Day Camp

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At Germantown Academy Day Camp & Summer Programs, the emphasis is on making friends and trying new things!

Day Camp Programs
Choose your camp based on your child's grade in Fall 2017

Itty Bitty Camp: 3-Year-Olds

Adventurers Day Camp & Specialty Programs: 4- and 5-Year-Olds

Pathfinders and Trailblazers: 1st through 6th Grades

Explorers Camp: 7th and 8th Grades

Leaders in Training (LIT): 7th and 8th Grades

Counselors in Training (CIT): 9th and 10th Grades

Itty Bitty Camp (Age 3)

Itty Bitty Camp is perfect for your aspiring camper! Led by Early Childhood professionals, your 3-year-old will be introduced to everything that GA Day Camp has to offer. Our activities are adapted for little hands and are specifically tailored to this age group.

Itty Bitty Camp will be located in our Learning Cottage (within the GA Child Care Center) and will have full access to all facilities on our campus throughout the camp day.

Itty Bitty Welcome Letter 2017

Itty Bitty Calendar 2017

Age: 3
Dates: June 19-23; June 26-30; July 3-7 (no camp on July 4); July 10-14; July 17-21; July 24-28; July 31-August 4; August 7-11
Time: 8am - 4:30pm
Fee: $250/week

Notes:
  • Max Enrollment: 29
  • Drop off at the Child Care Center
  • Children do not need potty training
  • Swimming 'experiences', not lessons
  • Extended Day not available
  • Snacks and Lunch must be provided

Adventurers Day Camp (Ages 4-5)

Adventurers Camp provides an age-appropriate, all-around camp experience. Through daily scheduled activities like arts and crafts, music, science, and outdoor play, your camper is encouraged to explore, create, and stay active! Adventurers are well-prepared when it comes time to move on to the traditional camp experience.

Due to popular demand, we have added an additional session of Adventurers Day Camp each week, which will combine 4- and 5-year-olds. Contact the Summer Programs Office for more information.

Adventurers Day Camp Welcome Letter 2017

Adventurers Day Camp Calendar 2017

Adventurers Camp Weekly Themes and Field Trips
Week ThemeField Trip or Special Event
Week 1 Aloha SummerAmbler Theater
Week 2 Treasure Island Elmwood Park Zoo
Week 3 Holiday HooplaLinvilla Orchards
Week 4Mad ScientistCarnival (on campus)
Week 5 Hollywood Ambler Theater
Week 6 Oopy GoopySmith Memorial Playground
Week 7 Spirit Week Adventure Aquarium
Week 8 Olympics Carnival (on campus)

Ages: 4-5
Dates: June 19-23; June 26-30; July 3-7 (no camp on July 4); July 10-14; July 17-21; July 24-28; July 31-August 4; August 7-11
Time: 9am - 3:30pm
Fee: $425/week ($340/week 3)

Notes:
  • Max Enrollment: 15 per class
  • Adventurers Day Camp is for children entering PreK or Kindergarten in Fall 2017.
  • All campers must be potty trained prior to joining.
  • All campers participate in daily group swimming lessons. Our professional swim instructors have great success with helping young children reach their full potential in the water.
  • A waiver is required for off-campus field trips.
  • Lunch and Extended Day options may be purchased.

Adventurers Specialty Programs (Ages 4-5)

Adventurers Specialty Programs are designed for campers with specific, passionate interests. A different specialty camp is offered each week, so your camper is sure to find one they absolutely love! After your camper’s morning specialty program, they will join the Adventurers Day Camp in the afternoon.

*Please note that Specialty Programs include two recreational swim sessions and one day of water play per week, but do not include daily swim instruction.

Adventurers Specialty Programs Welcome Letter 2017

All Stars: June 19-23
Calling all athletes! Campers take to the fields to play familiar sports and learn new ones. 'Coaches' teach the importance of good sportsmanship and get campers geared up for the big game by making team jerseys, banners, and choosing mascots!

Nature Explorers: June 26-30
Come explore the great outdoors with us this summer! Campers learn about the natural environment through hands-on exploration of GA’s beautiful 126-acre campus. Activities include daily trips outside to the Wissahickon Creek and The Preserve, fishing, bug- and nature-themed scavenger hunts, nature-themed art projects, and much more! This camp is perfect for your little nature enthusiast!

