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Chester County Summer Camps

2022 Summer Camp options for kids in Chester County

By Jen Anderson - Publisher, West Chester Macaroni Kid April 19, 2022

Looking for great summer camps and activities for kids in Chester County? We've got a lineup of camps to choose from in Downingtown, Kennett Square, West Chester, Exton, Media, Newtown Square and in between! This year's guide to great local camps includes themes such as Photography. Outdoors, Theater, Cooking and Baking, Dance, Video Gaming, and more. 

Explore each local camp option below and click "Learn more" to get the full description and the details on registration. 




Angry Jack’s Junior Camps
Having fun is #1 at Jack’s Juniors Camps and Axe Throwing is just one of the experiences that will fully engage your child during their week with us. There will be Wood Crafts, Team Building Projects, Games, Prizes, etc… and did we mention Axe Throwing!?!?

  • Welcoming Ages 8-14
  • Full-day camps

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Benchmark Camp
Media, PA

This five-week day camp program from June 27-July 29 in Media, PA includes Benchmark's internationally recognized language arts program, executive function skills instruction, and design thinking activities, as well as swimming, art, science, and sports on our 23-acre wooded campus. For children in grades 1-6, and especially well-suited for children with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning differences.

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CCWA Paradise Farm
Downingtown, PA


Outdoor day camp with pool, archery range, pond, sports fields, maker space, and cabins. Developmentally appropriate activities are planned for each of the weekly sessions.

  • 5-16 years old (half-day available for Kindergarteners)
  • Half-day and Full-day options available
  • Before care and after care are available

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Camp Wonderkin
Cheslen Preserve, Coatesville, PA

Nestled in the rolling hills of beautiful Chester County and surrounded by forest and field, Natural Lands' ChesLen Preserve offers the perfect setting for Camp Wonderkin - a nature-based STEAM camp designed for age 4-10. Each day of this unique camp experience will focus on various concepts of the STEAM acronym - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

  • Ages 4 - 10
  • Full-day only

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Chesterbrook Academy Summer Camps
West Chester, PA

This is their time to shine, to explore new activities, master new skills, make new friends—and bring out their best! Our camp offers many options to keep your child excited and engaged this summer, from day camps, academic camps and specialty camps—all in a safe and secure environment.

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Chester County Art Association
West Chester, PA

The Chester County Art Association is pleased to announce that registration for our 2022 Summer Camp is officially open! Offerings will include a wide range of camps, featuring drawing, ceramics, mixed media, jewelry, photography, and much more! Camps will be available for children and young adults, ages 4-17.  

CCAA’s summer camp will run for 11 weeks from June 2022-August 2022. All camp sessions will be half day in 2022. At this time before and after care is not available.  

Visit www.chestercountyarts.org for our camp guide, full descriptions, supply lists, and registration! 

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Goshen Friends School Summer Camp
West Chester, PA

Goshen Friends School’s Summer Camp for preschoolers, pre-kindergartners, & rising kindergartners offers seven weeks of splishing, splashing, socializing, and outdoor fun on our beautiful 10-acre campus just outside West Chester. It is a popular choice among local families looking for a fun, affordable summer camp option for their young child.

  • Preschoolers, Pre-K and Rising Kindergarteners
  • Half day camp

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I Love Photography Summer Camps!
Multiple locations including East Goshen Park, Longwood Gardens, Limerick, Chester Springs, West Chester, Swarthmore College and more

I Love Photography Summer Camp! Offering 11 FUN filled weekly camps at 8 locations plus a travel camp. Instructors are professional photographers and teachers

  • Half-day and Full-day options available
  • Ages 9-16

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Kennett's Best Summer Camp at Legacy Martial Arts Summer Camp
Kennett Square, PA
Our Summer Camp is fun, safe, and clean! Kids will participate in sports, games, arts & crafts, STEM, and science experiments every day.

  • Kindergarten - 5th Grade
  • Full-day options
  • Before care AND after care are available

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Makoto Martial Arts Summer Program
Exton, PA
Looking for something other than the same old art, day and dance camps? Then check out the full-day Makoto Martial Arts Summer Program where your kids will go on 3-4 adventures every week... gain some cool ninja skills (even earn belts)... and make a whole lot of new friends. Select any or all 11 weeks and get ready for the best Summer yet. 

