Kaleidoscope (Grades 1-5)
Bethesda Campus

With a strong emphasis on community and relationships, we hope you’ll join us this summer to help add to our “kaleidoscope” of faces and experiences. Kaleidoscope is designed to have the organization of a traditional day camp and the community feel of an overnight program. Campers will enjoy waterplay, cooking, sports, sewing and more! Each summer at Kaleidoscope we pick a theme that helps to structure our camp program – stay tuned for the theme for 2017!

Each Friday all campers on the Bethesda campus will gather for a Camp Celebration. Past Camp Celebrations have included the Kaleidoscope Talent Show, SUPER Choice, a Dance Party, a visit from The Brain Show, and more!

Kaleidoscope - Day Camps - Sidwell Summer Camp

2017 Dates
Week 1 June 26 – 30
Week 2 July 5 – 7 (3-day week)
Week 3 July 10 – 14
Week 4 July 17 – 21
Week 5 July 24 – 28
Week 6 July 31 – August 4
Full Day 9:00AM – 3:00PM
$425 ($275 for week of July 5 – July 7)
Sample Daily Schedule

Campers are grouped by grade into different homebase groups. Campers stay with their homebase for the majority of the day as they travel from activity to activity. In an effort to promote the sense of community that is so special to our program, campers participate in an all-camp “Collection” several times each week. Camp Collection gives campers and staff a chance to enjoy shared time in song and games, and to hear and see what other campers are learning throughout the week. Additionally, there will be weekly Collection challenges where homebase groups will compete in wacky tasks and activities.  Monday through Thursday, Kaleidoscope campers also have a Choice period where they choose an activity from a range of options. Past Choice activities have included yoga, dance, book club, bean mosaics, headband making, capture the flag, and more!

Time Activity
8:45-9:00AM Arrival/Carpool
9:00-9:40AM Homebase
9:40-10:00AM Collection
10:00-10:45AM Workshop 1
10:45-11:00AM Snack
11:00-11:45AM Workshop 2
11:45-12:30PM Lunch/Recess
12:30-1:15PM Choice (workshop 3)
1:15-2:00PM Workshop 4
2:00-2:45PM Workshop 5
2:45-3:00PM Pack Up/Dismissal

Program Activities and Workshops

All Kaleidoscope activities and workshops are designed to offer a balance of free play and enrichment. These workshops include:

Music Madness Sewing Art
Newspaper Waterplay Science
Crafts Cooking Sports/Games
What to Bring & What to Wear
  • A Backpack (for transporting swim wear and projects)
  • Sneakers or closed toe shoes for sports workshops
  • Snack
  • Lunch
  • Towel
  • Hat, if desired
  • Sunscreen
  • Bathing Suit
  • Water Bottle
  • Comfortable Clothes

Campers will not need lunch on Friday.  Kaleidoscope will have pizza and italian ice every Friday at no cost to the campers.

*In an effort to build the kind of community that is so integral to a memorable camp experience, we ask that cell phones, music players, e-readers, and personal gaming systems be left at home.

Drop Off & Pick Up

Drop Off: 8:45AM – 9:00AM

Pick Up: 3:00PM-3:15PM

Please review the procedures below and let us know any of questions. We realize the process may seem overwhelming, but our families become pros after a few days and the flow of traffic works well.

Drop Off

Morning drop off begins at 8:45AM. Campers should be dropped off in front of the school’s Manor House, where camp staff will greet you. Camp staff will help open car doors welcome your camper. Campers should arrive no earlier than 8:45AM. The parking garage located on Hampden Lane is for camp staff only. Please do not enter the garage. Parking spaces are available along the front drive and in the front parking lot if you would like to park and walk your camper to the proper meeting location. We recognize this is particularly appealing for parents of our youngest campers, especially the first couple of days of camp. In the event of a rainy day drop off, all campers will be escorted directly to their homebase.

Late Drop Off

If you arrive late to drop off your camper, please walk your child to the health office in the Manor House to check in for the day. All late arrivals will be escorted to their group by camp staff. Please make every effort to arrive before 9:00AM to ensure that your camper will have a full day at camp.

Pick Up

Early Pick Up

Please notify one of the program directors in advance by calling 202-537-2404 if you plan to pick up your child early from a camp program. Campers should be picked up directly from the health office in the Manor House and a parent or designated adult must check out with the camp staff before leaving campus in order to ensure the safety of all campers. Campers will not be permitted to wait alone, in the front of the school, or in other pick up locations.

*Note: For early pick up, please arrive before 2:00 PM. We cannot accommodate early pick ups after 2:00 PM due to carpool and scheduling constraints.*

Pick Up

Campers are escorted down the car lanes and along Edgemoor Lane at 3:00PM. This process has been negotiated between the school and the neighborhood. We would greatly appreciate if you follow the directions exactly. If you park illegally, your car may be ticketed.

Cars may begin parking in the driveway at 2:45PM and line up in two rows all the way down the driveway. Please do not arrive before 2:45PM. Once the driveway is full, cars line up on the side of Edgemoor Lane, closest to the school. Each driver must stay with his/her car. Please pull up directly behind the car in front of you so that we can fit as many vehicles as possible. If you are parked beyond the end of the fence that borders the soccer field and Edgemoor Lane, you must park and walk up to meet your camper at the end of the fence. We do not walk campers beyond the fence. There will be cones in the intersections to mark where cars may not be parked. We also have camp staff and campus security out on the road directing traffic to assist you, please follow their directions. If you are walking home, you should wait at the small gate at the end of field on Edgemoor Lane. We will walk your child to meet you.

At 2:50PM campers from all programs will gather in the carpool area. Please do not walk up and take your camper early. This can cause confusion as camp staff is working hard to make sure everyone is ready. A staff member will lead the campers by age and program (KaleidoKids, Kaleidoscope, Soccer, etc.) down the driveway, and then down Edgemoor Lane. We will walk all the way down the line of cars, stopping at the end of the fence that borders the soccer field and Edgemoor Lane. Once the campers have walked all the way along the fence, the counselors will return the remaining campers to the circle at the front of the school. Even though this may seem confusing, it works well if everyone follows these guidelines.

Late Pick Up Policy

Any camper not registered for Camp ‘til Six and who is not picked up in the 15 minute designated pick up window is considered a Late Pick Up. Late campers are taken to the camp office until a parent or designated person picks up the camper(s).

Late Pick Up Fees: Our staff’s time is as valuable to us as the time of our families. Therefore, late pick-up fees are incurred at the end of the 15 minute designated pick up window. Payment is due at the time of pick up, no exceptions. Payments can be made by cash, check, or credit card in the office.  If a camper is picked up within 15 minutes of the designated pick-up time, it is a charge of $15.00. Campers picked up any later from the camp office are charged a late pick-up fee of $50.00. Please note charges are per camper and will apply to each child.

Please note: Late campers are not taken to the Camp ‘til Six program. This program is for pre-registered campers only. Campers who have not been picked up by the program closure time will be in the summer office for pick up. Serious infractions (either based on frequency of late pick-ups or duration of any single pick up) may result in dismissal from camp program.

Special Events

Coming soon!

Forms & Health Information

All mandatory medical information is captured through the online application unless your camper lives outside the United States or US Territories. If your camper lives outside the United States or US territories the Immunization Form below must be completed and submitted prior to the first day of camp. Per State of Maryland Law, your camper will not be permitted to attend camp without the completed form on file.

Additionally, if your child has medication to be distributed while at camp, you would like the nurse to administer over the counter medications to your child during the camp day, or your child has allergies or asthma, please click here to access the necessary forms.