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2012 Summer Camps and Programs at Penn

January 31, 2012, Volume 58, No. 20

Penn offers children and teens an array of summer activities from academics, enrichment and recreation—including anthropology, nursing, law, veterinary medicine and music—to more than a dozen athletic sports camps—from baseball to volleyball. For more information and applications see the specific contact information below. Additional camps and programs may be available on the Penn Athletics website, under Sports, and the Summer at Penn website,


Leadership in the Business World: LBW is an institute for talented and ambitious rising seniors in high school who want to learn about leadership in business. July 8-August 4, classes with Wharton pro­fessors, lectures from prominent business lead­ers, site visits to businesses in Philadelphia and New York City and activities designed to give opportunities to learn about leadership in 21st century business organizations. Cost: $5,825; financial aid is available. Deadline: March 1. Spon­sored by the Wharton School. Visit

Management & Technology Summer In­stitute: M&TSI is a 3-week for-credit program, July 8-28, for rising high school seniors and a select few rising high school juniors who want to learn how to bring together tech­nological concepts and management principles. Classes taught by leading Wharton and Engineering faculty and success­ful entrepreneurs, as well as laboratory experi­ence, field trips to companies and research and development facilities, intensive team projects and activities designed to help students learn the principles and practice of technologi­cal innovation. Cost: $5,575, in­cludes tuition, housing, meals and weekend ex­cursions. Deadline: March 1. Apply online at

Wharton Sports Business Academy: July 8-August 4. This residential institute provides an opportunity for talented rising high school juniors and seniors to study sports business leadership at the Wharton School. Teaches students about ownership, sports agents and celebrity endorsements as they meet and learn from leaders in the sports business world. Cost: $5,995. Apply at by March 15.

International Affairs: Learning Leadership Through Model United Nations: Living and working with students, ages 15-18, from around the world, participants will gain a unique perspective on international affairs and how to achieve solutions through diplomacy. June 24-July 21; Cost: $5,780 by March 1; $6,070 after March 1. Apply:

Summer Art and Architecture at Penn: This School of Design program offers opportunities for students, ages 15-18, who will be high school juniors or seniors in the fall of 2012. This is a rigorous, non-credit program consisting of study and development in either architecture or fine arts. Additional classes are available in graphic design, life drawing, ceramics and wheel throwing, web design, digital photography, print-making and book arts and video projects. July 1-28 (residential), July 2-27 (day), with classes from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Cost: $3,350/commuters and $5,775/residents. Visit the academic website: for questions about the program content and the Julian Krinsky Group website: for applications, fees, activities, etc.  

Penn Summer Academies: Open to rising 10th, 11th and 12th grade residential and commuting students. July 1-28. Cost: $7,599 (residential), $6,599 (commuter). Deadline: June 1. For additional details and to apply, see

Art in the City Academy: Acquaints students with the museums, galleries and historical sites that house works of painting, sculpture and decorative arts that make the nation’s first capital a world-class center for art and architectural study.

Biomedical Research Academy: This 4-week, non-credit academy is taught by members of Penn’s department of biology and regional biology teachers. Introduces students to the experimental basis of biology, including relevance to disease.

Experimental Physics Research Academy: Taught by members of Penn’s department of physics and astronomy and regional physics teachers, this program combines in-depth lectures and discussions on mechanics, electromagnetism, quantum dynamics and astrophysics with hands-on experiments to measure the speed of light.  

Penn Summer Pre-College Program: This 6-week academic program is designed for students who are interested in a college experience typical of an undergraduate freshman.  Participants enroll in one or two undergraduate courses for academic credit and are fully integrated with undergraduate students. Academic advising, extra-curricular activities and weekend trips are included. Open to rising 11th and 12th grade residential students. July 1-August 11. Deadline: June 1. For costs and to apply, see

Penn Summer Young Scholars Program: This program is designed for local students who are interested in a college experience typical of an undergraduate freshman. Participants enroll in one or two undergraduate courses for academic credit and are fully integrated with undergraduate students. Courses offered may include anthropology, economics, English, math, philosophy, linguistics and psychology.  Academic advising is provided. Open to rising 11th and 12th grade commuting students. May 21-June 29 (session I) and July 2-August 10 (session II.) Program also runs throughout the academic year for interested students. Deadline: May 1. For additional details and to apply, see

Penn Nursing Summer Institute: The School of Nursing offers a 4-week program for rising high school juniors and seniors that features cutting-edge research, the latest advances in virtual learning and clinical experience in Philadelphia’s top hospitals. Working with Penn faculty and classmates from around the world, students will enjoy an innovative classroom curriculum that covers health care topics such as current epidemics, genetics, bioethics and emergency nursing. June 24-July 21. Cost: $6,175. For more information visit

PennGEMS Camp (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science): The School of Engineering and Applied Science’s PennGEMS program is a week-long day camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., targeted at girls finishing 6th, 7th and 8th grade who are interested in math, science and engineering. Students will spend July 30-August 3 working with faculty and students in bioengineering, materials science, graphics and computing. Applications will open in the beginning of February and are due April 2. Cost: $625 and financial assistance is available. Information and registration at or by contacting Michele Grab, director of Advancing Women in Engineering Program,

