2017 Summer Camps and Programs at Penn
January 31, 2017
, Volume 63, No. 21
Penn offers children, teens and young adults an array of summer activities from academics, enrichment and recreation—including anthropology, business, law, veterinary medicine and music—to more than a dozen athletic sports camps—from baseball to volleyball. For more information and applications, see the specific contact information below. Additional camps and programs may be available on the Penn Athletics website
(http://www.pennathletics.com) under Sports.
Enrichment and Recreation
PDF of the 2017 Summer Camps and Programs at Penn
Enrichment and Recreation
Anthropologists in the Making: June 26-August 18. Penn Museum invites campers ages 7-13 to explore ancient and contemporary cultures through eight unique weeks of interactive gallery tours, art activities, scavenger hunts, games and special guest demonstrations. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
This year’s themes are:
|Campers get to excavate a simluated dig site during the “I Dig Anthropology” theme week of The Penn Museum’s camp.
June 26-30: Native American Voices. Discover a living tapestry of Nations with distinct histories and unexpected identities. Explore Nations of the Delaware Valley, sacred places and imaginative stories. Sample Native foods, write your own origin myth and design pottery. Research a culture and demonstrate your knowledge at a Showcase of Nations.
July 3-7 (no camp on July 4): Let’s Dance. Whether it is for entertainment or spiritual purposes, dance has been an important aspect of human culture through the millennia. Learn how dance can be used to communicate with spirits, influence nature or honor an important life event. Learn some hip-hop moves, craft a rain stick and design a mask.
July 10-14: I Dig Anthropology. Biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology and archaeology make up the branches of anthropology. Participate in activities that celebrate all four fields, from excavating a simulated dig site, to learning the development of the alphabet, to examining cultural values.
July 17-21: Body Art. Scars, tattoos and piercings, oh my! Explore body modifications around the world and discuss their symbolic meanings. View ancient Mayan ear flares, African masks and Chinese foot binding shoes. Sculpt a Buddha and design your own tattoo. Showcase your knowledge at a Body Art Expo.
July 24-28: Under Greek and Roman Skies. Do you love to stare up at the night sky? Learn about the contributions of the ancient Greeks to the field of astronomy. Explore Etruscan divination and Roman astrology. Draw your own constellation and create a story about its origins. Perform a planetarium show for your friends and family.
July 31-August 4: Medicine: Ancient and Modern. Discover ancient Egyptian cures that are still used today. Learn about Chinese traditional medicine and how the Maasai curb malaria. Explore how medical technology is utilized to help conserve and interpret artifacts. Create a poultice, write a healing spell and fashion a shaman’s drum.
August 7-11: Mummies Unwrapped. Get to know mummies from the land of Egypt and beyond. Make a Roman mummy portrait, create an animal mummy and a design a mask inspired by a Maori mummy. Visit In the Artifact Lab and chat with a conservator. You just might even touch a mummy!
August 14-18: Daily Life in Ancient Rome. Learn about everyday people and life in ancient Rome. Explore family life, politics, worship and occupations. Create an ancient Roman menu and reenact a dining scene. Sculpt a dish, taste garum and piece together a mosaic. Registration opens: February 11. Register by May 1: $290/week, $270/members. Register after May 1: $310/week, $290/members. Pre-camp (8-9 a.m.) and after-camp (3-5 p.m.) care is available for additional fees. Call (215) 898-4016, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://penn.museum/camp
Morris Arboretum Summer Adventure Camp: June 26-August 4. At Morris Arboretum’s Summer Adventure Camp, thrill-seeking nature lovers ages 4-10 will find exciting adventures, experiments and crafts. Little Lightning Bugs is the Arboretum’s new program for 4- and 5-year-olds. Bloomfield Buddies is the program for campers ages 6-10. It will be held at the Arboretum’s Bloomfield Farm Barn, offering direct access to Springfield Mill, hiking trails, wetland habitats, honeybee colonies and wildlife.
This year’s Little Lightning Bugs themes are:
June 26-30: Backyard Bug Adventure. Use your observation skills to hunt for insects and arachnids that call the Arboretum home. Learn about insect life cycles and create fun “buggy crafts.”
