Frequently Asked Questions

What are the hours of camp? Who can I contact during camp hours?

Camp runs from 8:45 AM-3:00 PM daily. Extended Day Care is available from 3:00-6:00 PM at an additional cost (see below).

For general inquiries, please email summercamp@wis.edu or call 202.243.1791.

Administrative Assistants:
Lilia Aparicio; lilia.aparicio@wis.edu or 202.243.1792
Yannin Garcia; yannin.garcia@wis.edu or 202.243.1761

If I drop my child off at 8:00 AM, do I have to pay an additional fee?

No. Children are allowed to arrive as early as 8:00 AM at no extra charge. Camp officially opens at 8:00 AM; children are not allowed onto the premises before 8:00 AM.

I work until 5:00 PM daily. Can my child stay at camp until then?

During WIS Summer Camp, the Extended Day Care (EDC) program offers child care service from 3:00-6:00 PM daily. This enables working families to arrive at WIS at the end of work day. The program provides a special time for children to socialize with their other campers. Children are treated to snack(s), engaging activities, and a safe and caring environment. On the Georgetown campus we accept children ages 3-5, and on the Tregaron campus children ages 6-16 can remain for EDC.

Can I use the EDC service on a drop-in basis?

Yes, you can. However, we can only do drop-ins for EDC if the parent/guardian(s) have filled out the appropriate forms on the website.

Is there bus service for WIS Summer Camp?

The shuttle is available camp days from June 24 through August 2. Pick up and drop off at World Bank location is H Street between 18th and 19th Streets.

MORNING SCHEDULE

7:50 AM – Pick up at Tregaron Campus
8:10 AM – 
Pick up at World Bank
8:30 AM – 
Arrive at Georgetown Campus (drop off Georgetown campers and pick up Tregaron campers)
8:45 AM – Arrive at Tregaron Campus

AFTERNOON SCHEDULE

3:15 PM – Depart Tregaron Campus (campers headed to Georgetown)
3:30 PM – Depart Georgetown Campus (campers headed to Tregaron and World Bank)
3:45 PM – Arrive at Tregaron Campus (drop off campers for Tregaron and pick up campers headed to World Bank)
3:50 PM – Depart Tregaron Campus to World Bank
4:15 PM/4:20 PM – Arrive at World Bank

Please note that bus service is only available for children ages 5-16. Also note that young children cannot attend EDC at the Tregaron Campus and children ages 6-12 cannot attend EDC at the Georgetown Campus.

If my child is doing Extended Day Care (EDC) at the Georgetown campus and my other child is doing Extended Day Care (EDC) at the Tregaron Campus, how can I pick up both of them at a single location?

It is not possible to pick up both children at a single location during Extended Day Care (EDC) hours. Each child would need to be picked up at their respective locations.

I am still undecided about enrolling my child at WIS Summer Camp. Can I see the premises first?

Yes, we invite your family to visit us. This year we will host three open house events on both WIS campuses:

Open House 1 (Tregaron): Saturday, 2/2/2019; sessions at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, and 12:00 PM

Open House 2 (Early Childhood @ Georgetown Campus): Saturday, 3/16/2019; sessions at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, and 12:00 PM

Open House 3 (Georgetown Campus): Saturday, 5/11/2019; sessions at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, and 12:00 PM

Why will WIS Summer Camp 2019 take place on two campuses?

During the summer of 2019, WIS will be upgrading the facilities at the Georgetown campus. As a result, capacity at this location is limited. Fortunately, WIS has a beautiful facility located at 3100 Macomb Street NW and children ages 6-16 will be able to use this space for WIS Summer Camp 2019.

Can I register for additional weeks while summer camp is in progress? How do I do this?

Yes, you can. To register for additional weeks visit wis.edu/summercamp and click on the “REGISTRATION” link or submit your request directly to Lilia Aparicio at least 3-4 days before the anticipated start week.

Can I do camp day-by-day?

No, you cannot. WIS Summer Camp is only available as a weekly option, except for the CIT program, which is a three week option.

I wish to enroll my teenager in the Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program. Why is an application required?

At WIS Summer Camp we know that the role our counselors play is critical to the camp’s success. To ensure that we offer a great training experience for young people who might one day apply to work at our camp, we want to know that the person is motivated to learn and grow in this area. Our questionnaire is designed to light a spark in the hearts and minds of future CITs. We wish to learn from the responses to the questionnaire what a candidate feels passionately about and how they makes their case to be part of this program.

Where does my child go upon arrival at camp? How do I find this out?

