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Summer Safari Day Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association.
Summer Safari Day Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association

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Summer Safari Day Camp

A Wild Nature Exploration for Children in Grades K-7

Summer Safari campers will explore the lives, habitats, and conservation of animals around the world. Week-long sessions include exciting hands-on activities, lessons, craft projects, science experiments, and walks through the Zoo (but no direct contact with animals). Summer Safari Day Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association.

NEW in 2015: American Camp Association policy updates require that we collect the following information at the time of registration. Please have this information available at the time of registration.

  • your family's medical insurance carrier name and policy number
  • the date of your child's last tetanus shot
If you have questions about these updates, please email the FONZ Safari Day Camp Office.

Registration Dates

FONZ Premier Plus Registration begins on Tuesday, January 27 at 10 a.m.
All FONZ Member Registration begins on Tuesday, February 3 at 10 a.m.
Registration for non-members begins on February 10 at 10 a.m.

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Ages

Camp sessions are grouped into four grade levels: K-1, 2-3, 4-5, and 6-7. Day camp is not offered at the pre-K level. Children should be registered for the grade level they will be entering in the fall, and they may only be registered within their correct age group.

Dates and Times

Weeklong sessions are available June 22-August 14, 2015 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Campers must be dropped off between 8:45 and 9 a.m. A limited number of spots are available in Before-Camp Care from 8 to 8:45 a.m. and in After-Camp Care from 3 to 6 p.m.

Summer Safari Day Camp Schedule

Weekly Schedule

Note: Following DC kindergarten eligibility law, children must turn five (5) years of age on or before September 30th to be eligible for our K-1 programs. There are no pre-K Summer Safari sessions. Children should be registered for the grade level they will be entering in the fall, and they may be registered only within their correct age group.

Fees

Camp fee includes a Summer Safari Day Camp baseball cap and water bottle, daily snack with juice box, and a ride on the Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel.

Five-day Sessions

  • Members: $400
  • Non-Members: $500

Four-day Sessions

  • Members: $320
  • Non-Members: $400

Before-Camp Care: Available from 8 to 8:45 a.m. Cost is $100 per session (or $80 for the four-day session).

After-Camp Care: Available from 3 to 6 p.m. An additional fee will be charged after 6 p.m. Cost is $175 per session (or $140 for the four-day session).

Locations

Drop-off for all camps is in the Visitor Center auditorium. After gathering with their teacher and classmates, campers will go to their classroom at one of several locations in the park.

Campers in After-Camp Care must be picked up in Visitor Center classrooms. You must show photo identification when picking up your camper at dismissal or in After-Camp Care.

About Registration

With our registration system, all participants must have an online account. You will need your FONZ member ID number and the 2015 discount code to receive the member rate. This system enables you to register multiple children at once, view your account online, and make payments.

NEW in 2015: American Camp Association policy updates require that we collect the following information at the time of registration. Please have this information available at the time of registration.

  • your family's medical insurance carrier name and policy number
  • the date of your child's last tetanus shot
If you have questions about these updates, please email the FONZ Safari Day Camp Office.

Member Registration begins February 3 at 10 a.m.
Upgrade to Premier+ membership and register for camp one week early, starting January 27.
Registration for non-members begins February 10 at 10 a.m.

Registration Confirmation
You will receive confirmation via email upon registration.

Register Now!Register now for Summer Safari Day Camp!

Not a member? Join today!

Cancellation and Transfer Policies

Cancellation requests received at least four weeks prior to the start of the session will receive a 75-percent refund. Transfer requests received at least four weeks prior to the start of the session will be charged a 10-percent administrative fee. Please email the FONZ Safari Day Camp Office with cancellation and transfer requests. No refunds or changes will be made for less than four weeks' notice.

Summer Safari Day Camp Scholarships

Information and application forms are now available for Summer Safari 2015! All application materials are due by April 1, 2015.

Download the application