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Miquon School of fers wooded day camp minutes from Philadelphia Pre Camp Vacation Daycare ocated in a 10-acre wooded (June 18-22) valley just outside Northwest Week 1 – Monday, June 25 Philadelphia, Miquon offers a Friday, June 29 rustic setting where children have Week 2 – Monday, July 2 that summer camp experience of Friday, July 6 (Wednesday, July yesteryear. Miquon, 2025 Harts 4 is a holiday) Lane, Conshohocken is close Week 3 – Monday, July 9 enough to be accessible to many Friday, July 13 Philadelphia city and suburban Week 4 – Monday, July 16 neighborhoods, while feeling just Friday, July 20 far enough away from home. RegisWeek 5 – Monday, July 23 Friday, July 27 tration for Miquon Day Camp is Week 6 – Monday, July 30 open to children ages 4-11, enterFriday, August 3 ing preschool-6th grade. Your child Week 7 – Monday, August 6 – may attend from 1-8 weeks; conFriday, August 10 secutive weeks are recommended Week 8 – Monday, August 13 – but not required. Friday, August 17 2018 Summer Season -Enrollment for Summer 2018 is open Post Camp Vacation Daycare now. Pre and Post Camp Vacation (August 20-24, August 27-31) Daycare openings are available.

Daily Routine Camp runs 9:00 am – 3:15 pm, Monday-Friday. After Camp Care is available until 6:00 pm at an additional charge. Miquon Day Camp officially begins the day with a gathering at the Playbarn. After a morning song or game, and announcement, campers are dismissed to start their day of activities. Schedules have been developed for each bunk providing a balance between structured activities and choice time. Because we believe strongly in the importance of selfdirected play, we are sure to provide time each day for campers to choose where and how they would like to play. Campers often chose to play on one of our playgrounds, explore the creek or join a club for the day. During the week, campers have special activities which include, Arts and Crafts, Athletics, Drama, Music, and Nature. Twice each day bunks will visit the Pool; in the morning for instructional swim and a free swim in the afternoon. Bus transportation is provided for children 5 years and older. If your family is not using transportation, you may drop off your child(ren) on campus as early as 8:00 am. Informal supervision is provided. Pick up time is between 3:30-3:40 pm (after the buses leave the campus).


Take a Tour Tours are offered on weekends beginning in January of each year. Attending a tour is a great way to meet the senior camp staff, become familiar with the campus, and ask any questions you may have regarding the camp. Please contact us to register for a tour. Submit your Application Be sure to reserve your child’s spot no later than March 18 to receive special early bird discount pricing. Visit our Camp Application and Fees Page to enroll today. Visit:

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Top ten things you never knew about camp


amp has become a staple of the summer season. Each year, millions of children, youth, and adults head to the hills, lakes, valleys, and parks to participate in the time-honored tradition of camp. And, while most people easily conjure up images of campfires and canoes, there is a lot more to the camp experience. Here are ten of the things you may not have known about the camp experience. 10. Camp is older than dirt, almost literally. Started in 1861, the camp experience turned an impressive 150 years young in 2011. The secret behind the longevity? “One hundred and fiftyfive years later, there is a camp for every child,” said Tom Rosenberg, president and chief executive officer for the American Camp Association® (ACA). “from specialized camps to general, traditional camps, the essence of the camp experience is stronger than ever.” 9. Camp is worth its weight in gold, and then some! The camp experience is life-changing – developing friendships and memories that last well beyond the final campfire. And, there is a camp for literally every budget. Often camps offer special pricing or financial assistance, and some camp experiences qualify for tax credits or for payment with pre-tax dollars. Visit for more information. 8. Green is “zen.” Research shows that first-hand experience with nature, like those at camp, reduce stress in children and help them better handle stress in the future. In addition to teaching children how to be good stewards of the environment, camps are teaching children how to enjoy the world around them and take a minute to breathe deep and feel the nature, which ultimately teaches them how to de-stress the natural way. 7. Mommies and Daddies do it too. Camp is not just for children and youth. There are family camp experiences, and camps for single adults, senior adults, and any adult that wants to relax and enjoy all camp has to offer. Adults benefit from the same sense of community, authentic relationships, and selfdiscovery that children do. Camp is an excellent vacation option, allowing adults to try a variety of new activities in a safe and fun environment. 6. Try this on for size! Camp is a great place to try new activities and hobbies. Afraid of rock walls? According to ACA research, 74 percent of campers reported that they tried new activities at camp that they were afraid to do at first. And, those activities often leave lasting impressions. In the same survey, 63 percent of parents reported that their child continued new activities from camp after returning home.

