Summer Camps and Resources for Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia

Find the right summer camp for your child in the Washington, DC area

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The Washington, DC area has some excellent resources for choosing the right camp for your child. Many summer camp programs in the Washington, DC area fill up quickly so you should plan ahead and apply early. Be sure to call the camp to check on availability before sending in your application. To ask questions and learn about a variety of options in one place, attend a camp fair during the winter months.​

  • Summer Camp Programs at Washington, DC Museums - These world-class museums offer summer camp programs to educate and entertain kids during the summer months.
  • Arts, Music and Theatre Camps in the Washington DC Area - See a guide to visual and performing arts camps in Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. Kids of all ages enjoy developing their creativity while experimenting with painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, musical theater, dance, and much more.
  • Sports Camps in Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia - Sports camps offer kids the opportunity to try something new or to hone their skills during the summer months. A wide range of sports camps is available including everything from rock climbing and martial arts to baseball and soccer.

Additional Camp Resources

Summer Camp Fairs offer parents the opportunity to speak with camp program directors for day camps and sleepaway camps in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Washington Parent Magazine provides camp guides in their February through April issues. Publications are available at over 1500 locations including Toys R Us, Zany Brainy, Fresh Fields, Borders Books, libraries, and community centers. The camp guide is also available online.
Washington FAMILY Magazine publishes monthly and includes a summer camp guide with day and overnight camps in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia.


Tips on Trips and Camps is a free service that provides expert advice to help parents decide which camp or trip is best for their child or teen. They research camps all over the country and trips around the globe and offer information on hundreds of traditional and specialty overnight camps, travel, study, wilderness, language and cultural immersion for ages 8-18.
More than 17 branches of the YMCA offer camps specializing in everything from music and drama to non-competitive games and sports.
Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine is a sports magazine that publishes an annual guide of camps in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina.