A coed Friends school, pre-K to 12, on 47 acres in East Falls, Philadelphia


Gaming Camp: Chess Club

Studying the lessons of the grandmasters, and fine-tuning you openings, middle games and endgames.

June 20-23 (4 days)
9am - 3:30pm
All children ages 8-14

Please note:  Penn Charter Summer Camps are closed on June 19, Juneteenth.

Tuition: $450
Deposit required: $450

Space is limited to 16.

Program Highlights
In addition to playing tournament-style recorded chess with chess clocks, campers will also analyze and assess their games, studying the games and lessons of the grandmasters, and fine-tuning their openings, middle games and endgames.

All gaming camps focus on fostering rigorous, self-motivated growth within students in all areas of their personal growth. Chess Camps focuses on enjoyment and empathy first, with the goal of nurturing our natural desire for discovery, knowledge, insight, understanding and play through games.

Camp Staff
Carlos Santiago has been teaching scholastic chess and sharing the joy and excitement of chess for more than 10 years. He has taught at area schools, including Penn Charter, as well as providing individual and group private coaching. Carlos is also a professional violinist and brings planning and practice techniques learned in music preparation to learning chess.  


2023 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: 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. 

Specialty Camps Welcome Letter

Contact Information
If you read the Specialty Camps Welcome Letter above and still have questions, contact:
Ari Baker, Director of Specialty Camps
215-844-3460 ext. 279
Summer Camps Office
215-844-3460 ext. 364