Host a Student with USA Connections

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Published: 04/08/2014
USA Connection is an exchange program that is currently looking for host families (who are compensated!) who would like to have a student from Spain join their family for a few weeks this summer.  Interested? Here are some details! 



1) Tell me a little about your organization and how you got involved

We have always enjoyed intercultural experiences, since we  ourselves are an international couple, and we have traveled, lived in different countries, and speak different languages. Last year, for the first time, we decided to extend that experience to others by inviting a carefully selected group of Basque teens to stay with American families during the month of July.  It was a great experience for everyone.  After last year's great experience, we were really motivated to do it again!


2) What's one of your favorite exchange stories from students?
 
One of our more conscientious students forgot to change the timezone on his cellphone alarm. So, on his first night with his host family he went to bed at a relatively normal time only to get up, shower and go down to have breakfast at 1:00 a.m. all the while wondering how American's could sleep so late on a week day!

Another was at a 4th of July pool party, and was the only one to notice when a toddler fell into the pool. He quickly jumped in to pull the toddler out.

3) What's one of your favorite exchange stories from a family?
 
One of the families from the Lake Ridge area enjoyed the experience of having one of our youth so much that they want to host the same student again! They've kept in touch all year and are even planning on being the first family to do a full exchange with our program by sending their daughter to Spain to stay for 3 weeks with their host student's family.



4) What's involved in hosting a student?
 
Nothing special, really. We do ask that our student have a private bedroom and that Spanish not be the primary language of the host family. Other than that, they should do their own laundry, help with basic chores and go where your family goes.


If your family goes to church, take them to church. If one of your children has a softball game, take them to the game. The only "extra" thing would be to drop them off at the pickup point for our 2 day trips and when we take them to summer camp- and pick them back up, of course!

The families, in general, aren't expected to pay the students way. They travel with their own pocket money. They also travel with full medical and liability insurance in the case of any mishaps.


Having a teen in the family is preferable, but not necessary. Children that they can interact with is a requirement though.


5) Where do students come from? What do they like to do?
Our students come, primarily, from the Basque Country, a small nation between Spain and France. Most of the Basque live on the Spanish side of the border.  Because of the Basque Country's unique situation, most of our students are trilingual, with Spanish, Basque and English. A few speak French as well.

Our students are very similar to kids in the US. The boys like soccer and video games. Many of them surf if they live near the coast. The girls tend to be athletic as well, playing soccer and field hockey. Basketball is also very popular. It's common to see groups of teens hanging out on a park bench talking and playing with their cellphones just like kids in the U.S. In the summer, they tend to spend the day at the beach.

6) What kind of support is offered to host families?
We try to be as supportive as possible. We travel with the kids from Bilbao to Paris and on to Dulles and help make sure they arrive with their host families safely. We stay in the area for the entire trip, so we're available any time to help out with any issues, like homesickness or illness, that might come up. We give families basic instructions on what is expected of them while hosting one of our students, as well as a list of appropriate activities that they might want to consider. We also invite family members to come on day trips that we organize and the going away party.

We also offer a stipend to the families to cover the cost of having an extra person in the house.

 

This is a sponsored post brought to you by USA Connections.  PwcMoms has not participated in the program and makes no explicit or implied claims about your family's experience.

Summer Intensives at Academy of Russian Ballet

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Published: 04/01/2014

Our friends at the Academy of Russian Ballet are offering several summer intensives, master classes, and maintenance classes for your dancer!  The Academy of Russian Ballet appears on our "Readers Recommend: Dance Studios for Children in Prince William County" list, as well. 


The Academy of Russian Ballet is a sponsor of PwcMoms.com.  All opinions expressed are those of PwcMoms.com, however. 

Week in Preview: August 12 to August 18, 2013

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Published: 08/12/2013
Animated Child will have Jackson Pollock demonstration classes this week, but you have to pre-register!  Call 703-763-0003.  Times vary by age group.   While you're on the phone, ask about their parents night/day out programs! 

You can try Ice Skating for Free on Sunday! Try Ice Skating for Free is for beginners age 4 to adult. Skate rental is provides. There will be 30 minutes of instruction and 30 minutes of free skating.
Registration on-line is required at www.pwice.com.

Plan ahead for the 22nd when Leesylvania will offer a "Survival 101" class. Wilderness survival is all about being prepared. Come to the Visitor Center to learn the basic skills you should know before going on extended outdoor adventures. We will look at how to prioritize tasks, what tools you might need and how to use them. At the end of the program make a survival bracelet to get your survival kit started. For more information please call 703-583-6904.

Sign up now for next week (August 25/26) Lowe's Build and Grow

Monday, August 12
A La Carte Caterers will be offering a week of classes for elementary kids.  Email  
kim@alacartecaters.com to get more information. Classes are 3-6pm.

From 11-12:30, Potomac Library will be showing Tim Burton's "The Corpse Bride". Kids can bring a snack and watch for free. Note this move is PG.

Tuesday, August 13
Sweet Creations in Bristow will host children's author Julia Heckathorn, who will be reading about animals and conservation and signing her books.  Children's yogurt will be $3.  I love events like these, because they really encourage children that authors are real people- and they can be them, too! Event starts at 1pm, and I've never been to Sweet Creations, so I'm not sure about seating.

It's $2 Tuesday at the Prince William County Fair.  Admission and ride tickets will be $2/each, and NO wristbands will be sold- so if you were planning to purchase them, today isn't your day.

Wednesday, August 14
At 10am, Oh Susannah will play at Stonebridge for their Summer Music Series.  Bring your own seating, if you will need it.

For Kindergartners, previous walkers (or homeschoolers- you know your kids want to ride the bus), there will be school buses at Bull Run, Central, Chinn, Dale City, Dumfries, Independent Hill, Lake Ridge, and Potomac Libraries at 10:30am.

Thursday, August 15
Kidgits will be hosting a Back to School themed event this month, including school inspired crafts, a live puppet show, and back-to-school fashions and coupons.  This event is from 10-11am, and while you don't have to be a Kidgits member, members do get special gifts.

At 11, Potomac Library will host an end-of-summer ice cream social.  Drop-in for all ages.

From 7-8:15pm, Huntington Learning Center will present tips and tricks for making this school year a success for parents and caregivers, and will cover topics such as homework, SOLs, and more at Bull Run Library.  For adults.

Friday, August 16
If you need a quieter end to your week, Soaring Spirit in Occoquan will be offering Mom/Tot and Prenatal Yoga.  Mom/Tot starts at 6:15pm and Prenatal Yoga will be at 7:15pm.  Students may drop in, or purchase a pass.

For $20, parents can drop their children (ages 5-11) off at the Freedom Center from 6:30-9:30pm for games, fun, swimming, and pizza.  Get a date night, or take a nap!  Children must be registered by Thursday night at 10pm.

Saturday, August 17
Ninth Dragon Martial Arts in Dumfries is celebrating their birthday with an open house including face painting, moon bounces, burgers and hot dogs, arts and crafts, and mini-seminars and demonstrations.  They're also advertising spaces for those wishing to sell or demo products.  10am-3pm

Saturday night, you can take your pick from Saturday Nights at the Workhouse (Lorton), a free concert at the Harris Pavilion (Manassas), or the Karate Kid movie at Stonebridge (Woodbridge).  All three are free.

Sunday, August 18
Try Ice Skating for Free is for beginners age 4 to adult. Skate rental is provides. There will be 30 minutes of instruction and 30 minutes of free skating. Registration on-line is required at www.pwice.com. Classes will be at 4pm.

Giveaway: Visit Richmond VA/Redskins Training Camp

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Published: 08/09/2013

It's Football Season.  According to my husband, it's the most wonderful time of the year, and it's technically just the pre-season.   (I'm not going to lie, though, as a Green Bay Packers fan, he's lying next to me telling Redskins jokes and trying to get me to add them to this post, which is not happening....and if it does, it was him, not me!) 

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If you'd like to experience the pre-season up-close and personal, you can head just a short drive south to Richmond, Virginia.  From July 25th to August 16, 2013, Richmond is proud to welcome the Washington Redskins to the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Camp, and they'd be proud to welcome your family, too.  Admission to the camp is free, and you can take advantage of watching your favorite players, get autographs, take pictures, and even attend special events and possibly win a giveaway (or two!).  

The Omni Richmond has even put together a special package for those who want to start singing Hail to the Redskins a little early this year! 

We actually love Richmond.  My oldest son, Riley, has been incredibly interested in politics since he was five and has been invited down to the capitol for swearing-in ceremonies and tours because he's such a good campaign volunteer. We love the Children's Museum, which is right next to a science museum if you have older children, and we actually thought about getting married at the Botanical Gardens, which are beyond amazing. 

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100 South 12th Street | Richmond, VA 23219 | (804) 344-7000
Redeemable: July 25 - August 15, 2013
Enjoy the Ultimate Fan Experience with VIP treatment when you stay at the Official Headquarter Hotel for the Washington Redskins Training Camp.
The Ultimate Fan Experiencefrom $149 per night, per guest, includes:
·         Luxurious accommodations in an Omni Deluxe Room
·         Breakfast per registered guest in Trevi's Restaurant for the Omni Art of Breakfast
·         One gourmet boxed lunch per registered guest to take to the training facility that includes: choice of handcrafted sandwich, bag of chips, house made cookie, whole fruit and bottled water
·         Pre-arrival call from the Omni Concierge to complete boxed lunch pre-order and to assist in any planning in order for you to more fully enjoy your visit to Richmond
·         Complimentary transportation to and from the training camp facility
·         Late check-out of 3:00 p.m. on your departure day



Visit Richmond has made it even easier for your family to take advantage of the training camp fun with a Richmond, VA Redskins' Training Camp Family Prize Pack! This package includes:

•        Four (4) passes to Valentine Richmond History Center or Four (4) passes to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
•        Lunch for four (4) at Anna’s Pizza (Not to exceed $30.00)
•        The Ultimate Redskin’s Fan Pack (Assorted Richmond, VA and Redskins branded items)

enter using the Rafflecopter at the end of this post! 

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
Disclaimer: No purchase necessary, winners must be 18 or older and comply with any sponsor requirements.  Contest sponsored by VisitRichmondVa.com.  Winner assumes all liability, and risk, and any additional expenses, including travel to redeem prizes. Winner's name will be posted on the website and to Facebook, and by entering, you agree to these terms. 

Guest Post: Toddler Tyme at the Manassas Museum

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Published: 07/31/2013


We have been pleasantly surprised with the Toddler Thyme program at the Manassas Museum this summer.  The title is a bit misleading as the classes are for children ages 3-5 years old (they said they are looking to change it for next time), but Love Bug (who is a little over 2 years old) was allowed to join since Sweet Girl was signed up for the classes.  The classes cost $10 per child. 

The classes are being held every Monday during the summer and there's something for everyone!  Themes range from railroads to life on the farm to pirates to police.  Classes are offered at two different times and last one hour.  One class is at 10:00 am and the other begins at 11:15 am.

The class is run by two young ladies who work for the museum.  Each class usually starts off with a book about the week's theme.  Then, we sing songs and/or do fingerplays.  Next, the children are invited to a table set up with supplies to do a craft.  Sometimes, we have done two crafts in one sitting if they are "small" crafts.  Other times, we have taken a break to play games or do something more active.  The class typically ends with one more story and then children are given a special take-home surprise before the class ends.

The children are throughly engaged for the entire hour.  They are learning new things about the theme of the week, practicing their good listening skills, taking turns, standing in line and using both fine and gross motor skills with the art projects and games.

I have to admit that I wasn't too sure about paying $10 per class for each child, but it is well worth it in my opinion.  The young ladies that run the class remember my girls' names and they are so friendly.  They work very well together and do a good job of keeping the children engaged for the full hour.  I like how parts (or all) of the classes are held outside--if the weather permits it.  The girls have loved the activities and proudly display their crafts at home.  The girls also look forward to the special take-home surprise at the end of each class.  We always leave class happy and excited about the theme of the week.

There is still time to try out this wonderful program, but there are only four more classes left this summer.  If you are interested in joining a class, check out the Manassas Museumwebsite.  They do recommend that you register in advance.

Side note:  There is a wonderful playground and picnic area that is open to the public behind the museum.  It's a great place to run around if you get to class a bit early or to have a picnic after class.
You'll walk past the beautiful Butterfly Garden on your way to the playground.
The playground and picnic area.
Check out the fun we've had at Toddler Tyme!
(Edit from Kristina: Visit Angela's Blog for pictures to go with each event- there were simply too many for me to copy and share each one!)
CIRCUS
Craft:  Circus collage with stickers, paper and stamping
Games/Activities:  Circus songs, Pin the Tail on the Lion, Three-ring Beanbag Toss and Tight-rope Walking
Take-home surprise:  Circus animal tatoos
LIFE ON THE FARM (held at Liberia Plantation)
Craft:  Fuzzy Lamb 
Games/Activities:  Frog Fingerplay with frog finger puppets, Trying out a butter churn, Making real butter and Milking a pretend cow 
Take-home surprise:  Real lamb's wool
UNDER THE SEA
Craft:  Ocean sticker collage and Paper Plate Rainbow Fish 
Games/Activities:  Fish Fingerplay with finger puppets, Parachute fun with Blow-up Sea Animals and Magnetic Fishing 
Take-home surprise:  Fish tatoo and a fish or toad squeaky toy
PIRATES
Craft:  Pirate Hats, Paper Parrots and Pirate Coloring Page
Games/Activities:  Fingerplay, How to talk like a pirate and a Treasure Hunt with real "treasure" at the end!

