What’s New for your Rising 1st Grader in 2019!

11.12.2018

*Grade level is reflective of your camper’s grade in Fall 2019

Your rising first grader is industrious, enthusiastic, inquisitive and creative. Making friends and engaging in dramatic and cooperative activities is now more important than ever. Learning best through discovery, rising 1st grade campers love to ask questions and excel at trying new games and ideas.* Summer 2019 brings programming specifically designed to help your rising 1st grade camper thrive.

Here’s what’s NEW for your child this summer.

For a complete list of programs for your rising 1st grader, visit the ESF Program Finder!

Camp Options: Day Camp, Sports Camp, Tennis Camp, Specialty Major Camp, Technology Camp

Way more than a typical Day Camp! Your camp day includes daily swim instruction, sports, hands-on activities in art, science and drama, special events, theme days, time-honored traditions and more!

What’s New!

New Weekly Special Events

New Theme Days

New Project Discovery Experiments

New Art Projects

New Sports Tournaments

New Activities:

  • Martial Arts
  • Tennis
  • Gaga

New Camp Shows:

Hitsville, USA: Destination America! Coast-To-Coast Musical Tribute
Friday, July 19

Broadway Bound: Feel the Beat!
Friday, August 16

For more information and special events, visit our Day Camp page!

Welcome to Sports Camp!
Learn More, Play More, BE More!

The NEW SportsLab is ESF Sports Camp re-imagined! With a multi-sport focus, you will enjoy skills contests, gameplay, and a variety of fun events each week. The novice and experienced athlete will be exposed to a dynamic combination of sports and character with instruction by top-notch coaches, geared to individual skill levels. 

Campers will play core sports such as basketball, soccer, baseball, flag football, and lacrosse, with choices to try European team handball, floor/street hockey, and daily swimming.

What’s New:

SportsLab Iron Camper Week!
This fun and exciting action-packed week includes daily team events in the areas of strength, fitness, and endurance.
July 15-19

New World League Schedule
Weeks of July 8-12 and July 22-26

Official performance Tee for each camper

Master Coach Guest Speakers

Visit Sports Camp for more important on our new programming!

Welcome to Tennis Camp!

Where Tennis is fun and improvement is guaranteed! Individual and group instruction with match play for beginner, intermediate and advanced players and continuous improvement for all skill levels.

What’s New

New skills contests
New tournaments
New round-robins
New drills
New match play
New games and activities!

Learn more about Tennis Camp!

Dive into your passions with one of our Specialty Major Camps!

Science Detectives
*Offered in exclusive partnership with The Franklin Institute

August 5-9: Rising Grades K-1
Use the power of your senses to uncover the secrets of the world around you. Solve a daily mini-mystery by seeing the unseen, listening to sounds all around, sniffing out clues, and detecting through touch and texture. Then put the pieces together to solve the puzzle of the week’s final mystery!

Zoo-per Heroes: Super Animal Adventures
*Offered in collaboration with The Philadelphia Zoo

July 15-19: Rising Grades K-2
Join the Philadelphia Zoo on this exciting animal adventure. Campers learn about the superpowers that different animals naturally possess through a variety of fun games and activities. They meet animal ambassadors throughout the week at camp and learn how they can use their zoo-per strength to help protect animals in the wild. Camp culminates with a SuperHero Party – get your costume ready!

Lego® Ninganeering

July 29 – August 2: Rising Grades K-2
Enter the world of Ninjago and become an apprentice Ninjaneer! Learn the way of Spinjitzu, build the Fire Temple, race Skull Trucks, and encounter the mighty Dragon! Imagine and build unique and fun LEGO projects with the guidance of an experienced instructor while exploring the fantasy world of Ninjago. This is an ideal way to prepare young Ninjaneers for the challenge of Ninjaneering Masters with LEGO camp.

View a complete list of Specialty Major Camps!

Choose from a variety of Technology Camps for a hands-on experience that allows for imagination, exploration and fun!

First Steps Makerspace

July 8 -12: Rising Grades K-2
In this exciting program, campers receive a hands-on introduction to design thinking, programming and engineering. Taught in an immersive environment, First Step Makerspace inspires learning, exploration, creativity and fun. Through a variety of collaborative games, innovative activities and cutting-edge technology programs, campers design and build their own projects, tinker with snap circuits, experiment with cryptographic beads and more!

First Steps Robotics

August 12-16: Rising Grades K-2
Your child’s journey to discovering robotics starts here! In this interactive program, campers explore the world of robotics, visual coding and creativity using Ozobots and Dash & Dot! Campers learn programming, design thinking and problem-solving while working in teams to code their robots’ behaviors, dream up new adventures and engage in self-guided missions!

View a complete list of Technology Camps!

*Source: Chip Wood. “Children in the Classroom Ages 4-14.” Yardsticks 3rd Edition 2007.