July 3-7 (no camp on July 4): Silly Science Fun. Transform into a mad scientist during this fun hands-on week of scientific discovery. Experiment with bubbles, make green slime and create messy science experiments.
July 10-14: Paint, Sculpt, Play. Create nature-inspired paintings on canvases and watercolor paper, make animal sculptures out of clay and take mini expeditions around the Arboretum’s lush gardens.
July 17-21: Animal “Tales”: Storytime and Art Explorations. Enjoy nature-inspired stories and fables in different garden locations throughout the week and make your own picture book inspired by the animal tales.
July 24-28: An Ology A Day. Explore a different “ology” each day of camp. You will receive a crash course in science disciplines ranging from biology to archaeology, with fun craft projects and shoebox digs.
|Morris Arboretum Summer Adventure Camp offers plenty of opportunities for campers to enjoy nature. Above, last year’s campers conduct fun experiments with“Mad Science Mayhem!”
July 31-August 4: Camp Nature Play. Skip, jump and play while exploring the gardens through scavenger hunts and mini hiking expeditions. This camp includes lots of games, including nature bingo, and crafts.
This year’s Bloomfield Buddies themes are:
June 26-30: Scientific Time Travelers. Experiment with microscopes while exploring scientific inventions and achievements of the past, present and future.
July 3-7 (no camp on July 4): Grossology Grandeur. Explore the science behind all of the things that make you say “Yuck!” Conduct slimy experiments, dig for worms and get down and dirty in nature.
July 10-14: Where the Wild Things Are. Get your hiking shoes on as we explore the Arboretum’s outback in search of Captain Fuzzy Bottom and friends—our groundhog Adventure Camp mascot.
July 17-21: Raiders of the Lost Arboretum. Become an archaeologist on the grounds of the Arboretum’s Springfield Mills. Learn about local geology, conduct shoebox digs and discover 19th and 20th century life at Springfield Mills.
July 24-28: Arts & Nature Poetry Jam. The sounds and sights of nature at the Arboretum will be the muse and inspiration for campers to write, paint and create. Keep a nature field journal, write and recite poems and paint on canvases.
July 31-August 4: Nature Ninja Warriors. Enjoy lots of summer fun and physical activitiy with hiking expeditions, games, scavenger hunts, dance parties and more.
Each session runs Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Early bird registration: January 30-March 15. Cost: $238/week, $255/non-members. Cost after March 15: $280/week, $300/non-members. For more information or to register, visit http://www.business-services.upenn.edu/arboretum/ed_summerAdventureCamp.shtml
Penn Band Summer Music Camp: July 9-15. This program exposes wind, brass and percussion instrumentalists in grades 8-12 to music and mirth on Penn’s historic college campus. Participants perform a diverse repertoire of challenging and gratifying band music. A low student-to-instructor ratio is maintained to ensure a high level of instruction and attention to each student. The program includes guest lectures on topics in student leadership, group-building and conducting. Cost: Overnight track, $925; Commuter track, $462; 10% faculty-staff discount. Register: www.pennband.net/pebc/
John Yurkow Baseball Camps: Penn employees, call (215) 746-2325 for a discount. Register: www.pennbaseballcamp.com
High School Baseball Prospect Camp: June 12-13; camp for 9th-12th graders will consist of instruction and competitive games for a true college baseball experience. Cost: $405.
Youth Quaker Baseball Camp @ Meikeljohn Stadium: Session I: June 19-22; Session II: July 17-20. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. An organized and structured camp that focuses on preparing young players (ages 7-13) to refine their game. Competitive and challenging drills will be performed every day. Cost: $275 with discounts for Penn employees. Contact: email@example.com
Penn Basketball Camps: Register: www.pennbasketballcamp.com
Steve Donahue’s Quaker Elite Basketball Camp: June 17, 24 and 25; and August 12. College-caliber camp for serious high school players who are interested in playing at the collegiate level. Cost: $150/session.
