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Summer & Auxiliary

Browne Summer Camp (BSC) Program Information

Welcome to Browne Summer Camp!

From a three-year-old to a 15-year-old, there is something for every child at BSC. Campers come back every summer because they can’t wait to see their friends, make new ones, and have a ball! With their counselors and friends cheering them on, campers are excited to try every new activity and opportunity. When summer ends, BSC campers leave with childhood memories that last a lifetime.
Browne Summer Camp is more than just a camp, it is a community.

Join us at one of our Open Houses:
January 25, 10am-1pm
February 29, 10am-1pm
March 28, 10am-1pm
April 25, 10am-1pm

Camp Programs

Browne Academy offers a wide variety of day and specialty camps throughout the year. Campers do not need to be currently enrolled at Browne Academy to participate.

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  • Day Camp

    Day Camp
    Our coed Day Camp Program is offered to children ages 3 – 15
    Mini Camp (Full Day and Half Day): ages 3 – 4 (Groups 1-2)
    Junior Camp: rising grades K – 4 (Groups 3-7)
    Senior Camp: rising grades 5 – 8 (Groups 8-10)
    CIT (Counselor in Training): rising grades 9-10
    Assistant Staff: rising grades 10 ­– 11

    Our Day Camp operates from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily (with Morning and After Care available), and includes a variety of activities to meet the interests of our campers, as well as challenge them. We are confident that your child will enjoy the activities that we offer: daily swimming with lessons taught by our certified lifeguards, art, sports, music, nature, dance, technology, and more. Our staff uses an effective blend of gentle encouragement and support to help each and every child achieve his or her own potential. You will see your child’s self-confidence and pride – the best gifts that we can give our children!

    Please note that all preschool-aged children must be toilet trained. Also, a camper must turn 3 years old before his/her first day at camp.

    2020 Day Camp Themes

    Week 1 (June 15-19): Aloha!



    Week 2 (June 22-26): Down on the Farm

    Week 3 (June 29- July 3): America & Friends


    Week 4 (July 6-10): Wide World of Sports

    Week 5 (July 13-17): Everyday's a Holiday


    Week 6 (July 20-24): Paint & Sip

    Week 7 (July 27- 31): The Magic of Camp: Showtime at BSC

    Week 8 (August 3-7): Shark Tank

     
    Don’t want summer to end? Join us for BSC Encore, August 10-14. See below for more info.
     
  • Specialty Camps

     
    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.

    2020 Specialty Camps

    Week 1 (June 15-19)

    *Summer Workshop Series:
    Writers Workshop (8am - 12pm): Rising grades 5-8th
    The Summer Writing Workshop offers writers an experience to foster creativity, self-expression, and excitement for writing. Students will be challenged to grow as authors over intensive weeks in a variety of genres. During the time, students will compose original personal narratives, persuasive pieces, informational essays, and journalism research. Through their exploration of different forms of writing, instruction will be geared towards individual student needs and include work on revision, editing, and grammar. Current Browne students will receive credit for an elective added to their portfolio transcript for completion of three full weeks of the course. Offered to current rising 5th to rising 8th.

    Math Workshop (12 pm - 4 pm): Rising grades 6-8th
    Calling all mathematicians! Each week, the Math Enrichment will have a different focus - algebra, geometry, math enrichment activities, and finally, a compilation of the previous three weeks. Students may take individual weeks of the course. Additionally, Browne students can complete three weeks for credit on their transcripts. Each day will include activities to strengthen math skills and foster a love of math. The curriculum will be structured to develop individual skills based upon individual students’ abilities. It will be an exciting mathematical journey!

