Ultimate Guide to Summer Camps in the Washington, DC Area 2021

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Who’s ready for summer?! With the vaccine rollout underway and several area schools successfully reopening, we are looking forward to a more “normal” summer. And this, of course, means Summer Camps!

Check out this guide for some of our favorite summer camps in the DC area. Be sure to scroll all the way down to check out the comprehensive lists of summer camps in the tabs at the bottom of the page!


Tyler Elementary School
1001 G St SE
Washington, DC 20003


Are you looking for a summer activity that is safe, educational, and a lot of fun? Join DC Way’s award-winning soccer camp for kids ages 5-13! Our goal is to provide children an opportunity to learn, grow, and shine in a fun, no pressure environment.

At our exciting soccer camps, campers will discover new soccer skills while improving their cognitive skills such as emotional intelligence and self-confidence. Our approach includes no boring activities and no standing in a line because the game is the best teacher!

We offer full-week, mini sessions, and one day options for our camp programs. They run from 9 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday. Our games are perfect and enjoyable for children of any age and skill level! DC Way’s soccer coaches are experienced and certified.

Early-bird discounts are available for a limited time. Ready to play some soccer — and have an awesome time? Sign up online today!

Camp Dates:
Weekly Sessions from June 28 – August 27, 2021

Camper Ages:
5 – 13 years


Capitol Hill & NW DC


Pedalheads is a learn-to-ride bike camp best known for getting kids as young as 3, off training wheels and riding on their own.

We combine a fun group setting with specialized equipment, tailored cycling lessons, and incredible instructors to build confidence and get some of the most tentative kids biking on their own. We also offer advanced bike lessons that focus on road safety.

This Summer we are excited to be brining our popular week-long day camps to the DC area.

Why Pedalheads?

  • Proven track record over the last 25 years: Most kids learn to ride within 1 week
  • Winner of several Parents Choice Awards for Best Children’s Day Camp
  • Fully trained instructors for beginner and advanced levels
  • An outdoor activity with more inherent distancing in place

Registration opens on April 20 at 12pm EST. Be sure to mark your calendar and register early!

Camp Dates:
Week-long Day camps – Schedule and Locations TBD – Contact us for Details.

Camper Ages:
Generally Ages 3 – 12


4908 Auburn Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

Get creative and develop performance skills on stage, behind the camera, and in the classroom in camps for ages 3.5-18 this summer at Imagination Stage!

Imagination Stage offers 1, 2, 3, and 4-week long summer camps at our main theatre in Bethesda as well as in Rockville and Northwest DC (at American University). With options in performance, acting, musical theatre, dance, filmmaking, and early childhood – Imagination Stage camps have something for everyone!

** Save 10% on camp tuition with Early Bird pricing when registering now through February 21! **

Camp Dates:
1, 2, 3, and 4-week camps running throughout the summer, with options from June 14 through August 20, 2021

Camper Ages:
3.5 – 18 years


Since 1993, Calleva has provided award-winning summer camps that carried on last summer without incident! Building on 2020 success, Calleva offers day camp programs for ages 5-14 PLUS overnight options, including weeklong trips for teens. With hubs in Maryland & Virginia, Calleva provides outdoor adventures on the rivers, trails & forests that surround DC. Choose a “sampler” week or select a single activity from Calleva’s menu of options — Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Fishing & more! Pickup-point transportation included. Covid policies are evolving with public health guidance. Visit www.calleva.org for details!

Camp Dates:
One-Week experiences, from June 7-August 27, 2021

Camper Ages:
5 – 16 years

13015 Riley’s Lock Road
Poolesville, MD 20837


Barrie Camp is an extraordinary environment for summer learning, exploration, and fun! A wide variety of activities, a vibrant community, an abundance of multi-purpose facilities, and a vast natural setting allow camper to be free to explore new things, enjoy the outdoors, and spend quality time with friends. Barrie Camp is the ideal setting for on-site swimming, canoeing, arts, sports, nature, STEM, and other great activities using our indoor and outdoor facilities!

