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Nationals Summer Camp

World Series Experience

CAMP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Four days of baseball instruction and competition in our custom-built curriculum
  • Day-long visit to Nationals Park
  • Meet & Greet with a current Nationals player
  • Autographed photo by a current Nationals player
  • Full Nationals Camp Uniform
  • Extended Day options available

WORLD SERIES EXPERIENCE - $599

2017 Dates & Locations

June 19 - June 23: Washington, DC
St. Albans School
*This session is now on a waitlist

June 26 - June 30*: Alexandria, VA
Episcopal HS of Virginia
*Lunch will be provided by Episcopal HS ($649)
*This session is now on a waitlist

July 3 - July 7: Washington, DC
Catholic University

July 24 - July 28: Bethesda, MD
Norwood School
*This session is now on a waitlist

August 7 - August 11: Oakton, VA
Flint Hill School

August 14 - August 18: Bethesda, MD    
Norwood School

Presidential Package

CAMP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Five days of baseball instruction and competition in our custom-built curriculum
  • Youth tailored professional scouting day
  • Digital scouting report
  • Divisional homerun derby
  • Full Nationals Camp Uniform
  • Extended Day options available

Presidential Package - $499

2017 Dates & Locations

July 10 - July 14: Chantilly, VA
Westfield High School

July 31 - August 4: Springfield, VA
Lee High School

Philosophy

At Nationals Baseball Camps, we share one ultimate goal - which is that every drill, swing, throw, and eye-popping young fan experience is designed to unlock your child's personal best. Whether it's a drill to work on their throwing technique or the excitement of a stadium visit, we pack every day with experiences to bring kids closer to who they will someday become. By equipping them with the tools to help them find and be their personal best right now, our mission is to prepare their future self to take on the world. Inherent to this purpose is a recognition of the unique gifts and skills in each of our campers and athletes, as well as an awareness that to best coach them we have to engage with them, understand them, and meet them where they are on their developmental journey.

We like to call these tools the "Super Six". They aren't just any tools, they're character-building social skills that are highly correlated to success and leadership. By providing the tools below, and in partnership with families, we are playing a small, but valuable role in helping our campers achieve success so they can be the absolute best version of their future selves.

EMOTIONAL MASTERY "EXPRESS YOURSELF"

Kids who can identify and talk about their emotions build healthy relationships and avoid the frustrations of feeling misunderstood.

OPTIMISM "YOU CHOOSE THE FRAME"

Viewing life through an optimistic lens helps young people achieve at higher levels and avoid the struggles brought on by negative thinking.

RESILIENCY "BOUNCE, DON'T BREAK"

Learning how to rebound from setbacks is an important component of building confidence and an integral part of personal development - as well as a fundamental skill to growing in baseball.

SELF-EFFICACY "MAKE YOUR DIFFERENCE"

Kids with the awareness that they have the power within themselves to create change and new outcomes in their life are more confident and develop a greater sense of responsibility for their future.

HOPE & GOAL-SETTING "SEE IT TO BE IT"

Goal-setting teaches kids important skills such as focus, decision-making and communication. Studies have strongly linked goal setting to both high levels of achievement and long-term happiness.

GRIT & DETERMINATION "PRACTICE IS PERFECT"

With the right exposure to apprenticeship and preparation, kids can learn the important relationship between practice and self-mastery. This teaches tenacity and how to achieve their personal best.

Curriculum

The Nationals Baseball Camps curriculum is designed to accommodate all levels of youth baseball players - from young beginners to travel-team experts, and every player in between, all through the fan experience of a lifetime for any young Nats fan. With a focus on the fundamentals of the game, players of all ability and experience levels can benefit from the small-group instruction as it develops and reinforces baseball-specific skills. Over the course of the week, the curriculum builds upon itself to expose young players to new skills, all in a spiraling method that simultaneously reinforces the very basics that they've seen throughout the week.

Beyond the baseball-specific skills of Nationals Baseball Camps, we focus on the development of leadership and character-building skills and lessons that translate to success both on and off the baseball field. We're dedicated to developing the personal best in each and every one of our campers, and to accomplishing this through the power of play, and the power of a team and sport that campers love. Our activities map to age-appropriate content in six critical developmental skills: Optimism, Resiliency, Goal-Setting, Emotional Mastery, Self-Efficacy and Grit - all aimed at inspiring campers' personal bests.

In addition to the four days of baseball programming, campers spend one day at Nationals Park for a behind-the-scenes tour and meet-and-greet with a current player.

FAQs

The following are some frequently asked questions regarding our camp program. If you cannot find the answer to your question, or would like to speak with someone in more detail, please contact us at info@natssummercamps.com or 202-715-6683.

CAMP BASICS

What are the camp hours?

Camp runs from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Optional extended day programs are available before and after camp beginning at 7:30 a.m. and running until 6:00 p.m. New this year, we're also offering a limited availability semi-private lesson program which runs after camp until 4:00 p.m.

