14 Local Camps Open this Summer

Elmwood Park Zoo’s summer camp. // Photo Courtesy of J. Cordes.


From in-person to online, kids can keep busy and learn new skills this summer.

In-Person Camps


Brandywine School of Wizardry

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Following CDC guidelines, campers ages 6-15 can learn reading skills and more during this summer camp. Sessions will run in June and July, with both full day and half days available. Campers can expect to learn about the wizarding world, including Quidditch, Care of Magical Creatures, and Potions. Three weeks of virtual workshops, or “Wizinars,” will also be available with live instruction via Zoom in June and July.

Multiple locations.

Camp Kef

From June 22 – Aug. 14, Camp Kef will offer an in-person day camp for children up to age 15. Activities include arts, sports, technology and theater. To help mitigate risks associated with the coronavirus, campers are required to register for four consecutive weeks or all eight weeks of camp.

45 Haverford Road, Wynnewood, (610) 896-7770. 

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Corinthian Yacht Club

Get out on the water this summer with Corinthian Yacht Club’s Junior Sailing Program. Open to kids ages 8-17, the program will run for seven weeks in July and August. Half day sessions are available for those under the age of 12. Its race camp will also run for two weeks in July.

300 W. 2nd St., Essington, (610) 521-4705.  

Elmwood Park Zoo

Learn about zookeeping, wildlife and their habitats at week-long camps for children ages 3-15. Held June through August, campers will explore the zoo and learn about conservation. To ensure safety during the pandemic, Elmwood Park Zoo will follow guidelines from the CDC, which include staff wearing masks, social distancing and extra cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.

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1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown, (800) 652-4143.

Engage Art Studio

For kids who enjoy art, Engage Art Studio is offering both in-person and virtual camps this summer. Sessions run from June through August. The two-week sessions cover myriad subjects like drawing, sculpture, painting and mixed media. For the in-person sessions, Engage Art Studio is undergoing daily disinfection of the studio spaces, offering individual art supplies and limiting contact between students and staff. The virtual camp will take place over Zoom.

1005 N. Gravel Pike, Schwenksville, (484) 968-3101.

Hedgerow Theatre

While observing social distancing guidelines, Hedgerow Theatre will hold in-person summer camps starting July 6. Campers can partake in half-day creative camps, performance camps and full day creative camps. This year’s performance camps will focus on either As You Like It or Moana Jr.

64 Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley, (610) 565-4211. 

Virtual Camps


Benchmark School

Current and incoming Benchmark School students in grades 1-6 can participate in online camps that cover language arts and math.

2107 N. Providence Road, Media, (610) 565-3741. 

Camp Pegasus

This summer, instead of its usual programing, Camp Pegasus is offering a virtual version of camp, with 2.5-hour daily sessions for children ages 6-16. Geared toward those with learning differences, camp will run from June 29 – Aug. 21 and includes subjects like art therapy, music therapy, theater, games and science.

600 Haverford Road, Haverford, (610) 649-1080.

Chester County Art Association

Get creative this summer with virtual visual arts camps from the Chester County Art Association. Dates for this summer will be announced in the coming weeks.

100 N. Bradford Ave., West Chester, (610) 696-5600.

Darlington Arts Center

Music, visual art, dance and drama are among the virtual camp offerings at Darling Arts Center this summer. Held over Zoom, children and adults of all skill levels can participate from home.

977 Shavertown Road, Garnet Valley, (610) 358-3632.  

Germantown Academy

Germantown Academy’s virtual summer camps includes many favorites like dance, music, visual arts, science, technology, sports and academics. Camps run in July and August and are open to ages 3-16. Expect creative activities like driveway basketball and origami stories.

340 Morris Road, Fort Washington, (267) 405-7321.

Girl Scouts Camp@Home

From July 6 to Aug. 7, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania will offer a virtual summer camp for grades K-12. The week-long sessions will be held over Zoom and consist of interactive and independent activities. Each week, participants will receive a camp kit full of fun activities based on age.

Merion Mercy Academy

Keep skills sharp this summer with online classes in SAT preparation, writing, science, math and pre-high school learning techniques. Open to grades 6-12, programs range from one to three weeks.

511 Montgomery Ave., Merion Station, (610) 664-6655.

Play by Play Sports Broadcasting

Typically held at Villanova University, Play by Play Sports Broadcasting is going virtual this summer. Camp will be held July 20-Aug. 7 and is open to children ages 10-18. During the Zoom sessions, campers will learn about the news broadcasting industry, train with top sports professionals, record play-by-play broadcasts and host their own sports talk radio show.

(800) 319-0884.

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