Camp Dates:
June 14 – August 13, 2021

Camper Ages:
4 – 14 years

13500 Layhill Road
Silver Spring, MD 20906



At Headfirst Summer Camps, we are proud of the legacy, traditions, growth and connections we have built over the past 25 years. And while camp in 2021 will look different than summers of the past, our commitment to delivering a safe, supportive and exciting environment for your camper will never change! After a successful summer in 2020, we bring an increased focus on safety, cleanliness and social distancing to our programming this summer.

Camp is more important now than ever. Time outdoors with friends and being active is what kids crave, and it’s what we deliver. Does your child want to learn about Robotics, Urban Planning, Cooking or Dinosaurs? We can help. Does your child want to do nothing but play sports and games all day? We’ve got a camp for that, too. We aim to inspire each and every camper to push themselves just a little bit harder than they did the day before.

Camp Dates:
June 14 – August 20, 2021

Camper Ages:
3 – 12 years

Bethesda, MD
Cathedral Heights NW, DC
Palisades NW, DC
Oakton, VA



Virtual Tech Camps are the perfect way for kids and teens to sharpen STEM skills and bond with new friends, all from the comfort of home. With the highest quality remote instruction on the planet, your child can unlock tech brilliance and create an exciting project.

Structured, weeklong sessions available now in multiple time zones (5 consecutive days, Monday-Friday) with the hottest curriculum in Python, Java, Minecraft, Roblox, Unity, Adobe, 3D modeling, and more.

Average of 5 students per instructor, blending personalized learning and time to socialize with new friends, with all of the magic of camp including games, challenges, and legendary iD traditions you can’t find anywhere else.

Camp Dates:
Now through August



At Camp Half-Blood heroes are made every week. Under the keen guidance of our caring and creative staff, campers are led through activities, games, and crafts that are inspired by stories of the ancients. Together we’re building a community of confident readers and storymakers. Join the adventure!

Camp Dates:
July 5 – August 13, 2021

Camper Ages:
Rising 2nd graders – 7th graders

Picnic Area #6 696 Beach Dr. NW
Washington, DC 20012



Voice, Instruments & more!
Pop & Bollywood

Learn To Sing Or Play Instruments With Teachers From Berklee School of Music and SaReGaMaPa Singers

Weekly Themes include Bollywood Songs From the Decades, SongWriting, Rock Band, Guitar Ensembles and Recording & Production. Sizes of camps are small, making the learning extra-special.

Ask about our STEM camps too for extra variety and fun!

Camp Dates:
June 28 – August 20, 2021

Camper Ages:
Ages 5 and up

44190 Waxpool Rd, #162
Ashburn VA 20147

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Perfect Pointe’s summer dance camps include the perfect blend of fun, technique, creativity and inspiration for ages 3-6 and 7-12, with locations in Arlington and Springfield, Virginia.

Weekly themes include Dance Mania, Fairytale Princes & Princesses, Olympics Camp, Broadway Bound – Beauty & the Beast, Peace, Love, Dance Camp, Hip Hop Video Camp, and more! Each day includes a variety of classes, crafts, games and activities, and every week culminates with a livestreamed performance for family and friends – come join the fun!

Camp Dates:
June 28 – August 20, 2021

Camper Ages:
3 – 12 years

2499 N Harrison Street
Suite LL-1
Arlington, VA 2220

8060 Rolling Road
Springfield, VA 22153

703-533-8830 (Arlington)

703-440-9000 (Springfield)


BlackRock will host a fun, arts integrated camp, which provides an opportunity for children to create, express, and explore their world through a variety of art mediums: Visual art, dance, theater and music. Each week will focus on a different theme exploring art disciplines through activities such as improv, painting, drawing, drums, and theater.

The program, taught by best-in-class teaching artists, will enhance a child’s self-confidence while allowing them to discover self-expression through different art forms. Our Summer Art Academy will be hosted on site and follow the most recent and strict COVID-19 safety measures.

Camp Dates:
June 21 – August 27, 2021 (Five-Week Sessions)

Camper Ages:
9 – 11 years (3rd through 5th grade)

14432 Stonebridge View Drive
North Potomac, MD 20878



Sports, gardening, and arts & crafts galore!

Creek walks, water play, and so much more!

Our Summer 2021 Modified Program brings all this to children aged 2.5-6 years in a joyful celebration of weekly themes.

