Ultimate Guide to Summer Camps in the DC Area 2023

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Who’s ready for summer?! It feels like the camp rush has been more intense than ever this year, but there are plenty of amazing options for our kids to make the most of their time off school.

Check out our Ultimate Guide to Summer Camps in the DC area for all you need to know about camps in our area. Be sure to scroll all the way down to check out the comprehensive lists of summer camps in the tabs at the bottom of the page!

Barrie Camp

At Barrie Camp, an American Camp Association accredited camp, we seek to develop your child’s best qualities and provide all of the things that are needed for kids to enjoy a fun and engaging camp experience.

A Washington, D.C. area institution since the 1950s, Barrie Camp offers a safe, self-contained environment perfect for campers to freely explore and enjoy their favorite activities with friends, old and new. Barrie Camp provides a range of traditional and new activities that make each summer unique. Through hands-on experience, collaboration, and diversity of thought and culture, campers are encouraged to be themselves, try new things, explore, accept challenges, and find joy in all that they do.

With a wide variety of activities, an abundance of multi-purpose facilities, and a vast natural setting, campers explore new things, enjoy the outdoors, spend quality time with friends, and benefit from encouragement provided by our exciting camp staff!

Camp Dates:
June 20 – August 11, 2023

Camper Ages:
Ages 3.5 – 14

13500 Layhill Road
Silver Spring, MD, 20906

301.576.2818

Camp Rim Rock

Come join the fun! Girls in grades 2nd through 10th will love our two-week or four-week sessions where they’ll get to participate in these daily camp activities:

  • Horseback Riding
  • Performing Arts
  • Aquatics
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Sports

Camp wide activities including Olympics, hoedowns, scavenger hunts, sing downs, Sunday picnics, campfires, performances and the final evening’s candle float are highlights of each session!

Camp Dates:
June 25 – August 5, 2023

Camper Ages:
Ages 6 – 15

343 Camp Rim Rock Road
Yellow Spring, WV 26865

347.RIM.ROCK (347.746.7625)

DC Way 2023 Summer Soccer Camp

DC Way’s soccer camp is an awesome place for children ages 5-13 to improve their physical and cognitive skills, meet new friends, and have fun. Coaches are experienced and certified.

Sign up today!

Camp Dates:
Weekly Sessions from June 26 – August 25, 2023

Camper Ages:
4 – 14 years

Tyler Elementary School
1001 G St SE
Washington, DC 20003

571.490.1275

Fillmore Arts Camp

Fillmore Arts Camp instructs in Visual Arts, Music, Sports and Dance allowing children to be critical thinkers who draw connections, make decisions, and solve problems within creative contexts both inside the classroom and beyond.

Fillmore Arts Camp is dedicated to providing opportunities for young people to acquire knowledge and self-confidence through study and participation in the arts. Our program helps students become responsible adults capable of making positive contributions to a culturally and ethnically diverse society.

Camp Dates:
July 3 – 28, 2023

Camper Ages:
5.5 (Completed Kindergartners) – 13 years old

Fillmore Arts Center
1819 35th St NW
Washington, DC 20007

202.729.3794

Unity Dance & Movement

Unity Dance & Movement summer camps offer dance education and academic enrichment with access to local community cultural offerings. Campers experience a variety of movement styles including ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, tap & more! Park time, field trips, arts and crafts and end of camp showcases are all included in each two-week session. Camps are held at Unity’s new studio in Woodmont Triangle/downtown Bethesda. Full day and partial day options available.

Register for a two-week (full day) session by Feb. 15 to receive a $50 Discount! Sibling discounts also available.

Camp Dates:
Four two-week sessions, M-F, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
June 26 – July 7 (Closed July 4)
July 10 – 21
July 24 – August 4
August 7 – 18

Camper Ages:
Grades 1 – 6

4853 Cordell Avenue
Suite PH-9 (16th Floor)
Bethesda, MD 20814

202.878.2282

Northeast Stars Montessori Preschool Summer Camp

14 weeks of science experiments, outdoor exploration, and lots of outdoor fun every toddler will love!

Come join Northeast Stars Montessori Preschool Summer camp 2023 and explore science in a fun and educational camp! With different themes every week that complement our STEM-heavy Montessori curriculum both inside our classrooms and outside, all summer long.

Summer camp begins on May 30 and runs through August 31.

Camp Dates:
Weekly Camps with unique themes May 30 – August 31

Camper Ages:
2 – 5 years

1325 Maryland Avenue N
Washington, DC 20002

697 N Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

703.945.0408

Kids Elite Sports Camp

Kids Elite Sports Camp was recognized in 2022 by Washington Parent Magazine as the #1 Sports and Recreation Camp in the DMV.

