Chess (Grades K-8)
Sidwell Summer is excited to offer two new chess programs: A Beginner class (Grades K-5) and an Intermediate level class (Grades 2-8). Chess has been played for over 1,500 years by both kings and commoners of all ages. Chess is a fun way to keep your campers mentally sharp during the summer through memory building, concentration and reasoning skills. No matter your camper’s skill level, these enriching programs will teach campers the fundamentals and strategies of chess through games, puzzles and actual chess matches!
Beginner Session (1PM-4PM): Open to campers in grades K-5 with less than two years experience or no experience at all. Let curious minds meet the challenging world of the chess board through stories, puzzles, arts, and games to excite and delight future grandmasters. Students will learn all about the chess pieces and chess board at a gentle pace, adding details bit by bit as they accumulate all the knowledge necessary to play a full game of chess.
Intermediate Session (9AM-12PM): Open to campers in grades 2-8 with 2+ years of experience.This class will challenge students to level up their chess thinking with advanced strategies pertaining to the opening, middle game, and end. Students will participate in an in camp tournament, team up for a bughouse challenge, and even invent their own variant chess games. Students can expect to leave class with a richer understanding of a very complex game, and ready to take on all challengers.
|June 19 – 23||Intermediate Chess (Grades 2-8)|
|June 19 – 23||Beginner Chess (Grades K-5)|
|June 26 – 30||Intermediate Chess (Grades 2-8)|
|June 26 – 30||Beginner Chess (Grades K-5)|
|Intermediate (Grades 2-8)||9AM – 12PM|
|Beginner (Grades K-5)||1PM – 4PM|
Adding AM or PM Programs
Sidwell Summer has a number of morning options that can be paired with afternoon programs OR afternoon options that can be paired with morning programs to create a full day of camp fun for your child! After a morning program, campers will eat lunch and be escorted by staff to the afternoon option you select.
Note: Each AM and PM program must be registered for separately.
AM and PM Camp options are listed below:
AM and PM Handwork Day Camp – (Grades K-6) The Handwork Day Camp option includes fun sewing, knitting and crafting projects lead by the experienced Handwork Studio staff. The Handwork Camp is only available the week of June 19. AM Handwork and PM Beginner Chess: $600. AM Intermediate Chess and PM Handwork: $500
AM Bethesda Soccer Club- (Grades K-8) At Bethesda Soccer Club Camp, dedicated and professional coaches lead fun and challenging programs that enhance campers technical skills while fostering a love of the game of soccer. Click here for information on this program. AM Soccer and PM Beginner Chess: $545.
AM LEGO® Engineering- (Grades K-3) Our morning LEGO program is designed for younger campers to help build fundamentals in STEM and engineering. Click here for information on this program. AM Lego and PM Beginner Chess: $545.
PM LEGO® Engineering- (Grades 2-5) Our afternoon LEGO program is designed for older campers who will Bring the game of Minecraft to life. This LEGO experience is an original game designed by Play-Well instructors inspired by the popular game, Minecraft. Students will have a blast, even without any prior experience with Minecraft or LEGO. Click here for information on this program. The afternoon lego option is only available the week of June 19. PM Lego and AM Intermediate Chess: $545.
S’More Fun - (Grades K-5) S’More Fun is just as it sounds – an afternoon of S’more Fun after a structured morning program. The S’more Fun option includes LEGOS, Board Games, Art & Crafts and more! AM Chess and PM S’more Fun: $400
Schedule for Intermediate Campers in Grades 2-8
|8:45–9:00 AM||Drop Off|
|9:00–9:15 AM||Morning Meeting and Introductions|
|9:15 AM-11:45 AM||Chess Activities and Snack|
|12:00 PM||Carpool/Transition to PM Programs|
Schedule for Beginner Campers in Grades K-5
|12:50-1:00 PM||Drop Off|
|1:00-1:15 PM||Meeting and Introductions|
|1:15-3:45 PM||Chess Activities and Snack|
|4:00 PM||Carpool/Transition to Camp ’til Six|
- Water Bottle
- Backpack to carry belongings
- Snack (Both the AM and PM sessions will have time for snack)
- If you are combining chess with another half-day Sidwell Summer program, your child should bring a bagged lunch to camp each day. On Fridays, full day campers will have a pizza lunch.
*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.
AM Program (Intermediate): 8:45AM – 9:00AM
PM Program (Beginner): 12:45PM – 1:00PM
AM Program (Intermediate): 12:00PM
PM Program (Beginner): 4:00PM
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.
AM Program Drop Off
Beginning at 8:45AM campers arriving by car 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 and direct campers to the proper meeting location. Campers should arrive no earlier than 8:45AM. 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 classroom.
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.
PM Program Drop Off
PM program drop off is at 1:00PM. PM program campers should be dropped off in front of the Manor House only. All cars should pull into the circular drive, up to the edge of the Meeting House to allow for as many cars as possible and in order to give space for through traffic to pass during this time. Campers are greeted by camp staff on the front porch of the Manor House.
AM Chess Pick Up
AM Only program pick up is at 12:00PM in front of the Manor House only. All cars should line up in the circular drive by pulling all the way around the circle, up to the edge of the Meeting House to allow for as many cars as possible and in order to give space for through traffic to pass during this time. Please remain in your car at all times. Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes prior to your pick-up time. Campers are walked to cars by camp staff. If you prefer, you may park and greet your camper on the front porch of the Manor House.
PM Chess Pick Up
PM Only program pick up is at 4:00PM in front of the Manor House only. All cars should line up in the circular drive by pulling all the way around the circle, up to the edge of the Meeting House to allow for as many cars as possible and in order to give space for through traffic to pass during this time. Please remain in your car at all times. Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes prior to your pick-up time. Campers are walked to cars by camp staff. If you prefer, you may park and greet your camper on the front porch of the Manor House.
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.
<strong>*Note:</strong> For early pick up, please arrive <strong>before 2:00 PM</strong>. We cannot accommodate early pick ups after 2:00 PM due to carpool and scheduling constraints.*
Late Pick-Up Policy at the End of the Camp Day
After 4:15PM, campers remaining are considered a late pick-up. At 4:15PM 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 beginning at 4:15PM. 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 any later from the camp office in the Manor House 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 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.