Take-home surprise:  A "treasure chest" filled with loot:  play money, eye patch, necklace, tatoo, Manassas Bull Run Civil War patch

About the Author: 
The Master's Daughter, Angela Pounders, loves teaching and sharing her ideas with others. After working various teaching-type jobs, she now uses her God-given gifts with her children at home.

Disclaimer: This was an uncompensated post from a guest author.  All opinions are her own.  Visit Angela Pounders, aka "The Master's Daughter" at her website or on facebook

Leesylvania State Park Happenings This Week

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Published: 07/28/2013

07/31/2013What's a Watershed?
Location: Visitor Center
Where does all that water in the Potomac River come from? Where does it go when it flows past Leesylvania? Join us for an exploration of how water makes the world go around as we travel through the water cycle, learn about watersheds, and see the aquatic impacts of how we use the land we live on. Meet up with a ranger at the Visitor Center to begin your journey through the world of water.

3 Sessions:  11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., & 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Phone: (703) 583-6904    Web Site: Leesylvania    Email Address:leesylvania@dcr.virginia.gov 
08/01/2013Ecosystem Exploration
Location: Meet at Powells Creek Trailhead.
Take a walk with a ranger and learn just what it is you are looking at when you explore Leesylvania. Learn who produces what, what helps whom, and what it all means to the humans who live "outside" of nature. Please remember to wear close-toed shoes and bring water.
3 Sessions:  11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., & 4:00 p.m.

Phone: (703) 583-6904    Web Site: Leesylvania    Email Address:leesylvania@dcr.virginia.gov 
08/02/2013Dino Days
Location: Visitor Center    Extra Event Fee Charged.
Walk in the footsteps of the dinosaurs! Come to the Visitor Center to excavate fossils, try to out run a T-Rex, and design your own dinosaur. Fee is $2/person, $6/family

3 Sessions:  11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., & 4:00 p.m.
Phone: (703) 583-6904    Web Site: Leesylvania    Email Address:leesylvania@dcr.virginia.gov 
08/03/2013Invasive Species Hike
Location: Meet at the Lee's Woods Historic Trailhead.
Can you tell the difference between the heart-shaped leaves of a native redbud and invasive princess tree? Take a hike with a ranger and see the plants and animals that have been waging a silent war against our native species.  Please remember to wear close-toed shoes and bring water.

2 Sessions:  11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

Phone: (703) 583-6904    Web Site: Leesylvania    Email Address:leesylvania@dcr.virginia.gov 
08/03/20139:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.Kids Fishing Tournament
Location: Marina in lot #1
Join our kids fishing tournament and see what you can catch. There is some fishing equipment that participants can borrow, but we encourage folks to bring their own. There are several volunteers on hand to give participants help. Sponsored by the Friends of Leesylvania State Park.
Phone: (703) 583-6904    Web Site: Leesylvania    Email Address:leesylvania@dcr.virginia.gov 
08/03/20136:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.Canoe Tour
Location: Register at the Visitor Center and then meet at Canoe Launch   Extra Event Fee Charged.
Join a ranger for a guided canoe tour on Powell's Creek. You'll get to see wildlife, marsh plants, and test your skills in a canoe. Please register with the Visitor Center 24 hours in advance for the tour. Fee is $9.00 per person, or $6.00 per person when reserving for groups of 4 or more.

Phone: (703) 583-6904    Web Site: Leesylvania    Email Address:leesylvania@dcr.virginia.gov 
08/04/20137:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.Canoe Tour
Location: Register at the Visitor Center and then meet at Canoe Launch   Extra Event Fee Charged.
Join a ranger for a guided canoe tour on Powell's Creek. You'll get to see wildlife, marsh plants, and test your skills in a canoe. Please register with the Visitor Center 24 hours in advance for the tour. Fee is $9.00 per person, or $6.00 per person when reserving for groups of 4 or more.

Phone: (703) 583-6904    Web Site: Leesylvania    Email Address:leesylvania@dcr.virginia.gov 
08/04/201311:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Colonial Children's Games
Location: Visitor Center
See what games children used to play during the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. Play a few innings of Town Ball. Race hoops against each other and play a game of catch called Graces. Appropriate for children 4 years old and up.
Phone: (703) 583-6904    Web Site: Leesylvania    Email Address:leesylvania@dcr.virginia.gov

Smithsonian Features Iconic Little Golden Books in Summer Display

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Published: 07/13/2013

Finding something to do for the summer just got easier with the opening of a special display about Little Golden Books at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. “The Art of Little Golden Books” will share the story of literacy in America in a fun and interactive format that visitors of all ages can enjoy. Located in the Albert H. Small Documents Gallery, it will feature a sampling of the artists’ illustrations from several early Little Golden Books and will be on display from June 28, 2013 to Jan. 5, 2014.
“There is something particularly wonderful about the beautifully illustrated Little Golden Books that captivated the imaginations of young readers across America,” said John Gray, director of the museum. “The National Museum of American History will display these little treasures and inspire young readers with the same books that sparked literacy in America over several decades.”
Little Golden Books transformed children’s reading habits in the early 20th century and became an icon in almost every American middle-class home. Before World War II, large-format, classic story books for children were prohibitively expensive and available to a privileged few. Little Golden Books offered new ideas and modern stories in an affordable format.
“This display will bring back fond childhood memories for many of our visitors who read these books in their early years,” said Melodie Sweeney, curator of the exhibition. “It will also offer a way for one generation to share with the next about their experiences of growing up and learning how to read.”
Visitors to the Little Golden Books exhibition will be able to view a reproduction of the original display units that were set up by the publishers after World War II in five-and-dime chains, grocery stores, and drugstores. In addition, some of the most popular books, such as Gaston and Josephine, Nurse Nancy, Doctor Dan the Bandage Man and The Two Little Miners, will be featured with a selection of classics for visitors to look through. The exhibit space will include seating, inviting visitors to read and relax as they take a step back in time with titles such as The Poky Little Puppy, Scuffy the Tugbout, and The Shy Little Kitten.
Through incomparable collections, rigorous research and dynamic public outreach, the National Museum of American History explores the infinite richness and complexity of American history. The museum helps people understand the past in order to make sense of the present and shape a more humane future. The museum is currently renovating its west exhibition wing, developing galleries on business, democracy and culture. For more information, visit http://americanhistory.si.edu. The museum is located at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W., and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free. For Smithsonian information, the public may call (202) 633-1000.

Free Movies in Dumfries!

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Published: 07/11/2013
Join Pillar Church of Dumfries and the Town of Dumfries for "Movies on the Lawn"! They'll be showing family-friendly films over the next three months, including "The Lorax" on July 12th, "Willie Wonka" on August 2nd, and "Wreck it Ralph" on September 14th.  Seating begins at 7:30pm and movies will begin at sunset.  This is the summer 2013 schedule.

4th of July Fun in Prince William County!

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Published: 07/04/2013

Not on the 4th Fireworks (Tim's Rivershore- 1510 Cherry Hill Road Dumfries VA): On June 29th, Tim's will host their annual "Not on the 4th" fireworks show.  Fireworks are launched from a barge on the river, and Tim's recommends coming early for a seat in the restaurant.  

Dale City Independence Day Parade (Dale Blvd from Keytone to Gemini): Dale City's annual parade always gets under way at 10am.  This LONG parade features local scouts, businesses, fire trucks, floats, and more, and ends in the commuter parking lot behind the Comcast building (think Dale City Farmer's Market) with a fun fair.  Bring cash to purchase drinks/snacks and line up early to get a good seat along the parade route, which follows the side of Dale Blvd. heading towards I-95, closing traffic to one lane each direction on the opposite side.  

City of Manassas (Harris Pavilion 9116 Center Street, Manassas VA)The City of Manassas celebrates the 4th of July with an Independence Day party with live music, rides, an Apple Pie Baking Contest, carnival foods, face painting, and a red, white, and blue hayride. Events kick off at 4pm, and fireworks are scheduled for 9:15. Rain date is July 5. Activities and food prices vary, no admission fee or fireworks charge. 

Pfitzner Stadium (7 County Complex Court, Woodbridge VA):  The Potomac Nationals, Prince William’s local minor league baseball team, hosts a game on the 4th complete with fireworks.  Purchase tickets ahead, they’re usually sold out at the gate. People do come out and sit around the exterior of the stadium to watch the fireworks- but plan to pay to park if you drive up to the stadium, and for it to be CROWDED getting out! 

Montclair at Dolphin Beach (Dolphin Drive and Spillway Lane, Dumfries VA): The MPOA sponsors a 4th of July Fete every year, and while only MPOA tag holders can attend the event on the beach, there is viewing available from side streets, or from the lawn of your nearest and dearest Montclair friends.  (If you don't have a Montclair friend, make one- you've got time!) 

Signal Hill Park (9300 Signal View Dr. Manassas Park VA): Thursday, July 4th from 7-10pm, free admission, shuttle service from VRE and City Hall, $5 on-site parking handicap only, limited general parking across the street. 

Great Meadow Foundation (5089 Old Tavern Road, The Plains VA):  Great Meadow Foundation’s festivities.  General Admission is $40 per car at the gate or $35 in advance.  Included in admission, which begins at 4pm, is rock wall, laser tag, moon bounces, bands, and a rain machine.  There will also be helicopter performances, polo demonstrations, and one of the area’s largest fireworks exhibitions.  Pony rides are available for $5, and there will also be food available for purchase if you prefer not to tailgate.  This location is about 11 miles from Haymarket and 46 miles (an hour) from Woodbridge.  

Lorton Workhouse (9601 Ox Road, Lorton VA): Will present a patriotic concert and fireworks on July 6th, with the concert beginning at 7pm and fireworks commencing at 9pm.  Both events are free, but you'll want to bring a blanket or lawn chairs, and plan to leave outside alcohol at home.  The Workhouse is on the opposite side of the Occoquan Bridge, 3 miles from Woodbridge, or 23 miles (about 30 minutes) from Bristow. 


Townof Haymarket (Corner of Route 55/Washington Street): The Third Annual Stars and Stripes Street Fair (July 13) will be a full day of fun from 1:00pm to 6:00pm with a street fair, summer concert, and Stars and Stripes Barbeque.  These events are free to attend and are not limited to Town of Haymarket residents. 

Fredericksburg VA:
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Anytime activities are outside, they can change with the weather, so please use common sense or call before heading out! These are just events presented, not endorsements, although we love to hear reviews, so send us yours! We're happy to link to your business or blog.  Also, if we're missing something, let us know! 

Engineering for Kids Camp Weeks 2013

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Published: 07/02/2013

We absolutely loved our Engineering for Kids Meetup! They're offering camps all summer long, check them out for your kiddos! Register online or call 540-288-1335! 


