Voyagers (Grades 2-8)
Voyagers is Sidwell Summer’s excursion-based camp! Each day campers travel to various sites throughout the DC Metropolitan area to experience the many thrills and adventures the city and surrounding areas have to offer. Weekly themes help to frame our selection of activities and trips. Our exceptional Voyager staff is committed to making every moment fun by integrating games, songs, and play into the daily schedule whether standing in line at a water park, riding the bus, or engaging in a pirate hunt in Annapolis! Join us for a week or for the whole summer!
Paddle the Potomac: Campers in grades 5-8 can “Paddle the Potomac”! A full day water sport based Voyager program offered to encourage the love of the water while learning lifelong sports skills. Learn the basic skills on Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP), kayaking, and canoeing while exploring the Potomac River with our partners, the Washington Canoe Club (WCC). Campers will travel by Sidwell bus to the beautiful WCC site in Georgetown to enjoy a fun day on the river. Campers will enjoy a morning snack and lunch while relaxing on the dock in the Adirondack chairs and watching their friends practice their new water skills!
|6/11-8/17, one-week sessions|
|9:00AM – 3:00PM|
|$475 ($380 for week of July 2-6, no camp July 4)|
|2018 Dates – Paddle the Potomac|
|Week 1||June 11 – 15|
|Week 2||June 18 – 22|
|Week 3||August 6 – 10|
|Week 4||August 13 – 17|
|9:00AM – 3:00PM|
The Voyager schedule is currently being set and changes may be made once we know availability of specific sites. Despite careful planning, the activities listed on the Voyagers schedule below may change due to weather, transportation, or other factors during the program week. Activities with a star (*) require a waiver form. The waiver will be linked to the activity name by May 1. Please be sure to submit the required waivers before your child’s first day of camp!
*The below schedule is from 2017. The schedule will be updated with 2018 locations soon and will include many of the same types of destinations.*
|Week 1: School’s Out||Week 2: Under the Sea||Week 3: Life’s a Beach|
|6/12 – Six Flags||6/19 – Splashdown Waterpark||6/26 – Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags|
|6/13 – Pump it Up (Waiver Needed)||6/20 – Cunningham Falls||6/27 – Monster Mini Golf & Ice Skating|
|6/14 – Adventure Park at SSFS (Waiver Needed)||6/21 – TBD||6/28 – ClimbZone (Waiver Needed)|
|6/15 – Pirate Adventures||6/22 – Bohrer Hills||6/29 – Bowie Baysox Game|
|6/16 – Skate-N-Fun Zone & Mini Golf||6/23 – Rockin Jump (Waiver Needed)||6/30 – Watermine|
|Week 4: Summer Dayz||Week 5: Splish Splash||Week 6: Midsummer Madness|
|7/3 Holiday – No Camp||7/10 – Volcano Island Waterpark||7/17 – Pirate’s Cove Waterpark|
|7/4 Holiday – No Camp||7/11 – Ocean Dunes Waterpark||7/18 – Adventure Park USA|
|7/5 – Bohrer Hills Waterpark||7/12 – Pirate Adventures||7/19 – Rebounderz (Waiver Needed)|
|7/6 – Splashdown Waterpark||7/13 – Atlantis Waterpark||7/20 – Monster Mini Golf & Ice Skating|
|7/7 – ZavaZone (Waiver Needed)||7/14 – Great Waves Waterpark||7/21 – Watermine|
|Week 7: Thrills, Chills, and Spills||Week 8: Wet & Wild||Week 9: Summer Adventures|
|7/24 – Cunningham Falls||7/31 – Watermine||8/7 – Adventure Park at SSFS (Waiver Needed)|
|7/25 – Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags||8/1 – Adventure Park USA||8/8 – Ocean Dunes|
|7/26 – Skate N’ Fun Zone & Bowlmor||8/2 – Splashdown Waterpark||8/9 – Imagination Stage & Bowlmor|
|7/27 – Nationals Game||8/3 – Pirate’s Cove Waterpark||8/10 – Bowie Baysox Game|
|7/28 – Sport Rock (Waiver Needed)||8/4 – Bohrer Hills Waterpark||8/11 – Atlantis Waterpark|
|Week 10: Last Blast|
|8/14 – ClimbZone (Waiver Needed)|
|8/15 – Bohrer Hills|
|8/16 – Watermine|
|8/17 – Cunningham Falls|
|8/18 – Hurricane Harbor|
The following activities require an online waiver to be completed by a parent or guardian:
Adventure Park at SSFS: To access the waiver, please click here.
Pump it Up: To access the waiver, please click here.
Rebounderz: To access the waiver, please click here.
Sport Rock: To access the waiver, please click here.
ClimbZone: To access the waiver, please click here.
ZavaZone: To access the waiver, please click here.
Rockin Jump: To access the waiver, please click here.
Paddle the Potomac:
Paddle the Potomac Waiver: To access the waiver, please click here.
Campers should dress appropriately depending on the daily activity. Please mark all personal belongings with camper’s first and last name.
- A backpack (for transporting lunch/swim wear/other belongings)
- Sneakers for Adventure Activities
- Bathing Suit
- Water Bottle
- Comfortable change of clothes
- Bagged Lunch (labeled with camper’s name)
*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: 8:45 – 9:00 AM
Pick Up: 3:00-3:30 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.
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
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.
Early Pick Up
Since Voyagers is a field trip based program, campers will not be at campus until 3PM carpool. If you need to make arrangements to pick up a child early from Voyagers please notify one the Sidwell Summer in advance by calling 202-537-8133 or emailing email@example.com. 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 2:00PM due to carpool.
Pick Up is from Zartman Circle between 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM. Staff members will walk campers to cars. If you arrive after 3:30 PM you will need to pick your child up from the camp office. Any camper not registered for the Camp ‘til Six program and who is not picked up by 3:30 PM, is considered a Late Pick Up and Late Pick-Up fees apply. Please see Late Pick-Up Policy below.
Late Pick-Up Policy at the End of the Camp Day
At 3:30 PM, all campers remaining on campus, not registered for Camp ’til Six are considered late pick-ups. Campers are taken to the Sidwell Summer Camp office until a parent or designated person arrives to pick 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 flat fee of $15.00. Campers picked up between 3:45 – 4:00PM from the camp office are charged a fee of $50.00. Campers pick up after 4:00PM are charged $75.00. 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, either based on frequency of late pick-ups or duration of any single pick up, may result in dismissal from camp program.
Some field trips require additional waivers to supplement Sidwell Summer forms. Weeks that require waivers include trips to The Adventure Park at SSFS, River Riders and/or Calleva. These forms will be available online by May 1 and will be emailed to you prior to the start of your camper’s session. Waiver forms should be completed and returned prior to the start of the session.All mandatory medical information is provided through the online application with the exception of the Over-the-Counter Medication Distribution Form, Medication Authorization Form, and Allergy Action Plan.