Specialty Camps are designed to give campers an opportunity to explore their interests further or learn new skills through field trips, special visitors, and intensive skill building. Each camp is catered to specific age groups.
Please note that Specialty Camp participants will enjoy a unique schedule of activities that differ from the Day Camp. Campers may have access to Activity Day, Friday Assemblies, and pool time, if their schedules allow.
2019 Specialty Camps
Week 1 (June 17-21) Fired Arts: Rising grades 1-8
Think June can’t get any hotter? It can and does this summer with Pottery Playground! Fire up your imagination with Ms. Val and Ms. Kate and join us for a week-long art-venture! We’ll explore & tackle many art styles and learn fun-tastic techniques to bring them to life, including mosaics, batik, & fired arts (pottery painting & fused glass). We’ve added 2 new exciting art forms to our camp – mosaics and batik! In addition to the fired arts of pottery painting and fused glass, you’ll learn the ancient Indonesian art of batik by using safe dye-resist methods to create vibrant textile creations that will be wearable, usable or ready for display. Can you say art-rageous? We’ll also work with multi-colored tesserae (bits of glass and clay tiles) and piece together gorgeous mosaics projects! Mosaics are like fancy puzzles, where you build eyepopping designs, step-by-step, with tiny bits of tile, or “tess.” We’ll lead you through every step -- from designing layout to cutting tiles to grouting your final piece! A wild & wacky arsenal of supplies will fill our campers' art toolbox. In addition to the paintbrush, kids will use everything from fuzzy yarn & tape to straws, soap bubbles & shaving cream when creating their masterpieces. Come to camp with your creative hat on tight and be ready to take artistic risks! You’ll have the hottest home art gallery in the neighborhood! All products/tools used are non-toxic and safe for the smallest hands.
Week 2 (June 25-29)
Martial Arts: Rising grades 2-8
Calling all martial artists! Master Nat is back and has created a program that combines aspects of modern and traditional martial arts training with fun games and entertainment. Campers will improve their skills in Tae Kwon Do while learning the fundamentals of Wushu, Tai Chi, and Chin Na. Activities include conditioning, flexibility and strength training, self-control, speed and accuracy training, board breaking, demonstrations, joint locks and escapes, competition training, and stage combat. No experience is necessary – just bring a positive attitude and watch your confidence soar! Parents, make sure to come to our demonstration on Friday afternoon as we show off our skills for the entire camp!
Are We There Yet?! Rising Grades 3-8
Your kids will not be asking that from the back seat! This camp contains amazing fun adventures. Campers will search for fossilized shark teeth as they frolic in the Chesapeake Bay, explore the caverns at Luray, and tubing the Shenandoah River. During the camp, we will take adventures to many local spots. Buckle up for a fun ride!
Week 3 (July 1-3, No Camp on Thursday, July 4, or Friday, July 5)
*No Specialty Camps offered this week
Week 4 (July 8-12)
Junior Drone Pilots: Rising Grades 1-2
Junior Drone Pilots is specifically designed for campers with little to no experience flying drones. We use the safest and most reliable drone products on the market, including ParrotTM drones for enhanced safetly and most of alll, fun. Campers will learn the basics of drone technology and safety before taking to the air. Through the use of iPad flight simulators and clear instructions on basic flying amneuvers, young Drobots' pilots will experience a program filled with excitement, gmaes, challenges, and learning. Campers work all week long to prepare for the most enjoyable part of the week: the Ultimate Dorne Games that include events such as: Tic-Tac-Drone, Drone Darts, Duck-Duck-Drone, and more. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer. This camp is brought through partnership with Drobots.
Ultimate Drone Obstacle Challenge: Rising Grades 3-5
Ultimate Drone Obstacle Challenge is specifically designed for both the novice and experienced drone enthusiasts. This week is filled with pure action as students enjoy one of the world’s fastest growing sports, Drone Obstacle Racing. Campers will first learn about the basic safety of drone flying and the history behind drone racing as a sport. From there, campers will progress through various skill challenges and learn how to perform various exercises and maneuvers to become familiar with the drone’s speed and agility. Campers will use iPads and remote controls to navigate the drone through short and long obstacle courses. Participants will also create the design and help build the obstacle course in preparation for the last day’s final activity and competition. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer. Drone safety and the social responsibilities of flying drones are included in this program. This camp is brought through partnership with Drobots.
Week 5 (July 15-19)
StemQuest: Aliens v. Wizards: Rising Grades 1-2
StemQuest unplugs campers from the computer screen in this action-packed, story-based program. Throughout the week campers will be constantly on the move as they experiment and play. StemQuest has intentionally extracted the wide-array of exhilarating challenges and mysteries from popular gaming apps and turned it all into a live adventure. Campers will use age-appropriate rovers, bots, drones, and autonomous creative technology to jump over walls, push down obstacles, lift up boulders, and navigate through galaxies. Teams of campers work together in indoor, outdoor and open space "worlds" throughout the week. In doing so, campers utilize life skills such as: collaborative problem solving, design, and curiosity, to outwit, out-build, and out-smart the program instructor, The Wizard. This camp is brought through partnership with Drobots.
Drone Racing and Obstacle Course Challenge: Rising Grades 6-8
This program is filled with pure action as students enjoy one of the world’s fastest growing sports, Drone Racing. Campers will first learn about the basic safety of drone flying and the history behind drone racing as a sport. From there, campers will progress through various skill challenges and learn how to perform various exercises and maneuvers to become familiar with the drone’s speed and agility. Flight squads post up against one another in friendly competition when they race themselves and the clock. Students first maneuver the drone through creative obstacle courses before taking on the challenge of flying for speed. Participants contribute fully in this program as they create the design and help build the obstacle course in preparation for the last day’s final activities and competition.. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer. Drone safety and social responsibilities of flying are included in this program. This camp is brought through partnership with Drobots.
Week 6 (July 22-26)
Cupcake Wars: Rising Grades 2-5
Cupcakes are all the rage and it's a trend that's clearly here to stay! If you've ever been curious about how the pros make those cupcakes so precious and ornate, and if competition is your middle name, then this is the week for you! We'll spend three days on cupcake basics-measuring, mixing, baking, frosting, and then finish the week with two days of baking battle! Small teams will face off with one another to compete for the title of " Best Cupcake". May the best cupcake win!
Sports and Games: Rising Grades 3-8
Join fellow athletes and gamers for an action-packed week of Sports and Games! Boys and girls of all levels are welcome.
Activities may include:
- Attending a professional sports game
- Laser tag
- Batting cages
- Dave and Busters
- Top Golf
Week 7 (July 30-August 3)
No Specialty Camps Scheduled due to Grand Finale
Week 8 (August 6-10) Water Adventures: Rising Grades 3-8 Back by popular demand, Water Adventures is a great way for your camper to beat the heat! This week will include trips to four local water parks (Splash Down Water Park, The Water Mine Swimming Hole, Pirate's Cove Water Park, and Great Waves) and also an all-day adventure to Six Flags Amusement Park! As a sure hit to any thrill-seeking camper, we will ride the rides in both the amusement and the water park. Washington Explorers: Rising Grades 3-8
Do you love Washington, D.C.? Spend a week exploring some great sights and hidden gems! Activities may include:
- International Spy Museum
- Visit to the National Building Museum's annual "larger than life" exhibit
- Escape Room (for kids!)
- IMAX Movie
- Performance at Imagination Stage
- A ride on the Capital Wheel at National Harbor