Guide to Area Summer Camps in Pittsburgh

With warm weather, school out of session, and less responsibilities, who doesn’t love summer?  If truth be told, sometimes all that freedom can lead to that dreaded lament of children, “I’m bored.” There’s no need to be bored with all the wonderful summer camps in our area to choose from-everything from arts camps to zoo camps.  The following is a list of camps to enrich your child’s summer.

ABC’s for Children

ABC’s for Children will provide your child with a safe, loving environment that encourages learning and growth. We are committed to providing exceptional care for every child in our Summer Camp. To learn more,

ArtCity Summer Camps

Offered by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, ArtCity offers the artistic and creative child opportunities to nurture their talents during two distinct programs: Reed Dance Intensive and Green Artists & Writers. Both programs are designed for students ages 8-12.

Animal Friends Summer Camp

Does your child love critters? Then Animal Friends Summer Camp is the place for your child. There are a variety of programs and sessions that allow your child to interact more closely with dogs, cats, and rabbits.

Carlow Summer Workshops

The Carlow Summer Workshops are a great way for girls in grades 9-12 to explore possible career tracks. The workshops delve into health care, science, environmental areas, and law.

Carnegie Science Summer Camps

The Carnegie Science Center offers Summer Science Camps for kids ages 4-14. There are numerous camps to choose from, but each focuses on making science fun. Sessions range from half to full day, and it even offers pre- and post-camp care.

Chatham Summer Day Camp

For more than five decades, Chatham University has been offering Music and Arts Day Camps on its campus. In addition, summer basketball and soccer camps have been recently added.

Citiparks Summer Day Camp

Children living in the City of Pittsburgh can choose from a variety of summer camps held in various locations throughout the city. Citiparks partners with a number of organizations to present programs in such areas as education, sports, arts, health and recreation.

Girl Scout Camp Redwing

One reason Girl Scouts sell all those cookies is to go to camp, and Camp Redwing, located in Renfrew, Pennsylvania, is a sweet place for scouts. A wide variety of outdoor activities and adventures are offered for scouts in grades K-12.

iD Tech Camps

Instead of having your child sit in front of a computer playing games all summer, why not have them learn about the technology behind them? iD Tech Camps are held at Carnegie Mellon University, and have been around since 1999.

JCC Day Camps

For more than three decades, the Jewish Community Center has been offering day camps. Three locations: Squirrel Hill, Monroeville, and South Hills host children ages 2-16 where they can participate in a wide variety of programs. In addition, the JCC offers travel camps, which include day trips.

National Aviary Summer Camps

Summer Camp is for the birds at the aviary. Campers ages 4-18 can interact with their favorite feathered friend at this unique camp. Appropriately, early bird specials are offered.

 Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Summer Intensive

Your budding ballerina will love the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet’s Summer Intensive programs. Preschoolers through advanced dancers will welcome the opportunity to focus on their dancing at this intensive program.

Sarah Heinz House Summer Camps

In addition to its resident camp located in Ellwood City, and day camps, Sarah Heinz House also offers a robotics camp. Various sessions are held throughout the summer. For more information on Sarah Heinz House Summer Camps, visit:

Sewickley Valley YMCA

Sewickley Valley YMCA offers a wide variety of camps ranging from sports to the arts for children ranging in age from 3-15.  For more information visit:

Shadyside Academy Summer Programs

Both Shadyside Academy’s Fox Chapel and East End campuses offer programs from day camps, sports camps, and specialized camps to engage your child. There is also a discount for those with three or more children registered.

Summer Music Day Camp

Hosted by the Children’s Festival Chorus, the Summer Music Day Camp will indulge your child’s love of singing and music. Boys and girls ages 7-11 are invited to the day camp, which is held at the Mary Pappert School of Music on the campus of Duquesne University.

Winchester Thurston Summer Camps

Campers ages 3-18 are welcomed at Winchester Thurston Summer Camps. Two locations, the North Hills Campus and the City Campus, are the sites for fun and learning. An array of options in adventure and play, sports and physical fitness, creative and visual arts, and academics are available.

Windwood Day Camp

Located in Bradford Woods, just a few miles north of the city, Windwood Park offers Day Camp for campers ages 4-15. Eleven themed weeks of camp are offered, and parents can enroll their children in as many weeks as desired.

YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh Camps

The YMCA operates three camp sites in the Pittsburgh area: Deer Valley, Fort Hill, Somerset County; Camp Frank T. Soles, Rockwood, Somerset County; and Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer, Fombell, Beaver County. The YMCA offers day and overnight camps for youngsters as well as teen and leadership camping. In addition, the YMCA partners with other organizations to host special needs camps at the sites.

Young Writers Institute

Does your child wax poetically or like to create stories? Then, the summer programs offered by the Young Writers Institute may just be the creative outlet your child would enjoy this summer. Sessions are held at Mt. Lebanon, Oakland, Pine-Richland, and Westmoreland sites for those in grades 4-12.

See our Article on How to Choose the Best Summer Camp.

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