A Parent’s Guide to Curtis Summerfest

When it comes to sending their kid to an overnight camp, every parent has some concerns. Have no fear! Summerfest not only allows young adults to develop their musical skills and interests but also prioritizes safety, nutrition, and fun.

1. Safety

Summerfest students reside in Lenfest Hall, which is guarded by security personnel 24/7. The main entrance is constantly attended and under surveillance, in addition to guards that “rove” the building. Only Curtis staff, students and faculty may enter the turnstiles by using their swipe cards (given to students at the beginning of the program). Summerfest residents also have access to private elevators for the residential floors. Students are issued personal security key cards to enter their suite and a standard door key to lock their bedroom door. Summer Program Assistants will also help chaperone the residence halls. Visitors are not allowed during the program. Students are also housed in same-sex suites and are not allowed in opposite-sex suites at any time.

2. Nutrition

Fresh food is prepared onsite daily by Parkhurst Dining Services, which is devoted to providing farm-fresh, flavorful, and consistently prepared-from-scratch food. Learn more about specific nutrition information for the food provided by Parkhurst Dining.

3. Activities

Want to get an idea of what exactly will be going on during the day? Peruse the itinerary for Wabass Workshop, Matsukawa Millard Bassoon Workshop, Jeffrey Khaner Flute Class, and Young Artist Summer Program.

4. Travel

Taxis are generally the most efficient way to travel around Philly. A taxi from the Philadelphia International Airport to Curtis takes about 25 minutes and costs $30. SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) also provides bus and train options for navigating the city.

5. Philadelphia

Students will be kept busy, but will have the opportunity to explore some of the many attractions Philadelphia has to offer. Philadelphia was ranked number one for arts and culture by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2011. Center City vibrantly blends art and culture with commerce, charming residential neighborhoods, and lovely parks. Within the area, students can visit the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Independence Hall, the Franklin Institute, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Walnut Street Theatre. Learn more about the fun attractions in Philly.

6. Packing

Here are some things to remember while packing for Curtis Summerfest: toiletries, wardrobe essentials, hangers (if desired), rain coat and umbrella, athletic clothing, dress clothes (black shoes, black slacks (or skirt for women) and white or black dress shirt), personal computer (if desired), phone and/or calling card, water bottle, writing supplies, camera, books/games, your instrument.

About the Author:

Molly Matthews is the Curtis Summerfest intern. She can be found crafting blog posts from the Curtis Summerfest office or lurking in the back of an event trying to capture the perfect photograph. She is a student at Syracuse University studying advertising and art history.