5. Manners matter, and often linger. The camp experience teaches more than just archery or lanyard making. The entire experience is made of teachable moments, perhaps one of the biggest is how to live with a group of people. Campers learn to pick up after themselves, respect each other’s property, and to say “Please” and “Thank You.”

4. Veggies taste better with friends. Hollywood and fictional novels may have given camp food a

Contact Public Relations at 765.346.3391 or to interview an ACA spokesperson or for more information about preparing for camp. For customizable public service announcements or article reprints, visit our Media Center at

bad reputation, but in truth, camps are constantly exploring healthy food options, and often are at the forefront of things like allergy specific diets, healthy snack options, and vegetarian meals. According to ACA’s 2011 Emerging Issues survey, 90.7 percent of responding camps indicated that healthy eating and physical activity was an important or very important issue. 3. If everyone else went to camp, maybe there’s something to it! Camp has played an important role in the lives of some of the most talented people in history. ACA’s family resource site offers a list of notable campers – including business professionals, celebrities, artists, and great thinkers. 2. Camp gets those neurons pumping! Education reform debate and concern over summer learning loss have pushed academic achievement into the spotlight. Research shows that participation in intentional programs, like camp, during summer months helps stem summer learning loss. In addition, camp provides ample opportunity for developmental growth, which is a precursor to academic achievement. And, because of the “handson” nature of camp, often children

who struggle in traditional educa- 150 years. “Camp gives children and youth the critical tools they tion settings do well at camp. will need to become successful 1. Camp builds leaders for the adults,” said Rosenberg. For more information on preparing 21st century and beyond! Independence, resiliency, teamwork, your child for an independent, funproblem-solving skills, and the filled summer, visit ACA’s family ability to relate to other people — resource page at Or, these are the skills that tomorrow’s follow ACA on Facebook and Twitleaders will need, and the skills ter for helpful hints and camp inforcamp has been adept at building for mation.

About ACA The American Camp Association® (ACA) is a national organization with more than 10,000 individual members and nearly 3,000 member camps. ACA is committed to collaborating with those who believe in quality camp and outdoor experiences for children, youth, and adults. ACA provides advocacy and evidence-based education and professional development, and is the only national accrediting body for the organized camp experience. ACA accredits approximately 2,400 diverse camps nationally. ACA-Accredited® Camps meet up to 300 health and safety standards. Accreditation provides public evidence of a camp’s commitment to the health, safety, and overall well-being of both campers and staff. For more information, visit Reprinted by permissionReprinted by permission of the American Camp Association. ©2018 American Camping Association, Inc.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Flourtown Swim Club – more than 50 years of summer fun


he Flourtown Swim Club was established in 1961 as a summer recreation facility for the growing community. It was an escape for families and the community during the hot summer months. The ample space, parklike setting, and great sense of community immediately made it a jewel of Springfield Township. For the next several decades, FSC continued to grow as the community grew. Generations of families found summer happiness at FSC. In the early 1990s, FSC added a feature that no other local summer pool could boast: pool heaters. Its Main Pool, Diving Well, and Baby Pool could now be a consistent temperature from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Members no longer had to wait until August for a warm pool! Also, in the early 1990s the “Big Slide” was added. This slide has undergone numerous upgrades

