Fun every day!
With more than 30 camps from which to choose, everyone can find something that brings excitement to their summer days!
Al-Bustan: Arab Arts & Culture
For campers currently in grades K - 8 ● July 5-14
In this well-established summer program, campers will appreciate Arab arts and culture while developing new language skills, making friendships, and exploring nature. Each day of this 10-day camp includes learning Arabic, playing music, and creating art. Open to children of all ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds, “Al-Bustan,” Arabic for “The Garden,” celebrates diversity by encouraging dialogue, respect, and understanding. This year, for the first time, Al-Bustan will come to The Philadelphia School. Each year, a different theme integrates the various program areas. Past themes have included learning about Egypt through the life and times of singer Umm Kulthum, the life of 14th century traveler Ibn Battuta, and Arab contributions to the sciences through the legacy of Ibn Al-Haytham. We’ll be announcing this year’s theme in the coming months. Stay tuned! Please note that this is an 8-day camp. Campers are invited to attend Camp TPS on Monday, July 3, before Al-Bustan programming begins on July 5.
For campers currently in grades 1 - 5 ● Weekly, June 19 - July 14
The Obvious Choice Sports team, led by Coach C, is back for its third summer of sports and athletic action! Campers will enjoy a variety of sports, including soccer, basketball, hockey, dodgeball, and fitness relays. All Star Sports programs are designed to enhance a camper's development, both physically and emotionally. Coaches with personal sports experience will help campers learn sport specific vocabulary, practice fundamentals through drills, and engage in actual game play. Down time for reading reminds our young athletes of the power of combining academics with athletics. All Star Sports offers campers of all skill levels a safe environment where they can build confidence, play sports, and have fun! Join us!
Animation: Art That Moves
For campers currently in grades 1 - 8 ● June 19-23, June 26-30
Do you like to draw? Create characters? Make up stories? In this animation workshop, kids will learn the art of hand drawn animation. The group will also cover storyboarding and character design. The approach to animation will be hands on and art centered, as opposed to relying on digital software methods. Campers will learn the basics of animation, including storytelling, timing, pacing, and creating characters, as well as a few tricks to save time and make their films look better. They’ll also visit the University of Arts animation studios with John Serpentelli, director of nearly 100 short animated films for networks such as HBO, Nickelodeon, Noggin, and PBS, to see how hand drawn animation comes together.
ARTrageous: Exploring & Making Art in Philadelphia
For campers currently in grades 3 - 5 ● July 3-7
Calling all art makers and art lovers! Join Kait Renna for a week of creating, imagining, and exploring the art that Philadelphia has to offer. Every morning, campers will explore a theme at a local art institution. In the afternoon, young artists will return to the TPS art studios to learn more about the particular theme, experiment with its possibilities, and see how they can adapt it to their own individual artistic voice. Possible days include studying style at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, focusing on subject at the Barnes Foundation, understanding medium at the Magic Gardens, and considering period at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. This camp is perfect for budding artists and those who want to explore Philadelphia’s dynamic and FUN art scene. The week will culminate in a gallery show featuring student work.
Big Cats for Little Campers
For campers currently in Preschool & Kindergarten ● Weekly, June 19-July 14
This summer campers will adventure to the land of “Big Cats” for fun-filled exploration. We’ll transform our classroom spaces into imaginary environments as we learn about lions, tigers, cheetahs, and more! In addition to learning cat facts, we’ll explore an African folktale about how the big cats got their names, and then reenact our favorite parts of the story! We’ll learn whether big cats like water, and regardless of what we discover, we’ll make sure to have plenty of fun ourselves splashing in the sprinklers and wading pools. Come prepared to have a ROARING good time at camp!
For campers currently in grades 1 - 8 ● June 26-30, July 10-14
Join our own national championship chess coach, Ross Colby, for a week of intensive chess instruction. Players will participate in strategy sessions, tournament matches, simultaneous exhibitions, and, of course, speed and bug house round robins. At the end of each week, campers will enjoy a party, as well as an awards ceremony. Ross has either played on or coached teams that have won state and national championships in Arizona, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania; in fact, two TPS teams have even won national championships! With coaching at this level, who knows what future achievements are in store for the TPS Chess Tigers! Chess players from other schools are welcome.
