Summer Camp 2014 Kickoff

June marks our kick off month for So What Else Summer Camp 2014! We are super excited to provide 8 weeks of cost free summer camp for under-served youth in Silver Spring, PG County and Washington DC. Our team develops day camp style programs that focus on youth development, character building and community awareness. We provide a wide range of activities throughout the week that give participants a chance  to engage in sports, health and wellness programs, cooking classes, service learning, STEM projects and creative arts. After participating in our camps, participants are encouraged to implement many of these activities into their own community. So What Else’s mission is to provide extracurricular services to under-supported youth and encourage them to use these skills to cultivate positive change in their life and community. 
We are still in need of camp providers that have experience working with kids, is outgoing and would like to lead an activity. If you have an expertise or skill to teach and share with kids this is the job for you! Please email us at or call Dave Silbert at (240)602-0486.

Cleanup of Hains Point at East Potomac Park


Volunteers needed! Please join us for our 3rd large scale cleanup of Hains Point at East Potomac Park in DC, on July 12, 2014. Our mission is to bring the community together to help cleanup the trash that threatens our local parks and waterways. The cleanup will start at 9AM and go until roughly 3:30. Refreshments in morning and lunch will be provided for volunteers.East Potomac Park is located between the Washington Channel and the Potomac River on the south side of the Tidal Basin. This beautiful park is home to the famous cherry trees and has great views of DC. It is popular for biking, running, fishing and picnicking. There is also a lot of trash that accumulates from all the traffic. This is a great opportunity for the community to come together and help to cleanup this beautiful park. This is also a great opportunity for group and family volunteering. To sign up please email

Volunteers Needed for Quicken Loans National Golf Tournament


Volunteers are needed for the 2014 Quicken Loans National Golf Tournament, from June 24th to June 29th, at the Congressional Country Club.  

imagesSo What Else will be staffing a concession at the same hole each day of the tournament from 7:00AM to 6:00PM. Each day, there is a morning shift from 7AM to 2PM and an afternoon shift from 11AM  to 6PM, each with around a dozen spots, for a total of 142 spots to fill. Duties will include serving drinks, grilling, and manning the register; specific roles will be assigned by the catering company upon volunteers’ arrival at the tournament.

This project requires more commitment from volunteers than an ordinary event, as So What Else is responsible for fully meeting an established need. So What Else receives a grant at the end of the tournament for the volunteers we provide. This grant goes towards funding our out of school time programs and initiatives for under served children and communities. For more details and to sign up please email or call Lexi Williams at (301)379-5231.



Please join us to watch Sticks and Stones on the evening of Monday May 12th. Sticks and Stones is a performance on the bullied, the bullies and the bystanders. Performed by the So What Else Shady Grove Middle School Drama Club and directed by lead Youth Mentor and former Actress Tracy Lewis. Dinner will be served at 6PM and the performance will start at 6:45. Location: The cafeteria of Shady grove Middle school8100 Midcounty Hwy, Gaithersburg MD 20877.

Spring Break Out Olympics


Check out our Spring Break Out Olympics with PG County Community Services Foundation. So What Else hosted an Olympic style field day event for over 400 kids from Prince Georges County this past Friday April 18th.

Community centers from all over the county competed against each other in games like football, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, kickball, baseball, STEM experiments, cooking competitions and more. This event was the kickoff to our PG County summer camps coming up in June and July.

Check out more pictures from the event here… (click on a picture to see it in full size)