It's fun in the sun at Camp CDS!
Session 1: June 15 - July 2, 2020
Session 2: July 6 - 24, 2020
Camp CDS is a fun-filled experience for young children. Camp CDS is a relaxed time for exploration, self-expression and socialization in a variety of age-appropriate activities throughout our campus. The camp, staffed by experienced early childhood teachers and assisted by students, places children in small groups that ensures careful supervision as the children enjoy the best of summer.
Activities during Camp CDS 2020 will be focusing on the Summer Olympics. Camp CDS 2020 will host an opening and closing ceremony. Each Camp CDS class will adopt a country participating in the Olympics around which fun activities will be designed. Six different Olympic sports will be introduced CDS Campus on our wonderful playgrounds. And, either an entertainer, a moon bounce or ponies will visit the CDS campus one day each week of Camp CDS 2020.
Country Day School sits on four beautiful acres in the heart of McLean and offers many ways for young children to enjoy the best of summer. The campus includes nine playgrounds with numerous climbing structures, swings, slides, playhouses, and sandboxes, open fields for games and running, a nature trail for exploring, a child sized outdoor stage for creative endeavors, and a heated swimming pool designed for instructing younger children (ages 4 and older).
The program is designed to make the best use of our resources. Our playgrounds are transformed into outdoor classrooms where campers explore the world around them in a relaxed atmosphere, participate in art activities and games, have a picnic snack, read a story in the shade of a tree and enjoy lots of water play.
Country Day's buildings are air conditioned, providing a respite from summer heat and space to enjoy indoor activities and centers. Each classroom has a child-sized bathroom adjacent or nearby. An Art Studio, Science & Nature room, and Library are also on campus and available to our campers.
Fun in the Pool
The Camp CDS swim program is built into the daily schedule of campers in the Little Dippers, Kickin' Kids, Playful Pals and Weekly Wanderers classes who are reliably toilet trained. Our swim instructors and certified lifeguards teach basic floats, kicks, and arm movements, and build confidence in the water. The program combines individual attention with group activity time in the pool. Each class combines structured instruction with free play in the pool, and Fridays bring a camper favorite "Fun Fridays" with games, pool noodles, and water toys.
Our on-campus heated pool is ideal for young swimmers who may or may not have prior swimming experience. Low steps lead into the gently sloping pool allowing children to sit in the water, stand comfortably, or venture into deeper water with teacher supervision and assistance as appropriate for their level. Private lessons are also available by reservation before or after a camper's day for an additional fee. (add hard link to swim lessons)
Traditions & Memories
Camp CDS is a magical and nurturing experience for young children. Alumni cherish fond memories of pony rides, fun in the pool, animal encounters and lasting friendships– even into adulthood! Campers in 4 & 5 day programs have weekly nature walks and art lessons, exciting experiences such as pony rides, and classroom experiments and projects. Campers in the morning Little Dippers, Paddling Pals, and Weekly Wanderers participate in Camp Sing once per session. The children practice fun songs and class cheers to perform at a group sing along in our Hickory playground amphitheater. Parents and loved ones are invited to join us for a sing along the final week of each session.
Approximate Program Times
16 months by 6/15/2020 – age 3 by 9/30/2020
3 by 9/30/2020
Mon-Thu 8:10/20-11:10/20 or 12:10-3:10*
4 by 9/30/2020
Mon-Fri 8:10-11:10 or 12:20-3:20*
Weekly Wanderers: Full Day
4 by 9/30/2020 through entering 1st grade
4 by 9/30/2020 through entering 1st grade
Mon-Thu 8:30-11:30* or 12:30-3:30*
4 by 9/30/2020 through entering 1st grade
Rise & Shine/
Stay & Play
3 by 9/30/2020 through entering 1st grade
Mon-Fri: 7:45-AM class arrival /Mon-Fri: PM class departure-5:00
Individual Swim Lessons
4 by 9/30/2020 through entering 1st grade
Available Mon-Thu at 11:30, 12:00, or 3:30 for 30 min as arranged w/pool staff through separate sign-up
*Available by session or individual week
For children older than 16 months by 6/15/2020 but younger than age 3 by 9/30/2020
Terrific Toddlers must attend program with a parent or caregiver. This once per week class for our youngest campers is held on Thursdays for 2 hours. Our Director of Parent Education, Dr. Rene Hackney, leads a parenting discussion for half the class tackling topics such as cognitive development, tantrums, facilitating newfound independence, and more. The other half of the class is time for parents to lead children in play modeled and facilitated by two teachers. Offered in full session only. Maximum enrollment is16 toddlers.
