Explorer Day Camp
(Grades 2–5)

Explorer Day Camp (Grades 2–5)

  1 week session       9:00am - 3:00pm       $445

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Explorer Day Camp is a unique program for campers entering Grades 2-5. Campers customize their daily schedules to create their ideal camp experience. Campers choose five workshops from a wide range of exciting options in the areas of arts, sports, academics, enrichment and more. It’s like 5-camps-in-1!

We believe that providing each camper with individual workshop choices as well as the opportunity to travel from workshop to workshop in a supervised manner promotes camper independence and fosters decision making skills and personal responsibility. Each workshop is created to provide a fun and enriching camp experience. Campers won’t leave empty handed! Their imaginative creations, fond memories, and life-long skills will carry them through to next summer.

It’s all happenin’ here in the Explorer Programs!

Dates, Hours, and Fees

2018 Dates
Week 1 June 25 – 29
Week 2 July 2 – 6 (4-day week, No camp July 4)
Week 3 July 9 – 13
Week 4 July 16 – 20
Week 5 July 23 – 27
Week 6 July 30 – August 3
Full Day 9:00am – 3:00pm
Extended Day Visit our Extended Day page for information about before and after care.
Full Day $445 ($360 for 4-day week of July 2-6)

Sample Daily Schedule

Time Activity
8:45am – 9:00am Drop-Off
9:00am – 9:35am Home Base (Collection on Tuesdays and Fridays)
9:35am – 10:25am Workshop 1
10:25am – 11:15am Workshop 2
11:20am – 12:00pm Lunch
12:00pm – 12:50pm Workshop 3
12:50pm – 1:40pm Workshop 4
1:40pm – 2:35pm Workshop 5
2:35pm – 3:00pm Home Base
3:00pm – 3:30pm Dismissal

Homebase – Explorer Day Camp participants will be assigned to a homebase upon arrival each Monday morning.  Each homebase will serve as a “homeroom group” for campers, allowing them to check-in with specific teachers and store their belongings in assigned classrooms.  Each homebase will play games and collaborate on weekly camp spirit activities.

*Please note that friend requests for homebases cannot be accommodated.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Workshops – Explorer Day Camp participants select 5 workshops to participate in for each week of camp.  All workshop content changes daily and weekly, so campers are encouraged to participate for multiple weeks!  Workshops are divided by rising grade so that lessons and activities can be planned specifically for each age group.  Check out the great workshops offered each week!

*Workshop Changes are available up to 12:00pm on the Thursday prior to the start of each camp session.*

Workshop Options

Workshops are available to campers entering the grades indicated in the parentheses next to the workshop names. (Example: (2-3) means 2nd-3rd graders are eligible for the workshop, (4-5) means 4th-5th graders are eligible for the workshop, and (2-5) means 2nd-5th graders are eligible for the workshop.)

Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Period 4 Period 5
Number Skills (2-3) Adventures in Science (2-3) Cartooning (2-3) Painting (2-3) Sketching/Drawing (2-3)
Floor Hockey (2-3) Hip Hop Dance (2-3) Sports (2-3) Adventures in Science (2-3) Minute to Win It (2-3)
Art (2-3) Waterplay (2-3) Writing Skills (2-3) Jewelry (2-3) Inventors/Legos (2-3)
Musical Adventures (2-3) Reading Skills (2-3) T-rrrific (2-3) Computers (2-3) Amazing Race (2-3)
Sidwell Survivor (2-3) Cooking (2-3) Chess (2-3) Basketball (2-3) Zumba (2-5)
Cartooning (2-5) Art Explorations (2-5) Yoga (2-5) Shark Tank (2-3) T-rrrific (2-5)
Improv (2-5) Scrapbooking (2-5) Crafty Corner (2-5) Baking (2-3) Game Board Mania (2-5)
Spanish (2-5) Chinese (2-5) Swimming (2-5) This is a 3 period workshop. It must be taken periods 3, 4, and 5! Swimming (2-5) This is a 3 period workshop. It must be taken periods 3, 4, and 5! Swimming (2-5) This is a 3 period workshop. It must be taken periods 3, 4, and 5!
Mythology (2-5) Soccer (2-5) Amazing Race (4-5) Amazing Race (4-5) Painting (4-5)
Art Explorations (4-5) Sidwell Post (2-5) Map Skills (2-5) Sketching/Drawing (4-5) Reading Skills (4-5)
Adventures in Science (4-5) Number Skills (4-5) Shark Tank (4-5) Writing Skills (4-5) Adventures in Science (4-5)
Hip Hop Dance (4-5) Art (4-5) Computers (4-5) Inventors/Legos (4-5) Jewelry (4-5)
Cooking (4-5) Sidwell Survivor (4-5) Baking (4-5) Chess (4-5) Basketball (4-5)
Minute to Win It (4-5) Floor Hockey (4-5) Acting (4-5) Sports (4-5)

Workshop Descriptions

Acting – Learn the basics of acting including stage cues, script creating, script reading, prop/set design and more!

Adventures in Science – Love all different branches of science and hope to use your STEM knowledge? This class knows no bounds! Get messy, build, create, problem solve, and have fun while learning about the wonderful world of science.

Amazing Race – Use mental strength, physical toughness, and teamwork to complete a series of scavenger hunts and challenges.

