What is the Rockville Catholic Summer Program?
Summer Program is a 7 week Catholic summer program that encourages both campers and counselors to grow in their faith and love for Christ. Our counselors grow in their faith with the guidance of young Catholic counselors serving as role models in a fun and safe environment. Our high school and college counselors share and grow in their love of Christ through daily Mass, theology classes and Eucharistic Adoration. Summer program is a joint initiative between St. Patrick and St. Raphael parish youth ministries.
Who is in charge of Summer Program?
Summer program is directed by Mike and Annie McHugh, as an extension of their youth ministry programs at St. Patrick and St. Raphael parish. They are in charge of selecting and directing a staff of primarily college age, and some high school teens to run the Summer Program. Counselors will apply, interview and be vetted based on maturity, responsibility, creativity and their desire to share their faith. Summer Program is a registered summer camp with the State of Maryland and abides by Maryland guidelines, including first aid and CPR trained staff on site at all times.
Who can attend?
The Summer Program is open to youth ages 4-14. It is not necessary to be a parishioner or even be Catholic. While we discuss faith and encourage it among our campers, one of our goals is that all children feel welcome to have fun, learn and be around positive role models.
What are the dates for the summer of 2021?
Week 1: June 21-25
Week 2: June 28-July 2
Week 3: July 6-9 (No camp 7/5)
Week 4: July 12-16
Week 5: July 19-23
Week 6: July 26-30
Week 7: Aug. 2-6
How much does Summer Program Cost?
Registration fees cover the hours of camp programming time from 8:45am-12:00pm. Fees may rise slightly in 2020 to accommodate payroll and campus development. The 2019 prices are listed below:
1 child: $135/week
2 children: $250/week
3 or more: $325/week
What does a day at Summer Program look like?
Summer Program camps run from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm with before-care and after-care available for an additional cost. The program is open to children ages 4-14 and includes a wide variety of camps such as basketball, soccer, acting, art, gross science and film making/editing, and more. Please visit our Camp Schedule and Camp Descriptions for more details on individual camps.
*On Friday of each week, the entire camp attends the 9:10am Mass in the church.
7:00am - Before care opens
8:30-8:45 - Campers arrive
8:45-9:00 - Morning program for all campers
9:00-12:00 - Classes and snack
12:00-12:15pm - Camper pick-up
12:15-5:30pm - After care
How do I register my child?
Visit the Registration page or click on Registration in the top menu and follow the instructions. Payment will be processed at the end of registration via Paypal. If your fee exceeds $300, you may pay the remainder anytime before the first day your child attends camp via check or day of at our payment table.
What are the hours of extended care and how do I register my children?
Before-care runs from 7:00-8:45am and after-care runs from 12:15-5:30pm. You will sign up for extended care on the first day of the week you utilize it. No reservations are needed. Before and After care may be utilized on a day to day basis. Please see our Extended Care page for more details.
Extended Care Rates:
Before-Care (7:00-8:30am) - $30 per week
After-Care (12:15-5:30pm) - $95 per week
Both Before and After Care- $110 per week
What is the refund policy for Summer Program?
We require a 60% non-refundable deposit for registration. 40% of your payment may be refunded provided cancellation is made at least one week before your son or daughter's first day. Contact the Summer Program Director, Mike McHugh, to request a refund.
Are payments transferable to another week?
Payments may be transferred to other camps/weeks within Rockville Catholic Summer Program, provided the newly selected camp/week is not full. Email the camp office at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about availability.
Is lunch provided for by the Summer Program?
Lunch is not provided. Campers will receive a mid-morning snack during camp. After-Care campers are responsible for bringing their own lunches. After-Care campers also receive a mid-afternoon snack around 3:30. Any snacks/lunches may not contain any peanut products due to allergies.
Can my child join a week that is already in session?
Unfortunately, due to supplies and staffing, we cannot accept daily drop-ins.
Will registration remain open throughout the summer?
Registration will remain open as long as spaces are still available, however, families must register no later than the Thursday before the week they wish to attend.
What is your camper to staff ratio and how are staff screened?
Our camper ratio is approximately 5:1. All staff have submitted applications, and qualified individuals are interviewed and asked to present lesson plans on a camps of their choice. Those that are granted paid positions are required to be fingerprinted for Maryland and Federal background checks. All of our 18+ employees and volunteers will also be required to take the Archdiocesan Virtus Safe Child class before they may be present at Summer Program.
What about allergies and medications?
Caring for the health and safety of our campers is our top priority. Please note all important health and allergy information when you register online. Please also contact us directly if your child(ren) will be bringing medication to camp. If your child is bringing an epi-pen, or inhaler, please go to our Camper Medical Forms page, print and fill out the appropriate form and bring it with you on the first day of camp. Camper medical forms must be stamped by your child's pediatrician to be in compliance with State of Maryland Summer Camp regulations.