Come perform in a full length musical! Campers will learn the basics of stagecraft, design, rehearsal, and refinement as they build a show designed to be seen by a community audience. Each day will consist of rehearsals with the director, music director and choreographer as well as design classes. Campers will experience a multi-run performance, with shows on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (the final weekend of the program). If your middle schooler is looking for an intensive backstage experience, please sign up for our 1 week Behind the Scenes: Tech Training Intensive on our Summer Camp page.
Summer Sort of Thing dates: July 17th - August 11th
Times: Daily, 9am - 3pm
Summer Sort of Thing Camp costs $375 per week for the 4 week session. We offer discounts, payment plans, scholarships (“camperships”), and even more to ensure NO CHILD gets turned away who wants to attend our camp!
Pay in full early and get up to 10% off.
Pay in full by
April 15 - 10% off
June 1 - 5% off
After June 1 - Full
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
PAYPAL - If you choose to pay conveniently with Paypal, an invoice will be sent to you once registration is received. Paypal charges a 3% fee and this fee will be passed through and added to your total camp cost. This fee also applies to credit card payments made in person using Square.
Example - Total X 3%: $315 X .03%= $324.45
Pay CASH - Parents who wish to pay in cash are welcome to make payment arrangements in person.
Register for 4 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 except: this is not available when you register for Summer Sort of Thing only.)
Register for 8 or more weeks per family and take $200 off your total instead! (Is available in combination with Imagination camp and all middle school programming including Summer Sort of Thing.)
Take $25 off per additional child(ren).
We will refund your tuition, less the $50 deposit, if you need to pull out of camp by June 1st. Then, we reserve the right to only refund 50% of your total. (This is because we hire staff based on enrollment figures.)
Camp typically runs from 9AM until pick-up at 3PM. Some of our sites have the option for before and/or after care. Please indicate on your registration form if you are in need of extended care and we will contact you with availability.
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 can be added by the day or the week, but we do require a week’s notice in order to have proper staff coverage. The costs for this are $6/day for AM and $12/day for PM care. 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.
Summer Sort of Thing campers will experience a multi-run performance, with shows on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (during the final week of the program). Performances are held at 6:00pm outdoors!
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!
Of course, after applying for camp through our handy on-line form (or downloading the PDF version here-coming soon) 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-coming soon.)
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.
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 Summer Sort of Thing at GMC this year!
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!
Dates: July 17 - August 11
Location: Our homebase at 21 W. Washington Lane
Show we're performing: The Clean Green Machine
Visit our Camp Page for other Summer Camp programs
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!
Support the Sort of Thing program with a gift to our Hallen Sort of Thing Fund. When our mentor passed away in August of 2013, we set up a memorial fund in his honor in order to continue the program that he considered, "the single most important thing I do each year." Visit the Mark Hallen tribute page to learn about his legacy, his impact, and to donate to the Hallen Sort of Thing memorial fund.