Clay & Cooking
For campers currently in grades 1 - 5 ● June 26-30
Campers will learn the art and craft of clay with TPS after school teacher Lynne Dorman, while having fun and exploring their creativity. Add to that some time in the kitchen, and this year’s ceramics campers will leave with not only clay creations but culinary ones, too. Campers will expand their imagination and learn a variety of ceramic techniques. Each day will feature hands-on work with clay and cooking instruction from a trained chef. All materials are included in the cost of camp.
Creative Craft Laboratory
For campers currently in grades 1 - 4 ● June 19-23, July 10-14
Create amazing "green" artwork of all colors from an exciting variety of art materials in the TPS Creative Craft Laboratory with TPS after school teacher Christina Sabato! Each day, campers will explore different media and learn new art-making skills through guided and independent projects. Experiment with new techniques to recycle, upcycle, and decorate with items that might otherwise be discarded. Draw, paint, sculpt, sew, and design trash into practical, beautiful art treasures in this week of creative fun!
Exploring the City by Bike
For campers currently in grades 4 - 8 ● July 3-7
Join us for a special urban experience with the world's most efficient machine, the bicycle. As Philadelphians we have access to one of the best bike trails in the country, the Schuylkill River trail. Each day instructors will accompany campers along car-free roads and trails to glimpse the city and surrounding areas from our bikes. Campers will ride during the morning at a reasonable and safe pace, traveling 5-15 miles. We'll spend the afternoons talking bikes, learning basic repairs, and even watching moments from the greatest bike race in the world, the Tour de France. Campers must have a bike in decent working order (instructors have experience with bike maintenance and repair), a helmet, and water bottle(s). Cycling shorts are strongly encouraged but not required. We're looking forward to seeing sites, getting exercise, learning skills, and making friends while rolling through the summer.
Fashion & Machine Sewing
For campers currently in grades 4 - 8 ● Weekly, June 19-July 14
Whether you are an aspiring fashion designer or a creative camper looking for new skills, immerse yourself in the wonderful world of machine sewing! Designed with older campers in mind, this program is all about choice and creative expression. Campers will be taught how to read and use a wide variety of Simplicity Creative Group patterns, as well as how to pick and pursue projects from our favorite book, Sewing in a Straight Line by Brett Bara. In addition to a catalog of over 20 patterns, including new on-trend patterns, campers will get to choose from dozens of bolts of tempting fabrics to bring individual style and flare to their creations. There are more than enough options to keep you coming back week after week. Campers will produce a Fashion Show on the last day of each session.
For campers currently in grades 3 - 6 ● June 19-30 (two weeks)
Roll out the red carpet--the TPS film crew is headed your way. In this two-week program, campers will work with Kait Renna to make their own movies as they explore cinematography and a variety of filmmaking techniques. Participants will strengthen their storytelling abilities, create narratives, and learn how to edit scenes on the computer. We will watch clips from movies and analyze formal techniques that make scenes effective. Campers will research different genres of movies, including drama, comedy, action, documentary, biography, experimental, and sci-fi. It truly takes a village to make a film; students will practice writing a script, directing, acting, and assisting in each other’s films.
For campers currently in grades 5 - 8 ● June 26-30
A week of challenges and wild skills await you at TPS’s Firekeepers camp! Recent books and movies have us thinking about a world gone amuck, but that’s not the only time that knowing the natural world is worthwhile. Learn to move about the woods knowledgeably through tracking games, navigation activities, and waterfall hikes. Become a water-purifier, shelter-builder, and fire-maker. Test your skills in water wars, a silent night hike, and the ultimate stalking experience of the Lantern Game. We’ll meet at The Philadelphia School on our first day to prepare. On Tuesday we will head to Rickett’s Glen in the Poconos for four days and three nights of camping. There will be beautiful sites, a chance to build outdoor skills, and lots of time connecting with your TPS friends by the fireside. Join Wendy Furry for an unforgettable week! Note: We will be tent-camping, but students do not need to have a tent to participate.
