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Community Service

(Grades 7-10)

DC Campus

Sidwell Summer offers a variety of Community Service programs that provide hands-on service experience to participants to help build life skills. Campers will work on several sites according to the weekly theme. Campers will work with their peers and their trip leader on projects and activities. Campers will have a time for quiet reflection to think about or speak on the activities they completed.

Community Service Hours: Vary based on week/service.

All Community Service Program participants must have an immunization record on file with Sidwell Summer before the program begins.

Check out our other Community Service opportunities on our Bethesda Campus.

Location: 3825 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016

2018 Dates
June 18 – 22 Helping Hands
June 25 – 29 ABCs of Child Development
July 9 – 13 ABCs of Child Development
July 16 – 20 Helping Hands
July 23 – 27 Helping Hands
July 30 – August 3 Helping Hands
August 6 – 10 Helping Hands
August 13 – 17 Helping Hands
Full Day 9:00AM – 3:00PM
Full Day $310


The ABCs of Child Development: In partnership with Safe Sitters©, campers learn safety skills, child care skills, first aid & rescue skills, and life & business skills. Campers are trained in the basics of CPR and choking rescue for young children and infants (although it should be noted that they are not ‘officially’ certified in CPR through this course). Campers also spend time observing and interacting with youth to practice the skills in the curriculum. Participants should bring a bag lunch daily.

Helping Hands: This 1-week workshop provides hands-on community service opportunities as well as time for classroom learning and group reflection.  Campers will volunteer at different types of non-profit organizations during the week. Volunteer sites potentially include, but are not limited to: community farms, nursing homes, daycare centers, homeless services providers, parks, and environmental agencies (schedule may vary by week based on availability of agencies).  Participants should bring a bag lunch daily.

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

  • A Backpack (for transporting lunch/ other belongings)
  • Sneakers or closed-toe shoes (unless otherwise specified)
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle
  • Comfortable Clothing/Change of Clothes
  • Snack
  • 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, and personal gaming systems be left at home.

Campers should dress appropriately depending on the daily activity.

Drop Off: 8:45AM – 9:00AM

Pick Up: 3:00PM – 3:30PM

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 8:45AM 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 8:45AM. 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 in the cafeteria.

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 by calling 202-537-8133 or emailing 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 of the garage beginning at 2:30PM. 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 2:45PM 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 3:00PM 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 to his/her car. We ask that you not move your car 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.

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 $15.00. Campers picked up between 3:45PM – 4:00PM from the camp office are charged a 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 pickups or duration of any single pick up may result in dismissal from camp program.

All Community Service participants are required to submit a copy of his/her immunization records. Additional forms may be required by service organizations and participants will be informed before the session begins.

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.