Frequently Asked Questions

“May I register for camp at the door?”

Many of our camps fill up quickly. For your convenience, we do allow walk-in registration in our Camp Office. Walk-in registration is space-permitting and first-come, first-serve. In order to register in person, you must have a) full payment for the camp program(s) in which you wish to register AND b) a copy of your child(ren)’s most recent immunization record. In accordance with D.C. law, we must have a current immunization record on file for every camper. No child will be permitted to register without proof of immunization.

“May I register my child for just one day?”

We welcome children who wish to drop in to our programs. If space permits, campers may drop in for $110 per camper per day. Families wishing to drop in to Extended Day will be charged an additional $40 per camper per day. These are the only billing options for drop-ins, regardless of time participated or program selected. Please note that we must have a copy of your child’s most recent immunization record on file in order for him/her to drop in to our program.

“My child would like to switch to a different program mid-week. Is this possible?”

Within the first two days of each week, families may switch programs and will be billed or refunded any tuition difference. At the end of two full camp days, families wishing to switch programs will be charged the daily drop-in rate for the remainder of the week, in addition to full tuition for their previous program. Families who voluntarily withdraw from a Summer Program without registering for a new program are responsible for the full tuition regardless of days participated.

“How do I request that my child be in his/her class with a friend?”

We are happy to accommodate classmate requests. On your online registration, please list the name of your child’s requested friend in the Cabin Request section.

“My child has a food allergy. Is there a special lunch provided for him/her?”

Healthy lunches and snacks are delivered fresh daily from Ridgewells Catering for all of our children. Therefore, only children with specific medical conditions or religious constraints may bring in a packed lunch that does not contain any nuts or nut products. Please make sure that you document your reasons for packing a lunch on the online registration.

For children with documented food allergies, we will provide allergen-free lunches. Allergen-free lunches are limited in quantity and will only be available for children with documented allergies. Should your child require an allergen-free lunch, please specify a preference in the lunch portion of our online registration. Kindly note that the camp fees are not reduced should you decide to opt out of the camp lunches.

“What if my child has a medical prescription that must be administered daily?”

Administration of prescription medications is handled by our registered camp nurse. All medications must be brought to camp in their original, labeled containers. Specific concerns about your child’s medical needs may be discussed directly with our camp nurse.

“What is your policy on sunscreen?”

We understand that wearing sunscreen is an important part of protecting our skin from sun damage and promoting well-being. St. Patrick’s asks that all children arrive at camp each morning with sunscreen applied. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends everyone use sunscreen that offers the following:

  • Broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays)
  • Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 or higher
  • Water resistance
  • PABA free

This year, we recommend that all children bring a can of spray sunscreen (such as Neutrogena Wet Skin) to be used if sunscreen needs to be reapplied. Counselors will help your child apply spray sunscreen but are not permitted to apply lotion-based sunscreen. Should your child forget his/her sunscreen, we will apply Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids sunscreen to your child, as long as permission to do so has been provided.

“What does my child need to bring?”

Each child is encouraged to bring a tote bag or backpack each day with a water bottle, towel, goggles, and a change of clothes. All campers should pack their own bottle of spray sunscreen (see above).

“What should my child wear each day?”

Campers who are entering Kindergarten through Grade 9 should arrive wearing their swim clothes and pool shoes on assigned swim days (see calendar). Children in our Nursery School program should arrive each day in their regular camp clothes. Our campers are active throughout the day and are often exploring outside, so we encourage them to wear a tee-shirt, shorts, and comfortable shoes. Flip-flops are only permitted as pool shoes.

“We just changed our vacation plans, may I get a full refund?”

Any camper who has voluntarily withdrawn from the Summer Program on or before Friday, May 20, 2016, will receive a full refund, less the $250 non-refundable registration deposit. The Summer Program must be notified in writing of withdrawal by May 20, 2016, in order for the camper to receive a refund. After the May 20 deadline, refunds are made only if a program is canceled.