Washington, DC, home of all things political and professional. With so many families working and living in this bustling area, we had to make a post dedicated to summer camps in Washington, DC. Reason being many of the families who live in the area work long, politics-infused, hours. However, they still want to give their kiddos a summer that they’ll love!
So, check out our top 5 summer camps in Washington, DC and be sure to also take a look at these 8 reasons to send your kids to camp this summer!
Camp Arena Stage
A day summer camp in Washington, DC, Camp Arena Stage is the ideal camp for all the kiddos who love to take center stage! For kids aged 8-16, the camp offers two options: a 2-week camp and a 3-week camp. Both options are day camps that run Monday to Friday from 9am-4pm.
The unique aspect of this camp is that campers get to pick their own schedule for each week. There are multiple categories of classes at Camp Arena Stage, all of which are centered around some form of the performing arts. So, if your kiddo wants to take a class in dance followed by a writing course, and then throw in a music course for fun, they can do that! They’ll have weekly structure with their schedule, but it's all up to them!
They’ll get the chance to make new friends, try new activities, enhance their existing skills, and maybe even discover new interests and talents! VIEW MUSIC CAMPS
One of the most traditional but exciting summer camps in Washington, DC is Bar-T. This camp runs all summer long in various intervals. Their goal is to ensure that they have a camp that suits every family’s needs, budget, and preferred time frame. With 40 camp options (yes…40!) running between June and August, you’re practically guaranteed to find the ideal camp for your kiddo(s)!
Each camp offers something special for every camper. There’s a camp for young one’s looking to play flag football, a camp for the outdoor enthusiasts, camps for adventurers and artists, and so much more. Each camp is a day camp, but with extended care options available for parents who need an early drop off or a late pick up.
With rock climbing facilities, zip lines, structured hikes through rivers, and even camps dedicated to specific sports or arts, there’s a camp for everyone. The best part about Bar-T is that you can sign you child up for multiple camps throughout the summer to keep them active and engaged! VIEW CAMPS WITH ZIP LINES
Moonlit Wings Performing Arts Summer Camp
Another camp meant for the stars of the family, Moonlit Wings Performing Arts Summer Camp is located just outside of Washington, DC. This is a 5-star, top notch camp that’s meant for the serious actors and actresses. Having been voted “Best Arts Program”, “Best for Families”, and Best Children’s Theatre and Drama Instruction” by Washington Family Magazine, this camp is clearly worth the hype.
With programs for kids interested in theatre, film, television, and new media, there’s something for every child performer. They’ll learn how to prepare for an audition, arrive at and complete their audition, work with fellow cast members, and even take part in a production or two! The dramas are taught by industry-leading professionals from all over the US who are eager to teach and inspire! VIEW PROFILE
Arcadia Center For Sustainable Food and Agriculture
The Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture is a unique day summer camp in the Washington, DC area. Lucky for parents, it’s returning for the 2022 summer season! For kids and parents looking for something fun to do outdoors for a week or two, this is the camp for you. Kids will get the opportunity to learn all about agriculture, from plants to farm life to general sustainability practices. They’ll get their hands dirty every day, get some sun, and make some incredible new friendships.
There are five camp options here:
- Eco Explorers
- Creative Sprouts
- Farm Foodies
- Farm Foodies Week 2
- Young Farmers
Each camp has a specific theme, from eco-friendly practices to learning the basics of farming. They’ll get the chance to munch on some fresh farm foods, tend to gardens, and learn all about the way a farm functions from the ground up! VIEW PROFILE
Camp Under the Stars
An overnight summer camp in the Washington, DC surrounding area, Camp Under the Stars is well, as it sounds! It’s an overnight camp for campers to get a feel for camping and the outdoors. The camp hosts a 2-night program, a 1-week program, and a CIT Leaders in Training program for older students.
Each program emphasizes the importance of outdoor safety while encouraging a sense of adventure through activities like hiking, kayaking, yoga, and making campfire meals. Kids between the ages of 5 and 17 can embark on some playful, imaginative, outdoor fun. The 2-day camp is for the first-time campers between the ages of 5 and 8. The one-week camp is for ages 6-13 and the leadership program is for high schoolers 14-17! VIEW OVERNIGHT CAMPS
Whether you’re looking for a traditional overnight camp or a day camp centered around performing arts, there’s a camp for everyone in DC! Make sure you check out our explore page to view some more camps in the area!