and retrofittings as the years have gone by, but the thrills it provides people of all ages have remained constant. The summer of 2005 saw an additional pool (the Upper Pool) added to the facility, along with a pavilion for member use. This new, heated pool easily became a favorite for members. Its size makes it ideal for younger children and families. In the summer of 2012, a new slide was added to the Upper Pool. This slide is a preference for children who aren’t quite ready for the Big Slide. In 2008, Flourtown Swim Club underwent the biggest transformation in its 47-year history to date: new ownership took over bringing with it the Flourtown Summer Day Camp. Originally affiliated with Gwynedd Mercy University, the Flourtown Summer Day Camp is a

traditional Summer Day Camp with Educational Leadership. Its designed to provide every child with a positive experience and lifelong memories. The day camp provides a healthy and safe atmosphere where each camper can enjoy a wide variety of activities. Its goal is to instill the values of respect for others, honesty, and good sportsmanship. The Instructors/Teachers direct the campers’ activities and fun and learning is promoted in a non-competitive atmosphere. FSDC’s highly experienced staff includes local Professional/Certified Educators, Coaches (Collegiate, High School, and Youth), Certified Swim Instructors and Lifeguards, Senior and Junior Counselors, Specialty Staff, and Office Personnel. All create the nurturing atmosphere that is FSDC and many staff members are former campers!

The pool at Flourtown Swin Club.

FSDC was an immediate success and reinvented FSC. More than ever, FSC now offered something for all ages. Children love the camp, swim team, the Big Slide and Diving Board, space, and playground. Adults love the camp and the experience it provides their children, the beautiful grounds, and affordable membership rates. Dottie Welch, who celebrated her 50th summer at FSC in 2014, remarked, “This place is simply the best.” Dottie’s family, which now includes grandchildren, all have grown up with the tradition of going to FSC during the summer.

Summer 2015 marked FSC’s 54th year providing summer recreation to the community. Its staff and ownership remain committed to providing a quality summer experience for all members and maintaining the legacy of FSC. For more on Flourtwon Swim Club’s summer day camp, see The club will hold two day camp open houses in the near future. The first will be on Saturday, February 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The second will be held on Saturday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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ESF Camps in Chestnut Hill of fer enriched day camp experiences for older campers


SF has been running summer programs around the Philadelphia area for more than 35 years. From sports to learning labs, there are many programs close to home this summer. The Senior Camper program, for children age 9 15 is located at Norwood-Fontbonne Academy, 8891 Germantown Ave. Senior campers reach new heights through innovative, weekly “true life adventures” (see below). They will enjoy fun, award-winning activities: art, swimming, team-building, sports, fencing, fitness and dance, archery, Gaga, service learning initiatives, Oracle Games and more! For more information on this program and the myriad other ESF offerings for all ages, visit TRUE LIFE ADVENTURES

Week of July 23-27 Digital Photography: Inspired by the Masters See the world through a new lens as you study the works and styles of famous master photographers. Explore photography techniques, learn about digital camera functionality and gain hands-on experience while taking photographs that are inspired by the Masters. Mat and display your favorite photograph at the Gallery Exhibition on the last day. Week of July 30-Aug 3 Camp Carnival, Circus Skills and Magic One of our most-anticipated traditions in Senior Camp, you will have the opportunity to design and build a Carnival from the ground up. Learn face painting techniques and how to create balloon animals. Become proficient in juggling, clowning and sleight of hand magic tricks. Finalize your Carnival booths and practice your performance skills in preparation for the ESF offers Tennis Camp at Chestnut Hill College 9601 Germantown Ave. ESF Tennis exciting Main Event hosted for Camp caters to all levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced players develop their Day Campers on the last day! strokes, while improving their game in our uniquely designed camp. Full day and morn-

and improve your speed! Once you have memorized the algorithms and practiced your moves, you and your “fast-moving fingers” will be ready to compete in the first-ever ESF Speedcubing Competition on the last day! Are you up for the challenge? Week of Aug 13-17 Songwriting & Digital Music Production Explore music fundamentals and enjoy daily “jam sessions” with a professional producer. Compose and record your own hit songs with high-tech, multi-media technology using the Garage Band and MadPad apps on an iPad. For the grand finale, perform at the annual “ESF Music Awards”. Friends and family are invited to attend.