Young Chefs: July 10-14
We’ll cook up some delicious eats and sweets this week! In addition to daily cooking activities, your budding young chef participates in food-themed art, games, and daily "snacktivities." Join us as we mix, pour, and explore this summer!

Star Performers: July 17-21
Come explore the world of performing arts with us through activities, games, and performances. Whether your child loves taking center stage or would prefer working behind the scenes, campers get to create their own puppets and puppet shows, see the Belfry campers put on a show, and star in their very own dance video!

Little Artists: July 24-28
Come get creative with us this summer! Campers experiment with different art techniques including sculpting, painting, drawing, and crafting. Be sure to join us as we show off our masterpieces in the art show at the end of the week!

Budding Builders: July 31-August 4
This camp is perfect for your little engineer! This build-it adventure allows campers to work with different materials each day. Through the use of GA’s Tinker Lab, we build everything from Lego skyscrapers to recycled robots to model rockets.

Junior Scientists: August 7-11
Campers embark on a series of scientific adventures this week. They discover the fun side of science and participate in simple interactive experiments, stir and mix up some ooey gooey concoctions, and watch captivating science demonstrations.

Ages: 4-5
Time: 9am - 3:30pm
Fee: $425/week

Notes:
  • Max Enrollment is 15 per program
  • Adventurers Specialty Programs are for children entering PreK or Kindergarten in Fall 2017.
  • Registration includes afternoon Adventurers Day Camp.
  • Specialty campers participate in select field trips with Adventurers Day Camp.
  • Specialty campers do not receive swimming instruction.
  • Lunch and Extended Day options may be purchased.

Pathfinders (Grades 1-3)

Pathfinders have access to our full range of day camp activities. Every day, campers roll through an exciting mix of Art, Games, Science, Athletics, Swimming, Nature, Technology, Song & Dance, and, of course, our awesome Adventure Course!

Director's Welcome Letter

Pathfinders Camp Weekly Themes and Field Trips
WeekTheme Field Trip or Special Event
Week 1Aloha Summer Ambler Theater
Week 2Treasure IslandElmwood Park Zoo
Week 3 Holiday HooplaLinvilla Orchards
Week 4Mad ScientistCarnival (on campus)
Week 5 HollywoodAmbler Theater
Week 6 Oopy GoopySmith Memorial Playground
Week 7Spirit WeekAdventure Aquarium
Week 8OlympicsCarnival (on campus)

Grades: 1–3
Dates: June 19-23; June 26-30; July 3-7 (no camp on July 4); July 10-14; July 17-21; July 24-28; July 31-August 4; August 7-11
Time: 9am – 3:30pm
Fee: $425/week ($340/week 3)

Notes:
  • Campers are divided into same-sex troops of up to 12 children, led by responsible and experienced counselors.
  • Every morning, campers receive an instructional swim period in our 25-yard indoor pool, and have a recreational swim session in the afternoon. Our pool is staffed with experienced and certified lifeguards.
  • A typical afternoon includes a one-hour activity period plus a recreational swim session.
  • Weekly themes in Day Camp involve troop-specific activities in the morning and all-camp group activities in the afternoon. Afternoon activities range from any of the available morning options to special activities based on the week's theme. Campers from other GA programs join the morning groups at lunch time to form the afternoon Troops.
  • A waiver is required for off-campus field trips.

Trailblazers (Grades 4-6)

Trailblazers have access to our full range of day camp activities. Every day, campers roll through an exciting mix of Art, Games, Science, Athletics, Swimming, Nature, Technology, Song & Dance, and, of course, our awesome Adventure Course!

