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General Camp

What are the dates and times for Kids & Culture Camp?
Each camp session is one week in duration and the summer camp is offered from July 1-July 26, 2019. Campers can register for one or more sessions. Before Camp is from 7:45 AM – 9:00 AM, Regular Camp is from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM and After Camp is from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
Where are the camps held? Are the rooms air conditioned?
– Summer: DC Bilingual PCS, 33 Riggs Road, NE Washington, DC 20011 (Ages 3-12); The Kingsbury Center, 5000 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20011 (Ages 3-7)

– Spring Camp – April 13-17, 2020 DC Bilingual PCS, 33 Riggs Road, NE Wash., DC 20011

All rooms are air conditioned.

What are the age limits?
Camps are offered for children ages 3-12. All children must be potty trained. Children ages 13-16 may apply for our Counselor-in-Training program. Preference is given to past KCC campers. Individuals 17 and above may apply for volunteer or paid positions.
How much does the camp cost?
– Regular Camp $300 per week from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM if registered and paid in full by April 15

– Regular Camp $320 per week from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM after April 15

– Before Camp $60 per week from 7:45 AM – 9:00 AM- After Camp $80 per week from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

What types of activities will be offered?
Each week campers will embark on a cultural journey that includes the exploration of nature, music, foreign languages, dramatic play, art, exercise, science, math, history, field trips and literature. Sub-themes are incorporated daily to facilitate a fun and culturally enhancing camp experience. Please refer to the Sample Activities, Educational Themes, Weekly Summaries and the General Schedule for more information.
Are the camp’s activities appropriate for each age group?
Yes, all of our activities and cultural lessons are tailored to meet the needs of each age group to ensure age appropriateness. Please refer to the Weekly Summaries to view examples of past activities for each age group.

Registration

Can I register my child for one than one session?
Yes, you can register your child for one session or all four summer sessions. The Winter and Spring Camps are one week in duration.
If I register my child for more than one session will she repeat the same activities each week?
No, each week campers will embark on a new cultural journey. Special guests, field trips and general activities will change from week to week. A variety of sub-themes are incorporated daily to facilitate a fun and stimulating camp experience.
How can I find out more about the online payment system used by the camp?
Please click here to learn more about this secure PCI level 1-compliant payment processing system online.
I am having problems registering. What should I do?
The camp registration system is compatible with any device that has an internet connection. If you encounter problems, we recommend the following:

– Make sure you are using the most recent version of your browser.
– If you are using an outdated version, please upgrade and refresh your browser.
– If you encounter problems with one browser (e.g. Internet Explorer) try an alternate such as Google Chrome or Mozilla.
– Certain mobile devices may require you to enable cookies before proceeding. If you encounter any problems, please call 202.643.8787 or email info@kidsandculture.com.

What health forms are required?
All campers are required to submit a copy of their health insurance card and a Health Certificate (DC), Health Assessment Form (MD), or School Entrance Health Form (VA) by Dec. 1 (Winter Camp), March 1 (Spring Camp) and June 1 (Summer Camp). Health forms can be obtained from your child’s pediatrician. If your child is enrolled in public or private school, you may submit a copy of the completed health forms that you used to enroll your child for the current school year. All forms must be signed by a licensed physician. For home educated children, please submit a copy of your child’s most recent immunization record and physical exam. After completing the online registration process, you will receive an email requesting that you submit the required health forms and documents through your online account.

Please follow the directions to scan and upload all documents directly into the camp’s registration system. If you experience technical difficulties you may email the forms to info@kidsandculture.com, or mail to Kids and Culture, 766-A- Princeton Place, NW, Washington, DC 20010. Campers enrolling after the specified deadlines above must submit the applicable forms and health insurance card before the start of camp. Forms brought to the camp site will not be accepted. Please note that you will need to provide your health insurance number during the online registration process and you will be asked to submit a copy of the card later.

Activities

How do participants get to and from camp?
Participants must provide their own transportation to and from camp. An authorized adult must drop-off and pick-up each camper in a timely manner.
What about snacks and lunch?
Meals are not available for the Winter and Spring Camps. Campers must bring their own snack, lunch, and a filled water bottle. During the summer, our campers had the option of receiving free breakfast and lunch. The meals were provided by Revolution Foods.

Only campers who are enrolled in before camp can sign-up to receive the free breakfast. The free breakfast and lunch program is not a good option for children with food allergies and/or dietary restrictions (e.g., vegetarian). We are in the process securing free meals. In the event that we are unable to provide free meals, campers should bring their own lunches. Additionally, ALL campers should bring water and a snack, even if your child is enrolled in the free meal program.Campers enrolled in Before and After Camp should also bring an additional snack if desired. Bring food items that are non-perishable and do not require warming in an oven or microwave. Due to allergies, campers are not allowed to bring nuts.

What should my child wear to camp? Is there a dress code?
The safety of our campers is our top priority. To increase the visibility and safety of our campers, all campers are required to wear their camp T-shirt daily. Shorts should be no more than one inch above the knee. Camp shirts from previous summers may also be worn. Additional T-shirts may be purchased for $10.00 plus tax. Tennis shoes or closed-toe sports sandals are highly recommended since a great deal of time will be spent outside if the weather permits. For safety reasons, flip-flop shoes are only permitted during Water Play Wednesdays. We also encourage our campers to dress modestly, even during Water Play. Campers should wear shorts (knee length or just above) and T-shirts or board shorts and rash guards. No bathing suits please. Please refer to the Camp Checklist for additional information or speak to the camp director if you have questions.
Will my child go swimming?
No, however, campers will have the option to participate in Water Play Wednesdays. Examples of Water Play activities include water balloon relays, sponge tag, balancing bucket battles, and slip-n-slide races. Water play is not offered during the Winter and Spring Camp sessions.
What types of activities will be offered?
Each week campers will embark on a cultural journey that includes the exploration of nature, music, foreign languages, dramatic play, art, exercise, science, math, history, field trips and literature. Sub-themes are incorporated daily to facilitate a fun and culturally enhancing camp experience. Please refer to the Sample Activities, Educational Themes, Weekly Summaries and the General Schedule for more information.
Are the camp’s activities appropriate for each age group?
Yes, all of our activities and cultural lessons are tailored to meet the needs of each age group to ensure age appropriateness. Please refer to the Weekly Summaries to view examples of past activities for each age group.

Staff

Who teaches the Kids and Culture Summer Camp? What are the ratios?

Several very talented parent-educators and professionals, who have experience in a variety of subject areas, lead each summer camp session. They are assisted by adult, college and high school volunteers.

We strive to keep the camper to coordinator ratio to 6:1 for ages 3-5 and 8:1 ratio for ages 6-12. A number of professionals from Park Rangers to Personal Trainers also volunteer their time and assist with the camp. Please visit our  Meet the Team page to view bios of the Kids and Culture staff.

Do you conduct background checks of camp personnel and volunteers?
Yes, background checks are conducted on full-time camp staffers and volunteers age 18 and older.

Policies

What is the cancellation/refund Policy?
A non-refundable 10% deposit is due upon registration to hold your child’s space. Registration processing fees charged by ACTIVE are also non-refundable. In order to receive the Early Bird Special, registration must be paid in FULL for all weeks by Nov. 15 (Winter Camp), Jan. 15 (Spring Camp) and April 15 (Summer Camp). Anyone registering after the early bird deadlines will have until Dec.1 (Winter Camp), March 1 (Spring Camp) and June 1 (Summer) to remit full the full camp payment.

Payments for registrations received after May 1 for the summer are due at least two weeks before week 1 of camp. Payment plans are available. A refund will be honored, less the non-refundable 10% deposit and registration processing fees, if notification is received by the camp registration office in writing, via email, or regular mail by Dec. 1 (Winter Camp), March 1 (Spring Camp) and April 15 (Summer Camp). No refunds will be honored thereafter (see one exception regarding Minimum Campers needed).

A $20 administrative fee will be added for each change that is requested after April 15 for Early Bird registrants and May 1 for all other registrants. No substitution of siblings will be honored. Make-up days are not an option. No refunds will be issued in the event of camp closure due to inclement weather, emergencies, loss of power, safety concerns, or circumstances beyond the control of the camp.

Is there a minimum number of campers needed for each session?
Although this is very unlikely, we reserve the right to cancel a camp when less than 30 children are registered for a one week session and a full refund will be issued or campers can be transferred to another location.
What is the inclement weather policy?
Camp will not close due inclement weather, unless the administrators overseeing the camp site determine that attendance will present a safety hazard or there is loss of power. In the event that camp is closed due to loss of power or safety concerns, parents will receive an email from the Director. Parents will also receive notification via email if other emergencies arise that may change the normal camp schedule. No refunds will be issued in the event of camp closure due to inclement weather, emergencies, loss of power, safety concerns, or circumstances beyond the control of the Camp.

