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Christ Episcopal School
A co-ed independent Episcopal School serving students in preschool - grade 8 in historic Rockville, MD


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CESummer! is based on the campus of Christ Episcopal School, a preschool 2’s - grade 8 school in historic Rockville. Located minutes from I-270 and Rte. 200, the CES campus is the perfect backdrop and launching point for your summer adventures.


Little Cardinal Education Camp Cardinal Weekly Camps Specialty Camps

Ages 2.5 - 5

June 10 - August 16
9:00 am  - 1:00pm 
Care available 8:00am - 4:30pm

 These separate, exciting, self contained programs are housed in our Preschool building.  Each week has different themes, sharing both curiosity and creativity.  Little Cardinal Education will be led by CES teachers.

Ages 6 - 10

June 10 - August 16
9:00am - 1:00pm
Care available 8:00am - 4:30pm

Hosted in our Lower School building, this weekly camp is designed to address the specific needs of children based on age and individual pace of development.  Campers enjoy a fun filled, all day program tailored to their interests. Weekly Camps will be led by CES teachers, coaches, and graduate students. 

Ages 8 - 14

Various weekly options available.  For details, see below.

Specialty camps give children an opportunity to focus on one specific area of interest.  These camps are led by professional instructors, giving way for a great opportunity to learn from the best.

Little Cardinal Education, 2019

a preschool program for children ages 2.5 - 5

June 10 - August 16, 2019
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

(Care available 8:00 am - 4:30 pm)

Our 10-week inquiry-based preschool program is perfect for your inquisitive child and combines developmentally appropriate activities with team building and FUN!


Please sign in your child in the dining room of the Church building. Then walk your child to the Preschool House.

  Your child's lifetime love of learning begins here!


Our weekly themes will inspire curiosity and creativity in your child.  Experienced Early Childhood professionals and college students will engage children in a variety of multisensory experiences in a safe and loving environment.  Additional support is provided by volunteers to ensure that children get plenty of individualized attention.  All staff and volunteers undergo criminal background checks.  


Week 1 & 2 Dates: June 10- June 21 Theme: Outdoor Explorers

Description: Have you ever made a pet rock?  Tracked animals?  Gone on a nature walk to find treasure or made a nature sculpture? Now is your child’s chance to join us for lots of outdoor adventures!  We will have fun digging in the dirt, planting a garden, making mud pies, and so much more!

Week 3 & 4 Dates: June 24 - July 5 Theme: Builder's Delight

Description:  Save your boxes of all sizes as we will be building creations to our heart’s delight!  The only limit is your child’s imagination.  Picture building a train we can climb aboard for snack, or a castle where we can pretend to slay dragons!  If your child likes to create things out of boxes, this will be a theme not to be missed.

Week 5 & 6 Dates: July 8 - July 19 Theme: Magic Carpet Express


Description:  Hop aboard the Magic Carpet and travel to a new adventures!  Perhaps we will visit a farm, a jungle or some or even go back in time to see the dinosaurs!  Maybe we will come upon pirates and find buried treasure! With the help of books and props, we are sure to have some grand adventures.  If your child loves to use their imagination, this theme is just the ticket.  Come take a ride on the magic carpet!


Week 7 & 8 Dates: July 22 - August 2 Theme - Camping Adventures


Description:  Grab your sleeping bag and flashlight and join us for fun! We will be have a blast reading by flashlight, going fishing, pitching tents, building “campfires,” painting with marshmallows, and so much “s’more!”  You won’t want to miss this theme--it promises to be one of our best ever!


Week 9 &10 Dates: August 5- August 16 Theme - The Enchanted Forest


Description: Welcome all gnomes, fairies and magical creatures!  We will use fairy tales and other stories to create fun adventures for our friends while learning about real forest life and animals.  Over the river and through the woods, the Enchanted Forest Awaits!