Week of June 17-21
Date of activity: June 17-21
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: Electronic Game Design (Platform Games)
Fee: $165
Ages: 7-14
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Aquia Park (Stafford) location
Brief description: Students will use Multimedia Fusion 2® to create their own video game. A platform game is a side-scrolling, Mario-type game where students program characters and a two-dimensional obstacle course. They attempt to avoid or overcome enemies and reach an end goal on multiple levels. Students take home a copy of the game they create.
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Date of activity: June 17-21
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: Heroes Week
Fee: $165
Ages: 7-14
Times: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Aquia Park (Stafford) location
Brief description: Its a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…Heroes Week! Students will join other engineers their age as they seek ways to protect the world and save mankind in the process. They will join a league of heroes and will compete against other leagues by performing engineering-related challenges, such as saving an ecosystem from a potentially lethal oil spill. Only one group will end the week as the ultimate league of super heroes!
Week of June 24-28
Date of activity: June 24-28
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: How Amusing
Fee: $165
Ages: 7-14
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Aquia Park (Stafford) location
Brief description: Ah, the thrill of an amusement park…zipping around on racecars, zooming through the loops of a rollercoaster and enjoying a cold, refreshing ice cream treat at the end of a hot, sticky day. Can’t get better than that! Students will divide into competitive theme park teams. They will challenge other teams in specific engineering-related contests with the goal of creating the most fantastic and thrilling theme park experience!
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Date of activity: June 24-28
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: LEGO® Robotics Ocean Missions
Fee: $165
Ages: 7-14
Times: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Aquia Park (Stafford) location
Brief description: During the LEGO® Robotics Ocean Missions camp, students design and program robots to protect the ocean and ocean life by releasing a dolphin into the ocean, fixing a broken pipeline, and maintaining an oil platform.
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Date of activity: June 24-28
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: LEGO® Robotic Olympics
Fee: $159
Ages: 5-7
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center (Manassas) location
Brief description: During the LEGO® Robotics Olympics camp, students design and program robots to compete in simulated Olympic events such as a sprinting in a race, throwing a basketball, and shooting a puck into a hockey goal.
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Date of activity: June 24-28
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: LEGO® Robotic Olympics
Fee: $159
Ages: 8-12
Times: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center (Manassas) location
Brief description: During the LEGO® Robotics Olympics camp, students design and program robots to compete in simulated Olympic events such as a sprinting in a race, throwing a basketball, and shooting a puck into a hockey goal.
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Date of activity: June 24-28
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: Heroes Week
Fee: $165
Ages: 7-14
Times: 9:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Veterans Memorial Park (Woodbridge) location
Brief description: It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…Heroes Week! Students will join other engineers their age as they seek ways to protect the world and save mankind in the process. They will join a league of heroes and will compete against other leagues by performing engineering-related challenges, such as saving an ecosystem from a potentially lethal oil spill. Only one group will end the week as the ultimate league of super heroes!
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Date of activity: June 24-28
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: Electronic Game Design (Platform Games)
Fee: $165
Ages: 7-14
Times: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Veterans Memorial Park (Woodbridge) location
Brief description: Students will use Multimedia Fusion 2® to create their own video game. A platform game is a side-scrolling, Mario-type game where students program characters and a two-dimensional obstacle course. They attempt to avoid or overcome enemies and reach an end goal on multiple levels. Students take home a copy of the game they create.
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Date of activity: June 24-28
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: Survivor: Engineer's Cove
Fee: $165
Ages: 6-12
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Dorothy Hart Center (Fredericksburg) location
Brief description: Stranded on an abandoned island - surrounded by darkness, cold temperatures, wild animals, and other dangers. Students in this camp will join tribes and compete in various engineering-related challenges against other tribes to survive and eventually escape the harsh island conditions. Join us in the first ever Engineering for Kids® Survivor challenge!
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Date of activity: June 24-28
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: LEGO® Rescue Robots
Fee: $165
Ages: 6-12
Times: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Dorothy Hart Center (Fredericksburg) location
Brief description: During the LEGO® Rescue Robots camp, students design and program robots to respond to simulated disaster situations such as moving rubble and retrieving targets.
Week of July 1-3
Date of activity: July 1-3
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: Junior Aerospace Engineering
Fee: $75
Ages: 4-6
Times: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Restrictions: Aquia Park (Stafford) location
Brief description: The Junior Aerospace Engineering classes introduce our youngest engineers to fundamental concepts of aircraft and spacecraft design. Through open and focused exploration, students explore and construct airplanes, rockets, hot air balloons, and more.
Week of July 8-12
Date of activity: July 8-12
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: Girls Only Heroes Week
Fee: $165
Ages: 7-14
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Aquia Park (Stafford) location; girls only.
Brief description: It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…Heroes Week! Students will join other engineers their age as they seek ways to protect the world and save mankind in the process. They will join a league of heroes and will compete against other leagues by performing engineering-related challenges, such as saving an ecosystem from a potentially lethal oil spill. Only one group will end the week as the ultimate league of super heroes!
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Date of activity: July 8-12
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: Girls Only LEGO® Robot Surgeons
Fee: $165
Ages: 7-14
Times: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Aquia Park (Stafford) location; girls only.
Brief description: During the LEGO® Robot Surgeons camp, students design and program robots to function as medical robots by accomplishing a task that would cure a disease or address an issue within a human organ.
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Date of activity: July 8-12
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: LEGO® Robotics Ocean Missions
Fee: $165
Ages: 7-14
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Southlake Recreation Center (Dumfries) location
Brief description: During the LEGO® Robotics Ocean Missions camp, students design and program robots to protect the ocean and ocean life by releasing a dolphin into the ocean, fixing a broken pipeline, and maintaining an oil platform.
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Date of activity: July 8-12
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: How Amusing
Fee: $165
Ages: 7-14
Times: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Southlake Recreation Center (Dumfries) location
Brief description: Ah, the thrill of an amusement park…zipping around on racecars, zooming through the loops of a rollercoaster and enjoying a cold, refreshing ice cream treat at the end of a hot, sticky day. Can’t get better than that! Students will divide into competitive theme park teams. They will challenge other teams in specific engineering-related contests with the goal of creating the most fantastic and thrilling theme park experience!
Week of July 15-19
Date of activity: July 15-19
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: Math Week
Fee: $165
Ages: 7-14
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Aquia Park (Stafford) location
Brief description: Engineering for Kids® Math Week is a camp dedicated to showing young engineers how to apply mathematical concepts to the Engineering Design Process.  During this week, students also learn how to perfect their designs through the use of mathematical concepts and formulas.  By the end of the course students will not see math as merely numbers, but as the building blocks of all engineering.
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Date of activity: July 15-19
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: Math Week
Fee: $165
Ages: 7-14
Times: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Aquia Park (Stafford) location
Brief description: Engineering for Kids® Math Week is a camp dedicated to showing young engineers how to apply mathematical concepts to the Engineering Design Process.  During this week, students also learn how to perfect their designs through the use of mathematical concepts and formulas.  By the end of the course students will not see math as merely numbers, but as the building blocks of all engineering.
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Date of activity: July 15-19
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: Heroes Week
Fee: $159
Ages: 5-7
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center (Manassas) location
Brief description: It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…Heroes Week! Students will join other engineers their age as they seek ways to protect the world and save mankind in the process. They will join a league of heroes and will compete against other leagues by performing engineering-related challenges, such as saving an ecosystem from a potentially lethal oil spill. Only one group will end the week as the ultimate league of super heroes!
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Date of activity: July 15-19
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: Heroes Week
Fee: $159
Ages: 8-12
Times: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center (Manassas) location
Brief description: It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…Heroes Week! Students will join other engineers their age as they seek ways to protect the world and save mankind in the process. They will join a league of heroes and will compete against other leagues by performing engineering-related challenges, such as saving an ecosystem from a potentially lethal oil spill. Only one group will end the week as the ultimate league of super heroes!
Week of July 22-26
Date of activity: July 22-26
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: Out of This World
Fee: $165
Ages: 7-14
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Aquia Park (Stafford) location
Brief description: Is mankind ready to inhabit the moon? With a little help from Engineering for Kids® students, humans will be prepared to take up residence by the end of the week. Students will collaborate with their Space State teams to create the safest and most effective community on the moon. Which team will earn enough Astro-Points to be declared the winner?
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Date of activity: July 22-26
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: Electronic Game Design (Invader Defense)
Fee: $165
Ages: 7-14
Times: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Aquia Park (Stafford) location
Brief description: Students will use Multimedia Fusion 2® to create their own video game. Whether students wish to fire marshmallows or missiles, they build a complete video game from start to finish. They program characters to survive a wave of enemy attacks in order to reach the next level. Students take home a copy of the game they create.
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Date of activity: July 22-25
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: Junior Mechanical Engineering
Fee: $75
Ages: 5-7
Times: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Victory Lakes (Bristow) location
Brief description: The Junior Mechanical Engineering classes introduce our youngest engineers to fundamental concepts of energy, materials, and movement. Through open and focused exploration, students explore and construct their own roller coasters, catapults, cars, and more
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Date of activity: July 22-26
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: How Amusing
Fee: $125
Ages: 8-12
Times: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Monday-Thursday), 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Friday)
Restrictions: Victory Lakes (Bristow) location
Brief description: Ah, the thrill of an amusement park…zipping around on racecars, zooming through the loops of a rollercoaster and enjoying a cold, refreshing ice cream treat at the end of a hot, sticky day. Can’t get better than that! Students will divide into competitive theme park teams. They will challenge other teams in specific engineering-related contests with the goal of creating the most fantastic and thrilling theme park experience!
Week of July 29-August 2
Date of activity: July 29-August 2
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: Survivor: Engineer's Cove
Fee: $165
Ages: 7-14
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Aquia Park (Stafford) location
Brief description: Stranded on an abandoned island - surrounded by darkness, cold temperatures, wild animals, and other dangers. Students in this camp will join tribes and compete in various engineering-related challenges against other tribes to survive and eventually escape the harsh island conditions. Join us in the first ever Engineering For Kids® Survivor challenge!
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Date of activity: July 29-August 2
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: LEGO® Rescue Robots
Fee: $165
Ages: 7-14
Times: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Restrictions:  Aquia Park (Stafford) location
Brief description: During the LEGO® Rescue Robots camp, students design and program robots to respond to simulated disaster situations such as moving rubble and retrieving targets.
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Date of activity: July 29-August 2
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: Momentum Madness
Fee: $159
Ages: 5-7
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Restrictions:Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center (Manassas) location
Brief description: Zero to sixty in two seconds?! How fast can an object go without compromising safety? Students in this camp will work with their Pit Crew to design and build vehicles, such as dragsters and hovering levitrons, which should able to withstand astonishing speeds. Fasten your seat belt, the race has begun!
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Date of activity: July 29-August 2
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: Electronic Game Design (Racing Games)
Fee: $159
Ages: 8-12
Times: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Restrictions:Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center (Manassas) location
Brief description: Students will use Multimedia Fusion 2® to create their own video game. Students design a racetrack, race cars and an environment in which their cars compete. Students take home a copy of the game they create.
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Date of activity: July 29-August 1
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: Junior Aerospace Engineering
Fee: $75
Ages: 5-7
Times: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Victory Lakes (Bristow) location
Brief description: The Junior Aerospace Engineering classes introduce our youngest engineers to fundamental concepts of aircraft and spacecraft design. Through open and focused exploration, students explore and construct airplanes, rockets, hot air balloons, and more.
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Date of activity: July 29-August 2
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: LEGO® RoboBattles
Fee: $125
Ages: 8-12
Times: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Monday-Thursday), 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Friday)
Restrictions: Victory Lakes (Bristow) location
Brief description: During the LEGO® RoboBattles camp students create, program, and control robots designed to perform challenges such as the SumoBots Challenge, Joisting Challenge, and the Catapult Challenge.
Week of August 5-9
Date of activity: August 5-9
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: LEGO® Robotic Olympics
Fee: $165
Ages: 7-14
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Aquia Park (Stafford) location
Brief description: During the LEGO® Robotics Olympics camp, students design and program robots to compete in simulated Olympic events such as a sprinting in a race, throwing a basketball, and shooting a puck into a hockey goal.
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Date of activity: August 5-9
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: Engineering Olympiad
Fee: $165
Ages: 7-14
Times: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Aquia Park (Stafford) location
Brief description: Who has the strength to be a world-class athlete? In this camp, students will separate into counties and will compete against opposing counties in various tests of mental and creative strength. The students will earn “medals” throughout the week and will endeavor to become the next great team of Olympians.
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Date of activity: August 5-9
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: Electronic Game Design (Racing Games)
Fee: $165
Ages: 6-12
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Dorothy Hart Center (Fredericksburg) location
Brief description: Students will use Multimedia Fusion 2® to create their own video game. Students design a racetrack, race cars and an environment in which their cars compete. Students take home a copy of the game they create.
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Date of activity: August 5-9
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: Momentum Madness
Fee: $165
Ages: 6-12
Times: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Dorothy Hart Center (Fredericksburg) location
Brief description: Zero to sixty in two seconds?! How fast can an object go without compromising safety? Students in this camp will work with their Pit Crew to design and build vehicles, such as dragsters and hovering levitrons, which should able to withstand astonishing speeds. Fasten your seat belt, the race has begun!
Week of August 12-16
Date of activity: August 12-16
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: Momentum Madness
Fee: $165
Ages: 7-14
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Aquia Park (Stafford) location
Brief description: Zero to sixty in two seconds?! How fast can an object go without compromising safety? Students in this camp will work with their Pit Crew to design and build vehicles, such as dragsters and hovering levitrons, which should able to withstand astonishing speeds. Fasten your seat belt, the race has begun!
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Date of activity: August 12-16
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: Electronic Game Design (Racing Games)
Fee: $165
Ages: 7-14
Times: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Aquia Park (Stafford) location
Brief description: Students will use Multimedia Fusion 2® to create their own video game. Students design a racetrack, race cars and an environment in which their cars compete. Students take home a copy of the game they create.
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Date of activity: August 12-16
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: LEGO® RoboBattles
Fee: $159
Ages: 5-7
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center (Manassas) location
Brief description: During the LEGO® RoboBattles camp students create, program, and control robots designed to perform challenges such as the SumoBots Challenge, Joisting Challenge, and the Catapult Challenge.
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Date of activity: August 12-16
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: LEGO® RoboBattles
Fee: $159
Ages: 8-12
Times: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center (Manassas) location
Brief description: During the LEGO® RoboBattles camp students create, program, and control robots designed to perform challenges such as the SumoBots Challenge, Joisting Challenge, and the Catapult Challenge.
Week of August 19-23
Date of activity: August 19-23
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: Wreck-it Week
Fee: $165
Ages: 7-14
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Aquia Park (Stafford) location
Brief description: Smash! Crash! BOOM! Students in this camp will join Wrecking Companies for the week and will attempt to work their way up the ranks of their company from Intern to President. They will compete against other wrecking companies in various engineering-related challenges, such as building a bridge from balsawood and constructing safety mechanisms to protect a raw egg from impact. Put on your hard hats and safety goggles and join the fun!
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Date of activity: August 19-23
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: LEGO® RoboBattles
Fee: $165
Ages: 7-14
Times: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Aquia Park (Stafford) location
Brief description: During the LEGO® RoboBattles camp students create, program, and control robots designed to perform challenges such as the SumoBots Challenge, Joisting Challenge, and the Catapult Challenge.
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Date of activity: August 19-23
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: Momentum Madness
Fee: $165
Ages: 7-14
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Veterans Memorial Park (Woodbridge) location
Brief description: Zero to sixty in two seconds?! How fast can an object go without compromising safety? Students in this camp will work with their Pit Crew to design and build vehicles, such as dragsters and hovering levitrons, which should able to withstand astonishing speeds. Fasten your seat belt, the race has begun!
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Date of activity: August 19-23
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: Electronic Game Design (Racing Games)
Fee: $165
Ages: 7-14
Times: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Veterans Memorial Park (Woodbridge) location
Brief description: Students will use Multimedia Fusion 2® to create their own video game. Students design a racetrack, race cars and an environment in which their cars compete. Students take home a copy of the game they create
Week of August 26-30
Date of activity: August 26-30
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: Heroes Week
Fee: $165
Ages: 7-14
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Aquia Park (Stafford) location
Brief description: It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…Heroes Week! Students will join other engineers their age as they seek ways to protect the world and save mankind in the process. They will join a league of heroes and will compete against other leagues by performing engineering-related challenges, such as saving an ecosystem from a potentially lethal oil spill. Only one group will end the week as the ultimate league of super heroes!
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Date of activity: August 26-30
Name of Camp: Engineering For Kids: LEGO® Robot Surgeons
Fee: $165
Ages: 7-14
Times: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Aquia Park (Stafford) location
Brief description: During the LEGO® Robot Surgeons camp, students design and program robots to function as medical robots by accomplishing a task that would cure a disease or address an issue within a human organ.