Caring for Your Child

How is discipline handled?
It is important that our campers act in a respectful manner towards each other and the camp staff. While we understand that some children have a natural tendency to test the limits of compliance in many situations, we believe that there are certain standards to which our campers must be held. We use a red, yellow, green, and gray light system, as our positive discipline model. This helps the child to recognize when behavior is improper and to work with the staff to correct it.
Where do I drop my child off? Is there parking?
Camp coordinators will receive campers at the main entrance for drop-off and pick-up. Parking is available in the school’s lot. Parking in front of the school is prohibited and tickets are issued regularly. For the first day of camp, we recommend that you park in the lot and walk your child into the building and meet the staff. After the first day, you can drop-off and pick-up your child using the main entrance in the rear of the school. Camp coordinators will have iPads for the authorized adult on record to sign campers in and out using a pin number.
Do you allow drop-ins for any of the camp sessions?
Because the slots are limited, we strongly encourage parents to register early for Regular, Before, and After Camp sessions. Registration is required for all camp sessions. Only campers that are registered for Regular Camp (9:00 am -3:00 pm) can drop-in to Before or After Camp sessions. The Before Camp drop-in fee is $25 per day and the After Camp drop-in fee is $30 per day. Drop-ins are not allowed for Regular Camp. Space is subject to availability and parents should call the Camp office to check availability.
What happens if I am late picking-up my child?
Please make every effort to pick your child up on time. If you are more than 5 minutes late we will call the parent/guardian, adults designated for pick-up and the emergency contacts. If we are unable to reach an authorized person to pick-up your child, the authorities will be notified. A $5 fee for every five minutes you are late will be charged and must be paid before your child can return to camp.
What happens if there is an accident or emergency?
Kids and Culture carries a limited accident insurance policy for our campers. However, it is recommended that all campers have medical coverage prior to attending camp. In case of an emergency or accident involving your child, you will be contacted following notification of the appropriate emergency authorities. Our camp personnel make provisions so that all campers will be as safe as possible. Additionally, we will have one to two nurses who will volunteer their time a couple days a week. Several camp staffers are trained in CPR and First Aid, and will provide initial emergency care when needed. In the rare case of an emergency, Children’s National Medical Center and Providence Hospital are located less than three miles away from the camp.
Can you give medication to my child?
Kids and Culture Camp personnel are not authorized to give any camper over-the-counter or prescription medication. Please refrain from bringing non-essential over-the-counter medication, vitamins and/or supplements to camp. With the exception of Epipens and/or inhalers, all medication and/or vitamins should be administered before camp. Campers requiring an inhaler and/or Epipen must state that information on their CAMP REGISTRATION FORM in the MEDICAL INFORMATION section. If medication MUST be taken during camp hours please contact the camp director at 202.643.8787 to discuss your particular circumstance.

Contact

How can I contact my child during camp hours?
If an emergency arises and you need to contact your child during camp, call the camp director at 202.643.8787.
How can I make a contribution of money, supplies or sponsor a child for camp?

KCC now offers sponsorship opportunities for select companies, individuals and organizations looking to support our mission while also gaining exposure for themselves and their brand. Our sponsors have an opportunity to connect with over 150 campers, their parents and our global community through three rewarding sponsorship packages. We welcome and greatly appreciate support in the form of supplies and/or child sponsorship. Although Kids and Culture is not a non-profit organization, we rely heavily on parent volunteers and cooperative opportunities, in order to keep the price of camp affordable. Please note that contributions are not tax deductible. If you would like to help, please visit our Sponsorship page.

Special Requests

Can my child be placed in a class with his/her friend?
If you would like your child placed in a class with a friend, please send an email indicating your request by Dec. 5 (Winter Camp), March 5 (Spring Camp) and June 1 (Summer Camp) to info@kidsandculture.com. We will make every effort to honor your request. However, we cannot guarantee that your request will be honored.

Waitlist

Is there a wait list?
If the session you would like to register for is full, please click the “waitlist” button during registration. We will notify you when a slot becomes available and you will have 48 hours to complete the registration process before your slot is offered to another camper. To avoid important emails going into a spam box, please make sure to add info@kidsandculture.com to your contacts.

Sponsorship

How can I make a contribution of money, supplies or sponsor a child for camp?
KCC now offers sponsorship opportunities for select companies, individuals and organizations looking to support our mission while also gaining exposure for themselves and their brand. Our sponsors have an opportunity to connect with over 150 campers, their parents and our global community through three rewarding sponsorship packages. We welcome and greatly appreciate support in the form of supplies and/or child sponsorship. Although Kids and Culture is not a non-profit organization, we rely heavily on parent volunteers and cooperative opportunities, in order to keep the price of camp affordable. Please note that contributions are not tax-deductible. If you would like to help please click on the Sponsorship Link here.

Health Information

What health forms are required?
All campers are required to submit a copy of their health insurance card and a Health Certificate (DC), Health Assessment Form (MD), or School Entrance Health Form (VA) by Dec. 1 (Winter Camp), March 1 (Spring Camp) and June 1 (Summer Camp). Health forms can be obtained from your child’s pediatrician. If your child is enrolled in public or private school, you may submit a copy of the completed health forms that you used to enroll your child for the current school year. All forms must be signed by a licensed physician. For home educated children, please submit a copy of your child’s most recent immunization record and physical exam. After completing the online registration process, you will receive an email requesting that you submit the required health forms and documents through your online account. Please follow the directions to scan and upload all documents directly into the camp’s registration system. If you experience technical difficulties you may email the forms to info@kidsandculture.com, or mail to Kids and Culture, 766-A- Princeton Place, NW, Washington, DC 20010. Campers enrolling after the specified deadlines above must submit the applicable forms and health insurance card before the start of camp. Forms brought to the camp site will not be accepted. Please note that you will need to provide your health insurance number during the online registration process and you will be asked to submit a copy of the card later.

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