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Summer may be months away, but chances are your kids are already thinking about the warm weather season and time off of school—you should be, too! Many camps have already opened registration, so get your planning started early and consider a few of the following camp options to keep your child entertained and engaged during the summer:
4-H JR. CAMP
Locations throughout Northern Virginia
With various locations throughout Loudoun, Fairfax and other Northern Virginia sites, 4-H Jr. Camp is the perfect solution for the animal or outdoor lover in the family. Youth ages 5-19 will get hands-on experience in activities from horseback riding and canoeing to fishing and swimming during the week-long camp.
ART CAMP AT THE ART LEAGUE
Let your child express his or her inner Picasso at The Art League’s five-day camp. Open to ages 5-15, children explore a new medium or begin a new project each day while dabbling in drawing, painting, sculpture and more. Sessions are held throughout June, July and August. Morning or afternoon options are available.
Prince William, Fairfax, Loudoun and Arlington County
Continue your child’s learning experience throughout the summer with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) camps at Northern Virginia Community College. The sessions primarily cater to those in grades 4-12. Participants will build robots, learn basic programming language and potentially go on to compete in the VEX Robotics Competition.
SCHOOL OF ROCK CAMPS & WORKSHOPS
Ashburn & Vienna, VA
Aspiring rock and pop stars will love the range of classes offered at School of Rock. Camp sessions cater to kids ages 7-16 and include workshops such as Pop Diva Vocals, Rock 101, Rock School Boot Camp, Beginner Guitar and Nirvana vs. Green Day Performance Camp. Dates vary based on location, and kids of all abilities and levels are welcome.
NORTHERN VA WRITING PROJECT SUMMER INSTITUTE
Inspire a budding writer with this week-long summer enrichment program that helps students improve their skills and develop their writing style. The Institute, which takes place at George Mason University, is open to grades 5-12. Writers will attend workshops, participate in interest groups and finish with a publication party. Participants are chosen with the submission of an application and writing sample.
ASHBURN ICE HOUSE ICE SKATING CAMPS
Keep cool this summer by enrolling your child in ice skating camp. Ashburn Ice House camps are designed for beginner to advanced level skaters who want to figure skate or play hockey. Instructors teach basic fundamental and progressive skills as well as improving athletic aptitude both on and off the ice. Sessions are offered throughout June and into July.
SUMMER DRAMA CAMP WITH THE PICKWICK PLAYERS
Sterling, Ashburn and Leesburg, VA
Children ages 7-13 will get the full theatrical experience at the Pickwick Players 10- day camp. Participants stage a musical and are involved in every aspect of the play from auditions and choreography classes to helping with props and costumes. Budding actors will also be coached on stage presence, characterization, movement and other skills.
RESTON FENCERS CAMP
Allow your child to try out an entirely new activity at Reston Fencers Camp. Campers ages 7-12 will be introduced to the many benefits of this Olympic sport and learn the basics of sparring, technique and footwork. Participants will get to spar on a fencing machine and in competition with group lessons. Two sessions of camp are held in August.
These are just a sampling of some of the wonderful summer camps offered throughout Northern Virginia. Even more, the diversity of camps in this area accommodate every interest and age range. For more camp information, visit Posh Seven’s online Summer Camp Guide (poshseven.com/category/parents-kids/summer-camps), or visit tipsontripsandcamps.com for free advice on where to place your child during the summer months.
BRITTANY DELONG is a freelance writer and health enthusiast based in Sterling, Va. She is currently pursuing her graduate degree in publishing from The George Washington University. You can read more of her work on her website at www.brittanydelong.com.