2013 Music at the Marina

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Published: 06/29/2013
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Music at the Marina is back! Once again, this family-fun event is taking place at Leesylvania State Park on June 29th, 2013. Starting at 7pm, this season’s entertainment features the United States Navy Band Country Current, who offer a universally pleasing mix of bluegrass music and country twang. Music at the Marina has something for everyone this summer: live music, food, kid-friendly activities, and fireworks. It’s sure to please the whole family.

This year's entertainment is unlike anything previously seen at Music at the Marina, for the United States Navy premiere bluegrass and country ensemble, Country Current, will be playing one night only, June 29. Founded in 1973 by the well-known Bill Emerson, the band boasts a long line of prestigious musical talent, and has been providing entertainment to various audiences for close to 40 years. Country Currentmakes a point to reach out to communities across the country and Music at the Marina is no exception.

Holding true to tradition, Music at the Marina is taking place at Leesylvania State Park, located right next the Potomac River. Leesylvania State Park is part of the Virginia Association for Parks, a non-profit group that works hard to promote community events within Virginia parks. Located in Prince William County, Leesylvania Park is a great setting to hold this community sponsored event, Music at the Marina.

Music at the Marina is an exciting event for the whole family. With music and activities to occupy all ages, this night of music and community fun is not to be missed. Music at the Marina is free, thanks to Steve’s Auto Repair and Friends of Leesylvania State Park. Both sponsors are providing various prizes to win throughout the night. Located in Woodbridge, Steve’s Auto Repair “is glad to once again be part of this great event and relishes the opportunity to help those within the area enjoy good music and family-centered fun


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Guest Post: A Red, White, and Blue Breakfast Celebration!

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Published: 06/28/2013

A Red, White, and Blue Breakfast Celebration!
Breakfast is a big deal in our house. A slice of toast or a glass of juice just won’t cut it. And you can forget skipping it! That just wouldn’t fly (or be healthy) with our group of five, especially on the weekend.  Instead, breakfast usually looks like a veggie omelet with whole wheat toast and a side of fresh fruit, a fruit smoothie with a bowl of steel cut oats and a dollop of natural peanut butter, or a bowl of Greek yogurt topped with homemade granola and fresh berries. See, I told you that it was a big deal!
Since breakfast tends to be a big production anyway, I like to center a lot of our family celebrations around the first meal of the day. It is fun, a little unexpected, and it starts our morning out on a happy note. Most people think of celebrating July 4th over the grill with hot dogs, hamburgers, deviled eggs, and lots of creamy salads. While I love a good cookout, I challenge you to mix things up a bit this year and try some fun, festive, and HEALTHY alternatives. Breakfast is a great place to start!  Experiment by incorporating some familiar, but healthy, alternatives such as whole wheat waffles instead of those “Lego my Eggos” and plain Greek yogurt instead of the popular blue yogurt tubes. With some fresh fruit to dress everything up and a few festive accessories, you will be well on your way to celebrating a happy, healthy July 4th with your family.
A couple of years ago I put together a Red, White, and Blue July 4th breakfast celebration for our family. I included some of our favorite healthy breakfast staples and “blinged” them up a bit with some simple and festive accessories.
Our menu included: whole wheat waffles with pure maple syrup; fresh fruit salad (sliced strawberries, blueberries, and bananas); Greek yogurt parfaits topped with homemade granola; and homemade pumpkin muffins with a swirl of vanilla yogurt on top. Don’t worry; the gumballs were just for decoration!
It was a HUGE hit with our kids. We started our day with a healthy AND festive breakfast together and we had fun.  

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Sarah Young resides in Prince William County with her husband and three young children. Sarah is a full-time mother, Certified Health Education Specialist, healthy living advocate, and the creator of Health Wise Home, an online resource that focuses on educating, empowering, and inspiring others to help build a healthier future. In her spare time, she enjoys running, hiking, gardening, being outside, and spending time with her family.
For healthy recipes, information, and inspiration you can follow Sarah and Health Wise Home on Facebook and at her blog, https://www.facebook.com/HealthWiseHome and http://healthwisehome.wordpress.com/ .

Summer Food Service Program- Prince William County, 2013

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Published: 06/23/2013

Prince William County Public Schools is participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided at eligible schools during their summer school session. Breakfast and lunch will be available to those students enrolled in summer school, as well as any children age 18 and  under from the surrounding community who care to eat. Meals will be provided to all children without charge. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.
Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows:
SchoolDatesTimes
Bel Air Elementary SchoolJuly 29–August 16     
8:30–9:30 a.m.
12-12:30 p.m.
Belmont Elementary SchoolJuly 8–July 26
8:30–9:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Dale City Elementary School
(No service 7/3, 7/4, 7/5)
June 24–August 15   
(Mon.–Thurs.)
8:45–9:15 a.m.
11:55 a.m.–12:25 p.m.
Enterprise Elementary SchoolJuly 8–July 26
8:30–9 a.m.
10:55–11:40 a.m.
Featherstone Elementary SchoolJuly 8–July 26
8:30 –9 a.m.
11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Fitzgerald Elementary SchoolJuly 8–July 26
8–9:45 am.
11 a.m.–12:10 p.m.
Freedom High School
(No Service 7/4)
June 24–August 2     
7:30–8 a.m.
11–11:30 a.m.
Godwin Middle School
July 8–July 25
(Mon.–Thurs.)
7:30–7:45 a.m.
12–12:30 p.m.
Kerrydale Elementary SchoolJuly 8–July 26
8:45–9 a.m.
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Kilby Elementary SchoolJuly 8–July 26
8:20–9 a.m.
11:15 a.m.–12 p.m.
Marumsco Hills Elementary SchoolJuly 8–July 26
8:45–9:30 a.m.
11:45–12:30 p.m.
Minnieville Elementary School
July 8–July 26
8:30–9 a.m.
10:30–11:30 a.m.
Mullen Elementary School
July 8–July 26
8:40–9 a.m.
11–11:30 a.m.
Potomac Middle School
(No service July 4)
June 24–July 18
(Mon.–Thurs.) No lunch on July 2 and July 16
8–8:25 a.m.
11–11:25 a.m.
Rippon Middle School           
July 8–July 26
7:30–8 a.m.
9:45–11 a.m.
Stonewall Middle SchoolJuly 8–July 26
8:05–8:20 a.m.
11:30–11:50 a.m.
Sudley Elementary School
July 8–July 26
8:30–9 a.m.
10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Triangle Elementary School
July 8–July 26
8:45–9:30 a.m.
11:15 a.m.–12:25 p.m.
Vaughan Elementary SchoolJuly 8–July 26
8:30–9 a.m.
11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
West Gate Elementary School
July 15–Aug. 15
(Mon.–Thurs.)
8–8:45 a.m.
11–11:45 a.m.
Woodbridge Middle SchoolJuly 8–July 26
7:30–7:50 a.m.
10:45–11:15 a.m.
Yorkshire Elementary SchoolJuly 8–August 2
8:30–9:15 a.m.
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

St. Francis Carnival- June 19-22, 2013

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Published: 06/20/2013

Waterworks Water Park Woodbridge 2013 Swim Year

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Published: 06/19/2013
Waterworks in Dale City is a ton of fun in the summer! My kids are always excited to go pass their swim test (they're too short to technically ride the slides, but a few years of swimming lessons means they can get a bracelet anyway) so they can do this:
Ahhh, the "fast slide".

Waterworks, located at 5301 Dale Boulevard, Dale City VA 22193 has beach entry, two slides, three "jungle walks", shade pavilions, children's pool, concessions stand, and lockers.  Our family always has a lot of fun when we go, and the kids really do look forward to it every year.

If you have children under 5, be sure to mark your calendar for Wednesdays from 9-10:30am for the Parent/Tot playdate.  Kids are $3.50 and an adult is free with paying child! Play in the children's area before the day gets too hot, and before the rest of the park is open!

Everyone can mark their calendar for Fabulous Fridays, June 21st, June 28th, July 5th, and July 19th.  These days, the park stays open from 4-9pm with special programs, giveaways, food deals, and games starting at 5pm.

Also available are birthday parties, pavilion rentals for groups or family gatherings, or you can even rent the entire park! (Our church does this in Fairfax for baptism services. It's not exactly the Jordan River, but we sure do have a good time.)

Also available are after-work  swim lessons! This year the schedule is:

Session 1: June 19-June 27 (6 classes)
Session 2: July 1-July 11 (7 classes, no class on July 4)
Session 3: July 15-July 25 (8 Classes, M-Th, Tu-Fri)
Session 4: July 29-August 9 (8 Classes)

Levels available are:
Preschool 1 (6:45pm or 7:20pm)
Preschool 2/3 (6:45pm)
Level 1/2 (7:20pm or 8:05pm)
Level 3 (8:05pm)

$66 for 8 classes, $61 for 7 classes, $56 for 6 classes. and private swim is available by request.  These spaces fill up QUICKLY, and you can register at any county rec center.  If you have additional info questions, call the aquatics manager, Kat Fish, at 703-680-7137.


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Passport To Imagination 2013

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Published: 06/04/2013

This summer, Michaels Arts and Crafts will be offering their "Passport to Imagination" program where children ages 5 and up can learn about the 7 continents through crafting.  It's $2 per session, and a great rainy-day backup! Mark your calendar, and check the schedule if there's countries you want to visit! 

Summer Camps with Pediatric Achievements

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Published: 05/30/2013


Pediatric Achievements provides Occupational Therapy services for Prince William County.  As any parent knows, the work your child does during the school year can quickly be lost if they don't keep up their skills during the school break.  Pediatric Achievements is offering summer camps aimed at Kindergarten Readiness and Handwriting.  Note that this office does work with children with special needs.  As a momma who's currently teaching handwriting at home to my little ones at varying levels, I can't tell you how valuable a service I think this would be!  Pediatric Achievements is located in the Tackett's Mill Shopping Center. 





Here's information from Pediatric Achievements:



Our registration deadline is June 12th and the camps begin the week of June 24th.  They run once a week through the week of August 5th.  We have the following camps:



Woodbridge Office:

Kindergarten Prep (4-5 year olds), Mondays from 9:30 to 10:45 am

Advanced Printing (1st &; 2nd grade), Mondays from 11:00 to 12:15 p.m.

Beginner Cursive, Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.



Manassas Office:

Advanced Printing (1st & 2nd grade), Wednesdays from 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm.

Camp sessions will include games, crafts and handwriting in a small group setting.  Cost is $150 +$10 workbook for 6 sessions (allowing a week for travel/conflicts) or pay $170 (including workbook) for 7 sessions.  Camps utilize Handwriting Without Tears method.



Please call our office at 703/491-1044 or our website at:  www.pediatricachievements.com for more information.



Disclosure: As required by law, we want you to know this is a sponsored post, paid for by Pediatric Achievements.  PwcMoms.com and its owners/operators/writers are not responsible for camp content or staff.  Please be sure to visit the Pediatric Achievements website for additional information and details.  


Summer Fun at Madison Crescent!

