FOR AGES 5-14

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For over 30 years, Perkins Center for the Arts has been offering an eight-week summer arts camp packed with discovery, collaboration and exploration. This year we are excited to announce we will be expanding our age range to serve campers ranging in ages 5-14.

Our Summer Arts Camp embraces STEAM education by focusing on arts and environmental education that facilitates creative expression and scientific learning. During their time with us, campers may work on projects in pottery, dance, improv, painting, storytelling, and sculpture. Once per session they will embark on a field trip to a museum, environmental site, or cultural center. At the end of each session we invite family and friends to our celebration, Final Friday where camper artwork and performances are showcased.

With four varied, two-week sessions, our arts camp will give your child time and space to explore imagination, invention, creativity, collaboration, and more!

NEW! Teen Arts Lab

Perkins Center is thrilled to introduce Teen Arts Lab for the 2019 camp season. For youth ages 12-14, Teen Arts Lab is a two-week intensive for youth seriously into multimedia, collaboration, and creation. Working with a small group of peers, campers will explore and play to their creative strengths as they construct exciting projects under the guidance of experienced teaching artists. To enhance and inspire these innovative experiences, campers will work beyond the classroom to find their vision and voice through the arts. This full-day program is offered all four sessions of the summer with varied themes and may be repeated.

Perkins Center Summer Arts Camp provides a fun, nurturing, and grounded environment for budding artists to appreciate the natural and creative world that encircles them.

If you’d like to talk to someone about Perkins Center’s Summer Arts Camp, please call Allison Hunt, Education Director, at 856.235.6488 *305 or email ahunt@perkinscenter.org.

Camp hours are 9am-4pm. Extended Care is available from 8am-9am and 4pm-5pm.

CAMP 2019 – NOW FOR AGES 5-14

THE WORLDS OF ART: BEYOND, ABOVE, BELOW & BENEATH!

SESSION DATES & THEMES | AGES 5-11:

Session 1: June 24- July 5 (No camp Thursday, July 4)
“Space Exploration”

Session 2: July 8- July 19
“The Sky is the Limit”

Session 3: July 22- August 2
“Down to Earth”

Session 4: August 5 – August 16
“Deep Sea Discovery”

SESSION DATES & STUDIOS  | TEEN ARTS LAB [AGES 12-14

Session 1: June 24- July 5 (No camp Thursday, July 4)
Comic Book Illustration and Design

Session 2: July 8- July 19
3D Sculpture and Fashion & Design

Session 3: July 22- August 2
Art & Design and Animation & Illustration

Session 4: August 5 – August 16
Story-writing & Bookbinding and Printmaking & Book Arts

Please note: Campers may register for multiple sessions. Projects, teaching artists, field trips vary each session.

Campers can arrive for camp starting at 8:45am unless they are registered for Extended Care, which begins at 8am. The day begins with an hour and fifteen minutes* of CLASS 1, followed by snack , CLASS 2 and then lunch & recess. The second half of the day begins at 1pm with CLASS 3 followed by activity time and CLASS 4. Campers are picked up at 4pm and Extended Care is available until 5pm.

*All four classes are the same length.

Allergy Note: Perkins Center’s camp program is peanut-free & nut-free, however our facility and grounds are not. Perkins Center is located on an arboretum which contains nut-bearing trees.

Classes: Classes will vary by session, but all campers will participate in visual art, performing art and environmental classes. These may include painting, ceramics, gardening, dance, theater, and more. There will be three art classes and one STEAM class per day.

Snack: Please pack separately a labeled snack (please refer to Allergy Note).  Note: Perkins Center no longer provides a daily snack.

Lunch: Campers are asked to bring a labeled, bagged lunch (please refer to Allergy Note) and a labeled, refillable water bottle. Daily lunches can be stored in a refrigerator if necessary.

Activity Time: During this time, campers can have fun through organized games and activities such as scavenger hunts, relay races, and more.

Extended Care: Supervised games and creative activities will be provided for campers who choose this feature. For more information, please see the Extended Care section.

Campers have the opportunity to experience many different art forms. Class options include drawing, painting, pottery, environment, storytelling, drums, music, dance and drama & improvisation.

