March 16, 2018 at 2:07 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Countdown to summer camp!
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Children and teens in the Washington area have a wide array of summer camping options that are open to rainbow families. (Photo courtesy YMCA)

Summer camp sessions kick off in a few months but programs have already opened registration. Local camps offer short-term, long term, day and overnight sessions that can give children a fun summer whatever their comfort level. Whether children want to explore more of a subject they already love or try something different, there is a camp program for every interest. Here’s an overview of some summer camps that are already prepping for the season.

The Barrie Montessori Prep School (13500 Layhill Road, Silver Spring, Md.) offers Barrie Camp June 18-Aug. 10. Set on 45 acres just outside of Washington, Barrie Camp provides a time-honored camp experience for children ages 4-14. Through hands-on experiences, collaboration and diversity of thought and culture, campers are encouraged to be themselves, try new things, explore, accept challenges and find joy in all activities.

Lower, Middle and Upper camps are broken down by age. Specialty Camps combine a half-day concentration in a specific area such as karate, digital video, horseback riding and more.

Super Camps offer fun and learning targeting a specific interest and age group.

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Burgundy Farm Summer Day Camp has two summer camps that provide great options for children excited about learning and playing outdoors. Both camps are accredited by the American Camp Association and offer educational opportunities led by nurturing staff in natural settings.

Day Camp at Burgundy Farm takes place on the 26-acre campus of Burgundy Farm Country Day School in Alexandria with divisions grouped by age and interest for kids 3 years, 8 months-12 and 13-16. Older campers can customize their camp day by picking programs each session, which run June, July and August.

Nature Camp at Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies is in Capon Bridge, W.Va., on a massive, 500-acre campus. Junior sessions for ages 8-10 last one week; senior sessions (11-15) run two weeks and there’s an adult weekend for ages 21-and-up as well.

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Adventure Theatre has a full day Summer Musical Theater Camp for first through sixth graders in Glen Echo Park for a two-week session. Professionals and teaching artists will train campers in daily rehearsals for dancing, singing and acting. Campers will perform “Circus Circus,” “Pirates,” “100 Year Snooze” and “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.”

There will be a main stage performance for campers’ friends and family at the end of the program. Tuition ranges from $800-850. Campers in sixth-12th grade have two courses of study in Wintergreen Plaza. Contemporary Musical Theater Study lets campers learn from musicals including “Come From Away, “Beautiful,” “Kinky Boots,” “Dear Evan Hansen” and “School of Rock.”

The program includes a day trip to New York City to see a Broadway show and to participate in a master class with a Broadway performer. Session two will be a student production of “Les Misérables” which allows students to have daily technique training. Tuition ranges from $1,300-2,200. For details, visit

The Beauvoir School (3500 Woodley Rd., N.W.) gives campers from rising pre-kindergarten through rising 12th grade the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities. Fireflies (rising pre-kindergarten) will explore weekly themes such as swimming, games, music, stories and cooking for a half or full day of activities.

Bluejays (rising kindergarten) can experience a full day of camp with the Blue Jays Journey, a camp that allows kids to focus on outdoor play; Nature Navigators, which challenges campers to discover nature; and Summer Language Programs, which lets children learn Spanish, Mandarin or French as well as the culture, traditions, food, art and more of the specific country.

Box Turtles (rising first grade) can enjoy full day camps focused on outdoor play, nature and languages. Koalas (rising second and third grade) can participate in full day camp focused on nature and the outdoors and Cathedral Studies Camp where campers will study the Washington National Cathedral. Brown Bears (rising fourth and fifth grade) can participate in the same programs as Koalas and enjoy programs such as a camp out, city-wide excursions and more. Blue Jays, Box Turtles and Koalas can “Make-Your-Own” camp by combing morning and afternoon activities. The CIT Program (rising sixth-12th grade) is for counselors-in-training and includes financial literacy workshop, team cooking challenge and mock interviewing. For prices and more information, visit

Camp RimRock (343 Camp Rim Rock Rd., Yellow Spring, W.Va.) is an overnight camp for girls that offers a variety of activities. General camp (rising second-10th graders) lets girls experience horseback riding, arts and crafts, performing arts, aquatics and sports. Riding camp (rising fourth-10th graders) focuses on ring lessons, stable management, trail rides, swimming with horses and aquatics. Mini camp (rising first-third graders) lets girls try all of the activities except for horseback riding. General camp two-week sessions are $2,850 and four week sessions are $5,150. Rising camp sessions are $1,950 and mini camp sessions are $1,500. For more details, visit

Circle Yoga (3838 Northampton St., N.W.) offers mindful yoga, relaxation and traditional camp activities such as camp songs and crafts. Half-day camp is for children ages 4-7. The one-week session is $250. Full day camp is for campers ages 6-12. The session is six weeks for $365 per week. For more details, visit

Green Acres School (11701 Danville Dr., North Bethesda, Md.) has summer camp for children ages 3-12. Kreative Kangaroos lets pre-kindergarten campers participate in swimming, carpentry, outdoor play and more. Junior camp, for kindergartners through second graders, can enjoy activities such as cooking, drama, music and sports.

Senior camp for third-sixth graders offers additional activities like robotics, photography, filmmaking and dance. Senior campers can also attend day and overnight field trips to water parks, ice skating, bowling and more. The camp also offers an instructional swimming program. Three week sessions are $1,610 and six-week sessions are $2,695. For a complete list of pricing, visit

The Lowell School (1640 Kalmia Rd., N.W.) has summer programs for campers from rising preschool to rising ninth grade. Campers can enjoy basketball, aquatics, horsemanship, gaming, filming and more. Summer Stage, a theater program for rising third through eighth graders, will have two sessions. Gotta Have Glee, the first session, will teach improvisation, costume design, stage managing and more. Session two will put on a production of “Annie Jr.” For a complete list of prices and programs, visit

Synetic Theatre (1800 S Bell St., Arlington, Va.) lets campers put on a production of “SHA-ZAM!” for five, two-week sessions. During the two weeks, campers will work alongside senior artistic company members to stage the play with musical numbers and an original score. The program is designed for campers ages 6-14. For tuition and fees, visit

The YMCA in D.C. offers standard camp programs such as art, theater, dance and sports. The organization also has theme camps including air and space  babysitter training, cartooning, creative writing, lego builders and more. For a sleep-away camp option, Camp Letts (4003 Camp Letts Rd., Edgewater, Md.) lets campers ages 6-16 try sports, learn to build a campfire and more. Young campers ages 6-8 can make the transition to sleep-away camp with Overnight Try-Out Camp for a three-day, two-night stay. For a complete list of programs and prices, visit and

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