The Camp @ Cleveland Park Club

For the First Time Ever - Week-to-Week Registration!

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June 23 - August 15, 2014
9:00am - 1:00pm

ages 5-9

ages 14-16 (new CITs)
ages 12-13 (returning CITs)

Director: Jason Velez
Read more about Jason here.

Information about rates and registration can be found here.

Camp Philosophy and Daily Schedule

The Camp @ Cleveland Park Club offers a low-key, warm, and welcoming setting. This informal program combines old-fashioned, self-directed play and organized, hands-on, guided activities.  Campers expand their interests, increase their skills, and make lasting friendships in an atmosphere reminiscent of the days when neighborhood children of all ages spontaneously gathered for jump rope and Capture the Flag.

The camp is intentionally small. Each week, a maximum of 40 campers attend and 10 Counselors-in-Training (CITs) volunteer to play, teach, and help. All activities, with a few exceptions, take place outdoors.

The morning begins at 9:00am when campers and CITs gather on the wrap-around porch. Together with guest educators, they participate in fun and educational projects that vary with each week’s theme (see full list below).

At 10:30am, snacks are accompanied by word games, storytelling, and reading aloud. The remainder of the morning is structured to provide flexibility and variety and to allow campers to go at their own pace. They may choose to master an individual skill, join a group game, play quietly, or exercise vigorously in running games. CITs supervise activities such as tag, jump rope, tumbling, stilt-walking, hopscotch, and colorful chalk-drawing. Around 11:00am, free swim is offered. During pool time, campers may choose also to make crafts projects or play in the large beach-like sand area.

At noon each day, campers gather to eat their BYO lunches, visit, read, and play with Legos, puzzles, board and card games, jacks, ring toss, and table soccer. Non-camp swimming lessons are available from noon to 2:00pm at the Cleveland Park Club's pool. Club members have enrollment priority. More information about swim lessons can be found here.

Weekly Themes and Educators for 2014

June 23 – 27, VARSITY MATH with Nate Stone, Maret School: Campers will play basketball, soccer, baseball, football, and many other sports, with a keen eye on the math that gets calculated with each activity. Campers will use calculators, rulers, and stopwatches to measure exact distances an object travels, percentages, and averages from a number set. With both the brain and body being active on a daily basis, the week will be both fun and educational from start to finish.

June 30 – July 3, AHOY MATEY with Caroline Joss, DCPS: An ancient pirate map was found in a bottle under the Cleveland Park Club porch. It appears there’s a treasure chest buried somewhere on the grounds. Can the campers find the treasure? With their mates, parrots and eye patches, campers go to great lengths to find the booty.

July 7 – 11, SEED TO SOUP with Caroline Joss, DCPS: Campers go green! They plant seeds, explore the properties of various herbs and harvest them to make fun projects. A camper-made feast on the last day of the week enables parents to sample club chefs’ culinary treats.

July 14 – 18, EXPLORE ART IN ARCHITECTURE with Eileen Langholtz, Eaton ES: Architecture is everywhere and this week campers have an opportunity to explore it using different elements and materials to create works of art. Visit the campers’ atelier at week's end to see what budding designers have produced.

July 21 – 25, CREATE-A-PALOOZA with Eileen Langholtz, Eaton ES: This week's theme takes creativity to the extreme! Using non-traditional materials to create individual and group master-pieces, campers end the week with a gallery show and then take home their objets d'art.

July 28 – August 1, SCALES TO TAILS with Dorsey Keith, Murch ES: From furry to slithery friends, young animal caregivers will explore the world of animals, meet real creatures, and go on a backyard safari. Campers create their own fictional animal to bring home as a pet.

August 4 – 8, JUNKYARD BAND with Amber Walson, Amber Walson Music: Who knew that a discarded pie tin could become music to your ears?! Campers will explore making music with non-traditional instruments they find or create as they build their own percussion ensemble and end the week with a musical performance.

August 11 – 15, ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE with Caroline Joss, DCPS: Be a Drama Queen or King! In this week’s camp the world of theatre is explored through acting, backstage lighting, prop and costume design and front-of-house ticketing. An end-of-the-week performance showcases camper skills and theatrics.


Stilt-walking · Tumbling · Swimming & Diving · Table Soccer · Rope Jumping · Spud · Kick ball · Reading · Drawing & Painting · Chalk Drawing · Woodcrafts · Sand Castles · Macrame · Yarn & Fabric Crafts · Clay · Lanyards · Plaster Casts · Legos · Puzzles · Hop Scotch · Jacks · Board & Card Games · Charades · Singing · Twister · Circle Games · Storytelling · Red/Green Light · Skits · Pogo Stick · Puppetry · Hula Hoop · Mother May I · Octopus Tag · Ring Toss · Sewing · Word Games · Four Square



You are just right to be a CIT at the Camp @ Cleveland Park Club if you:

  • Like working with younger children (ages 5-9)
  • Are respectful and responsible
  • Like to have fun and be a positive role model
  • Like to be playful and get along well in group settings
  • Will be 14 to 16 years old in June 2014*

*If you will be 12 or 13 in June 2014 and you have already served as a CIT at the Cleveland Park Camp, you are welcome to reapply.

CIT hours are 8:00am to 2:00pm during camp days. CIT positions are available week to week, but multiple week participation is encouraged. CITs are trained in team cooperation, responsibility, group management, motivation, and safety during orientation meetings before and during camp. CITs must be certified in First Aid/CPR/AED. The Cleveland Park Club will offer a class for those who need it. The fee for the class will be approximately $65.

Registration and payment information for CITs can be found here.

For more information, email


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