Amazing Arrrrts Race: Swashbucklers Around the Globe

The Amazing Arts Race summer camp is a cross-cultural arts-based curriculum that “travels” throughout various global cultures to experience visual arts, dance, theater, and other traditions while building teamwork with group challenges and physical activities. This is a two-week summer camp for children ages 7-10 co-organized with Girls First afterschool program of Norristown. Campers will work individually and collaboratively on short and long-term art projects and a dance performance, which will culminate in an exhibit and presentation on the last day of camp. This year we take to the sea to explore the costumes, flags, maps, images, and fascinating history of...pirates!

Camp Details

Cost: $350

Ages: 7 to 10

Location: Fine Arts Center at the Blue Bell Campus

Dates: July 11-22

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Required Forms
An Emergency Contact and Liability Form will be emailed to participants prior to the start of camp. 

COVID Protocols
This camp is subject to the same COVID-19 protocols at the College itself, which closely adheres to county and national guidelines. We anticipate continued social distancing for the 2022 camp, but parents/guardians should check the College protocols for the most up to date guidance for campus activities.

For particular questions please contact camp director Patrick Rodgers, Galleries DIrector, at 215-619-7349 or

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What will my child learn from this experience?

  • Develop an appreciation of and confidence in creative self-expression
  • Gain awareness of global cultures and exposure to diversity of art
  • Gain proficiency communicating an original idea through various artistic media
  • Create collaboratively with other participants
  • Develop an understanding of the effects and use of technology in the arts and as a form of expression
  • Grow and sustain friendships by demonstrating behaviors that reflect kindness and respect for ourselves, each other, and the environment

What will be my child's schedule?

Time activity
9-9:30 a.m. Community campers arrive and get ready for the day’s activities
9:30 a.m. Introduction to the day’s lesson, break into pre-assigned groups
10-11 a.m. Cohort 1 works on art lesson; Cohort 2 begins dance lesson
11 a.m. to noon Switch cohorts
Noon to 1:20 p.m. Lunch and free time
1:30-2:30 p.m. Team challenge
2:30 p.m. Girls First dismissal
2:30-4:30 p.m. Campus field trips and games for community participants
4:30 p.m. Dismissal at Fine Arts Center

Will my child be outside during the day?

Yes, campers will participate in various activities outside during the day as well as travel between various campus buildings. Alternative activities will be provided in the event of extreme temperatures or rain. Please dress your child accordingly and provide any prescribed EpiPens or Inhalers.

Will you take any field trips?

Yes! This year we will take a field trip to the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia by bus on July 15. We'll learn about real pirates in American history and (weather permitting) do some paddling on the Delaware River! The tentative schedule is below:

Time activity
9 a.m. Community campers arrive
9:30 a.m. Girls First campers arrive. Morning snack for all.
10 a.m. Board bus to drive to Independence Seaport Museum. Sing sea shanties all the way.
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Arrive at Seaport Museum for "A Pirates Life for Me" program
12-12:45 p.m. Paddle Penn's Landing program on the water (water safety gear and demos provided). Weather-dependent.
1-1:30 p.m. Lunch at the museum or Spruce Street Harbor Park
1:30 p.m. Depart for Montco
2:30 p.m. Drop off Girls First campers in Norristown
3 p.m. Arrive at Fine Arts Center
4:30 p.m. Campers dismissed

What should I pack for my child?

  • Please pack your camper a lunch and snacks. A refrigerator is available
  • Your creativity and sense of adventure
  • Clothing that is comfortable, cool, and can withstand messy art and outdoor activities (we strongly recommend providing a smock or apron for your camper)
  • Sneakers or other closed-toed shoes (please no flip flops or sandals)
  • Books and sketch pads for quiet moments
  • Prescribed EpiPens and inhalers
  • You are welcome to send bug repellent and sunscreen, but children must be able to self-administer it if needed

Do not bring:

  • Electronics (phones, iPads, gaming devices)
  • Valuables (jewelry, toys)

What time can I drop my child off? Do you have a late pick-up policy?

Drop off is between 9-9:30 a.m. Please do not bring your child earlier before 9 a.m. as supervision will not be provided.

Arrangements should be made for children to be picked up promptly at 4:30 p.m. A late fee will be assessed in 15 minute increments thereafter.

What is the camper-to-teacher ratio?

Campers will be divided into teams of 10 children. With our 3-4 group leaders our ratio is about 1:5.

What qualifications does your teacher possess?

Girls First and Montco began the Amazing Arts Race summer camp in 2018. Our camp leaders are experienced teachers and practicing artists; all having received or are working through degrees in their chosen art fields. Girls First Director of Education Amy Grebe has overseen dozens of summer camps for hundreds of children. Galleries Director Patrick Rodgers has worked as a museum educator and has experience running summer camps at Montco. All adults participating in the camp experience are in possession of current background clearances.