Steve Donahue’s Quaker Basketball Day Camp: June 26-30. Instructional day camp where boys ages 7-16 learn the fundamentals in the historic Palestra with Penn’s coaching staff and players in a fun environment. Cost: $225 per camper with discounts for Penn staff or parents families with multiple campers.
Steve Donahue’s Quaker Basketball Twilight Camp: June 5-21. A series of six two-hour sessions on Mondays and Wednesday evenings. High school players looking for individualized instruction will work with college coaches. Cost: $200/6 sessions.
Women’s Elite Basketball Camp: Session I: June 23-24; Session II: August 12. Rigorous program for highly motivated female student-athletes with the will and desire to play basketball at the collegiate level. Open to all girls in grades 9-12 as of September 2016. Register: https://pennbasketballcamp.com/womensbball/index.php
Penn Elite Field Hockey Camp: July 5-7. Camp will challenge players to elevate their game to the next level with high-intensity skills sessions and games reflective of collegiate play. Open to all high school age players. Cost: $530/overnight, $475/commuter. Information: https://pennfieldhockeycamps.com/elite-camp.php
Ray Priore Football Camps: Specialist Camps for Kickers/Punters: June 22 and July 13. One-Day Clinics: June 23, 24 and 25; July 7, 8 and 14. Camp activities are structured to resemble Penn’s football practices. Athletes will be challenged and will compete in drills aimed at developing proficiency in each position. Open to participants entering grades 9-12. Cost: $75/kicking clinics; $150/one-day clinics. Register: www.pennfootballcamp.com
Penn Lacrosse Camps:
Quaker Developmental Team/Individual Lacrosse: July 11-13. Designed to enhance individual fundamentals and overall skill set of players. The staff is comprised of Penn players and coaches who will run each session like a college practice. Open to boys entering grades 9-12. Cost: $665/resident, $550/commuter. Register: http://quakerlacrossecamps.com/
Girls’ Elite Lacrosse Day Camps: June 26 and 27 and July 6. Provides an intense and challenging experience for girls entering eighth grade through pre-college. All sessions will be run like a college practice by top college coaches. Register by February 1: $200 per camp. Register after February 1: $250 for one day camp, $225 per camp for two or more. Apply: https://pennlacrossecamps.com/
Quaker Rowing Camp: Session I: July 16-20; Session II: July 23-27. For experienced and novice rowers (ages 13-18) looking to significantly improve their rowing ability. Instruction and coaching will be geared to the experience level and talents of each camper. Includes two daily practices on the water as well as active seminars on erg training and body circuits. Cost and registration: www.quakerrowingcamp.com
Rudy Fuller Soccer Camps: July 31-August 4. For boys and girls in grades K-5. These Junior Quaker Camps offer players of various skill levels the opportunity to improve their soccer skills. Development of individual skills taught through fun exercises, daily competitions and small games. Cost: $300; discounts available. Register: www.rudyfullersoccer.com/junior_quaker_camps.cfm
Penn Softball Camp: Session I: June 13; Session II: 19-20. For serious players, ages 13-18. Camp activities are structured similar to Quaker Softball team practices. Athletes will be challenged with new drills and skills that will improve their offensive and defensive fundamentals. They will participate in competitive and challenging game simulations that expose athletes to situations that will build their softball IQ. Athletes will be held to high standards that push them to excel and maximize their potential. Cost: $150/day with $20 discount for multi-session registration. Contact: Dani Gonzales, (215) 898-6832 or firstname.lastname@example.org Details and registration: www.pennsoftballcamps.com
Quaker Swim Camp: Session I: June 19-23, Session II: June 26-30, Session III: July 10-14. A beginner to intermediate swim camp focused on quality drill work and proper swimming technique for swimmers ages 6-16. Cost: $425/competitive; $450/learn to swim; $400/two or more family members. Contact: Mike Schnur, email@example.com
Penn Tennis Camp: Session I: August 14-18; Session II: August 21-25; Session III: August 28-September 1. A day camp for players of all experience levels, ages 5-17. Each one-week session will focus on stroke production and technical skills while incorporating sportsmanship and teamwork. The camp runs Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $420/week for one or two weeks; or $375/week for three weeks. Register: www.penntenniscamp.com or (215) 315-3130.
