Ninja Challenge
(Grades K-3)

Ninja Challenge (Grades K-3)

  1 week session       9:00am - 12:00pm       $315

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Using obstacle courses and active games, campers will jump, swing, climb, hang, leap, balance, and roll their way through multiple indoor and outdoor obstacles. Campers will even design some of their own obstacles! Ninja Challenge will be led by Eli, an avid fitness and health science enthusiast who competed on season 5 of American Ninja Warrior.

The Ninja Challenge program promotes life skills such as self-confidence, creativity, problem solving, risk taking, empathy, team work and more. Campers will work on physical skills such as improving balance, speed, strength, flexibility and endurance.

All campers will learn the component skills in each area with the culmination of a continuous adventure course by the end of the week. On Wacky Water Wednesdays, campers will participate in special ‘wet’ obstacle challenges. Fantastic Fridays will feature special events along with a final course run-through.


The Ninja program is designed to include children with sensory, mobility, or social challenges (the "Adaptive" track during registration; this track is open to rising Grades K-5). Current participation in PT or OT, behavioral challenges/particular needs, or taking part in speech and/or special education means you should register under the Adaptive track!  A licensed Physical and/or Occupational Therapist from Good Beginnings will partner with Sidwell Summer staff to modify the program for participants. Each Adaptive camper will also have a buddy for the week that will assist with the exercises and activities. The buddies, ages 12-16, will be campers from our Go Baby Go Community Service workshop.

To register, please select “Register Now” in the upper right hand corner.  If the above note applies to you, select the "Adaptive" track for your child to have them partnered with a buddy and to share further information regarding your child's needs.

Dates, Hours, and fees

2018 Dates
Week 1 July 9 – 13
Week 2 July 16 – 20
Week 3 July 23 – 27
Week 4 July 30 – August 3
Week 5 August 6 – August 10
AM Only 9:00am – 12:00pm
Extended Day Visit our Extended Day page for information about before and after care.
AM Only $315

Adding PM Programs

Sidwell Summer has a number of afternoon options that can be paired with morning Ninja Challenge to create a full day of camp fun for your child!  If participating in AM Ninja 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:

Creative Writing – (Grades 1-5)  Available Weeks 4 & 5.  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.  Ninja Challenge + Creative Writing = $550.

Handwork Day Camp – (Grades K-6)  Available all weeks.  The Handwork Day Camp option includes fun sewing, knitting and crafting projects lead by the experienced Handwork Studio staff. New projects will be introduced each week! Ninja Challenge + Handwork = $580.

LEGO® Engineering – (Grades 2-5)  Available 8/6-8/10.  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.  Ninja Challenge + LEGO® = $625.

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. Ninja Challenge + Splash More = $480.

Sweets, Treats, and Eats - (Grades K-6)  Available all weeks.  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.  Ninja Challenge + Sweets, Treats, and Eats = $590.

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."  Ninja Challenge + Theater = $550.

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

Sample Daily Schedule

Time Activity
8:45am – 9:00am Arrival/Carpool
9:00am – 9:30am Collection and Group Warm Up
9:30am – 10:15am Activity 1
10:15am – 10:45am Snack/Recess
10:45am – 11:30am Activity 2 (option for Creative Ninja Lab)
11:30am – 11:45am Collection/Reflection
11:45am – 12:00pm Dismissal/Carpool

On Wacky Water Wednesdays, bring your bathing suit and towel for special wet obstacle courses! Fantastic Fridays will include special events and final course races.