2024 Frederick Summer Immersion Camp

The 2024 Frederick Summer Immersion Camp offers children a summer filled with excitement and learning. Activities include listening to inspiring stories from the scriptures and their significance and Bhagavad Gita chanting.

Registration for 2024 Frederick Summer Immersion Camp is now closed.

Important Notes to Parents!

Registration system is not compatible with mobile devices. To register, please use a laptop or desktop computer.

For rising 1st to 8th graders as of Sep 2024

Theme: Devi Mahatmyam

The Chinmaya Frederick Summer Immersion Camp (SC) offers children a summertime filled with fun and learning led by vedanta teachers Sukanya ji and Sathya ji with a strong team of trained teachers. Some of the activities the children enjoy during the Summer Camp are chanting shlokas and bhajans, inspiring stories from the scriptures, indoor games, dance, outdoor sports, and much more.

June 17, 2024- June 28, 2024( 2 Weeks)

Registration for 2024 Frederick Summer Immersion Camp is now closed.

Stories and their Significance

CMWRC Geeta Chanting Competition Preparation with Vedanta Teachers

Dance & Art

Athletics & Outdoor Sports

Indoor Games with Youth Volunteers

Guided by

Swami Dheerananda

Swami Dheerananda is an ardent devotee and disciple of Swami Chinmayananda. He was placed as the Resident Vedanta Teacher in Chinmaya Mission Washington Regional Center (CMWRC) by Swami Chinmayananda in the year 1989. Swami Dheerananda is the last disciple directly initiated into Sannyasa by Swami Chinmayananda, receiving Sannyasa Diksha on May 23, 1993. Today, he oversees and guides the activities of CMWRC.

Camp Location

Banner School, Frederick, MD

Camp Dates and Timings

June 17, 2024 -June 28, 2024( 2 weeks camp)

9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday.

Drop off time: 8:30 AM to 8:50 AM.

Pick up time: 5:00 – 5:15 PM.

Children must be picked up promptly.

A late fee will be assessed at $1.00 per minute(per child) after 5:15 PM, if children are not picked up in a timely manner.

Camp Finale

There will be a camp finale on the last Friday of the camp.

Camp Procedure for absences, late drop-off, and early pick-up

Please remember to sign your child in and out daily.

Occasionally you may find it necessary to pick up your child from camp before the end of the regular camp day. On such days you must send an email to summercamp@chinmayafrederick.org for the camp sevaks to make arrangements for your child to be let out of their respective activities.

Absences : Email summercamp@chinmayafrederick.org

Dress Code

  • Shorts and skirts must be longer and come up to the knees.
  • Leggings must be worn underneath skirts.
  • Closed toed shoes must be worn.

What to bring to Camp

  • Yoga Towel: A towel with the name of the child must be brought on the first day of camp for yoga. This towel will be stored at the school for the duration of the camp.
  • Spout Water Bottle: All children must bring a water bottle with a spout to camp. This is especially important as the children will spend time outdoors. All bottles must be labeled with the child’s name.
  • Lunch and snacks: Please see food policy/restrictions below. Please label all your child’s belongings including lunch bags and containers with their name.
  • Extra clothing for Grade 1 and 2 camp students: Please send a change of clothes in a Ziploc bag with their name on the bag and each individual item.

What not to bring to Camp

  • Due to storage/space constraints please do not send any additional bags/backpacks to camp.
  • Camp students are not permitted to carry/use cell phones and mobile communication devices. Use of such devices is restricted and any violation will result in the confiscation of the device.

Food policy/restrictions

  • Prayer before Meal: Children will be asked to pray before lunch. Parents are advised to follow the same practice at home before each meal.
  • Each child will bring his/her own nut-free, egg-free, gelatin-free, vegetarian lunch, which does not require any heating.
  • Two nut-free, egg-free, gelatin-free, vegetarian snacks must also be brought from home.
  • All beverages including water in a bottle with a spout must be provided.

Hygiene, Behavior Expectations and Responsibility

  • CMWRC has established procedures for proper hand washing and these procedures will be  implemented during the camp. Additional COVID-19 related policies will be shared prior to camp
  • Camp students are responsible for their actions.
  • Respect: Camp students must respect themselves, other camp students, youth volunteers and adults. They must also be respectful of camp equipment, facilities, and the environment.
  • Caring and Cooperation: Camp students will show kindness to their fellow camp students and adults and abide by camp rules.
  • Honesty: Honesty will be the basis of all camp interactions.

