Day Camps

At Summerside on the Hill, campers may choose from our Red Hot Summer Camp or our various specialty day camps, where your camper can dive deeper into one area of interest, all week long. All day camps include a variety of activities with active and engaged counselors to encourage and care for your child. No matter what camp you choose, Summerside on the Hill is the perfect place for the perfect summer!

Red Hot Summer Camp

Red Hot Summer Camp is Summerside on the Hill’s traditional day camp program that runs the full length of the summer session and is designed for boys and girls 4 to 10 years old. Red Hot Summer Camp promises a daily variety of arts, athletics, games, special events, and LOTS of fun with friends. Register for 1 week or 10 weeks or anywhere in between!

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  • Red Hot Summer Camp

    All Red Hot Summer campers will take part in fun-filled crafts, cooking, messy science, inclusive team games and sports, swimming every day (weather permitting), and much more! Campers will enjoy theme events such as campers versus counselors field day, hikes in the Wissahickon, field trips, and other special programs. Special guests—magician, puppeteer, and a few friends from the zoo—make visits to camp throughout the summer. Our campus boasts a new athletic complex, air-conditioned buildings, and a cafeteria that will provide all of our snacks and lunches—included in the cost of camp! Our low-cost Morning Care and Afternoon Care options make this an ideal program for working parents. Campers will be divided into groups by age and each group will be matched with qualified and experienced counselors to ensure a safe, fun, and caring environment filled with camp traditions.

    This camp is directed by Laura Cortes, a Pre-K Assistant in the Lower School for Boys at SCH.

    Dates: June 11 – August 17 (closed July 4)
    Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Ages: 4 – 10

    $325 per week for registrations received by 3/31; $375 per week for registration 4/1 or later (includes lunch and snack)

Specialty Day Camps

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  • 3D Printing – Digital Design Camp

    Do you like working on computers? Would you like to learn how to design a three-dimensional movable robot? Then this camp is for you! In this brand new camp, we will learn about 3D printing, how and why we use it, and complete several project-based activities that are fun, interactive, and engaging.

    This camp will be taught by Juliet Fajardo, who teaches New Media, Digital Art, and 3D Animation at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.

    Dates:August 13 – August 17
    Time:9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Ages:10 – 14

     $410 per week for registration 4/1 or later (includes lunch and snack)
  • Coding for Kids (2 SPACES AVAILABLE)

    Do you like computers? Do you know how to code or are you interested in learning how to code? Then this is the camp for you! If you have an idea for a game, animation, or interactive art and need the skills to make your dream come alive, then you’ve come to the right place. This camp will introduce a variety of coding languages and teach key concepts, including loops, conditionals, and variables. You will use these tools to design, prototype, play, test, and have fun! 

    Karen Kolkka is a graduate of the MAT program at The University of the Arts and has a bachelor of fine arts in ceramics from UArts as well. She is an artist as well as an art and technology educator, and she gets a sparkle in her eyes whenever she is engaged in cultivating creativity and encouraging exploration.

    Dates:August 6 – August 10
    Time:9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Ages:9 – 13

    $410 per week for registration 4/1 or later (includes lunch and snack)
  • Drones – GoPro and Video Filmmaking Camp (COURSE IS FULL. REGISTRATION IS CLOSED)

    Do you like technology? Do you like computers? Would you like to use a drone to create your own film or video? Then this camp is for you!

    Dr. Ellen Fishman-Johnson is the director of The Arts and New Media at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. Dr. F-J is an accomplished composer and new media artist (YouTube-efjcomposer), and was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2007.

    Dates:June 18 – June 22
    Time:9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Ages:10 – 14

    $415 per week for registration 4/1 or later (includes lunch and snack)
  • Engineering Works!

