Philly and Main Line Traditional Summer Camps
Find the perfect fit for your kid this summer with these traditionally awesome day and overnight camps.
Your child won’t be bored with this list of traditionally awesome camps to choose from! Our 2018 Main Line Parent and Philadelphia Summer Camp Guide highlights over 50 summer camps from across the Delaware Valley, from classic day camps to sports and specialty camps.
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Blue Bell, 215-646-4444
Day camp for kids ages 4-11 on 15 shaded acres in beautiful Blue Bell. Transportation available from the Main Line, Montgomery County, and Center City Philadelphia. Featuring an all-adult staff and small groups of campers.
ESF Summer Camps
Find the perfect camp for your child, beginning at age 4. From mini day camp to the Jack Welch Junior Business Academy, ESF has a camp, and a location, that’s just right. ESF builds upon family values and continues to shape the “Character Muscles” of their campers. No matter which camp you choose for your child, fostering gratitude, respect and resiliency is a key part of an ESF summer.
The Haverford School, Haverford, 610-642-0246
The Episcopal Academy, Newtown Square, 610-688-3298
Montgomery School, Chester Springs, 610-827-1800
William Allen Middle School, Moorestown, New Jersey, 856-235-5300
Featured photo courtesy of ESF Summer Camps and Programs.
Kids ages 4-14 can participate in a broad range of activities from swimming to equestrian, archery to the arts, and everything in between. The program focuses on age-appropriate games and activities to promote friendship and fun at the beautiful 240-acre George School campus.
Day camp for kids ages 3-12, plus the basketball, reading, and math clinic for second through 10th graders, and other academic programs.
Children ages 3 – 8 will fill their summer with exciting and creative activities each day on our beautiful campus. Children will express their creativity through arts, crafts, and loads of fun with imaginative play!
Valley Forge, Gilbertsville, Poconos, Lehigh Valley, Lafayette Hill, 215-564-2030
Choose from day camp or resident camp with weekly themes like “Little Mermaids” and “Dumbledore’s Army.” Girls ages 5-17 will learn everything from STEM to art, with a focus on leadership, life skills, and community.
Register by March 14 to receive $50 off each resident camp session and $25 off each day camp session!
Medford, New Jersey, 856-424-4444
Kids ages 3-14 can take part in sports, STEM, swimming, creative and performing arts, and more in a fun, safe, Jewish environment. The importance of community and teamwork is reinforced at the Maccabiah Color Wars! JCC also has special needs accommodations, as well as a special needs program for teens ages 14-20.
Phoenixville, 610.933.3635 x108
Outdoor fun is the heart of the Kimberton Waldorf School’s summer camp on 425 acres! Nature crafts, swimming, exploring, cooking, playing, and so much more for kids ages 18 months through rising grade 7.
Main Line Reform Temple Summer Day Camp for ages 2-5! Flexible scheduling: 9 am — 1 pm or 9 am — 3 pm 3, 4, or 5 days a week, for 4, 6, or 8 weeks. Lots of outdoor play, indoor play, and gardening, plus fantasy rooms and special events.
East Falls, Philadelphia, 215-844-3460, ext. 364
Penn Charter truly lets you design your own summer, allowing kids to mix the different programs across two sessions based on their interests. Mix a few weeks of Day Camp and Sports Camp with specialty camps like Science Invention, Girls Empowerment, Robotics, Filmmaking, or Adventures in Animation! Camp includes ages 3-14, though the various programs reach different age groups.
The Pocono Mountains (overnight), 215-487-2267
Located in the beautiful Poconos, Pinemere sets itself apart with intimate camp size (maximum of 250 campers), rustic setting, innovative programs, inclusive Jewish programming, and a fun and welcoming overnight camp environment. Kids entering 2nd – 9th grades can take part in sports, arts, adventure, aquatics, and more.
Blue Bell, 610-275-2267
For kids ages 3-7, Sesame Day Camp provides sports, outdoor adventure, arts, and an excellent aquatics program. Kids ages 8-12 participate in Camp Rockwood, which, in addition to the Camp Sesame categories of programming, gives kids electives in athletic, adventure-oriented and creative and performing arts activities. As your kids age through the system, Rockwood Adventures Teen Travel (for kids entering grades 6th through 10th), can choose from one 5-day and three 10-day trips to travel for up to 7 weeks (trips like DC, Boston, and Canada), and can also choose a combo program with day camp at Sesame/Rockwood Day Camp and sister camps.
Rose Valley, 610-566-1088
Kids ages 3-13 can fill their days with fun indoor and outdoor activities, all of which include daily swimming lessons and woodworking. Activities also include sports, art, cooking, and nature play.
Choose from traditional math classes held primarily school for remedial support, advancement, or exposure; or enroll in FSS’s City Lab program, which provide shorter experiential and exploratory courses like coding, art, and robotics.
Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, 215-247-7272
Summerside on the Hill offers 10 weeks of camp programming with something for every age and interest. Kids ages 4-17 can attend traditional day camp, or a variety of specialty camps like STEM, arts, nature themed programming in Fairmount Park, and camps that focus on a particular sport.
Williamstown, New Jersey, 856-262-3900
66 acres of fun in a natural setting! Kids ages 3-14 have to opportunity to participate in over 50 different activities, including a wide range of athletic activities, outdoor adventure, and creative arts. The grounds have everything from a ropes course to horseback riding to water for boating and fishing, and of course every kind of playing field for sports. Tall Pines also provides transportation for kids who live in South Jersey, the Shore and Center City Philadelphia.
From day camp (for kids ages 6-14) to overnight camp (for boys ages 9-17), from academic enrichment to fitness training, there is something to offer for everyone, with a focus on building leadership and confidence.
Greater West Chester, 610-399-7871
One Camp. Countless Adventures. This day camp for kids starting at age 3 (for swim camp), and including kids all the way up to rising 9th grade (for the leadership program). Kids can enter the Trailblazer program that includes a wide variety of exciting activities each and every week, from arts to outdoor adventures! There are also optional overnight camping activities for rising 3rd – 5th graders.
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Lead photograph courtesy of ESF Summer Camps.