Camp Fees

  • Early Bird Registration Until May 1, 2024 : $600
  • Sibling Discount : $100.00
  • Registration From May 2, 2024 : $700
  • Sibling Discount : $100.00
  • Registration closes June 3, 2024
  • Full Fee Due Upon Registration
  • Note: Summer camp could be considered for Child Care Credit Form 2441. Please consult your tax adviser for eligibility.

Payment Method

  • E-check (ACH) with no additional processing fees.
  • Pay by credit card with a processing fee of 3% of the total due amount that will be charged to the member.

Registration and Cancellation Policy

All applications for the summer camp should be submitted online. The date on which you complete your registration online will be considered your date of registration.

Refund Policy

  • Withdrawal on or before May 1st: refund of amount paid minus $50 administrative fee/per child will be issued
  • Withdrawal between May 2nd to June 5th: 50% of the paid amount will be issued
  • Withdrawal on or after June 3rd: No refund will be issued.
  • There is no refund on suspension from Camp due to a violation of any of the camp policies. 
  • Any refund request which does not fall under the above category will be dealt on a case by case basis.
  • In the event of any modified policies/dates by the summer camp organizer, a refund of the paid amount will be issued.

Parent Time Contribution

  • The Summer Camp is run entirely by Volunteers. In order to help the team, we request  each family member to contribute one/two  days as a Volunteer. It will be very helpful if parents can provide help on  certain days of their preference.
  • After the sign up, the Summer Camp team will send you the confirmation email with date & time .


Register early! We only admit full-time (2 weeks) participants. Chinmaya Mission reserves the right to accept or reject admission requests based on certain established internal criteria. Admission decisions will be finalized and communicated via email. No further appeals will be entertained on admission decisions.

Camp T-Shirts

Camp students are required to wear their camp t-shirt on Fridays. Each student will receive a t-shirt. Please use this sizing guide to select the right T-shirt size at the time of registration.

SizesWidthLength (in)Sleeve Center Back (in)

Picture Guidelines

Uploading a picture of your child is required to complete the Summer Camp registration. The purpose of the picture is to help Swamiji, and the camp teachers associate your child’s name and face during the camp

Please find below some guidelines to help you upload the picture.

  • Format:  JPG, GIF, or PNG format
  • Picture Size: At Least 200 x 200 pixels. The picture size should not exceed 1MB.
  • Clarity: The picture must show your child’s face clearly. Pictures that have other people, are blurry/unclear, do not have enough lighting or are too close are not acceptable.

Camp Student Health Information

  • All the Health, Allergy, Insurance and Doctor Information must be provided for each child enrolled at the Summer Camp during the time of registration. All known allergies should be disclosed and the necessary medications provided to the camp coordinator.
  • New this year: Children must be vaccinated to be accepted for camp. More details to follow
  • If the child or a member of the child’s family is exposed to COVID, please report such exposures to the camp coordinator immediately. 
  • Parents must indemnify CMWRC from all liabilities resulting from non-disclosure of medical condition and allergies of the child and/or not providing the necessary medication to the camp coordinator. The online registration process requires parents to confirm all of the above details.

Camper Rules and Waiver Policy Form

Waiver policy form and camp student rules form will be made available at the time of registration.

Medication Authorization Form

A completed Medication Authorization Form must be submitted for each medication that is stored on campus during the camp. The medication must be provided to the camp coordinator on the orientation day and/or the first day of camp.

B K Sathyanarayana

B K Sathyanarayana has been serving the Mission for more than 20 years and is one of the founding members of the Frederick chapter. He completed his Vedanta study under Swami Bodhatmananda and is returning to serve CMWRC with his wife Sukanya. Sathyanarayana is a retired scientist from NCI/NIH Bethesda and lives in Frederick, MD.

Sukanya Sathyanarayana

Sukanya Sathyanarayana, Under the guidance of Swami Dheerananda has been instrumental in developing Frederick  Chapter for more than 20 years teaching Balavihar and stotram class.

Sukanya completed the 17th Vedanta course at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya  Mumbai under the guidance of Swami Bodhatmananda. She is back to serve the Frederick chapter of the CMWRC with her husband B K Sathyanarayana. 

Youth Volunteer Registration Opening Soon!

Please direct any questions to summercamp@chinmayafrederick.org

Volunteering as a Youth Counselor at the Chinmaya Mission Summer Camp is a fun and rewarding experience involving a wide variety of tasks and responsibilities.

NEW !!- SSL hours will be awarded by the camp committee based on performance and teacher reviews

Selection Criteria

  • This program is applicable and only open to applicants who are currently Bala Vihar members.
  • Age Requirement: Applicants must be rising 12th graders or college students.
  • Application Submission: Every applicant is required to submit a completed Youth Volunteer Application before TBD.
  • Application Decision: When the decision of selection is made, the applicants will receive an email notification from the Chinmaya Frederick Summer Camp Team. The selected applicants will then sign the Volunteer Agreement and Code of Conduct. The volunteer then must attend the mandatory Youth Volunteer training session. Failure to attend the session will result in the forfeiture of the position to another waitlisted applicant.

