How do I get more information?
You can use our “live chat” feature (see the bottom of this page), call us at 301-468-2267 or email us and we will respond promptly. We love talking with prospective camp parents and want to hear from you. Our office hours are typically 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (EST). We are also happy to come to you and meet at your home –we actually find this is a terrific way to ensure some familiarity with our senior staff and answer any questions you and your child may have.
Can I come up and visit camp?
We’d love to have you visit camp during one of our scheduled tours over the course of the year. Click here to view tour dates and schedule yours now!
When should I enroll my child?
It is important to us that you feel comfortable and not pressured into making a decision. At the same time we do want you to know that space is limited and our returning camper ratio is high. Spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and some of our programs fill as early as Fall of the preceding year.
Do I need to send extra money for canteen?
No. Camp tuition includes all of the activities your child will participate in at camp. All snacks are included at camp. Camp apparel can be purchased online by clicking here.
Is there camp laundry?
Camp laundry is provided once a week, as part of the camp fees.
How can my child communicate with me at camp?
Campers can write letters to you during their camp day. Additionally, once per week, campers participate in Yom Do’ar, or letter writing days. While campers are not required to write home, we do make sure that campers are communicating with their parents, grandparents, friends, and family, while they are at camp.
How can I communicate with my child at camp?
We encourage parents to write frequently to their campers. Our online system allows you to send email to your campers. You can also write letter through the postal mail. During the summer, we work with a team of liaisons who are here to help if you have any questions regarding your child while he/she is at camp.
What happens on rainy or excessively hot days?
Nothing is more important than your child’s safety. Daily schedules are adjusted based on changes in weather, and emergency procedures are in place in case of severe weather, and are practiced with all campers at the beginning of camp.
Do you conduct criminal background checks on your counselors?
All staff members undergo a criminal background check before working at Capital Camps.
Do you have medical staff on-site?
Yes. Capital Camps has 3 nurses and 1 physician living on-site 24 hours a day. We are also less than 10 minutes from local hospitals and doctors, and we partner with these facilities to provides services to our campers as needed.
When, if ever, do campers go off-site?
All campers have some type of overnight experience. While our 3rd and 4th graders camp on site, campers as young as 5th grade will participate in out of camp trips. Kaufmann campers (entering 8th – 9th grade) participate in a 2-night off-site camping and rafting trip. Macks campers (entering 10th grade) participate in a 4-day adventure program in West Virginia. Campers in our leadership programs participate in extended, team building off-site activities.
How is food served and what choices will my child have?
All food is kosher and prepared in accordance with Jewish dietary laws. We are proud to be supervised by the Vaad of Greater Washington. Our chefs prepare a variety of nutritious, kid-friendly meals. Many campers have specific dietary needs, and we are happy to substitute acceptable items. There are always alternative meals for those with allergies or restrictions. Salad bar, sunflower butter (instead of peanut butter) and jelly, fresh fruit and vegetarian alternatives are consistently available for campers and staff.
How will my child get to camp?
All campers travel to and from Capital Camps via bus. We offer several bus locations in Maryland, Virginia, and New Jersey. Your child’s pre-summer camp forms include a travel form, on which you can indicate your bus location preference.
What will my child do each day?
Click here to learn more about life at camp.
What groups of campers live together?
Capital Camps is divided into Villages (campers spanning a set number of school grades). The Villages are: Benjamin Village (entering 3rd – 5th grade), Reich Village (entering 6th – 7th grade), Kaufmann Village (entering 8th – 9th grade), Macks Village (entering 10th grade).
Can my child be bunked with a friend?
Yes. Your child’s pre-summer camp forms include a bunk request form, on which your child can request up to two campers with whom they would like to be bunked. Your child’s request must be reciprocated on his/her friend’s form.
How many campers live in a cabin?
Each cabin houses approximately 16 campers and 4 staff members.
How many campers come to camp?
Capital Camps is the home to more than 1,000 campers each summer. There are approximately 450-500 campers at camp at a given time. Approximately 120 campers attend Yotair (rookie camp.)
What is your refund policy?
Registration for camp includes a $600 deposit, refundable until October 31, 2016. Cancellation coverage is available. Capital Camps partners with its insurance provider, AM Skier, which has provided the following link to explore insurance options: click here. AM Skier is available to consult with families on the best insurance option for them and is available at 570-226-4571. Please note that most cancellation insurance policies must be purchased within a very limited time period (which may be as short as two weeks, or even less) from your initial deposit for camp.
What is “The Capital Advantage?”
We understand there are a series of decisions that you, as prospective camp parents, must make before choosing the right camp for your child. The various factors run the gamut of cost to food to relationships to religion to facility and on and on! We have tried to help make the comparisons easier by developing a series of ‘measures’ that we call the ‘Capital Advantage’. In essence what we do and offer as compared to others? We also hope that it helps you ask questions as you compare what we do against other camp programs.
What is the cost of camp?
Click here to view our dates and fees.
Is your camp accredited?
Capital Camps is accredited with the American Camp Association.
Where is Capital Camps located?
Capital Camps is located in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, which is approximately 1 hour north of Greater Washington.