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Published: 05/28/2013

For those of you who live on the Gainesville side of the county, check out these great summer events from PwcMoms.com sponsor The Marketplace at Madison Crescent.  Madison Crescent is located at the intersection of US 29 and Route 15 in Gainesville, VA.  

This summer their fun line-up of free events for Summer 2013 includes the following:

Crescent Cinemas "Fridays Under the Stars"
Join us Friday nights at sundown for a family friendly movie.  Activities on the lawn begin at 7:30
May 31 - Wreck-It Ralph
Jun 7 - Madagascar 3
Jun 14 - Rise of the Guardians
June 21 - The Lorax
June 28 - ParaNorman
Activities on the lawn include live music:
May 31 - Jeff Ebbets
June 7 - John Burton 
June 14 - Michael Seven
June 21 - Dennis Mayer
Other activities:
June 7 & June 14
Dragon Dance and activities with Twin Dragon Martial Arts

May 31 & June 21 
Yoga Instruction from Balans Studio

Toddler Tyme at the Manassas Museum

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Published: 05/27/2013

Free Summer Fun

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Published: 05/25/2013
If this weekend isn't a great reminder of needing indoor options for summer, I don't know what is.  I'm sure there are more than a few kids lamenting the cold air keeping the waterparks shut!!

Mom Talia messaged me to remind me about Kids Skate Free, and I wanted to remind you all about Kids Bowl Free, too!  Both programs offer an affordable way to have some indoor fun this summer.

Kids Skate Free allows families to sign up to receive 2 free skating passes, per week, all summer long.  For most of you, that'll do it, but if you're like me, paying for one kiddo is still way cheaper than paying for three! Skate N Fun Zone, in Manassas, participates in this program, but there's an interactive calendar, and you can find participating locations all over the United States.

Kids Bowl Free allows 2 Free Games of bowling, per registered child, PER DAY.  You can bowl like crazy.  Shoe rental may not be included, depending on the location.  What I love about this program, is that for $24.95 you can purchase a pass for up to 4 adults to bowl up 2 games per day, too! Unfortunately, our local centers aren't participating this year (although you can request it!) but if you're going out of town, plan ahead and register!

Have fun!

Summer Camps and Vacation Bible School in Prince William County

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Published: 05/14/2013
Looking for VBS or camp in Prince William County? Here's what I've got.  They're done by DATE, so that you can decide what weeks you need coverage.  I was going to try to color code them by half day/full day/VBS, but that got complicated and hurt my head, so I gave up, although I did turn the VBS listings blue in case that's all you're here for..  If you would like to submit your camp dates (just like these, please, I'm not taking them incomplete or not done in this format) I'll be happy to add them. 

Prince William County Parks and Recreation doesn't think I'm cool enough to submit their events, ever, and since I'm tied up with this whole radiation bit this year, I didn't take the time to separate out their camp listings by week.  You can find their guide online, however, here at Prince William County Parks Summer Camps 2013. 

City of Manassas Park Parks and Recreation Summer Camps 2013 are online here.  They don't think I'm cool, either.  It's okay, I'm not bitter about it ;)

Week of June 17-21
Date of activity: June 17-21
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: June 17-21
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: June 17-21
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Club Youth Camp
Fee: $120 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org


Session I: June 20th-21st
9 a.m.—4 p.m.
Herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians. BRMC invites your child to spend two days hiking and handling, searching, and observing salamanders, frogs, lizards, snakes, and turtles on our Preserve. Marty Martin, the premier mid-Atlantic herpetologist will be joining both
camps.
Ages 7-12.
Limited to 15 participants per session.
Pre-registration required. Registration available online at http://www.brmconservancy.org/register/hc.php
Members: $100/Non-members: $150


Week of June 24-28
Date of Activity: June 24th- June 28th
Name of Camp/VBS: Calvary Baptist Church in Woodbridge, VA on Crest Dr.
Fee: 5
Ages: Pre-K-6th Grade
Restrictions:
Brief Description (include registration link/phone)

http://answersvbs.com/vbs/cbc-woodbridge/register/


Date of Activity: June 24-28, 20139am-12pm daily

Name of Camp/VBS: "Tell it on the Mountain" VBS, Trinity Lutheran Church, 12345 Cotton Mill Road, Woodbridge
Fee: None
Ages: 4-10
Restrictions: None
Brief Description: This year's vacation bible school program is “Tell it on the Mountain” and will offer an exciting week of bible stories, music, crafts, games, snacks and more! Our program will serve children aged 4 through those entering 5th grade. Older children are very welcome to sign up to help!
Register online at https://vbs.cph.org/tools/churchInfo.axpx?Church=70465920 or pick up a printed registration form at the church. If you miss pre-registration, a last minute walk-in will be accepted.
Session II: June 24th-25th
9 a.m.—4 p.m.
Herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians. BRMC invites your child to spend two days hiking and handling, searching, and observing salamanders, frogs, lizards, snakes, and turtles on our Preserve. Marty Martin, the premier mid-Atlantic herpetologist will be joining both
camps.
Ages 7-12.
Limited to 15 participants per session.
Pre-registration required. Registration available online at http://www.brmconservancy.org/register/hc.php
Members: $100/Non-members: $150


June 24-28, 2013 (Registration Deadline: None)
Pro Intensity Rookie Training Camp
Fee: $199.00 per week  Ages: 5-11
The Pro Intensity Rookie Camp is equivalent to the Pro Intensity Learn to Play Hockey Level 1-3 classes.  During three hours of ice each day, players will focus on individual skills in a fun environment.  Off the ice, players will play other sports as well as learn some basic off-ice practice techniques to help improve their game!
www.pwice.com    703-730-8423

June 24-28, 2013 (Registration Deadline: None)
Ice Stars Fun Camp
Fee: $199.00 per week  Ages: 5-11 years old
This camp is for skaters with little to no experience up through those who have begun to work on their single jumps and basic spins.  Participants will learn how to skate and improve their skills in a fun filled environment.  Camp includes: skating lessons and 3 hours of ice daily, off-ice games and sports, crafts and much more!
www.pwice.com or 703-730-8423

Dates of Activity: June 24-28
Name of Camp: Outdoor Summer Rock Climbing Day Camp
Fee: $375

Ages: 10-15
Times: 8:00AM - 3:00PM
Restrictions: no restrictions
Brief description:
Vertical Rock Outdoor School, Inc (VROS) introduces the Outdoor Day Camp! This camp is a great way to get into the sport of rock climbing. Day campers will learn fundamental safety, climbing techniques, and the mechanics of rock climbing while learning to appreciate the environment in which these activity take place. The camp will be located at four different climbing areas: Vertical Rock, Carderock, Great Falls, and Elizabeth Furnace. Over the course of 5 days, the children will experience all 4 different climbing areas and learn how to identify different types of rock, flora/fauna, and other awesome facts about the area they are climbing in! An emphasis on the Leave No Trace principles, both the 7 Principles and Minimizing Climbing Impacts will be integrated into the program. A set of climbing ‘levels’ serves at the fundamental structure of the day camp program. Campers will spend the days with instructors learning about all of the different aspects of rock climbing!
Camp Fee includes transportation from VR to the crag, rental harness supervision, and TONS of Fun

Dates of Activity: June 24-27
Name of Camp: Mini Rockers Summer Indoor Camp
Fee: $200 
*$25 discount for siblings
Ages: 5-11
Restrictions: no restrictions
Brief description:
A Monday - Thursday 1/2 day indoor climbing camp for your climbers (ages 5-11).
Kids will be introduced to age appropriate safety skills and games while laughing, climbing, and challenging themselves in our safe, supervised environment.  Activities improve self-esteem, social skills, hand eye coordination, and kinesthetic development.  
Camp Fee includes rental harness, supervision, and Tons of Fun!  Climbers will be divided into age appropriate groups during the camp
Register at: http://climb-va.com/youth-programs/climbing-summer-camp/



Date of Activity: June 24-28
Name of Camp/VBS: “Kingdom Rock” Vacation Bible School
Fee: free
Ages: 2-12
Restrictions:
Brief Description:
Enter the epic adventure that empowers kids to stand strong. Here, God’s victorious power isn’t a fairy tale - it changes kids forever! Find us on Facebook at “Yorkshire Free Will Baptist Church”. Phone# 703-361-3555


Dates of Activity: June 24-27
Name of Camp: Summer Senders Indoor Camp
Fee: $200 
*$25 discount for siblings
Ages: 12-16
Restrictions: no restrictions
Brief description:
A Monday - Thursday 1/2 day indoor climbing camp for your climbers (ages 12-16).
This camp includes the Learning the Ropes class which is a must have class for anyone new to the sport of climbing or the climber who needs to brush up on their basic skills.  The class offers an overview of the essential safety skills that are needed to climb at Vertical Rock.  the course will teach the camper proper use of a harness, the proper technique of tying in the a rope using a "figure 8" retraced knot and how to safely belay using the correct safety commands and techniques.  Camper will also be introduced to Functional Movement, Crack Climbing, Importance of Safety, Bouldering Techniques, and games while laughing, climbing, and challenging themselves in our safe supervised environment   Activities will help improve self-esteem, social skills, and kinesthetic development.
Camp Fee includes rental harness, rental belay device, and Tons of Fun!

Date of activity: June 24-28
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: June 24-28
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: June 24-28
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Club Youth Camp
Fee: $120 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: June 24-28
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Sports Camp
Fee: $130 per wee
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: June 24-28
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: June 24-28
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: June 24-28
Name of Camp:Art Rocks! 2013 at Edgemoor Art Studio Woodbridge
Fee: $185 per week, 1 time registration fee for new families
Ages: 3-6, 7 and up
Times:9am-Noon for ages 3-6, 1pm-4pm for ages 7+
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Campers will enjoy multiple media and learn many art processes.  All materials and a snack are included. Register online at www.edgemoorartstudio.com

Week of July 1-5 (Note this is a holiday week)
Date of activity: July 1-5 (Closed July 4)
Name of Camp: Boys &Girls Club - Hylton Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: July 1-5 (Closed July 4)
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: July 1-5 (Closed July 4)
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Club Youth Camp
Fee: $120 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 1-5 (Closed July 4) 
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Sports Camp
Fee: $130 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 1-5 (Closed July 4)
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 1-5 (Closed July 4)
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org


Week of July 8-12
July 8-12, 2013 (Registration Deadline: None)
Pro Intensity Rookie Training Camp
Fee: $199.00 per week  Ages: 5-11
The Pro Intensity Rookie Camp is equivalent to the Pro Intensity Learn to Play Hockey Level 1-3 classes.  During three hours of ice each day, players will focus on individual skills in a fun environment.  Off the ice, players will play other sports as well as learn some basic off-ice practice techniques to help improve their game!
www.pwice.com    703-730-8423

July 8-12, 2013 (Registration Deadline: None)
Ice Stars Fun Camp
Fee: $199.00 per week  Ages: 5-11 years old
This camp is for skaters with little to no experience up through those who have begun to work on their single jumps and basic spins.  Participants will learn how to skate and improve their skills in a fun filled environment.  Camp includes: skating lessons and 3 hours of ice daily, off-ice games and sports, crafts and much more!
www.pwice.com or 703-730-8423
 
Date of activity: July 8-12
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: July 8-12
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: July 8-12
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Club Youth Camp
Fee: $120 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 8-12
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Sports Camp
Fee: $130 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 8-12
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 8-12
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 8-12
Name of Camp:Art Rocks! 2013 at Edgemoor Art Studio Woodbridge
Fee: $185 per week, 1 time registration fee for new families
Ages: 3-6, 7 and up
Times:9am-Noon for ages 3-6, 1pm-4pm for ages 7+
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Campers will enjoy multiple media and learn many art processes.  All materials and a snack are included. Register online at www.edgemoorartstudio.com

Week of July 15-19
July 15-19, 2013 (Registration Deadline: None)
Ice Stars Fun Camp
Fee: $199.00 per week  Ages: 5-11 years old
This camp is for skaters with little to no experience up through those who have begun to work on their single jumps and basic spins.  Participants will learn how to skate and improve their skills in a fun filled environment.  Camp includes: skating lessons and 3 hours of ice daily, off-ice games and sports, crafts and much more!
www.pwice.com or 703-730-8423

Date of Activity: July 15th-19th
Name of Camp/VBS: Grace Lutheran Church, 1601 PW Parkway, Woodbridge
Fee: None
Ages: 3 to adult
Restrictions: None
Brief Description:
Get ready for a mountaintop experience! At VBS, children will gather their gear and set out on an expedition to learn about our one true God. Shout it from the peak’s summit—with Him, it’s possible to scale any “mountain” that’s ahead. 
Register online at http://www.glcva.org/

Dates of Activity: July 15-18
Name of Camp: Mini Rockers Summer Indoor Camp
Fee: $200 
*$25 discount for siblings

Ages: 5-11
Restrictions: no restrictions
Brief description:
A Monday - Thursday 1/2 day indoor climbing camp for your climbers (ages 5-11).
Kids will be introduced to age appropriate safety skills and games while laughing, climbing, and challenging themselves in our safe, supervised environment.  Activities improve self-esteem, social skills, hand eye coordination, and kinesthetic development. 
Camp Fee includes rental harness, supervision, and Tons of Fun!  Climbers will be divided into age appropriate groups during the camp
Register at: http://climb-va.com/youth-programs/climbing-summer-camp/