Monday through Friday we offer:
Before Care: 8-9 am
Program: 9 am – 12:30 pm or 9 am – 3 pm
After Care: 3-4:30 pm

Encouraging a lifelong love of learning, Geneva Day School provides exceptional classes and extraordinary programs to young children. Be sure to visit: genevadayschool.org.

Program Dates:
June 7 – August 6, 2021 (9 sessions)

Participant Ages:
2.5 – 6 years

11931 Seven Locks Road
Potomac, MD 20854



Offering 5 full days of animal themed music, creative classes, and final performance for students! We will be getting wild with all types of animals! Taking examples from The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Shrek, and Cats. Students will vote on which songs to learn for the recital on Friday. Students will get to learn a choreographed dance from The Lion King. We will learn about and create props, costumes, and have fun with music!

Camp Dates:
July 12 – 16, 2021, from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Additional optional Aftercare Program from 3:30-5:30

Camper Ages:
4 – 13 years

McLean Central Park Gazebo
1468 Dolley Madison Blvd
McLean, VA 22101



Camp Under the Stars is an overnight summer camp located in the Prince William Forest National Park in Dumfries, Virginia.

Our overnight camp program is designed for first-time campers and those who have camped before. Camp activities include art, STEM, waterfall walks, campfire meals, hiking, library, yoga, and outside play.

Our mission is to provide a supportive, inclusive camp community that values each child’s uniqueness, celebrates our differences, and respects nature and the planet.

Camp Dates:
July 11 – 17, 2021

Camper Ages:
Overnight camp: ages 5-12
Culinary CIT leadership program: ages 15-17

Dumfries, Virginia

571-406-3031 (summer only)


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Campers will hike various trails at Rock Creek Park with their group leaders. Throughout the camp day, participants will engage in craft and enrichment activities, cooperative and competitive games.

Each day, students will explore various community service-related topics, including pollution, litter, endangered species, deforestation, the effects of global warming, and many more! After learning about the various community service topics, students will participate in related enrichment activities, and community service projects, all while exploring nature!

Camp Dates:
June 28 – July 30, 2021

Camper Ages:
5 – 12 years

5200 Glover Rd NW
Washington, D.C, 20015



iGen ignites learning in children and enhances their 21st century skills through project-based learning and digital learning in science, technology, engineering and math.

Campers will engage in Robotics, Makerspace, Coding and Raspberry “Pi-ing”. Once a week, iGeners will get out of the building for a field trip! Join iGen this summer as we work to bridge the ethic and gender gap in STEM by exposing the youth to computer science.

