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Summer Camps Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Please note:
- The 
Reduced Rate Pre-Qualification period began on Monday, January 23, 2017.
2017 Summer Camp Rolling Registration began on Monday, February 27, 2017.

Questions about proof of taxes filed, residency clarification, waitlist or have questions that are not listed here?

Please send an email to [email protected] so that our summer camps team can help you.  


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.  Along with child(ren) birth certificate, and an unexpired government issue identification card or drivers license. Please Note: parent’s name must be on the birth certificate.

Q: My child(ren) will reside with grandparent(s)/relative during the summer, would I qualify for reduced rate?

A: No, the child must be a permanent DC resident to qualify for reduced rate. Child(ren) who lives outside of DC will be charge the non-resident 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 only 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. Please contact the summer camp office for more information.

Q: Does DPR Summer Camp maintain a waitlist?

A: No, we do not maintain a waitlist. Camp registration is on a first-come, first-served basis only.

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 continue to check our website to see if space opens up when someone drops out.

Q: Can I pay for each summer camp session separately?

A: You can enroll in any session at any time 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 fill-up very quickly.

Q: What’s the refund policy?

A: Most 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: http://dpr.dc.gov/publication/summer-camp-refund-request-form

Q: The first day of school for DCPS is Monday, August 21, why doesn’t DPR extend summer camps until August 18?

A: DPR would like to be a top choice for DC families looking for out-of-school time program opportunities for their children. During the summer months, DPR relies heavily on teachers, paraprofessionals, and college students to staff its camps and pools across the city. Many of these individuals must return to the school system or college in mid-August to prepare for the start of school, leaving DPR with few staffing options for continuing camps. Because safety is a top priority, DPR ends most camps in mid-August to ensure we can maintain proper adult-to-child ratios for the duration of the program.

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 the site where at least half of them are eligible for free and reduced-price meals.

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 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 all the same for 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.)

Q: When is the last day to cancel a session?

A: To receive a refund, minus the 10% registration processing fee, a refund request form must be submitted no later than one (1) week prior to the stat of the session for which you are requesting a refund.

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 any camp session.

Q: What is my total refund amount?

A: There is a 10% non-refundable processing fee for all camp registrations. The refund amount you receive will be minus 10%.

Kids, Camps & Co-op Division

Columbia Heights Community Center
1480 Girard Street, NW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 671-0372
Fax: (202) 671-2796
Email: [email protected]

Camp office hours:
Monday: 9:30 am - 7 pm
Tuesday - Friday: 9:30 am - 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed