Seaport Camps

Seaport Summer Camp

Discover fun-filled days on the Delaware River at Seaport Summer Camp!

Campers will learn all about maritime history, science, and boating in any of our week-long summer camp sessions. Seaport Summer Camp will feature seven themed weeks from June 29 to August 14.

Rowing and Kayaking in our Boat Basin
Each week, in addition to all of the fun-filled activities inside the museum or on our historic ships, campers will learn how to row in rowboats built by our own Workshop on the Water and kayak in either single or tandem kayaks with instructors. Campers will also receive an introduction to water and boat safety led by trained staff.

Weeks can be purchased individually or in multiple weeks. 

Seaport Summer Camp is perfect for children ages 6-12. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday - Friday.
Before and After Care is also available for an additional fee.

Check out our new 2015 themes!

Weeks & Themes:

June 29-July 3: Pirates & Privateers
Discover the birth of our Navy and what it meant to be a Patriot in the earliest days of US History. Explore our brand new 62 foot schooner in our museum and learn all about pirate history, including pirates that came to Philadelphia! Campers will work in pirate “crews,” learn all about maps, search for hidden treasure and discover the relationship between Patriots and Pirates.

July 6-10: Rosie the Riveter, Camp Engineer

We can do it!  Become master of the engineering design through fun and exciting team engineering challenges. Drop an egg from two stories up without breaking it!  Build a bridge that can support weight out of drinking straws, or dig a tunnel without using your hands!  Nothing is impossible when campers put their heads together and keep trying.

July 13-17: Monsters & Myths
Back by popular demand! Discover the origins of sea monsters, learn all about the superstitions of sailors and explore the theories behind the Bermuda Triangle! Campers will also learn about Norse mythology and Viking explorers. Design your own Viking helmet and dissect a kraken!

July 20-24: H2Whoa!
This week is all about water! Plunge into the ecology and life of our area's rivers, streams, bays, and ocean. Test the health of area water sources, get messy conducting water-based experiments, and try your hand at navigating some under-water robots!

July 27-31: Nature Rangers
Explore the wildlife that surrounds you! Investigate the plants and animals that live in our urban setting, learn all about ecosystems, extreme weather patterns, and explore how you can help the environment.

August 3-7: Time Traveler
Travel back in time and discover your inner historian! Learn all about significant events in Philadelphia's history through exciting games, hands-on activities and tours. Hop in your time machine and find out what life was like for a kid in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries!

August 10-14: Navy Boot Camp
Back for its fourth year! See how you fare competing, (and working in teams) in museum-wide obstacle course and rescue missions! Campers will explore the history of the US Navy through our Old City walking tours and ships tours while seeing if they have what it takes to serve on the high seas.

Tuition & Fees:

Register before May 1st:       $275 per week*
Register after May 1st:          $300 per week*
Before-care (8am to 9am):      $5 per day or $20 per week
After-care (until 5:30pm):        $15 per day or $60 per week
*Members save $25!

Siblings/Multiple Booking Discount:
Register for one week of class at regular price and receive a $25 discount off additional weeks! 
(Does not apply to Before or After Care.)


To register for camp, please download the Registration Packet and return completed registration, medical, and permission and release forms. Our Parent Information packet contains all the necessary information to prepare your child to attend our camp. When registering, a $100 deposit per camper per week is required upon registering. No camper will be admitted to camp with out signed medical, permission, and release forms. Forms may be returned to:

Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Fax: 215.925.6713
Email: camp@phillyseaport.org 

Not a member?
If you would like to start a membership when you register for summer camp, please call 215.413.8630.

Seaport Summer Camp counselors are over the age of 21 and have passed criminal and child safety background clearances. Each camp week has a maximum enrollment of 20 campers, and the museum employs two full-time camp counselors. The minimum ratio of counselors to campers then, is 1:10. During on-water time each day, the museum also employs three additional adult staff who have passed criminal and child safety background clearances, to ensure that there is a minimum of five adult staff in boats or on our dock with the campers. 

Campers ages 6 to 8 are not permitted on single or tandem kayaks, but will learn to row in boats with adult instructors. Campers ages 9 & 10 are permitted in both rowboats and tandem kayaks, while campers ages 11 & 12 may row in single kayaks as well as rowboats or tandem kayaks.