Penn Track & Field Camp: July 1. 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Franklin Field. Open to students ages 10-18. Cost: $150. Information and registration: https://penntrackcamps.com/
Penn Volleyball Camps: Players are grouped by skill and age level to maximize their potential and improve to the next level of play. Campers benefit from extensive, top-notch training in the areas of individual skill progressions, team systems and competition drills. Information and registration: www.pennvolleyballcamp.com
Penn Volleyball Clinic Series: July 31-August 3; morning and afternoon sessions available. Open to girls ages 8-18.
Penn Volleyball Summer Camp: August 3-6; overnight and day programs available. Open to girls ages 12-18.
Art: Summer at Penn: July 3-28/day program, July 2-29/residential program. PennDesign offers a four-week intensive studio summer art program for high school students. The program prepares students for the college admissions process as they experience life while strengthening their portfolios. Courses are held within the School of Design’s fine art studios. Deadline: rolling admissions. Cost: $6,250. Apply: www.jkcp.com/program/art-summer-at-penn/
|Campers make ice cream during a material science workshop at Penn GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science) Camp.
Architecture: Summer at Penn: July 3-28/day program, July 2-29/residential program. PennDesign offers a four-week intensive studio summer art program for high school students. The program prepares students for the college admissions process as they experience life while strengthening their portfolios. Courses are held within the School of Design’s fine art studios. Deadline: rolling admissions. Cost: $6,495. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Apply: www.jkcp.com/program/architecture-summer-at-penn
Penn Summer Science Initiative for High School Students: July 10-August 4. A free, four-week summer program for students entering their junior or senior year of high school, in materials science and engineering. The program consists of lectures on materials, a computer lab, experimental labs and field trips to both industrial and Penn facilities. Deadline: April 15. Apply: www.lrsm.upenn.edu/outreach/pssi/
Provost Summer Mentorship Program: July 5-August 4. The Provost Summer Mentorship Program is a four-week college preparatory and career exploration program providing hands-on experience through custom curricula in one of five Penn professional schools: School of Dental Medicine, School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Penn Law, School of Nursing and School of Medicine. The program is open to current 10th grade students from Philadelphia School District only. Registration opens: February 10. Contact: Gail Oberton, (215) 898-8242 or email@example.com Information: www.vpul.upenn.edu/eap/smp/
Teen Research and Education in Environmental Science (TREES): June 26-August 11. Hosted by the Center for Excellence in Environmental Toxicology, TREES offers rising sophomores, juniors and seniors from local high schools a unique, hands-on research experience, lectures in environmental science, field trips and more. Students develop their own research projects. The tuition-free program lasts for about eight weeks. Deadline: March 1. Apply: http://ceet.upenn.edu/training-career-development/summer-programs/
Penn GEMS Camp (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science): July 24-28. The School of Engineering & Applied Science’s Penn GEMS program is a week-long day camp targeted at girls finishing sixth, through eighth grades who are interested in math, science and engineering. Students work with faculty and students in bioengineering, materials science, graphics and computing. A special robotics-only track is also available. Registration opens January 30. Deadline: March 31. Cost: $625. Apply: www.seas.upenn.edu/awe/gems/Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
iD Tech Camps: Co-ed, week-long, daytime camps are held for ages 7-12 in June, July and August. Participants learn code, game design, app development, web design, film, photography and more. Courses are designed to build critical science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. Cost: $849-949 per session. Information & registration: http://tinyurl.com/j8l8ofo
Summer VETS (Veterinary Exploration Through Science) Program: College/post-bac: June 12-16 and June 19-23; current high school juniors/seniors: July 10-14 and July 17-21; Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.Offered by Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine, the Summer VETS Program gives students the opportunity to take part in labs and lectures and shadow through clinics with fourth-year veterinary students at the Matthew J. Ryan Small Animal Hospital. Cost: $975. Deadline: April 3. Information: www.vet.upenn.edu/education/admissions/summer-vets-program
Julian Krinsky Summer Internship Program: June 25-July 15 and July 16-August 5. Depending on their chosen field, students spend three or six weeks working in an office, lab, studio, museum, sports venue or hospital, where they learn about the field, get work experience and live on campus at Penn. Transportation is provided to and from work. For rising high school juniors and seniors. Cost: $5,790/session. Deadline: rolling admissions. Apply: www.jkcp.com/program/internships-for-high-school-students.php
