Summer Horizons Day Camp

Chickadees, Bluebirds, and Larks

Chickadees - (Children who are 3 years old by June 22, 2020)

Bluebirds - (Children who are 4 years old by June 22, 2020)

Larks - (Children entering Kindergarten in September)

Small groups, with lots of tender loving care and encouragement, boost the confidence of these sometimes first-time campers in these full- or half-day programs. The emphasis is on individual attention and sensitivity to the needs of these special young people. Group activities and projects are interspersed with free play and short rest periods. Projects may differ from those listed in the theme descriptions but will follow the weekly theme. Nurturing teachers, ably assisted by enthusiastic and caring camp counselors, guide our youngest campers in age-appropriate activities designed to help them develop their fine and large motor skills, to think imaginatively, to promote language skills, to share with others, and to build independence. Campers enjoy projects such as: crafts, creative movement, group games, science & cooking projects, story time, singing, and building. Days include opportunities for investigation, observation, and sensory discovery. Larks attend Friday field trips with the Robins and Hawks, unless otherwise noted.

Campers not taking part in swimming remain at camp for AM Adventures.

*Please note that children participating in our programs must be fully toilet-trained. Our youngest campers are frequently provided with reminders and scheduled potty breaks. Classrooms are not equipped with wipes or changing stations for diapers or pull-up training pants and we do ask that these items stay at home. Counselors do not assist with wiping after toilet use. Accidents, however, are common- particularly in the first few days as counselors and campers get adjusted to each other’s schedules. If your camper is in a routine at home, we certainly encourage you to share that information with the counselors for everyone’s combined benefit. Working with parents, our goal is for every camper to have a successful summer. However, because we are not well equipped to deal with frequent accidents, no exceptions will be made in the case that a camper is having multiple accidents a day. In the case that a camper is sent home due to excessive accidents, no refunds are provided.



(Children entering grades 5-6 in September)

Calling all campers entering grades 5-6! If you love camp and you’re getting ready to transition into middle school, check out this awesome bridge program just for you: Eagles! Campers will be able to enjoy their favorite parts of camp (swimming, field trips, and recess of course) with super fun themed afternoon programming. These future Counselors in Training will also participate in age-appropriate service and leadership projects with the Eagles teachers and CIT Coordinator. In proper camp fashion, we’ll have plenty of other surprises in store, too!

Robins & Hawks

Robins (Children entering grades 1-2 in September)

Hawks (Children entering grades 3-4 in September)

Robins and Hawks participate in a full-day program of exciting activities designed to awaken a sense of wonder and encourage exploration of the new and different. Each week, Robins and Hawks attend theme-inspired classes, including daily physical activity during sports and games, week-long group and individual projects in science and art, and surprise activities that differ every day! Campers can look forward to making special memories on the playground, on off-campus field trips, and during all-camp celebrations on Camp Spirit Days. Morning meetings, coupled with plenty of recess, snack, and group activity time, help create strong bonds between campers, often forming friendships that span across summers and beyond. Robins and Hawks are eligible to participate in the optional instructional swimming program off campus. Those not taking part in swimming remain at camp for AM Adventures, where they’ll participate in additional themed activities such as scavenger hunts, puzzles and challenges, experiments and optional water play.



Instructional Swimming

Children ages 4 and up are encouraged to register for instructional swimming. Swimmers walk with Summer Horizons staff members to American University’s pool for lessons. Swim lessons will be provided by certified lifeguards of Nation's Capital Swimming, Inc., who will give 30-minute swimming instruction and supervision to small groups of campers. Robins and Hawks swim Monday through Thursday, while Bluebirds swim Tuesday through Thursday. For safety reasons, campers are tested on their first day of swimming and are divided into groups based on age and swimming ability. However, campers are not required to have any formal swim lessons and/or testing prior to attending camp, and all swim levels are welcome. The SHC staff remains on the pool deck during the lessons. Each Thursday, parents of Bluebirds & Larks receive a short summary of the week in a progress report.

Campers not signed up for swimming take part in a variety of AM Adventures activities designed to complement the rest of the program and may include water play.