Fishing & Dissection
For campers currently in grades 3 - 8 ● June 19-23
Come spend your mornings catch-and-release fishing on the Schuylkill River! Under the direction of former TPS teacher Virginia Friedman, campers will spend half the day along the river and the other half indoors doing related activities, including dissection. This year we will dissect several aquatic organisms, including fish, frogs, and crayfish. Campers will collect and graph data from daily catches and learn about the proper care and use of a fishing rod. No prior fishing experience or fishing equipment necessary.
Hamilton in Philadelphia
For campers currently in grades 3 - 8 ● July 10-14
Has the hit musical Hamilton got your child singing incessantly and citing important moments in American history? If so, this is the camp for you! Early in the week, young historians, song-writers, and actors will work together to understand the nuts and bolts of life for the immigrant, founding father, and cultural icon, Alexander Hamilton. Each day we'll listen to and learn songs from the musical. We will then research Alexander Hamilton's life in Philadelphia by visiting the places he lived and worked. Our week will culminate in a presentation of original musical compositions inspired by Hamilton, along with our research about the unsung story of Hamilton in Philadelphia.
Handwork Day Camp
For campers currently in grades K - 6 ● Weekly, June 19-July 14
Picture your child in the care of energetic and imaginative counselors from the Handwork Studio. At Handwork Day Camp, you’ll find campers sharing stories and laughs while working on a wide array of unique projects. Our goal is to teach useful skills such as hand-sewing, embroidery, knitting, weaving, needle-felting, and much more! Whether refining skills or l
Hip-Hop Dance Kids
For campers currently in grades 1 - 2 ● July 10-14
Bring your swag, creativity, and energy to this week-long hip-hop dance camp with TPS club instructor Roger Lee! Students in grades 1-2 will learn about hip-hop dance history, technique, and choreography through group classes, freestyle circles, and creative research-based activities. On the last day of camp students will present their own original hip-hop dance performance for family and friends. It will feature their original choreography, costumes, and playbills.
Hip-Hop Dance Tweens
For campers currently in grades 3 - 5 ● June 26-30
Bring your swag, creativity, and energy to this hip-hop dance camp with TPS club instructor Roger Lee! Students in grades 3-5 will learn about hip-hop dance history, technique, and choreography through group classes, freestyle circles, and creative research-based activities. On the last day of camp students will present their own original hip-hop dance performance for family and friends. It will feature their original choreography, costumes, and playbills.
History Detectives: Philadelphia Edition
For campers currently in grades 3 - 6 ● June 19-23
Calling all historians! Campers will learn about the tools historians use to solve the mysteries of the past. With TPS teacher Josh Herren, campers will be exposed to documents, images, and maps as they learn how to unravel the past. Campers will explore the historical riches of Philadelphia as they begin to put their detective skills to the test. What was it like to live in Philadelphia during the American Revolution? How has life changed in Philadelphia throughout time? What does it feel like to explore an abandoned building? Come join this camp to find out! This is the perfect camp for budding historians, curious thinkers, and eager mystery lovers.
Making a Musical
For campers currently in grades 1 - 4 ● June 19-23
Campers will learn the many aspects of making a musical play. Under the leadership of TPS music teacher Tatyana Smolen, they’ll choose the plot and then write the music and a liberetto. The music will be arranged for different instruments and voices before campers begin staging, creating costumes, and designing sets.
In the process we will be learning a lot about singing, acting, and playing instruments. The week will conclude with a performance of the campers’ creation.
Middle School Hip-Hop Dance
For campers currently in grades 6 - 8 ● June 19-23
Bring your swag, creativity, and energy to this hip-hop dance camp with TPS club instructor Roger Lee! Students in grades 6-8 will learn about hip-hop dance history, technique, and choreography through group classes, freestyle circles, and creative research-based activities. On the last day of camp students will present their own original hip-hop dance performance for family and friends. It will feature their original choreography, costumes, and playbills.
