Imagination Camp

Kids arrive and start the day with a specific morning project that then leads into a time of warm-up. The day is spent moving through specific activities relating to the theme. These activities range from games to specific exercises in acting, movement, visual arts and storytelling. Lunch time is accompanied by a time of fun and games outside and the day ends with a healthy snack. Each day explores a specific piece of the theme which culminates in a small showing the final day of camp.

Dates & Themes

June 11-15: Build-a-Superhero
Up in the air - it's a bird, it's a plane, it's a NEW superhero! Use your imagination to create your new superhero... and maybe their arch nemesis!

June 18-22: Prehistoric Adventures
Calling all budding paleontologists. What would it look like to be a caveman or live with the dinosaurs? Join our group of explorers as we uncover life in the prehistoric age!

June 25-29: Celebrate a YACA Holiday
We all have our favorite holidays, so let's create a new one! What would be the foods we would eat? What traditions would we create or what songs would we sing?

July 2-6: Show Week
Join in the excitement of our Theatre Camp as they put on their big world premiere production! Some campers will participate in scenes of the Theatre Camp show and others will create their own pre-show! (Check Theatre Camp page for theme.)

July 9-13: Storybook Land
Open the pages and journey with us inside a favorite book! Maybe we will re-imagine a favorite story, or create a sequel, maybe we'll mash up a whole lot of classics! The possibilities are endless!

July 16-20: Designers Wanted
Every play needs designers. Sets, scenes, costumes, and props need to be built. What happens when start a play process from the end and work backwards? We can't wait to see your inner designer come to life!

July 23-27: Show Week
Join in the excitement of our Theatre Camp as they put on their big world premiere production! Some campers will participate in scenes of the Theatre Camp show and others will create their own pre-show! (Check Theatre Camp page for theme.)

July 30-August 3: Into the Deep
We all want to go to the beach in the summer, so let's bring the beach to us! After a day of sun and sand, we will dive down and explore what's under the water… in the deep!

August 6-10: Imaginary Friends
You're never alone when you have your imaginary friend with you! We are so excited to learn about yours. We'll learn all about them and maybe even journey to their imaginary lands! (Prior Imaginationary Friend not required.)

August 13-17: Show Week
Join in the excitement of our Theatre Camp as they put on their big world premiere production! Some campers will participate in scenes of the Theatre Camp show and others will create their own pre-show! (Check Theatre Camp page for theme.)

August 20-24: The YACA Games!
With the Winter Olympics come and gone, what would a Yes! And… style olympic games be like? Come ready to play as hold the first ever YACA Games!

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Costs & Payment Options

Camp costs

Camp costs $320 per week. We offer discounts, payment plans, scholarships (“camperships”), and even more to ensure NO CHILD gets turned away who wants to attend our camp!

Please note that we have made the following changes for tuition this year:

  • A $50 registration fee is due for each week registered at the time of registration.
  • All tuition must be paid in full by May 1, 2018

Pay in Full discount

Pay in full at the time of registration and get 10% off (electronic payment within 24 hours, check or cash within 5 business days). Only available for registrations up to May 1.

Payment Options

Pay by CHECK. - Checks should be made out to Yes! And... Collaborative Arts and mailed to Yes! And... Collaborative Arts, 21 W. Washington Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144

SQUARE - If you choose to pay conveniently online through Square, a 3% fee will be added to your total camp cost. This fee also applies to credit card payments made in person using Square.
Example - Total X 3%: $320 X .03%= $329.60

Pay CASH - Parents who wish to pay in cash are welcome to make payment arrangements in person.


Multi-week discount

Register for 5 or more weeks per family and take an additional $100 off your total! (Is available in combination with Imagination Camp and all middle school programming.)

Sibling discount

Take $25 off per additional child(ren).

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Refund policy

Once we have reserved a spot for your child, you will be responsible for payment for the days and weeks that you have chosen, even if your child is absent. If you must cancel your registration before May 1, registration fees for each week registered will be withheld. There will be no cancellation refunds given after May 1st with the exceptions listed below.

  • If there is a waiting list for the camp and someone is willing to take your spot in the camp, you may be eligible for a full refund.
  • A camper who becomes ill or injured during the week of their camp may receive a prorated refund at the discretion of the Program Director.
  • Refunds will be granted for reasons of illness, injury (a doctor’s certification may be requested) or death in the immediate family.