July 15-19, 2013 (Registration Deadline: None)
Pro Intensity Rookie Training Camp
Fee: $199.00 per week  Ages: 5-11
The Pro Intensity Rookie Camp is equivalent to the Pro Intensity Learn to Play Hockey Level 1-3 classes.  During three hours of ice each day, players will focus on individual skills in a fun environment.  Off the ice, players will play other sports as well as learn some basic off-ice practice techniques to help improve their game!
www.pwice.com    703-730-8423

Dates of Activity: July 15-18
Name of Camp: Summer Senders Indoor Camp
Fee: $200 

*$25 discount for siblings
Ages: 12-16
Restrictions: no restrictions
Brief description:
A Monday - Thursday 1/2 day indoor climbing camp for your climbers (ages 12-16).
This camp includes the Learning the Ropes class which is a must have class for anyone new to the sport of climbing or the climber who needs to brush up on their basic skills.  The class offers an overview of the essential safety skills that are needed to climb at Vertical Rock.  the course will teach the camper proper use of a harness, the proper technique of tying in the a rope using a "figure 8" retraced knot and how to safely belay using the correct safety commands and techniques.  Camper will also be introduced to Functional Movement, Crack Climbing, Importance of Safety, Bouldering Techniques, and games while laughing, climbing, and challenging themselves in our safe supervised environment   Activities will help improve self-esteem, social skills, and kinesthetic development.
Camp Fee includes rental harness, rental belay device, and Tons of Fun!
 Register at: http://climb-va.com/youth-programs/climbing-summer-camp/
 Date of Activity: July 15th-19th 5:15pm-7:45pm
Name of Camp/VBS: Adventures on Promise Island
Fee: FREE
Ages: 4 (or going to be entering 2nd year of preschool)-10 years old (see note below for special program for 5th-6th graders)
Restrictions: None
Brief Description:
It's that time of year again folks, time to gear up for VBS! Adventures on Promise Island will be the theme so come prepared to learn about God's promises. Go to 
http://vbs12.vacationbibleschool.com/buckhallumc  to register your child. Please feed your child before they arrive, we will be having snacks, but not a full meal.
There will also be a special 11-12 year old program that our pastor will be heading up at the same time as VBS. It will be a service geared program where they will be going to various locations to serve the community (SERVE, Birmingham green, community clean ups, etc...). This is a great opportunity for your 5th/6th grader! If you are interested in signing your child up for this, please RSVP on Facebook and specify while VBS you would like your child to participate in.


Dates of Activity: July 15-19
Name of Camp: Outdoor Summer Rock Climbing Day Camp
Fee: $375
Ages: 10-15
Times: 8:00AM - 3:00PM
Restrictions: no restrictions
Brief description
Vertical Rock Outdoor School, Inc (VROS) introduces the Outdoor Day Camp! This camp is a great way to get into the sport of rock climbing. Day campers will learn fundamental safety, climbing techniques, and the mechanics of rock climbing while learning to appreciate the environment in which these activity take place. The camp will be located at four different climbing areas: Vertical Rock, Carderock, Great Falls, and Elizabeth Furnace. Over the course of 5 days, the children will experience all 4 different climbing areas and learn how to identify different types of rock, flora/fauna, and other awesome facts about the area they are climbing in! An emphasis on the Leave No Trace principles, both the 7 Principles and Minimizing Climbing Impacts will be integrated into the program. A set of climbing ‘levels’ serves at the fundamental structure of the day camp program. Campers will spend the days with instructors learning about all of the different aspects of rock climbing!
Register at:http://climb-va.com/outdoor-excursions/outdoor-summer-day-camp/
Camp Fee includes transportation from VR to the crag, rental harness supervision, and TONS of Fun

Date of activity: July 15-19
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: July 15-19
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: July 15-19
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Club Youth Camp
Fee: $120 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 15-19
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Sports Camp
Fee: $130 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 15-19
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 15-19
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of Activity:  July 15-19
Name of Camp:  VBS/First United Presbyterian Church of Dale City,
Minnieville Road, Woodbridge.
Fee: 0
Ages: 4-11
Description:   Saddle up your horses and join us for a rip-roaring
good time with Jesus! We're traveling down the trails through the Old
Testament stories of Moses to discover God's Ultimate Plan of
salvation in Jesus, because "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today
and forever." (Hebrews 13:8)
We kick-off VBS with an ice cream social on Sunday, July 14 at 6:30
pm, giving parents and students an opportunity to meet volunteers and
address any questions or concerns.
For information, email: children@fupcdc.org or call the church office:
703-670-7834.
Date of activity: July 15-19
Name of Camp:Art Rocks! 2013 at Edgemoor Art Studio Woodbridge
Fee: $185 per week, 1 time registration fee for new families
Ages: 3-6, 7 and up
Times:9am-Noon for ages 3-6, 1pm-4pm for ages 7+
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Campers will enjoy multiple media and learn many art processes.  All materials and a snack are included. Register online at www.edgemoorartstudio.com

Date of activity: July 15-19
Name of Camp: American Girl Camp- Rippon Lodge Historic Site
Fee: $150
Ages:8-12
Times:9am-Noon
Brief description: 
Do you love the American Girl Historical Character Dolls? Come spend a week at Rippon Lodge Historic Site and learn all about your favorite historical dolls and what life was like during the time period they lived. Rippon Lodge is the perfect setting to discover and explore these wonderful characters. Make butter with Felicity, design a corn husk dolls with Kaya, and learn how to be a super sleuth with Kit and Ruthie. Activities will include; crafts, games, history, music, snacks and much more. Call 703-499-9812

Week of July 22-26

Date of Activity: July 22-26  (900am – 12:15pm)
Name of Camp/VBS:
 Grace Baptist Church Vacation Bible School 
Fee:
 $0
Ages:
 5 (by 9-30-2013) through 5th Grade
Restrictions:
 Preschoolers can come only if parents volunteer on campus
Brief Description (include registration link/phone)
 
July 22-26, 2013 Colossal Coaster World
Children will learn and experience that trusting God is the key to
facing your fears. During the morning form 9:00am-12:15pm each day they
will play games, crafts, hear bible stories and worship God through music.
Registration ends  July 17, 2013.  
Walk-ins (late registerants after July 17) welcome the day of VBS, July 22nd
Contact VBS Director for questions @ vbs@gracehome.org.


July 22-26, 2013 (Registration Deadline: None)
Ice Stars Fun Camp
Fee: $199.00 per week  Ages: 5-11 years old
This camp is for skaters with little to no experience up through those who have begun to work on their single jumps and basic spins.  Participants will learn how to skate and improve their skills in a fun filled environment.  Camp includes: skating lessons and 3 hours of ice daily, off-ice games and sports, crafts and much more!
www.pwice.com or 703-730-8423



Bull Run Mountains Conservancy SUMMER NATURE CAMP
Session I: July 22nd-26th
9 a.m.—4 p.m.
BRMC invites your child to spend an adventurous week interacting with the natural world. Each day we will focus on different groups of plants and animals in the Bull Run Mountains. Campers will add to their understanding of natural systems through hikes, stream walks, snake handling (only if desired), frog and salamander catching, bird watching, butterfly and insect collecting, crafts, and games.
Ages 7-12.
Pre-registration required. Registration available online at http://www.brmconservancy.org/register/sc.php
Members: $250/Non-members: $300.


Dates of Activity: July 22-25
Name of Camp: Summer Senders Indoor Camp
Fee: $200 

*$25 discount for siblings
Ages: 12-16
Restrictions: no restrictions
Brief description:
A Monday - Thursday 1/2 day indoor climbing camp for your climbers (ages 12-16).
This camp includes the Learning the Ropes class which is a must have class for anyone new to the sport of climbing or the climber who needs to brush up on their basic skills.  The class offers an overview of the essential safety skills that are needed to climb at Vertical Rock.  the course will teach the camper proper use of a harness, the proper technique of tying in the a rope using a "figure 8" retraced knot and how to safely belay using the correct safety commands and techniques.  Camper will also be introduced to Functional Movement, Crack Climbing, Importance of Safety, Bouldering Techniques, and games while laughing, climbing, and challenging themselves in our safe supervised environment   Activities will help improve self-esteem, social skills, and kinesthetic development.
Camp Fee includes rental harness, rental belay device, and Tons of Fun!


Dates of Activity: July 22-25
Name of Camp: Mini Rockers Summer Indoor Camp
Fee: $200 
*$25 discount for siblings

Ages: 5-11
Restrictions: no restrictions
Brief description:
A Monday - Thursday 1/2 day indoor climbing camp for your climbers (ages 5-11).
Kids will be introduced to age appropriate safety skills and games while laughing, climbing, and challenging themselves in our safe, supervised environment.  Activities improve self-esteem, social skills, hand eye coordination, and kinesthetic development.  
Camp Fee includes rental harness, supervision, and Tons of Fun!  Climbers will be divided into age appropriate groups during the camp
Register at: http://climb-va.com/youth-programs/climbing-summer-camp/
 
Date of activity: July 22-26
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

July 22-26, 2013 (Registration Deadline: None)
Pro Intensity Rookie Training Camp
Fee: $199.00 per week  Ages: 5-11
The Pro Intensity Rookie Camp is equivalent to the Pro Intensity Learn to Play Hockey Level 1-3 classes.  During three hours of ice each day, players will focus on individual skills in a fun environment.  Off the ice, players will play other sports as well as learn some basic off-ice practice techniques to help improve their game!
www.pwice.com    703-730-8423

Date of activity: July 22-26
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: July 22-26
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Club Youth Camp
Fee: $120 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 22-26
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Sports Camp
Fee: $130 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 22-26
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 22-26
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: July 22-26
Name of Camp:Art Rocks! 2013 at Edgemoor Art Studio Woodbridge
Fee: $185 per week, 1 time registration fee for new families
Ages: 3-6, 7 and up
Times:9am-Noon for ages 3-6, 1pm-4pm for ages 7+
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Campers will enjoy multiple media and learn many art processes.  All materials and a snack are included. Register online at www.edgemoorartstudio.com

Week of July 29-August 2nd  
Dates of Activity: July 29-August 2nd
Location: Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 4090 Sudley Road, Haymarket, VA  Name of Camp: Come and Be made new
Fee: $50.00/ per camper
Ages: 6-10 years old
Times: 9:00am- 4:00pm
Restrictions: We welcome everyone, come have a great week
Brief Description: Our theme "COME AND BE MADE NEW," will be lived out here in so many ways that week! Counselors from Mar-Lu Ridge will lead our 6-10 year olds through a day-long program of Bible study, games, singing and fun.
http://www.comeandbe.org/VBS2013.htm


Date of activity:  July 29-August 9th (note this is a TWO WEEK camp)
Name of Camp: Good Shepherd Academy Summer Strings Camp
Fee: $200
Ages: Rising 3rd graders and up
Times: 8:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Brief description: Students can choose from learning to play the violin, viola, cello, or string bass. Instruments can be rented from a local music store. $200 covers tuition for 2 weeks, lesson book, and pizza party on the last day! Good Shepherd Academy is located in Manassas on Sudley Road. Daily schedule will include a beginning Strings class, music history/listening, music games, and small group instruction. Contact Carolyn at cole7_98@yahoo.com for more information and a registration form or call Good Shepherd Academy at 703-257-7577.



Bull Run Mountains Conservancy SUMMER NATURE CAMP
Session II: July 29th- August 2nd
9 a.m.—4 p.m.
BRMC invites your child to spend an adventurous week interacting with the natural world. Each day we will focus on different groups of plants and animals in the Bull Run Mountains. Campers will add to their understanding of natural systems through hikes, stream walks, snake handling (only if desired), frog and salamander catching, bird watching, butterfly and insect collecting, crafts, and games.
Ages 7-12.
Pre-registration required. Registration available online at http://www.brmconservancy.org/register/sc.php
Members: $250/Non-members: $300.

