Summer Camps and Programs


Our summer camps are infused with Waldorf philosophy and provide a nurturing, wholesome experience. Camp Waldorf provides a safe, caring environment that supports children in building a community of friends, exploring their many capacities as individuals, and encouraging interest in the world around them.

Our Location

The Waldorf School of Pittsburgh is located in the Bloomfield neighborhood of the city, housed in a Victorian-era mansion. A historic landmark, the school and its surrounding grounds take up the end of an entire city block. Our location lends itself well to our summer camp. We have large classrooms, a spacious auditorium, and nearly 3 acres of outdoor green space—well suited to house all of our unique camp activities. We are within walking distance to many gardens, parks, theaters, and more!

About Camp Waldorf 2017

The Waldorf School of Pittsburgh’s Camp Waldorf offers a unique, individualized experience for campers. Weekly summer camp sessions for Early Childhood run from 8 am–12 pm with optional Extended Care. Extended Care from 12–4 pm includes lunch, story, rest period, and free play. Elementary, Middle School, and High School camp sessions run from 8 am–4 pm.

Early Childhood Camps

Our Early Childhood Camp are led by dedicated and talented Early Childhood teachers. We’ll be spending our days playing circle games, singing songs, cooking and baking, and 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. Early Childhood camps are offered to children ages 4 through entering grade 1.

Elementary Camps

Our Camps for grades 2–5 offer challenging and exciting opportunities. From woodworking to environmental studies, each weekly camp session will focus on a special activity. Every week, our camp counselors will welcome a guest teacher, who is an expert in our weekly theme. We’ll learn new techniques together and develop our creative natures. Children must have completed 1st grade to attend Grades Camp.

Middle School & High School Camps

Our camps for grades 6–8 and high school focus on leadership, new experiences, and expanding viewpoints. Teens enjoy their summer while developing both skills and friendships. Many of our opportunities have an outdoor component. Staff-in-Training opportunities for students grades 9–12 are for alumni of Waldorf schools or by special permission of the Camp Director.

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 2017 Camp Schedule:

2017 Dates Early Childhood Elementary Middle School High School
Jun 19–23
Staff-in-Training (S.I.T.) Week
Jun 26–30 Great Gardeners New for 2017!
Environmental Friends
Laurel Highlands Outdoor Adventure Staff-in-Training
Jul 3–7 Little Chefs Artist Cove: Beginner
& Intermediate Woodwork (through grade 6)
New for 2017: Sword, Pen, Arrow
Spacial Dynamics Institute
Mechanicville, NY (7/6-7/11)***
Staff-in-Training
Jul 10-14 Storytelling & Puppetry New for 2017!
Parks & Recreation
(through grade 6)
New for 2017: Sword, Pen, Arrow
Spacial Dynamics Institute
Mechanicville, NY (7/6-7/11)***
Staff-in-Training
Jul 17-21 Guyasuta Outdoor Adventure* Guyasuta Outdoor Adventure* Guyasuta Outdoor Adventure* Outdoor Adventure & Staff Training
Jul 24-28 Petite Painters Elementary Explore Pittsburgh Middle School Explore Pittsburgh Staff-in-Training
July 31-Aug 4 New for 2017! Earth, Water, Air Pottery with Union Project Pottery with Union Project Staff-in-Training

*Held off-site at Camp Guyasuta; drop-off and pick-up are at Camp Guyasuta.
***New to Middle School campers this year is an exciting summer camp option through the Spacial Dynamics Institute – Sword, Pen & Arrow. 2017 dates are confirmed to be July 6-11. Our Camp Director, Ms. Ang Illar, will be attending this camp with the campers. She currently attends Spacial Dynamics training in their 5-year program. REGISTER FOR SWORD, PEN, & ARROW THROUGH CAMP WALDORF. DO NOT USE THE ABOVE LINK.

