Dragon’s Den Summer Camps 2021

The Dragon’s Den is excited to offer a wide array of summer camp options! All of our camps will incorporate our indoor challenge course and beautiful setting in historic St. Mary Magdalene’s, a unique summer camp experience in the Pittsburgh area! Every camp will also involve an outdoor adventure courtesy of Venture Outdoors, and we will spend plenty of time enjoying the sunshine in our courtyard and the beautiful park across the street. Healthy lunches and nutritious snacks will be available each day, and every camper will receive a Dragon’s Den Summer Camp T-shirt! Descriptions of all of our summer camps and camp FAQs can be found below. Once you’ve found the camp (or camps!) right for you, you can register below the description:

Outdoor Explorers

June 29 – July 2

Ages 7-13

Feeling cooped up? Eager to get out of the house after months of quarantines and shutdowns? From fire-building in the Dragon’s Den courtyard to a kayaking and fishing trip with Venture Outdoors, this summer camp offers an engaging wilderness experience for youth in the city!

full-day registration

half-day registration

Circus in the Sky w/ Lindsay Surmacz

July 5 – July 9 (Mornings)

Ages 7-10

In partnership with Lindsay Surmacz, kids will spend the week engaging with astronomy through an exciting blend of crafts and circus tricks. Get ready to juggle the planets, balance with the stars on the Dragon’s Den ropes course, and explore outer space through performance! This is a half-day camp taking place 9:30am-12:30pm. Full-day registration includes Myths and Magic camp.

full-day registration

half-day registration

Myths and Magic

July 5 – July 9 (Afternoons)

Ages 7-10

Complementing our “Circus in the Sky” camp in the mornings, the afternoons will be filled with magic. An introduction to slight of hand and card tricks will dazzle and amaze your friends as we all learn together what makes magic so special! Everyone will leave with a Magic Kit full of illusions they mastered throughout the week. This is a half day camp taking place 1:00pm-4:00pm. Full-day registration includes Circus in the Sky camp.

full-day registration

half-day registration

Dragon’s Spotlight w/ LA TI DO

July 12 – July 23

Ages 10-18

Unlock the multitude of stories within yourself through the art of spoken word poetry, acting, and musical theatre. In partnership with national production company LA TI DO, professional poets and theatre-makers will guide participants in crafting their very own performances. Includes a nature hike where campers will find creative and musical inspiration through nature. Two weeks-worth of wordplay and stagecraft will end in a dazzling showcase of participants’ creativity. Morning sessions will focus on spoken word, afternoon sessions will focus on acting. Choose one with half-day registration, or come to both with full-day registration.

full-day registration

half-day registration (spoken word mornings)

half-day registration (acting afternoons)

Dragon’s Laboratory

July 26 – July 30

Ages 7-13

Do you like hands-on experiments? Have you ever turned a pizza box into an oven powered by the sun? How about extracting the DNA from a strawberry? Experience the many ways the sciences shape and affect the world around us. From engineering activities on ground-level at the Dragon’s Den stage to physics while in flight on the ropes course, the Dragon’s Laboratory is sure to be a blast!

full-day registration

half-day registration

Strong Like a Dragon

August 2 – August 6

Ages 7-13

Ready to move those legs after months of online school? From Spikeball to four-square to bike rides to treks through our thrilling challenge course, Strong Like a Dragon is the place for you, full of games and activities to get your body moving! Designed for campers of all athletic types to push themselves to new heights over the course of a fun, active week! All materials, including bicycles, will be provided.

full-day registration

half-day registration

Summer Camp FAQs

What are your summer camp hours?

Full day camps run from 9:30am-4pm Monday through Friday with lunch break from 12:30-1pm. Morning sessions of half day camps run 9:30am-12:30pm and afternoon sessions run 1-4pm. Kids can start arriving to the Dragon’s Den half an hour before their start time. Before and after camp care is also available if needed, please contact us directly to make arrangements.

How much do summer camps cost?

Pricing is as follows:

  • $300/week for a full day camp
  • $180/week for a half day camp
  • Early Bird Special: Reserve your camps before April 15th for $30 off per camp
  • Weyr of Dragons Special: Reserve for 3 weeks or more and get 15% off! All camps must be reserved at once to receive discount

Will kids get to go on the challenge course during the summer camps?

Of course! We will incorporate the challenge course into all of our summer camps, and all of the participants will get a chance to try out the ropes course, the climbing wall, and the zip line!

Will lunch be provided?

Yes, lunches will be provided every day at all of our camps for full-day registrants, along with nutritious snacks. Kids are welcome to be sent with their own bag lunch if desired.

The indoor challenge course sounds great, but will kids get a chance to be outside for these summer camps?

Of course! What’s summer if you can’t be outside? Our church space has an outdoor courtyard and there is a beautiful Homestead park across the street, both of which will be used frequently during our camps. We will also be partnering with Venture Outdoors to provide and outdoor adventure option one day every week of camps. And if you can’t get enough of the outdoors, our Outdoor Explorers camp is the perfect fit for you!

What should I do if I have more questions?

We are ALWAYS happy to answer any questions you might have. Please call us at (412) 461-3336 or email us at contact@dragonsdenpgh.org and put “Summer Camps” in the subject line.