A 2023 “Best Summer Camp” Finalist with Washington City Paper, Summer Steps with Step Afrika! will return in 2024 at Arena Stage. 

Led by the award-winning and multi-talented artists of Step Afrika!, our camp combines core Step Afrika! values of teamwork, commitment, discipline, and academic achievement with excellent performance. Summer Steps with Step Afrika! is a week-long summer camp for rising 4th to 12th graders.



Summer Steps with Step Afrika! would not be possible without the support of parents, the outstanding Step Afrika! Board of Directors, and our extraordinarily generous funders and sponsors. This year, we are especially grateful to the Steward Family Foundation, the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, and Arena Stage for their tremendous support. We also extend heartfelt gratitude to individual donors Reginald Brown & Tiffeny Sanchez, Andrew Clarke, and Shay & Rob Thorne for their combined support of nearly 30 young people attending this year’s camp.

Camp Dates

Check back on December 1, 2023 for camp dates and registration details!


Arena Stage
1101 Sixth Street SW
Washington, DC 20024


Rising 4th – 12th graders (students who will be in 4th – 12th grade for the 2024-2025 academic year) are welcome to participate in Summer Steps with Step Afrika!, 2024.


See Attached our Summer Steps Schedule and FAQ 2023 as a reference for the 2024 season.

Drop-Off, Pick-Up, & Transportation

Transportation to and from all camp sessions and performances is the sole responsibility of the participant’s guardian(s). All participants should be picked up no later than 4:00 pm and will incur a late fee if picked up after.

Participants should be dropped off and picked up at the main entrance to Arena Stage on 1101 6th St, SW, Washington, DC 20024.

For participants arriving by Metro, the closest station is Waterfront on the Green Line, a short, five-minute walk to Arena Stage.

Lunch, Snacks

Lunch will not be provided. Step Afrika! Will provide students with water bottles and nutritious snacks throughout the day.


Tuition for Summer Steps with Step Afrika! is $345

  • Registration Fee: $45 (non-refundable) due to checkout
  • Tuition: $300, which can be paid in full or in installments through our *payment plan

*Payment in three installments of $100 is possible

Refund, Withdrawal Policy

The $45 registration fee is non-refundable. Tuition can be reimbursed or transferred through March 31, 2024, to the credit card used during checkout.

Scholarship Information

Step Afrika! Will provide up to twenty (20) need-based scholarships totaling $300 for each selected child. The initial $45 registration fee is required for all participants and is not covered by the scholarship. Please email summersteps@stepafrika.org if you would like to be considered for a scholarship. A sample scholarship form can be found here.

Health and Wellness Policy

Post registration, Step Afrika! will provide a Health and Wellness form to all participant guardians that must be completed by July 1, 2024. Guardians must indicate any special health conditions, including required medication and activity limitations which should be known to Step Afrika! staff and medical personnel. Guardians must state that they are aware of and accept the risk inherent in the program activity and give consent in advance for medical treatment at an appropriate facility in case of illness or injury. Guardians must authorize Camp staff to administer basic first aid and obtain emergency medical services as necessary.


Step Afrika! is committed to the health and safety of our artists and community at large to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We will continue to observe all recommendations from the CDC to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, guardians must acknowledge that Step Afrika! cannot guarantee that their child(ren) and anyone in contact with their child(ren) will not become infected with COVID-19. Furthermore, attending the camp could increase the risk to their child(ren) and to themselves of contracting COVID-19.


Except for Step Afrika! Staff, Step Afrika! is not responsible for procuring any such insurance coverage of Summer Steps with Step Afrika! participants. This includes but is not limited to all forms of general liability, and/or medical insurance. On behalf of Step Afrika!, the guardian must discharge and release Step Afrika! Staff, its partners, and their respective trustees, directors, officers, employees, and agents for all liability for illness, injury, loss, damage, obligation, or penalties that may be sustained by the participant in connection with this project.


This program and the obligation of Step Afrika! are subject to conditions beyond its reasonable control such as illness, accidents, or delays in Step Afrika!  transportation or otherwise, failure of instruments or equipment, public emergency, fire, flood strikes, riots, etc. If the presentation of Summer Steps with Step Afrika! is prevented for any of the above reasons, Step Afrika! shall not be under any obligation to compensate or refund for any services or expenses incurred in connection with such activity.  

Photography and Videography

Guardians give permission to Step Afrika!, camp facilities, its partner agents, and employees to record or photograph their child as a participant. Guardians must recognize that neither they nor their child will be compensated for such photography which, if used, will be utilized for archival, educational, social media, or publicity purposes.

All notices to Step Afrika! shall be emailed to summersteps@stepafrika.org.


“This camp exceeded my and my child’s expectations. It is one of the most well-run, fun, and engaging camps we have ever experienced. It’s been 2 weeks and my kids are still stepping around the house. I hope to be able to find something that my boys can participate in year-round. We will definitely be back for 2024 and beyond!”

“As a parent of summer campers for over 13 years, I must say this camp continues to elevate itself. My daughter had a phenomenal time and she cannot wait to return next year!”

“My son said he’s definitely coming back next summer! This is his FAVORITE CAMP! As always the performance was AMAZING! I can’t wait to see what’s in store next summer.”

“This was my daughter’s first year participating with Summer Steps. She said she had a blast and wanted to do it again. She expressed that if she could only do one camp next summer, it would be this one. Thank you for providing space for children to explore their gifts and talents, learn discipline, and have fun!