NEW THEMES BI-WEEKLY: To keep things “fresh” for returning campers, we change our theme every other week. During each week, we offer play-based, developmentally appropriate activities addressing multiple learning domains.

WATER PLAY: We incorporate water play into our daily program, weather permitting. This may include an outdoor sprinkler, playing with toys in our water tables, or sand and water play. Send your child in a swim suit, water shoes (or socks) and sun screen daily.

SNACK: Send in a healthy, NUT-FREE snack for your child.

LUNCH: Campers are expected to bring their own lunch. Refrigeration or heating of food is not provided. We are a nut-aware camp. Please do not pack foods containing nuts.

WATER BOTTLE: Every child should send a water bottle daily. It should be clearly labeled with your child’s name.


CES Students (9:00am - 1:00pm): $245     Non-CES Students (9:00am - 1:00pm): $265

Early Bird (8:00am - 9:00am): $60      Rest Time and Snack (1:00pm -3:00pm): $110

Aftercare (3:00 - 4:30 pm):  $100

Week 4 is prorated.

For more information please call Christ Episcopal School at 301-424-6550 or email CESummer@CESrockville.org

Camp Cardinal Weekly Camps
for campers ages 6 - 10

June 10 - August 16, 2019
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

(Care available 8:00 am - 4:30 pm)

 ~ Led by CES teachers and trusted professional instructors ~


Week 1: June 10-14

Outdoor Explorers

Come explore all that nature has to offer in and around Rockville! Have you ever been camping?  Cooked a meal over a campfire?  Picked strawberries or been in a rowboat?  Bring your backpack and hiking shoes, and join us for a week of fun and adventure in the great outdoors! (Swimming will not be offered this week.)

Week 6: July 15-19


Campers will be divided into tribes to participate in fun challenges and puzzles and look for hidden immunity idols in a daily scavenger hunt. Together they will work to build team unity within their tribe and across tribal lines, encouraging and supporting others along the way.  At the daily “tribal council,” players will NOT be voted out, but instead will talk about what strategies they used to navigate their daily road map and build their “bag of tricks” to become the ultimate “team player.”

Week 2: June 17-21

The Enchanted Forest

Come join a land of gnomes, fairies and all that is magical!  Who knows what the toadstools will reveal and what fairytales will guide our daily activities?  Bring your costumes and your imagination with you to travel along the trail for many unexpected adventures!

Week 7: July 22-26

Shower Curtain Theatre

Campers will put on a play, modifying a popular children’s story to create their own unique script.  They will even make their own scenery, decide on costume design, and make refreshments for the big production on Friday. Come join the fun and take the Walk of Fame!  Be prepared for autographs!

Week 3: June 24 - 28

Wild, Wild West

Howdy! Campers will pan for gold, explore the Pony Express, and tame the frontier this week. A visit to Wheaton Stables is planned to visit the horses and maybe even get a pony ride! After a week of corralling the cattle, watering the horses, and keeping the outlaws in check--it’ll be time for the Hoedown. Campers will grab their dancing shoes and get ready to break some moves!  Yee-haw!

Week 8: July 29- Aug 2

Inventor's Workshop--Storybook STEAM

Everyone loves a good book, especially young children. As they are guided through the storytelling experience, campers will explore books through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and/or Math). Stories will also help children learn about taking risks and trying new things while they problem solve with friends and use everyday materials to expand their imaginations.  The characters give children a framework to explore how things work. Each day will be a new storybook adventure. Storybook STEAM invites our budding inventor’s to think about their favorite stories in a new way.  (Recyclables are needed and welcomed!)

Week 4: July 1 - 5

Party in the USA

Everyone loves a party, and campers are no exception!  This week will feature planning a party from start to finish—designing the invitations, making decorations, coming up with a game and a menu, and of course….having the party for family and friends!  Join us on Friday, July 5 for the fun and games, American Style! (Prorated: no camp on July 4)
Week 9: August 5 - 9

Builder's Choice

Building and creating structures is always a hit with kids!  Campers will construct things from everything recyclable (think STEAM Maker Space!)  New challenges and materials will be offered every day to provide hours of fun.   Get ready to use your imagination and be an architect, designer and super builder!


