2019 Guide to Summer Camps In & Around Pittsburgh

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You’re probably already exploring Summer Camp options for your kids (and your kids are probably already counting the days!).

Well, we’re here to help!

There are so many awesome, unique summer programs for your kids in and around the Pittsburgh area, whether they’re into sports, adventuring, sailing, STEM activities, arts, animals, nature, or anything else!

We hope you find this list helpful in your summer planning. After this winter, we all are anxious for summer!

The Summer Camp Guide is sponsored by our featured programs. We so appreciate the support of the community and the opportunity to present our readers with valuable resources such as these.

Falcon Camp

Located only 80 miles west of Pittsburgh, Falcon Camp is widely recognized as Ohio’s premier summer camp. Falcon offers a beautiful lakefront setting, an extensive range of activities and a talented, experienced staff. The program includes horseback riding, sailing, swimming, mountain biking, canoeing, paddle boards, fishing, drama, video, photography, crafts, team sports, riflery, archery, nature, overnights, kayaking, tennis and much more. Boys and girls ages 6-16 are separate with planned coed events, and campers choose their own activities within a general framework.

Falcon has a strong reputation for making sure a camper’s first overnight experience is very positive. The non-competitive environment is inviting to new campers while our awards system challenges more experienced campers. The 1:4 staff/camper ratio allows individual instruction and attention. Most of all it’s great fun! ACA accredited since 1959 with many references available. Falcon is an outstanding opportunity for fun and learning where good things happen by design.

Selected as a “Top Ten Camp in the USA” by EarlyChildhoodEducation.com ’50 Amazing Camps in the USA’

Chosen as Ohio’s “Coolest Camp” by Philly.com ‘Coolest camps in each of the 50 states’

Program Excellence Award presented to Falcon Camp by American Camp Association Ohio

Ages: 6-16

Date of Programming: June 16th – August 10th in 2,4,6 or 8 week sessions plus special one week intro sessions for 6-10 year olds.

4251 Delta Road SW
Carroliton, OH 44615

Doodle Bugs! Children's Learning Academy

Doodle Day Camp combines summer fun and learn-through-play so that your child stays active and never stops learning. With exciting themes, special events and field trips, Doodle Day Camp is the ultimate summer vacation for children ages 3-12.

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULES!
Come one week or the whole summer! Doodle Day Camp allows you to pick your schedule and offers extended hours (6:30am – 6:30pm) so you can create a camp that’s convenient for your family.

WEEKLY THEMES KEEP SUMMER EXCITING
Doodle Day Camp creates positive communities of friends that encourage children to follow their passions. Whether it’s building a volcano, playing a soccer match, exploring nature or creating a masterpiece, children have a safe, happy place to have the ultimate summer vacation. Check out our website for a complete schedule of themes.

INCLUDED WITH TUITION

  • Healthy breakfast, lunch and snack
  • Secure, online camera-viewing through WatchMeGrow.com

Space is limited! Request your schedule and pre-enroll online today!

Camp Brochure – Mars Location

Camp Brochure – McCandless Location

Ages: 3-12

Date of Programming: Mars Location: June 10th – September 6th; McCandless Location: June 10th – August 23

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8900 Duncan Avenue       230 Scharberry Lane

Pittsburgh, PA 15237         Mars, PA 16046

iD Tech Camps for Kids and Teens

At iD Tech, students ages 7-18 learn to code, design video games, produce videos, design Fortnite-inspired levels, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, model and print 3D characters, work with Al and machine learning, build laptops, learn about cybersecurity, and more! Weeklong, day and overnight summer programs that instill in-demand skills and embolden students to shape the future. iD Tech Camps (weeklong, co-ed, 7-17), Alexa Café (weeklong, all-girls, 10-15), iD Tech Academies (2-week, teen-only, 13-18)

Ages: 7-18

Dates of Programming: June – August

Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Cut & Sew Studio

Cut & Sew Studio, located in the heart of Morningside and close to the Highland Park Zoo, offers week-long sewing and design camps for students as young as 6 and up through senior in high school.   Students of all levels of experience can choose from a wide variety of camps each with its own theme or specific project(s) selected for the week.  There are Intro to Sewing camps for the newbie sewists as well as camps for making American Girl sized doll clothes, pillows, bags, clothes and more.  There is even a Project Runway themed Maker Camp where students design, pattern and make their own look! And for those who like to think outside the box – there is the Unconventional Fashion Camp where students can make clothing from unconventional materials. Kids have an incredible time and leave with an unbelievable feeling of pride; you will be amazed at what your child makes. Students in our camps are not just learning how to sew, but how to design, problem solve and create.

Ages: 6-18

Date of Programming: Summer Camps Begin June 10; Kids programs are offered year round, Ages 6+

1747 Chislett Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Snapology

Snapology offers FUN (and shhh, educational) camps for children ages 4-14. Your child will explore fun themed programs, like animals, space, minecraft, star wars, superheroes and much, much more, all while learning engineering, science, robotics, coding, video game design & animation. It’s the perfect mix of fun and education. Don’t miss out.

