We will be ready to accept registrations with the New Year.
Only full‑time registrants will be considered. We do not consider gender in our admissions.
All registrations received by the early deadline of March 24 (for special courses March 17) will be processed together. Registrations received after that will be accepted in order of receipt. If a week is oversubscribed on those dates a lottery will be held. Some weeks may fill by the early deadline, but spaces do open up. After March 28, availability will be stated on this site.
At our family weeks each age grouping has a maximum number of spaces available. All other weeks accept anyone age 15 and up. We sometimes accept a limited number of infants and children at non-family weeks; please call if you are interested. Applicants under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Preference is given to CDSS members whose registrations are received by March 24 and you may join with Registration. Each adult on a Registration Form must be a CDSS member in order to get preference. Preference, within limits, is given to CDSS Committee and Governing Board members and to individuals nominated by CDSS Affiliates (as described in forms sent to all Affiliate groups).
If you are a CDSS member and were wait listed for and did not attend your first choice week the last two times you registered, you are guaranteed admission to your first choice week this year as long as you were a member those previous times and registered by the processing date. If this applies to you, send a note with your Registration Form by March 24 (or March 17 for special courses). This priority does not extend to others on your registration. This policy lets people attend their first choice week in the third year, even while attending one of our other programs as a second choice the previous two years.
Deposits and Payments
Online payments can be made with Mastercard or VISA. We can only take the amount you approve, so balance payments need to be initiated by you.
Mailed-in registrations can be paid by Mastercard or VISA or by check, made payable to CDSS, in U.S. Funds.
Deposit is $150/person/week
Full cost depends on the Week and, at family programs, the age of children
Full payment for sessions starting before August 1 is due by May 20
Full payment for sessions starting on or after August 1 is due by June 20
There is a fee of $25 on any late payments.
Deposits/payments are processed upon receipt. In the case of cancellation from the wait list or from a session, a refund will be issued for the appropriate amount (see below).
Registration can be completed online or forms may be mailed, hand-delivered, e-mailed or faxed to the CDSS office. A Registration Status Forms will be sent out after April 1. If you wish confirmation that we received your application, please send a stamped, self-addressed postcard or email us at email@example.com.
If you must cancel, please let us know as soon as possible; we often have someone on a waiting list eager to attend. If you cancel from the wait list or before March 24, your entire deposit will be refunded. If you cancel on or after March 24 but more than 8 weeks before the session starts, we will retain $75 per person to a maximum of $150 per application. If you cancel between 8 and 2 weeks before the session starts, we will retain $150 per person to a maximum of $300 per application. If you cancel less than 2 weeks before the session starts, we will retain $300 per person to a maximum of $600 per application. In the event of cancellation without notification, the entire fee will be retained. Registrations are not transferable.
We offer work scholarships to any camper in need, and named scholarships to practicing teachers, leaders and musicians. Please read about our scholarship programs before applying. Scholarship applications will be considered at the time of registration and should therefore accompany the Registration Form.