Art Explorations- Engage in a variety of art activities through the use of different mediums and multi-media.

Art  – Engage in a variety of art activities through the use of different mediums and multi-media. 

Basketball – Learn the basics of shooting, passing, dribbling and game strategies.

Baking – Learn the fundamentals of baking, mixing, kitchen safety and more!  Campers are encouraged to try new foods and experiment with flavors in exciting ways.

Cartooning –  Identify facial expressions and body shapes in cartoon form to create your own cartoon people, animals, superheroes, or whatever else you can dream up!

Chess – Learn the fundamentals of chess or hone your skills by participating in serious play and fun variations.

Chinese – Learn the basics of the Chinese language and culture by increasing their vocabulary with common words and phrases, creating unique masks, cooking native dishes, and more!

Computers – Be the master of web design by making photo pages, link pages, video pages, blogs and more!

Cooking – Be a master of the kitchen while you chop, stir, measure, and saute your way to delicious food!

Crafty Corner – Improve your knowledge of color and design while you let your creativity and imagination run wild!

Floor Hockey – Learn the fundamentals of how to play floor hockey including rules, passing, shooting, strategy, and more as campers progress to their daily scrimmages.

Game Board Mania – Play multiple games to work on deductive reasoning skills and teamwork abilities. Learn the importance of game strategy!

Hip Hop Dance – Learn dance styles primarily seen through hip-hop music.  Try different styles of popping and breaking at the level you can attempt through choreographed dances.

Improv Theater – Put your creativity to the test in this workshop where teachers and campers will work to develop scenes incorporating a variety of actions, inactions, thoughts, and movements.

Inventors – Challenge your mind and your design skills by building airplanes,space capsules, rockets, catapults, and much more. Create simple machines to solve complex problems, complex machines to solve simple problems, and understand the question “why.”

Jewelry – Use a variety of materials to design beautiful pieces of jewelry including necklaces, bracelets, earrings, barrettes and much more!

Legos – Design basic structures, build problem solving skills, express creativity and gain a greater appreciation for how things work by using hundreds of different lego pieces and sets.

Map Skills – Learn the fundamentals of maps including country locations, continents, map keys, legends, symbols, and the importance of maps through scavenger hunts, interactive games, and computer models.

Minute to Win It - Use your excitement and all the materials you can gather to tackle the 60 second brain-busters and challenges that will test your wit, creativity, and flexibility.

Musical Adventures –  Gallop, skip, march, and sing your way to musical activities that includes folk dances, learning to play the soprano recorder, and many movement games. A variety of activities in every class insures success and a smile for every student.

Mythology – Create your own myths, projects, narrative works and more while learning about humans and creatures from different types of mythology.

Number Skills – Engage in a variety of independent and collaborative group work to refine math knowledge or be challenged with new material!

Painting – Create works of art utilizing different styles of painting including impressionism, abstract painting, portrait painting, landscape painting and more.

Reading Skills – Identify the 5 elements of literacy through rap, a short story, and more.  Identify the main ideas and supporting details of passages, work on story sequencing, and create a story quilt by deconstructing a favorite book or short story.

Scrapbooking – Get your creative juices flowing as you design unique scrapbooks that reflect your interests and hobbies.  Check out all the ways scrapbooks can capture moments, people, and ideas!

Sketching and Drawing – Utilizing different artistic techniques to draw people, places, and depict events.  Learn how to break a picture down to a variety of lines to understand the step-by-step process of creating a work of art.

Shark Tank – Put your creativity and ingenuity to the test in this class designed to foster teamwork, public speaking, & imagination. Campers will be challenged to create products and services and present their creations to their class. 

Sidwell Post- Write, draw, interview, and create articles and features for a Sidwell Summer newspaper!

Soccer – Pass, dribble, and shoot your way into this soccer workshop aimed to refine the skills of beginner to intermediate players.  Learn the importance of field spacing, strategy, and the role of teammates.

Spanish – Improve vocabulary, basic grammar and conversational skills while being introduced to basic listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills through songs, puzzles, word searches, and interactive games.

Sports – Learn how to play a variety of different sports while understanding the intricacies of teamwork and fair play. Play kickball, whiffle ball, football, 4 square, ultimate frisbee, and other fun games.

Survivor – Work in teams to complete mental and physical challenges such as solving riddles, completing survival scenarios, and other challenges that take them all over campus to accomplish their mission.

Swimming – This 3-period workshop takes campers to the Bethesda Pool where they can splash around and enjoy a cool dip. There is no formal swimming instruction offered as part of this workshop.

T-rrrific – Customize techniques of customizing t-shirts and of making new things out of old t-shirts. In addition to learning fabric-working techniques, campers will gain an understanding of the ways to recycle and re-imagine ideas.

Waterplay – Enjoy the summer sun while playing in, and on inflatable water slides, slip-n-slides, sprinklers, mini pools, sand boxes, buckets, and more.

Writing Skills – Creative writing and thinking are highly encouraged in this workshop where campers improve their writing techniques through multiple mediums including poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and song writing.

Yoga – Increase your confidence and comfort with yoga by increasing your awareness of your body, mind, and the world around us. Improve your physical fitness, explore your flexibility, and become stronger through gentle physical movement.

Zumba – Get up and moving as you get fit with this group based dance and exercise class. Enjoy upbeat Latin music as you progress through a choreographed workout routine.