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Explorer Day Camp (Grades 2 – 5)
DC Campus

Explorer Day Camp is a unique program for campers entering Grades 2-5. Campers customize their daily schedules to create their ideal camp experience. Campers choose five workshops from a wide range of exciting options in the areas of arts, sports, academics, enrichment and more. It’s like 5-camps-in-1!

We believe that providing each camper with individual workshop choices as well as the opportunity to travel from workshop to workshop in a supervised manner promotes camper independence and fosters decision making skills and personal responsibility. Each workshop is created to provide a fun and enriching camp experience. Campers won’t leave empty handed! Their imaginative creations, fond memories, and life-long skills will carry them through to next summer.

It’s all happenin’ here in the Explorer Programs!

Explore Day - Day Camps - Sidwell Summer Camp

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


2018 Dates
Week 1 June 25 – 29
Week 2 July 2 – 6 (4-day week, No Camp Wed, July 4th)
Week 3 July 9 – 13
Week 4 July 16 – 20
Week 5 July 23 – 27
Week 6 July 30 – August 3
Full Day 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Full Day $445 ($360 for 4-day week of July 2-6)
*Workshop Changes are available up to noon on the Thursday prior to the start of each camp session. Please email any workshop changes to ExplorerPrograms@sidwell.edu by Thursday at noon prior to the start of each weekly session*

Time Activity
8:45 AM – 9:00 AM Drop Off
9:00 AM – 9:35 AM Home Base (Collection on Tuesdays and Fridays)
9:35 AM – 10:25 AM Workshop 1
10:25 AM – 11:15 AM Workshop 2
11:20 AM – 12:00 PM Lunch
12:00 PM – 12:50 PM Workshop 3
12:50 PM – 1:40 PM Workshop 4
1:40 PM – 2:35 PM Workshop 5
2:35 PM – 3:00 PM Home Base
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Dismissal

Homebase – Explorer Day Camp participants will be assigned to a homebase upon arrival each Monday morning.  Each homebase will serve as a “homeroom group” for campers, allowing them to check-in with specific teachers and store their belongings in assigned classrooms.  Each homebase will play games and collaborate on weekly camp spirit activities.

*Please note that friend requests for homebases cannot be accommodated.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Workshops – Explorer Day Camp participants select 5 workshops to participate in for each week of camp.  All workshop content changes daily and weekly, so campers are encouraged to participate for multiple weeks!  Workshops are divided by rising grade so that lessons and activities can be planned specifically for each age group.  Check out the great workshops offered each week!

*Workshop Changes are available up to noon on the Thursday prior to the start of each camp session.*

Workshops are available to campers entering the grades indicated in the parentheses next to the workshop names. (Example: (2-3) means 2nd-3rd graders are eligible for the workshop, (4-5) means 4th-5th graders are eligible for the workshop, and (2-5) means 2nd-5th graders are eligible for the workshop.)

Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Period 4 Period 5
 Number Skills (2-3)  Adventures in Science (2-3)  Cartooning (2-3)  Painting (2-3)  Sketching/Drawing (2-3)
 Floor Hockey (2-3)  Hip Hop Dance (2-3)  Sports (2-3)  Adventures in Science (2-3)  Minute to Win It (2-3)
 Art (2-3)  Waterplay (2-3)  Writing Skills (2-3)  Jewelry (2-3)  Inventors/Legos (2-3)
 Musical Adventures (2-3)  Reading Skills (2-3)  T-rrrific (2-3)  Computers (2-3) Amazing Race (2-3)
 Sidwell Survivor (2-3)  Cooking (2-3)  Chess (2-3)  Basketball (2-3)  Zumba (2-5)
 Cartooning (2-5)  Art Explorations (2-5)  Yoga (2-5)  Shark Tank (2-3)  T-rrrific (2-5)
 Improv (2-5)  Scrapbooking (2-5)  Crafty Corner (2-5)  Baking (2-3) Game Board Mania (2-5)
 Spanish (2-5)  Chinese (2-5)  Swimming (2-5)   This is a 3 period workshop. It must be taken periods 3, 4, and 5!  Swimming (2-5)   This is a 3 period workshop. It must be taken periods 3, 4, and 5!  Swimming (2-5)  This is a 3 period workshop. It must be taken periods 3, 4, and 5!
 Mythology (2-5)  Soccer (2-5)  Amazing Race (4-5)  Amazing Race (4-5)  Painting (4-5)
 Art Explorations (4-5)  Sidwell Post (2-5)  Map Skills (2-5)  Sketching/Drawing (4-5)  Reading Skills (4-5)
 Adventures in Science (4-5)  Number Skills (4-5)  Shark Tank (4-5)  Writing Skills (4-5)  Adventures in Science (4-5)
 Hip Hop Dance (4-5)  Art (4-5)  Computers (4-5)  Inventors/Legos (4-5)  Jewelry (4-5)
 Cooking (4-5)  Sidwell Survivor (4-5)  Baking (4-5)  Chess (4-5)  Basketball (4-5)
 Minute to Win It (4-5)  Floor Hockey (4-5)  Acting (4-5)  Sports (4-5)