Tiny Splashers (Threes)
For children age 3 by 9/30/19
Tiny Splashers is offered Monday-Thursday, either mornings or afternoons. These younger campers spend their days in a nurturing environment having lots of fun with outdoor exploration, outside water play, art projects, games, stories, and music. It is a great time to build independence, learn through play, and make new friends. The afternoon program is available for registration on a week-to-week basis, while the morning program is by full session only due to high demand. Maximum enrollment is 10 campers with 2 counselors in each class.
Little Dippers (Fours)
For children age 4 by 9/30/19
Our Little Dippers spend their busy days swimming in our pool, challenging themselves on our playgrounds, investigating natural attractions and playing new games. Their days are rounded out with art projects, stories, music and more. This program is offered Monday-Friday mornings by full session only. Maximum enrollment is 15 campers with 2 counselors in each class.
Kickin’ Kids (Rising Kindergartners and 1st graders)
For children entering Kindergarten of 1st Grade
Kickin’ Kids embraces the best summer has to offer. Whether it be time in the pool, an outdoor art project, camp songs, or playground fun, these campers engage in hands-on learning and complex projects. Kickin’ Kids is offered Monday-Friday, either mornings or afternoons by full session only. Maximum enrollment is 16 campers with 2 counselors.
For children age 4 by 9/30/2020 through rising 1st graders
This mixed-age group program is available by the week or by full session to meet your family's schedule. The part day morning or afternoon options are offered Monday-Thursday. The full day option runs Monday-Friday and includes time for a lunch brought from home and time for rest. Maximum enrollment is 15 children with 2 counselors in each class.
For children who are age 4 by 9/30/2020 through rising 1st graders
Taught by our School and Developmental Psychologist, Dr. Rene Hackney, this mix aged, play-based class reinforces a range of social skills such as entering ongoing play, managing emotions, and solving social conflicts. Children begin their afternoon with a lunch from home which allows time to socialize and go over the day's schedule. The children also participate in swimming and art. Offered Monday-Friday afternoons by full session or individual week. Maximum enrollment is 12 children with 2 counselors.
Extended Day Programs
For children age 3 by 6/15/2020
This summer we are offering Rise & Shine care in the mornings and Stay & Play in the afternoons to help meet your family's extended day needs. Rise & Shine care is available to children enrolled in morning or full day programs, beginning at 7:45 am and running through your child's camp class arrival carpool time. Stay & Play is available to children enrolled in afternoon or full day programs, beginning at your child's camp class dismissal carpool time and running through 5:00 pm. Available by full session or individual week.
Please note that all programs are subject to minimum enrollment in order to be offered and are subject to change before contracts are issued.
As part of the Country Day community, you are invited to attend the evening parenting series workshops facilitated by Dr. Rene Hackney, CDS Director of Parent Education. These free workshops are held in room C203 on Tuesdays nights from 7:00-9:00pm, or Saturdays as noted. We hope that you will have an opportunity to attend one or all of Rene's workshops. Summer 2020 topics are listed below.
When can I register for camp?
Priority registration opens for CDS families begins Monday, February 3, 2020, and opens to the general public after Friday, February 14, 2020. Registration is first come, first served, with a waiting list maintained as many programs do fill quickly.
How do I register?
Please fill out our online registration form for each child attending. A non-refundable deposit, which will be counted toward your total camp payment, is also required and can be conveniently paid online. Once we have your registration and deposit, a signed copy of the contract we will send you along with full payment must be received by April 26th. All health forms, emergency and authorization forms, proof of identity, and applicable medication and allergy action forms are due by May 31st.
What are the dates of Camp CDS?
The first session of Camp CDS runs June 15-July 2 (there is no camp on July 3), and the second session runs July 6-24, 2020. Campers can enroll for one or both 3-week sessions, or by week in the Weekly Wanderers and afternoon classes.
Does my child have to be a CDS student to attend Camp CDS?
No, while we have many CDS students at camp, we welcome campers from a number of other area schools and children for whom this is their first experience in a camp or school setting.
Does my child have to be potty trained to attend camp?
No, we welcome campers at whatever level of potty training they've attained. Each classroom has easy access to child-sized bathroom, most of which have changing tables. We do, however, require that children be reliably potty trained to enter the swimming pool; alternate arrangements will be made for any children during pool time as appropriate. Children in the Tiny Splashers and Terrific Toddlers classes do not go to the pool but instead, participate in water play regardless of potty training level.
What makes Camp CDS unique?
