Welcome to Geneva Day School Summer Camp for Young Children!
Founded in 1965, Geneva Day School is a private, award-winning preschool and kindergarten program, located in Potomac, Maryland in the Washington, D.C. suburbs. In addition to our academic programs throughout the regular school year, we offer a fun and engaging summer camp for children ages two through six. We are known for our warm and nurturing environment, committed staff and individualized approach to ensure each child has a happy and productive experience at Geneva. We have an extremely diverse population with families from around the world and are proud to embrace these cultures and offer a welcoming environment to all.
The Geneva Summer Camp for Young Children is a recreational day camp for young children ages two through six with half- and full-day sessions. Engaging weekly themes are offered integrating a full spectrum of age-appropriate activities offering a wide variety of opportunities for children to learn through play. We also offer a Summer Immersion Farsi Camp for young children.
Our youngest campers, two- to young three-year-olds, begin their day inside the main building in a self-contained classroom and move outside mid-morning. Inside, they have play centers with educational materials and games, art projects, story time and morning snack. Outside, they engage in playground fun including painting, arts and crafts, water play in sprinklers, and other gross motor activities on our extensive playgrounds.
Older campers, ages three through six, begin their day outside on the playground which has a wide variety of equipment. Campers choose among arts and crafts, easel painting, and ball and sports activities. After check-in, older children are invited to join groups for cooking to prepare the snack for the day, water play in a trough or in sprinklers, walks to a nearby creek to study and explore in a wooded area, plus occasional science experiments.
All campers bring a lunch from home and eat lunch in small groups. Many are dismissed after lunch, while some remain for a nap or rest time. Older campers, who do not nap, enjoy stories, an afternoon movie, special activity, and outside play.
Please note that a separate set of Summer Camp forms are required for each camper. All forms including brochures, registration forms for camp, clinics and lunch, daily schedules and other related information is available on our Forms for Summer Camp page.
Daily & Weekly Activities
While summer camp focuses on recreation and tons of fun, growth continues in all developmental learning areas. Children explore and learn about themselves and their world, establish new friends, and discover the outdoor environment through fun and playful activities. Daily activities incorporate learning about numbers, shapes, letters and more in a less structured and more relaxed way. Campers get to explore science, technology, engineering, art and math through weekly themed STEAM activities as well. The weekly theme is integrated across all daily and weekly activities, including: sports play, water play, cooking, theater, gardening, story time, arts and crafts and of course, our weekly special.
Weekly themes guide camp activities on an integrated basis. This means that the theme for a week is woven throughout all of the planned activities each day. Daily activities including story time, songs and poems, snack, arts and crafts projects, sports, dramatic play, science projects, the special program of the week, among others. To learn more about our weekly themes for this summer, click here. (Check back for more details.)
Our greatest asset is our staff. The vast majority of our staff are former parents or grandparents, who have come to know and appreciate Geneva’s culture and decided to share their professional talents with us. Because of this, we are fortunate to have a very low turnover rate. One such staff member is our Summer Camp Director, Ms. Daisy Lizama. Ms. Lizama joined Geneva as a summer camp counselor in 2001, became a full-time staff member in 2004 and has been a beloved teacher for several years. Ms. Lizama has extensive knowledge, experience, and understanding about normal child growth and development, as well as how to provide additional support in a wide range of areas to those children who may require it. From our office staff to our teaching teams and summer camp staff, we strive to provide our families with seasoned experts in their fields with the goal of always encouraging a lifelong love of learning.
Under the leadership of the Summer Camp Director, individual camp groups are led by Senior Counselors, a combination of Geneva Day School and public school teachers and college students, who have been with our summer camp for some time. Local high school students serve as Junior Counselors and middle school students join us as volunteer Counselors in Training (CITs), who are carefully supervised by senior counselors. We are proud that the bulk of our summer camp staff are current Geneva Day School staff and Geneva Day School alumni.
Our youngest students (2s and young 3s) are in groups of 12-15 campers with one lead senior camp counselors, two junior counselors and two-three CITs. Older campers (3s-6s) are in groups of up to 20, with one lead senior camp counselor, two junior counselors and four CITs. By having a high counselor to child ratio, Geneva Day School Summer Camp for Young Children is able to address emotional needs of children and respond to their various interests, strengths, and needs.
Important First-Day Notes
On a child’s first day of camp, s/he and his/her parents go outside to the greeting table. There, an intake staff member accepts completed registration and health forms, gives each camper a Geneva Day School camp t-shirt, and gives the parent a carpool number. This carpool number is very important as it is used to identify the camper a parent or other family member is picking up at the end of the day. On a camper’s first day the new camper and his/her parents are guided to their camp location to meet the lead summer senior counselor and team for their child’s group and begin the day.
Appropriate sunscreen use is important to prevent skin damage and skin cancer in children. Geneva Day School Summer Camp for Young Children encourages the appropriate use of sunscreen during summer activities. At the same time, sunscreen can cause allergic reactions in a small number of children, thus parents may wish to be involved in decisions regarding sunscreen use for their children.
We encourage you to apply sunscreen to your child before the s/he attends camp each day.
Our camp staff is happy to re-apply sunscreen to your child if they attend our full day of camp. We ask that parents/guardians provide sunscreen in their camper's tote bag/backpack and clearly labeled with your child’s name on it. If you would like a camp staff member to re-apply sunscreen, please be sure to check YES to this on the registration form.
We hope that your child will join us for summer camp to continue growing, making new friends, enhancing social and language skills, enjoying the outdoors, and most of all to have fun! For more information, please call the office at 301-340-7704. Thank you!