Camp Policies

SummerEdge’s policies are designed to make each camper’s and their family’s experience as positive and productive as possible!

COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

Click here for our full COVID-19 Policies and Procedures. Below are some of the many layered measures in place to help keep our campers and staff safe.

  • Biweekly, on-campus antigen testing for all campers and staff
  • Mask requirement for all campers and staff
  • Daily Monitoring for COVID symptoms (MyMedBot)
  • Social distancing
  • Cleaning between classes
  • HEPA filters in each classroom
  • Hand sanitization stations located throughout the building
  • Limited sharing of materials
  • Water bottle refill stations (water fountain heads turned off)

Please feel free to contact Jenny Whichard, Director of SummerEdge, at jwhichard@mcleanschool.org or 240.395.0676 for more information or if you have additional questions regarding COVID safety measures.

Behavior Expectations

We expect campers to be responsible, respectful, conscientious members of our community. In the event of behavioral issues, a parent/guardian will be notified by phone and their camper will be dismissed from SummerEdge for the day without refund. The SummerEdge Office reserves the right to dismiss, without refund, any child who displays inappropriate or unsafe behavior.

Registration & Payment Information

You will be prompted to provide us with your credit card information (Visa or MasterCard only) at the time of registration in order to submit your application. Payments will then be auto-processed in two equal installments: the first on June 1 and the second on July 1. If you are registering after June 1, 50% of your total balance is due at the time of registration. If you are registering after July 1, full payment is due at the time of registration. There will be no refunds after June 1, 2021.

We offer a Sibling Discount in the amount of $25.00 off one additional sibling’s bill. The sibling must be that of a current SummerEdge camper. This discount will only be applied once per camp year and is calculated after registration has been submitted.

Enrollment & Refunds

SummerEdge payment is refundable in full until June 1, 2021. After that time no refunds will be provided. Requests for refunds must be made in writing via email to summeredge@mcleanschool.org prior to June 1, 2021.

Drop Off/Pick Up

Parents may drop off and pick up their child on the McLean School campus. Morning drop off begins at 8:45 am; afternoon pick up begins at 3:00 pm. SummerEdge staff will greet and escort children to and from cars each day. We ask that you please type your camper’s first and last name (preferably in large font) on a piece of paper and place it on your dashboard at dismissal. To ensure a smooth and timely pick up, please form a line in the school parking lot and wait in your car until your child is dismissed. There is parking available on campus should you need to come into the building.

Before and After Care is available each day; click here for more details about Early Risers and Night Owls.

Please note that campers who arrive before 8:45 am will be automatically sent to Early Risers and these families will be charged the morning drop-in rate. Afternoon drop-ins (and any child who has not been picked up by 3:15 pm) will be charged the afternoon drop-in rate. Any child remaining on campus after 6:00 pm will be charged $2 per minute late fee until they are picked up.


Each child must bring his or her lunch, drink, and snack (children staying for Night Owls should pack an additional snack). Children will eat lunch from 12:00 to 12:20 pm under the supervision of SummerEdge staff. COVID regulations will dictate indoor and outdoor eating. Please note that a nut-free table is available for children with nut allergies but we are NOT a nut-free campus.

If your child has a birthday during camp and you would like to send in a treat to celebrate, we will need it to come in its original packaging with the ingredients listed on it (for this reason, store-bought treats are preferred). We recommend popsicles, as the ingredients allow for more campers with food allergies to enjoy them as well.


All medical forms can be found here. Completed forms may be uploaded to your child’s online account after you have submitted your SummerEdge application. Completed forms may also be mailed to the SummerEdge office at 8224 Lochinver Lane, Potomac, MD 20854; or scanned and emailed to summeredge@mcleanschool.org.

A Medication Administration Authorization form is required if your child will need prescription or over-the-counter medication during SummerEdge. Please have a physician complete the form and make arrangements through the SummerEdge Director or Health Room to dispense medication as needed. Medication will be administered only when it is in a pharmacy-labeled container with a physician-signed authorization form (this includes EpiPens and inhalers).


Campers will remain indoors in cases of inclement weather (i.e. thunderstorms, high temperatures, poor air quality). Should thunder/lightning occur during dismissal, campers will be kept inside; no camper will be dismissed until deemed safe by staff (typically 30 minutes after the last sign of thunder and lightning). Parents are welcome to park in our lot and enter the building to retrieve their child(ren), otherwise we ask that you wait in the carpool line until we are safely able to bring your child to you.

If a weather-related event prevents the safety and enrichment of our campers, we reserve the right to contact each camper’s parent/guardian to request a timely pick-up. In the event of emergency or early closing, the SummerEdge Office will send an email and updates are also available by calling 301.299.8277. Please note: in the event of an emergency camp closure or emergency early dismissal, no refunds will be given for any days/hours missed.