Mod Design Camp: Create Your Own Minecraft® mod!
For campers currently in grades 3 - 8 ● June 26-30
In this camp from Youth Digital, kids learn real Java™ programming as they design and code their own Minecraft mod from start to finish. Kids can use all their craziest ideas to create their own blocks, items, mobs, and more to add whatever they can think of into Minecraft! A sword made out of Pizza? How about a mob of marshmallow minions? Make it all happen in Mod Design Camp. ids learn the foundations of Java™ to create their own totally custom mod! Java™is one of the most widely-used programming language in the world and kids will use pro development software Eclipse learn all the fundamentals of coding including instantiation, methods, parameters, loops and more to create their own mod. At the end of camp, kids will walk away with an awesome Minecraft mod that they can download and share with friends! They’ll also be able to access the online version of the course after camp, including video tutorials, interactive quizzes, and new challenges so they can keep using their new skills!
Science Explorers: Take a Dive!
For campers currently in grades 1 - 3 ● July 10-14
Dive into the world of marine biology and oceanography! In our camp you’ll dissect a real shark, participate in a fisherman’s challenge, examine the anatomy of a fish and learn the ancient technique of gyotaku or “fish rubbing”, learn to survive at sea with a homemade solar still, create a kelp forest and make your own submarine, and come face-to-face with some unique sea creatures! You’ll complete a squid dissection, bring to life genuine Triassic Triops, conduct a whale adaptations lab, and examine many weird wonders that live under the sea!
For campers currently in grades 4 - 8 ● July 3-7
Middle school students will explore the art of showbiz production with TPS club instructor Roger Lee!. They will spend the week creating their own original production from the ground up. Students will learn about and fill the important roles of talent, casting directors, script writers, producers, directors, choreographers, costume designers, promoters, and ushers. On the last day of camp students will present their own original production for family and friends.
Soccer Camp with Soccer Shots
For campers currently in grades K - 2 ● June 19-23, June 26-30
Soccer Shots provides young children with a positive introduction to soccer. Through quality, high-energy programming and principled instruction from highly trained coaches, Soccer Shots is a fun, age-appropriate way to play soccer. An extension of our after-school program, Soccer Shots focuses on individual skill, fitness, and sportsmanship, providing an opportunity for children to be challenged through fun games and team interaction. Children will also be introduced to competition in a developmentally appropriate manner. Along the way, Soccer Shots coaches also teach positive life skills that will leave a lasting impact on every participant.
Theater Making: Radical Ideas
For campers currently in grades 6 - 8 ● June 19-23
A unique drama camp that empowers students to think about the whys and hows of theater arts. Each day will include games, improvisation, and creative play designed to build confidence, critical thinking, and imagination. Campers will cultivate their unique artistic voice and develop collaborative skills in the creation of original performance around the theme of radical ideas in social, political, and cultural contexts. The week will also include a performance-related research field trip. Theater Making is directed by working professionals on the cutting edge of performance, with lead instructor Mason Rosenthal, who has over 10 years of teaching experience at NYU, UPenn, Haverford, and three summers at TPS. Parents will be invited to attend a final showing at the week’s end.
Theater Making: Superheroes
For campers currently in grades 1 - 5 ● June 26-30
A unique drama camp that empowers students to think about the whys and hows of theater arts. Each day will include games, improvisation, and creative play designed to build confidence, critical thinking, and imagination. Campers will cultivate their unique artistic voice and develop collaborative skills in the creation of original performance around the theme of superheroes and secret identities. We will use the Captain Underpants children’s novels and upcoming movie as inspiration. The week will also include a performance-related research field trip. Theater Making is directed by working professionals on the cutting edge of performance, with lead instructor Mason Rosenthal. Parents will be invited to attend a final showing at the week’s end.
