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Play It Safe Philly

Connecting children, teens, and families with summer activities and information.

Camp Philly

Click here to find info about getting a scholarship ($900 value, you only pay $30) to this 1 week overnight camp in the Poconos for 9-11 year olds at Camp Speers, around since 1948.

Department of Recreation After School Programs/Camps

Many after school programs and summer camps listed by neighborhood – Main number 215-683-3600, After School Programs 215-683-3676 – –
Click Here for Complete Listing of Summer Programs

Out of School Program Locator

Click here to find activities for children Pre-K to 12th grade.

Ladore Summer Camp

Run by the Salvation Army, this camp allows low income families to experience overnight camping in a beautiful setting for 7-12 years olds. You must contact your closest Salvation Army for information and an application or call # 215-787-2800 (ask for Youth Department for both winter and summer)


College Settlement Camp

Overnight camp for children ages 8-14 who cannot otherwise afford this experience. Also day camp 7-14yo. For info call 215-542-7974. –

Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts

  • Boys Scouts are a great way to get your child involved in positive activities. The Boys Scouts mission is for each child to master “character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness.” For children 6 years-20 years old. Call 215-988-9811 or 610-688-6900 for more information or click on Boy Scouts to go to their website.
  • Girl Scouts has for over 90 years helped girls learn positive values, get involved in their community and learn to succeed. For girls 5 years old through 17 years old. Call 215-564-4657 or click on Girl Scouts.

Girls Leadership Camp

Camp Sojourner, Girls’ Leadership Camp helps girls become leaders who take charge of their own lives and act as agents of positive change in their communities. We host girls ages 8-18 at Camp Sojourner, our overnight summer camp program, and we offer year-round mentoring, service projects, creative arts, and leadership activities.

Philly Youth Basketball

Summer Camp for grades 4-12th at several local colleges. Scholarships and needs based discounts available. Click here for details.

Dragonfly Forest

Dragonfly Forest is committed to offering children with serious illnesses and disorders the opportunity to enjoy a free overnight camp experience in an environment that is safe, equipped to meet a variety of physical, medical and psychological needs, nurturing, and filled with activities that allow each child to reach their “full fun.” Summer Sessions are available for children with Autism, Persistent Asthma, bleeding Disorders and Sickle Cell Disease. Applications must be completed by March 31 each year. For more information or to apply go to website or call 610-298-1820.

Camp Kesem

Camp Kasem  provides a week-long, free summer camp experience to children ages 6-16 years who have been impacted by a parent’s or primary caregiver’s cancer (has cancer, had cancer or died from cancer). Go to and click on “register a camper” for dates and info.


Philadelphia Arts in Education FREE Summer Program

The program runs June 29-August 5, Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 3 pm. PAEP’s FREE STEAM After-School and Summer Programs have been converted to a virtual platform and will operate virtually for the foreseeable future.The program provides students in grades 5-8 with the unique opportunity to strengthen academic competencies through visual and performing arts practices. Students participate in fun and engaging science, math, literacy, and social emotional learning activities as well as experience learning through different art forms (visual arts, music, dance, and theater). PAEP will also send FREE art supplies to all participants. Click here for info

Girls Who Code

FREE virtual summer emersion program. This 2-week virtual program teaches girls—trans and cis—and non-binary students the computer science skills they need to make an impact in their community while preparing for a career in tech. Participants will get exposure to tech jobs, meet women in tech careers, and join a supportive sisterhood of girls in

WINS (Women in Natural Sciences)

Women In Natural Sciences (WINS) is a free after-school and summer science enrichment program at the Academy of Natural Sciences. WINS provides young women with the information, encouragement, and confidence they need to shape their futures. Starts in 8th grade and students must have a B average. Go to for info or call 215-299-1064.

Kids Bowl Free Summer Program

2 free games for kids, every day,  all summer long late Spring to early Fall, at the following bowling alleys. Register below at particiapting lanes.
Erie Lanes 1310 East Erie Ave (North Philly)- 15 and under
South Bowl 19 East Oregon Avenue (South Philly)- 16 and under
Thunderbird Lanes 5830 Castor Ave (NE Philly)- 15 and under
Thunderbird Lanes 3075 Holme Ave (NE Philly)- 15 and under

Rock to the Future

Free Music Education for Philly’s Youth- Programs include: MusiCore Kensington (Grades 6-12) and MusiCore Germantown (Grades 4-8) and summer camp for ages 7-17. Go to for info or call 215-302-9633

American Camping Association

Will send ‘Parent’s Guide to Accredited Camps’ which lists accredited camps in area and camps for special needs children- 1-800-428-2267

Youth Ministry Diocese of PA Day Camps

City Camps in various ministries. Click below for info

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