Arts-based Summer Camps: A Guide

Photo Courtesy of The Lancaster Creative Factory

Photo Courtesy of The Lancaster Creative Factory

Lancaster! A city of art! A city of arts-based summer camps for youth! Check out the list below and see what our area’s talented artists and arts institutions have planned for our children and youth this summer. If we missed something or someone, let us know and we’ll make amends.

Click on the name of each organization for more information. In a couple of instances you will have to click through to the camp page once you are on their website.


Fine Arts / Creativity

Hands on House has five-day camps throughout the summer for 4-7 year-old creatives.

Keystone Art and Culture Center‘s three five-day sessions will present a range of creative projects to 6-14 year old students.

The Lancaster Creative Factory and The Lancaster Museum of Art are teaming up to present a host of camps geared for young creatives. Single and multi-day offerings for kids aged 6-18.

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design Youth Classes are for students grades 1-9 and offer instruction in a wide-variety of skills and media.



Camp Will is a three week “Shakespeare acting adventure” put on by The People’s Shakespeare Project for rising 5 – 9 graders. June 11-28 at Millersville University.

Dutch Apple Dinner Theater has several classes for youth ages 5-17. Singing, dancing and acting!

Ephrata Performing Arts Center‘s Center Stage Summer Theater Camp includes classes for students grades K-6 and acting intensives for students in grades 7-12.

The Fulton Academy of Theater runs a full compliment of classes for children and youth aged 3 to 12th grade. Scholarships available.

The New School of Lancaster offers a variety of five-day camps, three of which are specifically focused on theater and/or music.

Popovsky Performing Arts has presented summer camps in performance and musical theater since 2009. Grades 1-12.



Write From the Heart runs week-long writing classes from June to August for writers aged 9-17.

Young Writer’s Workshop is a five-day camp at Linden Hall School for Girls. Open to boys and girls entering grades 7-12. June 17-21.



Elizabethtown College Music Camp is a resident camp for rising 7-12th grade students. July 14-20.

Millersville University Summer Music Camp is a resident camp for 9-12th grade students. June 23-29.



Aaron’s Acres Camp looks awesome! While its specific focus is not on the arts, this camp for special-needs students appears here because I want to give it a shout out. Huzzah to you!