Camp Dates:
June 28 – August 20, 2021

Camper Ages:
Children grades K through 8

201 4th St SE
Washington DC 20003


Code Ninjas | Various Locations in MD and VA

ECO-Camp | SE DC

Fairfax Collegiate Summer Program | Multiple Locations in VA

Headfirst Camps | Multiple Locations in DC, MD, and VA

iGen Educational Academy | SE DC

Revolutionary War Camp | NW DC

STEM Summer Camp | Burke, VA

Young Entrepreneurs | Rockville, MD

Summer Science Academy | Westminster, MD

Bar-T | Multiple Locations in MD

Bretton Woods Summer Adventure Camp | Germantown, MD

Calleva Outdoor Adventures | Poolesville, MD and Great Falls, VA

Teens To Go | Gaithersburg, MD

Abrakadoodle | Multiple locations across DC, MD, and VA

Arlington Arts Center | Arlington, VA

Art Squared | Silver Spring, MD

Art Works Now | Hyattsville, MD

Arts on the Horizon | Alexandria, VA

CREATE Arts Center Camps | Silver Spring, MD

Creative Arts and Summer Adventure Sheridan School | NW DC

Fillmore Arts Camp | NW DC

Imagination Stage | Montgomery County, MD and NW DC

Mason Community Arts Academy | Fairfax, VA

Notes n’ Beats | Ashburn, VA

Strathmore Art Camp | North Bethesda, MD

Summer at Harmonia | Vienna, VA

The Art League | Alexandria, VA

The Children’s Art Studio | NW DC

Three Little Birdies
 | Hyattsville, MD

Camp Koda | Leesburg, VA

Camp Olympia | Rockville, MD

Capital Fencing Academy | North Bethesda, MD

Cardinal Basketball Academy | NE DC

Coach Parker Basketball Academy | Multiple locations in MD

DC Fencers Club | Silver Spring, MD

DC Way | SE DC

Dynamite Gymnastics Center | Rockville, MD

Dynamite Tumbling and Cheer | Gaithersburg, MD

Gymkana | College Park, MD

Headfirst Camps | Multiple locations in DC, MD, and VA

Kidball Baseball | Multiple locations in MD

Kids Elite Sports | NW DC

Michael & Son SportsPlex at Dulles | Dulles, VA

Michael & Son SportsPlex at Rockville | Rockville, MD

Pedalheads | DC

RDU Tennis | Multiple locations in DC

Silver Stars Gymnastics | Bowie and Silver Spring, MD

Squash on Fire Junior Day Camp | NW DC

Stu Vetter’s Basketball Camp | Vienna, VA

Table Tennis Day Camps | Gaithersburg, MD

TBC Intro to Sweep Rowing Summer Program |  NW DC

TenniStar Sports | Chevy Chase, MD

The Agility Center | North Bethesda, MD

The St. James | Springfield, VA

Topgolf Summer Academy | MD and VA

Westleigh Multi-Sport Camps | Gaithersburg, MD

YMCA | Multiple Locations

Balletnova | Falls Church, VA

Bethesda Conservatory of Dance | Bethesda, MD

CityDance Online Summer Dance Camps and Intensives | Virtual

Creative Arts Center | Multiple locations in VA

HeartBeats Music and Dance Camps | Arlington and Springfield, VA

Perfect Pointe Dance Studio Summer Camps | Arlington and Springfield, VA

Salsa with Silvia | NW DC

The Lab DC | NW DC

Tiny Dancers | Multiple locations in VA

Tippi Toes Dance Camp | Locations across DC, MD, and VA

A Child’s Place @ Hollin Hall | Alexandria, VA

Acorn Hill Waldorf Summer Program | Silver Spring, MD

Badlands Summer Camp | Rockville, MD

Bar-T | Multiple Locations in MD

Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences Summer Camp | Barnesville, MD

Barrie Day Camp | Silver Spring, MD

BeanTree Learning | Ashburn and Chantilly, VA

Beauvoir Summer | NW DC

Bretton Woods Summer Day Camp | Germantown, MD

Bricks for Kids | NW DC

Brooksfield School | McLean, VA

Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies | Alexandria, VA

Busy Bees | Falls Church, VA

Camp Crusader | Alexandria, VA

Camp Berry | NW DC

Camp EdVenture | Multiple locations in VA

Camp Griffin at Westminister School | Annandale, VA

Capitol Hill Day School | SE DC

Congressional Camps | Falls Church, VA

Cooking Thyme | SE DC

Creative Summer at Holton-Arms School | Bethesda, MD

DPR Summer Camp | Washington, DC

Flint Hill School “Summer on the Hill” | Oakton, VA

Forest Camp by Beyond the Basics | Washington, DCC

Geneva Day School | Potomac, MD

Green Acres Camp | North Bethesda, MD

Green Hedges School Summer Camp | Vienna, VA

Headfirst Camps | Multiple locations in DC, MD, and VA

Kenwood Summer Day Camp | Annandale, VA

Kid Museum | Bethesda, MD

Landon Summer | Bethesda, MD

Leesburg Animal Park | Leesburg, VA

Lowell School | NW DC

Makers Generation | Silver Spring, MD

Mater Amoris Summer Program | Ashton, MD

McLean School SummerEdge | Potomac, MD

Montgomery County Summer Camps | Montgomery County, MD

Mr. Tony’s Adventure Camp | NE DC

Norwood | Bethesda, MD

Pinecrest Summer Pavilion at Pinecrest School | Annandale, VA

Reston Montessori School | Reston, VA

Sidwell Summer | NW DC and Bethesda, MD

Smithsonian Summer Camp | Washington, DC

Spring Academy Summer Camp | Kensington, MD

Steve & Kate’s Camp | SE DC

Stone Ridge Summer CampUs | Bethesda, MD

Summer @ Potomac | McLean, VA

Summer at Sandy Spring | Sandy Spring, MD

Teddy Bear Camp | NW DC

The Building Museum | Washington, DC

The Cathay School | Rockville, MD

The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington | Locations across DC, MD, and VA