*The decision of the Mission is final and no further appeals will be entertained.*

Mandatory Training Session

  • Who: Selected applicants
  • Date: TBD

Required qualifications and conditions for Youth Counselors Expectations

  • Exemplify the Chinmaya Mission Pledge.
  • Ability to act as a good role model for all the Camp children.
  • Honor the dates once they have been committed to and accepted.
  • Be punctual.
  • Dress appropriately to set an example for the children.
  • Wear the volunteer uniform that will be provided.
  • Serve other children before serving oneself.
  • Follow instructions from teachers and other senior volunteers.
  • Outside private calls and Internet use are not permitted.
  • Ability to accept challenges.
  • Be friendly and helpful.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Exhibit leadership qualities.
  • Must Attend the mandatory Youth Volunteer training

Duties for Youth Counselors

  • Class assistant—help class for the whole day.
  • Act as counselor and mentor for students whenever required.
  • Solve disputes between children to the extent you can handle. Cases that require the intervention of teachers/coordinator/director should be brought to their attention.
  • Responsible for the safety of the childrens’ group allotted to you throughout the day.
  • Supervise children during lunch time and supervise their cleaning of the area after lunch.
  • Serve snacks to children.
  • Help organize games and other sports for children.
  • Telephone and front desk coverage.
  • Promote a fun, positive, and inspiring camp experience for all.

The general camp day is from 8:30 am-5:30 pm, five days a week for two weeks. Please direct any questions to summercamp@chinmayafrederick.org.

2024 Summer Camp Binder details and other resources will be updated here in this section soon!

Past years resources

About Bhiksha:

Bhiksha simply means alms. Our Scriptures state that Brahmacharins and Sannyasins seek Bhiksha from Devotees and Householders. They do not cook for themselves. Thus it becomes our Dharma to provide Bhiksha. Merely the presence of Brahmacharins and Sannyasins sanctifies our very Being. The attitude with which we provide Bhiksha is of utmost importance. While we provide food to sustain the body of the Sannyasins, we ask for the Jnana Bhiksha (Alms of Spiritual Knowledge, Devotion, and Dispassion) from them.

Vedanta Teachers Bhiksha Guidelines

Camp families can offer Bhiksha to Vedanta teachers during the course of the camp.

Please contact us at summercamp@chinmayafrederick.org for more information.

NOTE: Bhiksha offering to Vedanta Teachers is NOT A MANDATORY requirement for your child to attend the camp.

Yes! As long as the child is a rising first grader, they can attend the camp.

Refer to the above question’s answer.

 All children whether they are Chinmaya Mission members or not are welcome to attend camp.

No refund will be processed after registration at the camp.

 The Chinmaya Mission Summer Camp (SC) offers children a summertime filled with fun and learning led by a strong team of Vedanta teachers from all over the world.  Some of the activities the children enjoy during the Summer Camp are chanting Shlokas and Bhajans, inspiring stories from the scriptures, indoor games, dance and drama, outdoor sports, and much more.

 Acceptance is based on class size. Though we make every effort to accept all siblings we cannot guarantee acceptance of the second child at this time.

We are sorry, but we do not allow parents to stay with the child during the Camp.

The camp is designed for full-day attendance only. A lot of fun activities are planned for the afternoons. We recommend your child attend camp when they are ready to stay at camp for the whole day.  

 You can send an email to the camp coordination team at summercamp@chinmayafrederick.org regarding any absences.

Please inform us ahead of time if your child will be arriving late or is being picked up early. Upon arrival check-in with the onsite coordinator. 

You should inform the on-site camp coordinator and provide a written authorization prior to the time of pickup. The written authorization may be emailed to the coordinator

The camp is run by volunteers.  This benefits all of us by keeping the costs down.  Also, there are certain activities at the camp that require additional adults to be with the children.  Volunteers help us during these activities.

Please contact the Camp Director or the Camp Coordinator at summercamp@chinmayafrederick.org.

They are posted under the ” Forms and Resources ” tab.

Your email address will be captured from your registration and automatically added to the distribution list.

Please provide that information in the Health information section during the registration. Summer Camp director /Camp coordinator will contact you during the camp time for specific/additional information , if needed.

You may reach out to the summer camp director or the camp coordinator for more details.

Covid Vaccination Verification is required for acceptance. More details to follow.

Please email us at summercamp@chinmayafrederick.org if you need any further information.