Director's Welcome Letter

Trailblazers Camp Weekly Themes and Field Trips
WeekTheme Field Trip or Special Event
Week 1 Aloha Summer Ambler Theater
Week 2Treasure Island Get Air Trampoline Park
Week 3 Holiday HooplaGaming World
Week 4 Mad Scientist Carnival (on campus)
Week 5 HollywoodAmbler Theater
Week 6 Oopy Goopy Sky Zone Trampoline Park
Week 7Spirit Week Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
Week 8Olympics Carnival (on campus)

Grades: 4-6
Dates: June 19-23; June 26-30; July 3-7 (no camp on July 4); July 10-14; July 17-21; July 24-28; July 31-August 4; August 7-11
Time: 9am - 3:30pm
Fee: $425/week ($340/week 3)

Notes:
  • Campers are divided into same-sex troops of up to 12 children, led by responsible and experienced counselors.
  • Every morning, campers receive an instructional swim period in our 25-yard indoor pool, and have a recreational swim session in the afternoon. Our pool is staffed with experienced and certified lifeguards.
  • A typical afternoon includes a one-hour activity period plus a recreational swim session.
  • Weekly themes in Day Camp involve troop-specific activities in the morning and all-camp group activities in the afternoon. Afternoon activities range from any of the available morning options to special activities based on the week's theme. Campers from other GA programs join the morning groups at lunch time to form the afternoon Troops.
  • A waiver is required for off-campus field trips.

Explorers (Grades 7-8)

Explorers Camp gives young people entering 7th and 8th Grades the opportunity to learn how to take healthy risks while making friends and having fun. Campers travel off campus to attend wilderness excursions, face new challenges, and enjoy recreational pursuits.

Our creative and experienced staff supervises this safe and exciting schedule of varied summer activities. From hiking, whitewater rafting, and rock climbing to a day at the Ocean City shore, campers can do it all! Our schedule changes each week and daily trips are determined by the Director, Kyle Krueger. Kyle works to tailor each week’s trips to the campers, the weather, and the guidelines of our sites and locations.

Director's Welcome Letter

Explorers Camp Calendar 2017

Grades: 7-8
Dates: June 19-23; June 26-30; July 3-7 (no camp on July 4); July 10-14; July 17-21; July 24-28; July 31-August 4; August 7-11
Time: Varies; see Calendar
Fee: $500/week ($400/week 3)

Notes:
  • Campers may attend one week or all eight, but space is limited, so early registration is recommended.
  • The fee covers all costs except spending money for souvenirs when applicable.
  • Due to the nature of the program, all campers should plan to bring a lunch from home instead of ordering from our lunch service.
  • On some days, campers are required to arrive before 8:30am, and will arrive back at GA after 4pm. Parents will be notified about those occasions in advance.
  • Please note that it may be beneficial for siblings of Explorers Campers to enroll in Extended Day due to the unique schedule.
  • Waivers for specific trips are found below:

Waiver Forms

Movies: PG-13 Consent
Philly Rock Gym (online form)
Pocono Biking
Pocono Whitewater Rafting
Skyzone (online form)
Tubing (Twin Rivers)
Tubing (Bucks County River Country)
Zorbing

Leaders in Training (Grades 7-8)

The two-week LIT program introduces campers to the camp counselor position. LITs participate in teambuilding activities, service learning, and workshops that prepare them for leadership roles. LITs will also have opportunities to shadow camp staff and directors. This program provides invaluable insight and hands-on training by leading and facilitating camp activities, while still enjoying the benefits of the day camp experience.

Grades: 7-8
Dates: June 19-30; July 17-28
Time: 9am - 3:30pm
Fee: $850/two-week session

Counselors in Training (Grades 9-10)

The Counselors in Training (CIT) program teaches responsible teens the essentials of becoming a superior leader, employee, and camp counselor. CITs participate in workshops and discussions to learn about basic child care, behavior management techniques, communication skills, camp organization, activity planning, job application, first aid, and leadership.

For a portion of each day, CITs gain valuable hands-on experience while working in a troop under the guidance of our professional camp staff. They also accompany day campers on their weekly field trips.

Prospective CITs are required to complete an application and ask two adults to complete a recommendation (at least one current teacher; no family members).

The application window is now closed.

Grades: 9-10
Dates: June 19 - July 28
Time: 9am - 3:30pm
Fee: $970

Notes:
  • This is a selective six-week program, and enrollment is limited.
  • Five week applications may be accepted if space is available.
  • Do not register or pay until you receive notification that you have been accepted into the program.