Unlike some other camps which employ an outside summer staff, the vast majority of our camp classes are staffed by experienced early childhood educators with experience at Country Day School, assisted by trained high school and college students. Our on-campus pool, designed for young children with steps and a gentle slope into shallow water, makes swim instruction safe and convenient, and allows for additional private lessons for those interested. Our numerous playgrounds provide a variety of physical challenges in the beauty of nature. Camp CDS offers a variety of class options to meet the different scheduling needs of our families, and provides memorable experiences like Camp Sing, pony rides, and much more! We strive to continue the safe, nurturing environment which is a hallmark of Country Day School throughout Camp CDS.
What is a typical day like at Camp CDS?
Every class is different based on their schedule of enrichments, age and focus of the program, and the interests of the campers. All children arrive at their designated 10 minute carpool window and transition into their camp day. A typical day for a part day program might begin with playground time, followed by swimming or water play, after which children change into dry clothes and enjoy a camp-provided snack together. Each day incorporates either indoor or outdoor learning and play centers which include art projects, age appropriate toys and blocks, dramatic play, and more. Programs tend to end their day with a story and songs before their 10 minute departure carpool window. Children in 4- or 5-day programs also have weekly artclasses and special activity times such as pony rides or moon bounce, and may include Camp Sing as well. Children staying for a full day classes also enjoy a lunch brought from home and a rest time at midday.
My child has allergies, can Camp CDS accommodate our family?
Camp CDS is an allergy aware program and we make every effort to safeguard children with allergies. Snacks provided by Camp CDS are nut-free, and children's lunches brought from home may not contain nut products. In the case of other life-threatening allergies we may ask parents to refrain from sending certain items, as well. All camp staff are trained in CPR, first aid, and administering emergency medications including epinephrine auto-injectors (ex. EpiPen). Children with allergies that require emergency medication kept on hand must have an Allergy Action & Medication Release Form on file and provide the medication in its original box with prescription label if applicable. Please note that our campus does have several nut trees on the grounds.
Where can I locate information about camp fees?
Our camp program prices are listed on the fees page.
My family travel plans overlap with one of the camp sessions, can I get a reduced rate for our absence?
Unfortunately we cannot offer reduced fees for absences in camp programs offered by the session. Our Weekly Wanderers and afternoon classes are, however, offered either by session or by individual week and offer more flexibility for a busy schedule.
My child has only ever attend morning programs, what can you tell me about your afternoon program options?
Our afternoon programs provide campers with the same general schedule as the morning part-day programs, but with a focus unique to the afternoon classes and with the added benefit of being available by the week for those with summer travel plans. The Getting the Most Out of Play class begins with a lunch time together during which children and teachers can share stories from the day, discuss the afternoon schedule, and enjoy a packed lunch from home.
Afternoons at Camp CDS tend to have fewer children on campus and thus allow for camp classes to roam the playgrounds and have the freedom to undertake larger-scale projects in unoccupied classrooms. Water play and swimming seem even more appealing under the afternoon sun. An afternoon program can also be a great option for children transitioning to a full day or afternoon program in the coming school year as it allows children a change to adjust to a new schedule in a relaxing environment. Each classroom has a cozy corner and our playgrounds have shady spots if a child who is growing out of nap time needs a place to rest. Many families also find that avoiding the morning rush is a nice choice, as well!
How do I sign my child up for private swim lessons?
An email with more information will go out to registered families closer to the start of Camp CDS. Private lessons are available for an additional fee per class Monday through Thursday after morning classes depart, before afternoon classes arrive, and at the end of the camp day. Swim lessons open to all campers who are reliably toilet trained. Individual swim lessons can be arranged for one or more lessons per week, and are scheduled through our Pool Manager directly.
Do you offer extended day in the summer?
We offer early morning and late day care for an extra fee. Early extended care begins at 7:45am for children enrolled in morning or full day classes, and late day extended care is available until 5:00pm for children enrolled in afternoon and full day camp classes. If you are interested in this option please indicate so on your registration form. Please note that extended care programs are dependent upon reaching a minimum enrollment.
How can I register for a full day of camp?
We have a full day class option for children age 4 by 9/30/19 through entering 1st grade. Our Weekly Wanderers class is a full day class in which students stay with the same teachers and peers, for the day. We do not offer a full day option for children younger than age 4 by 9/30/18 at this time. We have discontinued the possibility of combining a separate morning and afternoon program for campers as we found this to create repetition and a few too many transitions for young children, so with the best interest of the children in mind no longer offer this option.
Additional questions? Contact the CDS Camp Office at 703-356-9165 or email@example.com.