Fast Facts & FAQs

  • The camp has 320 campers ages 3-12 and 90 staff members.
  • Click here to request a tour.
  • Priority Registration: December 1, 2017 - January 3, 2018; online only.
  • New Registration: January 9, 2018 at 10:00 AM; online only.
  • 2018 Junior Camp for Kreative Kangaroos and Units A & B: June 25 - August 3, 2018.
  • 2018 Unit C & Senior Camp: June 25 - July 13, 2018 and/or July 16 - August 3, 2018. One additional flex week may be added to either session.
  • There is no camp on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.
  • Camp Hours: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM; AM Care 7:45 - 9:00 AM; PM Care 3:00 - 6:00 PM.
  • Click here for information on camp financial aid.

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Can I take a tour?

Definitely! Just click here or call Judy Shniderman at 301-881-4110 to arrange a tour. Generally, we do not do a 3:00 - 3:30 pm tour in order to avoid having you come during carpool. The tour takes about 30 minutes and you are welcome to bring friends and family with you.

Do I have to sign up for the whole six weeks?

The junior camp programs for Kreative Kangaroos and Units A & B are offered as one 6 week session and you do have to sign up for the entire session. We feel it is very important for our youngest campers to have a consistent program in order to insure their success. Unit C & Senior Camp programs are offered in two 3 week sessions to allow campers more flexibility in making their summer plans. One additional flex week may be added to either Session 1 or 2 for a total of 4 weeks.

What is the flex week?

Unit C and Senior campers may add one additional week to either session one or session two for a total of four weeks. This means a camper can come to the first session and then come back for Olympics! The flex week does not have to be in consecutive order and only one additional week may be added.

I have heard that Green Acres is really hard to get into. Do I have a chance of getting in?

Registration varies from year to year and there are no guarantees, but if you register on the first day when the online system opens, we are able to accommodate most of the people interested in signing up. Occasionally, in the younger groups, we will put up to 15 people on a waitlist and return any applications over that.

Do I have to carpool?

In an effort to cut down on the number of cars in the carpool line and reduce traffic in the neighborhood, we urge camp families to form a carpool of at least three campers, ride the bus, or stay in aftercare. This applies in the afternoon only. If your child needs, by law, to be in a secure safety seat due to your child’s size or weight, you are exempt from the carpool rule. In these cases we strongly recommend a carpool of at least two campers.

What is a satellite bus stop?

In an effort to reduce the number of cars coming through the neighborhood and in our carpool line, we have several locations very close to Camp that serve as satellite bus stops. There is a small additional charge to use the satellite bus ($60/one way and $100/ round trip for the entire six weeks.) The satellite stops are available in the morning and the afternoon. We will also continue to offer our regular extended bus service. If you do not want to deal with our 3 camper request for the afternoon carpool or want to be in and out quickly, a satellite stop might be the answer for you!

Can we use the bus one way only?

Yes, you can sign up for one-way or round-trip. Generally, you can sign up for the bus at anytime, even after Camp has started (provided there is space available).

Does my camper have to go on the senior camp overnight trip?

The overnight trip is optional. If your child does not want to participate, he or she can come to Camp during those days and participate in his or her regular activities with the rest of senior camp.

Are you a peanut-free camp?

No, we are not a peanut free camp. We do have campers with peanut allergies and we are able to take precautions such as washing hands after eating and establishing a peanut free table for lunch. In addition, we have a nurse at Camp and we do epi pen training with our staff.

Do you teach swimming?

We have a pool on campus with a beach entrance which is useful for young swimmers. We use a Red Cross-certified instruction program which we teach Green Acres style. Because we want children to develop a love of swimming, we do not force children to do anything other than to dress in their bathing suits and come to the pool. We will evaluate where campers are as it relates to their comfort level and skill and then divide into small teaching groups. Swimming instruction is required for campers in Kreative Kangaroos through Unit E.

Can you pro-rate tuition if my camper has to miss a few days or a week? What if I have to start camp late?

We do not pro-rate tuition for any reason. You are certainly free to miss any days at Camp and we will work with you as much as possible on choosing activities and communicating with the unit staff if your child will be starting Camp late.

Do you offer financial aid?

Yes, we do. The financial aid program is designed to assist families with financial need, to enable them to cover a percentage of the cost of tuition and other expenses at the Camp. We urge every family to consider applying for aid; often even a small grant will make a difference. More information and forms are available on the website under Enrollment. If you believe your family needs assistance, please complete the financial aid form and IRS form 4506 and submit a copy of your final 2016 IRS Federal Tax Return and copies of all 2016 & 2017 W-2s and/or 1099s to the SSS website from all parents/guardians. Forms need to be signed by all parents/guardians. All information will be kept confidential. To be considered, all financial aid information and forms need to be submitted by March 1, 2018.

Do you serve lunch or do campers bring their lunch?

Campers bring a lunch daily and we provide milk and water to drink. The lunches are not refrigerated. We also offer the Smart Lunch program. Parents can order and pay online for meal service. For more information: www.smartlunches.com 
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11701 Danville Drive North Bethesda, MD 20852
301.881.4100
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