Kids Elite Sports Camp empowers children to live active lifestyles through high quality developmental sports, fitness and enrichment programs. Through our core values, we help our campers learn important life lessons through sports and physical activity. We manifest our values through every aspect of what we do. And we encourage our campers to embody them in a way that leaves a lasting impact beyond their camp experience.

Camp Dates:
June 26 – August 4, 2023

Camper Ages:
4 – 12 years

Murch Elementary School
4810 36th St NW
Washington, DC 20008

240.321.9287

Pedalheads Bike Camps

Pedalheads offers learn-to-ride bike camps for kids 3-12. They’re best known for helping kids take their training wheels off and ride safely on the road! Since 1995, they’ve taught over 500,000 kids all over North America how to ride with confidence.

Helping even the most tentative of kids, they focus on safety, fun, and skills. More than anything, they want to build confidence and a love of biking within their campers! For those with kids already riding independently on two wheels, Pedalheads also offers advanced levels that focus on road riding skills and safety.

Camp Dates:
Weekly throughout July and August

Camper Ages:
3 – 12 years

TBD

888.886.6464

St. John's Preschool

St. John’s Summer Program incorporates the Reggio-inspired philosophy of St. John’s Preschool with the good old-fashioned fun of summer.

With plenty of morning exploration, children can make choices in the afternoon with their friends and deepen their understanding of a variety of languages like technology, light, science, nature, cooking, paper, clay and sewing.

The rich resources of the outdoor classroom provide a springboard for exploration and investigations, integrating children’s theories and ideas.

Camper Dates:
Session 1: June 20 – 30
Session 2: July 3 – 14
Session 3: July 17- 28

Camper Ages:
2.5 – 9 years

3240 O Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007

202.338.2574

Traveling Players

“A little-known summer gem for the budding actor” – The Washington Post. Traveling Players’ has trained teen & tween actors for 20 years. Our programs are small by design and awarded for excellence.

  • Day Camps expand imaginations, confidence, and performance skills while sparking new friendships. (Tysons Corner Center, grades 2 – 4)
  • Sleepaway Camps & Conservatories rehearse plays outdoors in small supportive groups of only 13 performers. Acting training by professional artists/educators, final performance in Tysons. Plays by Shakespeare, classic comedies, fantastical fairytales, and Greek mythology. (Leesburg; grades 4-12; by audition.)
  • Year-round in our Tysons Studio: Acting Classes, or perform in our Plays!

Camp Dates:
June 19 – August 18, 2023

Camper Ages:
Current Grades 2 – 12 (22/23 school year)

Traveling Players Studio
Tysons Corner Center
1961 Chain Bridge Rd
Tysons, VA 22102

703-987-1712

Camp Under the Stars

Camp Under the Stars is an overnight summer camp located in the Prince William Forest National Park in Dumfries, Virginia.

Our overnight camp program is designed for first-time campers and those who have camped before. Camp activities include art, STEM, waterfall walks, campfire meals, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, library, yoga, and outside play.

Our mission is to provide a supportive, inclusive camp community that values each child’s uniqueness, celebrates our differences, and respects nature and the planet.

Camp Dates:
July 9 – August 12, 2023

Camper Ages:
Two-night camp program: ages 5-11
One-week camp program: ages 6-14
Culinary Leadership program: ages 12-17

Dumfries, Virginia

Camp Musicfully

Join Musicfully this summer July 10th – July 14th for 5 full days of performance training. Every day at Camp Musicfully will be packed full of fun and learning.

Our campers will get the full experience of being in a show: the backstage process; musical numbers with choreography; creating costumes, props, scenery, and final performance. It will be the performance of a lifetime! Join us! All ages are welcome and an aftercare program is available.

Camp Dates:
July 10 – 14, 2023

Camper Ages:
4 – 13 years

4102 N. Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22207

571.310.1881

Bar-T Ranch

The Bar-T Ranch is a spacious 12-acre farm located in Montgomery County. Campers will have the opportunity to adventure on the challenge course, play on manicured sports fields, splash in the renovated pool, climb the new epic 25ft playground, develop their singing in music and drama, make projects in arts and crafts, learn to use a bow and arrow in archery, and so much more!

Plus, Bar-T offers transportation options & extended care.

Camp Dates:
Offered in weekly sessions from June 20 – August 24, 2023

Camper Ages:
5 – 13  Years

6530 Olney Laytonsville Rd
Gaithersburg, MD 20882

301.948.3172

Geneva's Summer Camp for Young Children

Sports, gardening, and arts & crafts galore!

