Beginner Chess Camp


Starting with the basics and advancing towards a final tournament, players will learn all that they need to confidently play chess.

Best positioning as well as opening, middle and end game strategies will be demonstrated and taught. “Chess puzzles” and fun chess games will also be used to help players develop mindful strategies. Learn to love chess in one week!

July 6-9
Boys and girls ages 6-9


Tuition: $395
Deposit required: $395

Space is limited to 14. Minimum of 12.

Camp Staff
Kathleen McMurray directs this camp. Kathy was director of the After-School Program at Penn Charter for 34 years, and began working at PC’s Enrichment Camp in 2010, excited to share her love for the game of chess as well as her enjoyment and fascination with construction. Kathy has taught beginner chess at Enrichment Camp and at the After-School Program for the past 10 years, helping students have fun while learning to think like strategic chess players. 


2021 Enrollment Information for One-Week Specialty Camps

Enrollment is limited, so please register early. Full payment is due at time of registration in order to hold a spot for your child and is nonrefundable. We accept credit card, money order or check payable to William Penn Charter School. If registering after June 1, full payment is due in the form of a credit card or money order. 

Please note: This year we are not able to offer a lunch option or extended-day. Campers must bring their own lunch, including a beverage.

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

By registering, campers and their families agree that should they develop any symptoms in the weeks leading up to camp or during camp, (or have exposure to persons who are ill with covid-19 symptoms) they will immediately and voluntarily withdraw from participation in the camp until they have confirmed negative test results and are cleared by a physician. If there are any exposures during our camp, PC’s on-site nurse will conduct contact tracing and families will be notified of any concerns. 

Welcome letters for our specialty camps are available here and on our registration site:

Science Stem Camp 
Science Discovery Camp 
Robotics Camp (to come)
Junior Robotics Camp 
Girls Empowerment Camp 
Minecraft SurvivalCraft Academy 
Minecraft SurvivalCraft Virtual (to come)
Beginner Chess Camp 
Intermediate/Advanced Chess Camp
Young Architects 

Contact Information
If you have questions, contact:

April Witherspoon, Director of Specialty Camps
215-844-3460 ext. 177
Summer Camps Office
215-844-3460 ext. 364