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Active Arcade

Interactive video games and active outdoor play will be the focus of fun in this innovative camp program. Try Rock Band, Wii Sports, Dance Dance Revolution and more! Wii promotes movement and fun all in one. Interactive video games like Wii sports, rock band, dance dance revolution along with active outdoor physical activity.
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Air and Space (at Ayrlawn PC)

Got a yen for lunar learning? Blast off into this fun and activity-filled session learning about the solar system. Campers will let their imaginations soar while learning about the planets, stars, and the moon. They will also build and name their very own spaceship to carry them to the moon and beyond!
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All Day Preschool Camps

Children participate in theme-based activities which may include arts & crafts, movement activites, science, active outdoor play, field trips, swimming and more. A snack & lunch will be provided by the YMCA. Children must be fully potty trained to attend. 
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Art Around the World


Pack your suitcase and get your passports ready because in this camp we will be going across continents about arts of different cultures such as Egyptian art, African face masks, Roman architecture, and more!
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Art Meets Science

It's art with a twist.  Art + Science = Cool Craziness!  When you mix up art and science, you'll create all kids of interesting, cool designs.  Experiment with different, colorful substances that produce rad reactions.  Find out what candy chromatography is; put your noodle to  work in a nifty chemistry workshop.  Show off your pieces at the end of the summer Clothesline Art Show!
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ARTRAGEOUS

Get creative, get messy and have fun creating art! Explore and experiment with a variety of art mediums.
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Beads & Bracelets (at Ayrlawn PC)

Design your own personalized jewelry and accessories. Create jewelry using pre-made beads and more. Make pins, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and hair ornaments.
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Beads & Handi-Crafts

Get creative and learn how to make a variety of crafts. Tie-dye a t-shirt, learn what boondoggle is, stamp a leather key chain, and use beads for more than just jewelry (maybe a suncatcher, or to design a creature)! Leather, beads, baskets, and more are just some of the materials you'll use to make creative crafts in this custom camp.
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Beauty School

Come join us for a week of action packed activities, as we learn how to pick the perfect hair style and outfit for that special event. We will be given all the latest and greatest secrets on how to care for our skin to keep it healthy, by our guest beauty consultant.
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Biking

Campers will experience so much more than just biking this week! Through working together, campers will learn the components of a bike, basic bike maintenance, bicycle safety, and go on biking adventures on popular trails throughout our area.
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Cartooning

YMCA children will explore the basics of cartooning, including figure design, movement and the process of drawing, inking and coloring a strip. Use your imagination to create stories of your own to share with your families and friends.
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Chess

Checkmate! Have you ever been stumped with how the chess pieces move? Have no fear! Chess camp will teach you the basics. Chess players will learn the different chess pieces and how they work. Players learn basic strategies and good sportsmanship.
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CREATIVE CRAFTS

This camp is a great way for kids to express their creativity as each day brings new ideas and projects for lots of hands on activity. They will discover a variety of art. Roll up your sleeves, put on your apron and dig your hands in as we get messy with this hands-on, goo-fest of a camp. Campers will create wild and interesting science projects.
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Creative Drama & Poetry

Whether you will write the next great novel or act out an exciting short story, this camp will help you get your creative juices flowing through writing and role playing. Bring your writing home to share with your family!
 
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Creative Writing

Whether you will write the next great novel or just an exciting short story, this camp will help you get your creative juices flowing. Bring your writing home to share with your family!
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Delicious Delights

Campers really get cooking in this introduction to the culinary arts where they learn to create fun things that you can eat! Incorporating cleanliness, nutrition, cooking terms, measuring, helping, creating, sharing and EATING, this camp allows children to become little chefs. From chopping up to cleaning up, it's all food for thought. Please send campers in appropiate clothing or an apron that allows for freedom of expression.
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Down on the Farm

Ever wonder what life would be like on the farm? Campers will travel to some local farms to get a taste of a different world. Pick fruits and veggies, pet an animal, maybe even milk a cow!
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DUCT TAPE CREATIONS

Roll out the fun with colorful duct tape to make creative handbags, wallets, accessories & more!
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Game Maker

Do you love board games and inventing things?  Do you have an endless imagination and love to create?  Game Makers learn about what makes games successful and use these tactics to create their own!  How cool would it be to have your own board game?!
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Gepetto's Workshop (at Ayrlawn PC)

Toys come in all shapes and sizes. In Gepetto's workshop, come and explore the ins and outs of toys and even create and invent a few new toys of your own. There's a whole toy world out there for you to discover.
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Glee Club

Campers will participate in group singing and dance choreography  based on works of past and present musical artists. Don't miss the Friday showcase!
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Green Thumbs Up

Get down and dirty in this green thumb camp. Learn all about plants, seeds, & soil as you watch your organic garden grow.
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GROSSOLOGY

Slimy, snotty, sneezy and smelly...Grossology is the scientific study of all that's NOT allowed at the dinner table. Join us for an insanely hilarious journey down some of nature's most interesting and disgusting paths! This week is guaranteed to make you say "eeewwwwwwww"!
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Here's To Me (girls’ self-esteem building)