Acting – Learn the basics of acting including stage cues, script creating, script reading, prop/set design and more!
Adventures in ScienceLove all different branches of science and hope to use your STEM knowledge? This class knows no bounds! Get messy, build, create, problem solve, and have fun while learning about the wonderful world of science.
Amazing Race –Use mental strength, physical toughness, and teamwork to complete a series of scavenger hunts and challenges.
Art  Explorations- Engage in a variety of art activities through the use of different mediums and multi-media.
Art   Engage in a variety of art activities through the use of different mediums and multi-media. 
Basketball – Learn the basics of shooting, passing, dribbling and game strategies.
Baking – Learn the fundamentals of baking, mixing, kitchen safety and more!  Campers are encouraged to try new foods and experiment with flavors in exciting ways.
Cartooning –  Identify facial expressions and body shapes in cartoon form to create your own cartoon people, animals, superheroes, or whatever else you can dream up!
Chess Learn the fundamentals of chess or hone your skills by participating in serious play and fun variations.
Chinese Learn the basics of the Chinese language and culture by increasing their vocabulary with common words and phrases, creating unique masks, cooking native dishes, and more!
Computers Be the master of web design by making photo pages, link pages, video pages, blogs and more!
Cooking Be a master of the kitchen while you chop, stir, measure, and saute your way to delicious food!
Crafty Corner Improve your knowledge of color and design while you let your creativity and imagination run wild!
Floor Hockey Learn the fundamentals of how to play floor hockey including rules, passing, shooting, strategy, and more as campers progress to their daily scrimmages.
Game Board Mania Play multiple games to work on deductive reasoning skills and teamwork abilities.  Learn the importance of game strategy!
Hip Hop Dance Learn dance styles primarily seen through hip-hop music.  Try different styles of popping and breaking at the level you can attempt through choreographed dances.
Improv Theater Put your creativity to the test in this workshop where teachers and campers will work to develop scenes incorporating a variety of actions, inactions, thoughts, and movements.
Inventors Challenge your mind and your design skills by building airplanes,space capsules, rockets, catapults, and much more.  Create simple machines to solve complex problems, complex machines to solve simple problems, and understand the question “why.”
Jewelry Use a variety of materials to design beautiful pieces of jewelry including necklaces, bracelets, earrings, barrettes and much more!
Legos Design basic structures, build problem solving skills, express creativity and gain a greater appreciation for how things work by using hundreds of different lego pieces and sets.
Map Skills Learn the fundamentals of maps including country locations, continents, map keys, legends, symbols, and the importance of maps through scavenger hunts, interactive games, and computer models.
Minute to Win In- Use your excitement and all the materials you can gather to tackle the 60 second brain-busters and challenges that will test your wit, creativity, and flexibility.
Musical Adventures –  Gallop, skip, march, and sing your way to musical activities that includes folk dances, learning to play the soprano recorder, and many movement games. A variety of activities in every class insures success and a smile for every student.

