Seattle Day Camp Registration - Lottery Opens Jan 3, 2022

The Seattle Day Camp registration process is shifting this year. Learn more about why we’re making the change and how you can register your camper through the new lottery system.
Tailor Dolgin Tailor Dolgin
Associate Youth Programs Manager
December 15, 2021
Seattle Day Camp Registration - Lottery Opens Jan 3, 2022
Campers pose for a photo on the trail to Bridal Veil Falls. Photo by Olivia Jacobs.

Since the inception of our day camps twelve years ago, we’ve had the pleasure of seeing our programs and community grow in breadth and depth. Every season is full of camp magic, laughter, bracelet-making, and includes an inevitably stressful registration day. In response to feedback provided by camp families, and in an attempt to make the registration process smooth for campers and staff alike, we’ve made the decision to reconfigure registration for our Seattle Day Camp offerings. 

The New Lottery System 

Our ultimate goal in changing this process is to create a system that is family friendly, equitable, easy to execute, and meets the needs of returning families. All campers, new and returning, are invited to enroll through our lottery system this January.

Campers can use the lottery to enroll in up to two weeks of camp. Individual campers are not limited to two weeks of enrollment for the whole summer, but will be capped at two weeks through the lottery process.

How it Will Work: 

  • Individual lottery applications will be available on the Seattle Summer Camp page from January 3-16, 2022.  Each camper may enter the lottery once, ranking each camp week in the application to indicate their most desired camp week to attend (ex. Rock Week, Water Week, etc.)
  • Submissions will be randomized based on the weeks selected. A slight priority will given to returning campers.
  • Campers will be notified of their enrollment results between January 17-26, 2022 and offered spaces in camp. Campers will have five days to accept their offered camp spot. If registration is not completed by that time, the spot will become available during open enrollment on February 2.
  • Open enrollment for adventure camps and remaining camp spots will begin February 2.

Rules of the System: 

  • The lottery is only for Seattle Day Camp. All overnight adventure camps and camps in different locations will open for enrollment separately. 
  • Campers must have a profile on The Mountaineers website to be registered. Please be sure your camper’s Youth Information Form and Youth Program Form are updated and complete before entering the lottery.
  • If a camper has more than one entry in the lottery, the most recent submission will be accepted and the rest removed.
  • Incomplete submissions (anything without a camper’s name, email, and link to their website profile) will not be accepted. 
  • If you are entering campers who are family members in the system, and you would like for them to register for the same weeks of camp, please enter them in the lottery on the same entry form. If each camper would like to attend different weeks of camp, please enter them in the lottery separately.  

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After inputting camper information, the lottery will ask families to rank thier camp choices, as seen above.

Application Process Tutorial

Please reach out with questions throughout the process and thank you for going on this registration journey with us. Reach out to Tailor or visit our Summer Camp page for more information. 

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Other Camp Opportunities 

Looking for other opportunities to join our Seattle youth programs? February and April Break Camps are open for registration. Or, head over to our After-School Programs page to learn about weeknight opportunities this winter and spring.

Main Image: Campers Posing On The hike to Bridal veil falls.  Photo by Olivia Jacobs.