The Teen Research and Education in Environmental Science (TREES) Summer Program: Hosted by the Center for Excellence in Environmental Toxicology, TREES offers seven students from local high schools a unique, hands-on research experience; lectures in environmental science, field trips and more. Students develop their own research projects. The tuition-free program lasts for five weeks, June 19-August 9. The deadline to apply is April 2 (early decision March 1). Information or to apply:

Boot UP! Camp is a program for high school students in the Philadelphia School District and Charter School students who excel in math and have an interest in computers. Students will learn about animation, video games and Google. The program is free for admitted applicants. Applications will be available in February and are due March 30. The program is open to girls and boys with priority for students traditionally underrepresented in computer science. June 25-29. Information and registration at or by contacting Michele Grab, director of Advancing Women in Engineering Program,

Summer Academy in Applied Science and Technology: July 8-28. Sponsored by SEAS, SAAST offers an opportunity for high school students to experience rigorous and challenging college-level coursework. The 3-week programs combine sophisticated theory with hands-on practical experience in cutting-edge technologies. Five programs are offered in the Academy: biotechnology, computer graphics, computer science, nanotechnology and robotics. Cost: $6,450. The priority deadline is March 23 (applications accepted on a rolling basis thereafter, space as available). Registration will be available at

Penn Law Pre-College Summer Program: July 8-August 4. Whether you would like to better understand how our legal system works, what lawyers do, or think you might want to be a lawyer someday yourself, this academy is designed to give motivated, rising high school juniors and seniors clear insight into US  law and the legal profession. Cost: $6,895 plus $100 application fee. Contact/registration info.: Grace Wadell, or Adrian Castelli, Deadlines: rolling admissions. Info.:

VETS (Veterinary Exploration Through Science): VETS is a program offered by Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine for college/post bac and high school students (juniors and seniors). Students will take part in labs and lectures as well as rotations through clinics with the 4th year veterinary students at the Matthew J. Ryan Small Animal Hospital. This program runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday each program week (5 weeks total). VETS is for college/post bac: May 21-25, June 4-8, June 11-15; high school juniors/seniors: July 9-13, July 23-27. Cost: $975. Deadline: April 2. Information visit:

Camp Addendum: Social Justice Research Academy (added 2/14/12)
The Social Justice Research Academy, July 1-28, brings students together with Penn faculty to examine the historical importance and the contemporary relevance of struggles to overcome inequality and injustice. The program includes lectures, discussions, workshops and site visits. Open to rising 10th, 11th and 12th grade students. Cost: $7,599 (residential), $6,599 (commuter). Deadline: June 1. To register, see

Enrichment and Recreation

Anthropologists in the Making: June 18-August 10. Adventurous children ages 7 through 13 can participate in this day camp at Penn Museum, the area’s only summer camp devoted to archaeology and anthropology. Through interactive gallery tours, art activities, games and special guest performances, campers discover the diversity of humankind, past and present. Each week highlights a different theme, offering campers the opportunity to enjoy one week or all eight. Call for fees and availability. This year’s themes are:
      June 18-22: Are You Game?
      June 25-29: African Kingdoms
      July 2-6: On the Move
      July 9-13: Digging in the Dirt
      July 16-20: Museums 101
      July 23-27: Who’s Who in Ancient Egypt
      July 30-August 3: A Classical Odyssey
      August 6-10: Contact!

Register by May 1: $220 per week. Register after May 1: $240 per week. Penn Museum members at the Household Level and above receive $20 off each week. Pre-camp (8-9 a.m.) and after-camp (3-5 p.m.) care is also available for additional fees. Call (215) 898-4016, e-mail, or visit

Culinary Institute @ Penn: Healthy Cooking, Nutrition and Sustainability: Savory Cuisine Session: July 1-21; Art of Baking Session: July 22-August 11. This hands-on program for students completing grades 9-11, emphasizes the total culinary experience including preparation, low impact farming, restaurant management and cooking at a fully equipped professional kitchen at Penn. Cost: $5,399/session or $9,999/both sessions. Apply:

Penn Band Summer Music Camp: July 22-28. This camp, for those in grades 9-12, includes fun activities, lectures, leadership and group building exercises and a diverse repertoire of band music. Audition not required, but evaluation form (completed by music director or private instructor) must be submitted. Fee: $825 (overnight) or $395 (commuter). Children of Penn faculty/staff are eligible for 10% discount. Sponsored by the Penn Band, Penn Athletics and Destination Penn. Deadline: July 15. Register: or call (215) 898-8719.

Morris Arboretum’s Summer Adventure Camp will be 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, June 25-29 and August 6-10. Registration begins February 20. Visit for a registration form or call (215) 247-5777 x157. Campers must register for the full week. Camp is appropriate for children ages 6 to 8 as of June 1, 2012. Campers will make a healthy snack using food grown in the Arboretum’s garden, learn the “Waggle Dance” from a bee expert, and keep track of each day’s adventures in their very own journals. Campers will also make a plant related craft every day to take home. Arboretum members: $265, non-members: $285. Cost includes all activities and a camp t-shirt.


