Day Camps are a boon in this day and age when it is very likely that both parents are out working each day. It is a long summer and day camps can take away the the worry of what your children will be doing in your absence. There are many camps in Philadelphia, many of them operated by non for profit organizations and churches, like the ones listed here. The cost is not outlandish either, making them a good alternative for families with more than one child. If none of these camps are convenient for you, contact similar organizations in your neighborhood. Chances are, you will find one for your child, or give one of these camps a call. They will be more than happy to let you know what is available nearer you.
ESF operates a day camp for children in Philadelphia aged 4-8. It is nice to see a camp especially created for the younger children, with activities only for their age group. Some of these are really too young to even consider a sleep away camp and think how big your 8 year old will feel being the oldest for a change. They have daily activities such as Swimming under the supervision and guidance of Red Cross and YMCA certified lifeguards and instructors. Arts & Crafts including tie dye T-shirts, clay creations, puppets, key chains, bookmarks, friendship bracelets and more. Sports like soccer, basketball, hockey, baseball, flag football, tennis, tee-ball, track and field, and whiffle ball, Project Discovery where the campers get to explore science & nature through many interactive experiments and Creative & Performing Arts.
Now for the weekly activities, There will be Special Events & Theme Days, Martial Arts, Archery, Fencing and more. This is one camp where the child will not be bored, not by a long shot.
Fun in the Sun Day Camp at the Grace Epiphany Episcopal Church
224 East Gowan Avenue Philadelphia
This is for children between the ages of 5 and 13, You drop the children off in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon at the church. The morning activities take place at the church it self and they take a bus to the Plymouth Swim Club when they can use everything including the basketball courts. This is a good one to consider if you have more than one child and want them to be at the same location.
Kimmel Center, Inc.
Teen Summer Arts Camp
260 South Broad Street, Suite 901
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
This is for the serious musician only. In order to be accepted, the student must submit a 200-word essay on his or hers artistic talent, performance experiences, and how the student’s contributions will make the camp successful. And then pass an audition. And it is not an easy audition either. There are three separate programs
Choral/Vocal (ages 14 – 18)
Students study vocal technique, sight-singing and perform choral music of various styles and genres in small and full ensembles. To be accepted for this one students must display an ability to respond to the conductor, music directions and blend with other students
Jazz (ages 14 – 18)
Students study various styles of jazz music including Dixieland, Swing, Afro-Cuban and Contemporary and perform in large and small ensembles. The audition for Jazz is the same as it is for the Choral.
Chamber Music (ages 14 – 18)
Students study various genres of chamber music in small and large ensemble settings. To be accepted here the student must prepare a classical music solo that demonstrates technical ability and musicality.