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Day Camp: Celebrating 50 Years

The best in old-fashioned fun using the newest facilities.
Register online! (Read Enrollment Information on the right.)

7 weeks | June 18-Aug. 3
9 am-3:30 pm
Boys and girls ages 3-14

Also available:
Extended day

$2,765 for entire 7-week session
$2,370 any 6 weeks
$1,975 any 5 weeks
$1,580 any 4 weeks
$1,185 any 3 weeks
$790 any 2 weeks
$395 single week
Deposit required: $100 per week enrolled

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This year, Penn Charter Day Camp is celebrating its 50th summer.

The camp is open to boys and girls ages three through 14 (younger children must be toilet-trained). 

The fundamental purpose of the Penn Charter Day Camp is to provide a happy, productive summer for children. The companionship of peers and the leadership of trained counselors attuned to the physical, social and emotional needs of children enrich the experience.

Activities include: daily instructional swim, free swim, tennis, art, archery, music, dance, drama, sports, games, cooking, electives, summer theme, trips, guest performers, color team contests.

Camp StaffChris Burnett and Charlie Kaesshaefer
Charlie Kaesshaefer, a member of Penn Charter’s Lower School faculty who has been associated with the Day Camp for 50 years, is responsible for its daily operation. Assistant Director Chris Burnett is also a member of the Lower School faculty and has been teaching at the camp for more than 20 years. They are assisted by a qualified group of counselors made up of professional educators, college-age students and some high school-age students as junior counselors and counselors-in-training. The camp’s excellent staff is one of its greatest strengths. 

Senior Bunk
This program is designed for the experienced camper who is ready for more challenging activities. Campers age 12 and/or entering seventh grade (fall 2018) will enjoy this program designed for young adolescents. Offerings include traditional camp activities such as tennis, archery, cooking, basketball and swimming, as well as a creative arts component and weekly trips. Past outings have involved tubing, rock climbing, biking, baseball games, go-cart racing and visits to amusement parks and nature centers.

Counselor-in-Training Program
Campers who enroll in this program must be at least 13 years old and/or entering eighth or ninth grade (fall 2018). Counselors-in-training (CITs) will spend some of their time assisting camp staff and developing their individual skills as beginning counselors. Age-appropriate programming includes swimming, tennis, archery, art, drama, cooking and weekly trips to exciting destinations. In addition, campers will explore opportunities for service learning in the nearby community. Teenagers enrolled as CITs need to be available for most of the seven-week session. The fee for this program is the same as the rest of Day Camp. This year’s CITs may be eligible for full-time employment next season as junior counselors. In order to be considered for employment the following year, you must have completed at least four weeks of camp, yet priority is given to those who have completed seven weeks of camp.

The SwimAmerica Program will once again be featured at Penn Charter Day Camp. Swim lessons follow a step-by-step format that allows each child to progress at his or her own pace. This goal-driven, technique-oriented program also focuses on endurance, drown prevention and water safety. Developed by swimming coaches, SwimAmerica is the only learn-to-swim program endorsed by the American Swimming Coaches Association. For more information, visit or call Kevin Berkoff at 215-844-3460 ext. 179.

Lunch Option
Don't feel like packing lunch in the summertime? Try our lunch option. Campers will be served a nutritious and balanced meal with various choices. Daily offerings will include one entree (salad, sandwich or grill item) one small drink, and one snack or fruit. Cost: $6/day, $30/week. Campers are encouraged to sign up in advance if interested in this option, although cash “drop-ins” will be accepted. The lunch option is not available for Junior Bunks (most three-, four- and five-year-olds). No refunds/credits for missed days/weeks. 

Extended-Day Program
Interested families may enroll in the extended-day option when registering. Campers may enroll in the Early-Bird Program, the After-Camp Program or both. Families who need this service occasionally or in an emergency must contact the director, and cash payment must be received the day the service is provided.
Note: The After-Camp Program is not held on the last day of camp, Aug. 3.
Prices listed below apply to advanced registration only. Drop-ins accepted on a daily basis without registration for a cash fee of $15 per day, per program.

Early-Bird Program
Hours  Drop off any time between 7:30 and 8:45 a.m.
Cost  $6/day, $30/week

After-Camp Program
Hours  3:30-5:45 p.m. Pick up any time before 5:45 p.m.
Cost  $11/day, $55/week
Snack and supervised activities included. 
A late fee of $1 per minute will be charged for pick-up after 5:45 p.m.

Transportation can be provided for campers ages five and older from Center City and some surrounding communities. However, our provisions for your child’s transportation do have limits. Once an application has been submitted, any changes to pickup and drop-off locations must be e-mailed well in advance, and a $25 administrative fee will be charged. Friends of campers may not ride the buses unless they have signed up in advance for transportation. We ask your cooperation in registering early for this extra service.
Round-trip $100/week; one-way $50/week

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2018 Enrollment Information for Day Camp, Sports Camp, Performing Arts Camp

Enrollment is limited, so please register early. A nonrefundable deposit of $100 per week enrolled in Day Camp or Sports Camp is due at the time of registration. For Performing Arts Camp, the nonrefundable deposit is $400. We accept credit card, money order, cash or check payable to William Penn Charter School. There is also a nonrefundable $25 registration fee for each applicant (whether attending one or multiple camps). Full payment is due by June 1. Payments made after June 1 must be in the form of credit card, money order or cash. A $25 administrative fee will be charged for any changes made to the application after it has been submitted, including transportation changes.

The camp fee covers all regularly scheduled activities, including camp T-shirt and Friday treats. Trips may involve additional costs. Campers who do not choose the lunch option must provide their own lunch, including a beverage. Ice cream is available for purchase in the afternoon.

Penn Charter Day Camp, Drone Camp, Sports Camp and Performing Arts Camp will be closed Wednesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

All campers must have a physical examination prior to camp. Print and complete this medical form for each camper and returned to the summer camp office before the first day of camp.

Welcome letters are available here or on our registration site:
Day Camp welcome letter
Sports Camp welcome letter
Performing Arts Camp welcome letter 

Day Camp overnight letter (Bunks E F, G) (to come)

Contact Information

If you have questions, contact:
Charles Kaesshaefer, Director
Penn Charter Summer Camps
215-844-3460 ext. 364

Penn Charter

A Friends School for Girls and Boys, Pre-K to 12

3000 West School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144 215.844.3460
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