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Top Sleep Away Summer Camps For Kids In Philadelphia

For youngsters looking for a new challenge, summer sleepaway camp may be the answer. Name a child's hobby or passion, and there's probably a camp for it. These are the top sleep away camps in the Philadelphia area that are sure to provide young adventurers with a summer full of fun and enrichment.
Camp Saginaw
740 Saginaw Road
Oxford, PA 19363
(610) 932-8467

Set your compass for adventure at Camp Saginaw, a premier sleep-away camp for kids ages 6 to 16. Family-owned and operated since 1930, Saginaw offers a traditional camp experience with activities including ceramics, dance, theater, culinary arts, fine arts, photography, video production, rocketry, athletics and a boatload of water sports. Campers may opt for a two-week stay, half a season or a full season. Comfortable cabins feature platform beds, individual cubbies and at least two bathrooms. Besides a day schedule full of adventure, nights are jam-packed with talent shows, movies, DJed dance parties and live performers. And an air-conditioned dining hall serves up child-friendly, cafeteria-style meals that are sure to sustain campers' high energy levels.

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Golden Slipper Camp
164 Reeders Run Road
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
(570) 629-1654

Children ages 7 to 15 may enjoy more than 30 different activities at Golden Slipper Camp's private lake and 600 wooded acres in the beautiful Pocono Mountains. Campers are arranged in one of six villages, and each village has spacious cabins with private baths, hot water and electricity. Seven-week full sessions and half sessions are available, along with action-packed days filled with aquatic activities, biking, boating, tennis and gymnastics. A dance studio, computer lab, batting cage, archery range, hockey arena, miniature golf course, swimming pool and skate park are also on site.

Young People's Theatre Workshop
Eastern University
363 Radford Court
Glen Mills, PA 19342
(610) 558-0988

Just 15 miles from Philadelphia yet worlds away, Young People's Theatre Workshop at Eastern University's campus is set on 100 acres of gentle hills, lush lawns, wooded paths and Spanish architecture. Youngsters ages 10 to 18 spend spend six days/five nights ensconced in everything theater, from auditioning techniques and monologue preparation to set design and singing workshops. Campers stay in air-conditioned college dorms with two to three students to a room and have use of the college's state-of-the art facilities. In between stimulating classes and hearty meal times, campers can partake in activities such as swimming, tennis and frisbee.

Appel Farm Arts & Music Center
457 Shirley Road
Elmer, NJ 08318
(800) 394-8478

Making happy campers for more than 50 years, Appel Farm Arts & Music Center offers fine and performing arts programs for 210 lucky kids ages 9 to 17. Structured two- and four-week programs are comprised of five periods a day with two majors, two minors and a free choice class. Campers can take recording arts, video production, photography, private music lessons, theater, dance, creative writing, horseback riding and more. Each program culminates in end-of-camp performances and showcases for friends and families. Modern cabins with electricity, private baths and hot water sleep eight to 14 campers and two counselors, and an air-conditioned dining room serves up snacks and three nutritious buffet-style meals daily.

Camp Dark Waters
26 New Freedom Road
Medford, NJ 08055
(609) 654-8846

Price: $675 one-week session/$1200 two-week session

For those looking to get away from the sizzling summer heat of the city and breathe fresh country air, Camp Dark Waters is the perfect refuge. Founded in 1928, the camp provides a caring Quaker atmosphere nestled on 15 acres along the banks of the meandering Haines Creek. The wooded setting provides a host of spiritual, educational and physical activities for approximately 100 boys and girls ages 7 to 14. Five one- and two-week camp sessions are held throughout the summer featuring arts and crafts, games, archery, soccer, outdoor cooking, canoeing, juggling and trailblazing. Campers sleep in rustic cabins, and a kitchen staff makes sure each child gets plenty to eat with three healthy meals a day and a snack at night over the campfire.

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Susan DeFeo has been a professional writer since 1997. She served as a community events columnist for New Jersey's "Cape May County Herald" for more than a decade. A writer for numerous online publications, Susan has covered health, fitness, beauty and travel, all subjects that are near and dear to her as a married mother of seven children. Her work can be found at

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