Please note the following:

  • Refunds will not be granted for scheduling conflicts or no-shows.
  • Refunds will not be granted to campers who leave camp by their own choice.
  • Campers may transfer to an alternate session, if space permits, without penalty.
  • Any refunds will be made to the individual who made the original payment.

Before/After Care

Camp runs from 9AM until pick-up at 3PM. Some of our families need to utilize a longer day of care for their family. For the past few years, we have been happy to offer extended enrichment times for these families. Campers who stay longer are teamed with a Staff member and help set-up, tear down or are utilized to further our imaginative story with crafts, building sets, and more. We start at 8am with early care and close at 5pm with late care. Extended day care is $6/hour and can be added by the day or the week, but we do require a week’s notice in order to have proper staff coverage. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer scholarships to cover before and after care as the money goes right to the staff members responsible for the care.

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Every camp culminates in an original performance. We can't tell you what they are, because your child is part of the writing and creating process! We can tell you that these showcases are exciting, celebratory, and always an adventure. Our Imagination Camps showcase on Friday at 3:00pm, after their day is done. The exceptions to this are on the weeks when they will join the Theatre Camp and Middle School workshops for their 6pm show. (Kids stay after camp for rehearsal and pizza!). The dates for these performances are the weeks ending on July 6, July 27 and August 17.

What To Bring, What To Wear

Please pack your kids a lunch. We will provide a healthy snack for them, but please pack them a decent-sized lunch and plenty of fluids. Cold water is provided for them to keep hydrated! We have the ability to keep the lunches cold, but it would be best if they are “ready to eat” and do not need to be heated. Please make sure your kids do not bring any personal items to camp including money, jewelry, electronics, etc. Cell phones and portable gaming devices will not be allowed to be used at camp. Please have your children wear loose-fitting clothes that might get dirty. Think of what you might wear to a yoga class but not brand-new because we don’t want to ruin anything! If we are planning on an especially dirty (think paint) or water-centric (think water balloons) day, we’ll let you know in advance!

More Forms!

Of course, after applying for camp through our handy on-line form you might have thought that you were done with forms. But no! We require an emergency form and a media release. The first day of camp you will be asked to stop for a few minutes and fill them out OR you can download them, print them out and send them or bring them with you the first day.
(Download here)

Returning families: We probably have your records on file. You can save a tree and just let us know if there has been any changes in their/your information in the past year.

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Our Camp Site

Germantown Mennonite Church (GMC) 21 W. Washington Ln Philadelphia, PA 19144
21 W. Washington Ln. is the home of Germantown Mennonite Church and is the home of Yes! And... Collaborative Arts. We are very excited to be hosting our Imagination Camps at GMC this year!

Our Staff

Yes! And... Collaborative Arts hand picks an incredible team of artists and educators each summer. Artist teachers prepare classes in acting, movement, visual arts and storytelling while Travelers are on hand to guide each tribe of kids throughout the day. High school students from our Shadow Company are also a part of the tribes as Junior Travelers. Staff hired by Yes! And... Collaborative Arts have trained in our Collaborative Arts Institute and have proper and up-to-date copies of child abuse and criminal record background checks. We retain many of our staff from previous years, so your child will get to know their favorites!

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Registration Form

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No one turned away

We don't turn down kids who want to come to camp! Does your child have an artistic itch they want to scratch but you don't think you can afford our summer camps? Well, our policy is to find a way for every child to attend camp if they want to! Simply fill out the form and check the box labeled "Camperships" and we will contact you right away! Act quickly as these slots fill up fast!

Summer 2018 Calendar

At a glance

June 18 - 29
Fringe Festival Camp with Shadow Company

2 week session
GRADES: 9 - 12

June 11 - August 17
Imagination Camp

Weekly sessions

June 11 - 15
Theatre Camp Intensive

The Classics
1 week session
GRADES: 5 - 8

June 18 - July 6
Theatre Camp

Discover, Explore, & Encounter
3 week session
GRADES: 5 - 8

July 9 - 27
Theatre Camp

Fractured Fairytales
3 week session
GRADES: 5 - 8

July 30 - August 3
Theatre Camp Intensive

Dance Exploration
1 week session
GRADES: 5 - 8

August 6 - 17
Theatre Camp Workshop

Elemental Force
2 week session
GRADES: 5 - 8

July 30 - August 24
Summer Sort of Thing

9am - 3pm
4 week session
GRADES: 5 - 12

Please note that grades listed are grades going into in the fall 2018!

Camps typically run 9AM - 3PM, but we do have extended care options.

There is no camp on July 4th