Sponsorship Program (Grades K-10)
Since its establishment in 2002, the Sidwell Summer Sponsorship Program has helped campers join our community of enriching, fun, and educational summer activities. The Sidwell Summer Sponsorship Program helps diverse groups of campers build confidence and self-esteem, develop leadership abilities, and contribute their unique talents to our Sidwell Summer community.
*If you are applying for sponsorship, do not use the Register Now link at the top of the page. If you would like to register for additional sessions outside of the weeks you are applying for sponsorship, you may register for those additional sessions by using the Register Now button. Please see “Registration Information” below to learn more.
Dates & Fees
The 2019 Sponsorship Application will be open for registration from January 15 to February 28 at midnight. After February 28, applications for sponsorship will NOT be accepted or considered. Families applying by February 28 will receive an email response regarding their award by March 16 . Award letters are typically sent out 2-3 weeks after an application is received. Sponsorship is extremely limited, therefore we strongly encourage families to apply for sponsorship at the earliest possible date.
There is a $25 application fee for each child applying for sponsorship that must be paid by credit card upon submission of the application. The application fee is non-refundable and is separate from any fees owed as part of the sponsorship award.
Sponsorship cannot be awarded to sessions previously registered for and cannot be combined with the Early Bird Discount.
The Sponsorship Application must be completed using our online registration system between January 15 and February 28. Most campers will be awarded sponsorship for one or two sessions. Families that can pay 75% or more of the total program fees may qualify for additional sessions, but will need to specify their desire for additional sessions in the “additional information” section of the Sponsorship Application. If there are multiple programs/weeks that you are interested in, please indicate your choices in order of preference. Due to an overwhelming number of sponsorship requests for certain programs, please indicate at least two programs of interest. Sponsorship is available only for the programs listed on the online application.
The online application will time out after 20 minutes and will not save any information until the application is complete. You will know the application is complete when you arrive at the “Confirmation Page.” Please make certain you have easy access to financial information, camper information, and scheduling information prior to beginning the online registration. Please make sure to enter an accurate Email address when completing the Sponsorship Application. Sponsorship cannot be awarded to sessions previously registered for and cannot be combined with the Early Bird Discount.
*Campers must be at least a rising Kindergarten student in the Fall of 2019 to be eligible for Sponsorship. Campers must be 5 years old by September 1 to apply for Sponsorship.
**If you are applying for sponsorship, do not use the Register Now link at the top of the page. If you would like to register for additional sessions outside of the weeks you are applying for sponsorship, you may register for those additional sessions by using the Register Now button.
***Sidwell Friends students requesting financial aid for summer studies courses should complete the paper Summer Studies application found on the Summer Studies page of our website.
Programs Available for Sponsorship
This list will be updated to reflect 2019 programs available for sponsorship—check back in January!
Please note that only the following programs are available for Sponsorship. These programs may not be available for sponsorship depending on program capacity as of January 15. Sponsorship cannot be awarded to sessions previously registered for and cannot be combined with the Early Bird Discount.
Programs Available for Sponsorship on the Bethesda Campus:
Community Service: Go Baby Go
Programs Available for Sponsorship on the DC Campus:
STEP (4 weeks, AM Only)
STEP (4 weeks, Full Day)
What To Do If You Receive Sponsorship
You will receive an email with your Award Letter, an ExploreStar workshop selection sheet, and a STEP (Full Day) selection sheet attached. If you received sponsorship and choose to accept it, please read the award letter, sign it, and return it to the Sidwell Summer Office with proper deposit payment prior to the deadline written in the letter. Additionally, if you received sponsorship for ExploreStar or STEP (Full Day) you must complete the applicable workshop selection sheet you received with your email, or your letter will be viewed as incomplete. If you were not awarded sponsorship for ExploreStar or STEP (Full Day), you do not need to complete the selection form. Award letters will detail the sponsored programs and weeks, as well as all required fees. All fees for summer programs must be received by the due date on the Sponsorship Award Letter in order to remain enrolled in Sidwell Summer, no exceptions permitted. All sponsored weeks are final and cannot be changed. If you do need to change session for which you were awarded sponsorship, you will lose the award.
Forms & Health Information
Please see the Health Forms section of our website for all health related inquires.
Over the Counter Medication Distribution Form
(Physician’s signature required in order to distribute any over the counter medication to your child while at camp)
Medication Authorization Order
(required, with physician’s signature, if camper has medications to be administered at camp)