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 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.
  • We visit neighborhood playgrounds and water features and have out-of-studio/church time every day.
  • We typically do at least one theme-based outing to a special location like a museum or educational site for every weeklong camp. We travel by foot or bus/metro.
  • Unless the weather is terrible, we’ll hold lunch and free play outdoors daily.
  • We will have some form of quiet relaxation time every day.
  • We work a lot of free-play time into our camp between organized activities as well.
campers story game

Camp Location & Hours

2024 Summer Yoga Camp will be held at

Breathing Space Studio (641 Penn Ave SE, lower level) 

OR

St Marks Church (301 A Street SE)

stay tuned for more information about camps in Takoma Park

  • 8:45 am-3:15 pm – Yoga Camp PK4-5th Gr
    See specific week titles for details
          > During July, we are holding mat-based camp at both locations with PK4-1st at St Marks and 2nd-4th at the studio.

          > During August, all mat based camps for PK4-3rd are at St. Marks and studio camps are Yoga Trapeze for 3rd-5th.

  • 3:15 pm-5:30 pm – Aftercare
    When camp is held at both locations, studio campers will walk to St Marks for aftercare between 3:15-3:30 pm.
    We are excited to announce that
    Labyrinth Games & Puzzles will be partnering with us again to offer Games Club after camp this summer. 

Please review our refund policy prior to registering your campers.  

*updated Jan 23, 2024

Tuition & Deposits

Tuition is $460 per week ($10 discount when registering before Feb 10) 

The first $100 of tuition is a non-refundable deposit (read more in FAQs and pricing policies).

Extended day $150 per week ($25 discount when registering before Memorial Day)-  Campers are welcome to join extended day from 3:15-5:30 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.

Group Sizes and Ages

Please note camper grade ranges. All summer camp grade ranges refer to Fall 2023 grades.

Our camps are intimate compared to many. Studio-based camps are capped at 14 campers and most St Marks Church camp classes are capped at groups of 16-24 (at larger than 18 campers, we run most activities in smaller sub-groups). Camps maintain an approximately 6:1 camper:staff ratio. Our campers and counselors get to know each other and make lasting friendships.

Yoga Trapeze Camp for 3rd Gr+
Trapeze Yoga camps are for grades 3 and up. Not all rising 3rd graders are ready for trapeze camp, which requires body awareness and verbal direction following as well as self-control for safety. If you have any concerns about your child’s readiness for trapeze, please reach out.

Rising PK4
This year we are happy to offer a lot of PK4-1st camp weeks. Limited PK4 enrollment is open to campers who are 4 years old by Sept 30 and meet our camp readiness requirements. Camp groups including PK4 will have rest/quiet time in the afternoon.  Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate rising PK3 students. We love 4 year olds, but their needs are very different than campers just a couple years older. 

Waitlists

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.

We really cannot predict waitlist movement. Sometimes a camp week will have several families experience a change of plans. Other weeks, nothing changes. When we do have an opening, we sometimes contact several families on the waitlist before sometime takes it.

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.

Common Questions

Because of the small group sizes, Breathing Space is very limited in ability to offer refunds. If Breathing Space cancels camp for any reason before the camp day or week begins, we will offer refunds, including deposits.

Refunds requested using the form below will be issued according to the following policies:

School Year Camp Policies and Deadlines – Sept-June

  • No refunds.

Up to 21 days before a camp begins:

  • Registration may be rescheduled or credited to a future camp or class (minus $5 processing fee per camper per day) until 21 days before a scheduled camp.  Rescheduling is subject to space availability.

Within 21 days of camp:

  • 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.

Summer Camp Policies and Deadlines

  • The first $100 of camp tuition is a non-refundable deposit.

Before May 31:

  • Refunds minus the $100 deposit may be requested until May 31.
  • Camp registration may be rescheduled to a different week of summer camp. Rescheduling is subject to space availability and a $25 processing fee.

After May 31:

  • No refunds after after May 31.
  • Withdrawals are be eligible for credit (minus the $100 deposit) toward future camps or classes only if a waitlisted camper takes the vacated spot. 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. 

We are an extremely small camp and the difference between profitable and not is a very small number of campers.  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.

Why do you have a refund deadline for camps and classes?

We don’t want folks booking summer camp in January and then figuring out their beach vacations or other plans months later. It’s a pain that summer registration starts so early in DC and families booking tentative camp registrations increases the perception of scarcity and makes the situation worse.

We sometimes fill cancelled spots, but sometimes don’t. When we hit our refund deadlines, the vast majority of possible participants – even those who put themselves on our waitlists –  have made other plans by the time someone cancels a camp spot. Filling vacant spots can be challenging and is often time consuming.

After our refund deadlines, we are counting on our registration numbers to cover our costs. If we allowed last minute refunds, we’d have to raise the price of camps and classes for everyone to compensate.

We hate to cancel camp. We know parents are counting on camp and our staff are counting on the work. If we cancel camp before the start of the week (or day for school-year camps), we issue refunds.

School Year Camps may be cancelled due to low enrollment 14 days in advance of camp. Within 14 days, we would only cancel due to weather or another emergency.

Summer Camp cancellations are unusual and will be made based on enrollment projections by May 31.

Weather or emergency cancellations: Because we do not use DCPS facilities for camp, we are not obligated to follow their weather cancellations policies, but some of our venues do anyway. If staff can safely get to camp and the facility is available, we will try to hold camp. We are more likely to cancel if the federal government shuts down. We will send emails and post messages to social media if camp is cancelled or delayed due to weather. Make sure your registration email is one you check regularly and follow us on social media.

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