Baseball Camps
Penn Summer Classic Baseball Camp: June 8-10; teaching-oriented camp for ages 14-18. Each player will receive feedback from their coach at the conclusion of the camp. Overnight: $565; Day campers: $405.

Youth Quaker Baseball Camp: July 23-26 at Penn’s Meikeljohn Stadium. An organized and structured camp that focuses on preparing the young player (ages 7-13) for refining their  game. Competitive and challenging drills will be performed every day. Cost: $270.

Basketball Camps
Quaker Boys Elite Basketball Camp: June 15-17. For high school aged boys who seek a strong academic and athletic camp environment. Training sessions will also be held to inform campers of the college process. Cost: $425. See or call (215) 898-0280.

Penn Girls Basketball Elite Camp: June 22-24. For high school players with aspirations of playing at a Division I, II or III level who also seek a strong academic environment. Stations are taught and games are played, and there are recruiting, academic advising and strength training sessions as well. Cost: $450/overnight, $350/day. See www.pennathletics.comorcall (215) 898-0280.

Quaker Basketball Camp at The Palestra: June 25-29. For boys and girls ages 7-16, providing each camper with a great opportunity for growth and success. The staff is comprised of collegiate and high school coaches as well as members of the Penn men’s and women’s team, who will work closely with the campers on the fundamentals and team concepts of the game. Cost: $140. See www.pennathletics.comor call (215) 898-0280.

Field Hockey Camps & Clinics
All take place at Franklin Field. For more information, see or call (215) 898-9058.
Penn Field Hockey Pre-Season Clinic: August 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For students in 7th-12th grade. Cost: $125.
Penn Elite Field Hockey Camp: June 16-18; $500/overnight, $400/day. The Penn Elite Field Hockey Camp is designed for high school players. Their experienced staff is made up of coaches with college and international experience.

Al Bagnoli All-Star Football Camp: June 10, July 21, July 23, July 24; these one day clinics, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., are designed to benefit advanced football players who possess the skills necessary to compete at the collegiate level. The Penn coaching staff will provide personalized coaching and conduct drills. Clinics open to players entering grades 9-12, kickers, punters included. $100/day. For more information see or email

Lacrosse Camps
Penn Lacrosse Elite Camp: June 26-28; for girls entering grades 9-12. Cost: $525/overnight, $400/commuter. See or email

Lacrosse College Prep Camp: June 28-29, for the lacrosse player gearing up to play at the collegiate level; this overnight camp will focus on fine-tuning your game; open to girls entering college in the fall of 2012 or entering their senior year of high school. Cost: $175. See or email

Quaker Rowing Camp: July 9-14, July 16-21, July 23-28; $1,100/overnight, $675/day; 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; for both the experienced and novice high school rower (ages 13-18) looking to significantly improve their rowing ability. Instruction and coaching will be geared to the experience level and talents of each camper. Includes two daily practices on the water as well as active seminars on erg training and body circuits. The staff will also lead discussions on the college admissions process and life as a student-athlete. Register:

Junior Fencing Camp: July 15-21 and July 22-28; $1,050/week and $1,890/both if received by June 18; $1,200/week if received between June 19 and July 6. Each camper, ages 14-18, will acquire a better understanding of practice techniques, fundamental actions, bout structure, strategy, tactics and conditioning. The material of the camp program should enable the camper to be more effective in training and competing during the following season. Individual lessons are geared toward each fencer’s particular needs. Register:

Soccer Camps
Penn Soccer Academy Day Camp: Session 1: June 11-15; Session 2: June 25-29; Session 3: July 23-27; $300. For both male and female players ages 6-13. It offers players of various skill levels the opportunity to improve their soccer skills. Development of individual skills taught through fun exercises, daily competitions and small games. Campers also get time to swim. Info.:

Junior Quaker Soccer Camp: June 18-22. For boys and girls entering first through eighth grade (ages 6-13). Cost: $300. For more information or to request registration materials, email

Penn Tennis Camp: June 11-August 10. A day camp for junior players of all experience levels, ages 6-16. Each of the nine one-week sessions is individually programmed. Children will improve their tennis skills and learn teamwork and leadership, while staying in shape and having fun. The camp day runs Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $310/one-week session, with extended hours (3:30-6 p.m.) offered daily. See for additional info on the camp and to download the brochure.

NIKE Track and Field Camp: July 8-12. Train at Franklin Field under the direction of Penn Women’s Cross Country and Track Head Coach, Gwen Harris. High school athletes learn technique, strategies and skills they need to become champions. Emphasizes fundamentals of running, jumping and throwing. Co-ed, ages 12-18. Overnight/$780, extended day (9 a.m.-9 p.m.)/$665 and day (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)/$510. Email or call 1-800-645-3226. For details visit

Penn Volleyball Camp: August 2-5. Players (girls ages 14-18) of all levels and positions are encouraged to attend this camp. Players will be grouped by skill level for an individual development experience where one can maximize her potential and improve to the next level of play. Cost: $650/residential, $550/extended day. Contact Seth Rochlin at, call (215) 898-4843 or register online at

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