Amazing Arts Race:

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 (whose campers take part in the program from 9:30-2:30). 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. Our theme for 2024 is Creature Features!  We’ll meet some monsters and mythical creatures from around the world, explore their history, and make some beastly artwork and costumes.   

Camp Details

Cost: $450, covers full 2 weeks  

Ages: 7 to 10

Location: Blue Bell Campus, Fine Arts Center

Dates: July 8-19, 2024

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

Spots Available: 10 spots from MC3, 20 spots for partner organization. Waitlist available in case spots become available at date closer to camp.  

Population: MC3 registrants: co-ed 7-10 years old, partnering organization is female specific programming 

Required Forms
Required Forms: Parents, please read and complete the Emergency Contact and Liability Forms that are part of the registration process for this camp (see Registration button below to get started)

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COVID Protocols
This camp is subject to the same COVID-19 protocols at the College itself, which closely adheres to county and national guidelines.  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



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!  We typically go on an all-day (9:30-2:30) field trip by bus at the end of the first week of camp.  Past field trips include Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens and the Independence Seaport Museum.  We’re still working on 2024’s field trip location and will share that information soon!

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 field trip location
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Programming and touring at field trip location

1-1:30 p.m. Lunch onsite or outside nearby
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 Program Coordinator Raeanna Ellis has worked with summer camps for many years and oversees all school-year programming with Girls First students.  Montco Galleries Director Patrick Rodgers has worked as a curator and museum educator, and run summer art camps at Montco since 2017.  All adults participating in the camp are in possession of current background clearances.