Week of Aug 20-24 Outdoor Adventure: Rockwall Conquer a towering Rockwall with challenges designed for each skill level, under the watchful eye of an experienced instructor. This journey will lead you down the road of self-discovery, as you participate in teambuilding initiatives, collaboraing sessions available. See: tive problem-solving activities and Week of Aug 6-10 Speedcubing: Learn How and learn what it takes to solve walk you through the process one exercises designed to develop and to Solve the Rubik’s Cube! everyone’s favorite puzzle: The step at a time. If you are a more enhance the leader in you! Ready, Set, Go! Can you solve Rubik’s Cube. If you are new to the experienced Cuber, this is your Week of June 25-29 Color Splash: A Tie Dyed TLA “the Cube”? Unlock the secrets sport or a puzzle enthusiast, we will opportunity to refine your skills If you like Tie-dye and DIY, then this TLA is for you! During this color-filled week, you will get your “groovy on” and flash back to the 1960’s, as you explore the process of “Tie dye”. From spirals to circles, straight lines and stripes, the design possibilities will be endless. With brilliant colors, experiments and projects from head to toe, you will explore techniques to help you tie dye like a pro!

Week of June 18-22 Acting and Improv Discover your inner actor! With the guidance of an acting coach, participate in theater games, drama exercises, and creative activities designed to expand your speaking, acting, improvisation and comedic skills! Friends and family are invited to an “Afternoon of Improv & Sketch Comedy” on the last day!

Week of July 2-6 Superheroes and Comic Book Design Do you dream of having superpowers like Spiderman or Wonder Woman? Embark on an exciting journey and discover the art of the comic strip, the history of the comics industry and the origins of superheroes/heroines. Learn about the archetypes of comic strip characters and discover creative drawing techniques that evoke emotion and action. Create the perfect setting and fictional universe for your story to unfold. In addition to your comic strip creation, you and your team will create a life-sized version of your comic strip’s main character to shine in the spotlight at ESF’s “Camp Comic-Con” on the final day. Week of July 9-13 Found Sound Bucket Band Traditional, concert, and street styles of percussion meet for a funfilled musical expression that will result in new compositions, creative insights into music-making and maybe even new dance forms. Play and write folk inspired drum ‘beats’ and learn important musical lessons such as internalization of tempos and improvisation while playing music together. Buckets and found instruments will add to a variety of timbres and ensembles, and aid in producing inventive rhythms. Friends and family are invited to attend “A Symphony of Found Sound” on the last day! Week of July 16-20 Engineering C02 Rockets Soar to new heights while exploring the laws of motion and the physics of rocket flight. After constructing your solid-fuel propelled rocket, prepare for lift-off! With altitude trackers in hand, launch pads in place and mission control in command, get ready for the Rocket Launch!

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Why day camp? by Marla Coleman


hildren learn life skills that become habits of the heart. Another mother wrote that the family was on a ski trip. The son got to the top of a steep hill and started to panic. The mom said, “What would you do if you were at camp?” and he proceeded to engage himself in positive self-talk that was part of the camp culture: “It may take time, it may be hard; but stick with it, and you’ll be fine!” He skied down with a huge sense of accomplishment and perseverance.

It’s tough to be a kid these days. It’s tough to be a parent. In a society where the nature of the family, the work place, and the community have changed dramatically, we can no longer assume that the natural process of growing up will provide children the experiences and the resources they need to become successful, contributing adults. In sharp contrast to the traditions of growing up in the 50s and 60s, today we live in the first moment when humans receive more of their information second-hand than first! We are in a climate where it is harder to know

what we need to survive, so drawing on experiences that give children healthy alternatives and opportunities to instill capabilities, the hallmarks of thriving, is the greatest gift you can give a young child. Does it really matter if my child doesn’t go to day camp, especially since she will go to overnight camp in a few years? She is only four years old — why does she need day camp? Camp provides one of the very few links with a world larger than the consumer culture we inhabit — and day camp is one important choice in a quiver of options. The camp expe-

