Camps & Schools

Camps & Schools

Send announcements to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Jennifer Lesinski at 703-917-6454.

This free listing is reserved for activities and events that are open to the public at no or minimal cost.

The YMCA Loudoun County will hold several after-school programs for the 2006-07 school year, with locations at the following elementary schools, Road Hill, Catoctin, Hillside, Sugarland, Cool Spring, Evergreen Mill, Sterling and Forest Grove. Registration required, 703-777-9622 or visit Fee $285 per month with half off the first month.

The Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services has released a new, updated edition of its 2006 Summer Camp Guide. With the increasing demand for enrollment in the department's summer programs, a second edition of the camp guide was needed in order to incorporate new camps added since the first edition was released in March.

In addition to a planned distribution through the middle schools, the new camp guides are available at all PRCS community centers, manned parks, Loudoun County libraries and the department's administrative office located at 215 Depot Court in Leesburg. Summer camp details can also be found on the Web site at or call 703-777-0343.

Free-Son Treasure Island Vacation Bible School, July 19-23, 9 a.m.-noon, fro ages 4-13, at Bethel OPC Church, 19856 Evergreen Mill Road, Leesburg. Includes Bible stories, snacks, crafts and games. Call 703-777-4221 or e-mail

Riverside Summer Camp for prekindergarten through rising fifth grades: Riverside's SonRise Camp, June 19-23, at Algonkian Regional Park. Theme is "A Royal Summer." Learn about a different king or queen from the Bible on each of the five days, culminating with a celebration of the true "King of Kings." Hilarious skits, awesome crafts, gooey snacks, great games, and super soakers. Contact Riverside Presbyterian Church, 703-444-3528.

Ashburn Presbyterian Church will be having a Fiesta Bible school. The program will provide fun, memorable Bible-learning activities for children ages 4 to fifth-grade. Each day includes songs, games, Bible adventures, snacks and music. Additionally, participants will join nearly a million children in North America and take part in a hands-on mission project that will reach needy children in Latin American countries.

The Fiesta is June 19-23, at Ashburn Presbyterian Church, 20962 Ashburn Road each day, from 9 a.m.-noon. The cost of participation is $30 per child; $55 maximum per family. Registration required, call the church office, 703-729-2012.

Shenandoah University's Harry F. Byrd Jr. School of Business entrepreneurship program summer boot camp, a program aimed at helping young entrepreneurs, seeks high-school participants for the inaugural program this summer on the university's main campus.

The entrepreneurship boot camp, June 26-July 1, is designed to help young entrepreneurs assess their technical and business skills and evaluate whether they might be ready and able to start their own ventures.

The program is open to rising high-school juniors and seniors as well as recent high-school graduates accepted for admission to Shenandoah University.

Includes lectures, reading, field experience, research and both individual and group projects. Participants will be awarded three college credits, covering the first course in SU's entrepreneurship program, "Introduction to Entrepreneurship."

Ten participants will be chosen for the entrepreneurship boot camp through an application and screening process. Selected participants will attend the boot camp free of charge, including on-campus housing, meals and field trips.

Contact Miles Davis at or 540-545-7314.

Draw, paint, sculpt and more this summer at the Loudoun Academy of the Arts in Leesburg. Summer art camp for children age 5-16, from June 26-Aug. 18. Choose from a lineup of camps that includes imaginative painting projects, clay creations, cartooning, digital photography, batik, the art of magic, young designers club, mural painting and much, much more. Call 703-777-8043 or

The Loudoun Academy of the Arts, located at 222 South King St., Leesburg, is a 501c3 educational organization that offers fine art instruction to children and adults, gallery exhibition space for professional artists and studio art facilities.

The Sterling Annex Community Center, 22084 Shaw Road, will hold a summer sports program for children ages 5-8, July 5-7, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Includes Soccer skills, tumbling, kickball, football passing and catching skills and Frisbee. Participants must bring water bottle, lunch and drink. Preregistration required, call 703-430-6673. Cost $96.

Galilee United Methodist Church, 45425 Winding Road, Sterling, will hold a Fiesta Vacation Bible School, July 10-14, from 9 a.m.-noon, for ages 3-fifth-graders. This year's Bible theme is "Where Kids are Fired Up About Jesus." The cost, including a "Fiesta" T-shirt, is $35 for the first child and $30 for each sibling. Registration forms and additional information available online at or at the church office or contact Kim at 703-430-2203 or by e-mail Registration deadline is July 2.

Chronicles of Farmia: 4-H Camp, July 10-14 and July 31-Aug. 4, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Heritage Farm Museum and the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service 4-H program and hosted by the Museum and Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve. Camp is designed to encourage campers to recognize the interdependence of agriculture, the environment and human needs and to work cooperatively to promote informed consumer choices and sustainable agricultural practices. Campers will utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a curriculum that is based on the national Food, Land and People education initiative and on the Standards of Learning for Virginia. Include hands-on live-animal programs, interactive lessons on tools and tractors and a special session on gardening for children. Camp will run July 10-July 14, at the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum and July 31-Aug. 4, at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve. Call 703-421-5322 to register. Ages: 9-13. Fee: $200.

The Audubon Naturalist Society's Rust Nature Sanctuary in Leesburg will offer summer nature camps for children ages prekindergarten through sixth grade. Choose from a lineup of camps that begin July 17 and run through Aug. 25. The camps focus on nature and are designed to foster environmental awareness and expand natural and cultural knowledge. Feature fun experiences with hands-on activities, hikes, games, crafts and explorations. Call 703-669-0000 or visit

Galilee United Methodist Church, 45425 Winding Road, Sterling, will hold KidSpirit Triple Sports day camp, July 24-28, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. All campers, rising third- through sixth-graders, will work on basic basketball, soccer and volleyball skills, and each participant can choose one of these sports for more advanced instruction. There are no tryouts, every participant is encouraged to choose what he or she wants to do. The cost is $150 per child. Registration forms and additional information available online at or at the church office or contact Kim at 703-430-2203 or by e-mail at Registration deadline is July 2.

The Loudoun Museum will be holding a Loudoun Heritage Super Camp, at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, Monday-Friday, July 24-28, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., for ages 8-12 years. Snacks and materials provided. Bring a sack lunch. Cost: $300. Reservations required.

Super Camp covers several important historical events French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War II and campers learn first hand how these events affected the lives of the people living in Loudoun County. Heritage camp utilizes activities, games, crafts, costumed interpreters, hands-on object exploration, and professional speakers to bring history alive. Call the Loudoun Museum at 703-777-7427 or e-mail

Galilee United Methodist Church, 45245 Winding Road, Sterling, will be holding a Performing Arts day camp for rising third- through sixth-graders, July 31-Aug. 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be a final performance at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 4. There are no auditions, every participant is encouraged to choose what he or she wants to do: music singing, hand chimes and rhythm instruments; performance skills drama and acting; choreography movement and sign language; stagecraft scenery painting. The cost is $150 per child. Registration forms and additional information available online at or at the church office or contact Kim at 703-430-2203 or by e-mail at Registration deadline is July 14.