What does my child need to bring to camp?

Note: A Nationals Baseball Camps uniform and hat will be provided to each player during the morning of the first day of camp. Your child should bring:

Baseball glove

Cleats and athletic shoes (please bring sneakers so that your camper is able to participate fully in indoor activities in the event of inclement weather)

Sunscreen (spray sunscreen is recommended over lotion)

Lunch in a lunch bag labeled clearly with the camper's name

Water bottle to be refilled throughout the day (we provide plenty of water at all times)

We have helmets, bats and catcher's gear available for campers to use if they do not bring their own.

What is the age range for campers? Do campers need prior baseball experience?

All children between rising kindergarten and rising eighth grades are welcome at Nationals Camps. We do not have ability or experience requirements; we welcome ballplayers of all levels of experience and skill - from first-time baseball experience to travel team players.

Do you separate children by age and grade?

Yes - all Nationals campers are separated into divisions based on their rising grade. Campers take part in drills and competitions within their division, to ensure the best possible competitive balance for a fun and developmental experience while at camp.

Can my child be on the same team as his friend/teammate/sibling?

Yes! During our registration process, you may submit up to three (3) teammate requests per child. You will be asked to provide the name of the teammate you are requesting, as well as an email address of the child's parent/guardian. The parent/guardian will receive an email prompting them to sign up for camp using a provided registration code, and the teammate request will register in our system.

If your child's friend(s) register for camp without using the teammate request code, please contact us at least 10 days prior to camp and we will manually input the request into our system.

Please note: We do not guarantee that all teammate requests will be fulfilled. We will do our best to make sure friends and teammates are paired together on the same team at camp, but do separate teams by age, and balance them by experience to ensure competitive balance while at camp.

What is the camper to counselor ratio at Nationals Baseball Camps?

We aim to provide an environment where campers are able to benefit from individual and small group learning and instruction. For our younger campers (6 and under), our goal is to maintain a camper to counselor ratio of approximately 7:1. For older campers (7 and up), the approximate ratio is 9:1. For the site as a whole, the camper-to-counselor ratio is 6:1.

REGISTRATION

Do you offer any discounts?

We offer a 5% sibling discount. This discount is applied automatically at the end of registration when two or more campers are enrolled in the same family. We also offer team discounts-please contact us at info@natssummercamps.com for more information.

Do I receive a confirmation when I register?

Once you register and pay for your camp session(s), you will receive a confirmation email for your records. This email serves as your confirmation of registration for camp.

Will I receive additional information about camp after I register?

As we approach the summer, we'll be communicating via the email that you provide at registration with further details. Email communication goes through the email address provided at registration - if you registered for camp and did not receive a confirmation email, please contact us.

The week before camp, we'll send out more detailed information about your camp session(s), including drop-off location and instructions, procedures for Monday morning, and what to bring to camp, in addition to friendly tips and reminders. In addition to this pre-camp information, you'll receive a handful of emails while your camper is with us during the week, including some details on what they're doing during the day.

What happens when a camper is enrolled on a waitlist?

When a camp session reaches capacity, we will move that session to a waitlist. Adding your camper's name to the waitlist for a session is free of charge and you will not need to provide credit card information at that time. Each year, some spots do open up in sessions that have reached capacity as summer plans change. If a spot opens for your camper, we will contact you immediately via phone to confirm that you'd still like to enroll your camper in the session. At that time, we will take credit card information and enroll your child(ren) into camp.

Do you accept "walk-up" registrations?

Due to the fact that we expect each camp week to sell out, we do not accept walk-up registrations. All registrations must be completed online prior to Monday before camp begins, if the camp program is not already sold out.

What are Nationals Camps policies on refunds, credits and transfers?

Due to limited enrollment and popularity of Nationals Camps programs, no refunds will be offered, either of deposits made or payments in full. In the event that a camper is unable to attend camp the week for which they are registered, there are options - please see our "Policies" tab at the top of the page.

THE CAMP WEEK

When will my child(ren) receive a uniform?

Campers will be provided an official Nationals Camp uniform on the first morning of their camp session. On the first day of the session, campers should arrive dressed as follows:

Regular T-shirt (regular cotton or performance wear)

Athletic shorts, sweatpants, or baseball pants

Shoes and/or cleats of choice

  • Please note there is no need to wear or bring a hat as one will be provided prior to the first day of camp

For the first day of camp, campers will wear their Nationals Camp jersey and hat with the pants they wear that morning. At the conclusion of Monday's camp day, campers will be sent home with their full Nationals Camp uniform - jersey, pants, hat, socks, and belt. On Tuesday, and for the remainder of the camp session, campers should wear their full Nationals Camp uniform each day.

Does my child need to wear his/her uniform every day?

Campers are expected to wear their Nationals Camp uniform each day of camp, with the exception of Monday, when they will wear the jersey and hat. An additional jersey ($40) and baseball pants ($25) are available for purchase during the registration process and can also be purchased after registration is completed as well.

