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County Offers Summer Camps for Kids of All Ages

Kayaking, chess and soccer camps are three of many options.

Looking for fun activities for the kids this summer? Patch has got you covered. Here are some exciting opportunities for children of all ages in the Mount Vernon area. For more information or to register, visit the Fairfax County Parks and Recreation website for summer camps. The website also features additional camp programs throughout the county.

Kayak Skills Camp

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  • Description: A fun combination of land and water activities, with an emphasis on developing and enhancing kayaking skills. Learn many different strokes to maneuver kayaks while considering weather, tides, currents and safety gear. Session may include a day trip to another nearby location.
  • Ages: 10 years to 14 years, 11 months
  • Days and times: 9 a.m. Monday through Friday
  • Start dates: Weeks of June 25, July 23
  • Number of classes: Five
  • Class length: Seven hours
  • Fee (in/out of county): $349/$364

Potomac Quest by Kayak Camp

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  • Description: Kayaking provides unique access to the natural treasures of the local Potomac River ecosystem. This camp, for beginners or seasoned kayakers, provides a fun combination of outdoor education, kayak instruction, and environmental awareness.
  • Ages: 8 years to 12 years, 11 months
  • Days and times: 9 a.m. Monday through Friday
  • Start dates: Weeks of July 9, August 6
  • Class length: Seven hours
  • Fee (in/out of county): $349/$364

Kiddie Camp

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  • Description: Preschoolers will love the variety of fun activities including music, movement, arts and crafts, outdoor games, water play and special events! Campers must be potty trained, able to separate with ease and age 3 by the first day of camp. Camps ending at 1 p.m. Bring lunch and drink. No camp July 4.
  • Ages: 3 years to 5 years, 11 months
  • Days and times: 9 a.m. Monday through Friday
  • Start date: Weeks of June 25, July 9, July 16, Aug. 6
  • Class length: Four hours
  • Fee (in/out of county): $177/$192

Chess Camp

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  • Description: Spend a week with the Silver Knights chess coaches, including several state champions and national masters! Learn openings, tactics, endgames and more. Campers are divided into groups by skill level. Beginner through experienced players are welcome. Snack and fresh air breaks planned in as well as lunch and recess for full-day campers. Every camper receives a t-shirt and chess set or free entry to a chess tournament. No camp July 4. NOTE: Full-day and half-day options available, check class length
  • Ages: 5 years to 14 years, 11 months
  • Days and times: 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Start date: Week of July 23
  • Class length: Three hours
  • Fee (in/out of county): $189/$204

First Kicks Soccer Camp

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  • Description: This fun and enjoyable program, instructed by British soccer coaches, introduces the fundamentals and skills of soccer through creative games. A great introduction to soccer! Campers must be three and potty trained by the start of camp. Parent must stay at the facility. Host a British coach and get your child's camp for FREE! Call 703-324-8571.
  • Ages: 3 years to 4 years, 11 months
  • Days and times: 9 a.m. Monday through Friday
  • Start date: Week of July 23
  • Class length: One hour
  • Fee (in/out of county): $89/$104

First Kicks Soccer Camp

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  • Description: This fun and enjoyable program, instructed by British soccer coaches, introduces the fundamentals and skills of soccer through creative games. A great introduction to soccer! Campers must be three and potty trained by the start of camp. Parent must stay at the facility. Host a British coach and get your child's camp for FREE! Call 703-324-8571.
  • Ages: 3 years to 4 years, 11 months
  • Days and times: 10:45 a.m. Monday through Friday
  • Start date: Week of Aug. 6
  • Class length: One hour
  • Fee (in/out of county): $89/$104

British Minisoccer Camp

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  • Description: A unique way for youngsters to learn the fundamentals of the game. Fun games, competitions and challenging skill building activities will captivate and enlighten your child. If you are interested in hosting a coach and receiving a scholarship towards your child's camp, please call 703-324-8571.
  • Ages: 4 years to 5 years, 11 months
  • Days and times: 10:15 a.m. Monday through Friday
  • Start date: Week of July 23
  • Class length: One hour, 30 minutes
  • Fee (in/out of county): $105/$120

