Handwork Day Camp

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Handwork Day Camp (Grades K-6)
DC Campus

Picture your child in the care of energetic and imaginative counselors knitting, sewing, and weaving the day away! At Handwork Day Camp, you’ll find campers sharing stories and laughs while working on a wide array of unique projects from snuggly creatures and funky tote bags to wall pendants and needle-felted sushi. Our goal is to teach useful skills in a space where campers are free to express themselves and are enveloped in creativity and fun. Whether you’re refining your skills or learning brand new ones, our camp is sure to delight! Click here for more details and photos from The Handwork Studio!

We also have a Counselor Assistant Program (CAP) for 9th-10th graders run by the Handwork Studio! More details can be found here.


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

2018 Dates
June 11 – August 17, one-week sessions (No camp July 4th)
Full Day 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
AM Only 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Full Day $520/session ($420 for week of July 2-6)
AM Only $365/session ($295 for week of July 2-6)
AM Handwork + PM S’More Fun (Grades K-3) $530/session ($430 for week of July 2-6)

Adding a PM Camp

Sidwell Summer has a number of 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.

S’More Fun – (Grades K-3) 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!

Note: After selecting AM programs during registration, you will then be directed to choose from the above PM Camp options.

All items should be labeled with camper’s first and last name. Campers should dress appropriately for activities (e.g., comfortable and appropriate shoes, shorts, and t-shirts).

  • Backpack (for take home items)
  • Water Bottle
  • Lunch and snack in separate bags

Sidwell Summer provides pizza and Italian ice for lunch on Fridays for full day campers at no cost to campers. There will be break time in the mid-morning should you want to send a snack with your child.

*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: 8:45AM – 9:00AM

AM Only Pick Up: 12PM

Full Day Pick Up: 3:00PM – 3:30PM

Drop Off

Beginning at 8:45AM campers arriving by car should be dropped off in the parking garage on the corner of Wisconsin Avenue 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.

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 one of the program directors and the Sidwell Summer office 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.*

AM Only Pick Up

AM Pick Up is at 12PM in the garage located on Wisconsin Ave. and Rodman St.

Full Day Pick Up/Carpool

Handwork Campers are escorted to Zartman Circle, located on Wisconsin Ave. at 3:00PM.

Cars may begin entering the circle at 2:45PM. 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.  We will have camp staff directing traffic to assist you, please follow their directions. Counselors and staff will walk to campers to their cars so there is no need to exit your car.  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.

Please note: Older siblings are brought to younger siblings to allow parents easy pick up at only one location. Please pick up your campers where your youngest child’s pick up is located.

Late Pick Up Policy at the End of the Camp Day

At 3:30 PM, any camper remaining at carpool is considered a late pick up.  Campers will be taken to the Sidwell Summer Office until a parent or designated person picks up the camper(s).

Late Pick Up Fees: Our staff’s time is just as valuable to us as our camp families’ time is. 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, there is a $15.00 charge. 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.

*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—based on either 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.