At Georgetown: After welcoming children and parents upon arrival, we walk with children and their family to the blacktop area or the gym. Along the hallway wall, class lists are posted and broken down by both color and age group; that way, children can easily remember where to place their bags and jackets during outdoor time. Additionally, there are charts just beyond the front desk where children’s names are listed beneath their class and age group.

At Tregaron: Children are welcomed by WIS Summer Camp staff as they enter the driveway area. Between 8:00 and 8:45 AM, there will be free play time on the soccer field, followed by a community moment outside.

How can I speak with my child’s summer camp teacher?

Please feel free to contact us to set up a time that is convenient for both you and the teacher. This way, disruptions are minimal for everyone involved.

We live outside of the United States and will be in Washington during the summer. How can we send the relevant health forms ahead of time?

Every camper enrolled at WIS Summer Camp is required to submit a physical examination and immunization record in English that is signed by a physician. If you do not have these documents immediately available where you are, you may go to a healthcare facility or pharmacy in the Washington, DC area where you can be issued a physical examination and immunization record for a fee.

What is WIS Summer Camp’s prescription medication policy and who do I talk to about this?

If a child requires medication to be administered during their time at WIS Summer Camp, an accompanying Prescription Medication Administration form must be submitted signed by a physician along with the accompanying medication. All parents absolutely must inform the WIS Co-Curricular Programs office if a child requires medication so that the camp nurse is informed. The only person who is allowed to administer medication to children is the camp nurse.

What is WIS Summer Camp’s sunscreen and insect repellent policy?

Children are allowed to wear and apply sunscreen and insect repellent; however, it is understood that parents are responsible for applying the first layer for the child at the beginning of the day. A Non-Prescription Administration form completed by parents is required to be submitted for non-prescription medication (please note that this form does NOT require a physician signature, only a parent signature). WIS Summer Camp staff encourage children to apply sunscreen and/or insect repellent prior to outdoor play; however, only children who have a signed non-prescription medication form in place may use and have access to these items.

When are pool days for my child? What should my child bring?

Pool days for children ages 6 and up take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Water play is on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 3-5 year olds for safety reasons. Lifeguards are on duty at all external swim sites. In order to participate, it is required that children bring a bathing suit, a towel, closed toe swimming shoes, and a change of clothes. No floatation devices are allowed, and sunscreen is only allowed if the proper form is filled out. Swimming goggles are optional.

How does water play for early childhood work? What is the schedule?

Water play is a fun time for the younger ones, and includes a water hose and a sprinkler. Camp staff encourage children to participate in spraying their friends with water to cool off and enjoy the sun outside.

Why does WIS Summer Camp encourage all campers to wear closed-toe shoes?

According to research by the American Camp Association, a large number of injuries during camp are incurred as a result of wearing inadequate footwear during summer camp. To reduce the likelihood of a child getting hurt, we request that all campers wear closed-toe shoes during camp.

Are digital devices allowed at camp?

At WIS Summer Camp, we consider it beneficial to disconnect from personal electronics and enjoy living in the moment. Although we offer workshops that require the use of a screen, we also encourage children to get to know other campers and to engage in activities that are not screen-based.

Personal digital devices are NOT allowed at camp. Any devices found in the hands of campers will be confiscated and held by the Co-Curricular Programs office and will be returned to the child’s parent/guardian(s) at the end of the day.

Can campers bring personal toys from home to camp?

No. Items can get lost, damaged, or easily misplaced.

Why do kids need to bring lunch if they are just signed up for a half day?

We strongly encourage children to bring a lunch during half day schedules so that they are ensured a meal. Children burn an awful lot of energy during the warm summer months with sports classes and outdoor play and they need extra energy. We also encourage socializing with new friends, and a great way to do this is enjoying a snack with others.

What is the process to follow when my child goes home with a friend?

In order to have your child leave with a friend, please send an email message to Co-Curricular Programs as soon as possible (no later than 2:00 PM for the day of the event) stating your child’s name, the child and parent they are leaving with, as well as what dates this will occur.

How can I follow my child’s camp activities? What’s going on at camp?

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest! Our handle is @WISsummercamp.

Why does the camp issue a weekly survey?

The management team at WIS Summer Camp is constantly striving to improve services. We know our camp offers a distinct experience, yet we are constantly looking for ways to grow and evolve. To build a better program, we need your feedback to learn from you about what we are doing well and what can be improve upon. The main tool we use for this purpose is our weekly survey, which goes out every Friday afternoon during camp, and which we read during our Monday morning staff meetings.