British Minisoccer Camp

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  • Description: A unique way for youngsters to learn the fundamentals of the game. Fun games, competitions and challenging skill-building activities will captivate and enlighten your child. If you are interested in hosting a coach and receiving a scholarship towards your child's camp, please call 703-324-8571.
  • Ages: 4 years to 5 years, 11 months
  • Days and times: 9 a.m. Monday through Friday
  • Start date: Week of Aug. 6
  • Class length: One hour, 30 minutes
  • Fee (in/out of county): $105/$120

Abrakadoodle Pirates & Mermaids Art Camp

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  • Description: Ahoy! Come sail the deep blue sea where pirates rule above and the mermaids rule below! Young artists will enjoy a variety of creative adventures filled with sculpture, collage, watercolor, Mexican tin art and more! Learn about Cloisonne as you make pirate bling and mermaid treasure. Study the art of Romare Bearden as you collage a fierce pirate or a beautiful mermaid. There will be a bounty of treasures to discover and fun to be had both on land and sea! Half-day camps, bring snack and drink. There is a supply fee for this camp of $30 payable to the instructor on the first day.
  • Ages: 3 years to 6 years, 11 months
  • Days and times: 9 a.m. Monday through Friday
  • Start date: Week of July 30
  • Class length: Three hours
  • Fee (in/out of county): $165/$180

Abrakadoodle Pirates & Mermaids Art Camp

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  • Description: Ahoy! Come sail the deep blue sea where pirates rule above and the mermaids rule below! Young artists will enjoy a variety of creative adventures filled with sculpture, collage, watercolor, Mexican tin art and more! Learn about Cloisonne as you make pirate bling and mermaid treasure. Study the art of Romare Bearden as you collage a fierce pirate or a beautiful mermaid. There will be a bounty of treasures to discover and fun to be had both on land and sea! Half day camps, bring snack & drink. Full day camps, bring bag lunch and drink. There is a supply fee for this camp of $35 payable to the instructor on the first day. NOTE: This camp runs from 9 am-3 pm.
  • Ages: 6 years to 12 years, 11 months
  • Days and times: 9 a.m. Monday through Friday
  • Start date: Week of July 30
  • Class length: Six hours
  • Fee (in/out of county): $265/$280

Kiddie Camp

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  • Description: Preschoolers will love the variety of fun activities including music, movement, arts and crafts, outdoor games, water play and special event! Campers must be potty trained, able to separate with ease and 3 years old by the first day of camp. Camps ending at 1p.m. Bring lunch and drink. No camp July 4.
  • Ages: 3 years to 5 years, 11 months
  • Days and times: 9 a.m. Monday through Friday
  • Start date: Weeks of June 11, June 25, July 9, July 23, Aug. 6
  • Class length: Three hours
  • Fee (in/out of county): $136/$151

Kiddie Sports Camp

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  • Description: Youngsters will love this introduction to sports! Fun games enhance running, throwing and catching skills. Youngsters will need a bathing suit and towel for water play activities once per session. All children must be potty trained and three years old by the first day of camp. Bring snack and drink daily. No camp July 4.
  • Ages: 3 years to 5 years, 11 months
  • Days and times: 9 a.m. Monday through Friday
  • Start date: Weeks of June 18, July 2, July 16, July 30, Aug. 13
  • Class length: Three to four hours
  • Fee (in/out of county): $177/$192  (June 18); $140/$155 (July 2)

Swing & Swim Camp

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  • Description: Morning tennis instruction with afternoon swim lessons provides the ultimate experience! All levels welcome. Other sports and games will also be introduced. Bring a snack, water bottle, lunch, swimsuit, towel, tennis racket and one can of tennis balls. No camp July 4.
  • Ages: 6 years to 12 years, 11 months
  • Days and times: 9 a.m. Monday through Friday
  • Start date: Weeks of June 18, July 2, July 16, July 30, Aug. 13
  • Class length: Seven hours
  • Fee (in/out of county): $245/$260 (June 18); $196/$211 (July 2)

