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The Key School has officially earned Maryland Green School Certification by the Maryland Association of Environmental & Outdoor Education. This designation comes after a lengthy application process that required an in-depth review of the School's programs and philosophy as well as substantiation of a sustained dedication to environmental initiatives.

A student leader in the school's Upper School, Jayda is active with several student groups and has competed in pageant contests since she was 5 years old. She organized the Students for Social Change's annual Diversity Day, held Feb 3. Jayda arranged two seminars for her schoolmates. One incorporated interactive activities designed to encourage the students' awareness of their own privileges, and a second session included a discussion based on what happened during the interactive sessions and how the students could be more inclusive.

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Summer at KEY FAQs

What do I do if I forget my login information?

Contact the camp office. We will provide you with your login ID and the instructions to reset your password. Please do not create a new family profile or username.

Can I change my registration and switch to another camp or week?

Yes. A $10 fee will be applied to each change made to an existing registration upon completion of the Change Request Form by a parent or guardian. Changes can be made to camps after June 1 with the $10 fee, but refunds will not be given if switching to a camp session that has a lower price.

When is payment due?

A non-refundable deposit of $50 per camp is required to secure registration. Deposits will be applied to the cost of the camp. Balances for all camps are due by June 1 and all payments are non-refundable after June 1. If registering after June 1, full payment is due upon registration.

What is the refund policy?

All deposits are non-refundable. After June 1, all payments are non-refundable.

Do you prorate camp fees?

Camp fees will not be pro-rated for partial attendance or absence from a camp.

Do you offer financial assistance?

Unfortunately we do not offer any financial assistance at this time.

Do you offer a sibling discount?

We do not offer a sibling discount, but do offer a “Bring a Friend to Camp Discount.” Go to the Policies page or call the camp office to learn more about this opportunity.

If my child is in a morning and an afternoon camp, what do they do between 12:00 and 12:30?

All campers attending both morning and afternoon camps will have lunch from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. Morning counselors will walk campers to Katharine Hall for a supervised lunch, and afternoon counselors will pick them up at 12:30 to walk them to their afternoon camp. Campers not purchasing lunch from us should bring lunch from home.

Should my child bring lunch and snacks?

Yes. If staying for a full day, your child should bring snacks for morning and mid-afternoon. You can either bring lunch from home or order through our Lunch Program (see "Lunch and Snacks" under General Information). If staying for a half day, you will only need to send a snack with your child.

Is Summer at KEY “nut” free?

Yes. Summer at KEY is a “nut-free” camp. No foods containing any types of nuts are allowed. Please carefully check the labels on the foods you send in.

What is the camper to counselor ratio?

Our average camper to staff member ratio is 6:1.

Do all campers go to the pool?

No. Only campers registered in the morning-only or full-day Traditional camps, Swim Club, or Pathfinders camp who have selected and been placed in a swimming activity will go to the Hillsmere Pool.

What should my child bring/not bring to camp?

Please see “What to Wear & Bring” in the General Information for the full list of items.

Do you offer before and after care?

Yes. Extended Care runs from 7:30 to 8:50 in the morning and from 3:40 to 5:30 in the afternoon. Please find more rate and policy information under Extended Care.

What if I need to pick up my child early?

Please call the camp office or send a note in with your child to let us know when you will be picking up your child. We will bring your child to the camp office, and you will need to sign them out there. For safety reasons, early pick-ups must happen in the camp office. There are no exceptions.

What if I am late picking up my child?

Any child remaining in a camp after 3:40 p.m. will be automatically taken to Extended Care and must be signed out from there. Between 3:40 and 4:15 p.m., Extended Care campers will be in Katharine Hall having a small snack, which we will supply. Campers will then move to the First School Building where they can play indoor games, participate in daily craft projects, or play outside. Campers not picked up by 5:30 p.m. will be taken to the camp office. Late pick-up fees will be incurred beginning at 5:30 p.m. For campers picked up between 5:30 and 5:45 p.m., there is a flat fee of $15.00. Campers picked up after 5:45 p.m. will incur an additional fee of $1.00 for each minute thereafter. Please note that late charges are per camper and will apply to each child. Late fees must be paid at the time of pick-up. Payments can be made by cash, check or credit card in the camp office.

What if I need for someone else to pick up my child?

You will be given a four-digit family code on the first day you attend camp. When you sign your child out at the end of camp each day, you will give the counselor your family code. If you plan to have anyone else pick up your child, you are responsible for giving them your family code. We will only let your child leave with an adult who knows that code.

Do you offer transportation?

At this time we are not offering transportation service to and from camp.

What happens if my child gets sick or hurt during the day?

The Summer at KEY Health Office is a place where campers who become ill or suffer minor injuries at camp may briefly rest while a decision is made whether they should remain at camp or go home. The Health Office is staffed from June 19-August 11 by a camp nurse [Mondays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Tuesdays-Fridays from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.]. The nurse is responsible for administering minor first aid to campers, and contacting medical professionals and/or parents in case of serious illness or injury. If it is determined that a child cannot remain in camp, the parents, or an alternate person designated on the Registration Form will be contacted and must pick up the child within thirty minutes. For parents and alternates who are unable to meet this requirement, back up transportation plans are essential.

Can I take a tour of the campus before my child’s camp begins?

Yes. We would love to show you our campus. Please call the camp office and we will help you make arrangements through Key School’s Office of Admission.