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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

2009 Parents' Pick Nominee

$62.39 million raised; 78% of $80 million goal

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.

2016 Registration Dates

FONZ Premier Plus Registration begins on Tuesday, January 26 at 10 a.m.
All FONZ Member Registration begins on Tuesday, February 2 at 10 a.m.
Registration for non-members begins on Tuesday, February 9 at 10 a.m.

Register Now!Register now for Summer Safari Day Camp!

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NEW for 2016: For our littlest campers, we are now offering 3 camps for rising Kindergarteners only and 3 camps for rising 1st graders only. Look for these camps in the Week 3 (July 5-8) and Week 6 (July 25-29) listings in the K-1 Camp Schedule.

Please DO NOT enroll your child in these camps unless they are entering the specified grade level in Fall 2016. Campers who do not meet the appropriate grade requirements will be transferred to the grade-appropriate camp, if space allows. All cancellation and transfer fees and policies will apply.

If you have questions about these updates, please email the FONZ Safari Day Camp Office.

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.

2016 Dates and Times

Weeklong sessions are available June 20-August 12, 2016. 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.

2016 Summer Safari Day Camp 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 Session (July 5-8, no camp on July 4)

  • 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 2016 discount code to receive the member rate. This system enables you to register multiple children at once, view your account online, and make payments.

PLEASE NOTE: Our registration software is NOT compatible with mobile devices or Internet Explorer. You must use a desktop or laptop computer with Mozilla FireFox, Google Chrome, or Apple Safari browsers.

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 2 at 10 a.m.
  • Upgrade to Premier+ membership and register for camp one week early, starting January 26.
  • Registration for non-members begins February 9 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 2016! All application materials are due by April 1, 2016.

Download the application