Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation
 > Parks and Rec Home > Things To Do > Day Camps and Playgrounds > Summer Day Camps > More Day Camp Information

More Day Camp Information

2014 Information

PDF 2014 Camp Handbook English
PDF 2014 Camp Handbook Spanish
Cancellation Policy
Registrants are entitled to a 100% refund (or SMARTlink credit) in the event that M-NCPPC cancels a camp.
Check Policy

Checks returned for insufficient funds will be assessed a $35 fee by M-NCPPC, in addition to your bank charges. No starter checks accepted.

Extended Care Options
  • Supervised, non-structured playtime before and after camp session hours is available for many camp sessions. Check brochure for locations at which extended care is offered. AM Care is offered from 7-9 am, and PM Care is offered from 4:30-6 pm. Camp registrants are GUARANTEED an extended care space if it is offered for that camp.
  • Extended care is NOT available for pre-school camps, half-day camps, or as otherwise indicated.
Fee Policy and Fee Assistance Availability

The facilities and services of M-NCPPC are available to all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disabilities, or ability to pay. The inability to pay for M-NCPPC services or programs does not exclude participation. Fee assistance is available for Prince George's County residents only. Formal proof of financial need is required. Applications for fee assistance must be submitted at least three weeks prior to camp start date. For information, call the Customer Service Help Desk at 301-699-CALL (2255); TTY 301-699-2544, or obtain the forms on line at www.pgparks.com.

General Information
  • Day camps will be closed on July 4.
  • Participants must provide their own transportation.
  • Campers must be signed in and out by authorized individuals.
  • Campers must bring their own lunches; at sites without refrigeration, please bring non-perishable lunches.
  • Campers must participate in off-site special events and field trips, except for the optional amusement park trip (if scheduled).
  • Campers will be charged an additional fee for amusement park trips (if scheduled).
  • Closed-toe shoes are required; sandals are not permitted.
  • Most camps are open to residents of all jurisdictions; some, however, are open to Prince George's County residents only. Be sure to check activity descriptions.
  • Participants should leave personal belongings, such as iPods, at home.
  • Day camps are co-ed unless otherwise noted.
  • Campers must meet the age requirements by the start of the camp session.
  • If you encounter problems during registration, please call the Customer Service Help Desk at 301-699-CALL (2255).
  • All activities and programs are subject to change and/or cancellation on code orange or higher weather days.
  • Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Federal Tax ID #526-001-550
  • Información en Espãnol: 301-445-4509
Late Payment Penalties

If you've made a deposit and full payment is not received by the due date (*June 1 or July 1 as specified earlier), your space may be forfeited and you will lose your $50 deposit. If the camp accepts your late payment, you will be assessed an additional $20 late payment fee.

Late Pickup Fee Policy

A late fee of $5 per camper for every 15 minutes late (or portion thereof) will be assessed for campers who are not picked up by the program's scheduled closing time. Payment is due when you pick up your camper. We recognize that emergencies arise and request that parents call the campsite if they are delayed for any reason.

Payment and Scheduling Options

VISA credit and debit cards, MasterCard credit and debit cards, checks (until June 1), and cash are accepted. You may pay in full; if you prefer, you may make a $50 deposit (per camper, per session) at the time of registration and schedule payment of the remaining balance due (except when registering via SMARTlink telephone). The $50 deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Scheduled payments must be paid in full by June 1 for camp sessions that begin on or before July 7; or by July 1 for camp sessions that begin after July 7. (Please note: June 1 is the last date personal checks will be accepted for any camp session.) You may pay your balance before the due date; however, when paying on line, your payment will be recorded and shown as a credit to your SMARTlink account. On the due date, the system will automatically apply that credit to the balance due.

If you register via SMARTlink Internet, you must use a VISA or MasterCard credit or debit card, or have funds applied to your SMARTlink account before registering. 

Registration Information

SMARTlink is the name of the system used for Internet and in-person registration. You must establish a FREE SMARTlink account before you can register. Stop by any staffed M-NCPPC facility in Prince George's County and bring appropriate proof of residency (driver's license, MVA card, utility bill, lease agreement or property settlement sheet), identification (driver's license, MVA card, passport, resident/alien card, school ID card, military ID card, or other government-issued ID), and age (driver's license, MVA card, passport, resident/alien card, birth certificate with raised seal, baptismal certificate with birth date and raised seal, or an original letter from school on official stationery) for each member of your immediate family. You'll receive a family Personal Identification Number (PIN) and Client Barcode that will allow you to register online or in person. Getting a SMARTlink account is free. Need help? E-mail the Customer Service Help Desk at help4smartlink@pgparks.com or call 301-699-CALL (2255); TTY 301-699-2544.

Required Forms

Maryland state law requires that each camper have a complete set of forms at each campsite where the camper is registered. Completed forms must be turned in prior to the first day of the camp session. It is your responsibility to deliver all necessary forms to each campsite. Campers may not attend any camp sessions without completed forms on site. Completed forms are due by June 1. NO EXCEPTIONS.

SMARTlink Account Security

M-NCPPC uses the latest in payment security. Collection and retention of customer information is confidential. We do not give, share, sell, transfer, or rent any personal information to third parties.

Special Needs

The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Register at least two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive disability accommodations for Summer Camps and Extended Care programs. Therapeutic recreation programs are open to Prince George's County residents only. All disability accommodation requests for camps must be indicated on the Health Form, noted on SMARTlink accounts, and requested at least two weeks prior to the start date of the camp.

Wait Lists

If a day camp session is full, you may put your name on a waitlist and register for another camp during that session. If a spot opens at your first-choice camp, upon your request your registration and payments will be transferred to the first-choice camp without penalty.

What (R), (NR), and (IA) Mean

Fees for camp sessions are listed in groups. (R) means Residents of Prince George's and Montgomery Counties; (NR) means Non-Residents - those who live anywhere other than Prince George's or Montgomery Counties; and (IA) means residents living in the Impact Area of the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex/Wayne K. Curry Sports & Learning Center. Impact Area Residents receive a fee reduction for camp programs at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex/Wayne K. Curry Sports & Learning Center. Call 301-583-2400, TTY 301-583-2483 for information about the impact area.

Withdrawal & Refund Policy for Summer Camps and Extended Care

Withdrawal and refund requests for fully paid or partially paid registrations are subject to a $50 non-transferable, non-refundable withdrawal fee per child, per session. Withdrawal and refund requests from extended care (with continued enrollment in associated camp) will be assessed a 20% fee. NO EXCEPTIONS. NOTE: Withdrawals from programs must be processed by the facility offering the program.

Made a mistake? All day camp registrations may be transferred or withdrawn without penalty for the first two weeks after Resident registration begins. Registrations done in error for all programs may be transferred or withdrawn without penalty on the same day by calling the Park and Planning Help Desk at 301-699-CALL (2255).

For withdrawals from programs at the following facilities, please call the Park and Planning Help Desk at 301-699-CALL (2255): Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, Bowie High School, C. E. Rieg Regional Center, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Friendly High School, Isaac J. Gourdine Middle School, James E. Duckworth Special Center, Jessie B. Mason Regional Center and Margaret Brent School.

SMARTlink logo
Click. Pick. Play.

Find a Class/Activity