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Throwback Thursday

#TBT To Every Time We Answered This Question…

Ever since we started taking hundreds of camp photos every day, and even before, back in the disposable camera days, and even before… Shiny happy campers holding hands have posed for the perfect camp photo

Homesickness: ACA-Approved Dos and Do Nots for Parents

Based on article by Daniel Hammond. Read the full article here. Homesickness is a fact of life. And a stay at summer camp — even for a seasoned camper — can generate pangs of longing for the comforts of home:  the family pet, mom, dad, even a sibling that isn’t favored when they are together. At […]

Healthy Eating and the Appel Farm Garden!

Nutrition at Appel Farm Healthy eating is important at Appel Farm, so we strive to offer nutritional and balanced meals daily. A nutritionist-approved menu includes vegetarian and allergy-friendly options at every meal. Locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables are a part of every meal and our protein rich (tofu, chick peas, sunflower seeds) salad bars […]

Throwback Thursday

#TBT To Every Time We Did Not Say Cheese

Ever since we started taking hundreds of camp photos every day, and even before, back in the disposable camera days, and even before… Shiny happy campers holding hands have posed for the perfect camp photo

Evening Activities

Evening Activities at Camp

Evening Activities are a time when the entire camp comes together just to have fun! With activities that change every night, campers and staff can enjoy Scavenger Hunts, Bunk Activities, Campfires, Dances, Carnivals, Workshops, and Performances.

Appel Farm Arts Camp Gift Certificate

Camp Gift Certificates

Calling all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and family friends! Help a child you love attend camp this summer. Camp gift certificates make wonderful gifts for the creative kid in your life. These certificates can be purchased in any amount, and applied directly to a camper’s account.

Sports & Swim

Sports & Swim at Appel Farm!

We like to take every opportunity to have fun with our spare time! Sports and Swim also offer Lap Swimming before breakfast, Free-Swim times, Bunk Pool Parties, Yoga and Aerobic Classes, Organized games and tournaments, and an International v. the United States Soccer Match once a session.

Social Skills - Making Friends

Why Making Friends is One of the Most Important Things that Happens at Summer Camp

Campers look like they’re having a lot of fun playing outdoors and learning new activities, but are they also learning life skills during just two weeks at a residential summer camp?” Dr. Thompson asked himself as he designed a study in 2014 investigating the impact of a two-week residential camp experience on children’s happiness and […]


Photo & Video At Appel Farm!

Campers start by learning how their cameras work and how to load film. They study composition, subject, and lighting, and shoot photos using new knowledge of f-stops and shutter speed. Develop your film and make prints in one of two darkrooms on camp and participate in informal class critiques while learning the history of photography.

Throwback Thursday

#TBT An Appel Farm Arts Camp Countdown

Time flies during camp (unless we’re all-in) and somehow we blink and we are clearing our cubbies, hugging our friends, and saying goodbye. That’s the moment we start dreaming of another summer at Appel Farm, counting down the days… But to what, exactly, are we counting down?

Dance at Appel Farm

Dance at Appel Farm Arts Camp

Appel Farm’s Dance Program is growing by leaps and bounds! We offer majors in Ballet, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Modern and Contemporary with differentiated instruction to meet the needs of beginning through advanced dancers.

Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Campers in the Visual Arts program choose a specific medium to study, learning and practicing new skills and techniques, and working on projects. Campers learn to work with a variety of artistic tools including a printing press, loom, pottery wheels, welding and glass torches, and electric, gas, and unique Noborigama wood-fired kilns.



The Music program at Appel Farm is ensemble based. Campers choose to study a specific instrument as a major or minor. Once you know which instrument you want to study, you choose how you want to study, and what kind of music you want to play!

Theatre at Appel Farm Arts Camp

Theatre Performance

Want to be onstage? Learn to act, sing, dance, write, and direct? To play a part in a hilarious comedy? A serious drama? The world premiere of a musical? Or maybe you’d like to learn stage combat, or improve your improv skills, or create original pieces to perform together? You can do all of this—and […]

Throwback Thursday

#TBT to Whatever Exactly Was Happening in These Photos…

So, our TBT blogs are usually filled with photos that make all of us remember our days at camp. Photos of rock shows, painting classes, campers throwing pots and taking photos, the carnival, campfires, bunks taking a tour on the first day of camp…

MLK Day Of Service

MLK Day of Service is Almost Here!

Join Appel Farm for National Day of Service! The Camp Team will be in both the Philadelphia area & NYC to work with camp families and friends to give back to the community. We’d love to see you there!

Wonder Wednesday

Young Kids & the Holidays

The holidays can be joyful, relaxing, and enjoyable as you gather up relatives from far and wide, but for young kids you can sometimes anticipate antsy-ness, stress, and sometimes downright irritable moods. This Wonder Wednesday, we offer some advice through a summer camp & psychological point of view to make the holidays a more enjoyable […]

Throwback Thursday

#TBT to Twin Day

Our community celebrates each and every camper for who they are, and who they want to be. We find what’s unique about each camper, and help them identify and develop their strengths, skills, and interests.

Throwback Thursday

#TBT to Every Time We Played Wonderwall

There’s a chance that we will hear it again this summer, but for sure we will hear something amazing because Rock Shows at Appel Farm are epic. We shared. We solo. We invite our friends to come close to the stage and rock out. We behave like rock stars but stop short of the antics […]


Mini S’mores Recipe

Start by lighting a tea light candle in a safe place. Take a toothpick and put 1-2 marshmallows on the toothpick (we soaked our toothpicks in water for a few hours before we made our s’mores so they wouldn’t catch on fire). Hold the marshmallows over the flame, like you would if you were roasting […]