    Week 2 (June 22-26)

    *Summer Workshop Series:
    Writers Workshop (8am - 12pm): Rising grades 5-8th
    The Summer Writing Workshop offers writers an experience to foster creativity, self-expression, and excitement for writing. Students will be challenged to grow as authors over intensive weeks in a variety of genres. During the time, students will compose original personal narratives, persuasive pieces, informational essays, and journalism research. Through their exploration of different forms of writing, instruction will be geared towards individual student needs and include work on revision, editing, and grammar. Current Browne students will receive credit for an elective added to their portfolio transcript for completion of three full weeks of the course. Offered to current rising 5th to rising 8th.

    Math Workshop (12 pm - 4 pm): Rising grades 6-8th
    Calling all mathematicians! Each week, the Math Enrichment will have a different focus - algebra, geometry, math enrichment activities, and finally, a compilation of the previous three weeks. Students may take individual weeks of the course. Additionally, Browne students can complete three weeks for credit on their transcripts. Each day will include activities to strengthen math skills and foster a love of math. The curriculum will be structured to develop individual skills based upon individual students’ abilities. It will be an exciting mathematical journey!

    Sports and Games: Rising grades 3-8th
    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
    • Bowling

    Week 3 (June 29 – July 3)

    *Summer Workshop Series:
    Writers Workshop (8am - 12pm): Rising grades 5-8th
    The Summer Writing Workshop offers writers an experience to foster creativity, self-expression, and excitement for writing. Students will be challenged to grow as authors over intensive weeks in a variety of genres. During the time, students will compose original personal narratives, persuasive pieces, informational essays, and journalism research. Through their exploration of different forms of writing, instruction will be geared towards individual student needs and include work on revision, editing, and grammar. Current Browne students will receive credit for an elective added to their portfolio transcript for completion of three full weeks of the course. Offered to current rising 5th to rising 8th.

    Math Workshop (12 pm - 4 pm): Rising grades 6-8th
    Calling all mathematicians! Each week, the Math Enrichment will have a different focus - algebra, geometry, math enrichment activities, and finally, a compilation of the previous three weeks. Students may take individual weeks of the course. Additionally, Browne students can complete three weeks for credit on their transcripts. Each day will include activities to strengthen math skills and foster a love of math. The curriculum will be structured to develop individual skills based upon individual students’ abilities. It will be an exciting mathematical journey!

    Outdoor Adventure: Rising grades 5-8th
    Join science teacher Eric March in a week of outdoor exploration! Campers will learn basic outdoor survival skills such as fire building and water purification. Field trips such as nature hikes and a canopy zipline will provide enjoyment while also teaching campers about animal tracks, bird identification, and navigation. Come ready for adventure!

    Week 4 (July 6-10)

    *Summer Workshop Series:
    Writers Workshop (8am - 12pm): Rising grades 5-8th
    The Summer Writing Workshop offers writers an experience to foster creativity, self-expression, and excitement for writing. Students will be challenged to grow as authors over intensive weeks in a variety of genres. During the time, students will compose original personal narratives, persuasive pieces, informational essays, and journalism research. Through their exploration of different forms of writing, instruction will be geared towards individual student needs and include work on revision, editing, and grammar. Current Browne students will receive credit for an elective added to their portfolio transcript for completion of three full weeks of the course. Offered to current rising 5th to rising 8th.

    Math Workshop (12 pm - 4 pm): Rising grades 6-8th
    Calling all mathematicians! Each week, the Math Enrichment will have a different focus - algebra, geometry, math enrichment activities, and finally, a compilation of the previous three weeks. Students may take individual weeks of the course. Additionally, Browne students can complete three weeks for credit on their transcripts. Each day will include activities to strengthen math skills and foster a love of math. The curriculum will be structured to develop individual skills based upon individual students’ abilities. It will be an exciting mathematical journey!

    Martial Arts Mania: Rising grades 2-8th
    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!

    Week 5 (July 13-17)

    Water Adventures: Rising grades 3-8th
    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.