Mythology – Create your own myths, projects, narrative works and more while learning about humans and creatures from different types of mythology.
Number Skills – Engage in a variety of independent and collaborative group work to refine math knowledge or be challenged with new material!
Painting Create works of art utilizing different styles of painting including impressionism, abstract painting, portrait painting, landscape painting and more.
Reading Skills Identify the 5 elements of literacy through rap, a short story, and more.  Identify the main ideas and supporting details of passages, work on story sequencing, and create a story quilt by deconstructing a favorite book or short story.
Scrapbooking Get your creative juices flowing as you design unique scrapbooks that reflect your interests and hobbies.  Check out all the ways scrapbooks can capture moments, people, and ideas!
Sketching and Drawing Utilizing different artistic techniques to draw people, places, and depict events.  Learn how to break a picture down to a variety of lines to understand the step-by-step process of creating a work of art.
Shark Tank – Put your creativity and ingenuity to the test in this class designed to foster teamwork, public speaking, & imagination. Campers will be challenged to create products and services and present their creations to their class. 
Sidwell Post- Write, draw, interview, and create articles and features for a Sidwell Summer newspaper!
Soccer Pass, dribble, and shoot your way into this soccer workshop aimed to refine the skills of beginner to intermediate players.  Learn the importance of field spacing, strategy, and the role of teammates.
Spanish Improve vocabulary, basic grammar and conversational skills while being introduced to basic listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills through songs, puzzles, word searches, and interactive games.
Sports – Learn how to play a variety of different sports while understanding the intricacies of teamwork and fair play.  Play kickball, whiffle ball, football, 4 square, ultimate frisbee, and other fun games.
Survivor Work in teams to complete mental and physical challenges such as solving riddles, completing survival scenarios, and other challenges that take them all over campus to accomplish their mission.
Swimming This 3-period workshop takes campers to the Bethesda Pool where they can splash around and enjoy a cool dip.  There is no formal swimming instruction offered as part of this workshop.
Tennis Learn various techniques – forehands, backhands, lobs and serves –  and the rules of the game, including the importance of ball placement, as you play daily matches.
T-rrrific Customize techniques of customizing t-shirts and of making new things out of old t-shirts.  In addition to learning fabric-working techniques, campers will gain an understanding of the ways to recycle and re-imagine ideas.
Waterplay Enjoy the summer sun while playing in, and on inflatable water slides, slip-n-slides, sprinklers, mini pools, sand boxes, buckets, and more.
Writing Skills Creative writing and thinking are highly encouraged in this workshop where campers improve their writing techniques through multiple mediums including poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and song writing.
Yoga Increase your confidence and comfort with yoga by increasing your awareness of your body, mind, and the world around us. Improve your physical fitness, explore your flexibility, and become stronger through gentle physical movement.
Zumba Get up and moving as you get fit with this group based dance and exercise class.  Enjoy upbeat Latin music as you progress through a choreographed workout routine.
Please label all items with camper’s first and last name.
  • A Backpack (for transporting lunch/ other belongings)
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Sneakers (for sports workshops)
  • Comfortable Clothing
  • Bathing Suit and Towel (only for swimming workshop)
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle
  • Snack
  • Lunch
Campers will not need lunch on Friday.  Explorer Day Camp 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, and personal gaming systems be left at home.

More information coming soon!

Drop Off: 8:45 AM – 9:00 AM

Pick Up: 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

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 8:45 AM campers arriving by car should be dropped off in the parking garage on the corner of Wisconsin Ave. and Rodman Street.  Camp staff will help open car doors and direct campers to the proper meeting location.  Campers should arrive no earlier than 8:45 AM. Parking spaces are available in the parking garage if you would like to park and walk your camper to the proper meeting location.  In the event of a rainy day drop off, all campers will meet under the overhang of the building next to the turf field that is located directly above the parking garage.

Late Drop Off

Campers arriving after 9:15 AM must be brought to the Sidwell Summer office (located next to the Fox Den) to be checked in. Sidwell Summer staff will then walk your camper to their program.

Pick Up

Early Pick Up

If your camper needs to be picked up early from camp, you will need to come to the Sidwell Summer office (located next to the Fox Den) to sign out your camper. Please call the Sidwell Summer office (202.537.8133) or email summer@sidwell.edu ahead of time to alert us about an early pick up. *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.* Campers will not be allowed to leave camp on their own without written authorization from parents. Please email summer@sidwell.edu to authorize campers to use public transit or walk home. Campers will not be permitted to wait alone or in the front of the school or in other pick up locations.

Pick Up/Carpool Information

Campers are escorted down the car lanes in the parking garage 3:00 PM.  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. If you would like to park and pick up your camper please park on the lower level of the parking garage.

Cars may begin entering the parking garage at 2:45 PM and line up in rows according to the carpool staff’s directions.  Please do not arrive any earlier as campers will still be enjoying the day’s activities.  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 carpool staff.  We will have camp staff and campus security in the garage 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 and guide you safely out of the garage.

At 3:00 PM 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 to a different 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.

Campers will not be allowed to leave camp on their own without written authorization from parents. Please email summer@sidwell.edu to authorize campers to use public transit or walk home. Campers will not be permitted to wait alone or in the front of the school or in other pick up locations.Even though this process may seem confusing, it works quite well if everyone follows these guidelines. If you arrive after 3:30 PM you will need to pick your child up from the camp office and Late Fees will apply.

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

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

Any camper not registered for Camp ‘til Six and who is not picked up by 3:30 PM, is considered a Late Pick Up.

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 3:30 PM.  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 3:45 PM – 4:00 PM 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.

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.