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DC DPR: DPR Announces Summer Camps 2015 Reduced Rate Information Fair and Camp Registration Dates

A message from the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation:

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DPR Announces Summer Camps 2015 Reduced Rate Information Fair and Camp Registration Dates

DPR Customer Service:  (202) 673-7647
DPR Kids, Camps & Co-op Office:  (202) 671-0372, dpr.camps@dc.gov
DPR Media Contacts: 

Brian Armstead, (202) 746-2092, brian.armstead@dc.gov
Rachel Newman, (202) 340-2910, rachel.newman@dc.gov

(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced two new “Summer Camps Reduced Rate Information Fairs,” as well as the registration and session dates for the upcoming 2015 DPR Summer Camps season.

Beginning on Tuesday, January 20, 2015,  DPR will open the Reduced Rate Pre-Qualification Period for DC residents.  Residents may either attend one of the two fairs being offered this year, or visit DPR’s Summer Camps Office at 1480 Girard Street, NW – 4th floor, to complete a reduced rate application.  Please note that reduced rate applications must be submitted in person only.  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 23, 2015.  Please note that reduced rate applications will be accepted throughout the entire Summer 2015 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 new summer camps reduced rate information fairs will take place this week on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Fort Stanton Recreation Center (1800 Erie Street, SE) and on Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 11 am to 3 pm at Hillcrest Recreation Center (3100 Denver Street, SE). The purpose of the fairs is to assist District residents with completing their reduced rate application.  DPR offers a reduced rate for qualified, District residents to ensure that summer camps are available to everyone, regardless of one’s financial status or income level.

The DPR summer camp reduced rate program allows children of qualifying families to attend DPR summer camps with a discount of either 50% of 75% (depending on income and family size) per child, per camp session.   Please note that these information fairs are specifically for applicants to submit their reduced rate applications for the 2015 summer camps season, however applicants may also visit the summer camp office, in person, to apply for reduced rate starting on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.  Please note that these fairs will not cover summer camp registration, which will open on Monday, February 23, 2015.

For the 2015 summer camps season, DPR will continue to offer a rolling registration system starting on Monday, February 23rd for District residents. Registration for non-District residents will begin on Monday, March 23rd.  Please visit DPR Summer Camps for the rolling registration schedule.

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, that camp’s registration will remain open until all the camp spaces are filled.  Please make a note of the registration dates for the location(s) and/or camp(s) of your choice, to ensure that online registration is initiated on the correct date.

Camp session dates are as follows:

  • Session 1: June 22 – July 2, 2015 (July 4th Holiday Observed on July 3rd)
  • Session 2: July 6 – July 17, 2015
  • Session 3: July 20 – July 31, 2015
  • Session 4: August 3 – August 14, 2015

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 USDA DC Free Summer Meals Program. Children attending camps that do not offer the program must bring their own lunch and snacks.  Please refer to the DPR Summer Camps Parent Guidebook for DPR’s food policies.

Summer camp registration may be completed online, or in person at the DPR summer camp office.  Please note that for the SETLC tennis camp, Therapeutic Recreation (TR) camps and REC camps, registration must be completed at the specific site and in-person only.  Registration for the SETLC tennis camp, TR camps and REC camps and cannot be completed online, nor at the camps office.   Spaces fill on a first-come, first-served basis and enrollment is subject to availability and waiting lists are not available for DPR summer camps.  It is recommended that parents create an online DPR account (for all campers) in the DPR registration system prior to the registration period.  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 March 9, 2015.

DPR’s Summer Camp Office is located at the Columbia Heights Community Center at 1480 Girard Street, NW, 4th Floor – Washington, DC 20009.  The Summer Camp office contact information is as follows: (202) 671-0372 (phone); (202) 671-2796 (fax); and dpr.camps@dc.gov.  Camp office hours of operation are Monday: 9:30 am – 7 pm and Tuesday through Friday: 9:30 am – 5 pm.  The camp office is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

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