Do I need to pack a lunch for my child(ren) each day?

Yes. Please send your child(ren) to camp with a lunch bag labeled clearly with his or her name. If you pack anything that needs to be kept cool, please include an icepack in the lunch bag. We will keep all lunches in a cool area, but we do not refrigerate them. We are also unable to provide utensils, so if your camper's lunch requires utensils, please include those in the lunch bag.

Does Nationals Camp provide sunscreen?

We encourage campers to bring their own sunscreen. However, we have sunscreen on-site if your camper(s) forgets or loses their own.

How do you handle inclement weather?

Regardless of weather, camp will never be canceled if we encounter heavy rain or thunderstorms or if the fields are too damp to play on, we will temporarily move programming inside - and will move activities back outside as soon as it is safe to do so.

What precautions do you take to handle the summer heat?

Our entire coaching staff is well aware that the summer heat can drain a camper throughout the day and week. Water is always available, and campers are required to take water breaks and sunscreen re-application breaks throughout the day. In extreme cases, we will seek indoor facilities to escape heat. Should this situation arise, we will send out a message prior to the start of camp with helpful instructions on what you can do to prepare your child for a hot camp day, as well as information on what precautions we will be taking to combat the heat.

Can parents come watch the camp activities?

Yes! Parents are more than welcome to stay and watch camp. We try to encourage little to no camper-to-parent interaction, however, as we'd like our campers to be focused on the on-field activities and their teammates. We've found that the best way to facilitate a positive and developmental experience for campers is to have them acclimate as quickly and as independently as possible and as is appropriate on Monday morning. Please also keep in mind that parents are unable to attend the trip to Nationals Park.

Can Nationals Baseball Camps accommodate children with life-threatening allergies?

Yes. Families with children who have peanut, tree nut, or other life-threatening allergies can feel safe and comfortable at our summer camps. At the beginning of each camp day, our camp staff will take special note of children with life-threatening allergies by placing a mandatory, but inconspicuous, colored bracelet around the child's wrist marked with the child's name for identification purposes (in case of Epi-Pen use, etc). During lunch and snack breaks, these campers will sit with our Camp & Safety Coordinator at our Allergen-Free Table. Parents will have the option to release their camper(s) from this table. If your camper is required to sit at the Allergen-Free Table, please keep in mind that their snack and lunch must be free of common food allergens (including tree nuts, peanuts, dairy, soy, and shellfish) to ensure a safe environment for other campers also required to sit at the table.

If your camper is bringing medication to camp (i.e. Epi-Pen), your camper's coach will have the medication on hand in a fanny pack at all times during camp. The medication will be checked in on Monday morning of camp with our Camp & Safety Coordinator and will be returned on Friday afternoon. These procedures and policies will be clearly communicated in advance of camp to campers who have indicated that they'll be bringing medication to camp.

VISIT TO NATIONALS PARK

How do the campers get to and from Nationals Park?

Nationals campers will travel to and from the stadium in a charter bus, in the same fashion that the Nationals would arrive at an opposing ballpark! Coaches are spread throughout each bus to ensure proper supervision, and conduct attendance checks regularly throughout the time at the stadium and on the bus.

Is the trip to Nationals Park an all-day visit?

Yes. The camp hours will stay roughly the same, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. In some cases, buses will leave earlier or arrive later than the schedule camp hours - if that is the case, we will communicate any changes regarding the times well in advance of the visit to Nationals Park.

Can parents go on the visit to Nationals Park?

No. Due to safety and logistics concerns, only Nationals Campers and Nationals Camps coaches are allowed to enter the stadium during our visit. Every detail about the trip and tour has been designed with safety (of campers and parents/guardians alike) as the top priority, and to maximize their fan experience at Nationals Park.

Policies

Transfer Policy

Campers are welcome to transfer to any session that has availability. Any transfers require a $30 transfer fee.

Credit Policy

In the event that a camper is unable to attend camp the week for which they registered, we are able to offer a credit to a future camp.

  • Before June 1, 2017, a full credit of camp tuition will be issued and can be used on any available 2017 camp sessions, as well as 2018 camp sessions.
  • After June 1, 2017, a partial credit of camp tuition will be issued.

Refunds

Due to limited enrollment and popularity of Nationals Camps programs, no refunds will be offered, for either deposits or payments made in full.

Contact

Washington Nationals Baseball Camps Customer Service Team

E-mail: info@natssummercamps.com
Phone: 202-715-6683

You can reach our team by phone or email from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday through June 2. Beginning June 5th and through the summer, we're available from 7:00 am - 6:30 pm Monday to Friday via phone or email.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

For more information regarding summer coaching opportunities with Nationals Baseball Camps, please click here.

Washington Nationals Baseball Camps Employment Opportunities
Phone: 202-715-6683, dial 4 when prompted
E-mail: talent@headfirstcamps.com