The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced the summer camp registration, dates and information for the 2014 Summer Camp season. For Summer 2014, DPR will again offer a rolling registration period starting Monday, February 10th for District residents. Registration for non-District residents will begin on Monday, March 10th. During the rolling registration period, a specific group of camp sites will open for online registration each day at 12 noon. Once the online registration is open for a particular camp, the registration will remain open until all the camp spaces are filled. Please make a note of the registration dates for the camp(s) of your choice to ensure that online registration is initiated on the correct date.
Registration can be completed online or in person at the DPR Summer Camp office located at Columbia Heights Community Center (1480 Girard Street, NW – 4th floor). Space fills on a first-come, first-served basis and enrollment is subject to availability. It is recommended that parents create an online DPR account for all campers in the DPR registration system prior to the registration period. For the SETLC Tennis camp, Therapeutic Recreation camps and REC camps, registration can be completed at the specific site only.
Beginning on January 13, 2014, DPR opened the Reduced Rate Pre-Qualification Period for DC residents. Residents must come to the Summer Camp Office (1480 Girard Street, NW – 4th floor) to complete a reduced rate application. Applications must be submitted in person. Qualification requirements can be found on DPR’s Summer Camp website – summercamps.dc.gov. The goal of the pre-qualification period is to assist residents with completing their reduced rate applications in advance, so that applicants can be prepared when camp registration opens on February 10, 2014. Please note that reduced rate applications will be accepted throughout the entire Summer 2014 season, however District residents interested in applying for a reduced rate must apply PRIOR to registering for camp. Non-District residents are not eligible for reduced rate.
DPR’s summer camp will consist of four, two-week camp sessions starting on June 23, 2014 and ending on August 15, 2014. Most camps will operate Monday through Friday, from 9 am – 5 pm with before care from 8 am – 9 am and after care from 5 pm – 6 pm. There is an additional charge for before and after care. Select DPR camp sites will offer the Free Summer Meals Program. (Please note that camps that DO NOT offer the free summer meals program are indicated in the listing below.) Children attending camps that do not offer the free summer meals program must bring their own lunch and snacks. Please refer to the DPR Summer Camps Parent Guidebook for DPR’s food policies.
Also, DPR is currently implementing Mayor Gray’s “Play DC: Playground Improvement Initiative”, renovating 40 play spaces throughout the District of Columbia. Centers that have the notation ‘ *Play DC site ‘ may have construction taking place on their playground area. At these sites, campers will NOT have access to the playground area during the construction process and DPR will take every precaution to ensure campers safety.
Should an applicant need to request a refund or a transfer, please note that DPR will not process any transfer requests or refund requests until after February 24, 2014. Please go to the 2014 Summer Camp Fees website page for more information.