Summer should be fun, and having lots of friends makes camp even more fun. Summer@WES is known for its kind and diverse community, and our counselors have a remarkable talent way of making introductions so that all campers meet and make new friends within minutes, not days or weeks. Shy kids, sports fanatics, art enthusiasts, bookworms, extraverts, gamers, and more―all kids are welcome!
Going to a new camp can be stressful, both for kids and parents. Summer@WES provides a range of activities and opportunities for kids so that campers enjoy coming back week after week. Families can set daily routines and reduce nerves by having a summer “home.” Most WES campers attend two to six sessions of camp during the summer.
Besides having a top-rated facility on a safe and secure campus, all counselors are fingerprinted, receive a background check, and are required to take an abuse-prevention program titled Safeguarding God’s Children (established by The Episcopal Church and coordinated by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington). Summer@WES also has a fulltime nurse to assist in a variety of ways, from putting on Band-Aids on nicked knees to helping with medication.
Kids in the DC area work hard throughout the school year, both in academics and extracurricular activities. We believe summer is the prime time for kids to have fun. Yes, fun. Even in our academic skills development camp, you will see kids smiling, playing, and enjoying themselves. If you are looking for a rigorous curriculum, an intense learning environment, or a super-competitive sports setting, Summer@WES is not for you. We believe summer camp is an excellent time for kids to relax and rejuvenate so that they can be productive during the school year.
Where else will you see a second-grader dressed up as Darth Vader and playing a guitar at a talent show? Summer@WES invites campers to try new things and to take risks in a supportive and positive environment. From students picking up a basketball for the first time to attempting to shoot a rock up into the air with a combination of Mentos and cola, students explore a range of activities to discover new interests, hobbies, and pastimes.
We design our camp for working families. The camp day is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., before-care begins at 7:30 a.m., and after-care ends at 6 p.m. Our before- and after-care programs are just as thoughtful as our camp, and our campus enjoy themselves throughout the day. We see this every day—campers regularly ask their parents if they can stay just five minutes more even when they have spent nine hours on campus. Parents are thrilled to be able to wrap up projects and send out the last emails of the day, knowing that their children are having a fantastic time.