March 15, 2012 at 9:47 am EDT | by Juliette Ebner
Plan now for summer camps

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Summer may still be a few months away, but many area camps are already filling up. Here are a few LGBT-welcoming places to check out.

Adventure Theatre (7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo) has a summer camp for children ages 6 to 15. There are six sessions, including a mini session at the beginning of the summer. The mini session lasts a week, while the regular sessions last two weeks, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The sessions end in four full-scale productions with costumes and props on the theater’s main stage.

The mini session is $400 plus a $14 registration fee and the two-week sessions are $800 plus the registration fee. There is also before and after care available at an addition price.

For more information and to begin registration, visit

Silver Stars Gymnastics has two locations in the area in Silver Spring (2701 Pittman Drive) and Bowie (14201 Woodcliff Court) with summer camp programs for children ages 3 and a half to 15.

Silver Stars gives kids the opportunity to learn cartwheels, navigate the monkey bars and climb the ropes. There are also nine different trampolines for children to safely learn to jump, tuck, twist and flip.

Full days run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with half days running from 9 a.m. to noon. Sessions last a week and are $290 for full day and $220 for half day with the exception of the week of July 4, which is $220 full day and $160 full day.

Parents also have the option for extended mornings for an additional $25 a week and extended afternoons for an additional $50 a week.

For more information, visit

CommuniKids Preschool and Children Language Center offers Spanish, French, Mandarin and Arabic Immersion summer camps for children ages 2 and a half to 6.

The D.C. location (4719 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.) offers a Spanish immersion camp for children ages 2 and a half to 6. The Falls Church location (510 N. Washington St.) offers Spanish and French for children ages 2 and a half to 6 and Arabic and Mandarin Chinese for children ages 3 to 6. Both locations offer morning and afternoon extended care.

Each session, starting July 16, runs a week, with half-day and full-day options. A full-day session, running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., ranges from $375 to $400 and a half-day session, running from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is $250.00. Before care, starting at 8 a.m. is an additional $20 per session while after care, ending at 6 p.m., is an additional $50 per session.

For more information and to see multi-session discounts, visit

Georgetown Day School offers many different camps, including an option to design your own camp.

For children in pre-school up to fifth grade, there is a day camp that runs from June 18 to Aug. 17. There are also sports camps, including soccer from July 2 to 13, a multi-sports camp from July 16 to 27 and basketball camp from July 30 to Aug. 3. There’s a math camp from June 18 to 29, various music programs running throughout the summer and a typing program. Camps range from $165 to $395 a week with varying times.

Teens rising to sixth grade up to 12th grade have their own programs. There’s a dance camp from June 18 to 29 for different levels, theater camps focusing on acting, the technical side and playwriting from July 27 to Aug. 10, music camps throughout the summer, film and animation from Aug. 20 to 24 and a service learning camp.

For more information and to register, visit Camp locations and prices vary based on program.

The YMCA in D.C. offers a variety of camps for kids of all ages.

There’s Camp Sampler, which allows campers to experience programs from other camps, Cooking Delight, where campers learn the basics of cooking and nutrition and Medieval Madness where campers learn about the Middles ages by building castles, moats and playing games.

There are also specialty camps such as Active Arcade where campers play interactive video games like Wii Sports and Dance Dance Revolution, Creative Writing for those future novelists and Harry Potter Wizardy where campers can practice Quidditch, get sorted into a house and more.

The YMCA also offers sports camps, dance camps, art camps and more.

Prices vary based on program and membership with the YMCA. For more information, visit

The Lowell School (1640 Kalmia Rd., N.W.) has camps for children ages 3 to 14 beginning June 18.

The summer program is divided into two three-week sessions where campers will be able to participate in several activities each day. Campers in third grade through sixth grade will choose two interest areas in the morning and will spend three weeks focusing on more specialized skills that pertain to that activity.

After a lunch and some free time, campers spend the afternoon by choosing from the “jamboree,” a selection of activities that dance daily. The afternoon activities could include playing kickball, baking brownies or learning to jump double dutch. Campers will also have access to the indoor pool.

There is an application fee of $65 per camper plus a $150 tuition deposit. Each three-week session ranges from $730 to $1,465. There additional charges for after care and other options.

The Green Acres School (11701 Danville Drive, Rockville) has three different camp programs.

The Kreative Kangaroo program is one six-week session from June 18 to July 27. Younger children are introduced to summer camp with a mix of indoor and outdoor activities including science, arts and crafts, swimming and more. These campers must be 4 by Sept. 1.

The Junior Camp Program is one six-week session, also from June 18 to July 27, divided into four units, Unit D acting as a bridge between Junior Camp and Senior Camp. In this program, campers can pursue a special interest and even develop a new one. Activities are chosen on a daily basis. Each unit has a Special Day, when the activities revolve around a particular theme and Units B and C stay late on campus.

The Senior Camp Program is two sessions, June 18 to July 6 and July 9 to July 27. This program is for campers entering fourth to seventh grade. They design their own schedules based on their interests. At least 10 different activities are offered for each of the afternoon workshop periods. They change daily and are chosen the day before. This program also includes day trips and overnights, including a weekly field trip for campers in Units G and H.

Tuition is $2,370 for the six-week sessions, $1,325 for the first senior camp session and $1,500 for the second senior camp session. There is also a $60 application fee, $225 tuition deposit and various other camp fees.

For more information, visit

  • I am sooo thrilled to be listed as LGBT Welcoming. It is so much a part of who I am and what we are about. THANK YOU Washington Blade for your support.

  • The Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) has been operating wilderness summer camps for children in Maryland and Virginia for 90 years. Based on the Quaker principles of equality, simplicity, and peace, they offer in-camp and out-of-camp experiences for children aged 9-18. Welcoming, inclusive, with queer, and supportive staff, these are incredible places that nurture and love children for exactly who they are.

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