Creek walks, water play, and so much more!

Geneva’s Summer Camp for Young Children brings all this to children aged 2 – 6.5 years in a joyful celebration of weekly themes.

Monday through Friday we offer:

Before Care: 8-9 am
Program: 9 am-12:30 pm or 9 am-3 pm
After Care: 3-4:30 pm

Encouraging a lifelong love of learning, Geneva Day School provides exceptional classes and extraordinary programs to young children.

Program Dates:
June 5 – August 4, 2023

Participant Ages:
2 – 6.5 years

11931 Seven Locks Road
Potomac, MD 20854

301.340.7704

Summer Youth Media Camp

The MCM Summer Youth Media Camp is a program that offers media instruction and leadership training to youth ages 12+.

Taught by Montgomery Community Media professionals and MSDE certified educators, MCM Summer Youth Media Camp is designed to engage youth in quality media instruction tailored to their age group. Students will learn how to produce and shoot video as well as edit media.

Four 2 week sessions are being offered this summer, starting 6/20!

Program Dates:
June 20 – 30, 2023
July 3 -14, 2023
July 17 – 28, 2023
July 31 – August 11, 2023

Participant Ages:
12 – 17 years

8560 2nd Avenue
Suite 117
Silver Spring MD, 20910

240.630.0618

Pinecrest Pavilion

Pinecrest Pavilion offers rising K-6th grade campers a fun-filled day of in-person play and learning, with a mix of indoor and outdoor activities, arts and crafts, STEAM experiments and nature discovery, games and puzzles, making and building, and more! Preschool campers will enjoy a morning of in-person fun as described above.

After-care available for all ages until 6pm!

Program Dates:
June 20 – 23, 2023
June 26 – 30, 2023
July 10 – 14, 2023
July 17 – 21, 2023
July 24 – 28, 2023
July 31 – August 4, 2023
August 7 – 11, 2023