This camp allows girls to be girls and experience a full range of specialty activities—arts and crafts, group games, science and more. The fundamental goal of this program is to have each girl realize they can achieve their objective with a positive outlook. By interacting with others and learning a variety of tasks and skills, inevitably they will develop a stronger self-image. A series of hands-on problem solving activities including challenge course obstacles, “trust games” and creative projects will promote confidence and achievement.
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Hip Hop Street Jam (YMCA Fairfax County Reston)

Dance like a pop star while incorporating aerobics, jazz, and hip hop in this fast paced, high energy camp. It's designed for campers who love to jump, exercise, and dance. Emphasis is on energy, rhythm and attitude!
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Icky Sticky Creations

Put on your lab coats and get ready to experiment with all sorts of slimy, gooey stuff. You will make slime, create your own play-dough and more!
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Karate Camp

Learn the basics of karate in this exciting safe camp.  Campers will participate in daily warm-up exercises, basic kicks, blocks and stances.  They will also learn self discipline, confidence, teamwork and making good choices.  A demonstration will take place the last day of camp for parents and families. 
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Mad Science

Mad Science camp is designed to teach science through  interactive and hands-on activities. We love to safely have fun and make things bubble and possibly go bang!
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Mini Explorer Camp

Have your little one explore the world around them. Using hands on learning as a stepping stone to encourage imagination. They will create art, participate in dramatic play, and most importantly, explore! 
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Musical Theatre

Acting a little dramatic lately? Looking for your 15 minutes of fame? All campers will learn the many different aspects of musical theatre including the basics of singing, acting, staging and choreography as they work toward a final Friday performance. The focus is on developing skills and bringing out the talents and gifts that our campers have inside- giving everyone a chance to be a shining STAR!
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Myth Busters

You’ve been told not to try that at home, so try it at camp instead! This week will test various scientific myths and embrace you camper’s curiosity.
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Old School Games

Come one, come all as we celebrate a different era in time each and every day!  Campers will enjoy this blast from the past as we play old school games like hop scotch, tag, checkers, chess, hula hoop, board games and more.  These old school games are popular today! 
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OUTDOOR ENCOUNTERS


Campers will have an amazing adventure learning about the great outdoors. Hiking galore, nature sightings, and more, join us for an outdoor adventure!
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PENCILS, PAINTINGS, & MORE


Create incredible art using acrylics, watercolors, pastels, and colored pencils.
 
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Pokemon Madness

Campers can bring in all of their Pokemon Cards and will have the opportunity to trade, swap and share with their friends. Camper will enjoy creating their own Pokemon characters, designing a story line and even learn about the history of Pokemon.
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Reston Got Talent

Get ready to showcase your talents this week.
Whether it is sing, dancing, rapping or much more.
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Rip the Runway (at Ayrlawn PC)

Young fashion gurus will create fashions and awesome apparel in this creative camp.  Campers will learn the basics of clothing construction, from creative inspiration to practical considerations.  This camp will culminate with a fashion show featuring creations by our very own style icons.
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Rock Climbing

Come learn all the techniques needed to be a master rock climber. Learn how to boulder, belay, and climb your way to the top in this introductory course. Put all your skills together during daily trips.
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SLIME TIME

Roll up your sleeves, put on your apron and dig your hands in as we get messy with this hands-on, goo-fest of a camp.  Campers will create wild and interesting science projects.
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Spa Science

If your camper is a budding young chemist who loves the spa experience, then join us for a week of making your own beauty and skin care products.
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Splash Bash

Does your camper love the water? Dive right in and join the YMCA on trips to popular swimming holes in the Washington, D.C. area.  Enjoy the water parks of Virginia and Maryland.  This will be the best way to beat the heat during those hot summer days!
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STREET JAM

These camps offer a fun-filled sports environment with an emphasis on team work, sportsmanship, and basic fundamentals.  Part of the day will be spent on your camper’s sport focus where they will focus on stretching, warm-ups, skill and drills, educational games, and scrimmages.  For the rest of the day, campers will experience all the other great activities the YMCA has to offer. Campers will create their next masterpiece in arts and crafts, explore nature and science, take a dip in one of our many pools, and so much more.  This is a great way for campers to add even more variety into their summer camp experience for your future All-American athlete. 
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Tasty Treats

Campers will create dishes daily that are sure to get their taste buds singing. Join us as we learn to cook/prepare delectable desserts, scrumptious snacks, and tasty treats.
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Theatre Camp

Campers will learn aspects of the theatre from character creation to costumes and set design to performance. Through writing and performing their own play, campers gain self-esteem and confidence as they work towards the final Friday performance.
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Treasure Island

Argh YMCA mateys!  Come walk the plank onto me pirate ship!  Have some swashbuckling pirate fun with a canon ball toss, stranded island obstacle course, crocodile hunt and more!
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Under the Big Top

Come one, come all, to our circus under the big top! Clown around with us as we enjoy life under the big top learning about our favorite circus animals in art and hands-on projects.
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