Handwork Day Camp
(Grades K-6)

Handwork Day Camp (Grades K-6)

  1 week session       9:00am - 12:00pm or 9:00am - 3:00pm       $365-520

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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. Join the fun!

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Dates, Hours, and Fees

2018 Dates
Week 1 June 18 – 22
Week 2 June 25 – 29
Week 3 July 2 – 6 (4-day week, No Camp July 4)
Week 4 July 9 – 13
Week 5 July 16 – 20
Week 6 July 23 – 27
Week 7 July 30 – August 3
Week 8 August 6 – 10
Full Day 9:00am – 3:00pm
AM Only 9:00am – 12:00pm
Extended Day Visit our Extended Day page for information about before and after care.
Full Day $520 ($420 July 4th Week)
AM Only $365 ($295 July 4th Week)

Adding PM Programs

Sidwell Summer has a number of afternoon options that can be paired with morning Handwork to create a full day of camp fun for your child!  If participating in AM Handwork and then a different PM program, campers will eat lunch and be escorted by staff to the afternoon option you select.

PM options are listed below:

Beginner Chess – (Grades K-5)  Available Weeks 1 & 2.  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. Handwork + Beginner Chess = $630.

Creative Writing – (Grades 1-5) Available Weeks 7 & 8.  Designed to reach elementary school writers of all enthusiasm and ability levels, this summer program will allow each camper to create a portfolio of pieces that range from silly to thoughtful to imaginative. We focus on having fun while boosting writing skills in a warm, nurturing, and exciting environment.  Handwork + Creative Writing = $600.

LEGO® Engineering – (Grades 2-5)  Available Weeks 1 & 8.  Campers can enroll in our PM LEGO® Engineering program led by instructors from Play-Well TEKnologies. While campers build elaborate objects, structures and vehicles, they will explore fundamental principles of engineering and physics. Handwork + LEGO® = $675.

Splash More – (Grades 2-5)  Available all weeks.  After lunch, campers will take a Sidwell bus to the Bethesda pool for free swim. There is no formal swimming instruction offered; therefore, campers should be comfortable in the water. Handwork + Splash More = $530.

Sweets, Treats, and Eats - (Grades K-6)  Available Weeks 3-8.  Explore the sweet world of candy making, cupcake decorating, cake pops and cookies!  Kids will dip, frost, bake, and decorate.  We'll end the week helping campers to sew (on a sewing machine) their own "goodie bag" in which to take their creations home.  Handwork + Sweets, Treats, and Eats = $640.

Theater – (Grades K-3)  Available all weeks.  Led by instructors from Imagination Stage, this afternoon program will feature different weekly themes such as Fairytale Adventures and Kids in Space.  Imagination Stage “fosters a creative environment for children to develop their skills in, and understanding of, the theatre arts in a fun and stimulating way."  Handwork + Theater = $600.

Note: After selecting AM Handwork during registration, you will then be directed to choose from the above PM Camp options, or to "Opt Out" and dismiss at 12:00pm.

Sample Daily Schedule

8:45am – 9:00am Drop Off
9:15am – 9:30am Warm-up Activity
9:30am - 10:30am Morning Activity
10:30am - 10:45pm Snack
10:45am - 12:00pm Morning Activity
12:00pm - 12:30pm Morning Campers Depart, Full Day Campers go to Lunch
12:30pm - 1:00pm Free Choice Activity
1:00pm - 2:45pm Afternoon Activity
2:45pm - 3:00pm Pack Up & Dismissal