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Getting Started

To ensure you have the smoothest camp registration experience when camps go on sale, you can do the following at any time:

  • Create an account if you do not already have one.

    Individual camp information will be sent to the email addresses listed on your profile one month prior to your first day of camp.

  • Pre-register your campers.

    Save your camper's grade level, emergency contact information, pick up and drop off information, and medical and medication information ahead of time. This information is required to purchase tickets, and having it completed in advance will help get you through the checkout process much quicker. This information is disposed of at the end of camp. If your camper has attended in previous years, you will still need to re-enter this information.

  • Browse our selection of camps.

    Be prepared and plan which camps you want to purchase in advance by downloading the brocure. Have a second choice in mind when registering as camps can sell out quickly. You can use this handy organizer to help prepare for registration.

  • Become a member and save big on camp prices!

    Join at the Contributor level ($300) or above, and register for camp early, before registration opens to the public. You will receive electronic notification about the early registration date and time.

Read For Parents for important information about camp.

About Our Camp Sessions

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  • Size: 16-21 kids, with two instructors in each camp.
  • Duration: 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.
  • Lunch/Snacks: Supervised brown-bag lunch hour. Many camps take a snack break so please pack a water bottle and extra snack.
  • Attire: No flip-flops. Wear proper attire for the weather.
  • More information: Please also read For Parents for important information about camp.

Camp Prices

  • Regular Camps: $460 Non-members; $395 Members
  • Week of July 2-6: $368 Non-members; $316 Members
  • Before-Camp: $60 week / July 2-6: $48
  • After-Camp: $90 week / July 2-6: $72
  • Before/After-Camp Combo: $130 week / July 2-6: $100
Note: Two-Week Intensive Camps have special pricing.

Before- and After-Camp

  • Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, D.C. Parents must sign in/out their campers daily.
  • Before-Camp: 8 to 9 a.m. daily.
  • After-Camp: 4:30 to 6 p.m. daily. Snack provided.
  • Registration: Pre-register for one-week sessions. No drop-ins permitted and space is limited.

Grade Level Policy

  • Camps are created specifically for the stated grade levels and are therefore appropriate only for children entering those grades in the Fall. You will only be allowed to register your child for the camps in which his/her grade level falls between the stated ranges. Camps are not designed for children under five.
  • If your child requires special accommodation to the policy, please speak with a Customer Service Representative prior to registration.