Engineering Summer Academy at Penn (ESAP): July 2-22. Sponsored by Penn Engineering, ESAP offers an opportunity for rising sophomores through seniors to experience rigorous and challenging college-level coursework. The Academy’s intensive, three-week program combines sophisticated theory with hands-on practical experience in cutting-edge technologies such as biotechnology, computer graphics, computer science, nanotecnology, robotics or engineering complex networks. Open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors. Priority deadline: February 24; final deadline: April 24. Application fee: $75. Cost: $7,375; financial aid available. Contact: email@example.com Apply: www.seas.upenn.edu/esap
Penn Summer Academies: July 2-22. Open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors. Cost: $4,200; financial aid available. Deadline: May 15, or until Academies reach capacity. For additional details and to apply, visit www.sas.upenn.edu/summer/enrollment
Biomedical Research Academy: Introduces students to the experimental basis of biology, including relevance to disease. Morning lectures cover the cellular, molecular and genetic aspects of biology, while afternoons are spent in the laboratory with hands-on experiments that introduce students to the tools and techniques used in biomedical research labs.
Chemistry Research Academy: Provides students with hands-on experiences in cutting-edge research projects in the chemical sciences, including synthesis and characterization of new compounds and materials, chemistry of life processes, spectroscopy and environmental photochemistry, nanoscale materials and molecular devices.
Experimental Physics Research Academy: Focuses on modern physics with an emphasis on hands-on experience and laboratory work. Program topics include mechanics, electromagnetism, quantum dynamics and astrophysics.
Neuroscience Research Academy: Introduces students to the biological foundations of the brain. Morning and afternoon lectures address important neuroscientific topics, progressing from the cellular foundations of the neuron, to an understanding of the sensory systems, and culminating with higher-order cognitive functions such as memory, emotion and morality.
Social Justice Research Academy: Students examine the historical importance and contemporary relevance of struggles to overcome inequality and injustice using past and present examples, such as peasant revolts, slave rebellions, anti-colonial and anti-apartheid independence movements, the Arab Spring, the Occupy movement and ongoing human rights campaigns.
Penn Summer Pre-College Program: June 27-August 5. This residential program is designed for students who are interested in a college experience typical of an undergraduate freshman. Participants enroll in one or two courses for academic credit and are fully integrated with Penn students. Academic advising, extracurricular activities and weekend trips are included. Open to rising juniors and seniors. Deadline: May 15. For costs and to apply, see www.sas.upenn.edu/summer/programs/highschool/pre-college
|Attendees get to shadow fourth-year veterinary students in their work with animals through the Summer VETS (Veterinary Exploration Through Science) Program.
Penn Summer Young Scholars Program: Session I: May 22-June 28; Session II: June 29-August 4. This commuter program is an opportunity for academically exceptional local high school students to take college courses with Penn students and earn full college credit. Young Scholars can pursue their favorite discipline beyond the level offered in secondary schools, get a head start on their college requirements or explore a brand-new field that interests them. Open to rising juniors and seniors. Deadlines: Session I, May 1; Session II, June 1. For costs and to apply, see www.sas.upenn.edu/summer/programs/high-school
Penn Law Pre-College Summer Academy: July 2-22. This residential academy is designed to give motivated rising high school juniors and seniors, as well as college freshman and sophomores, clear insight into US law and the legal profession. Deadline: rolling admissions. Cost: $7,999. Apply: www.summerdiscovery.com/upenn-law
Penn Medicine Summer Program: July 2-29. A residential medical program (part of Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs) for rising high school seniors. Students are guided and taught by Penn Medicine faculty and staff and are immersed in the world of medicine as they explore the career possibilities available to medical students. Cost: $7,695/session. Deadline: March 10. Apply: www.jkcp.com/program/penn-medical-high-school-summer-program/
Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program at Wharton: July 2-22. The LEAD Program introduces youth of diverse backgrounds to key areas of business. First established at Wharton in 1980, the program features lectures by corporate executives and Wharton faculty, team-based assignments and visits to businesses in Philadelphia, Washington, DC and New York City. Cost: $2,000/two weeks; $3,000/three weeks.
