Lace Up & Learn Up Summer Camp Series

As the city begins to reopen, young people need to feed their minds and bodies like never before. Summer learning loss is more severe for Black and Latinx students even before accounting for a pandemic, and empirical evidence shows that inequality rises while opportunity and achievement gaps widen when schools are closed. These gaps often manifest themselves primarily in the form of access to books, activities, and technology.

That’s why PYB is doubling down on our commitment to young people and their well-being as Philadelphia reopens. Though we won’t be on our usual campuses as colleges and universities understandably protect their communities, our new Lace Up & Learn Up Summer Camp Series is ready to provide experiences for some of our City’s most-deserving youth: virtually and in-person!

PYB is also looking to hire six (6) Coach-Mentors. We are seeking smart, caring, and engaged adults with a growth mindset, an aptitude for our on- and off-court work, and deep passion for the upward mobility of low socioeconomic young people. For more information, please click HERE.

Register for Virtual Summer CampRegister for In-Person Summer Camp

Our in-person summer camp will run Monday through Friday from August 4th-28th at the 23rd Street Armory. Days will be split into two sessions: Session I (9:00 AM to 12:00 PM) is for rising 3rd to 5th graders, while Session II (1:00 PM to 4:00 PM) is for rising 6th to 8th graders. Registration comes with a PYB Dri-Fit T-Shirt, personal basketball, water bottle, and mask. Each camp session will feature:

? Basketball Skill Development

Academic Enrichment

Coaching & Mentorship

Healthy Lunch & Nutrition Education

In-person camp is ONLY for pre-registered participants. Space is extremely limited, and we will NOT accept walk up registration: all payments must be made electronically. Sign up below today!

Tiered Pricing Structure, per individual week:
Basic Fee: $150.00 (individual) for household income at or above $125,000
50% Scholarship: $75.00 (individual) for household income in between $30,000 and $125,000
75% Scholarship: $35.00 (individual) for household income below $30,000

Our virtual program is underway! Sign up below today for a mix of engaging and fun on-demand activities that can be done at home any time ! Each activity is led by a lead PYB Coach and is designed to help young people reach their full potential as a student, athlete, and positive leader. Activities include:

Conditioning & Agility

? Basketball Skills & Drills

Academic Modules on Social Issues

Nutritional Habits & Tips


To mitigate the risk of spreading Covid-19, PYB Summer Camp will implement the following guidelines to the best of its ability. PYB Summer Camp continues to monitor guidance from Governor Tom Wolfe and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and these guidelines may be subject to change as more information is made available.

  • All campers will be strongly encouraged to wear face masks while at PYB camp, as appropriate to the activity and location of campers.
  • All staff will wear masks through the entirety of the camp.
  • PYB Summer Camp will disinfect frequently touched surfaces on campus after each camp group’s use to the best of our ability. Frequently touched surfaces include door handles, sink handles and toilet handles. Camp administration will monitor frequently touched surfaces no less than twice per day to ensure cleaning has taken place. Program leaders will have cleaning and disinfecting supplies available for regular use.
  • Camp programs will be held in spaces with adequate room to accommodate the number of campers and facilitate social distancing and ventilation, where possible. Windows and doors will remain open when possible to further enhance ventilation in camp spaces. 
  • Camper seating and spacing will be 6 feet apart, when practicable. Workspaces, desks, chairs, etc., will be spaced accordingly prior to the campers’ arrival.
  • If a common area must be used, it will be used only by one camp group at a time, and the area will be disinfected upon the conclusion of its use.
  • Campers will have limited to no competitive contact game play to encourage 6 feet of social distancing.
  • Campers’ belongings will remain separated from each other throughout the camp program to the best of our ability. Campers will be required to take home all belongings each day.
  • Each program will have ample supplies to discourage the sharing of “high-touch” materials. Examples include basketballs, academic modules, water bottles, etc. 
  • Immediate contact between individuals will be avoided where possible. This includes high fives, hand holding, hugging, close whispering and any other contact that occurs closer than 6 feet between individuals.
  • During carpool drop-off and pick-up, parents will be required to remain in vehicles. Staff will come outside to the car to conduct health screening and take campers inside. Parents/guardians will not be allowed inside the camp space. 
  • The camp space will not be open to the public. 
  • A daily health screening will be conducted for all Summer Programs staff,  and campers to the best of our ability. This may include visual inspection for signs of infection, screening questions and temperature checks. Any person exhibiting symptoms or a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will be separated from the group and must leave the camp facility as soon as practicable.
  • Any staff member or camper exhibiting a cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, other respiratory symptoms, or at least two of the following symptoms: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell upon arrival, or while at camp, will be separated from the group and must leave the camp facility as soon as practicable.
  • The Summer Programs staff includes an athletic trainer who will assist in monitoring the policies set forth.
  • Campers and staff will take frequent breaks for hand washing, hand sanitizing and general sanitation procedures. Campers and staff will be reminded to wash hands and practice good hygiene.
  • Camp staff and vendors will wear protective gloves to the best of their ability when touching campers’ belongings or meals.
  • To the extent possible, group sizes will be limited to a maximum of 10  people in any area where it is not possible to maintain at least 6 feet of distance between each person.


  • Parents/guardians must sign the parent/guardian agreement prior to the start of camp. 
  • If a camper is bringing a water bottle, it is strongly encouraged to label the bottle with the camper name each day. A staff member will assist the camper in refilling the water bottle during the day, if needed.
  • Parents must be on alert for any symptoms and should keep any camper with signs of illness home. Campers who have exhibited a fever greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, other respiratory symptoms, or at least two of the following symptoms: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell, must be fever free for 72 hours prior to arriving to camp. It must also be at least 10 days since any symptoms first appeared. A negative COVID-19 test result may be required by the administration to return.
  • Parents must remain in their vehicles during carpool drop-off and pick-up. Please have your camper prepared to exit the vehicle on their own as we are not planning to open campers’ car doors when we greet them. Parents must fill out the health screening in their car. 
  • Families will be required to send their camper each day with their own face mask. The camper is strongly encouraged to wear the face mask during the entirety of the camp program, but may be required to wear the mask if at any time he or she is within 6 feet of another camper or staff member. If a camper does not arrive with a face mask, the camper may be asked to leave the camp facility.
  • All non-essential visitors will be restricted from campus to the best of our ability. If your camper is dropped off late or picked up early, you must contact program leadership to prepare alternate drop-off/pick-up plans for your camper. A minimum of 30 minutes notice should be given. You will not be allowed to leave your vehicle during this process.

If you have any questions about the above guidelines and policies, please contact:

Eric Worley – Program Director – (267) 784-0916

Kyle Lafferty – Program Manager – (267) 693-2017

Randy Butler – Program Manager – (773) 391-2061

    A Special Thanks To Our Partners!

    Special Thanks To Our Partners!