rience helps children and youth develop an appreciation of their place and their responsibility in a much larger universe. A preschooler — or even an older child who might be reluctant to go to overnight camp — can join a community that is created especially for her to practice growing up. Why wait until age ten when the benefits of feeling connected and being able to contribute and navigate at an earlier age can be reaped? Under the supervision of inspiring guides and passionate coaches, children can feel successful and make new friends while having the time of their lives; they can experience belonging and contribution; they can have a sense of consistency and predictability in times of turbulence and change. Day camp can begin as early as age three, and is geared to children who get to experience camp and still return home each evening! They have the best of both worlds — the camp community which is built exclusively for kids and their own home which provides the security they need at a tender age. One day camp parent said, “While my children and I are constantly bombarded by the news which is focused on what is wrong with the world, camp is a living example of what is right.” Day camp is a terrific first experi-

ence. Reminiscent of less complicated days, when people connected with nature, thrived on inter-generational relationships, and made new discoveries, everything is designed and scaled to ensure that children feel included, cared about, and capable. Beginning camp at an early age provides important advantages. Camp is the best demonstration of moral and spiritual order — democracy is the core purpose. Children learn life skills and behaviors that become habits of the heart. While many then move on to overnight camp, others will be content to continue the day camp experience: after all, there is a camp for everyone — and that might well be day camp! To learn more about camp and child development, please visit the American Camp Association’s family-dedicated Web site: or call the toll-free number 1-800-428-CAMP (2267). Reprinted by permission of the American Camp Association. ©2018 American Camping Association, Inc. Marla Coleman is the parent liaison at Camp Echo in Burlingham, New York. A past president of the American Camp Association, she is a co-owner of Coleman Family Camps, which includes Camp Echo and Coleman Country Day Camp.

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Penn Charter Summer Camp celebrates 50 years A Q&A with Charlie Kaesshaefer, director of Penn Charter Summer Camp, who reflects on summer camps past and present.


enn Charter Summer Camp is celebrating its 50th year. Tell me about your first year as a junior camp counselor 50 years ago. When I was a sophomore at PC and interested in becoming a teacher, the director of our brand new day camp told me I could be a junior counselor but he couldn’t put me on the payroll. Forty campers and 10 counselors did tennis, archery, art, music, swimming, sports and games. Our big events were the counselor hunt, capture the flag, and the carnival. We’ve continued these classic activities for 50 years. At the end of the summer I did get paid—$25. The director wrote a note that said: “I hope you’ll come back next year.” What are some of the things you love most about Summer Camp? I love watching the kids make new friends and try new activities that build confidence. I love watching friendships develop between kids and their counselors. Many of our campers develop an interest in working with children and later apply to be counselors. Often, this is their first job experience, and I have the privilege of mentoring them.

making make great use of the lab’s technology. You are a longtime teacher as well as summer camp director. What does traditional Day Camp do for the development of a child?

Kids get to interact with each other in a safe, positive and fun environment on a beautiful 47-acre campus in Philadelphia. Being outside for much of the day is important for their physical, social and

emotional development. While they get to take part in some of the traditional camp activities that we have offered for 50 years, they also get to try new things and mix it up with new camps. They get to expe-

rience healthy competition between bunks and color-contest teams, as well as challenge themselves by trying to make it to the next level in archery, tennis and swimming.

How do you keep Summer Camp fresh? Each year we have a different summer theme, and we plan many of our activities, special events and trips around it. Our core group of counselors has been with us for decades in many cases, and yet we add new counselors each year who bring new ideas and renewed energy. What are some of the best summer themes over the years? Some of the most successful have been the Great Outdoors, Winter Wonderland and Olympic Summer. My personal favorite is Tropical Paradise. We trucked in 50 tons of sand to build a “beach” where we held most of our special events like a sand-sculpting contest, a treasure hunt and beach volleyball. During a trip to Independence Seaport Museum, the kids learned about pirates and Philadelphia seaport history. Fifty years ago there was only Day Camp. Today there are more than 25 camps. Why so many specialty camps? Growing beyond the basic day camp is a national trend. Kids have more varied interests, so we offer specific camps, everything from theater to tech, science to sports. Campers can still enroll in the traditional Day Camp but can also mix and match with some specialty camps. How do you come up with ideas for a new specialty camp? PC teachers often propose—and run—specialty camps, such as Drone, Science Invention, and Science Engineering camps. Innovations at PC such as the IdeaLab have helped spark new camps: Animation, MineCraft and Film-