Deadline: February 15. For more information, call (215) 261-7001. Apply: www.wharton.upenn.edu/lead-program-wharton
Leadership in the Business World (LBW):
July 2-29. LBW is a program for talented and ambitious rising seniors in high school who want to learn about leadership in business. LBW features classes with Wharton professors, lectures from prominent business leaders, site visits to businesses in Philadelphia and New York City and team-based activities designed to enhance leadership skills. Cost: $7,500. Deadline: February 3. Apply: www.wharton.upenn.edu/leadership-business-world/
Management & Technology Summer Institute (M&TSI): July 2-22. M&TSI is a for-credit summer program for rising high school seniors and a select few rising high school juniors interested in exploring the integration of technological concepts and management principles. The program features classes taught by leading faculty and successful entrepreneurs, field trips to companies and R&D facilities, intensive team projects, as well as other activities designed to give students the opportunity to learn about the principles and practice of technological innovation. Cost: $7,000. Registration opens: March 1. Apply: www.upenn.edu/fisher/summer-mt
Wharton Sports Business Academy (WSBA): June 25-July 22. WBSA provides an opportunity for talented rising high school juniors and seniors to study sports business leadership at the Wharton School. This program teaches students about ownership, sports agents, marketing, media and labor as they meet and learn from leaders in the sports business world. Cost: $7,695; financial aid available.
Deadline: February 20. Apply: wsb.wharton.upenn.edu/businesseducation-wsba.html
Global Leadership & International Affairs: July 2-29. The residential program (part of Julian Krinsky Camps and Programs) features debate, public speaking, research workshops, social entrepreneurship, realistic United Nations simulations and guest speakers. Participants enjoy field trips to the United Nations in New York City and Embassy Row in Washington, DC, and experience culture through cuisine in Philadelphia. The program is designed to accommodate both new and experienced students, ages 14-18. Cost: $7,200. Deadline: rolling admissions. Apply: www.jkcp.com/modelun
Wharton Moneyball Academy: July 23-August 5. Students will learn the “Moneyball” method which focuses on using data to make deep discoveries that are not obvious and certainly go against conventional wisdom. When it comes to sports, they will become data driven decision makers. As they learn statistical reasoning as well as key data analysis skills, they will be primed to be leaders in an increasingly data driven economy. This program is ideal for students with a strong background in math and a love of sports. An interest in computer programming is recommended but no specific background is necessary. Cost: $3,995; financial aid available. Deadline: rolling admissions. Apply: www.jkcp.com/program/wharton-moneyball-academy.php
Institute for Academic Studies (IAS): Session I: July 3-28 (deadline: May 26); Session II: August 1-25 (deadline: June 23). Offered by the English Language Center, IAS provides a foundation for university-level English. Students receive an introduction to academic content-based language and experience life and culture at a US university. Guest lectures from Penn professors offer students a unique university experience. For students at least 18 years old with a language proficiency at the CEFR level of B1- as demonstrated by TOEFL iBT of 57+, TOEFL PBT of 487+, IELTS of 5.5+, or TOEIC of 550+. Cost: $2,998/session.
Institute for Business Communication (IBC): July 3-28 (deadline: May 26) and August 1-25 (deadline: June 23). Offered by the English Language Center, IBC assists students in improving their business knowledge and communication. By using real-world business issues and topics, the program helps students enhance their professional skills. Guest lectures from Penn professors offer students a unique university experience. For students at least 18 years old with a language proficiency at the CEFR level of B1- as demonstrated by TOEFL iBT of 57+, TOEFL PBT of 487+, IELTS of 5.5+, or TOEIC of 550+. Cost: $2,998/session. Apply: www.sas.upenn.edu/elp/apply
Editor's Note: For additional summer camps, see Almanac February 14, 2017 and Almanac March 14, 2017.