Breathing Space Family Yoga Summer Camp
Why Yoga Camp?
Breathing Space summer camp provides children with a fun, creative, educational, and enriching experience through yoga movement classes, mindfulness activities, relaxation, games, crafts, field trips and outdoor time.
Each week-long camp is sure to create lasting memories, new friendships, and a foundation for health and well-being!
Yoga and mindfulness can help children build self-regulatory skills, resilience, social awareness, and confidence, as well as gross-motor skills, strength, and fitness. Through yoga, children learn techniques for concentrating, reducing stress, and connecting to their bodies in a loving way while having fun.
Breathing Space Kids Yoga Camp takes the lessons we learn in our yoga and mindfulness practice and expand on them to a full week of activities. Of course we do lots of yoga and yoga games, but that’s not all.
- We’ll do arts and crafts or themed activities every day.
- Summer 2021 pending public health guidance/regulations: No field trips other than walking visits to local playgrounds. We typically do at least one theme-based outing every week.
- Unless weather is terrible, we’ll walk to a nearby playground for lunch and outdoor time daily.
- We will have some form of quiet relaxation time every day for both nappers and non-nappers.
- We work a lot of free-play time into our camp between organized activities as well.
Please read this page fully to understand the changes we’ve made to Summer Yoga Camp for 2021 and the COVID protocols we have put into place to keep our campers and staff safe and healthy.
Summer 2021 Camps
Camp Location & Hours
2021 Summer Yoga Camp will be held at Christ Church (6th & G SE).
- 9 am-3:00 pm – Yoga Camp
Campers not enrolled in aftercare should be picked up between 2:45-3pm so we can begin snack for expended dat campers promptly at 3pm. Thanks.
- 3 pm-5:00 pm - Aftercare
Unfortunately, our friends at Labyrinth Games & Puzzles are unable to offer Games Club this summer. Any extended day programming, it will be staffed by Breathing Space instructors the summer.
We are currently maintaining a waitlist for aftercare. We must meet a minimum enrollment of 6 campers to offer aftercare on any given week. Registered campers should join the waitlist if they would like extended day programming. Please do not join the waitlist until you have a confirmed spot for camp that week.
Aftercare is confirmed for the weeks of June 28 and August 9.
2021 COVID Precautions*
Campers will be required to wear a well fitted face covering that seals securely above the nose and below the chin at all times except when they are sitting and eating. No gaters, bandanas, or mesh.
Adult staff will be fully vaccinated.
Camp will be held outdoors whenever possible. We have large tents available for shade and will make plenty on on-site water play available for hot days. We have indoor space available for especially inclement weather or specific activities, but expect your camper to be outside a lot.
We will follow all DC public health guidance and protocols as well as any rules set by the venues.
It is highly likely that parents will not be allowed to enter the buildings and that late arrivals or early pickup will not be allowed.
Please review our refund policy prior to registering your campers. It has been expanded to cover instances of COVID exposure.
*updated June 2, 2021
Tuition & Deposits
Tuition is $400 per week plus a $20 per student registration fee to cover camp t-shirts and other supplies.
The first $100 of tuition is a non-refundable deposit (read more in FAQs and pricing policies). If you elect to pay the deposit-only during registration, you must save your payment card to your profile and the balance will be charged on June 1.
MAY NOT BE OFFERED IN 2021: Extended day $80 per week - Campers are welcome to join extended day with Games Club with Labyrinth until 5:45 pm. We offer a snack (air popped popcorn) before games club and campers are welcome to eat anything left from their packed lunch at that time if they like.
Please register early for Games Club. Extended day pricing increases to $100 2 weeks before camp.
Group Sizes and Ages
Our camps are intimate compared to many. Typically, we cap most weeks at 16 or 18 campers and maintain a minimum 6:1 camper:staff ratio. Our campers and counselors get to know each other and make lasting friendships. Camp is for rising K-4th graders unless otherwise noted.
All summer camp grade ranges refer to Fall 2021 grades.
With pre-approval, we also allow a very limited number of rising PK4 younger siblings who have experience with Breathing Space classes to attend weeks open to K-4th graders. See FAQs for our age policies, including younger sibling enrollment. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate rising PK3 students.
SUMMER 2021: Camps are capped at 16 campers with 3 fully vaccinated adult staff.
Waitlist registration opens automatically when camp fills and may not be reflected in the table above. Please DO NOT enroll in aftercare if you do not have a confirmed spot in that week.
Counselors in Training: 5th-8th Gr
Rising 5th-8th graders are invited to apply to be a counselor in training. CITs are campers enrolled at half price who participate in all activities and help counselors prepare activities and help manage younger campers. Learn more.
Breathing Space has had a chronic problem of last minute additions to camp aftercare. While accommodating one or two campers isn’t usually a problem, sometimes we get half a dozen last minute additions in the week before a camp and sometimes several on the morning of camp.
We get that life is sometimes unpredictable and last minute changes happen and want to help, but we suspect a fair amount of the last minute additions are caused by parents not being sure of their after camp plan when they sign up and then forgetting to do anything about it until days before or even the day of camp.
