Upenn Recreation

Penn Outdoor Adventure Day Camp



Do you have an adventurous child?  The Penn Outdoor Adventure Day Camp is the perfect camp to help them explore their adventurous spirit.  The camp is run by the Penn Outdoor Adventure program, which is part of the Campus Recreation and includes many of the same activities that we run for the campus community throughout the year including, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing and more.  The camp is designed for 13-15 year olds.  Studies have shown that by participating in outdoor activities can increase one’s confidence, self-esteem, and help form a lasting connection with nature.




This is a day camp that runs Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:30pm.  Please drop your adventurers off between 8:45am and 9:00am and pick them up at the end of the day between 4:30pm-4:45pm.  There will be no before or after care.  Pick-up and Drop-off will occur at the Pottruck Fitness Center @ 3701 Walnut St.

There will be two sessions during the summer of 2018:

June 18th-22nd

June 25th-29th



Throughout the week we will be experiencing a variety of outdoor adventure activities.  Our experienced staff will guide your adventurer on local hikes, kayaking, rock climbing, and zip line experiences.  A sample itinerary for a week would include:

Mon: Icebreaker Games, Indoor Climbing Wall, Paddling in Pool @ Penn

Tues: Hiking @ the Wissahickon Park

Wed: Paddling @ Batsto Lake, NJ

Thurs: Rock Climbing @ Alapocas Run, DE

Fri: Tree Top Adventure (Elmwood Park Zoo)

Please Note: This is a tentative schedule.  Activities and locations may vary based on weather or other factors

Camper Preparedness

Campers must be between the ages of 13-15 years old and must be physically capable of participating in the above activities.  No prior experience is necessary.  All activities will be performed at a beginner level.  Campers must arrive each day dressed appropriately for the day’s activities.  All campers must have a lunch and enough water for the day.  Participants must be a minimum of 54” (4ft 6in) in order to participate in the Tree Top Adventure.



The Penn Outdoor Adventure Day Camp is staffed by 2 experienced guides with plenty of outdoor experience leading trips in the activities that will be performed throughout the camp.  We keep the group sizes small at a 4:1 ratio with a maximum of 8 campers per session.  All staff will have the proper clearances and first aid and CPR certifications needed to manage the group.



Please register by either visiting or calling the Pottruck Fitness Center membership services office @ 3701 Walnut St. or @ (215) 898-6100.  Payment by Visa/MasterCard or personal check only.  Please complete the camper registration form upon registration.

Parents with a Penn ID can register online by Clicking Here(When registering online, please go into your profile page in the registration portal and add your camper(s) as a “Dependent”.  After being entered as a dependent, you can then go back into the camp registration page and register your child.) 

Cost: $300 per camper

There will be a 10% discount for enrolling multiple campers or for enrolling in multiple weeks  (Discount cannot be applied when registering online.  Please visit or call the membership services office.)



If you have any questions about the Penn Outdoor Adventure Day Camp please email or call:

Jason Erdman (Assistant Director, Outdoor Adventure)


(215) 746-8622

Hours of Operation

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