What’s New for your Rising 5th Grader in 2019!


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

Your rising fifth grader is extremely expressive and talkative and loves to be a part of a group or team. They have rapidly growing bodies accompanied by a passion for outdoor play and physical activity. With a desire for strong friendships, we work hard to create opportunities for bonding and teambuilding.* Summer 2019 brings a wide array of programming specifically designed to help your rising 5th grade camper thrive.

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

For a complete list of programs for your rising 5th grader, visit the ESF Program Finder!

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

Reach new heights through innovative programs designed to broaden the horizons for our oldest campers. Fun activities include True Life Adventures, daily swimming, art, sports, team initiatives, service learning, leadership skills and much more!

Highlights Include:

The Senior Camp Showdown!
A week-long competition, where strength, speed, critical thinking and teamwork combine! Events include an inflatable obstacle course, the Amazing Race, Trivia Face-off, Aqua Olympics and more!
July 15-19

Fiesta Evening Event
Thursday, August 15

New True Life Adventure (TLA) Lineup!

Gourmet Camper: A Taste of ItalyJune 24-28
Outdoor Adventure: Rock WallJuly 1-5
Beyond Words: Sign LanguageJuly 8-12
Think Tank: Minds in MotionJuly 15-19
FUN-tastic Frisbee®July 22-26
Camp Carnival, Circus Skills and MagicJuly 29-August 2
Songwriting and Music ProductionAugust 5-9
Kids Inc. : The Perfect Pitch
– Powered by the Jack Welch Management Institute
August 12-16
Emoji Art: Digital Graphics
August 19-23


Get more information on Senior Camp programming!

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!

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!

Intro to Mixed Media: Photography & Filmmaking

2 one-week sessions offered. Try one or try them both!
June 24-28, August 5-9: Rising Grades 4-6
Have you ever dreamed about becoming a famous YouTuber? Do you have aspirations of being a world-renowned photographer or filmmaker? In this hands-on program, campers learn the fundamental skills of videography, visual storytelling, photography, and photo editing. Imagination and creativity come to life as they photograph elements of camp life and collaborate with their team to create short-form multimedia projects. No experience necessary.

Engineering & Robotics

2 one-week sessions offered. Try one or try them both!
July 8 – 12, July 29- August 2: Rising Grades 4-6
In this tech adventure, campers work on robotics projects while refining their engineering and programming skills. After entering the fantastic world of Lego® Mindstorms and collaborating with their team, they plan, construct, program and test fully functioning, sophisticated robots that complete simple to complex tasks. Take the Challenge!

View a complete list of Technology Camps!

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