Participant Ages:
Preschool – 6th grade

7209 Quiet Cove
Annandale, VA 22003

703.354.3446

Code Galaxy | Virtual

Code Ninjas | Various Locations in MD and VA

ECO-Camp | SE DC

Fairfax Collegiate Summer Program | Multiple Locations in VA

Headfirst Camps | Multiple Locations in DC, MD, and VA

iGen Educational Academy | SE DC

Revolutionary War Camp | NW DC

STEM Summer Camp | Burke, VA

Summer Science Academy | Westminster, MD

Young Entrepreneurs | Rockville, MD

Bar-T | Multiple Locations in MD

Bretton Woods Summer Adventure Camp | Germantown, MD

Calleva Outdoor Adventures | Poolesville, MD and Great Falls, VA

Camp Half Blood | Rock Creek Park, DC

Camp Grow  | Vienna, VA

Camp Sonshine | Silver Spring, MD

Mercersburg Summer Programs | Mercersburg, PA

Teens To Go | Gaithersburg, MD

Abrakadoodle | Multiple locations across DC, MD, and VA

Anna Banana Arts & Crafts  | NW DC

Arlington Arts Center | Arlington, VA

Art Days of Summer | NE DC

Art House 7 | Arlington, VA

Art Squared | Silver Spring, MD

Art Works Now | Hyattsville, MD

Arts on the Horizon | Alexandria, VA

Camp Grow | Vienna, VA

CREATE Arts Center Camps | Silver Spring, MD

Creative Arts and Summer Adventure Sheridan School | NW DC

Fillmore Arts Camp | NW DC

Imagination Stage | Montgomery County, MD and NW DC

Mason Community Arts Academy | Fairfax, VA

Notes n’ Beats | Ashburn, VA

Strathmore Art Camp | North Bethesda, MD

Summer at Harmonia | Vienna, VA

The Art League | Alexandria, VA

The Children’s Art Studio | NW DC

Three Little Birdies
 | Hyattsville, MD

Alice Deal FitCampNation Summer Camp | NW DC

Ashburn Ice House Skating Camps | Ashburn, VA

Bethesda Big Train Baseball Summer Camp|Bethesda, MD

Camp Koda | Leesburg, VA

Camp Olympia | Rockville, MD

Capital Fencing Academy | North Bethesda, MD

Cardinal Basketball Academy | NE DC

Coach Parker Basketball Academy | Multiple locations in MD

DC Fencers Club | Silver Spring, MD

DC Youth Futbol Club | NW DC

DC Way | SE DC

Dynamite Gymnastics Center | Rockville, MD

Dynamite Tumbling and Cheer | Gaithersburg, MD

Gymkana | College Park, MD

Headfirst Camps | Multiple locations in DC, MD, and VA

Kidball Baseball | Multiple locations in MD

Kids Elite Sports | NW DC

Mercersburg Summer Programs | Mercersburg, PA

Michael & Son SportsPlex at Dulles | Dulles, VA

Michael & Son SportsPlex at Rockville | Rockville, MD

Mulford Riding School | Centreville, VA

Next Level Spartans Lacrosse Camp | Bethesda, MD

Pedalheads | NW DC

Player Progression Academy (PPA) | DC & MD

RDU Tennis | Multiple locations in DC

Silver Stars Gymnastics | Bowie and Silver Spring, MD

Squash on Fire Junior Day Camp | NW DC

Super Soccer Stars | NW and SE DC

Stu Vetter’s Basketball Camp | Vienna, VA

Table Tennis Day Camps | Gaithersburg, MD

TBC Intro to Sweep Rowing Summer Program |  NW DC

TenniStar Sports | Chevy Chase, MD

TGA (Tennis, Golf, Athletics) | NW DC

The Agility Center | North Bethesda, MD

The St. James | Springfield, VA

Topgolf Summer Academy | MD & VA

Washington Sailing Marina | NW DC & Alexandria, VA

Westleigh Multi-Sport Camps | Gaithersburg, MD

YMCA | Multiple Locations

Cookology | Ballston & Dulles, VA

Henry’s Sweet Retreat | Bethesda, MD

Tiny Chefs | Many locations across MD & VA

Balletnova | Falls Church, VA

Bethesda Conservatory of Dance | Bethesda, MD

CityDance Online Summer Dance Camps and Intensives | Virtual

Creative Arts Center | Multiple locations in VA

Perfect Pointe Dance Studio Summer Camps | Arlington and Springfield, VA

Salsa with Silvia | NW DC

The Lab DC | NW DC

Tiny Dancers | Multiple locations in VA

Unity Dance & Movement | Bethesda, MD

Tippi Toes Dance Camp | DC, MD, and VA

A Child’s Place @ Hollin Hall | Alexandria, VA

Acorn Hill Waldorf Summer Program | Silver Spring, MD

Adventures on the Hill | NE and NW DC

Bar-T | Multiple Locations in MD

Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences Summer Camp | Barnesville, MD

Barrie Day Camp | Silver Spring, MD

BeanTree Learning | Ashburn and Chantilly, VA

Beauvoir Summer | NW DC

Bretton Woods Summer Day Camp | Germantown, MD

Bricks for Kids | NW DC

Brooksfield School | McLean, VA

Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies | Alexandria, VA

Busy Bees | Falls Church, VA

Camp Crusader | Alexandria, VA

Camp Berry | NW DC

Camp Griffin at Westminister School | Annandale, VA

Camp Grow | Vienna, VA

Camp Kids Place | Arlington, VA

Camp Sonshine | Silver Spring, MD

Capitol Hill Day School | SE DC

Congressional Camps | Falls Church, VA

Cooking Thyme | SE DC

Creative Summer at Holton-Arms School | Bethesda, MD

DPR Summer Camp | Washington, DC

Edlavitch DCJCC Summer Camp | NW DC

Flint Hill School “Summer on the Hill” | Oakton, VA

Forest Camp by Beyond the Basics | Washington, DCC

Geneva Day School | Potomac, MD

Green Acres Camp | North Bethesda, MD

Green Hedges School Summer Camp | Vienna, VA

Headfirst Camps | Multiple locations in DC, MD, and VA

Kenwood Summer Day Camp | Annandale, VA

Kid Museum | Bethesda, MD

Landon Summer | Bethesda, MD

Leesburg Animal Park | Leesburg, VA

Lowell School | NW DC

Makers Generation | Silver Spring, MD

Mater Amoris Summer Program | Ashton, MD

McLean School SummerEdge | Potomac, MD

Montgomery County Summer Camps | Montgomery County, MD

Mr. Tony’s Adventure Camp | NE DC

Norwood | Bethesda, MD

Pinecrest Summer Pavilion at Pinecrest School | Annandale, VA

Polite Piggy’s | NE, SE, and SW DC

Reston Montessori School | Reston, VA

Sidwell Summer | NW DC and Bethesda, MD

Smithsonian Summer Camp | Washington, DC

Spring Academy Summer Camp | Kensington, MD

St. John’s Preschool Summer Program | NW DC

Steve & Kate’s Camp | NW and SE DC

Stone Ridge Summer CampUs | Bethesda, MD

Summer @ Potomac | McLean, VA

Summer at Sandy Spring | Sandy Spring, MD

Summer Youth Media Camp  | Silver Spring, MD

Teddy Bear Camp | NW DC

The Building Museum | Washington, DC

The Cathay School | Rockville, MD

The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington | Locations across DC, MD, and VA

