free (or almost free) philly camps!

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Finding camp opportunities for your soon-to-be-sprung student doesn’t have to break the bank.  There are several free or low cost programs throughout the city designed to open doors and allow kids to build new skills while they meet kids from all around the city.

 

Rowing Camp: 

Run by the Philadelphia Department of Recreation, this is a wonderful learn-to-row camp for city youth aged 13-17 years old.  The program is just $25 for two full weeks of camp, M-F, 9-3pm.  Campers must be competent swimmers, but no rowing experience is necessary.  If your child does it as a 13 year old, they can return the following summer as well.

 

 

Philadelphia Department of Recreation Camps: 

Speaking of the PDR, from swimming to art, from golf to adventure, sports to performing arts… the department has a camp for just about everyone. These camps are centrally located or embedded in neighborhoods.  They are affordable and run throughout the summer.

 

 

Apple Camp: 

This is a free camp in Apple Store locations throughout the region.  Camp typically runs for 90 minutes/day for three consecutive days and includes instruction in imovie, garage band and other Apple favorites.  Participation includes screen time in the hip Apple Store, the finished project, and a t-shirt.  In our experience, kids on the younger age of the range are likely to get the most out of it.

 

 

Asian Arts Initiative Youth Arts Workshop: 

Based on a sliding scale with a suggested fee starting at $0, this arts camp has separate programming for middle schoolers (morning) and high schoolers (afternoon).  Youth in grades 6-12 work to create art while building critical thinking skills and community relationships.

 

Camp Save a Life

A free week-long camp held each year at Red Cross House for youth ages 10-14. Campers learn disaster preparedness techniques and leadership skills. Youth become certified in CPR and First Aid while gaining skills in swimming, leadership and communication. Most importantly, they have fun while learning how to keep their families safe!

 

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum Camp:

Spend time at the refuge this summer and earn YOUR Refuge Youth Conservation Award!  Campers explore the refuge’s wild habitats while learning about the plants, insects, and birds. Campers spend a significant time outside.  For ages 6-11 years old.  Snacks provided.  A donation of $10 per camper is suggested to assist Friends of Heinz Refuge in the costs.

 

Spells Writing Lab:

A free 6-week writing camp with morning sessions for ages 7–12 and afternoon sessions for ages 12–16. Each week-long program focuses on a different writing theme, such as adventure stories, songwriting, mysteries, or animation.  Campers find inspiration for stories through interactive games, group brainstorming sessions, and outdoor play. Students may sign up for individual weeks or for the entire 6-week session. Registration is free, but requires a refundable deposit of $25 per student.

 

Project Flow:  

Although it’s too late to apply for this year, keep this one on your radar.  Rising 9th graders in the city apply in early April for this free, fully time, 6 week summer program.  Participants explore and advocate for all things water.

 

 

Treehouse Books: 

This 4 week afternoon camp is just $25/week for children ages 7-13.  Campers are grouped by age, with younger children reading picture books and tweens and teens reading chapter books.  The texts are linked to Black History while also encouraging readers to explore Philadelphia.  For a full day camp experience, pair with the Neighborhood BikeWorks morning camp right next door.

 

Do you know of a free or low cost camp in the Philadelphia region?  If so, please add it below so that we can help connect kids and camps!

 

10 Comments
  1. THREE GREAT AND FREE PHILLY CAMP OPPORTUNITIES!

    1 – Camp Save a Life is a free week-long camp held each year at Red Cross House for youth ages 10-14. Camp Save-a-Life provides youth with the opportunity to learn valuable disaster preparedness techniques and leadership skills. Youth will become certified in CPR and First Aid while gaining skills in swimming, leadership and communication. Most importantly, they will have fun while learning how to keep their families safe! http://www.redcross.org/pa/philadelphia/local-services/youth-preparedness/camp-save-a-life

    2- Are you ready for Summer Camp FUN at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum? Spend time at the refuge this summer and earn YOUR Refuge Youth Conservation Award!
    Explore the refuges wild habitats while learning about the plants, insects, and birds. Campers should be prepared to spend a significant time outside.
    July 14th–17th for ages 6 – 8 years.
    July 28th–31st for ages 9 – 11 years.
    August 11th–14th for ages 9 – 11 years.
    Monday – Wednesday camp runs 9 am – 1 pm
    Thursday camp runs 9am – 3pm. Families welcome.
    Snacks will be provided during the week Monday through Wednesday. Lunch will be provided on Thursday. A donation of $10 per camper is suggested to assist Friends of Heinz Refuge in the costs. https://www.facebook.com/HeinzNWR/posts/830672666946119

    3- During the summer, Spells hosts a free 6-week writing camp with morning sessions for ages 7–12 and afternoon sessions for ages 12–16. Each week-long program focuses on a different writing theme, such as adventure stories, songwriting, mysteries, or animation. But our campers don’t just sit around writing all the time—we find inspiration for our stories through interactive games, group brainstorming sessions, and outdoor play. Students may sign up for individual weeks or for the entire 6-week session. Registration is free, but requires a refundable deposit of $25 per student. http://phillyspells.org/programs/summer-camp/

    • Thank you, Julia I added them to the list… I’d meant to include the Red Cross Camp and Spells, but hadn’t heard of the Heinz camp! Great additions!

  2. Girls Rock Philly’s Summer Camp, is a week-long program featuring instrument instruction, workshops, visiting artists, band practice, a showcase and a day in the studio recording their original songs. Tuition for Summer Camp is sliding scale: $50-$450.

  3. Thanks so very much I will be using this for this year and the year to come of they are still available net year this is a great opportunity for the children they are affordable as well. Thanks again for the excellent resources for camps have a great summer

  4. Where: St. Paul’s Baptist Church Community Center
    1018 Wallace St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

    When: August 11, 2014 through August 22, 2014

    Time: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM daily

    Activities: Bible study, arts and crafts, team challenge exercise, trips, and more!

    Cost: Only $10.00 administrative registration fee.

    For more information or to get an application, please contact Diane Monroe at 215-605-5618 or Eddie West at 215-921-8327. Applications available July 1, 2014t and must be submitted no later than July 26, 2014. Space is limited and on a first come – first served basis.

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