Summer Camp 2017


The Summer Camp is open to all children between the ages of 2 to 9 years who may or may not be currently enrolled at MCDB.  The following weekly camp themes are for children 4 years old and above.

Children who have a 12 month contract for school year 2017-2018 will automatically be enrolled in all the summer camps with no additional fee.

Please note that the school will be closed for students from June 26th – June 30th to prepare for the summer camps, and for the week of August 28th to prepare for the new school year.

The weekly camp fees for children NOT enrolled in a 12 month contract are as follows:

Pre-Primary (2 to 3 years)

8:45am – 11:45am – $250/week ($200 for the week of July 4th)

8:45am – 3:00pm – $350/week

8:45am – 6:30pm – $450/week

8:45am – 3:00pm – $1,175/month

8:45am – 6:30pm – $1,400/month

The tuition for 2 or more consecutive weeks will be pro-rated according to this monthly tuition.

Primary (3 to 9 years) – Must be potty-trained

8:45am – 11:45am – $225/week ($200 for the week of July 4th)

8:45am – 3:00pm – $300/week

8:45am – 6:30pm – $400/week

8:45am – 3:00pm – $1,075/month

8:45am – 6:30pm – $1,325/month

The tuition for 2 or more consecutive weeks will be pro-rated according to this monthly tuition.               


Island Hopping Around the World (Wednesday, July 5th – Friday, July 7th)

Our campers will take an exotic getaway this summer, traveling from one island to another, including Madagascar, Indonesia, and the Galapagos!  We will learn about the geography of where all the islands are on the globe.  We will learn what types of animals are native to each island, the culture and customs they celebrate, the food they eat and what makes each island unique.   Campers will enjoy learning about lemurs, javan hawk eagles, tortoises, and more!


Building a City– Exploring Shapes and Architecture (Monday, July 10th – Friday, July 14th)

Our week will begin by identifying and studying shapes.  We will create our own variety of shapes and look for them in our school and community environment.  We will then help our shapes come to life in the form of three dimensional objects.   We will investigate how buildings are made of shapes. We will draw and create buildings using shapes and a variety of mediums.  We will also examine patterns and identify them in buildings and nature.

Field Trip – Our week will end with a trip to Washington DC for a hands-on workshop on Design and Architecture at the Building Zone in the National Building Museum.


The Race to Outer Space (Monday, July 17th – Friday, July21st)

Campers, get ready to blast off to outer space for the week!  Our Campers will be astronauts who explore a new planet each day.   To begin the journey, campers will make their own space suits and design their own space ship.  Along the way, we will taste freeze dried “astronaut” ice cream and discover other unique aspects of living in space.  We will map out our destinations by creating a space mobile to take home.

Presentation – Our weeklong adventure will culminate with a visit from the Shenandoah Discovery Museum, who will bring their portable Star Lab (mini planetarium) to us!  The museum’s Star Lab represents the current night sky and the seasonal constellations as they change throughout the year, including a view of the moon’s phases, as well as the Milky Way galaxy and the solar system.  This week of camp promises to be out of this world!


Africa: A Continent of Treasures (Monday, July 24th – Friday, July 28th

Africa is the world’s second-largest and second-most-populous continent.  Africa hosts a large diversity of ethnicities, cultures and languages. The climate of Africa is unique in that it ranges from tropical to subarctic on its highest peaks.  Its northern half is primarily desert while its central and southern areas contain both savanna plains and rainforest regions.  This diversity will give us the opportunity to study a great variety of animals who call this land home.   Campers will learn about the geography of the continent, while exploring many of the countries that comprise Africa and the flags that represent them.  We will learn about the rich culture and historical significance of this continent by creating hands-on projects including beading and making our own African masks, bowls, hats, pouches, head-wraps and shields.


Reaching Out with Talking Hands (Monday, July 31st – Friday, August 4th)

American Sign Language is the third most used language in North America (behind English and Spanish).   Our campers will learn why sign language is an important way to communicate with those who are deaf and may feel excluded from a predominately hearing society.  Learning sign language helps children increase their vocabulary and build their self-confidence.  We will learn Sign Language through a variety of activities including games, arts and crafts.  Campers will learn the sign language alphabet and numbers, as well as how to sign various animals, foods, colors, and more.  At the end of the week parents will be treated to a special performance where the campers show off their new skills with a song in sign language.


Over the Rainbow (Monday, August 7th – Friday, August 11th)  

This week begins our in depth investigation and celebration of all the colors of a rainbow!  How do we see color?  What does each color represent?  How does our human biology affect the way we see color?   We will learn the difference between primary and secondary colors and determine if black and white are colors.  Campers will discover how the sun creates rainbows and how prisms work.  We will learn the acronym: ROYGBIV and what it stands for.  We will have fun making a sketch book of colors, experimenting with rainbow slime and making cooking projects that represent different colors.   This week will be jam packed with the art, science, look and taste of all the colors of the rainbow!  We hope to see you “Over the Rainbow” where skies are blue and our summer dreams of color really will come true!

Field Trip – The week will end with a visit to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley where we will examine one of the visiting exhibits of a local artist – Andre Kushnir. We will see how a local artist uses color in the ‘Plein Air’ or fresh air form of painting in places the kids may recognize (The Potomac River, Great Falls and places in Washington, DC). The campers will then head outside to the beautiful gardens that surround the museum for a little ‘plein air’ painting of their own. The campers will paint what they see using oil pastels with guidance from museum staff.


Eating Through the Rainbow (Monday, August 14th – Friday, August 18th)  

One of the most magical sights in nature is a rainbow!  Rainbows will be our inspiration for a colorful week where we play and eat our way through all the colors!  Each day we will focus on one or two colors of the rainbow.   We will make color inspired crafts and snacks, with fruit as our main focus.  We will have the opportunity to taste and eat many of our vibrant creations!  We will explore rainbow songs, books and games.  Lastly, we will showcase all the colors in the rainbow by creating an amazing fruit salad for the group to share.


Hip Hop on over for a Jazzin’ Good Time (Monday, August21st – Friday, August 25th)

Children love the opportunity to move! Whether it is to hop, bound, run, leap, jump, turn, kick or stretch. Children want to do it all – and this session will offer them the chance to do just
that! Dance and movement activities help children become more aware of their bodies and strengthen their gross motor skills of coordination and control. During this session, children will learn several hip hop dance techniques in small groups. By the end of the week, the children will put together all they have learned and perform a dynamic group dance routine for their parents.


End of Summer Celebration – School will end at 4pm on Friday, 8/26; All Summer School parents can bring their children to the Atlantis Water Park at Bull Run Regional Park for a picnic from 4:30-6:30pm.


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