Summer At Sandy Spring

FAQ

What time does camp begin and end?

Morning drop-off time is from 8:30am – 9:00am, and the camp day officially begins at approximately 9 a.m. with the arrival of our buses. Dismissal begins at 3:30pm and concludes at 4:00pm.

What are Quaker values?

The word ‘Quaker’ is used to describe the values that we instill in our camp program. So what exactly are Quaker values?

Quakers are members of a movement started in 1652 by George Fox called the Religious Society of Friends. Quaker education is a tradition that is over 300 years old, and is based around a set of values rather than doctrines, meaning that it is inclusive of all faiths. Quaker values include simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship — universal concepts that inspires us to value each camper’s unique gifts and create a positive and respectful learning environment. Quaker education has also inspired some of the country’s best universities, including Cornell, Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr and Johns Hopkins.

Does Summer at Sandy Spring offer bus transportation to and from camp?

Yes! Summer at Sandy Spring offers bus transportation to families who live in Montgomery and Howard counties as well as in the District of Columbia. Our bus drivers and counselors ensure the children have a safe and fun bus ride to and from camp. For more information about transportation, please click here.

What is the Wildebeest Watering Hole?

Summer at Sandy Spring’s swimming pond is a man-made, spring-fed pond located on the campus of the Sandy Spring Friends School. The spring-fed pond’s sandy bottom slopes gradually from about 2 feet deep to a maximum depth of approximately 12 feet. With its shallow depth and gradual slopes, the pond provides great fun for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. The pond provides a shallow beachfront entrance for campers just learning to swim, as well as a diving area, Aqua bounce, and climbing wall for the more advanced swimmers.

Does Summer at Sandy Spring offer a swimming program?

Yes! Summer at Sandy Spring uses the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Program. Our spring-fed pond is designed to meet the needs of campers with varying skill levels. The pond provides a shallow beachfront entrance for campers just learning to swim, as well as a diving area and Aqua bounce for the more advanced swimmers. Under the direction of our Aquatics Director, our Aquatics Staff is comprised of certified Water Safety Instructors and Lifeguards who lead small groups of campers in safe and fun swimming activities. For more information on our swimming levels, schedules and safety procedures, please click here.

Does Summer at Sandy Spring have any accommodations for working parents?

Of course we do! We offer an extended day program which includes both Before Care (from 7.30 a.m. – 8.30 a.m.) and After Care (from 4.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.) options.

Can my child go to Before Care or After Care for just one day?

Yes. We accommodate extended care drop-in campers on a daily basis.

How Do I Register?

To begin the registration process, please click here!
When you register for the first time, you will need to create a user name and password. Once you have done so, you will be able to sign in, access your summer camp information, make payments, and see your child’s schedule during the summer.

How much does Summer at Sandy Spring cost?

Tuition is listed alongside each program. We make every effort to make tuition for each program comprehensive. In the rare cases where it is not, you will see any exclusions specified under that program. Transportation, Before Care and After Care programs have additional fees associated. Tuition for each program includes:

  • Summer at Sandy Spring Camp T-shirt
  • Daily hot lunch and snack (vegetarian option is available daily)
  • Online access to daily summer camp photos
  • An unforgettable summer with new friends and fun!

What is your Cancellation Policy?

Changes, Deposits & Refunds: At the time of registration, in addition to the $50 non-refundable registration fee, a non-refundable deposit is required of $185 which is applied towards course fees. In the case of withdrawal requests made after April 1, 2017, the non-refundable deposit and any paid camp fees will be held on your account for up to one year, and may be applied to future registrations within that timeframe. Prior to April 1, 2017, camp fees are refundable, excluding the non-refundable deposit and registration fee.

Do You Schedule Private Tours?

Yes, we do! We are always happy to schedule private tours for parents and prospective campers. Please call us at (301) 774-7455 x167 or send an e-mail to camp@ssfs.org so we can coordinate a convenient time for you to visit!

Can My Child Be In The Same Group With A Friend?

Yes. We encourage first time campers to sign up with friends. To ensure your campers are together, both families should indicate the name of the friend when prompted to provide a “cabin mate” name during the registration process. Please contact the camp office at (301) 774-7455 x 167 with any questions.

Is There A Nurse On Duty?

Yes. Summer at Sandy Spring has a nurse on campus during normal camp hours and on call during extended hours. Also, CPR and First Aid certified staff members are on duty during all camp hours.

How Do You Select Your Staff?

At Summer at Sandy Spring, our staff are carefully selected so that our team consists of mature individuals who care greatly about children. All of our head counselors are 20 or older and have graduated from college; most are teachers or coaches during the school year. All staff members undergo both FBI and Maryland state background checks.

What do I need to bring to camp? What does my camper need to wear?

We recommend that your camper bring a water bottle, a swimsuit, plastic bag for wet swimsuit, a towel, a hat, sunscreen, and a backpack to hold everything. Campers must wear closed-toe shoes (sneakers are the best, NO SANDALS) and clothes that can get dirty and are comfortable to play in. Please label everything so that we can return it to you if it gets lost. If a specific camp requires gear of some sort, a letter will be sent home well in advance so that campers can be prepared.

My child has a serious health allergy. How can I ensure their safety?

We are an ALLERGY AWARE summer camp. Children on special diets or in need of special foods will be given individual attention. At least one camp counselor sits at each table to assist and monitor campers. We recommend that you contact the camp office before camp begins to set up an appointment to speak with our nurse and we will develop a plan of action to ensure your child’s safety. We are very flexible and accommodating with health concerns.

Are all of your campers Sandy Spring Friends School Students?

No. Only about fifteen percent of our campers are Sandy Spring Friends School students. The vast majority of our campers come from outside the school. Our campers not only come from the Olney and Sandy Spring area but also from a wide range of areas in Montgomery, Howard, Prince Georges Counties and Washington, D.C.

My camper is four years old. Which program should I register them for?

We offer two options for our four year old campers – Little Friends or Junior Friends camp. Little Friends camp is ideal for a young camper who may not have had much experience yet in a day care or larger group setting. Enrolling as a Little Friend will also give them the option for a half day program or M-W-F program. Four year olds who have more experience with being in a large group setting will do well in our Junior Friends group, which is a full-day program. Both programs make the most of camp with safe and age appropriate activities that nurtures curiosity and builds self-confidence in our youngest campers.

Does my camper need to be potty-trained?

Yes, campers do need to be potty-trained to come to Summer at Sandy Spring. We understand that accidents do happen sometimes and we encourage you to pack a change of clothes in your young camper’s backpack for those unexpected occasions.

My teenager is interested in working at camp. What should they do?

If they will be 16 by June 1, 2017, then they are eligible to work and get paid as a camp counselor. They should visit our “Working at Camp” web page to find out more information and complete an application. Those younger than 16 can volunteer at camp, or register for our CIT and/or Teen Camp Programs. Volunteers at camp go through the same application, interview, and fingerprint screening process as our paid counselors. We do give priority in hiring to volunteers who have gone through our CIT program. Volunteers will earn SSL or Service hours for their school. Many of our stellar volunteers go on to be hired as paid counselors in future summers once they have turned 16!