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Summer Camps

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation is proud to offer District families the opportunity to enroll their children in various camps that foster development and create lifelong friendships. Browse the links below to find the right camp and location for you and sign up today. View this information in a mobile-friendly format hereAprenda sobre el campamento de verano de DPR en español aquí.

Summer Camp Before and After Care Information

New in 2023: Summer Camp Registration by Lottery

DPR Camp Lottery is a random lottery system used for DPR summer camp registration. DPR is introducing a lottery this year 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:

  • MARCH 13 - Summer Camp Lottery Opens
  • APRIL 5 - Summer Camp Lottery Closes
  • APRIL 18 - Notification via Email of Lottery Selection

DPR summer camp lottery:

  • For Little Explorers and Discovery camps: 3 locations selections can be made per child, per session.
  • The participant's age is calculated by the session start date.
  • Sibling preferences will be honored. Siblings must be IN THE SAME DPR HOUSEHOLD ACCOUNT and registered for the same location and session.
  • Lottery registration is for DC residents only. Non-resident registration is first come, first served after the exclusive resident registration window has closed.
  • Once enrolled, payment is due April 25.
  • DPR offers reduced rates for residents who qualify. The application for reduced rates closed on April 1.

Camp Dates

  • Session 1: June 26 - July 7, 2023 (DCPS sites begin June 28. All camps are closed for Tuesday, July 4)
  • Session 2: July 10 - July 21, 2023
  • Session 3: July 24 - August 4, 2023
  • Session 4: August 7 - August 18, 2023

Registration Fees and Before/Aftercare Pricing
*NOTE: Registration fee for sites where the first session doesn't begin until Wed, June 28, is reduced to $125 for DCPS sites during session 1 ONLY.


Registration Fee

Before/After Care Fee


$135 per session

$20 per session

Little Explorers

$135 per session

$20 per session

Half-Day Sports Camps

$80 per session


Therapeutic Recreation

$135 per session

$20 per session

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

How to Register

Camp Resources

2023 Summer Camp Handbook and Documents

Camp information in languages other than English

Contact the Camps Division

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

Mon- Fri: 9am - 5pm
Closed: Sat & Sun