  • Youth Program: 6-11 years. Teen Program: 12-15 years
  • Full day camp
  • Before care AND after care are available

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Meraki Run Club Summer Camps
Various locations in Downingtown, PA

Empowering young runners in Chester County through our summer running programs suitable for all abilities and experience levels. 

  • Ages 6-13
  • Half day camp

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MyGym Summer Camp

Looking for a fun summer camp? My Gym Children's Fitness Center is the perfect spot for kids to learn, be adventurous, and have fun!

  • Ages 3-10
    Half-day and Full-day options available
  • Learn more




Pennsylvania Theatre Institute
West Chester, PA

Pennsylvania Theatre Institute is a summer performing arts camp at West Chester University. Founded by university professors and working professional theatre artists, our programs include Young Company (ages 8-14), a two-week day camp, and the Pre-College Intensive (for high school students), an immersive on-campus experience. 

  • 8-14, High School Students
  • Full-day camp
  • Before care and after care are available

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People's Light SummerBLAST
Malvern, PA

Summer theatre programs use storytelling and performance to inspire curiosity, explore the world around us, and to express ourselves. Led by professional teaching artists, young people have the chance to collaborate and create their own original performances.

  • Three cohorts: Ages 7-9, 10-13, and 14-18
  • Full day camp
  • Before and after care are available

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Philadelphia Rock Gym - Summer Camps
Malvern, PA

Take your summer to new heights!  Build confidence, make friends and learn a sport you can enjoy for a lifetime at PRG Summer Camp.

  • Half Day 4 and up // Full Day 6 & up
  • Half-day and Full-day options available
  • Before care and after care are available

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Stagelight Summer Camps
Chester Springs, PA

Join the fun at a Stagelight summer camp where you'll learn the theatrical art of all aspects of stage performance, meet new friends, and put on a show!

  • Grades K-12
  • Half-day and Full-day options available

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Summer at the Studio - Diane Matthews School of Dance Arts
West Chester, PA

Keep your youth moving this summer with dance! By popular demand, we are again holding Princess Dance Camp for dancers 3.5 to 6 years old! We also have a new Tik Tok experience for older youth and summer classes for dancers of all ages. See the information below and contact us for more details. Ask about our early bird discounts when you register before April 30, 2022

  • Ages 3.5-6 and ages 9-17
  • Half-day and Full-day options available
  • Early bird discounts when you register before April 30

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Summer Camps at West Chester Studio at Uptown!
West Chester, PA

Join WCStudio at Uptown! for a summer of theatre fun and exploration, where your performer can learn practical theatre skills, develop their imagination, and find their own unique voice. Early Bird & Multiple Discounts Available! 

  • Ages 4-18
  • Half and full-day options are available
  • After care available
  • Early Bird Specials or Multiple Camp discounts available.

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Summer Camps at YMCA of Greater Brandywine Locations
Multiple Locations including West Chester, Lionville, UMLY, Kennett Square

YMCA Summer Camps provide campers with a summer they'll never forget. Campers have an opportunity to make friends and participate in a variety of camp activities including arts & crafts, sports, free swim, field games, community service and weekly themed activities. Locations include:

Camp Brandywine, located in Coatesville at the Brandywine YMCA
Camp Octorara, located in Atglen at the Octorara YMCA Program Center
Camp Chippewa, located in West Grove at the Jennersville YMCA
Camp Lenni Lenape, located in Kennett Square at the Kennett Area YMCA
Camp Leo, located in Exton at the Church Farm School
Camp Chestnut, located in West Chester at the Oscar Lasko YMCA
Camp UMLY, located in Berwyn at the Upper Main Line YMCA
Camp Winnipeg, located in West Chester at the West Chester Area YMCA

  • Ages vary by location and range from Preschool to Grade 6
  • Half-day and Full-day options available 
  • After care are available at no additional cost

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Summer Dance Camp at Time to Leap Dance Studio
All Camps will include plenty of age-appropriate dancing, along with crafts, snacks, camp t-shirt, and a presentation at the end of the week. Each week will highlight a different theme, including Royalty Training, Ice Castles & Snowmen, ‘Encanto’ Inspired, Broadway Bound, and MORE.  

