Countdown to Summer Camps! Registration Opens March 5

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Looking for the perfect camp for your child this summer? Look no further than our camps in Prince William County. Our camps continue to be a favorite for area residents and we were once again voted “Best Summer Camps” for 2023 by readers of Northern Virginia Magazine, through its annual reader poll.

Every year, we offer a variety of summer camps to suit your child’s interests, and this year is no different. We’ve got everything from archery, music and paddle sports camps, to robotics, dance and so much more! We also offer a variety of full and partial-day indoor/outdoor camps at our various locations throughout Prince William County.

Check out details on some of our camps below and be sure to view all of our summer camp options in our Summer Camp Guide now available online. Registration will open Tuesday, March 5 at 8 am. We encourage you to register sooner than later as our camp programs tend to fill up fast.

Outdoor Fun
At Sharron Baucom Dale City Recreation Center, we have a variety of full and partial-day camps for children of all ages. Check out one of our Summer Blast Camp options at Dale City. These fun-filled camps combine age-appropriate indoor and outdoor activities, games and sports. Campers will build long lasting friendships through team building activities and daily adventures. Each week our skilled staff will lead campers in sports, active games, creative projects, crafts and special events. Swimming on site and field trips included. Campers will have a blast! Extended Day care options (before and after care) are available for an additional fee. Check out all the camps at Dale City here

We also have a variety of partial and full-day camps with different themes available at Chinn Aquatics & Fitness Center for children as young as 3, up to age 14. During these camps your child will have the opportunity to participate in supervised camp games, activities and crafts. Camp also includes swimming and a field trip. Before and after care options are also available. 

At Lake Ridge Park summer camps, children can explore everything from wilderness and nature camps, to kayaking, canoeing and paddleboarding, as well as golf, sport and more! You can view all the camps at Lake Ridge Park here.

We also offer summer camps at Pat White Center at Ben Lomond, Locust Shade Park, James Long Park, Silver Lake Park, Veterans Memorial Park and more. Click here to view all summer camp options by location.

Music and Art
Children can explore a variety of musical instruments in our Ultimate Music Camp, offered at Pat White Center (ages 5-12) or James Long Park (ages 6-8). In this camp they will be introduced to a variety of musical instruments and concepts including piano, guitar, violin, drums, voice, and movement. Campers participate in musical games, crafts, musical listening excerpts, related projects and more. Free instrument rentals are provided to borrow for in camp use and at-home exploration.

For the littlest ones (ages 3-5) we have a Lil Explorer Art Studio camp at James Long Park. Here they will experience a fun-filled and creative week of camp. Campers will use nature and a variety of art mediums to create amazing works of art. Camp runs August 5-9, from 9 am to noon.

Through our Office of Historic Preservation we offer camps that give children the opportunity to learn some local history while having fun. 

During our Colonial History Summer Camp, which is a four-day camp (June 17-21, 9 am – 4 pm) children ages 8-13 will explore Virginia’s early colonial history and the Blackburn Family, the original owners of Rippon Lodge. Indoor and outdoor activities, crafts, foodways, field trips, and special guests included in this history camp.

Our Farm Life Summer Camp at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre explores what it was like to live on a farm in the days of oil lamps and live in a small Virginia. Campers ages 8-13 will explore a wide array of hands-on activities connected to Brentsville’s historic buildings including a farmhouse, school, courthouse and jail, and have a series of adventures throughout the week that will introduce them to the ways people have lived in Prince William County from Native Americans to the present day. Camp takes place June 24-28, 9 am – 4 pm. 

Our Civil War Summer Camp takes a hands-on approach to studying the American Civil War. Campers, ages 8-13, will learn about the many parts of the life of a Civil War soldier, including drill, camping, cooking, uniforms and equipment, flags, artillery, cavalry, a field trip to local Civil War sites and more. Camp runs from 9 am – 4 pm, July 8-12 and/or August 5-9. 

Do you have a budding archer or a child who wants to perfect their skills? We offer both beginner and intermediate archery camps for children to learn the safe and effective way to handle and shoot recurve and compound bows, while understanding the differences between them. Training provided by National Archery Association certified instructors. All equipment is provided. Camps take place at Silver Lake Regional Park, Veterans Memorial Park and Locust Shade Park. View all archery camps here

Our Wide World of Sports Camp is back this year at Lake Ridge Park. Lake Ridge Park is filled with trails, creeks, wooded areas and even has its own marina right on the Occoquan Reservoir. Campers will be involved in a variety of activities such as hiking, learning about nature, kayaking on the water and many more outdoor activities. Each week, special activities that relate to the weekly theme will also be added into our camp schedule. Please note that Lake Ridge Park Campers will spend most of their day outdoors, however, we do have access to shelter for inclement weather days. Click here to learn more about this camp.

Looking for something else? Please view our Summer Camp Guide online to read about all of our summer camp options. We hope to see you and your child this summer!

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Summer Camp Guide

Summer Camp Registration Information

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