July 29-August 2, 2013 (Registration Deadline: None)
Ice Stars Fun Camp
Fee: $199.00 per week  Ages: 5-11 years old
This camp is for skaters with little to no experience up through those who have begun to work on their single jumps and basic spins.  Participants will learn how to skate and improve their skills in a fun filled environment.  Camp includes: skating lessons and 3 hours of ice daily, off-ice games and sports, crafts and much more!
www.pwice.com or 703-730-8423


July 29-August 2, 2013 (Registration Deadline: None)
Pro Intensity Rookie Training Camp
Fee: $199.00 per week  Ages: 5-11
The Pro Intensity Rookie Camp is equivalent to the Pro Intensity Learn to Play Hockey Level 1-3 classes.  During three hours of ice each day, players will focus on individual skills in a fun environment.  Off the ice, players will play other sports as well as learn some basic off-ice practice techniques to help improve their game!
www.pwice.com    703-730-8423

Dates of Activity: July 29 - Aug 2
Name of Camp: Outdoor Summer Rock Climbing Day Camp
Fee: $375
Ages: 10-15
Times: 8:00AM - 3:00PM
Restrictions: no restrictions
Brief description:
Vertical Rock Outdoor School, Inc (VROS) introduces the Outdoor Day Camp! This camp is a great way to get into the sport of rock climbing. Day campers will learn fundamental safety, climbing techniques, and the mechanics of rock climbing while learning to appreciate the environment in which these activity take place. The camp will be located at four different climbing areas: Vertical Rock, Carderock, Great Falls, and Elizabeth Furnace. Over the course of 5 days, the children will experience all 4 different climbing areas and learn how to identify different types of rock, flora/fauna, and other awesome facts about the area they are climbing in! An emphasis on the Leave No Trace principles, both the 7 Principles and Minimizing Climbing Impacts will be integrated into the program. A set of climbing ‘levels’ serves at the fundamental structure of the day camp program. Campers will spend the days with instructors learning about all of the different aspects of rock climbing!
Camp Fee includes transportation from VR to the crag, rental harness supervision, and TONS of Fun

Date of activity: July 29-August 2
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: July 29-August 2
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: July 29-August 2
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Club Youth Camp
Fee: $120 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 29-August 2
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Sports Camp
Fee: $130 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 29-August 2
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 29-August 2
Name of Camp:Art Rocks! 2013 at Edgemoor Art Studio Woodbridge
Fee: $185 per week, 1 time registration fee for new families
Ages: 3-6, 7 and up
Times:9am-Noon for ages 3-6, 1pm-4pm for ages 7+
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Campers will enjoy multiple media and learn many art processes.  All materials and a snack are included. Register online at www.edgemoorartstudio.com


Date of activity: July 29 - August 2
Name of Camp: All Around the World Fitness Camp
Fee: $50 per week
Ages: 6-11 Boys and Girls
Times: 9-3pm
Brief description: Participants will learn exercises/dances from around the world and do a daily craft from different countries. One country will be done daily. Pre/post tests. Fitness every day! Contact Brickhouse Cardio Club Manassas at info@imabrickhouse.com.

Week of August 5-9th
Date of Activity: August 5-9, 2013 
Name of Camp: Vacation Bible School - Athens @ Good Shepherd UMC Dale City
Cost: $15pp family max $40 (scholarships available)
Ages:  3.5yrs - 5th grade
Times: 9am-12pm
Description :  Travel back in time to the metropolis of Athens.  This marketplace style VBS is hands on, full of music, crafts, games, snacks and a bible time experience with the Apostle Paul.  Grouped in age same "families" this creates lots of fun for meeting new friends!  www.gsumc.net 
August 5-9, 2013 (Registration Deadline: None)
Ice Stars Fun Camp
Fee: $199.00 per week  Ages: 5-11 years old
This camp is for skaters with little to no experience up through those who have begun to work on their single jumps and basic spins.  Participants will learn how to skate and improve their skills in a fun filled environment.  Camp includes: skating lessons and 3 hours of ice daily, off-ice games and sports, crafts and much more!
www.pwice.com or 703-730-8423

Dates of Activity: August 5-8
Name of Camp: Summer Senders Indoor Camp
Fee: $200 

*$25 discount for siblings
Ages: 12-16
Restrictions: no restrictions
Brief description:
A Monday - Thursday 1/2 day indoor climbing camp for your climbers (ages 12-16).
This camp includes the Learning the Ropes class which is a must have class for anyone new to the sport of climbing or the climber who needs to brush up on their basic skills.  The class offers an overview of the essential safety skills that are needed to climb at Vertical Rock.  the course will teach the camper proper use of a harness, the proper technique of tying in the a rope using a "figure 8" retraced knot and how to safely belay using the correct safety commands and techniques.  Camper will also be introduced to Functional Movement, Crack Climbing, Importance of Safety, Bouldering Techniques, and games while laughing, climbing, and challenging themselves in our safe supervised environment   Activities will help improve self-esteem, social skills, and kinesthetic development.
Camp Fee includes rental harness, rental belay device, and Tons of Fun!

August 5-9, 2013 (Registration Deadline: None)
Pro Intensity Rookie Training Camp
Fee: $199.00 per week  Ages: 5-11
The Pro Intensity Rookie Camp is equivalent to the Pro Intensity Learn to Play Hockey Level 1-3 classes.  During three hours of ice each day, players will focus on individual skills in a fun environment.  Off the ice, players will play other sports as well as learn some basic off-ice practice techniques to help improve their game!
www.pwice.com    703-730-8423

Dates of Activity: August 5-8
Name of Camp: Mini Rockers Summer Indoor Camp
Fee: $200 

*$25 discount for siblings
Ages: 5-11
Restrictions: no restrictions
Brief description:
A Monday - Thursday 1/2 day indoor climbing camp for your climbers (ages 5-11).
Kids will be introduced to age appropriate safety skills and games while laughing, climbing, and challenging themselves in our safe, supervised environment.  Activities improve self-esteem, social skills, hand eye coordination, and kinesthetic development.  
Camp Fee includes rental harness, supervision, and Tons of Fun!  Climbers will be divided into age appropriate groups during the camp
Register at: http://climb-va.com/youth-programs/climbing-summer-camp/



Date of Activity: August 5-9, 8:30-12
Name of VBS: Kingdom Rock: Where Kids Stand Strong for God
Fee: $10/child or $6/volunteer
Ages: 3 years-completed 5th grade
Brief Description: Dumfries UMC (3890 Cameron St. Dumfries VA) dumfriesumc.org.  Children will attend a daily Sing and Play Rock and then rotate through five stations and end the day with a daily Fanfare Finale.  Children will be placed in a mixed age small group led by a Kingdom Crew leader. Preschoolers will spend the morning in the Preschool Palace, joining the larger kingdom for opening and closing.

Date of activity: August 5-9
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: August 5-9
Name of Camp: Boys &  Girls Club - Hylton Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: August 5-9
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Club Youth Camp
Fee: $120 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: August 5-9
Name of Camp: Boys &  Girls Club - General Heiser Sports Camp
Fee: $130 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: August 5-9
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: August 5-9
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: August 5-9
Name of Camp:Art Rocks! 2013 at Edgemoor Art Studio Woodbridge
Fee: $185 per week, 1 time registration fee for new families
Ages: 3-6, 7 and up
Times:9am-Noon for ages 3-6, 1pm-4pm for ages 7+
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Campers will enjoy multiple media and learn many art processes.  All materials and a snack are included. Register online at www.edgemoorartstudio.com


Bull Run Mountains Conservancy CHESAPEAKE WATERSHED WORKSHOP
August 5th-8th
9 a.m.—4 p.m.
BRMC will offer an educational workshop focused on the conservation of the rivers and streams that flow into the Chesapeake Bay. We will explore headwater streams on the Bull Run Mountains, go downstream on Little Bull Run, and visit Turkey Run National Park. At each location students will perform stream monitoring, vegetation analyses, and stream habitat and riparian buffer evaluations.
Ages 13-18.
Pre-registration required. Registration available online at http://www.brmconservancy.org/register/cw.php
Members: $200/Non-members: $250.


August 12-16th
August 12-16, 2013 (Registration Deadline: None)
Pro Intensity Rookie Training Camp
Fee: $199.00 per week  Ages: 5-11
The Pro Intensity Rookie Camp is equivalent to the Pro Intensity Learn to Play Hockey Level 1-3 classes.  During three hours of ice each day, players will focus on individual skills in a fun environment.  Off the ice, players will play other sports as well as learn some basic off-ice practice techniques to help improve their game!
www.pwice.com    703-730-8423


Date of activity:  Sunday, August 11th – Thursday, August 15th

Name of Camp:  Mega Sports Camp -VBS

Fee:  Free to attend!  ($5 for optional purchase of t-shirt for child or adult)                                  Ages:  Rising Kindergarten – 5th Graders                                                                                        Times:  6:15 pm – 8:15 pm, nightly

No Restrictions: This VBS camp is open to all regardless of church affiliation or membership

 Location:  Prince of Peace United Methodist Church / 6299 Token Forest Drive / Manassas, VA  20112  (www.popumc.orgor 703-670-4143)

 Brief description:  Mega Sports Camp is an evening Vacation Bible School packed with fun, age appropriate sports activities for elementary aged children.  The evening starts with a large group rally, songs and message, then the kids go outside for the sports activities.  They will have a light snack and a small group huddle with a Bible story before returning to the large group rally again.  An adult VBS class is offered to any parents who would like to benefit from adult discussion. Please contact Holly at holly3874@comcast.net for a registration form.  All attendees must be pre-registered.


Bull Run Mountains Conservancy BUDDING NATURALIST CAMP
August 12th-16th
10 a.m.—12 p.m.
At this week-long camp, young children will be exposed to the outdoors and wildlife. They will explore life on the Bull Run Mountains through a series of discovery hikes, frog and salamander searches, snake viewing, stream exploration, nature crafts, and games.
Ages 4-6.
Pre-registration required. Registration available online at http://www.brmconservancy.org/register/pc.php
Members: $125/Non-members: $175.

Dates of Activity: Aug 12 - 16
Name of Camp: Outdoor Summer Rock Climbing Day Camp
Fee: $375

Ages: 10-15
Times: 8:00AM - 3:00PM
Restrictions: no restrictions
Brief description:
Vertical Rock Outdoor School, Inc (VROS) introduces the Outdoor Day Camp! This camp is a great way to get into the sport of rock climbing. Day campers will learn fundamental safety, climbing techniques, and the mechanics of rock climbing while learning to appreciate the environment in which these activity take place. The camp will be located at four different climbing areas: Vertical Rock, Carderock, Great Falls, and Elizabeth Furnace. Over the course of 5 days, the children will experience all 4 different climbing areas and learn how to identify different types of rock, flora/fauna, and other awesome facts about the area they are climbing in! An emphasis on the Leave No Trace principles, both the 7 Principles and Minimizing Climbing Impacts will be integrated into the program. A set of climbing ‘levels’ serves at the fundamental structure of the day camp program. Campers will spend the days with instructors learning about all of the different aspects of rock climbing!
Camp Fee includes transportation from VR to the crag, rental harness supervision, and TONS of Fun

 
August 12-16, 2013 (Registration Deadline: None)
Ice Stars Fun Camp
Fee: $199.00 per week  Ages: 5-11 years old
This camp is for skaters with little to no experience up through those who have begun to work on their single jumps and basic spins.  Participants will learn how to skate and improve their skills in a fun filled environment.  Camp includes: skating lessons and 3 hours of ice daily, off-ice games and sports, crafts and much more!
www.pwice.com or 703-730-8423

Date of activity: August 12-16
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: August 12-16
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: August 12-16
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Club Youth Camp
Fee: $120 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: August 12-16
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Sports Camp
Fee: $130 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: August 12-16
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: August 12-16
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: August 12-16
Name of Camp:Art Rocks! 2013 at Edgemoor Art Studio Woodbridge
Fee: $185 per week, 1 time registration fee for new families
Ages: 3-6, 7 and up
Times:9am-Noon for ages 3-6, 1pm-4pm for ages 7+
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Campers will enjoy multiple media and learn many art processes.  All materials and a snack are included. Register online at www.edgemoorartstudio.com


Date of activity: August 12-August 16
Name of Camp: All Around the World Fitness Camp
Fee: $50 per week
Ages: 6-11 Boys and Girls
Times: 9-3pm
Brief description: Participants will learn exercises/dances from around the world and do a daily craft from different countries. One country will be done daily. Pre/post tests. Fitness every day! Contact Brickhouse Cardio Club Manassas at info@imabrickhouse.com.
Week of August 19-23rd
Date of activity: August 19-23
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: August 19-23
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Club Youth Camp
Fee: $120 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: August 19-23
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
 
Date of activity: August 19-23
Name of Camp:Art Rocks! 2013 at Edgemoor Art Studio Woodbridge
Fee: $185 per week, 1 time registration fee for new families
Ages: 3-6, 7 and up
Times:9am-Noon for ages 3-6, 1pm-4pm for ages 7+
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Campers will enjoy multiple media and learn many art processes.  All materials and a snack are included. Register online at www.edgemoorartstudio.com


Date of activity: August 19 - August 23
Name of Camp: All Around the World Fitness Camp
Fee: $50 per week
Ages: 6-11 Boys and Girls
Times: 9-3pm
Brief description: Participants will learn exercises/dances from around the world and do a daily craft from different countries. One country will be done daily. Pre/post tests. Fitness every day! Contact Brickhouse Cardio Club Manassas at info@imabrickhouse.com.

