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 is holding a summer camp early bird registration, Wednesday, May 31, at the YMCA office, 6 Fairfax St., S.E., Leesburg, from 5-8 p.m. The membership fee will be waived bt attending and registering a child for camp. Complete a summer camp registration form and provide all appropriate paper work; proof of birth and three-page health form. Summer day camp locations are Seldens Landing, Horizon, Hutchinson Farm elementary schools, J.R.Õs Festival Lakes and Algonkian Regional Park. Themes are Aloha Splash, C.S.I., Slither Wiggle Splash, Sports Fantastic, and, All about me. Call the YMCA office, 703, 777-9622 or visit

The Sterling Annex Community Center, 22084 Shaw Road, is offering part-time preschool summer camps, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 9 a.m.-12 p.m. camps offered June 12-Aug. 14, with a different theme each week. Call 703-430-6673 for fees and availability.

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 UniversityÕs 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 universityÕs 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 SUÕs entrepreneurship program, ÒIntroduction to Entrepreneurship.Ó

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 begins June 26 and runs through 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.

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.

Temple Hall Farm Regional Park will offer a summer camp program aimed and boys and girls age 10 to 14. The four day farming adventure is scheduled for July 10-14.

During the summer camp program, children will have opportunities to learn about farm animals and will interact with the many breeds at the farm. Participants will also learn about Northern Virginia's farming heritage and will try their green thumb at gardening at the 286-acre working farm in beautiful Loudoun County. Throughout children will meet new friends and participate in a number of fun activities like fishing and going on hay rides.

The registration deadline has been extended to May 1. Contact Temple Hall Farm at 703-779-9372 or via e-mail at

Galilee United Methodist Church will be holding the Fiesta Vacation Bible School, July 10-14, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon, for 3-year-olds (by Sept. 30, 2005) through fifth graders. The main Bible point is "Where Kids are Fired Up About Jesus." The location for the VBS will be at GUMC, 45425 Winding Road, Sterling. Cost is $35 per child. To register call 703-430-2203 or e-mail Registration forms are available on the Web site at or at the church office. Registration deadline is July 2.

The Audubon Naturalist SocietyÕs 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

Ashburn Presbyterian Church is sponsoring its 7th annual Christian musical theater mission camp.

The camp is open to all youth in the community ages 11-16, from July 24-28, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Snacks and lunch will be provided daily. Cost per student $125.

The theme is "Amazing Grace" and is a race from Genesis to Revelation in the Bible. Participants will study the Bible, participate in scavenger hunts, learn skits and songs. The participants will also give a performance Friday, July 28, in the church's sanctuary. This performance is for the community, congregation and parents. A dessert fellowship will follow the performance.

APC is located at 20962 Ashburn Road. Call 703-729-2012 or visit

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 Ñ French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War II Ñ 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 will be holding the KidSpirit Triple Sports Day Camp for rising third-sixth graders, July 24-28, from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Directed by The Leavening Agency, a Christian organization specializing in creative children's programming in churches and schools. All campers 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. Cost is $150 per child. Registration forms are available on the Web site at or at the church office.

The camp will be held at Galilee UMC, 45425 Winding Road, Sterling. Contact Kim at 703-430-2203 or by e-mail

Galilee United Methodist Church will be offering a Performing Arts Day Camp for rising third-sixth graders, July 31-Aug. 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The final performance will be 7 p.m., Friday evening. Directed by The Leavening Agency, a Christian organization specializing in creative children's programming in churches and schools. There are no auditions, every participant is encouraged to choose what he or she wants to do: music Ñ singing, hand chimes and rhythm instruments; performance skills Ñ drama and acting; choreography Ñ movement and sign language; stagecraft Ñ scenery painting. Cost is $150 per child. Registration forms are available on the Web site at or at the church office.

The camp will be held at Galilee UMC, 45425 Winding Road, Sterling. Contact Kim at 703-430-2203 or by e-mail