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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Burn Brae Day Camp: innovation, imagination, exploration


or 37 years, Burn Brae Day Camp has been dedicated to enriching children’s lives through the exploration of creative and performance arts, technology, science, pastry arts, sports, swim, and much more on a beautiful, spacious property that is well shaded with air-conditioned facilities in Upper Dublin Township, Montgomery County, with door-to-door

transportation throughout Montgomery, Bucks, and Philadelphia Counties. Burn Brae Day Camp offers a uniquely tailored program for boys and girls ages 3-15. Each camper is exposed to multiple areas of interests each day, in a warm, nurturing, noncompetitive atmosphere. Burn Brae Day Camp is committed to providing individual attention to all of its campers while developing each

child’s distinctive gifts -- those already known and still to be discovered. One of the many reasons for Burn Brae’s success over the past 36 years is due to the wide range of programs and activities offered to its campers in a safe and relaxing environment. These programs include: Campers from 3 to 6 years old experience many enriching activities in a carefully planned group

schedule, led by nurturing certified teachers, that balances age-appropriate fun with social skills, outdoor recreation and rest. Their comprehensive weekly schedule, taught by specialists, encourages the development of important social skills such as sharing, problem solving and communication. Pre-Major campers participate in the visual and performing arts, instrumental instruction, science, yoga, swim and sports instruction, French, technology, cooking and much more. Campers age 7 to 8 may choose the Step-Up Program, which will allow children to transition into the more independent Junior Program. Campers age 7 - 15 (Juniors and Seniors) grouped by age, choose their own activities to create an individually tailored schedule that reflects their current interests and the ability to explore new opportunities while feeling independent. A wide variety of Majors and Minors are offered including creative and performing arts, instrumental instruction, swim lessons, pastry arts, robotics, computer animation, movie production, science, archery, tennis, nature, rocketry, all sports, fashion design and much more.

Campers age 13 to 15 may elect Teen Quest, a program for teens to enjoy many camp activities while also gaining valuable skills necessary for today’s world. Each week they will attend a rotating group activity: leadership skills workshops, on-site community service (can qualify for National Honor Society community service hours), career exploration workshops, motivational guest speakers, writing, producing, recording podcasts and on-site internships. Burn Brae Day Camp’s highly qualified and caring staff members are experts in their own fields. Their certified teachers are educational professionals, highly trained artists and performers who nurture and develop each campers’ creative gifts. In addition to Burn Brae’s Summer Camp Program, other classes and workshops are offered all year round including archery lessons, Rock Band Jam sessions and acting classes. Each month, Burn Brae Day Camp offers tours and informational sessions at their Open Houses, which are listed on their website along with registration materials –


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Germantown Academy Day Camp and Summer Programs, explore 126 acres of fun


ermantown Academy Day Camp and Summer Programs in Fort Washington, PA has been offering campers in the Greater Philadelphia area opportunities to learn, play, and grow for 49 years. With more than 50 specialized camps for children ages 3-16, GA continues to provide a safe and picturesque environment for campers to make lifelong memories and friendships. A traditional day camp experience remains the foundation of summers at GA, where campers entering 1st through 6th Grade can take advantage of a wide variety of art, science, games, and nature activities. The Wissahickon Creek runs right through campus, providing a perfect backdrop for fishing, canoe rides, and wildlife exploration. Day Camp also features frequent visits to The Adventure Course, an expansive combination of high and low rope elements, balance challenges, a giant swing, and a thrilling zip line ride across the creek. Instructional and recreational swimming in the indoor pool and field trips off campus round out this

