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 six themed weeks from June 29 to August 7.

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.

Coming Soon: 2015 Camp Themes! 
Registration for Seaport Summer Camp 2015 will be open in January.
Check out our themes from 2014 below!

Weeks & Themes:

July 7-11: Patriots and Pirates
Discover the birth of our Navy and what it meant to be a Patriot in the earliest days of US History. 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 14-18: Monsters & Myths of the Sea
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 make a model Viking ship!

July 21-25: Eco-Squad
Become a member of our Eco-Squad this week and investigate your impact on the environment. Discover how ecosystems have been affected by weather or habitat changes. Campers will learn about extreme weather patterns, disasters at sea, and explore how they can be more earth-friendly.

July 28-August 1: Aquapalooza!
This week is all about water! Plunge into the ecology and life of our area's rivers, streams, bays, and ocean. Discover the plants and animals that need healthy waterways in order to thrive and learn all about how important water quality is to local habitats. Campers will test the health of area water sources and get messy while examining mud!

August 4-8: Navy Boot Camp
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. 

August 11-15: Flora, Fauna & Foul Play
Become an Enviro Detective and examine the forensics of various nature "crime scenes!" Solve mysteries found in nature by examining the clues left behind by animals, plants, or the elements. Campers will also try to solve a few medical riddles aboard Cruiser Olympia! 


A registration packet will be available for download in January for the 2015 Camp Season. For general information, please download our Parent Information. 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.