    Week of June 25 (Ages 8 – 10) 
    Week of July 23 (Ages 7 – 9) 

    Do you like to make things that do things? Thats engineering! While at Engineering Works!, campers will spend the day designing, building, and testing a range of fun items, including solar cars, bottle rockets, catapults, and airplanes. If you like science and have a creative mind, then this camp is for you!

    Erik Dreisbach has been teaching science at SCH for the past 15 years, both in the Upper School and in Middle School for Girls. He has a passion for teaching campers engineering by doing hands-on learning and making science come to life. When not teaching kids science, he enjoys cooking, building Legos with his kids, and coaching youth soccer.


    June 25 – June 29 (Ages 8 – 10)
    July 23 – July 27 (Ages 7 – 9)
    Time:9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Ages:According to attendance week

    $390 per week for registration 4/1 or later (includes lunch and snack)

    During this camp, we will explore the science and art behind tinkering. Each day, we will explore difficult tinkering challenges. Some of the challenges might include taking apart and redesigning toys, making pop-up cards that light up, using motors to create drawing “bots,” making a city completely out of cardboard, designing a new type of instrument, or creating a useable product out of duct tape. We will provide you with the challenge, materials, and guidance, but your imagination can take the projects into your own creative direction. Get ready for a week of making, building, and fun.  
    The camp will be led by Mary Ann Domanska. Mary Ann has been teaching at SCH for 15 years. She is also the author of the middle-grade novel, Emic Rizzle, Tinkerer. She has been a presenter for ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education), NCGS (National Coalition of Girls’ Schools), and PDK (Phi Delta Kappa, International). She loved being a Girl Scout leader for six years and represented the U.S. for the WAGGGS Northern Hemisphere Leadership Conference. She’s looking forward to her third year as director of Make It Happen.

    Dates:July 30 – August 3
    Time:9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Ages:7 – 9

    $375 per week for registration 4/1 or later (includes lunch and snack)
  • Mighty Authors Summer Literacy Program

    A new offering for this year, Mighty Authors Summer Literacy Program, taught by veteran SCH Academy Lower School teachers, will build core literacy skills through the art of book making. Boys and girls entering grades K to 3 will create their very own illustrated, hardbound books that showcase their creativity and storymaking skills. Each week will focus on a different kind of literature and conclude with a publishing party. The children will learn and use three programs to produce their books—Fundations, Reader’s Workshop, and Writer’s Workshop.  At the end of four weeks, they will go home with a boxed set of four books covering the following genres:

    June 18: Picture books   |   June 25: Mysteries  
    July 9: Comic books   |   July 16: Fantasy
    What Will My Child Learn?
    how to write for an audience • peer editing/collaboration • fluency • vocabulary • comprehension • phonics • public speaking • Fine motor/handwriting • illustration/design • Grammar and sentence structure • how to make paper • how to write, illustrate, and bind a book
    Ages: Boys and Girls entering grades K to 3
    Dates: Weeks of June 18, June 25, July 9, July 16
    Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 
    Where: Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Jordan Building 
    500 West Willow Grove Avenue, Phila, PA 19118
    Cost: $400/week, snack provided
    Instructors: Ellen Funchion and Karen Pizer
  • Science and Robotics Camp

    This wildly popular camp is back again this summer with more fun robotics challenges and a new twist! Each camp day will have two parts: half of each day will be spent in the state-of-the-art Robotics Lab at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy; the other half of the day will be spent exploring physics by building something fun! We’ll build rockets. We’ll make gliders. We’ll build towers. We’ll drop an egg off a platform and have it fall safely to the ground in a parachute. The sky is the limit! If you have a young scientist and robotics engineer in your home, this is the place for him or her to be this summer.

    The camp will be led by members of the SCH science faculty and coaches of SCH’s award-winning FIRST Lego League Jr. team.

    Dates: July 9 – July 13 (FULL FOR 7-9 YEAR OLDS. REGISTRATION IS CLOSED)
    Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Ages: 7 – 12

    $435 per week for registration 4/1 or later (includes lunch and snack)