Summer fun for everyone. It’s more than a motto.

Parish Summer

camper having fun during summer camp.

SUMMER 2023 STARTS MAY 30!

Summer Adventure Starts Here

With hundreds of camps in academics, arts, athletics, languages, and STEM, you can create a summer customized to your child and their interests. Select from mornings, afternoons or full day camps or pick your own combo of morning and afternoon options.

Summer camp registration is now open.

Looking for a fun summer job? Then look no further – we have summer staff positions available. Join us this summer, the deadline to apply is March 1, 2023.

Our Camps

Held on our Midway Campus, our summer camp experience is designed for children ages three and up and includes a traditional day camp and specialty camps for a wide range of interests.

Day camp has a little bit of everything. We offer it most weeks during the summer for PreK-7th grade. Camp days are packed with fun activities such as waterslides, arts and crafts, STEM and maker activities mixed in with friendship, fun and games. Fifth through seventh grade campers in Day Camp travel to local attractions for weekly field trips. Stay all day or mix and match a half-day day camp with specialty camps to create your perfect summer. Learn more.

Your camper has choices! We offer hundreds of half day and full day specialty camps in the arts, athletics, STEM and academics. Combinations are unlimited, build the perfect summer with us! Learn more.

Our early drop off program allows you to get to work on time while your child plays with camp friends beginning at 7:30 a.m. After camps end at 3:30 p.m., your child can continue their day with our extended afternoon program.

 

Parish Summer Athletic Academy is a partnership between Parish Athletics and Parish Summer with a common goal to offer a comprehensive catalog of sports specific program opportunities dedicated to developing Parish’s young athletes. Learn more.

Parish Summer Dance Academy is proud to offer a wide range of classes for different skill levels and ages. Learn more.

Structured music lessons significantly enhance children’s cognitive abilities including language based reasoning. With a range of instruments offered, students have the option to choose their musical path according to their interests. Learn more.

Summer FAQs

General Camp Information

Where are camps held? How do I contact Parish Summer?

All camps are held on our Midway Campus, 4101 Sigma Road. Parish Summer staff can be reached via email at Summer@Parish.org or by calling 972-852-8752.

What should my child wear to camp?

Campers should wear closed-toe shoes, a t-shirt, and shorts or pants. You may want to send a sweatshirt or fleece with your camper as our building can run a bit cold in the summer. PreK campers should always bring a change of clothes in their bags and a small blanket for their nap time. All campers should reference the weekly welcome letter so that they may be prepared for special days and activities. This letter is sent the Tuesday before camp starts.

Please note: Day campers and outdoor sports campers are strongly encouraged to wear sunscreen. If you would like sunscreen reapplied, please complete the medication form during registration.

Should I pack snacks?

Campers have snack time at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm each day. Snacks from home are always welcome, or for your convenience, you may purchase weekly snacks for the AM or PM snack period during the registration process. The weekly price for snacks is $5 for AM snacks and $5 for PM snacks. Pre-ordered snacks can be purchased through your camp account and ordered as late as Friday before each camp week.

Each day will feature one snack such as Goldfish, Cheez-Its, Pirate’s Booty, Veggie Straws and more, depending on availability. Gluten-free snacks such as Veggie Straws and Pirate’s Booty are always available for campers with food-sensitive allergies.

Campers will not visit the PAWS store during their camp time. Campers should bring snacks from home or pre-order snacks through their camp account. Parish Summer is a nut-free campus.

What about lunch?

New this year! Lunch is available for purchase. Each day there will be a hot option as well as a salad and sandwich bar. Dessert is provided 3 times a week. Lunch must be purchased by the Monday one week prior to camp start. Students may also bring their lunch.

Lunchtime is 12:00 pm –12:30 pm and is fully supervised by counselors and instructors.

Please note: Lunches brought from home will not be refrigerated nor can they be heated.

Parish Summer is a nut-free campus.

Where and when do I check-in on the first day?

Parents do not need to park and walk their child(ren) inside. Counselors will unload your child(ren) from your vehicle and will walk them to check in with staff. Drop-off for Extended Day AM begins at 7:30 a.m., 8:45 a.m. for morning camps, and 12:15 p.m. for afternoon camps.

What if my child needs to miss camp?

We understand that your child may have conflicts or an illness. However, we cannot prorate the cost of the camp or offer make-up days for missed portions of camp.

At what age may my child attend camp?

Your child must be 3 years old and toilet trained. View policy below:

Children in all PreK camps are expected to be fully toilet trained before entering our program. It is expected that the child is toilet trained, stays dry for several hours, and uses the bathroom during our restroom breaks or when they request to use the restroom. In addition, children must be wearing underwear in our camps and may not wear pull-ups.

The following are a few of the signs we see when your child is toilet trained:

  • The child recognizes when they need to use the toilet.
  • The child stays dry for an extended period of time.
  • The child can undress and pull up his/her own pants.
  • The child can wipe him/herself after using the toilet.
  • The child can wake up during nap time should they need to use the restroom.

Provide at least 2 changes of clothes, including pants, underwear and socks. Soiled clothing will be placed in a bag in your child’s backpack to be taken home.

  • If restroom accidents occur, parents will be notified with the understanding that the issue needs to be addressed and corrected.
  • If multiple accidents occur in one day, the parent will be notified and must pick up their child. If not corrected by the next day, the child will have to stay home the remainder of the week. No refund will be applied.

What do the campers do in Day Camp?

A sample schedule for the Parish Summer Day Camp can be found here. This is not a hard and fast schedule but will give you a general idea of the day to day.

What do I do if I arrive late for drop-off?

If you arrive late for drop-off, please park and walk your camper into the school and staff will walk your child to the camp.

What do I do if I need to pick up my camper early?

Please park and walk inside the school and staff will bring your child to you. Please do not walk inside to pick-up between 3:15 and 3:30 pm.

What about electronic devices?

All phones or other electronic devices must be kept in bags or backpacks during camps, extended care and lunchtime.

Does my child need to attend Parish during the school year to attend Parish Summer?

Absolutely not! We welcome campers from all area schools or home-school as well as relatives or friends visiting from outside of the Dallas area.

Is my child escorted by an adult between camps?

Campers are accompanied by a camp administrator, counselor or instructor at all times.

Registration & Communication

For which grade level should I register my child?

Please use the grade your child will be entering in the fall of 2023.

If your child will be in Primer, since that progresses differently at each school, please select Kindergarten.

How do I register for Parish Summer?

All camps have registration links which will take you directly to the registration site for that camp.  You may browse this site and access camps in that order, or you can go directly to the site and browse and select camps on that system.

Camps and classes are limited in size and are available on a first come, first served basis. Scheduled payments must be fulfilled in order to retain your child’s place in any camp. The $25 registration fee and the $50 per camp deposit will be retained for all canceled registrations. Camps/classes are subject to cancellation due to insufficient enrollment. If a class or camp is canceled due to insufficient enrollment, you will be fully refunded. Please note: If you are depending upon a camp for childcare, we will work with you to fulfill those needs.

Please enroll in camps that align with your child’s grade in the fall of 2023.

Is there a deadline?

Registrations received after Thursday at noon will incur an additional fee of $50 per camp.

We happily accept walk-in registrations on a space available basis.

How do I make changes to my reservations?

Camps can be added at any time via your online account. If you need to make a change to an existing reservation, please contact us at summer@parish.org.

The camp I wanted is sold out. What should I do?

If your preferred camp is sold out, please feel free to sign up for the waitlist for that camp. There is no fee associated with the waitlist and there is no obligation to enroll if space becomes available. If space becomes available, you’ll receive an email. You will have 24 hours to register for that spot.

May I transfer to a different camp?

Yes, your child may transfer to another camp if there is availability.

I can't remember what camps I registered my child for, where can I find that information?

When you completed your registration you should have received a confirmation email with details about your registration.  You can also log back into the registration platform at any time to update family information such as authorized pick-ups or medication, and view current, past or upcoming registrations.  A new way to view current year registrations is to create/log into your ParishPlus account and navigate to the UltraCamp registration tab.  When you first visit this tab you will be asked for your UltraCamp ID number, and it offers a lookup tool.  Once this account ID is linked to your Parish Plus account you will be able to view current registrations.

What kind of communication should I expect?

Your reservation confirmation email will include a receipt, which gives the names and dates of the camps for which you registered. We send a weekly welcome email mid-week prior to each camp start date, which gives information about carpools and other common questions, as well as specific information about any items required for specific camps or performances. Please note, most camps do not have special information. We post pictures to social media on a regular basis throughout the week, please follow us to see how much fun the campers are having! Some workshops include teacher reports that are sent home to families, that information is noted in the details about those camps. Finally, each Friday we send another email newsletter wrapping up the week.

Financial Policies

What fees am I responsible for at the time of registration?

  • $25 registration fee (one-time fee)
  • $50 non-refundable deposit per camp to secure the camp.

Payment Options for 2023 include pay in full at checkout or the flexible payment option with 25% due at the following times:

At the time of registration

60 days before camp start date

30 days prior to the camp start date

14 days prior to the camp start date

What types of payment do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards.

What is your refund policy?

 

Camp cancellation and refund requests must be emailed to summer@parish.org.

The $25 registration fee and the $50 per camp deposit will be retained for all canceled registrations. If Parish Summer cancels a class, all fees will be refunded.

Cancellations and Refunds:

Cancellation Date:  Prior to May 1st all camp fees, less the deposit, will be refunded.  

Cancellation Date: After May 1st but before 6 weeks prior to the camp start: 50% of camp fees, less the deposit, will be refunded.

Cancellation Date: Within 4 weeks prior to the camp start: No refund.

Cancellation Date: Within two weeks prior to the camp start: No refund.

Parish Extend and Summer Director

Meet Jessica Rodriguez

Jessica is starting her ninth year with the program. She manages the Hillcrest campus’ daily operations as well as is responsible for all parent and student experiences in PreK Extension, Extended Care and Explorations as well as in the Music and Dance Academies. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from SMU.

Contact Jessica
Adrian Sanchez

Parish Extend and Summer Manager

Meet Adrian Sanchez

Having worked with the program in various capacities since 2006, including owning 8Bit Education, which offered some of our favorite camps and classes, Adrian now manages the Midway campus daily operations of Extended Care and Explorations. Adrian is also responsible for all registration and account details.

Contact Adrian

Parish Extend and Summer Coordinator

Meet Demetria Hargrove

Demetria Hargrove holds a B.A. in Organizational Leadership from Texas A&M University-Commerce. As a former behavior interventionist and SPED Teaching Fellow at KIPP Texas, she values social-emotional learning and is looking forward to building relationships with Parish students and families.

Contact Parish Summer

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