The ABCs of Camp
Our camps are not nut-free camps, however, we do our best to accommodate our campers with allergies. All campers are encouraged not to bring foods to camp that contain nuts. During lunch and snack periods, a nut free table is designated and any campers who have food items that are nut free are invited to sit at this table.
Each camper needs a backpack to hold the items they will need each day:
extra set of clothes
Only Day Campers will need to bring a towel and a bathing suit each day.
*For more information regarding sunscreen and bug spray, please see the "Bug spray" and "Sunscreen" sections.
Summertime brings lots of annoying bugs. In order to ensure the comfort and safety of your camp please use bug repellent wipes or spray. Please pack extra bug wipes or spray in a bag marked with camper’s name and a signed note directing, “The Whitman Camp staff may apply bug repellent as needed”. This can be kept in the camper's backpack.
CAMP SCHEDULE 9:00 - 3:30
Drop Off: 8:45
Camp activities officially start 9:00. Doors close at 9:10 and late campers will need to be brought in to the Camp Office. Parents will need to ring our Camp Doorbell on the white wooden sign in the lobby. DO NOT ring the school or office door bell.
Pick Up: 3:15 - 3:40
We start our dismissal at 3:15 and end carpool at 3:40. Campers left at carpool after 3:40 will be brought to After Care and parents will be charged for late pick up.
Need to pick up your camper before the end of the camp day? Call or text the Camp Office 301-820-8008. We will have your camper in the office and ready to go. Pull up to the front of the school building and we will walk your camper out to the curb.
CAMP SNACK BAR
This year parents have the option of adding on an option for Snack Bar and Pizza Fridays during the registration process. $20 a week will cover a snack and a drink during Snack Time and Lunch Time. It will also include pizza on Friday.
Each day at Snack Time and Lunch Time, campers may visit the Camp Snack Bar to get a snack and drink. A variety of snacks will be available, along with waters and gatorade. Portions sizes are small and attempts are made to stock the Camp Snack Bar with healthy snack choices. Camp Snack Bar is optional and parents can opt instead to pack a snack from home to be eaten during Snack and Lunch. All snacks available for purchase are nut-free and approved by our Camp Nurse.
Color War is a Camper and Counselor favorite! Every week, campers are randomly placed on 1 of our 10 Color War Teams. We mix campers by age and gender on each Color Team to make sure teams are evenly matched. Throughout the week, campers compete in a variety of challenges and competitions, while working to earn points for their teams. On Fridays, Color War culminates in a whole camp challenge. Friday afternoons, the much anticipated announcement is made for the weekly winner of Color War.
DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP
Please plan to pull up curb side at the SCHOOL carpool circle for drop-off and pick-up. A counselor will check campers in and out each day at the curb. During drop-off and pick-up, counselors will be on duty to check your camper in and out of camp. Parents also have the option to park and check out their camper with staff on carpool duty. The carpool line may seem long, BUT we promise that if all parents follow the rules:) it will move quickly.
EXTENDED CARE OPTION
Before Care: Drop off begins at 8:00 at the front of the school. One of our Before Care Staff will meet you outside and will walk your camper into camp.
After Care: Pick up ends at 6:00. Please come to the front of the school and ring our Camp Door Bell located on the white wooden sign in the lobby. DO NOT ring any of the doorbells on the lobby wall. Campers picked up later than 6:00 will be charged.
Our Before and After Care programs provide a safe and structured environment that still provides campers with the choices they have during the camp day. Campers will have active and relaxing activity options depending on their interests.
Camp is always fun, but it can be even better if enjoyed with a friend, or group of friends! There is a friend request section in the online registration. We will do our best to accommodate friend requests.
We also believe that part of a great summer camp experience is meeting new friends and forming new friendships. Our camp provides a variety of camp activities and a variety of camper groupings throughout the camp day in order to encourage new friendships. This helps bond our campers as a whole camp family!
Campers should bring their own lunches. Lunches will be kept at room temperature; refrigeration is not available. Campers are encouraged to pack an extra snack and drink if they choose to not visit the Camp Snack Bar. Pizza will be served on Fridays for campers who have opted for the Snack Bar option.
Campers will not be allowed to carry medication nor administer medication independently. All campers needing an epi-pen will need to fill out a special Medication Authorization Form that will need to be reviewed by our Camp Nurse. Please do NOT drop off emergency meds without this form.
Every Wednesday, Campers will participate in a variety of Messy Day activities. These messy activities are optional. If a camper does not want to get messy, there are plenty of activities planned throughout the day to give them other options. If your camper does plan to get messy, well then, they will certainly get messy:) Plan to pack or wear clothes that are ok to get messy and possibly stained. Campers who get messy will definitely need to pack a change of clothes and a towel.
On your first Monday of the Summer, Camper families are asked to park their cars and walk their camper to the registration table to drop off their Health Form and check in with staff.
Whitman Summer Camp has a full time camp nurse on-site at all times during camp hours. Our registered nurse will tend to any camper medical issues that arise during camp, including tending to minor injuries and illnesses and administering medications to campers who have submitted the proper forms. Email our nurse: Amanda Williams at with any questions or concerns.
Campers who purchased the Snack Bar option, will have a pizza lunch on Friday. They will pick a snack and drink to go with their pizza slices. Pizza is included in the weekly $20 Snack Bar option.
To help our camp staff protect your camper from sunburn while at camp, please do the following essential steps:
Always apply sunscreen on your camper at home each morning
Use a lotion that has at least 30-50% UVA/UVB protection.
Day Campers ONLY - If needed, we will re-apply a sunscreen to campers prior to Water Activities in the afternoon. Please bring sunscreen to camp in a ziploc bag, clearly labeled with you camper's name.
TUESDAYS - CAMP SPIRIT DAY
Tuesdays at camp are all about showing off your Camp Spirit. Each Tuesday will have a different theme for campers to dress up. Campers who come to camp dressed for that week's theme, will gain a point for their Color War Team.
THURSDAYS - CAMP T-SHIRT DAY
Every Thursday, Campers will wear their Whitman Summer Camp T-Shirt to camp for our whole camp photo. Campers are of course welcome to wear their favorite Whitman Summer Camp T-Shirts for the rest of the week as well.
WATER PLAY AND FREE PLAY
Our Water Play and Free Play block is designed to give campers more freedom to make choices about their activities. During the last block of the camp day, Campers can get wet on our giant water inflatables or stay dry while participating in a large variety of activities. Campers manage their own time and choices during this supervised free period. Campers can experience arts and crafts, field games, Gaga, 9Square, board games, bracelet making, face painting, yoga, dance party, indoor sports, play on 1 of our 3 playgrounds or jump around on our many dry inflatable options. The options are endless!
Day Camp Campers who choose to get wet, will need to bring a swimsuit, towel and change of clothes to camp each day. It is optional to wear a bathing suit to camp each morning to save time on changing before water play.