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Guide to Sleep Away Camps|DC MD VA
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Sleep Away Camp Guide

Sleep Away Camps

Audubon Naturalist Society Summer Nature Camp
Grades 5-10. Audubon offers more than day camp--we have nature-based traveling and overnight camps, too! Camps include fun adventures into the wilderness and Chesapeake Bay excursions!, 301-652-9188.
Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies
Ages 8-10, 11-15 & 21+. Explore West Virginia mountains with dynamic, knowledgeable staff. Active days full of variety and laughter. Small groups and independent projects. Noncompetitive attitude. ACA accredited., Capon Bridge, WV, 703-842-0470.
Calleva Leadership School (CLS)
Ages 12-17. Life-changing high-adventure trips integrating wilderness camping, adventure sports, leadership training. 7-10 days, locations across North America. Each trip has a focus, e.g., backpacking, fishing, sailing, canoeing, mountain biking, more., 301-216-1248.

Camp Hidden Meadows
Ages 7-16. Spectacular location and quality program. 1-, 2-, 3- & 4-week sessions. Horses, rock climbing, caving, arts, white-water rafting, organic farm, biking, 1000 foot zip line and more! , Bartow, WV, 800-600-4752.


Camp Horizons
Ages 6-17. An all-around, try stuff, get dirty, have fun, make friends summer camp! Located in Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley. ACA accredited. Celebrating 29 summers!,, 3586 Horizons Way, Harrisonburg, VA, 540-896-7600.
Camp Motorsport
Coed, ages 8-16. Campers participate in hands-on driving instruction, racing education and all of the fun activities of a traditional summer camp. Live onsite at Virginia International Raceway, Danville, VA., 434-822-2999.
Camp Rim Rock
Girls ages 6-17. Our 60th season! Horseback riding, performing arts, aquatics, sports. Excellent facility on 600 acres. ACA accredited.,, Yellow Spring, WV, 800-662-4650.
Camp Strawderman
Ages 6-17. Girls. Horseback riding, swimming, tennis, archery, hiking, drama, dancing and music. Two-, 4-, 6- or 8-week sessions. Located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. June 20-August 14, 2010., 301-868-1905.
Camps Airy & Louise
An 80-year-plus history of serving Jewish youth. Programming captures the spirit of the traditional summer camp experience and is full of stimulating and challenging options. Camp Airy is located in Thurmont, MD and Camp Louise is located in Cascade, MD.,, 410-466-9010.

Earth TreksEarth Treks Summer Climbing Camps: Teen Rox Roadtrip
Ages 13+. Coed. A five day outdoor climbing expedition for teens of all experience levels. Basic through intermediate rock climbing and rappelling, as well as camp craft, cooking and leadership.,

iD Tech CampsiD Tech Camps in Washington DC
The World's #1 Summer Technologly Camp! Ages 7-18 learn to create video games, websites, movies, iPhones and iPad apps, C++/Java programs, robots and more. Save with code DC23L. Held at 60 universities, including American (also Teen Programming Academy), Towson, Harvard and others nationwide. 1-888-709-TECH (8324).,

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
One Happy Camper Program
Incentive grants available for local children entering grades 1-12 to attend overnight camp for their first time. Visit website for details and an application. ,, 301-348-7330.

Mercersburg Academy Summer Programs
Mercersburg Summer is all about fun! Nestled in the mountains of south-central Pennsylvania, our beautiful campus provides the perfect setting for a wide range of opportunities for learning, personal growth and most importantly fun. , Mercersburg, PA, 717-328-6225.


Randolph-Macon Randolph-Macon Academy
Middle School Summer Academic Camp: choose from a variety of enrichment classes, mentoring sessions, life skills & fun activities. Upper School offers summer courses, flight school or ESL., Front Royal, VA, 800-272-1172.



Shenandoah Summer CampShenandoah Summer Camp
Sheridan School Mountain Campus
Ages 8-18. Our Mountain Campus offers 1- and 2-week adventure programs just 90 miles from DC. Canoeing, rockclimbing, whitewater rafting, hiking, caving, crafts, swimming, leadership and lots more!,, Luray, VA, 540-743-6603.

Caring. Honesty. Respect. Responsibility. These are YMCA's values. Founded in 1906, YMCA Camp Letts, our resident camp, is located on 200 scenic acres on the Rhode River just south of Annapolis, MD. 1-800-963-6000.

Services & Resources

The 2012 Camp & Summer Programs Expo
Brought to you by White Flint
January 29 & 30, 2011. Representatives from more than 80 camps and facilities will talk with you about exciting programs for children of all ages and interests. Parents can register for camps early! , Rockville, MD, 301-231-SHOP.

Adventure Based Camp Fair
Give your kids the adventure they are looking for at the 4th Annual Adventure Based Camp Fair. The finest adventure camps and leaders in the industry. February 5, 2011; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Held at Hudson Trail Outfitters, 12085 Rockville Pk., Rockville, MD.

Dulles Town Center's 12th Annual Camp & Summer Activities Fair
February 26 & 27, 2011. Parents, do you know what your kids are doing this summer? Come and join us in two full days of community and camp exhibits, children's activities, entertainment and more! , 21100 Dulles Town Circle, Dulles, VA, 703-777-8577.

Tips on Trips and CampsTips on Trips and Camps
Meg Smith and Carey Rivers
Call us for free expert advice on sleep away camps and teen experiences for ages 8-18. Join us at a camp fair (see dates and times on website). Programs throughout the U.S. and abroad. Over 40 years of experience. Serving DC, MD & VA. Meg at 703-345-0722 and Carey at 202-337-3451.

Wonder-SpaceWonder-Space Computer & Technology Camp
Go hands-on with computer technology in a fun, supportive environment. Learn web design, game design, robotics, digital film and more. Overnight Options Available: July 25-29 & August 1-4, 2011 at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 713-529-2241.,

Camps for Kids with Cancer

Camp Friendship
Carol Jean Cancer Foundation, Inc.
A special week-long residential camp for children with cancer, offered free of charge and designed especially with their needs in mind.,
Camp Sunrise
A one-week sleep away camp for children ages 4-18 who have or had cancer., 410-933-5136.
Special Love for Children with Cancer
A nonprofit organization that provides support for cancer families through Camp Fantastic and other events throughout the year., 888-930-2707.