Busy Bees summer Camp

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Busy Bees Music & Art Playgroup will be running a summer camp for children aged 2 to 9 years for the summer of 2020.

There are 3 programs available:

Busy Bees for ages 24-48 months, Buzzing Bees for ages 4-6 and Bumbling Bees for ages 6-9. Days, weeks and full and part-time sessions are available. There will be daily Spanish activities, music lessons, and an art project for all campers, plus field trips and field trips (age and weather permitting).

For our littlest campers, the Busy Bees, there will be daily field trips to our local playground located just 1 block away. Our Buzzing Bees, ability permitting, venture to far away playgrounds (Watkins, Rosedale, Garfield) and go on field trips. The Bumbling Bees group will go on a field trip every morning.

Excursions for Buzzing and Bumbling Bee groups will include special presentations at the Air and Space Museum, trips to the National Zoo, a visit to the Botanical Gardens, stories and activities at local libraries, and more. All the kids play with water on Friday – Busy Bees play with water at the Busy Bees headquarters while the Buzzing and Bumbling Bees head to Yards Park or similar. Our kids take the bus, subway, or simply walk to all that Washington has to offer.

Covid Procedures:

We have been preparing for weeks and are very lucky to have been able to secure enough PPE (gloves, N95 and other masks, face shields, etc.) in addition to cleaning supplies including UV light! We have carefully decided how best to run the camp to keep everyone safe while ensuring fun for your child.

Discounts and Fees:

A 5% discount will be given to children who register for four (4) or more weeks of full-day camp (at the time of initial registration). A 5% discount will be provided for siblings. A $25 fee will be charged for each change.

Deposits:

A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is due for each week of camp booked – $100/week (either 4-day or 5-day, any age group); $50/week (when planning for the day). Your deposit will hold your place for each day/week you book and ensure that suitable staff are available to properly care for your child(ren). Please read our full Deposit Policy

Balances:

Each week’s balance will be due on the first day of each week your child attends camp; balances are non-refundable; any camper with a balance remaining from the previous week may be denied camp until the balance and balance for that week is paid

Price:

Half day (9:00am – 1:00pm)
All ages

1 day week – $75
2 day week – $130
3 day week – $195
4 day week – $260
5 day week – $325

Part day (9:00am – 3:00pm)
All ages

1 day week – $95
2 day week – $170
3 day week – $255
4 day week – $310
5 day week – $385

All day 9 a.m.-5 pm
Age 2.5-4 years

1 day week – $125
2 day week – $240
3 day week – $300
4 day week – $370
5 day week – $450

Age 5-8 years:

1 day week – $110
2 day week – $220
3 day week – $290
4 day week – $350
5 day week – $400

Busy Bees (2.5 years to 4 years)

 

Sample daily schedule:

8:30-9:15 – departure time, free play
9:00-10:00 – welcome, circle, music lesson (Spanish and English)
10:00-11:00 – outdoor time (weather permitting), free play
11:00-12:00 — potty training, free play, art project
12:00–13:00 – lunch, free play,
13:00 — 1/2 day campers leave; all-day campers sp
15:00-16:00 — waking up from sleep, potty, snack, free play
16:00-17:00 — outdoor time (weather permitting), free play
5:00 PM — pick up time Face Painting — Wednesday Yoga — Thursday Water Games — Friday

Teacher/student ratio: approximately 1:5

Buzzing Bees (4 years to 6 years)

8:30-9:30 – welcome, circle, music lesson (Spanish and English)
9:30-10:30 — art project, Spanish lesson
10:30-12:00 — outdoor time (weather permitting), free play
12:00 – 13:00 – lunch, free play
13:00 1/2 day campers depart; an all-day nap or quiet activity
15:00-16:00 — waking up from sleep, potty, snack, free play
16:00-16:30 – music class
16:30-17:30 — outdoor time (weather permitting), free play
17:00 – pick up time

Teacher/student ratio: approximately 1:8

Bumblebees (6 years to 9 years)

or our older children who like to be outside, this camp will include daily trips to museums, parks and other city attractions – campers must be able to walk long distances and be responsible on public transportation (Smart Trip card required if child has a DC 1 , please wear daily to camp)

Sample daily schedule:

8:30-9:30am – get out, bathroom, ready for the trip
9:30 a.m. – out the door and into the activity
12:00-13:30 – lunch and return to Busy Bees facility
13:30-15:00 — quiet activity, art project, rest
15:00-16:00 – out to the neighborhood playground
16:00-17:00 — back at Busy Bees for pickup time

Frequently asked questions

 

1. Leave and collect

 

  • Morning

To ease traffic congestion and speed up the pick-up process, as well as limit the number of people in the building, drop your child off at our drop-off every morning. The meeting is between 8:25 and 8:50. If you arrive after 8:50, you will need to park and walk your child into the building. The drop-off point will be in the semi-circle where the main entrance is located.

  • Afternoon

We are scheduled to pick up at our outdoor playground each afternoon, please plan to park and check out between 4:15 and 4:30 p.m. If you arrive before we move the children out, please go to your child’s camp room and sign them out. In case of bad weather, we will arrange pick-up in our camp rooms

2. Rest time

After lunch we will have about an hour of daily rest. Please send a blanket and one small stuffed animal if it helps your child relax. Children who are no longer asleep will have 15 minutes of rest and can play in peace for the rest of the hour.

3. Medicines

If your child needs to take medication during camp hours, please contact the office (860-561-8160) to make special arrangements.

4. Sample Busy Bees Summer Camp Schedule

Time 
8:30-9:00Arrival
8:30-9:00Centers/stations
9:00-9:30Morning circle/story time
9:30-10:00Art and Craft
10:00-10:30Snack
10:30-11:45Outdoor water play
11:45-12:30Lunch
12:30-1:30 Rest Time
1:30-2:30craft/ activity
2:30-3:00Snack
3:00-3:30centers/stations, outdoor
3:30-4:30 Dance Party or Outdoor play permitting

 

5. What to take with you daily

Water Bottle – Water fountains are not available, but water bottles will be refilled by staff as needed.
Diapers and wipes – Please bring enough diapers and wipes for the week.
Outdoor/Water Games – Please bring a beach towel, swimsuit and change of clothes (including socks and shoes) each day.
Dress for the weather – We will spend time outside every day (weather permitting). Summer weather can be unpredictable, so please dress your child in clothes and shoes suitable for outdoor play, including a raincoat if necessary.
Lunch and One (1) Snack – Please send your child to camp with lunch and 1 snack in an insulated lunch bag (with an ice pack if needed). We are unable to heat food or provide refrigeration. Cheese pizza is available for lunch every Friday, but you can send a packed lunch that day.

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