What’s New for your Rising 3rd Grader in 2019!


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

Your rising third grader is a powerhouse, filled with energy and enthusiasm. They are ready to tackle the world around them through exploration and discovery, and literally epitomize the concept of “play hard, work hard.” They love to socialize and engage in cooperative activities, while often becoming completely engrossed in the activity at hand.* Summer 2019 brings a wide array of programming specifically designed to help your rising 3rd grade camper thrive.

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

For a complete list of programs for your rising 3rd 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

Just Try it Days!
A weekly sneak peek of Senior Camp activities including True Life Adventures, team building, and more!

The SleepUnder Pajama Party
All of the FUN of a “sleepover” without sleeping over!
Thursday, July 25

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!

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!

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!

Who Dunnit?
*Offered in exclusive partnership with The Franklin Institute

August 12-16: Grades 2-4
Follow the clues and find the evidence! Join us for a week of creative problem-solving as you become crime scene investigators, examining evidence like fingerprints, footprints, trace evidence, and liquid spatter. Work as a team to uncover the clues, and then use your powers of deduction to solve a mystery—having tons of fun along the way!

New Theme! Junior Vetri Chef Academy: Summer Fresh – Farm to Table
*Offered in collaboration with Vetri Community Partnership

July 8 – 12: Rising Grades 3-5
Summer is prime time for eating sun-soaked, fresh off-the-vine fruits and veggies! With crisp produce at its peak flavor and availability, campers prepare dishes featuring vibrant flavors and creative preparation styles under the guidance of a Vetri Community Partnership educator. This exciting week features garden-fresh ingredients that are grown in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey regions, as well as lots of cool food for warm weather. Campers will also get plenty of practice mastering knife skills, kitchen safety, various cooking techniques and team collaboration. Featured ingredients include peaches, melons, berries, tomatoes, zucchini, carrots, beets and more.

Harry Potter Master Lego® Engineering

August 5-9: Rising Grades 3-5
Master the magic of Harry Potter using LEGO®! Build Diagon Alley in preparation for your trip to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Hop on your broomstick and play Quidditch, challenge the serpentine Basilisk, and face the evil Voldemort. Hone your magical skills while learning about Advanced Muggle (STEM) concepts. 

New Show! ESF Summer Stage: Theater and Performing Arts

July 22-26 & July 29 – August 2: Rising Grades 3-7
Note: This is a 2-week program
Explore the world of theater and performing arts! Open auditions start day one at the ESF Casting Call. Whether singer, dancer, or actor, showcase your unique talents and be cast in the role of your dreams. Discover the many facets of being on a theatrical team while exploring all aspects of dramatic and musical theater in preparation for a Theatrical Production on the last day. Family and friends are invited to attend this premier event.

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!

Junior Minecraft® and Roblox®

2 one-week sessions offered. Try one or try them both!
June 24-28, July 8-12: Rising Grades 2-4
This program fuses together two of the most popular gaming platforms in the world to offer campers the gaming experience of a lifetime! Campers embark on a virtual adventure as they exercise their creativity in an atmosphere centered on “world building” and interaction. Campers learn about environment and game construction using Minecraft and Roblox® while using drag-and-drop visual tools to imagine, design, build, and play in their custom game creations. No prior experience is required.

View a complete list of Technology Camps!

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