Summer R.O.C.S. Camp

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  • Description: This summer R.O.C.S. (RECenters Offer Cool Stuff)! Children will be grouped by age to enjoy swimming, arts & crafts, cooperative games and exciting themes. Campers will come home daily saying camp ROCked! Camps also offer special events or field trip (additional fee may be collected). Bag lunch, drink and swimsuit/towel needed daily. Campers may be transported by bus to local schools for gym use. No camp July 4. Mount Vernon pool closed for maintenance Aug 27-31.
  • Ages: 5 years to 12 years, 11 months
  • Days and times: 9 a.m. Monday through Friday
  • Start date: Weeks of June 25, July 9, July 23, Aug. 6, Aug. 20
  • Class length: Seven hours
  • Fee (in/out of county): $207/$222

Art Explorers Camp

  • Location: G
  • Description: Bring out the artist in you in this fun and entertaining camp! Explore a variety of art mediums such as photography, painting, drawing, fabric art, beadwork and more. Emphasis is on creativity, fun, games and the love of art. Bring a smock, snack, lunch and drink daily. Swim time may be offered each session. No camp July 4.
  • Ages: 8 years to 14 years, 11 months
  • Days and times: 9 a.m. Monday through Friday
  • Start date: Weeks of July 9, July 30
  • Class length: Seven hours
  • Fee (in/out of county): $249/$264

Scuba Diving Camp

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  • Description: Learn scuba this summer! Designed to challenge participants in a supportive, fun and educational environment. Certified professionals focus on individualized attention, skill development and supervision during dry and wet adventures! This camp prepares students for the PADI open water dives (not included) by providing the classroom and confined water requirements. The take home educational materials fee of $75 is payable to instructor on the first day. Please bring a snack, lunch, drink, swimsuit and towel daily.
  • Ages: 10 years to 14 years, 11 months
  • Days and times: 9 a.m. Monday through Friday
  • Start date: Week of Aug. 20
  • Class length: Seven hours
  • Fee (in/out of county): $579/$594

Discover Nature's Treasures

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  • Description: Remember the carefree days of summer playing outdoors and finding your own place in nature? Children will discover hidden places and habitats of woodland and stream creatures with the guidance of a naturalist. Each site offers a unique exploration experience with games, crafts, stories and more. Children must be potty trained.
  • Ages: 4 years to 6 years, 11 months
  • Days and times: 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday
  • Start date: Week of June 12
  • Class length: Two hours, 30 minutes
  • Fee (in/out of county): $105/$120

Discover Nature's Treasures

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  • Description: Remember the carefree days of summer playing outdoors and finding your own place in nature? Children will discover hidden places and habitats of woodland and stream creatures with the guidance of a naturalist. Each site offers a unique exploration experience with games, crafts, stories and more. Children must be potty trained.
  • Ages: 4 years to 6 years, 11 months
  • Days and times: 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Start date: Week of June 18
  • Class length: Two hours, 30 minutes
  • Fee (in/out of county): $150/$165

Discover Nature's Treasures

  • Location:
  • Description: Remember the carefree days of summer playing outdoors and finding your own place in nature? Children will discover hidden places and habitats of woodland and stream creatures with the guidance of a naturalist. Each site offers a unique exploration experience with games, crafts, stories and more.
  • Ages: 6 years to 9 years, 11 months
  • Days and times: 9 a.m. Monday through Friday
  • Start date: Weeks of July 9, July 16
  • Class length: Three hours
  • Fee (in/out of county): $180/$195

Insect Camp

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  • Description: Through games, crafts, stories, and outdoor exploration, children have fun while learning about the buggy world around us.
  • Ages: 4 years to 6 years
  • Days and times: 9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday
  • Start date: Week of July 30
  • Class length: Two hours, 30 minutes
  • Fee (in/out of county): $150/$165

Do you know of any church or private camps this summer? Feel free to add information in the comments section below!

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