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. Descriptions of all of our summer camps, links to registration, and camp FAQs can be found below.
June 29 – July 2
Feeling cooped up? Eager to get out of the house after months of quarantines & shutdowns? We are too! Join us for Outdoor Explorers, where kids will travel through both the Dragon’s Den ropes course & through nature, while developing wilderness survival skills with mountaineer Maria Botterman. From fire building in the Dragon’s Den courtyard to a hiking trip with Venture Outdoors, this summer camp offers an engaging wilderness experience for youth in the city!
Circus in the Sky w/ Lindsay Surmacz
July 5 – July 9 (Mornings)
Travel through the galaxy, the cosmos, & beyond with acrobat & circus performer Lindsay Surmacz as your guide! At the Circus in the Sky, kids will spend the week engaging with astronomy through an exciting blend of crafts & circus tricks. Get ready to juggle the planets, balance with the stars on the Dragon’s Den ropes course, & explore outer space through performance! This is a half-day camp taking place 9:30am-12:30pm.
Myths and Magic
July 5 – July 9 (Afternoons)
Designed to complement our “Circus in the Sky” camp, lead by Lindsay Surmacz 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! This is a half day camp taking place 1:00pm-4:00pm.
Dragon’s Spotlight w/ LaTiDo
July 12 – July 23
Unlock the multitude of stories within yourself through the art of spoken word poetry, acting, and musical theatre. At Dragon’s Spotlight, in partnership with national production company LaTiDo, kids will work with professional teaching artists to craft their very own monologues and spoken word performances over two weeks culminating in a dazzling showcase of participants’ creativity. The ropes course will feature performance challenges to help participants practice while having fun. 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.
July 26 – July 30
Channel your inner Einstein in the Dragon’s Laboratory, where scientist-extraordinaire Matt Needles will lead kids in building their own zip line, making their own ice-cream, and cooking with the sun—rounding out the week will be an exhilarating egg drop. Each day will focus on a different branch of science: hands-on experiments and activities will reveal the many ways these 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.
Strong Like a Dragon
August 2 – August 6
Ready to move those legs after months of online school? From basketball to bike rides to, of course, treks through our thrilling challenge course, Strong Like a Dragon is the place for you! Exercise scientist Tim White will lead campers through an invigorating week of team sports, track & field events, & nutrition. Tap into your competitive side & push yourself to new athletic heights!
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 some healthy 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Summer Camps” in the subject line.