Due to extremely high demand, DPR Summer Camps routinely reach capacity within days, sometimes within minutes, of opening registration. In order to facilitate offerings for as many residents as possible, DPR works diligently to provide information to District families to prepare them for the registration process. Below is a list of frequently asked questions that may arise during the summer camp registration process. If you have a question that is not included below, please contact DPR's Summer Camp Office at 202-671-0372.
Q: I selected a camp session that was shown as "Available," but when I clicked "Add to Cart," I was waitlisted. How did that happen?
A: DPR Summer Camps are extremely popular because of their high quality programming and low cost. There are a very high number of families selecting camps at the same time. Once "Add to Cart" is clicked, that space is held for that account until check out is completed. For this reason, some camps fill within 30-60 seconds of opening.
Q: Does DPR maintain a waitlists for camps?
A: Yes, we do maintain waitlists for camps. If a camp space becomes available, DPR will make three attempts to notify you via phone and/or email. DPR must receive a response and full payment within two business days of the first contact attempt in order to claim your space.
Q: If a camp session shows in the system as full, can I still enroll?
A: No, once a camp session is full we cannot over enroll. Please join the waitlist for that camp and continue to check our website to see if space becomes available when families withdraw.
Q: Can I pay for each summer camp session separately?
A: Yes, you can enroll in any session as long as there is space available. At the time of registration you must pay in full for all registered sessions in order to be considered enrolled. Please keep in mind that some locations reach capacity very quickly. Getting a space in one session does not guarantee that you will get a space in subsequent sessions. DPR does not offer payment plans for summer camp.
Q: Can I only register and pay for one week in a session?
A: No, you must pay for a full session regardless of how many days or weeks you plan to have your child(ren) attend. For example, if you register for a two-week Little Explorers session but your child(ren) can only attend one week, you must pay the full fee in order to register. We do not prorate our fees.
Q: What’s the refund policy?
A: Refund requests are processed within 7 business days after we receive the refund request form from individuals requesting a refund. Credit/debit cards refunds are usually credited back to the card issued within 3 business days after we process your request form. Money orders may take up to 30 business days to be sent to the address on file. There is a 10% non-refundable processing fee for all camp registrations. The refund request form can be found on our website.
Q: When is the last day to cancel a session?
A: To receive a refund (minus the 10% processing fee) a refund request form must be submitted by June 1st for Sessions 1 and 2, and by July 1st for Sessions 3, 4, and 5.
Q: Why is the Free Summer Meals program not offered at all DPR centers?
A: Camp sites provide free meals to children enrolled in an activity program at a site where at least half of them are eligible for free and reduced-price meals.
Q: I have not filed taxes for this year yet. Can I still apply for reduced rate?
A: Yes, you can submit your tax forms from the previous year.
Q: My child(ren) will reside with grandparent(s)/relatives during the summer. Would I qualify for a reduced rate?
A: No, the child must be a permanent DC resident to qualify for reduced rate. Children who live outside of DC will be charged the non-resident rate and do not quality to receive a reduced rate.
Q: I want to apply for reduced rate but I am not employed. Can I still apply?
A: Yes, you can apply as long as you can provide proof of income/assistance. We will accept the following government assistance as your income: TANF Statement, Unemployment Statement, Social Security Benefit Statement, Disability Benefit Statement, Child Support Statement.
Q: I share joint custody of my child(ren). Do both parents have to reside in DC in order to qualify for the reduced rate?
A: You can qualify for reduced rate if the child(ren) and one parent are DC residents. Please provide documentation to prove residency and income as mentioned above.
Q: I’m a foster parent in DC. How can I apply for reduced rate?
A: Please ask your case manager to provide a letter verifying your foster parent status and bring that letter to the DPR camp office. We will help walk you through the process. These cases may sometimes be a bit complex. Please contact DPR's Summer Camp Office for more information.
Q: Why are there different fees for different camps?
A: DPR’s mission is to offer affordable camps for all DC residents. We strive to keep our fees as low as possible to continue to be an affordable option for DC families. Fees are based on the specialty of the camp, resources needed, and staff required for safety ratios.
Q: What does the field trip fee cover?
A: Field trip fees are used to help cover transportation costs, and for some trips, admission fees.
Q: If I work for an embassy, what is the fee for camp sessions?
A: Fees are the same for all DC residents. If you work at an embassy, you may bring in a letter from the embassy to prove residency. If you need to apply for reduced rate, you will need to bring in proper documentation to prove income as stated above (i.e. tax forms, pay stubs, etc.).