jamison is a diverse, inclusive, and affordable summer program that includes nature activities, recreation, canoeing, hiking, sports, arts, and team building.”

Who: Children ages 8-14

When: July 17-23, July 31 – August 6

Where: Pocono Environmental Education Center. Pick-up and drop-off is in Northeast Philadelphia.

Cost: Price depends on family’s monthly income. “If you are able to invest more than your given rate ($100 deposit), we ask you to please give generously to allow us to continue to offer camp at a subsidized rate and bring more campers to camp.”


Work Opportunities

WorkReady Philadelphia

Who: youth and young adults ages 12-24, who are Philadelphia residents and who have not enrolled in post-secondary education
When: summer programs last six weeks
Where: varying work locations across Philadelphia
Cost: Participants in WorkReady Summer programs can earn up to ~$1,000* depending on the program. There are two types of programs offered in the summer:

Incentive-based programs are targeted towards young people with little to no previous work experience and are open to 12-24 year-olds. These programs offer opportunities to learn about careers and career pathways, set short-term goals, and provide the opportunity to work on individual or group projects. These programs pay up to $1,000 based on the number of projects and milestones completed during the program.

Wage-based programs are targeted towards young people with previous work or leadership experience and are open to 14-24 year-olds. These programs offer opportunities for career exploration and preparation and engage participants in hourly work-based experiences. Young people earn $11 per hour in wage-based programs and usually work about 20 hours per week.


Other Summer Programs

Below is a list of community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, schools, and centers that have traditionally offered after-school and summer programs in the past. Browse their websites and reach out to them directly to find out about their programs, and if they offer locations near you.

Allens Lane Art Center

Arden Theater Company

Black Women in Sport Foundation

Blair Christian Academy

Boys & Girls Club of Philadelphia

Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia

Caring People Alliance

Catholic Social Services OST

Children’s Village

Community Council

Community Education Center (CEC)

Concilio High School OST

Congreso de Latinos Unidos

CORA Services, Inc.


Dr. Warren E. Smith Health Center

Education Works

Episcopal Community Services

ESF Dream Camp

Foundations, Inc.

Franklin Institute Summer Camps

Free Library of Philadelphia

Georgia E. Gregory Interdenominational School of Music

Germantown Life Enrichment Center

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

Greater Philly Churches Athletic Association

Hope Partnership for Education

Kensington Soccer Club


Korean Community Development Services Center

The Lenfest Center

Logan Hope School

Lutheran Settlement House

Makom Community

MasterMinds Chess Club

Mercy Neighborhood Ministries

Neighborhood Education Workshop

Norris Square Community Alliance

North Light Community Center

Old Pine Community Center Arts and Education After School Program

The Parent Infant Center

Penn State Extension Philadelphia 4-H Programs

Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA

Philadelphia OIC

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

Philadelphia Zoo

Philly Art Center

Presbyterian Children’s Village

Salvation Army

School of Rock

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

Southwest CDC


Starfinder Foundation

Strawberry Mansion Learning Center

Summer Search Philadelphia

Sunrise of Philadelphia

The Wagner Free Institute of Science (SNAP)

To Our Children’s Future With Health, Inc.

United Communities Southeast Philadelphia

University Community Collaborative

Uplift Center for Grieving Children

Urban Tree Connection Garden Programs

Variety The Children’s Charity

Visitation BVM School

West Park Cultural Center

Wordsworth Human Services

Urban Affairs Coalition

Young Achievers Learning Center

Your Child’s World Learning Center, Inc.

Youth Service Inc.

Zhang Sah Martial Arts