What’s New for your Rising 8th Grader in 2019!


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

Your rising eighth grader needs lots of physical activity and enjoys an element of challenge and safe risk. In fact, they love it even more when they can engage in activities with close friends and beloved counselors. They benefit most when independence, self-expression and humor are the hallmark of their experience and thus, we understand the importance of creating fun and engaging learning opportunities under the guidance of trusted role models.* Summer 2019 brings a wide array of programming specifically designed to help your rising 8th grade camper thrive.

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

For a complete list of programs for your rising 8th 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

Exclusive for our oldest campers: Enhanced Teen Programming!
Get ready to enjoy enhanced teen programming in our 2019 apprenticeship program! Campers will create life-long friendships while participating in all Senior Camp traditions and True Life Adventures. This program includes FUN team building activities, leadership training, community service projects, mentoring opportunities with younger campers, project-based team challenges, opportunities to assist with special camp-wide events and more. A perfect blend of all the elements of camp life!

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! Master Vetri Chef Academy: Hearty Harvest – Farm to Table
*Offered in collaboration with Vetri Community Partnership

July 29 – August 2: Rising Grades 6-8
Spend a week of your summer learning how to master the sweet, aromatic and warm recipes for Fall!  Working with ingredients that are grown in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey regions, campers discover the cozy flavors and sweet tastes of autumn! Under the guidance of a Vetri Community Partnership educator, campers produce a variety of delicious and hearty recipes each day while getting plenty of practice mastering knife skills, kitchen safety, various cooking techniques and team collaboration.  With an emphasis on the creative use of fall-focused spices and the fusion of seasonal flavors, featured ingredients will include pears, apples, corn, sweet potatoes, figs and more.

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!

Advanced Mixed Media: Photography & Filmmaking

August 5-9: Rising Grades 6-8
Creativity, technology and design converge in this exciting hands-on program! Campers bring their digital media skills to the next level and explore their passion for the arts using advanced, professional-grade equipment. Through an in-depth exploration of videography, visual storytelling and photography, campers capture elements of camp life and collaborate with their team to create short-form multimedia projects.

Indie Game Developer in Roblox®

August 12-16: Rising Grades 6-8
Learn what it takes to produce a real video game in this introduction to programming and game design. Using the massively popular Roblox® gaming platform, campers use drag-and-drop tools, the LUA programming language, and a healthy dose of creativity to develop real, functioning games. At the end of this course, campers will release their games on the Roblox® website, allowing their friends to download and play their creations.

View a complete list of Technology Camps!

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