    Adventures in Robotics: Rising grades 6-8th
    Our summer robotics camp exposes middle school students to the world of robotics and coding through a variety of interactive games, robot construction activities and coding design challenges. Working collaboratively in teams, campers will explore the mechanics of robot movement and learn how robots sense and interact with their environment. Campers will apply the fundamentals of the engineering design process, "Think-Do-Test,” as they solve robot design challenges like object detection, object manipulation and facial recognition using block-based and VexCode coding languages. Campers will develop an understanding of the many of roles robots play in our society and basic principles of human-computer interaction. The summer robotics camp culminates with campers prototyping their own idea for a robot using CAD software or designing their own robot challenge for others to solve. This camp emphasizes computational thinking, design thinking, team-building and creativity as campers develop a beginner to intermediate understanding robotics and coding. All materials will be supplied by Browne Academy. This is a two week program, offered Week 5 and 6.

    Week 6 (July 20-24)

    Adventures in Robotics: Rising grades 6-8th
    Our summer robotics camp exposes middle school students to the world of robotics and coding through a variety of interactive games, robot construction activities and coding design challenges. Working collaboratively in teams, campers will explore the mechanics of robot movement and learn how robots sense and interact with their environment. Campers will apply the fundamentals of the engineering design process, "Think-Do-Test,” as they solve robot design challenges like object detection, object manipulation and facial recognition using block-based and VexCode coding languages. Campers will develop an understanding of the many of roles robots play in our society and basic principles of human-computer interaction. The summer robotics camp culminates with campers prototyping their own idea for a robot using CAD software or designing their own robot challenge for others to solve. This camp emphasizes computational thinking, design thinking, team-building and creativity as campers develop a beginner to intermediate understanding robotics and coding. All materials will be supplied by Browne Academy. This is a two week program, offered Week 5 and 6.

    DC through the Lens: Rising grades 5-8th
    Washington DC is a world-famous tourist destination. Landmarks such as the National Mall and the Lincoln Memorial attract millions of visitors every year, for good reason! However, hidden within DC and the surrounding area are other sites worth visiting. This week, join Eric March and experience some lesser-known sites around DC, including Old Town, the wharf, the National Zoo, and others. Campers will learn the basics of photographic composition to make the best images of our travels. A camera or phone capable of taking photos is required.

    Week 7 (July 27-August 31)

    No Specialty Camps Scheduled due to Showtime at BSC

    Week 8 (August 3-7)

    Farm to Table: Rising grades 3-8th
    During this week, rising third to rising eighth graders will take an exciting exploration of food. With a visit to a farm, a grocery store, and a local farmers market, students will find the roots to our food. Each day, students will learn cooking skills, the basics of healthy food, and explore sustainable food. Students will plant and begin growing their own herb gardens which will accompany them home at the end of the week. They will also work to develop their own recipes, which will be compiled in a take home recipe book. Browne Middle School science teacher Eric March and third grade teacher Robyn Laha are thrilled to take members of this exciting week will don their aprons, get their hands dirty in soil, and love the food they cook!
     

  • BSC Encore

    Don’t want camp to end? It doesn’t have to! BSC offers fun and engaging options for campers ages 3-13, during the week of August 10-14. The hours are 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Morning Care starting at 7:00 AM will be available as well as After Care until 5:00pm.

    Adventure a Day: Rising grades 3-8
    Sad that an amazing summer at BSC has come to an end? Don’t fear – there is a week of Encore Camp. Each day, we venture off campus on exciting field trips. Planned activities may include the Baltimore Aquarium, the Marine Corps Museum and Funland in Fredericksburg, Ticonderoga Farm, donuts at Sugar Shack, Six Flags Amusement Park, and finally, a refreshing day at a local water park. Pack your bags for amazing day trips!