Tic | Annandale, VA

Valley Mill Camp | Germantown, MD

Washington Waldorf Summer Camps | Bethesda, MD

WIS Summer Camp | NW DC

Wolfpack Camp | Bethesda, MD

DCI Expeditions | NW DC

French Immersion Camp | Multitple locations in DC, MD, and VA

GLC German Language Courses | Potomac, MD

Kids Language Arts | McLean, VA

Mindbloom | NE DC

My Language Immersion Summer Camps | Bethesda, MD

Salsa with Silvia | NW DC

All Souls Music & Art Camp | NW DC

Camp Levine | NW DC

FAME – Summer Music Program | College Park, MD

Fillmore Arts Camp | NW DC

International School of Music | Bethesda and Potomac, MD

Mason Community Arts Academy | Fairfax, VA

Middle C’s Rock Band Camp | NW DC

Musicfully | McLean, VA

Notes n’ Beats |Ashburn, VA

Potomac Music | Lorton, VA

StringTime Music Camp | Burke, VA

Summer at Harmonia | Vienna, VA

Washington Conservatory of Music | Glen Echo, MD

AstroCamp | Clover, VA

Club SciKidz NOVA | Locations in Alexandria, Fairfax & Loudon Counties

Code Galaxy | Virtual

Code Ninjas | Germantown, MD

ECO-Camp | SE DC

Family Dinosaur Camp | SE DC

iD Tech | NW DC

Mad Science of Washington | Multiple locations in DC, MD, and VA

Mercersburg Summer Programs | Mercersburg, PA

Robot Works | Burke, VA

Summer Science Academy | Westminster, MD

Camp Friendship | Palmyra, VA

Camp Horizons | Harrisonburg, VA

Camp Merri-Mac (Girls) | Black Mountain, NC

Camp Motorsport | Clover, VA

Camp Rim Rock (Girls) | Yellow Spring, WV

Camp Shohola (Boys) |

Camp Timberlake | Black Mountain, NC

Camp Under the Stars | Dumfries, VA

River Mountain | Everett, PA

Timber Lake West | Glen Cove, NY

Under the Stars | Dumfries, VA

Acting for Young People | Fairfax, VA

Adventure Theatre MTC in Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD

Applause! Performing Arts Camp by Moonlit Wings | Fairfax County, VA

Art Squared | Silver Spring, MD

Camp Arena Stage | NW DC

Camp Shakespeare | Multiple locations in DC, MD & VA

Drama Kids of East Montgomery County | Multiple locations in MD

Encore Stage | Arlington, VA

Fit Kids Stage Summer Camp | NW DC

Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD

Mason Community Arts Academy | Fairfax, VA

Mercersburg Summer Programs | Mercersburg, PA

New York’s The LM Project | Reston, VA

Round House Summer Theatre Camps | Silver Spring, MD

Summer Camps at Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD

The Theatre Lab Summer Acting Camp for Kids | NW DC

Traveling Players Ensemble | McLean and Leesburg, VA

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  1. Great guide!!, any suggestion for a foreign girl, 4 years old, Spanish speaker, willing to learn English and exchange experiences, (US citizen living abroad), for a few days around August 15th?. Will be in VA, near Springfield . Thanks in advance for any sugestión of summer camps!. Oscar

  2. I recently have the good fortune of reading this article. Do you have any suggestions for a South American student in enrolling for a summer camp? A close friend of mine had once been in an extensive three-week summer program and he studied with people from all around the world. Wha he was really proud of was covering highschool biology in just three weeks. Is this even possible?

  3. Hi Paige, thanks for this directory. I run a recreational skincare chemistry school with hands-on experience, for kids/teens from 8 to 15 (and adults !) in Arlington. I am running different sessions for spring break and summer camps 2021. We will be making shampoo bar, coconut hair conditioner plastic-free lotion bar (emulsion, gel, foaming techniques). I was wondering how to be featured? (the link, ‘chat with us’ is broken right now). It is also a good way to celebrate a birthday with a fun and educative experience. Thanks for the follow-up. Elodie https://elodiesnaturals.com/pages/springbreak

    • Hi Elodie, your camp sounds fabulous! I’d love to send you details on how to be included in this guide – just send me an email at paige @ dcareamom.com. Thanks also for telling me about the button. I’ll work on fixing that right away!

    • Camps filled up really quickly this year! I’d recommend calling around – lots of places have been able to open up new spots with covid restrictions lifting. Fingers crossed for you!

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