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


Gaming Camp: Chess Club and Board Games

Fostering rigorous, self-motivated growth through chess and other games.

Two sessions offered.
Session 1: June 17-21 (4 days)
Session 2: June 24-28 (5 days)
8:30am - 2:30pm
Session 3: July 1-3 (3 days)
Session 4: July 8-12 (5 days)
Session 5: July 15-19 (5 days)
Session 6: July 22-26 (5 days)

All children ages 8-14


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

Drop-off begins at 8:15 am in the Middle School circle (Coulter Street entrance), and pickup is no later than 2:45 pm, also at the Middle School circle.

Transportation is limited; details below.

Session 1 tuition: $400
Session 1 deposit required: $400

Session 2, 4, 5, 6 tuition: $450
Session 2, 4, 5, 6 deposit: $450

Session 3 tuition: $350
Session 3 deposit: $350

Space is limited to 16.

Program Highlight

Gaming Camps' primary focus is on fostering enjoyment and empathy among players while nurturing their innate curiosity and love for learning through the captivating world of chess. Throughout each week of camp, participants will engage in a dynamic blend of activities designed to enhance their tactical skills, strategic thinking and overall chess proficiency. From exploring various chess variants tailored to target specific areas of improvement to participating in friendly tournaments and delving into strategy-focused board games, there's something for everyone. But it's not all about sitting over the board all day! We understand the importance of balance, which is why the camp also includes outdoor play, snack breaks and movement sessions to keep minds sharp and energy levels high.

Whether your child is a seasoned chess prodigy or a newcomer to the game, all are warmly welcomed. Our inclusive environment encourages children of all skill levels to learn and grow, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the enriching experience of chess. Join us for a summer of fun, friendship and chess adventures at the Chess Club and Board Games Camp – where every move is a step toward discovery and joy!

Camp Staff
Carlos Santiago is a nationally-rated chess player who has been teaching scholastic chess for more than 15 years. A former tournament player, he teaches privately as well as coaching students at many Philadelphia public and private schools. Carlos is also a professional violinist and brings planning and practice techniques learned in music  study to learning chess. His goal is to make chess fun, approachable and stimulating for all students regardless of level.


2024 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. Transportation can be provided for a limited number of campers ages five and older from Center City and Fairmount; see details.

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 days leading up to camp or during camp, 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