Explorer Counselor Assistant Program (CAP) (Grades 9-10)
DC Campus

The Counselor Assistant Program (CAP) is a hands-on leadership program designed for high school students looking to gain professional experiences through working with young children and adults. The CAPs are under the mentorship of a director and lead counselor as they progress through the program. CAPs will be able to experience, first-hand, the roles and responsibilities of acting as a counselor for campers. Additionally, they will participate in weekly seminars that will serve as a foundation for working in a camp and professional environment.



Location: 3825 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington D.C. 20016

2017 Dates
Session 1 June 26 – July 7 (No camp July 3 or July 4)
Session 2 July 10 – 21
Session 3 July 24 – August 4
Full Day 9:00am–3:00pm
Full Day $500/2–week session ($400 for Session 1)
Sample Daily Schedule

CAPs will be able to experience, first-hand, the roles and responsibilities of acting as a counselor for campers. Additionally, they will participate in weekly seminars that will serve as a foundation for working in a camp and professional environment.  CAPs will assist lead teachers and counselors with daily activities and behavior management.  CAPs will also assist counselors with homebase, lunch procedures, and carpool. CAPs will have the option to work with campers in Junior Explorers (3 year olds-Grade 1) or Explorer Day Camp (Grades 2-5).  Since activities and schedules vary based on classes and workshops, please visit the Junior Explorer webpage or the Explorer Day Camp webpage for more information on each group’s schedule.

What to Bring & What to Wear

Please label all items with camper’s first and last name.

  • A Backpack (for transporting/holding belongings)
  • Athletic shoes or closed-toe shoes for sports workshops
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle
  • Comfortable Clothing
  • Snack and lunch (Every Friday we serve pizza and Italian Ice at no additional cost.)

*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, and personal gaming systems be left at home.

Drop Off & Pick Up

Drop Off: 8:30am–9:00am (CAPs assist with morning Carpool) 

Pick Up: 3:15pm (CAPs assist with afternoon Carpool)

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

Drop Off

Beginning at 8:30am, CAP’s arriving by car should be dropped off in the parking garage on the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Rodman Street.  CAPs should walk up the stairs to the turf field and meet the CAP Director for the day’s assignments.  CAPs should arrive no earlier than 8:30am.  In the event of a rainy day drop off, all CAPs will meet under the overhang of the building directly next to the turf.

Late Drop Off

If you arrive late to drop off your camper, please walk your child to the Sidwell Summer Office 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 the Sidwell Summer Office in advance by calling 202-537-8133 or emailing summer@sidwell.edu if you plan to pick up your child early from a camp program.  Campers should be picked up directly from the Sidwell Summer Office 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 or 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/Carpool Information

Campers are escorted down the car lanes in the parking garage 3:00pm.  This process can be tricky as we safely move campers through the garage, but we would greatly appreciate if you follow the directions exactly, stopping at each checkmark.  There is no parking on the upper level of the parking garage between 2:00pm and 3:00pm.  Cars may not back out of spaces on the upper level beginning at 2:45pm.

Cars may begin entering the parking garage at 2:45pm and line up in rows according to the carpool staff’s directions.  Please do not arrive any earlier, as the CAPs assist with afternoon carpool.  Each driver must stay with his/her car and the engine must be turned off.  Please pull up directly behind the car in front of you, so that we can fit as many vehicles as possible.  There will be cones in the parking garage to differentiate lanes; please stay to one side of the cones as directed by the staff.  We will have camp staff and campus security in the road directing traffic to assist you, please follow their directions.  If you are walking home, you should wait at the end of the garage next to the vending machines by the security office.  We will walk your child to meet you.

At 3:00pm campers from all programs will gather in the carpool area.  Please do not walk up and take your camper early.  A staff member will take your name as you wait in the carpool line and lead your camper/s to his/her car. We ask that you not move your car from its lane once a staff member has given you directions or taken your child’s name as that will cause confusion as to where the camper needs to go.  We will walk your camper safely through the garage to your car.  Even though this process may seem confusing, it works quite well if everyone follows these guidelines.  We thank you in advance for your cooperation.  If you are running late, please alert the Sidwell Summer Camp Office as early as possible.  If you arrive after 3:30pm, you will need to pick your child up from the camp office.

Any camper not registered for Camp ‘til Six and who is not picked up by 3:30pm is considered a Late Pick-Up. Please see Late Pick-Up Policy below.

Late Pick-Up Policy at the End of the Camp Day

After 3:30pm, campers remaining in the garage are considered late pick-ups.  At 3:30pm, 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 valuable to us as is the time of our families. Therefore, late pick-up fees are incurred beginning at 3:30pm.  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 flat $15.00. Campers picked up between 3:45pm-4:00pm 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: Campers are not taken to the Camp ‘til Six program. This program is for pre-registered campers only. Campers 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.

Forms & Health Information
All mandatory medical information is captured through the online application. However, 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.