Summer Camps and Programs

Updated information for Summer 2016 below!

Camp Waldorf at the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh provides wholesome, fun filled days for ages 4-14. Our summer camp provides age-appropriate activities, in balance with time for free play, exploration, and nature. Themes for each camp session include such activities as storytelling and puppetry, cooking, woodworking, or pottery. Camp Waldorf welcomes students from any school.

Early Childhood Camp (age 4 through entering 1st grade) weekly sessions run from 8:00–12:00 with an afternoon option until 4:00. Grades Camp (grades 2 – 8) weekly sessions run from 8:00–4:00. Unless otherwise noted, camps operate on the campus of the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh.

Camp fees are available by clicking here. Download a copy of the camp brochure here.

In addition to Camp Waldorf, our Little Friends childcare program offers summer care for children 18 months through 3 1/2 years from 8:00-12:00 or 8:00-6:00.

Summer 2016 Camp Schedule:

Date Early Childhood Grades
Jun 20–24 Great Gardeners Explore Pittsburgh
Jun 27–Jul 1 Little Chefs Laurel Highlands — Off-site! (grades 5-8)
Artist Cove (grades 2-4)
Jul 5–8 Petite Painters Guitar
Jul 11–15 Storytelling & Puppetry Woodworking
Jul 18–22 Guyasuta Adventure* Guyasuta Adventure*
Jul 25–29 Guyasuta Adventure* Guyasuta Adventure*
Aug 1-5 Little Chefs Pottery
Aug 8–12 Great Gardeners Sports & Games

*Held off-site at Camp Guyasuta; drop-off and pick-up are at Camp Guyasuta

Early Childhood Camps (Ages 4 – entering grade 1)

Our Early Childhood Camps are lead by dedicated and talented Early Childhood teachers. We spend our days playing circle games, singing songs, cooking and baking, and of course, experiencing all those wonderful camp moments that make the summer time fun! Whether it’s listening to and playing musical instruments, or watching a puppet show, we’ll find magic around every corner. Each week, we’ll also take a special field trip together. Early Childhood Camps are offered to children ages 4 through entering grade 1. Children must have completed Nursery (or equivalent) prior to attending.

Early Childhood Camp Themes and Descriptions

  • Great Gardeners: Campers will participate in real growing of vegetables, paint ceramic planting pots and have resources to start their own mini-garden when they leave. We will learn about care for seedlings and tour
    gardens together when we aren’t busy enjoying gardensnacks and playing outdoors.
  • Little Chefs: Have a budding Julia Child or Jamie Oliver? Make a delicious dish each day and learn the basics of baking with friends. Even more baking recipes this year! Dietary requests will be honored.
  • Petite Painters: Explore the technique of outdoor “splash painting,” spin art, finger painting, face painting, and watercolor.
  • Storytelling and Puppetry: Fairies, gnomes, magical lands, and adventures! We will explore stories, watch puppet shows by Waldorf teachers, put on plays and explore our creativity and imaginations in this fantasy summer camp.
  • Guyasuta Adventure — Off Site: Creek hikes and outdoor adventures! Pick up and drop off each day will be at Camp Guyasuta, a hidden nature retreat in Sharpsburg (near the Highland Park Bridge).

Grades Camps (Grades 2 – 8)

Our camps for grades 2 – 8 offer challenging and exciting opportunities for grade age children. From woodworking to theater, each weekly camp session focuses on a special craft. Every week, our camp counselors welcome a guest teacher, who is an expert in our weekly craft. We’ll learn new techniques together, and develop our creative natures. Each week we take a field trip together to better explore our crafts. Children must have completed grade 1 to attend Grades Camp.

Grades Camp Themes and Descriptions

  • Explore Pittsburgh, with Pirates Baseball Game: Off-site daily field trip week including a day at PNC Park including a behind-the-scenes tour and afternoon Pirates Game, Carnegie Natural History, and ending with Kennywood! Campers can start their summer off by exploring our great city.
  • Laurel Highlands Adventure with Overnight Camping (Grades 5-8): Adventure off-site in the scenic Laurel Highlands. Campers will take a guided inflatable kayak tour down the middle Youghiogheny River, hiking and enjoy a 3-night tent camping trip (Tuesday-Thursday). Basic wilderness skills will be explored and developed. Pick-up and drop-off will be on our campus in Pittsburgh.
  • Artist Cove (Grade 2-4): Campers will be encouraged to discover their unique abilities and celebrate their individual ideas. Handwork and other intricate arts will all be a part of this camp.
  • Guitar: Any skill level-especially beginners-are encouraged to sign-up to strum, pick, and play the guitar. Skills taught will include reading notes, strumming chords, and keeping rhythm. More advanced skills may include finger-picking and song-writing. Campers need to bring a guitar.
  • Woodworking: We will saw, sand, build, and finish a rewarding project to take home. Returning campers will be presented with exciting new challenges. This year we are building our own Rolla-Bolla boards – a seriously cool balance board used by athletes, circus performers, and children at Waldorf Schools as part of the games/physical education curriculum.
  • Guyasuta Adventure Hikes, sports, and outdoor adventures! We’ll be swimming in an outdoor pool every afternoon. Pick up and drop off each day will be at Camp Guyasuta, a hidden nature retreat in Sharpsburg (near the Highland Park Bridge). As a special treat for grades 4–8, there will be an overnight extravaganza in the lodge Thursday evening and a delicious breakfast on Friday morning.
  • Pottery: Guided by a Union Project ceramic teaching artist, campers will create new hand-crafted objects. Campers will visit the Union Project and experience a working ceramic studio, including use of a wheel. Fired pieces will be ready at week’s end!
  • Sports and Games: Four days of different sports at Arsenal Park – basketball, soccer, swimming and softball for both boys and girls! All campers, of all abilities, will have fun moving and playing this week.

Alumni Crew (completed grades 9-12)

This is an opportunity for students completing grades 8–12. Want to build your leadership skills and be a part of Camp Waldorf? You will enjoy the activities that camp has to offer while playing a role in safety, fun, and learning. Areas include: set up, leading games and music, reading and creating stories, baking and cooking, and more. Alumni of a Waldorf school only. Please contact the Camp Director at for more information.

Camp Fees 2016

  • All camps require a $100 non-refundable deposit
  • Early Childhood camps are $200/week (8:00am-12:00pm), except for Guyasuta Adventure, which is $250/week.
  • Early Childhood camps offer an option for 12:00pm-4:00pm care for an additional $75/week.
  • Grades camps are $275/week (8:00am-4:00pm) with the following exceptions:
    • Laurel Highlands Adventure: $385/week
    • Guyasuta Adventure: $325/week
    • Guyasuta with overnight: $355/week

Summer Little Friends Program (18 month – 4 years)

This childcare program is a mixed age program offered to Little Friends, Nursery, and Kindergarten families. Two 4-week summer sessions are offered. Session I is mid-June through mid-July, and Session II is mid-July through mid-August. You may sign up for one or both sessions.

For more information on the Little Friends Childcare Program, including summer options, click here.

For more information about any of these summer programs, please contact our Enrollment Coordinator Devon Wood at 412.441.5792, extension 224.

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