Sleepaway camp. Summer school. Daycare.

During the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, keeping kids occupied can get expensive.

We take a look at free and low-cost opportunities in our region to keep kids safe, fed, healthy, and happy when they aren’t in school.


  • Keith Anderson Director, District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation; @DCDPR
  • Ryane Nickens Founder and President, TraRon Center; @TheTraRonCenter
  • Michele Booth Cole Executive Director, Safe Shores: The DC Children's Advocacy Center; @SafeShoresDC
  • Lidia Soto-Harmon C.E.O., Girl Scouts of the Nation's Capital; @GSCNC

Summer Camp Options

Camp Score! Multi-Sports Camp (DC Parks and Recreation)

When: July 30, 2018 – August 10, 2018, M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Fort Stanton Recreation Center
Ages: 8-13
Cost: $110.00/$247.50

Learn to Swim: Fundamental Aquatic Skills (DC Parks and Recreation)

When: July 22, 2018 – August 26, 2018, Sundays, 10:30-11:10 a.m.
Where: HD Woodson Aquatic Center
Ages: 12-17
Cost: $10.00/$50.00

Washington County Day Camp (Girl Scouts)

When: August 13, 2018 – August 17, 2018, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Hagerstown, Maryland

Camp Tag-A-Long (Girl Scouts)

What: STEM projects, archery, swimming, arts & crafts, fishing, tie-dye, campfire cooking, and floating on the river (for fifth grade and up).
When: August 13, 2018 – August 17, 2018, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Leesburg, Virginia

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