Leesylvania State Park's Junior Ranger Program 2013

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Published: 05/01/2013
Leesylvania State Park offers a "Junior Ranger" program each summer.  There are several dates, as well as campouts.  For additional information, call the visitor center at 703-583-6904.  
About the Program
The Junior Ranger program at Leesylvania State Park is all about hands-on practical learning opportunities in a well supervised set- ting. It is a great way for you and your child to learn about the rich history and nature that is in your own backyard.
Each day we cover a new topic, and introduce fun educational activi- ties that help keep things fun and interesting. We offer different activities each year so don’t worry about this being your second or third time as a participant.
The program is designed with the outdoors in mind so the majority of the time is spent in our 556 acre park. We have two leaders for each session who work together to create a safe and secure learn- ing environment.
Fee’s - There is a $60.00 enrollment fee per session for each partici- pant. This covers all supplies, graduation certificate, t-shirt, and patch.
Items to bring - Keep in mind that we will be outdoors so please bring the following:
Water (not soda)
Sunscreen
Tennis Shoes/boots (no sandals) Extra socks
Bug spray
Hand Sanitizer
A snack for snack time

Family Night - Parents are always encouraged to take part in our daily activities. There is also a family camp out night several times during the summer for graduates of the program. These are held at the Bushey Point campground, and start at 7:30pm. There are vari- ous activities including night hikes and cooking. Families can leave any time they choose, or camp out overnight and leave the next morning. See the back for dates.


A day at Junior Rangers
Parents can drop off their children up to 15 minutes before the scheduled start of their session. ALL PARTICIPANTS are to be signed in at the beginning of the day, and at the end of the day will need to be signed out by a guardian.
Once the first participants arrive the Junior Ranger leaders will introduce them to one another, and will wait for everyone to arrive at Shelter #2. Then once everyone has arrived and is signed in by their parents the day starts.
Depending on the age group activities will vary. They include, but are not limited to: Nature hikes, river seining, pond play, historical games, and canoeing for the 10-12 year old participants.
If a Junior Ranger has been an active participant each day they will be able to take part in a graduation ceremony. This takes place the last 30 minutes on the final day of each session. Children will talk about what they learned and receive a certificate, t-shirt, and patch.
Questions
Can I sign up over the phone? -No-There are lots of thing to cover with parents before they sign their child up and we need to make sure they understand everything. Payment is due when you sign up at the visitor center (no holding spots). What if it rains? -We take kids inside, or under a covered shelter during a rain, or bad weather event.
Can I sign up for more than one session? - We are happy to have participants sign up again, but we will have to put you on a waiting list to see if others, who have not been through the program, would like to give it a try.
Strict about age groups? - We like to keep our age groups together but we might be able to work with parents. No children under 4 allowed. Sessions are 15 participants max




Summer Swim Teams

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Published: 03/01/2013
Prince William County Summer Swim Teams are so much fun!  We swam on the Barracudas last year, and our kids had a ton of fun.  If you have multiple ages and ability levels, look for a team with a developmental program, and be sure to sign up early! Some teams give preference to returning families, and spots can fill up quickly!

Here's a list of teams, along with tryout and/or registration info for 2013, if I have it from them! 

Ashland Stingrays
    Open registration will open in the beginning of April.  No try outs are required. 
Ben Lomond Flying Ducks
Braemar Blasters
Bridlewood Waves
Brookside Hurricaines- 
Open registration February 15th through April 30th.  Swimmers must be able to safely make it 25 meters across the pool on the first day of practice, Tuesday, May 28th. 
Dale City Frogs
Registration will begin March 1. We accept swimmers  regardless of their speed, as long as they are able to swim the length of the pool without assistance. 
Dominion Valley Sharks
    Open registration from March 1st through March 15th, or when all spots are full. 
Kingsbrooke Sea Lions
Lake Manassas Blue Dolphins
Lake Ridge Lancers
Meadowbrook Makos
Montclair Seahawks
Old Bridge Breakers
Piedmont Tsunamis
Ridgewood Barracudas

    Try outs are required to ensure a minimum level of confidence in the water.  Date TBD. 
Southbridge Fighting Seals
Stonewall Park Swim Team
Sudley Seahorses
Urbanna Otters
Veterans Park Marlins
Victory Lakes Piranhas
Virginia Oaks Sea Devils
Wellington Dolphins

    Try-outs will be held March 17th to ensure a minimum level of confidence in the water. 
Westridge Waves

Summer Job Openings: Leesylvania State Park

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Published: 01/29/2013

Leesylvania State Park Summer Jobs!

Maintenance Ranger: Weekends and holidays may be required
Responsible, result-oriented individuals needed who are able to work at times without direct supervision and who can prioritize tasks and positively interact with the public.  Duties focus on assisting in the daily running of park facilities and grounds keeping.  This entails a variety of tasks, which changes according to the day of the week, number of visitors or activities.  A large portion of the work will include custodial duties in the bathrooms, picnic area, and maintaining the landscaping.  Other tasks throughout the summer may include:  painting, trail work, carpentry, vehicle and equipment maintenance, assisting with interpretive programs and resource management projects.  Valid driver’s license required.

Contact Ranger: Weekends and holidays may be required
Outgoing applicants needed to assist visitors to Leesylvania by providing information regarding services available and other local attractions.  Duties include fee collection, money handling, and maintaining records of annual pass holders as well as overnight boating/fishing registration.  Contact rangers are required to operate a computer terminal/cash register, and will inform visitors of the rules and regulations for the purpose of protecting and conserving park areas.

Concessionaire Services: Weekends and holidays may be required
Detail-oriented and friendly individuals needed to assist in the operation of Leesylvania’s concessionaire services.  Most duties will center around the park-operated Breakwater Marina Store, located between the two boat launches, and the smaller Snack Shack by the fishing pier.  The store sells fishing and picnic related items, gas out on the dock and operates a short order cook style of food services.  The Snack Shack is smaller and sells ice-cream, other snack items and fishing bait.  Duties at both facilities include money handling, cash register operation, food preparation, setting up and taking down displays, and keeping the store clean and sanitary.

Visitor Center/Interpreter: Weekends and holidays may be required
Outgoing and responsible individuals with a strong interest in working with a wide variety of customers needed to assist with interpretive duties at the Visitor Center.  Interpreters are responsible for keeping the history and environmental museum open and organized, and provide information to visitors about the history of the park and its natural resources.  Duties include taking care of park animals, updating interpretive kiosks throughout the park, leading public programs, setting up monthly displays, money handling, and register operation.  Interpreters assist with school groups, scout programs, fairs, and park programming, and may be trained in leading monthly canoe tours and guided hikes.

Junior Ranger Leader: Weekends and holidays may be required
Responsible and outgoing leaders who are interested in working with children are needed to assist with Leesylvania’s Junior Ranger program.  Focusing on getting children outdoors for a hands-on learning environment, the Junior Ranger program introduces new topics each day with fun and educational activities.  The program is designed with nature in mind, so the majority of the time is spent outdoors in a leadership role, including with some overnight camping events.  Junior Ranger Leaders must work well with others and be able to create a safe and secure learning environment for children and families.  Duties also include those outlined in the description above for Visitor Center/Interpreter.

For all positions, experience is not necessary, but preferred. We provide on the job training. Employee may be required to perform other park related duties during emergencies, or on a non-recurrent basis. Seasonal summer jobs can be an outstanding first step toward a lasting career with the park service.

Interested?
You can pick up & drop off applications at
2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Dr. Woodbridge, VA 22191
Main Office: Monday – Friday 8:00am-4:30pm.
Visitor Center: Saturday-Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm.
You can also get applications at the web site below, but turn them in at the park: http://dcrintra.dcr.virginia.gov/DCR_Public/Jobs/JobList.cfm
Call (703) 730-8205 for more information.

Benefits of working for Virginia State Parks:

  • Working for a State Agency looks good on a resume.
  • Majority of work is outdoors at Leesylvania on the Potomac River.
  • Make a difference; work to preserve our natural resources.
  • Long-term opportunities available.
  • Flexible work schedule.
  • Opportunities to learn new skills.
  • Fun professional work environment.
  • Competitive wages.
  • Letters of recommendation available.

Guest Post: National Night Out in Prince William County

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Published: 08/29/2012

Anglea Pounders, a frequent contributor to PwcMoms.com, gives her feedback on the National Night Out in Manassas Park, Virginia.  For more information on National Night Out, visit their website. 
National Night Out is a nationwide event that is held the first Tuesday in August and was from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Signal Hill Park for Manassas Park. I checked out to see what other local cities were doing and let me tell you, Manassas Park really does this event up!  Not only is this a time for communities and local law enforcement to stand together against crime and interact in a laid back environment, it is a night full of fun for the family!  The night included free food, giveaways/freebies and a variety of local, state and federal vehicles to view up close and personal. We have gone to this event for several years and were looking forward to attending again this year.

We weren’t so lucky to get a parking spot on the park grounds, but we got one of the first spots in the field across the street.  Police were directing traffic by the entrance of the park, so that made it easier to get where we needed to go—both for parking and crossing the busy street with a toddler in a stroller and a preschooler in tow.

From www.manassaspark.patch.com
McGruff the Crime Dog greeted everyone as we made our way into Signal Hill Park.  As we got closer to the event area (it’s a little walk), we could hear bagpipes playing.  Finally, we saw three men all decked out in kilts serenading the group.  Live music is always a plus.
The first thing we did was to go and see the Chick-fil-A cow.  My 3½ year old is in love with that thing.  So of course, we ended up at Chick-fil-A Signal Hill’s tent.  They had a prize wheel with awesome prizes.  We left with a CFA water bottle and coupons for a free kids’ meal, a sandwich and a lemonade.  A good start to the night, I’d say!
Then, we decided to get dinner before the lines got too long and there were still tables available.  The set up was a bit different from years past.  The picnic tables were set on the other side of the pavilion away from the grills and such.  This was nice except the ground tilts on that side.  All of the tables appeared to be leaning!  It made for some tricky balancing on the table, but we survived!
They had some live music under the pavilion while we ate.  I suggest bringing a picnic blanket if you arrive later in the night so you have a place to sit.  According to Manassas Park Police via www.manassaspark.patch.com, some 3,000 people turned out for the event.  That’s a lot of water and food!!  Of course, they had the usual grilled burgers and hot dogs, but they also had pizza, cold sandwiches and Chick-fil-A sandwiches.  On the side, there was watermelon, chips, cookies and freshly made popcorn (which ran non-stop all night).  My girls were a bit too hot (it was quite humid) and excited to eat too much though.
The Aaron’s dog, Lucky, served as one of the distractions during dinner.  My 3½ year old was actually following him around!  I guess she has a thing for big, fuzzy animals. Their giveaways included a stuffed Lucky and an Aaron’s baseball cap.
Our next stop was the helicopters!  A little Miss Someone was very eager to get a closer look this year as we missed out last year.  How many people get this opportunity in their lives?
First, we saw Aircare 1, a medevac helicopter used to take patients to area hospitals.  My daughter loved sitting in the back and checking out everything.  
There was also a border patrol helicopter manned by a gentleman with a large firearm.  We got to sit inside this one as well.  They even let the children try on the headphones with microphones – very cool.
Many local, state and federal agencies had tables set up with information and giveaways like pencils, stickers and coloring sheets for the children.  Local businesses and the utility companies had tables as well.  Several of the tables had candy for the children, but we had to keep declining because we don’t do lollipops in my house.
However, we do eat sno-cones! Snowie BUS was there with free shaved ice for the children; adults had to purchase their cones.  There was a flavor station next to the bus where you could pump out your own flavoring.  A fun idea except for the bees that were hanging around!  This served as a great way of keeping my girls hydrated on such a humid, warm night.
After our little break, the family checked out the numerous vehicles on-site.  These included the typical fare such as a police car and fire engine to the not-so-typical 8-foot-tall Alpine Pit-Bull VX armored SWAT vehicle, a replica of the Delorean time machine used in the Back to the Future movies, and “Barricade,” a 2006 Ford Mustang GT used in the 2007 Transformers movie.
My 3½ year old really enjoyed checking out the SWAT vehicle and with Daddy’s help, got to stick her head out of the manhole in the roof. We even got a close up view of how big a dump truck tire is.  (It was actually very clean.)

After three hours of walking around the park, exploring the vehicles and such, everyone was ready to go home.  We were tired and sweaty, but couldn’t go without the promised freshly popped popcorn.  Who knew so many people would want popcorn!?  I waited in line forever, but my sweet girl was very patient.  There was even some watermelon left over for her little sister.
Above the glow of the police lights, God blessed us with this beautiful sunset before we left.  All in all, a fun, but tiring night!

Additional thoughts:
  • Arrive early for a good parking spot.
  • Be prepared for the weather!  There is little to no shade from the sun and it is usually humid this time of year.  Bring sun protection and stay hydrated!
  • Bring a blanket to sit on, unless you don’t mind sitting on the grass, because picnic tables fill up fast!
  • The bathrooms are located under the pavilion and were pretty decent.  (You know me and bathrooms!) Bring hand sanitizer though. 
  • Bring a bag to carry home your goodies in.  We had very minimal stuff to bring home (as I was determined not to pick up a bunch of things “just because”) but still, a bag would’ve been nice.
  • Take some time to actually talk with the law officials and thank them for what they do.  Plus, you might learn something new!

Angela Pounders is a transplant to Manassas Park from Arlington.  She is blessed to be a stay at home mama to two beautiful girls.  As a former teacher (as well as preschool director and Children and Family Director), she is always on the look out for fun, easy and educational things to do with her girls.  She also loves to share her ideas and will be starting her own blog, The Master’s Daughter, by the fall.