Summer At Sandy Spring

140 Acres of


Mission & History

Since 1992, Summer at Sandy Spring has been committed to providing a unique and enriching summer program, filled with fun, challenges and memorable experiences. Our program promotes teamwork, friendship and, most importantly, fun in a safe environment.

Over the years we’ve grown quite a bit and we continue to innovate and improve our experiences for campers and camp families each year. From the building of a professional-quality ropes course, to the introduction of the Wildebeest Watering Hole and locally-sourced chef-prepared food, Summer at Sandy Spring is continuously working to provide campers with programming, food, and activities that are healthy for the mind, body and spirit.

For over 25 years, our 140-acre campus has been home to summer memories and fun for campers from throughout the Washington, DC area, and we hope you and your family will join us for many more!


About Sandy Spring Friends School

Summer at Sandy Spring takes place on the 140-acre wooded campus of Sandy Spring Friends School. Founded in 1961, Sandy Spring Friends School (SSFS) is a progressive, coeducational, college preparatory Quaker school, serving students from Preschool (ages 3 and 4) through 12th grade, with optional five- and seven-day boarding programs in the Upper School. SSFS offers strong academics that include Advanced Placement courses in the Upper School, arts, athletic programs and a diverse and international school community. For more information, please visit the school website at

ACA Accreditation

Summer at Sandy Spring is proud to be accredited by the American Camp Association. This means Summer at Sandy Spring follows a rigorous set of guidelines that ensures our camp meets industry-accepted and government-recognized standards, as well as 300 distinct health, safety, and program-quality benchmarks.

For more information about what it means to be an ACA-accredited camp, please click here.


Camp Leadership

Summer At Sandy Spring

Bill Mena

Director of Auxiliary Programs

Summer At Sandy Spring

Alex Helberg

Camp Director

Summer At Sandy Spring

Elizabeth Helberg

Camp Registrar

Health and Safety

Campers must have all online health information complete before camp begins. Campers who need medication at camp (prescription or over the counter), should submit their paper forms to the Camp Office by email, postal mail or fax no later than June 1st. Campers are not permitted to begin camp until all of their health forms are complete.

The SSFS campus is in a prominent area of Montgomery County. It backs up to Woodlawn manor – a trusted Park Police facility – and our nurturing, caring staff contribute to a safe camp environment for children. There is always a registered nurse on duty during the normal camp day. In addition, most counselors have received first aid and CPR certifications. All aquatics staff are certified lifeguards.