Last minute additions to aftercare sometimes leave us or the Labyrinth education director scrambling to add staff to aftercare or push us over our desired camper to staff ratios.
Aftercare costs $16 per day until two weeks before camp. After that, it’s $20 per day.
Our registration system automatically creates waitlists for any fully enrolled camp or class. To get on the waitlist, you complete the registration process but do not submit payment.
Summer 2021: As of March 20, we still don’t know how many camp groups or exactly what size groups we will run this summer. We opened enrollment with 10 students and 1 group each week. If we expand that in April, we will start with waitlisted campers.
If a camp fills way in advance, we will consider expanding staffing to accommodate waitlisted families.
If a spot opens up, we will contact you about submitting payment or for confirmation before we charge the payment method in your profile.
It is impossible to predict waitlist movement: Some camps we have several families change plans, sometimes at the very last minute. Sometimes when a spot opens, the first waitlisted family takes it. Other times, we call through the whole list and everyone has made other plans. So while we always recommend getting on the waitlist if you want to be called, we generally cannot make likelihood predictions.
Speed things upon confirmation up by saving a payment card to your account profile. We use NMI which is a secure, PCI compliant merchant processing gateway to store payment information.
Please Do Not Pay for Waitlisted Enrollment
You should not be asked to choose a payment method when you submit a waitlist-only order and your receipt will reflect “(pay later)” status.
Important: Do not include a waitlist registration on the same order as a regular camp enrollment! The registration system will charge you in full for both camps even though your waitlist registration does not represent an enrollment.
Tech support is working on fixing this problem. In the mean time, please do separate orders: one order for any camp with a waitlist and a separate order for any camp
We put our Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) on all our receipts, so check there. The receipt may be all you need for reimbursement. If you can’t locate your receipt. Please send a request by email to have it resent.
If you need forms signed, you can
- Get them signed by any of our lead instructors on the day of camp. Please have them filed out with camper information, EIN, and date(s) of attendance.
- Mail them with a with a self-addressed stamped envelope for return to: Breathing Space, 713 14th Street SE, Washington DC 20003
Unfortunately, we cannot accept emailed forms or arrange for pickup of forms. We work with several hundred families and printing and mailing your forms adds up in administrative time.
Each summer season, we need a signed liability waiver and photo release for each camper. This is a longer version of the waiver you complete when you register. Please bring a copy or plan to fill it out in the morning.
We also need you to update your participant information in your account profile. Include anything you think would be useful but especially:
- Allergies – Remind us about food allergies at drop-off on the first camp day of the week too please.
- Pickup notes/authorizations
- T-shirt Size
If your camper would like to have an extra shirt(s), please use this form to order them by noon on Tuesday, May 28.
Also, make sure you get updates about Breathing Space programming as well as messages from your counselor with additional information about your camp by opting into our email list in the registration system. If you choose not to get emails, you will only get receipts and emergency cancellation notices.
What’s this t-shirt thing? Order Extras!
Campers are required to wear either a camp t-shirt or bandana on all outings for safety reasons. No exceptions. Each camper will get a t-shirt during their first camp week of the season (one shirt per camper per summer, size requests are in your account profile).
But we do outings almost every day and t-shirts are unlikely to stay clean all week. We always have bandanas on hand (and those are required on water days because they can get wet), not all campers care for them.
If your camper would like to have an extra shirt(s), please use this form to order them by noon on Tuesday, May 28.
Extra shirts are $12 per child. We get a bulk discount because this is part of our annual order, so the order form will not take payment, only size requests. We will charge to the card on your account file or we will send a payment request if there is no card on file.
Camp 2021/22 Refund Policy Note
Because of the small group sizes, Breathing Space is very limited in ability to offer refunds. If Breathing Space cancels camp because of changing public health guidance or COVID exposures causing under enrollment before the camp day or week begins, we will offer refunds, including deposits.
Registration may be rescheduled or credited to a future camp or class (minus $5 processing fee per camp day) until 21 days before a scheduled camp. Rescheduling is subject to space availability.
Within 21 days of a camp day, credits are only available if a waitlisted camper takes the spot (processing fee still applies). Camps often sell out well in advance. The further in advance you tell us about your camper’s change of plans, the more likely it is that we fill your spot.
For the 2021/22 school year camps, the only exception we can make is for campers who are exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19 the week before the camp week begins and notifies us by the Friday before. For those cases, we can offer a partial refund, but if we lose more than one student the week before and do not fill the spot, that camp week may be cancelled. There will be no refunds mid-week, even if a camper must pull out of camp due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 and even if camp must be cancelled.
If these refund policies don’t work for your family, then we recommend finding a larger camp that can absorb losses from last minute cancellations.
Summer Camp costs $400 per week.
Registration Policies: The first $100 of tuition is non-refundable. If you pay only the deposit upon registration you must save a payment card in your profile and the balance will be charged on June 1. Deposit registrations without an associated payment card may be cancelled and offered to a waitlisted camper.
Aftercare costs $80 per week until 14 days before camp and $100 after that.