Week 5: July 8 - 12

Mad Scientist

Come join the mad science laboratory!  Does your child enjoy bubbling liquids, building rockets and robots, and the occasional explosion?  We will spend the week doing exciting experiments that are sure to leave your camper wanting more.  Excite your child’s sense of wonder and curiosity and join us for a fun-filled week of hands-on science!  


Week 10: August 12-16

The Amazing Race

Grab your passport, and get ready to embark on a trek “around the world.”  At every destination, each team must compete in a series of challenges, some mental and some physical, and only when the tasks are completed will they learn of their next location.  Each day will be a new adventure in fun, working together and building a sense of community with other campers.





Camp Cardinal (Ages 6-10) prides itself on our small group size, allowing for plenty of individual attention and self-expression of campers who return year after year. Through a variety of interactive experiences, your child will have the opportunity to develop self-discipline, a strong sense of self, and leadership skills. In addition, they will have fun and make friends that last a life-time!

SWIMMING: Campers will go to Woodley Gardens pool on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays after lunch (weather permitting) and will return shortly before 3:00 p.m. Please be sure to send a towel and sunscreen. (No swimming Week 1)

THEME EXTENSION ACTIVITIES: On Tuesdays and Thursdays, campers will spend the time after lunch doing an extension of the activities from the morning. On occasion, we do a water slide.

FIELD TRIPS: Field trips are planned according to the theme of the week. Some are within walking distance, and some may require a CES bus or Metro ride. Information on any trips will be given to parents in advance of the trip.  Field trip fees will be collected during camp if applicable.

SELF-EXPRESSION ACTIVITIES: During each of our weekly themes, campers have the opportunity to express themselves through art, drama, and problem-solving. Activities challenge children to develop self-esteem in a supportive, caring atmosphere emphasizing cooperation and team-building.

SNACK: Please send a healthy, NUT-FREE snack.

LUNCH: Campers are expected to bring their own lunch. Refrigeration or heating of food is not provided. We are a nut-aware camp. Please do not pack foods containing nuts.

WATER BOTTLE: Every child should send a water bottle daily. It should be clearly labeled with your child’s name.



CES Students (9:00am - 1:00pm): $210      Non-CES Students (9:00am - 1:00pm): $230

Early Bird (8:00 am - 9:00 am): $60

Theme extension activities & games (1:00 - 3:00 pm): $110

After care (3:00 - 4:30 pm): $100 

For more information please call Christ Episcopal School at 301-424-6550 or email CESummer@CESrockville.org

Specialty Camps 2019


Outdoor Acrylic Painting

Sponsored by YMM Art

Ages: 10-14

July 8 - 12, 9:00 a.m. – noon

(Care available from 8:00 - 4:30 pm for additional fees--see Camp Cardinal)

$200 one week session

Description:  Students will learn acrylic painting techniques and will study the color theory while creating a complete painting inspired by nature.  Classes will be held outside as weather permits.


Origami Art Installation

Sponsored by YMM Art

Ages: 8-14

August 5 – August 9, 9:00 a.m. – noon

(Care available from 8:00 - 4:30 pm for additional fees--see Camp Cardinal)

$200 one week session

Description:  Students will learn about the art of Japanese paper-folding by completing hands-on origami projects and learning about the meaning and history of origami. Students will work on different origami pieces each day, and then they will create a composition with all the pieces created during the program in the form of an art installation.


Application Process and Deposit

Camper registration is now open. Please note our application submission is online.  Once we receive your online registration and non-refundable deposit of $100, you will receive the welcome packet with additional details of the camp and the required paperwork to complete.  This will be sent to the email address provided on your registration form.  We are SO HAPPY to have you at camp!!