Field Trips

To enhance the art and environmental experience, campers will have one field trip per session. A reputable bus company will provide transportation. All campers must return a completed permission slip in order to participate. Field trips are currently being scheduled & will be assigned to a specific session in May. Past field trip sites have been: The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Walnut Street Theatre, Grounds for Sculpture, and Palmyra Nature Center.

Session 1: June 28 @ 10am | Rowan University Edelman Planetarium

Session 2: July 16 @ 10am | Ritz Theatre, Jack and the Beanstalk

Session 3: July 26 @ 10:30am | The Fabric Workshop and Museum

Session 4: August 9 @ 10am | Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion


Final Fridays (Second Friday at 3pm, Front Lawn)

Campers will proudly display and preform their projects on the last day of each session. At 3:00, family and friends will gather in the Camp Gallery to meet the artists and view artwork. The campers’ performance will take place on the front lawn at 3:00pm followed by the exhibit. Sessions featuring Young Artists Inc will hold their final performance/exhibit at 3:30pm.

Session 1: July 5

Session 2: July 19

Session 3: August 2

Session 4: August 16

Required Paperwork

Please complete the forms below, including the health and behavioral form, and returned as soon as possible. Enrollment in camp is subject to a thorough review and evaluation of the information provided.  All applications are pending.

Camp Registration Packet

NJ Universal Health Form

For more information please visit our FAQ page.

Be a HERO to a deserving child from Burlington and Camden Counties this summer.

For over 30 years we have been able to offer a summer camp program that provides children, from the surrounding communities of Burlington and Camden counties, with an opportunity to be creative in a fun and engaging way!

A core element of the program throughout its history has been the camper scholarship program. One of the largest funding sources for camp scholarship program has changed funding priorities and is no longer supporting the scholarship program. Perkins Center for the Arts is committed to continue the scholarship program and has been seeking new funding opportunities, but we need support from the community in order to keep this important element of the camp experience. Donate Today!

The scholarship program is supported by the generosity of corporate donors and individuals from throughout our community. Every child should be given the opportunity to express themselves through all forms of art. Will you be a donor that springs a child’s inspirations to life?

$80 will provide drinks, snacks and lunch for 4 campers each day for 1 session (2-weeks) of Summer Arts Camp.

$330 will provide 1 camper with a half scholarship to attend 1 Session (2-weeks) of Summer Arts Camp.

$655 will provide 1 camper with a scholarship to attend 1 Session (2-weeks) of Summer Arts Camp

Be a HERO to a child by Sponsoring-a-Camper! Perkins Center for the Arts will acknowledge your generosity and support of the community in the following ways:

• Recognition in our Fall Catalog and on our website on the Individual Contributors Page!

• Acknowledgement of your generosity in our Camp Program, which is distributed to all audience members at our Final Friday.

• Exhibition & Performance at the end of each camp session.

• Additionally, you will have an opportunity to meet the camper you have sponsored.

Your donation is greatly appreciated, and is fully tax deductible.

For more information, and to Sponsor-a-Camper, please contact Allison hunt at: 856-235-6488, ext. 305, ahunt@perkinscenter.org

First Day

On the first day of camp, all campers will meet on the front lawn at 9:00 am. Signs will be posted with the names of the children assigned to each group. Please walk your child to one of the two groups to meet his/her counselor.

Drop off & Pick up Procedures

After the first day, we will have a drive through and drop-off procedure in place if you choose to use it. Drop-off begins at 8:45am on the front lawn. Counselors will sign campers into camp, but campers must be signed out by parent/guardian with their counselor during pick-up each day. Pick-up will be at 4:00pm and campers will be in there designated groups on the front lawn.

NOTE: The Perkins Center driveway is one way. You must enter Perkins Center on Camden Ave and exit out onto Kings Highway. The parking lot may be busy, so please be careful. We ask that you please park in the parking lot behind the building or on Camden Ave.

Camp Counselors & CIT Volunteers

Application open February 1st, 2019. Perkins Center for the Arts recruits passionate and engaging counselors and counselors-in-training every summer! Application deadline is rolling for each session.

Counselor Description

Counselor Application

CIT Description

CIT Application

Camp Teaching Artists

The hiring process for 2019 camp teaching artists begins January 2019. If you are an experienced teaching artist interested in making inspiration happen, please send an inquiry to Allison Hunt at ahunt@perkinscenter.org. Email only.