Video Game Development
For campers currently in grades 3 - 8 ● July 10-14
In this camp from Youth Digital, kids will design and program their own 3D video game just like they do in real Game Design studios. They will use Unity®, an industry-standard Game Design software, and C#, a professional programming language, to build and code their game from scratch. At the end of camp, kids will have a complete, fully functional game that they can play and share with friends. They will also be able to access the online version of the course after camp, including video tutorials, interactive quizzes, and new challenges. As kids code new features in their game, they will learn the most important concepts in programming, including if-then and conditional statements, logical operators, variables, methods, parameters, object types, and loops. They will also learn the fundamental techniques of Game Design, such as navigating and operating within a three-dimensional environment, utilizing prefabs generating custom particles, simulating artificial intelligence, and more. Not only are the kids using professional tools, but the game they make will look professional too, so they will be excited throughout the week as they create just like the pros!
Wild Science World
For campers currently in grades 1 - 3 ● July 3-7
Join us for a week of scientific adventures and wonder-filled experiments! Build and use scientific instruments, grow your own crystals, combine chemicals to discover surprising reactions and confounding concoctions, create circuits to control electric power, race marbles on exciting courses that you design, and unlock some secrets of the natural world. Through both daily and week-long experiments, curious campers will investigate chemistry, meteorology, physics, biology, and geology. Expect splashes, sparks, and the unexpected in this week of crazy science fun! (Maximum enrollment: 16)
For campers currently in grades 4 - 8 ● June 26-30
Through games, drills, instruction, and sparring, boys and girls will learn the art and craft of wrestling with TPS teachers Mike Friedman and Jake Hunter, as well as Beat the Streets coaches. Participants will practice using their bodies effectively and efficiently. By tackling common challenges and working together, campers will form strong peer bonds. Built into each day will be team building activities and character development conversations. Wrestlers will gain competence and confidence while, most importantly, having fun! (Maximum enrollment: 40)
Yoga in Camp Lila
For campers currently in grades 1 - 4 ● June 19-23, June 26-30
As we grow older, many of us forget what it means to be child-like. When surrounded by children we can more easily remember the importance of “lila,” the Sanskrit word meaning “play.” In this camp, yogis will explore yoga poses in a variety of ways: playing games, developing team-building skills through group and partner activities, as well as participating in individual yoga classes. Children will have the opportunity for self-expression by creating mandalas, weaving, building a mini Zen garden, and exploring nature. We will learn about the body, discuss feelings and emotions, and read stories about kindness, compassion, and empathy. At times we will practice the art of slowing down and cultivate mindfulness through noticing, listening, breathing, resting, and relaxing. At other times we will move, sing, dance, allow ourselves to be silly…and play. Yoga has so many benefits, especially for the little yogis. We must remember that sometimes the work of yoga is about planting the seeds now and giving them time to take root and blossom. (Maximum enrollment: 10)
You Go Girls
For campers currently in grades 4 - 7 ● June 26-30
Extending the fun of You Go Girls from the school year, this program will bring girls from grades 4-7 together through running. Under the guidance of after school TPS club instructor Shannon Mulcahy, this camp will focus on team-building and goal setting in morning and afternoon runs. Between runs, girls will play games, work through cooperative challenges and puzzles, and engage in discussions on what it means to be a girl at TPS and in the world. We’ll use a variety of media to raise issues important to girls at this critical stage of development, including books and video, helping girls turn “like a girl” into the compliment it ought to be! (Maximum enrollment: 18)
You Go Girls Around the City
For campers currently in grades 5 - 8 ● July 10-14
Extending the fun of You Go Girls from the school year, this camp will bring girls in grades 5-8 together through running. Under the guidance of former JU teacher Hilary Hamilton, You Go Girls Around the City will focus on team building and goal setting through running. Between runs, girls will play games, work through cooperative challenges and puzzles, participate in a book group, and engage in discussions on what it means to be a girl at school and in the world. This session of You Go Girls will take place primarily off site as students will use SEPTA to travel to different locations across the city for their runs and activities. (Maximum enrollment: unlimited)