Princeton Friends Summer Camp offers campers a summer full of adventure, creativity, fun, and community within the bucolic setting of the Princeton Friends School campus. Princeton Friends Summer Camp (PFSC) features arts and crafts, games of all sorts, music, drama, weekly special events, and time spent every afternoon constructing stick-and-log “villages” in our woods. While campers spend the majority of the day in their units with same age fellow campers, there are parts of the day, such as Community and swimming, when we enjoy mixed-age activities. In addition to our regular camp program, we also offer a few specialty camps, Art, Drama, and Kungaloosh Camp. Every week we take on a new theme, and around each theme, we offer a variety of activities and events at age-appropriate levels. At the center of it all is a connection to nature deeply felt by both our campers and our staff.
Our camp is offered to students from Pre-K (beginning at 4 years old) through 8th grade. Normal camp hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday (with the exception of June 19th and July 4th, for which we are closed). Parents in need of a longer camp day for their children may register for our Extra Camp program. PFSC Extra Camp runs from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., features games and activities run by our camp staff, and makes for a relaxing, fun-filled way to end a busy day of camp.
PFSC is led by Camp Director Courtney Zakolski and Assistant Camp Directors Firoozeh Wilson and Nick Lavery, who have been with the camp since 2011, 1999, and 2002 respectively. Also on staff is a full-time, licensed registered nurse. Assisting them is a staff of talented and enthusiastic counselors, most of whom have been with us for several summers and are trained in first aid, CPR, and water-safety skills.
For more information on the differences between Specialty camps and Summer camp, please visit our Camp FAQ page.
Kungaloosh Camp is a full-day program designed for campers who wish to more-fully immerse themselves within the weekly theme and spend more time with some of our most popular camp activities, such as Village and skits for Community. Kungaloosh campers will spend time designing costumes and props based on the theme, building theme-specific projects in Village, and helping other groups to experience the weekly theme by taking on characters and participating in storylines both in Community and around campus. Kungaloosh campers will participate in all camp activities, including daily swim at the Broadmead Swim Club.
Princeton Friends Summer Art Camp is a full-day program specializing in visual arts and set in a natural environment. This program features the hands-on enrichment of a specialty camp with the “old fashioned summer” approach found in our day camp. Offering the best of both worlds, this program appeals to families looking for a day spent working on art projects and crafts without having to give up time spent outside and swimming.
Campers will spend each one-week session exploring the camp’s weekly theme through the lens of art. From superhero costume design to story boarding a movie, various art techniques and craft projects will be used to get a different perspective on whatever adventure the camp is on that week. Art camp participants will spend each morning swimming at the Broadmead Swim Club. Campers will also be able to spend time creating and playing in our woods, building their own villages out of sticks and twine.
Princeton Friends Summer Drama Camp is a full-day program specializing in the dramatic arts and set in a natural environment. This program features the hands-on enrichment of a specialty camp with the “old fashioned summer” approach found in our day camp. Offering the best of both worlds, this program appeals to pre-teens and teenagers looking for a balance between drama instruction and time spent swimming and enjoying the outdoors.
Campers will spend each one-week session exploring the camp’s weekly theme through the lens of drama. On Monday, campers will develop and write a short play, which will then be cast and rehearsed Tuesday-Thursday, and performed on Friday for the entire camp and families. Drama campers will participate in morning and afternoon community and spend a part of each morning swimming at the Broadmead Swim Club after their morning Drama classes. They will not, however, participate in Village.