Below are some of our most frequently asked questions. If you have other questions or would like more information, please give us a call at 202-633-3030 extension 1 or send us an email at
- 1 What are the dates and times for Smithsonian Summer Camp?
Camp sessions are one or two weeks in duration and camp sessions are
offered between June 17–August 16, 2019. One the week of July 4, camp
will be held July 1-3. All sessions are from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Each of the nine weeks
different selection of camps and themes.
- 2 What are the age limits?
Camps are offered for young people entering Kindergarten through 9th
grade in the upcoming Fall. Camps are not designed for children
The camper's grade must fall between the listed
range in order to participate in the camp. If special accommodations
should be considered, please contact registration staff prior to
Registration Day. Students age 14 are eligible to register for a one-week
YTA boot camp. High School students ages 15 and above are eligible
to apply for a volunteer position as a
Youth Teaching Assistant
- 3 Where are the Summer Camp sessions held?
- 4 How do participants get to and from camp?
Campers must provide their own transportation to and from camp.
There is a supervised drop-off and pick-up of campers in front
of the S. Dillon Ripley Center on Jefferson Dr., S.W. with authorized
adults. Exact drop-off and pick-up location will be included in
informational material sent to parents two weeks before camp sessions begin.
- 5 When can I drop-off and pick-up my camper?
Supervised drop-off begins at 9:00 a.m. and campers are taken down
to their classrooms at 9:30 a.m. If you arrive after 9:30 a.m.,
it is your responsibility to escort the camper to their room.
Pick-up is promptly at 4:30 p.m. Campers who have not been picked-up
by 4:45 p.m. will be taken to the after-camp room and charged a
late fee of $15 every subsequent 15 minute period.
- 6 What should my child wear?
Campers should wear comfortable clothing and shoes (no flip-flops) appropriate for craft
activities, playing outside, and walking long distances. Some activities
will be outside so please apply sunscreen before camp and bring additional
sunscreen if necessary.
- 7 What about lunches and snacks?
Campers have two supervised snack and a lunchtime for which participants
must provide their own non-perishable food. Please bring a water bottle and
additional snacks each day for your camper. We do not have access to vending
machines, refrigerators, or microwaves. The location of lunch varies depending
upon weather and circumstances.
- 8 What if my child needs medication during the day?
If your camper needs medication throughout the week, please give it to
one of the camp staff at the Check-In table on the first day of camp.
Camp staff is not allowed to dispense medication; all medication
must be self-administered. Parents are responsible for taking home the medication at the end of each day.
- 9 Who teaches the Smithsonian summer camps?
- 10 Can my family view the work my child has done during camp?
Families and friends are welcome to attend the Open House on Friday afternoons
to view your child's gallery or performance. You will receive a notice with details
earlier in the week.
- 11 Can I use the cost of my camps as an expense toward my child and dependant care credit on my taxes?
Per IRS guidelines, the cost of day camp may count as an expense toward child
and dependent care credit. For those who qualify, a receipt can be issued in
the name of the camp buyer that paid/registered for summer camp. For more
information on these IRS rules, visit the IRS Web site.
- 12 What is the cancellation/refund policy?
A 75% refund will be issued if a request is received in writing
(by email, fax, or U.S. Mail) at least four weeks before the start of the camp(s)
for which you are registered. No refunds or changes will be made thereafter.
Camps are nontransferable. No refunds by phone.
- 13 What is your inclusion policy?
Smithsonian Summer Camp is committed to serving children of different abilities
and creating a welcoming environment for all campers. Please contact us prior
to enrollment if your child requires individualized medical, behavioral, or
social support to ensure a successful experience at Smithsonian Summer Camp.
In order to best serve each camper, please also list all physical, cognitive,
medical, emotional, learning needs or anything else you would like us to know
in your application materials.
- 14 What is expected of campers while visiting the Smithsonian's museums?
We expect that all campers demonstrate good "museum manners" while at camp
and visiting the Smithsonian's museums. Museum manners include acting with
respect towards others, being careful of the exhibits, and following instructions
from instructors and YTAs.
In your parent pack you will receive a Camp Culture guideline document.
Please review this with your child in the weeks leading up to their
- 15 What are the benefits of becoming a Smithsonian Associates member?
Members receive reducd pricing on camp sessions. Donors at the Contributor
level ($300) and higher can also register for camp before general