Other Camps Camped at GDS
|Register now for summer camp! Camps are filling faster than ever.|
by Vinita Ahuja
Have you registered for summer camp
yet? Don't delay your registration with GDS this summer. Our camps are filling faster than ever (we have 50 more camp registrations today than we did at this time last year)!
As of 2/15, there are only 4 spaces left in the Math and Science of Roller Coasters
camp, 6 spaces left in our Hunger and Homelessness Service-Learning Institutes
. The August sessions of Hopper Day Camp
are also filling sooner than usual and based on previous trends will be full by April 15.Register now
|Register for GDS Break Camps, Adult Classes, and Summer Camp. This link takes you off the GDS site; your "My GDS" log-in information will not carry over. Click here for instructions on finding the discount code box.
|What happens from 11:30-12:30 for campers in half-day specialty camps?|
Read this if your child is participating in both morning and afternoon half-day specialty camps.
|NEW! Advanced Soccer Training Camp|
Can’t get enough soccer? Join coaches Quinn Killy, David Gillespie, and Katie Redmond for this intense advanced soccer camp for experienced soccer players.
|NEW! Baseball Camp|
For the baseball fanatic!
Have you ever watched tandem gymnasts or performers in shows such as Cirque du Soleil? Learn how to perform some of the gymnastic feats they perform!
|Healthy Living Camp|
A camp that combines sports, cooking, and health!
|Hopper Soccer Camp|
Do you love soccer?
|Introduction to Tai Chi|
Find your center as you learn about the ancient art of Tai Chi!
|The Math of Bowling with Kevin Joy (MS)|
Strike! We're taking math to the bowling alley!
For the all-around sports player!
|Yoga & Meditation|
Relax every morning with yoga before camp starts!
Check out these photos from the Summer 2011 Sports Camps!
Sports and Outdoor Program FAQs
What kind of clothes and shoes should my camper wear?
|A. ||Because DC is hot and humid during the summer, campers should wear comfortable, light-weight clothes. They may wish to bring a sweater with them in case the air conditioning is on high or for use after a water day. A brimmed hat is always a good idea. Because campers will be playing and participating in a variety of sports, they must wear sneakers to camp; no flip flops or sandals, please.
Campers particpating in Hopper Soccer Camp may bring cleats and shin guards with them, but this is not required.
Kayaking Camp participants should bring a bathing suit, as well as clothes to wear in the water, as well as change of clothes. They should also bring water-safe shoes or an old pair of sneakers that can get wet (not flip-flops).
|Q. ||How much time will the campers spend outside?|
|A. ||Sports and Outdoors camp participants, especially soccer campers, will spend a much of the day outside, assuming good weather. We encourage campers to put on hats and sunblock before going outside, and, if possible, we often provide an alternative on extremely hot days. At the same time, we make sure that the campers do not get overheated and come inside to cool off and to participate in indoor activities during the hottest parts of the day. Read more about this in the answer to the "down time" question. |
|Q. ||What sort of down-time do sports and outdoors campers get?|
|A. ||For sports campers, an hour after lunch every day is dedicated to a sports-related arts and crafts project indoors. This allows campers to cool off and relax. We also build down-time into each day offering at least 2 brief periods each day for recess or free-play. Sometimes campers opt to spend this time inside with a good book or just hanging out on the playground with others. As long as the campers are safe and following the rules, we allow them this time to be self-directed and relax.|
Kayaking campers are often off-site during the day. For down time, they will find a shady spot and participate in dry-land activities and reflections.
|Q. ||What if it rains during Kayaking Camp?|
|A. ||In the event of rain during Kayaking Camp, we have several options. If the rain is light and safe (no lightning, river is not over-full or too fast, etc.), campers may still go out to the water to Kayak. If the rain or the river are unsafe, we have made arrangements with Georgetown University's Outdoor Education to continue lessons in the pool. On rainy days, campers may also participate in more dry-land activities or dry-land kayak training (e.g. how to row, etc.).|
|Q. ||What else should my child bring with him/her?|
|A. ||Sports and Outdoors campers should bring the following:|
- Water Bottle
- Basketball/Soccer Ball if desired for Hoops Camp and Soccer Clinic
- Healthy lunch including both salty and fruit options, if possible
- A bathing suit or change of clothes for Water Wednesdays and other days, as noted by camp directors