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2024 Summer Camps

Browse the information linked below to find the right camp and location for you and your family. View this Summer Camp information in a mobile-friendly format here.

Summer Camp Registration by Lottery

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation is proud to offer District families the opportunity to enroll their children in a variety of camps that foster development and create lifelong friendships. Browse the offerings to find the right camp and location for you and your children. 

DPR uses a random lottery system for DPR summer camp registration. DPR introduced the lottery in 2023 to create a more fair and equitable system to allocate the limited number of camp slots. Key dates in the summer camp lottery registration process for DC residents:

  • FEBRUARY 7 - Virtual Info Sessions
  • FEBRUARY 12-26 - In-Person Registration Assistance
  • FEBRUARY 12 - Summer Camp Lottery Opens (at 12 Noon)
  • FEBRUARY 26 - Summer Camp Lottery Closes
  • By MARCH 1 - Notification via Email of Lottery Selection
  • MARCH 6 – Deadline to confirm camp slot and payment due

Sign up for DPR Summer Camp Before and After Care (only available to children registered in summer camp)

DPR Summer Camp Lottery

  • When selecting camps, 4 locations selections can be made per child per session.
  • The participant's age is calculated by the session start date.
  • Parents will have the opportunity to LINK their children's registrations within each age bracket so one child will only be accepted if the other is also accepted.
    The lottery is broken into two age brackets, ages 3-10 and 11-13. Siblings must be IN THE SAME DPR HOUSEHOLD ACCOUNT to be considered.
  • Lottery registration is for DC residents only. Non-resident registration is first come, first served after the exclusive resident registration window has closed.
  • Customers will receive their lottery results by March 1, 2024, at which time customers will receive an “enrollment offer” via email if they have been selected. In the email there will be a link to sign on to your DPR account and view the enrollment offers for all children in your household. 
  • It is very important for residents to monitor their email during this time period as enrollment offers is sent via email to the email on the resident’s DPR account. There are also opportunities for residents to check the results of the summer camp lottery in person at select recreation centers or by calling the DPR customer care team at (202) 673-7647.
  • DPR offers reduced rates for residents who qualify. The application for reduced rates closes on February 26, 2024. All Reduced Rates for camp must be complete by this date for consideration.  Once the camp registration process is complete, the reduced rates application will re-open for the remainder of the year.

Camp Dates

  • Session 1: June 26 - July 5 (no camp on July 4)
  • Session 2: July 8 - July 19
  • Session 3: July 22 - August 2
  • Session 4: August 5 - August 16

Camp Offerings

  • Signature Camps
    • Little Explorers - Day camp hosted at DPR recreation centers for ages 3 - 5.
    • Discovery Camp - Day camp hosted at DPR recreation centers for ages 6 - 10.
  • Sports Camps
    • Multi-Sport Camp - Ages 8-13 - Day camp with a focus on sports skills and teamwork, hosted at DPR recreation centers.
    • Nothing But Net Camp - Ages 8-13 - Enjoy a week of polishing up your basketball skills along with additional enrichment activities.
    • Cheer-nastics Camp - Ages 6-12 - Join us for an exhilarating summer experience at CHEER-NASTICS camp for ages 6-12! Unleash your child's energy as they learn exciting cheer routines, perfect gymnastic flips, and build lasting friendships in a fun and supportive environment.
  • Specialty Camps:
    • Aqua Day Camp - Ages 6-13 - Campers will be instructed on breathing techniques, swim stroke mechanics and water safety awareness. Advanced activities will depend on the pace of the group. Each session will conclude with a swim meet.
    • Future EGOT Performing Arts Camp - Ages 6-10 - Performing Arts camp offers participants the chance to explore their artistic side with this exciting camp! Learn the basics of a variety of performing arts genres, including dance, theatre, and spoken word. Share your talents with other camp participants and learn from each other as well. Be a star with DPR!
    • Little STEAM Engine - Ages 3-5 - Join us for this introductory, age appropriate camp highlighting science, technology, engineering, art and math. Campers will explore science, music technology, art appreciation, and other activities.
    • Full STEAM Ahead - Ages 6-10 - Join us for an action-packed camp focusing on science, technology, engineering, art and math. Campers will explore coding, music technology, art appreciation, and other activities.
    • Kitchen Confidential Culinary Camp - Ages 8-11 - Sharpen your culinary skills, while learning about different cuisines, cultures, and customs. Develop healthy lifestyle tips and develop personal growth skills under instruction from experts in the food industry. Discover how fun and easy healthy cooking can be... and learn new skills that you can showcase to your family and friends!
  • Therapeutic Recreation Camp - Camps for children with special needs. Assessment required. Details here

Camps and Ages

Camp Ages Registration Fee Before/After Care
Discovery Camp 6-10 $135 per session $20 per session
Little Explorers 3-5 $135 per session $20 per session
Future EGOT Performing Arts Camp 6-10 $220 per session $20 per session
Full STEAM Ahead 6-10 $325 per session $20 per session
Little STEAM Engine 3-5 $220 per session $20 per session
Sports Camp 8-13 $135 per session $20 per session
Aqua Day Camp 6-13 $185 per session $20 per session
Kitchen Confidential Culinary Camp 8-11 $220 per session $20 per session
Therapeutic Recreation (click here) 3-16    

For additional payment information, refunds, and transfer request policies, click here.

View camp locations here (PDF)

How to Register

Camp Resources

Required Documents for Campers:


DPR Kids, Camps & Co-Op 
1275 First Street NE, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20009 | (202) 671-0372 | [email protected]