    Triple Play Days: Rising Preschool - Rising 4th Grade
    Campers, accompanied by counselors and assigned to age appropriate groups, will experience a week of specialty camp opportunities.
    Each day campers will:
    • Visit the pool two times for swim lessons and free swim led by our team of certified lifeguards.
    • Cook Around the World under the expert guidance of vendor Tiny Chefs. Campers will cook up some fabulous flavors from Italy, India, Vietnam, Mexico, and France. A new country each day!
    • Exercise and learn discipline and control from Master Nat in daily martial arts sessions.
  • Morning & After Care

    Hectic schedule? Don’t worry! For those families who must juggle many responsibilities, we offer childcare programs before and after camp.

    Morning Care is 7:00 - 8:00 AM and After Care is from 4:00 - 6:00 PM. Campers will participate in art activities, inside games, and outdoor play and have an afternoon snack. It is recommended that campers register early so that space is reserved. Sign up for Morning & After Care is included during the initial online registration process. You may also use our Drop-In feature for both Morning & After Care on a day to day basis. The Drop-In cost is $15 per hour or fraction thereof. Please contact the camp office in advance to use the Drop-In feature. We will do our best to accommodate your needs, however space is limited.

    *During Encore Week (Adventure a Day and Triple Play Days), After Care is only available until 5PM.

    Please contact us at auxiliary@browneacademy.org with questions.
  • CIT (Counselor in Training) Program

    The CIT program is a professional development opportunity for rising grades 9-10. It prepares youth for employment, secondary and post-secondary education, and social situations. It will focus on what it takes to be a successful camp counselor and will create the foundation of soft skills. These skills are indispensable when acquiring employment, sustaining it, and progressing professionally. Participants will have direct access to the inner workings of Browne Summer Camp and will learn from the staff. This summer program allows this age group to develop professionally, have fun with their friends, and be a role model for younger campers.
    The CIT Director is Ms. Tess Madrid. This will be her fifth year directing this program, and her 15th year as a BSC staff member. Ms. Tess was a Group Counselor and PS Supervisor prior to her current role.  She has been a part of the BSC family since she was a camper at the age of 8 and was a CIT and Assistant Staff program graduate.
    The CIT application process will open December 20, 2019. The deadline to apply is March 20, 2020.

    This is a competetive program. Submitting an application does not guarantee admittance.

    This program follows the BSC schedule, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM daily, from June 15 to August 7, 2020. To maintain high program standards for summer 2020, BSC will be limiting the number of participants each week.

    If you have any questions regarding these programs, please contact Kara Schutter, kschutter@browneacademy.org.

    CIT
     (Counselor-In-Training) Program
    • Offered to rising grades 9-10.
    • Learn to be a responsible and compassionate counselor.
    • Manage “Canteen,” the camp’s snack shop.
    • Improve verbal and written communication skills.
    • Develop leadership skills.
    • Weekly one-on-one meetings with the CIT and Assistant Staff Director.
    • Complete the summer with a portfolio that will encompass personal and professional goal.
    • Cost: $326 weekly program fee
    *Campers that have satisfactory completed the CIT Program may be eligible to apply to the Assistant Staff Program. 
  • Assistant Staff Program

    The Assistant Staff program is open to high school age students, 10th-11th grade.  This is a volunteer program that enables its participants to recieve hands-on training in how camp is run safely and productively.  One of the main goals of this program, enables camp administration to see first-hand who is eligible for a paid position (eligible at 16 years old). This is a competetive program and space is limited.

    Please contact Kara Schutter, kschutter@browneacademy.org, with any questions.

    Assistant Staff application will open on December 20, 2019 and will close on March 20, 2020.
  • Summer Studies

    Open to all Browne Summer Campers and Browne Academy students, rising kindergarten – grade 8. Sessions take place during the 8:00 AM-4:00 PM camp day and are available during Weeks 1-8 of camp. Sessions are available at 30, 45, and 60 minute increments.

    Designed to enrich and/or remediate your child’s academic skills and performance throughout the summer months. Our degreed teachers, many of whom are Browne Academy faculty, work with you to design an individual program for your child.

    Tutoring is available in the following subject areas: reading, writing, math, literature, handwriting, language arts, creative writing and study skills. Parents will receive written reports from tutors after each session.