  • Half and full-day options are available
  • Age 3.5 yrs +
  • Early bird pricing available

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Summer Discovery at Newlin Grist Mill
Media, PA

Summer Discovery at Newlin Grist Mill offers history- and nature-based experiences in an engaging, inclusive, outdoor environment for children ages 4-12. Summer Discovery is the place where learning is fun!

  • Half-day camps
  • Ages 4-12

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Summer Friends Camp at Media-Providence Friends School
Media, PA

Summer Friends provides children ages 3-10 with an opportunity to participate in weekly thematic units taught by experienced counselors and certified elementary teachers. The campers at Summer Friends are free to explore, play, and express themselves in the safe community found year-round at Media-Providence Friends School.

  • Ages 3-10
  • Full-day camp
  • Before care AND after care are available

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The Kitchen Workshop
Paoli, PA
Fun-Filled Hands-on Cooking and Baking Camps

  • Ages 8-16
  • Half-day and Full-day options available

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The Rock School West
West Chester, PA

The Rock School West is the official branch school of The Rock School for Dance Education. As a not-for-profit dance school, The Rock School West offers instruction in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, theatre, contemporary dance styles, & more. 

  • Jazz Dance Intensive (Ages 9-18); Ballet Intensive (Ages 9-18); Dress up & Dance (Ages 3-6)
  • Half-day and Full-day options available

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Touch of Class Dance Summer Camps and Classes
Downingtown and Broomall, PA

Touch of Class Dance Studio will be offering Dance Camp at both Broomall and Downingtown locations for select weeks during the Summer of 2022! Dance Camp will run Monday - Friday from 9:00am - 3:00pm for kids ages 5 - 8, no dance experience required!

  • Ages 5-8
  • Full day camp 

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Twirl
Newtown Square

Fun, fun, fun, and more fun! Twirl’s summer camps will get your child to forget their handheld devices as they get lost in the magic of dance-related activities. Each camp has its own unique theme and will emphasize different aspects of the performing arts. Camp themes include Encanto, Disney Theme Parks, Super Heroes, Stitch's Beach Party, and MORE!

  • Ages 3.5+
  • Half day camps

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Uplink Studios Video Game Camp
Glenmoore, PA

At Uplink our camps focus on Gaming with a little bit of education. We teach online safety, including talks about sharing personal information, learning about clickbait and we talk about dealing with stress and tilted. We also get plenty of exercise and play Gaga Ball!

  • Ages 7-16
  • Half-day and Full-day options available
  • Before care AND after care are available

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West Chester Field Hockey

Field hockey summer camp options in the heart of West Chester, PA!

  • Grades 1st - 8th AND Futures program for ages 3-6 
  • Half-day camps

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West Chester Lacrosse Summer Camp at Kelly Field
West Chester, PA

West Chester Lacrosse Boys Summer Camp and West Chester Lacrosse Girls Summer Camp is for players in grades Kindergarten - 8th grade and takes place at Kelly & Kildare's fields in the West Chester Sports Complex June 27th - June 30th. Camp is for players all skill levels and incorporates lacrosse skills and drills, competition, and fun games.

  • K - 8th grade
  • Half-day and Full-day options available

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Young Writers / Young Readers
West Chester University

A camp for kids who love to write and read!

  • Grades 1-11
  • Half-day camp

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AR Workshop Malvern DIY Art Camp 
Ages 7-14

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Science Explorers Camps - Up to $30 Off 
Ages 4-11

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Find additional Summer camps nearby in Kennett Square and Media


For future reference, this local guide is always accessible through the "Guides" tab on West Chester Macaroni Kid

Thank you to the many great Chester County area camps that are listed here. We hope everyone has a safe, happy and fun-filled summer! 


For more information on listing your summer camp, please contact us via email at JenA@macaronikid.com








































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