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The Ultimate Camp Discount and Early Bird Roundup

Need a summer camp? Read on for information, discounts, and deadlines.

Ready to pick a summer camp? Read on for all you need to know about open houses, early bird deadlines, and special discounts just for our readers!

Traditionally Awesome

These are camps that offer the kind of experience you had as a kid: swimming, sports, crafts, and fun.

Blue Bell Camp

Blue Bell

Continuously family operated since 1946, Blue Bell offers a traditional and wholesome day camp experience that builds skills while deemphasizing competition through a complete program of exciting and in-depth instruction. Campers learn in small groups of 8 to 10. BBC counselors are all certified school teachers and coaches who are specialists in their field and are passionate about sharing their expertise with each camper.

Tall Pines Day Camp

1349 Sykesville Road, Williamstown, New Jersey

This day camp serves everywhere from Center City Philadelphia to South Jersey and the shore points. It offers programs for ages 3 — 14, including transportation, lunch and snacks  in a peanut/tree nut free facility. The 66-acre campus includes 40,000 square feet of indoor air-conditioned space; a climbing tower and ropes course; gymnastics; a golf driving range; horseback riding; 8,500 square feet of pools, soccer, and softball fields; hockey, basketball and tennis courts; and a dual zip line across camp. There are creative and performing arts, too!


Upcoming open houses are Saturdays from noon— 3 pm on February 11, March 18, April 22, and May 20.


Camp Kef at Kaiserman JCC

45 Haverford Road, Wynnewood

A traditional day camp for ages 2 — 14, Kaiserman JCC offers a mix of specialty art and sport programs for older campers. Everyone swims outdoors daily. Stick around for the special week 8 program, “Circus of the Kids.”

JCC Camps at Medford

400 Tuckerton Road, Medford, New Jersey

This award winning and accredited South Jersey day camp gives children an ultimate summer experience. It’s for kids ages 3 — 14 and teaches values and life skills in a fun and safe Jewish environment on 120 shaded acres.

Discount: Attend the March 19 or April 9 open house, and get $250 off per camper (new families only).

Harlam Day Camp

575 Smith Road, Kunkletown (camp address)

This Reform Jewish day camp serves the greater Philadelphia area, offering programs for kids entering kindergarten through eighth grade. Transportation is available, too.

Art and Creative

From painting to performance, these camps appeal to kids with a passion for art.

Handwork Studio

Multiple locations

Encourage creativity in your kids with these crafty camps. No experience is necessary, but veterans can hone their skills, too.

All in One Place

Have more than one child — or a kid with multiple interests? These camps offer a variety of choices.

ESF Summer Camps

A huge variety of award-winning day, sports, and specialty camps, all designed to explore each camper’s passions and potential. Rich in experiential learning and character-building curriculum.


ESF is hosting an open house January 15, with sessions at 1, 2:15, and 3:30 pm. RSVP here, or just walk in!


Discount: Early bird discounts end Jan. 23.

Photograph courtesy of ESF Camps.

Burn Brae Day Camp

1405 Twining Road, Dresher

For more than 30 years, this camp has offered art, technology, sports, swimming, and much more for boys and girls ages 3 — 15. Door-to-door transportation to/from Main Line, Philadelphia, and Montgomery County.


Discount: Receive $100 off per new, non-registered camper when you register for four or more weeks for summer 2017.

Penn Charter Summer Camp

3000 W. Schoolhouse Lane, Philadelphia

The revered Philadelphia school offers over 30 different programs which include day camp, sports, science, performing arts, Minecraft, Spanish, filmmaking, tech, chess, drone, rocketry, robotics, climbing, baseball, basketball, and tennis.

Outdoor and Nature

Miquon Day Camp

2025 Harts Lane, Conshohocken

Summertime the way it used to be, with time to explore a 10-acre wooded valley and Miquon’s signature creek. Plus there’s daily swimming, a variety of other activities, and available transportation.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania

Multiple locations

Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We believe getting girls outdoors is a critical part of their development.


Discount: Register by March 14 to get $50 off each resident/overnight camp session and $25 off each day camp session.

Independent School Summer Program

Some of these are laid-back academic camps; others are more traditional camps, hosted by some of the area’s best schools.

Friends’ Central Summer Program


FCS Summer has something for everyone. Rich and varied programs, filled with endless fun and excitement, are available to children ages 3 and up.


Discount: Get $100 off Tenderfoot and Trailblazer Camp (new families only, one code per camper) with the code TFTB10017.

The School in Rose Valley

20 School Lane, Rose Valley

Just minutes from Media, this preschool — 6th grade school is based on the progressive principles of experiential learning, integrated curriculum, and democratic values. SRV students explore topics deeply, play with energy and enthusiasm, and develop a passion for and love of school. SRV also offers a dynamic Summer Camp experience.


Discount: Early bird registration closes April 1.

Friends School Haverford

851 Buck Lane, Haverford

Children ages 2.7 — 8 can enjoy imaginative play, crafts, nature experiences, and more at this camp that’s an extension of the school’s hands-on philosophy.

Primrose Schools Center City

1635 Market St., Suite 104, First Floor Plaza, Philadelphia

Primrose Summer Adventure Club combines learning, exploration, and all-out fun with exciting theme weeks.

Summer Programs at St. Peter’s School

319 Lombard St., Philadelphia

Offering a unique blend of academics, creativity, and fun, this program promises to excite students of all ages and appeal to varied interests.

The Pathway School

162 Egypt Road, Jeffersonville

The Pathway School’s summer program encompasses academics, social skills, and recreation/leisure development. Through in-class and community integration experiences, students generalize skills necessary for greater independence.

City Country Camps at the Philadelphia School

2501 Lombard St., Philadelphia

Children in preschool through 8th grade can choose from Camp TPS, a thematic day camp; a variety of enrichment camps; or one of the two-week Summer Institutes. These camps are open to students from any school.


For the focused kid with a specific interest.

Anthropologists in the Making Summer Camp

Penn Museum, 362o0 South St., Philadelphia

Campers ages 7 — 13 can explore ancient and contemporary cultures through interactive gallery tours, art activities, scavenger hunts, games, and special guest demonstrations.


iD Tech Camps

Multiple locations

This summer tech camp offers day and overnight summer camps for aspiring programmers, app developers, video game designers, engineers, filmmakers, photographers, and more.

Discovery Camp at The Franklin Institute

220 N. 20th St., Philadelphia

If your kids love the museum, they’ll adore the camp, which combines visits to the institute’s amazing exhibits with plenty of relaxed fun. The museum offers vacation camps, too.

Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs

Multiple locations

JKCP offers over 20 summer programs for ages 7-18 at the University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University, and Haverford College. Students enjoy programs in business, cooking, pre-college academics, arts and more.


Discount: Save 10 percent off day or residential camps with the code FOCUSFAMILY17.

Camp Pegasus

Camp location only: Rosemont College, 1400 Montgomery Ave., Rosemont

Camp Pegasus provides social-emotional developmental experiences in a therapeutic day camp setting. The camp addresses all social challenges especially social cognitive deficits.

Durango Farm Summer Day Camp

​1469 Morstein Road, West Chester

A fun and educational summer horseback riding camp designed to incorporate all facets of the equine industry. Located on a beautiful 80-acre estate with deluxe indoor and outdoor riding areas.


Eastern Pennsylvania Robotics Summer Camp

Stage One Performing Arts Center, 101 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford (camp location)

Science and robotics camp focusing on robot design, build, programming, and driving with additional science experiments.


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