After a school year like no other, our children need a break from isolation, stillness, and the indoors. As the pandemic continues to unfold, parents are wondering not only how to best plan for summer, but how to offer their children lots of safe yet enriching social time with friends. Consider summer camp on the historic wooded campus at the Waldorf School of Philadelphia. 

The Waldorf School of Philadelphia has been safely teaching students, in person, since the fall by adhering to a robust health and safety plan — including hand washing, face coverings, and small group sizes — developed with input from health professionals and put in place all year by adept teaching and administrative staff. The same staff that is running this year’s summer camp offerings on campus. 

“We loved the Summer:garten Camp small group size, the warm and nurturing teachers, and the mix of plenty of free play with a relaxed structure. Our daughter loved her teachers and new friends and spent her days exploring outside, playing in the water, and building her imagination.”

While school staff manages the health and safety of campers, the camp’s programs are being run by experienced summer camp entrepreneur, Kim Soles, founder of Indigo Nature Arts Camp, which will also be offered on campus. Philly Waldorf early childhood teachers will be the experienced counselors of the Summer:garten Camp offering traditional, unplugged summers for young children who will spend the day outdoors and are free to explore, run with friends, climb trees, pick vegetables from the garden and cool off in the water. 

Teachers from the Waldorf school, model the Waldorf experience for young children, giving them a natural and restorative environment to thrive within each day as they walk in the woods, play in sprinklers, make healthy snacks, hear stories, songs, and make take-home treasures.

As parent, Nora Witek, says, “The Summer:garten Camp was such a great experience for our whole family! We loved the small group size, the warm and nurturing teachers, and the mix of plenty of free play with a relaxed structure. Our daughter loved her teachers and new friends and spent her days exploring outside, playing in the water, and building her imagination. She still talks about everyone snuggling on the couch reading a story during thunderstorms and sings her camp songs! We’re so glad she was able to make wonderful memories and we are excited to return.”

The Waldorf School of Philadelphia offers the Good Neighbors Summer Camp Scholarship as our way of giving back to families in our immediate neighborhood.

Grants of up to 75% of the cost of summer camp are available for our early childhood Summer:garten program for non-Waldorf affiliated families, subject to space and the availability of funds. Contact info@phillywaldorf.com for more information.

This year’s summer camp offerings are for children ages 3-14, with a variety of specialist camps including Honeysuckle Camp for 3-5-year-olds, Woodworking Camp, Music Jam Camp, and the Magical World of Faeries and Gnomes.

Learn more about The Waldorf School of Philadelphia camps this summer, including the Indigo Nature Art Camps, at phillywaldorf.com/summer.

Photo Credit: Linette Kielinski 2019