benchmark program. Day Camp runs week to week, so there’s plenty of opportunity to mix in specialty camps such as Coding, Rocketry, Kids Kitchen, and Art Quest. For older campers, Explorers Camp offers daily field trips and Teen Caravans take off for full-week excursions! Plus, the Belfry Musical Theatre camp is presenting “Mary Poppins Jr.” this year, with public performances on July 19 and 20. For campers aged 3-5, GA has a full slate of age-appropriate programs led by experienced early childhood professionals. Itty Bitty Camp offers a flexible transitional program for 3year-olds, and Adventurers Camp provides both traditional day and specially themed programs for 4- and 5-year-olds. Sports Camps are also offered throughout the summer, with specific weeks for baseball, basketball, field hockey, football, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track, and wrestling. Each sports camp is run by GA Varsity coaches and players. Visit for program and registration information, or call 267-405-7321 to schedule a tour. A summer of fun awaits!


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Waldorf School of fers summer day camp options for younger children


ur Makers Camp is designed for children entering 1st grade to 3rd grade. It’s a whole new way to discover the joys of summer.

1st - 3rd Grade Meander through forests, hike in the Wissahickon, and learn from local urban farmers. Beekeeping, herb tea making, and urban farming are all elements of our weekly

themes. Feed your child’s imagination and sense of wellbeing and immerse them in the natural world. The camp runs for four weeks, from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Week 1: Printing with Nature (June 18-22): Campers will create a journal using three or more different printing techniques. Campers will keep a journal throughout the week. Your child will learn how to tye dye using only natural colors. Week 2: On the Farm (June 2529): Campers will create a flower pot to take home, learn about bees, pollination, and participate in an insect scavenger hunt. Campers will work together to create a group project using "hive culture". Campers will make pickles from garden produce. Week 3: Plants are Medicine (July 2-6): Your child will collect and dry herbs in order to make a delicious tea and salve. Campers will cook with plants, spices, and herbs that produce medicinal foods. Campers will go on a plant walk and collection hike, building their own edible weed collections. Sun prints will amaze and delight. Week 4: The Magical Natural World (July 9-13): Make a fairy house to take home and build ones in nature. Campers will create their own felted wool fairies, they will also complete a bird feeder project. Campers will wonder at the technique of Ikat dying. Cost: $300/week Early Bird Special: $275 if application is received by March 1st See: For children between 3 and 5 years old, Waldrof offers “summer:garten,” or Honeysuckle Camp Immerse your child in nature. Imagine summer days filled with song, story-telling, handmade crafts and forest treasures – with plenty of time to play, create and dream in our beautiful, sprawling historic campus

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at 6000 Wayne Avenue. Honeysuckle Camp models the gentle rhythm of the Waldorf Kindergarten program by lovingly nourishing a child's developing coordination, cooperation and creativity. Each session offers a theme that explores nature or one of the four elements. Camp runs for eight weeks, from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Tuition includes includes snack, activities, free play and wholesome, unplugged summer fun. Weeks 1 & 2: Grow a Garden (June 18-29) Through story, song and walks in nature we will discover all the green and growing things that abound. Campers will help tend the early childhood herb garden and grow a small herb garden of their own. We will make tea with peppermint and bake bread with rosemary. Weeks 3 & 4: Summer Sun (July 2-July 13): In celebration of the summer solstice we will explore the element of fire and light. Children will help build a bonfire, hear tales about fireflies, and explore light and darkness by playing with their shadows and making shadow puppets. Weeks 5 & 6: By the Sea(July 1627): The children will delight in stories and songs about the sea and the creatures that inhabit it. We will build boats to play on both inside and outside and make fishing poles and sew some fish to catch. Weeks 7 & 8: Blessed Bees(July 30-August 10): The wonder and beauty of the miraculous honeybee will be experienced through movement, stories, and song and we will share the bees’ precious gifts of honey and beeswax. Campers will wet felt a honeybee and model a beehive with beeswax. Cost: $300/week. Early Bird Special: $275 if application is received by March 1. See:

Camp and Summer Program Guide 2018  
Camp and Summer Program Guide 2018