Camp Brochure 2019

“Snapology is the simply the best place to get children of all ages involved in hands-on play time that is educational as well. I have a 6 year-old boy and a 4 year-old girl and both of them have a wonderful time each visit and always want more!” – Steve Keller via Facebook
 
“I recently dropped off my brother at a Snapology class in Pittsburgh and he absolutely loved it! I thought they would just be playing, drawing, etc., but when he told me that they did educational games and exercises I was blown away. My little brother actually had a fun time doing these activities, I was jealous. Haha. I wish they had these classes and camps when I was his age. I totally recommend for any mom/dad to check this place out for their kiddos!”- Paul Prost via Google

 

Ages: 4-14

Date of Programming: June 10 – August 23; Full-Day, Half-Day, and One Day Camps Available

Snapology Pittsburgh
1350 Old Pond Road
Bridgeville, PA 15017
See website for additional locations

Shady Side Academy

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SSA Summer offers a wide variety of fun, affordable summer programs for kids entering grades PK-12 on Shady Side Academy’s campuses in Fox Chapel and Point Breeze. With more than 50 day camps, sports camps, arts camps, STEM camps and summer school courses to choose from, you can build a summer schedule customized to your child’s interests and needs. Our camps are designed with working parents in mind. Full-day camps include lunch and free before-care, plus optional paid after-care, and bus transportation is offered from the North Hills and East End to our Fox Chapel camps.

Register by March 15 for a 5% early-bird discount!

Ages: Grades PK-12

Dates of Programming:

June 10th – August 9th

 

423 Fox Chapel Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238

Carnegie Science Center

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Inquisitive campers ages 4-18 have a unique chance to investigate careers in science, technology, engineering, and math this summer when they step into the shoes of computer programmers, astronomers, scientists, and robotic engineers. Whether it’s learning chemistry in the kitchen, solving puzzles in a real escape room, or exploring the amazing biology of Pittsburgh’s rivers, a summer camp at Carnegie Science Center will create memories that last a lifetime.

Select camps also make use of the BNY Mellon Fab Lab at Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh’s digital fabrication laboratory. At Fab Lab camps, campers explore “maker” technologies and game design – and even get a chance to build a mini indoor drone!

Ages: 4-18

Dates  of Programming: 

June – August | Half-day and Full-day Camps

One Allegheny Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Phipps Conservatory

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Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ camps provide fun, engaging activities where kids will explore cool science-related topics including nature, animals and ecosystems through a wide range of program options for children from ages 2 to 13.  Highlighting ecology, conservation, healthy living and art through hands-on activities personalized to each young explorer, sessions includes nutritious snacks and take-home crafts. This summer, Full Day camps are available for a week filled with incredible scientific discoveries at Phipps’ lush gardens.  Spaces are limited. 

For a complete list of camps and to register, visit phipps.conservatory.org/camps.

Ages: 2-13

Dates of Programming:

Summer Camps begin June 10th; Kids programs are available year round

One Schenley Park
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

The Bible Chapel

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Sports Camps at The Bible Chapel offer a variety of options uniquely designed to develop young athletes mentally, spiritually, athletically, and socially. Your child can build their skills with one of three sport-specific morning camps including basketball, soccer, or wrestling led by Dave Davies, former head coach of both Mt. Lebanon and Peters Township high school wrestling teams. Each morning session includes a light lunch and is followed by an afternoon Sports Camp session. At Sports Camp, participants are broken up into age groups to play games, have fun, and go home tired for you! Your child will participate in a wide variety of sports including soccer, kickball, wiffle ball, dodgeball, capture the flag, noodle hockey, sharks and minnows, flag football, and more! Sign up for a morning session, afternoon session, or make it an all-day camp and sign up for both and receive $20 off your overall cost.

Ages: Incoming K5-6th grade students; wrestling camp is open to incoming 1st-5th grade students

Dates of Programming:

Basketball and Sports – July 22-25; Soccer and Sports – July 29-August 1; Wrestling and Sports – August 5-8; full-day and half-day options available.

For a complete list of camps and to register, visit http://www.biblechapel.org/sports-programs-for-kids/.

300 Gallery Drive
McMurray, PA 15317

Katie's Clay Studio

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Katie’s Clay Studio offers a safe, creative, and fun atmosphere that encourages children’s artistic growth, and personal development!  We pride ourselves on an in-depth knowledge of child development and artistic mediums–we combine these into a studio bursting at the seams with curriculum perfect for all ages, backgrounds, needs, and skill levels. See our brochure below for prices, dates, and summer camp themes.  We offers half-day, full day, one day workshops and themed camps perfect for ages 5-16.  Our studio philosophy is that everyone benefits when we GET MUDDY!  We are located in Allison Park, just north of Pittsbugh.

Summer Camp 2019 Booklet

Ages: 5-16

Date of Programming:

June 4th – August 26th

3812 William Flinn Hwy
Building 1, Suite 100

Allison Park, PA 15101

Gymkhana Gymnastics

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Gymkhana Gymnastics hosts a variety of week long summer camps for all ages during the months of June, July and August. KHIDS KAMP for children ages 3-12 is a Gymkhana favorite. Your child will be introduced to stimulating physical, social and creative activities. SURVIVOR CAMP for children ages 6-16, who enjoy a broad range of physical activity. Based on popular TV show, campers split into tribes and compete for rewards. NINJA CAMP for children ages 4-12 is an extremely active camp with new challenges and obstacle courses each day, campers will test themselves physically, build strength and most importantly, have fun! 

Ages: 3-16

Date of Programming:

June – August

Locations in Point Breeze, Monroeville/Plum, Wexford, and Bethel Park

Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Arena

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Get ready to experience something new! Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Arena is proud to unveil a new kind of summer camp. Our one of a kind facility allows us the unique ability to combine INDOOR sports and activities with OUTDOOR games and adventure. Inside or Outside, no matter the weather, PISA is the home of Pittsburgh’s best and most unique summer camp!

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Ages: 6-13

Date of Programming:

June 10th – August 16th

22 Rich Hill Road
Cheswick, PA 15024

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