Early Childhood Programs (Ages 4 – entering grade 1)

  • Great Gardeners: Campers will participate in real growing of outdoor plants, paint ceramic planting pots and have resources to start their own mini-garden when they leave.
  • 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.
  • 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! A special swimming day for 1st grade students will end the week on Friday. Pick-up and drop-off each day will be at Camp Guyasuta, a hidden nature retreat in Sharpsburg (near the Highland Park Bridge).
  • Petite Painters: Explore the technique of Waldorf Education watercolor progression, face painting, and more.
  • Earth, Water, Air: Sculpting clay, molding beeswax, and more. Water play will be a part of most days, so pack a swimsuit! Children will make HUGE bubbles and watch them float in the air (using a secret bubble mixture) on the last day of camp during an all-camp picnic

Elementary Programs (Grades 2 – 5)

  • Environmental Friends: Make friends in camp and with the earth. Design projects and do small acts of service in the community focused on humans caring for the environment. Nature scavenger hunts, special environmental visitors and daily walking fi eld trips will be a part of the week. Campers will enjoy swimming, games, music, and crafts in addition to new environmental awareness.
  • Artist Cove: Woodworking (through Grade 6): Beginner/intermediate woodworking projects and art. We will design and build small shelves to take home in addition to other art activities.
  • Parks and Recreation (through Grade 6): This camp will consist of two swimming field trips, two bowling fi eld trips to Arsenal lanes topped with a trip to the ice cream stand. We will explore Arsenal Park, Highland Park, and Friendship Park.
  • Guyasuta Adventure — Off-site: 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 4–5, there will be an overnight extravaganza in the lodge Thursday evening and a delicious breakfast on Friday morning.
  • Elementary Explore Pittsburgh: Historic Pittsburgh provides many opportunities for exploration and fun. Explore downtown museums, swimming pools, and Kennywood Park.
  • Pottery: Guided by a Union Project ceramic teaching artist, campers will create new hand-crafted objects. Campers will visit Union Project and experience a working ceramic studio, including use of a wheel. Fired pieces will be ready at week’s end!

Specialty Middle School Programs

  • Laurel Highlands Outdoor Adventure: A transformative experience for teens with a 3-night overnight campout. Experience beautiful views on a 6-mile hike with everything you need on your back. Hike the famous Laurel Highlands trail, bike a section of the Great Allegheny Passage trail, raft the middle Youghigheny River, and end with a day at Idewild Park!
  • Sword, Pen, and Arrow: Spacial Dynamics Institute offers the chance for children ages 11–14 to gain skills in fencing, archery, and writing (see insert). Depart July 5th, return July 12th.
  • Guyasuta Adventure – Off-site: 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 6–8, there will be an overnight extravaganza in the lodge Thursday evening and a delicious breakfast on Friday morning.
  • Explore Pittsburgh: Explore the great city of Pittsburgh and a little beyond. In addition to downtown museums and attractions, middle school students will experience a day walking the Strip District, swimming at Raccoon Creek State Park, and end with Kennywood Park day. Students may bring spending money for field trips and lunch outings.

High School Programs

  • Staff-in-Training (S.I.T.): A resume-building, leadership experience providing an opportunity for students to connect with the WSP community and work with young children. S.I.T attendees will be able to volunteer during WSP summer camp. Learning from and teachers and building connections with staff is an important aspect of S.I.T. Applicants must be available for all five days of the training, which includes an off-site experience.
  • High School Outdoor Adventure: This week is focused on confidence building and outdoor adventure. Begin the week at Camp Guyasuta staying overnight, then depart Tuesday 3-nights in the Laurel Highlands including a10-mile hike, rafting the whitewater on the Lower Youghiogheny River in Ohiopyle, PA and more. Adventure, team-building, and deep connections to a new group of friends will be just some of the week’s highlights.

Camp Fees 2017

Early Childhood: $200/week (8 am–12 pm)
12 pm–4 pm optional care: $75/week.
Guyasuta Adventure: $250/week

Elementary: $275/week (8 am–4 pm)
with the following exceptions:

  • Guyasuta Adventure: $325/week
  • Explore Pittsburgh: $325/week
  • Guyasuta with overnight: $355/week

Middle School: (8 am–4 pm)

  • Laurel Highlands Adventure: $450/week
  • Sword, Pen, Arrow: $950/week (includes room & board). Optional transportation/chaperone fee: $200
  • Guyasuta Adventure: $325/week
  • Explore Pittsburgh: $325/week
  • Guyasuta with overnight: $355/week
  • Pottery with Union Project: $275/week

High School: (8 am–4 pm)

  • S.I.T: $100, one-time fee for training 6/19-6/23
  • High School Outdoor Adventure: $450/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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