    Register online to indicate your interest. The program coordinator will contact you to arrange the details.
  • Swim, Archery & Music Lessons

    Private Swim Lessons are taught by lifeguards trained in Red Cross Water Safety Instruction. This curriculum teaches proper and safe swimming techniques to all ages and levels of proficiency. 

    Private Archery Lessons 
    are taught by USA Archery certified instructors. Lessons are available to campers rising grades 1-8. Archers will learn proper shooting technique with Olympic style recurve bows on our archery range. 

    Private Music Lessons 
    are taught by Browne Academy Music Faculty. Lessons are available to campers rising grades K-8. Lessons offered include piano, voice, guitar, trombone, french horn, trumpet, flute, violin, viola, cello, clarinet, baritone, oboe, saxophone, and ukulele.

    Private Lessons are 30 minutes in length and take place at the end of the camp day: 4:00 - 4:30 PM or 4:30 - 5:00 PM.

    Online registration links will be sent out to registered families by May 20, 2020.

Our Mission

Browne Summer Camp is dedicated to providing a memorable experience for every camper in a safe, fun-filled, and caring environment that fosters friendship, and mutual respect for one another. Every effort is made to offer each camper activities that will enhance his/her self-esteem, provide opportunities for skill development, lifetime interests, as well as nurture friendships with fellow campers and staff.

Meet Our Staff

Our well-trained staff is prepared for the summer’s programs. All staff are required to undergo an extensive interview and screening process including FBI and VA Social Services background checks. Staff members are required to participate in an orientation program and continue training throughout the summer. In addition to the group counselors, we have a staff of certified Pool Director and lifeguards at the pool, trained activity specialists, a Health Officer/RN, and a complete office staff during the summer months.

Browne Summer Camp is fully accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA), which requires conformity to strict standards of excellence in the areas of program, site and facilities, personnel, health care, and aquatics. We must also pass inspection by the Commonwealth of Virginia with regards to health, emergency procedures, and licensing.

Meet Our Directors

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  • Steve Marshall, Director of Auxiliary Services

    Steve has been a part of the BSC family since 2005. From being a Group Counselor, Lifeguard, and Pool Director, Steve knows the ins and outs of camp. He is able to cultivate his experiences into being an active and involved Camp Director.

    When asked why he loves camp, Steve says, “I love seeing campers try something completely out of their comfort zone and thriving because of the support of their friends and counselors.”

    If you want to know who Steve is on campus, look for the guy in the Hawaiian shirt and visor!
  • Janet Gomez, Director of Camp Operations

    For anyone who has ever been a camper or staff member, they know there is no Browne Summer Camp without Ms. Janet. With more than 25 years at BSC and the Browne community, Ms. Janet exemplifies the true mission of summer camp. For any parent feeling nervous sending their child to camp for the first time, Ms. Janet will be here to ease any worries. She is our camp mom who makes every camper feel loved, important, and part of the Browne family.

    When asked why she loves camp, she says, “My favorite part of camp is the family atmosphere that brings everyone together; especially during our Grand Finale and weekly performances.”

    WARNING
    …when Ms. Janet sees you, she will hug you.
  • Kara Schutter, Auxiliary Program Manager

    Kara first joined the BSC family in 1999 as a Group Counselor. She then returned in 2006 as the CIT and Assistant Staff Director where she made it her mission to have her participants understand the honor of being a part of someone’s childhood. The memories that campers have of loving and caring counselors makes an impact that lasts forever.

    When asked why she loves camp, she says, “I love seeing my past campers, CIT, and Assistant Staff as loving, caring, and responsible counselors. It is heartwarming to see them want to return to the BSC family every summer. Watching them have fun and connect with their campers gives me pure joy!”

    You’ll know its Kara when you call the camp office and hear, “It’s a beautiful day at Browne Summer Camp!”