Tic | Annandale, VA

Valley Mill Camp | Germantown, MD

Washington Waldorf Summer Camps | Bethesda, MD

WIS Summer Camp | NW DC

Camp Kinhaven | Arlington, VA

Geneva Day School Summer Camp | Potomac, MD

Montessori School of McLean Summer Camp | McLean, VA

My Gym Bethesda | Bethesda, MD

My Gym Potomac | Potomac, MD

Northeast Stars Montessori Preschool Summer Camp | Locations in NE DC and Alexandria, VA

DCI Expeditions | NW DC

French Immersion Camp | Multitple locations in DC, MD, and VA

GLC German Language Courses | Potomac, MD

Kids Language Arts | McLean, VA

Mindbloom | NE DC

My Language Immersion Summer Camps | Bethesda, MD

Salsa with Silvia | NW DC

All Souls Music & Art Camp | NW DC

Camp Levine | NW DC

Fillmore Arts Camp | NW DC

International School of Music | Bethesda and Potomac, MD

Mason Community Arts Academy | Fairfax, VA

Musicfully | McLean, VA

Notes n’ Beats |Ashburn, VA

Summer at Harmonia | Vienna, VA

Washington Conservatory of Music | Glen Echo, MD

AstroCamp | Clover, VA

Club SciKidz NOVA | Locations in Alexandria, Fairfax & Loudon Counties

Code Ninjas | Germantown, MD

ECO-Camp | SE DC

Family Dinosaur Camp | SE DC

iD Tech | NW DC

Mad Science of Washington | Multiple locations in DC, MD, and VA

Robot Works | Burke, VA

Summer Science Academy | Westminster, MD

Camp Horizons | Harrisonburg, VA

Camp Motorsport | Clover, VA

River Mountain | Everett, PA

Under the Stars | Dumfries, VA

Acting for Young People | Fairfax, VA

Adventure Theatre MTC in Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD

Applause! Performing Arts Camp by Moonlit Wings | Fairfax County, VA

Art Squared | Silver Spring, MD

Camp Arena Stage | NW DC

Camp Shakespeare | Multiple locations in DC, MD & VA

Drama Kids of East Montgomery County | Multiple locations in MD

Encore Stage | Arlington, VA

Fit Kids Stage Summer Camp | NW DC

Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD

Lola’s Lab | Arlington, VA

Mason Community Arts Academy | Fairfax, VA

New York’s The LM Project | Reston, VA

Round House Summer Theatre Camps | Silver Spring, MD

Summer Camps at Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD

The Theatre Lab Summer Acting Camp for Kids | NW DC

Traveling Players Ensemble | McLean and Reston, VA

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  2. Great guide!!, any suggestion for a foreign girl, 4 years old, Spanish speaker, willing to learn English and exchange experiences, (US citizen living abroad), for a few days around August 15th?. Will be in VA, near Springfield . Thanks in advance for any sugestión of summer camps!. Oscar

  3. I recently have the good fortune of reading this article. Do you have any suggestions for a South American student in enrolling for a summer camp? A close friend of mine had once been in an extensive three-week summer program and he studied with people from all around the world. Wha he was really proud of was covering highschool biology in just three weeks. Is this even possible?

  4. Hi Paige, thanks for this directory. I run a recreational skincare chemistry school with hands-on experience, for kids/teens from 8 to 15 (and adults !) in Arlington. I am running different sessions for spring break and summer camps 2021. We will be making shampoo bar, coconut hair conditioner plastic-free lotion bar (emulsion, gel, foaming techniques). I was wondering how to be featured? (the link, ‘chat with us’ is broken right now). It is also a good way to celebrate a birthday with a fun and educative experience. Thanks for the follow-up. Elodie https://elodiesnaturals.com/pages/springbreak

    • Hi Elodie, your camp sounds fabulous! I’d love to send you details on how to be included in this guide – just send me an email at paige @ dcareamom.com. Thanks also for telling me about the button. I’ll work on fixing that right away!

    • Camps filled up really quickly this year! I’d recommend calling around – lots of places have been able to open up new spots with covid restrictions lifting. Fingers crossed for you!

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