Applications for the 2023 – 2024 Ranger Class are now CLOSED

  • Complete an Application

    Applications for 2023-2024 are now CLOSED! Don’t worry – applications for 2024-2025 will open in the fall of 2024. Please check back in late summer.

    Applications start with submitting an interest form. The interest form for the 2024-2025 year will be available right here in late summer. Once you’ve provided some basic information about yourself and your interested 6th grade child (or children), we’ll send you a personalized link to the complete application.

    Questions about applications before they open? Contact us.

    Phone: 202-557-8966
    Mail: City Kids Wilderness Project, 2437 15th St NW, Washington DC 20009

  • Attend Orientation Events

    Attend two required orientation events in the spring – Applicant Family Fun Day and one of two Applicant Camping trips. 2025 dates (for 2024-2025 applicants) will be available in early 2025.

    Applicant Family Fun Day: Required orientation event for parents & applicants.

    Date: TBD, March 2025

    Time: 12pm – 2pm (estimate)

    Location: 2437 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

    Applicant Camping Trip: Required camping trip for all applicants. All applicants must attend one of the trips listed below (attend only one):

    Trip 1 Date: TBD (Saturday – Sunday, early April 2025)

    Trip 2 Date: TBD (Saturday – Sunday, late April 2025)

  • City Kids may ask for an additional interview or recommendation from your school.

What are we looking for in applicants?

  • Excited to travel and OK being away from home
  • Enjoy the outdoors or are willing to learn
  • Like to try new things & challenge themselves
  • Like to meet new friends
  • Ready to commit to a 6 year program
  • Willing and able to follow the City Kids honor code
  • Meet City Kids cognitive and physical ability criteria
  • Qualifying for free & reduced lunch is prioritized

Nondiscrimination Policy

The City Kids Wilderness Project admits students of any race, color, gender, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students in the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships, and other school-administered programs.

Gender Inclusion Practices

City Kids welcomes youth of all genders! You can learn more about our gender inclusion practices here. Please contact with any questions.

Essential Eligibility Criteria

The health and well-being of our participants and staff are top priorities. The wilderness environments City Kids programs live in and travel through are remote, dynamic, and physically and emotionally challenging.

To determine if City Kids program is a good match for your child’s abilities, City Kids has a list of essential eligibility criteria to help applicants and families identify the basic and fundamental elements of participation required to participate. Please read through the following list of City Kids Essential Eligibility Criteria and contact us if you have questions about accommodations.

Bullying Prevention Policy

A key responsibility of City Kids is to provide services in a respectful and positive environment. Acts of bullying, harassment and intimidation are an attack on core City Kids values. To facilitate our mission, we have established a bullying prevention policy. Please read the policy here, and contact us if you have questions.