School’s Out Early? Send Kids to Summer Camp

The announcement that the last day for Fairfax County Public Schools had been moved up to Friday, June 15 was surely good news for students. But for parents the news created a potential problem: what to do with their kids the following week when they were supposed to still be in school.

One option for safe, supervised fun is a Fairfax County Park Authority summer camp. The Park Authority is the largest provider of summer camps in Northern Virginia and has a variety of camps for school-age children scheduled during the week of June 18 to June 22. Parents can browse a complete list of engaging camps and find the necessary forms here.

Variety of offerings

Many RECenters offer Summer R.O.C.S. Camp (RECenters Offer Cool Stuff) for kids who enjoy swimming, arts and crafts, and games. Five and six-year-olds can explore the shore and surrounding forest at Burke Lake Park during Nature’s Secrets/Great Outdoors Camp.   Other interesting camps include Robotics Green City Challenge, Chess Camp, Sports Zone, Beaches, Bays and Critters, Dinosaur Days, and Adventures on the Farm.

Camp tips

Parents who choose to send their kids to summer camps should keep these helpful tips in mind:

  • Make multiple copies of completed camp forms. Forms must be turned in at each location for each session, and you may want to keep a copy for personal records.
  • Be sure to put your name on the Pick-Up Authorization Form as an authorized individual even though you are the one completing the form.
  • Label all of your child’s belongings, including child’s lunch, which must have child’s name and date on it.
  • Keep electronics at home.
  • Dress your child in play clothes and sneakers every day. Sandals, wheelie shoes, flip flops, clogs and other shoes that may be unsafe for activities are not permitted.
  • For your child’s safety, do not drop off your child at the front door. Parents must sign children in and out of camp each day. An I.D. is required at pick up.

You can get more information by calling 703-222-4664.