March 19, 2015 at 12:16 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
A campin’ we will go …
camps, gay news, Washington Blade

D.C. kids can study art, swimming, dance, sports, technology, cooking, theater and more at the YMCA supper camp program. (Photo courtesy YMCA D.C.)

As the weather gets warmer, summer camps are already preparing for registering campers for their programs. Local camps are offering a wide range of programs from cooking and theater to sports and personal finance to satisfy any child’s interests and needs.

Beauvoir School (3500 Woodley Rd., N.W.) offers summer camp for children ages 3-10. Programs are organized by grade level. Rising pre-kindergarten students are Fireflies, rising kindergarten Blue Jays, rising first and second graders Box Turtles and rising third through fifth graders Brown Bears. Programs include cooking, gymnastics, swimming and Future Millionaires Bootcamp, a program that teaches personal finance, budgeting and how credit cards work. There is also a “Make Your Own Camp” option to combine various programs. There is also before and after camp care available. Prices vary depending on half or full day programs and session dates. For a list of sessions and prices, visit summer.beauvoirschool.org.

Studio Theatre (1501 14th St., N.W.) has an acting conservatory for young actors ages 12-17. Its summer program is an all-day immersion. Morning classes focus on movement, voice and improvisation. Afternoon classes include monologues and scene study from contemporary and classical literature. There are two sessions with a final scene performance at the end of each session. Classes are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Cost is $865 for the first session and $925 for the second session. For more information, visit studiotheatre.org.

The YMCA in D.C. offers wide range of camp programs for children of all ages. Art, aquatic, dance, sports, technology, cooking, theater and more are available. There are also specialty programs including beauty school, creative writing and gardening. YMCA also offers a day and overnight camp, Camp Letts (4003 Camp Letts Rd., Edgewater, Md.), for a more traditional camp experience. Kayaking, horseback riding and other activities are offered. For more details on specific programs and pricing visit ymcadc.org and campletts.org.

DAR Museum (1776 D., N.W.) offers two history-focused five-day camps this summer. The first is Time Travelers, for children ages 9-12. The program teaches about figures of different cultures and genders who had roles during the American Revolution but are lesser known such as Native Americans, African Americans and European men and women who were poets, spies and more. Campers can be a spy for a day and compose poems with quill and ink as well as take trips to local museums. The second program, From Fiber to Fabric, is for children ages 11-14. It teaches about textiles from raw materials to the final product and teaches sewing among other skills. For more information, visit dar.org.

Circle Yoga (3838 Northampton St., N.W.) has Budding Yogis Summer Camp for children. The camp includes mindful yoga and movement, crafts and creative arts, play at the park, group games, camp songs, relaxation and journaling. Campers ages 4-7 have a half-day camp from 9 a.m.-noon for $250 per week. Full day camp for campers ages 6-12 is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and is $365 per week. For more details, visit circleyoga.com.

TIC Summer Camp has locations across the District, Maryland and Virginia area. Its programs focus on science and technology for children ages 7-15. Technology programs include robotics, filmmaking, digital arts, programming and more. There are also sports programs available such as basketball, gymnastics, volleyball, soccer and more. Each session is $825 with four sessions at each location. For more information, visit ticcamp.com.

Adventure Theatre has a summer musical theater camp for grades one to six  at its Glen Echo, Md., location and one for grades six-12 at its Rockville, Md. location. Campers have daily rehearsals in dancing, singing and acting using props and costumes. At the end of the program, there will be a performance for family and friends. Grades six-12 can choose from three courses of study in contemporary, Broadway revivals and Golden Age/MGM. Grades one-to-six sessions are $800 and grades six-12 sessions are $1,200. For more information, visit adventuretheatre-mtc.org.

Silver Stars Gymnastics has a Silver Spring (2701 Pittman Dr.) location and a Bowie (14201 Woodcliff Ct.) location. They offer programs for children ages 3 and a half-4, 5-7 and 8-15. There are full-day programs from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and half-day programs from 9 a.m.- noon. There are also extended morning programs from 8-8:30 a.m. and extended evenings from 4:30-6 p.m. The programs teach campers gymnastics basics such as cartwheels, jumps, tucks, twists and flips. Tuition ranges from $240-305 with extended sessions adding an additional $25-65. For more details, visit gosilverstars.com.

The Lowell School (1640 Kalmia Rd., N.W.) has summer programs for children rising preschool, rising kindergarten, rising first and second grade, rising third-sixth grade and rising seventh through ninth grade. Younger campers can enjoy programs designed around self discovery and building social skills both outdoors and indoors. Older campers can explore the local city with the “Amazing Race” Game and also other areas with the Get Out! Trips Camp. There are both full-length camp sessions and mini camps. For a full list of sessions and prices, visit lowellschool.org.

Girls Rock! D.C. Camp, an LGBT-run and welcoming camp for budding girl musicians, hasn’t announced its 2015 dates but typically offers July sessions in Washington. Visit girlsrockdc.org for more information.

Georgetown Day School (4530 MacArthur Blvd., N.W.) offers summer camp programs that range from traditional day camp activities to specialty programs such as performing arts, computer programming, science and more. Camps are for children ages 5-18. Specialty camps include Hopper Dance Camp for campers age 5-fifth grade, Science of Rollercoasters for rising third-eighth graders, Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company Summer Intensive for Intermediate to Advanced Dancers for rising sixth-ninth graders, Intro to Discuss Camp for grades six through eight and many more. Prices and session times vary. For a complete list, visit gds.org./campsandclasses.

Green Acres School (11701 Danville Dr., North Bethesda, Md.) has various camp programs including Martial Arts, Kreative Kangaroos for rising pre-kindergarten students, Junior Camp for rising kindergarten through second grade students and Senior Camp for rising third-seventh grade students. Activities for each program vary but include cooking and baking, sports, games, bowling and much more. Pricing and session times also vary. For a complete tuition list and session times, visit greenacres.org.

Although it’s not a traditional summer camp, Rainbow Families D.C. has several events throughout the summer including Adventure Theatre, various Pride events in June, Night Out with the Nationals in July and summer picnic in August as well as a camp weekend retreat in September. Details at rainbowfamiliesdc.org.

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