2017 Registration will open in December 2016
Valley Mill Camp has been serving families in the Washington area since 1956, combining closeness to home with the atmosphere of an away camp. The Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association.
Open House 2017 Dates:
2/12, 3/5, 3/19, 4/16, 5/7, 5/21 - 11:00am - 4:00pm, or call 301-948-0220 to make an alternative weekday appointment.
Be prepared for a waLk in the woods!
For our summer camp programs, both boys' and girls' camps, the ages of children in the regular groups range from 6 to 14. In addition, there is a coed group for 4 and 5 year-olds that offers specially designed play activities. Hours are from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Interested 14 and 15 year-olds may enroll in our Counselor in Training program. Transportation is included in the tuition.
Camp Sessions and Tuition 2017
|Full Season-9 weeks
||6/19 - 8/18
|1st session-5 weeks
||6/19 - 7/21
|2nd session-4 weeks
||7/24 - 8/18
|Session A - 2 weeks
||7/24 - 8/4
|Session B - 2 weeks
||8/7 - 8/18
|1st + A - 7 weeks
||6/19 - 7/21 + 7/24 - 8/4
|1st + B - 7 weeks
||6/19 - 7/21 + 8/7 - 8/18
|End of Summer 10th week
||8/21 - 8/25
* The Deposit is non-refundable after March 1st, and is applied toward the tuition. On these dates spaces not confirmed by payment will be offered to applicants on the waiting list.
WAITING LIST If we have no room in your child’s age group when you apply and send a deposit, we will automatically place his or her name on the waiting list for the session you applied for and hold your application fee..
PLEASE SEE 2017 CAMP APPLICATION FOR REFUND POLICY AND OUR POLICY ON EXCHANGING WEEKS.
Riding is available to all girls. Instruction includes riding lessons, proper care and understanding of horses, and correct handling of “tack”, saddle, bridle, harness, etc. An additional charge is made for those who choose riding. An additional charge for campers who choose Horseback Riding (Girls Only), $55.00 per week.
Campers are introduced to the plant and animal life on the camp grounds, which is quite extensive. They learn to find their way in the woods, Cook-out and camp out, build a natural project. Each session the groups that can work well together may qualify for a cook-out or overnight at camp after hours.
Girls may choose Rock Climbing instead of Horseback Riding (no extra fee). Safety measures are of the utmost importance when campers are climbing our 27’ training wall. Instruction in the use and care of all rock climbing equipment is received by each camper before she gets off the ground. Occasional trips to Carderock will be available to the more advanced climbers who qualify.
Canoeing and Kayaking
All ages may participate in the Canoeing and Kayaking program on our two-acre lake. Beginners start in open canoes or in kayaks, gaining confidence in boats and learning control under careful supervision. Advanced boaters may learn Eskimo rolls, river-running skills and slalom racing techniques. River trips leave camp daily for the nearby Potomac River, and are open to those who qualify.
The 40’ by 75’ Swimming Pool is a favorite spot for campers, and is used twice daily by each camper. Individual attention and swimming instruction are given at every level of swimming ability. Classes are based on The Red Cross Learn to Swim program, and campers' skill levels are assessed before they are placed in swim groups. The annual Water Ballet is an exciting event held each summer at the end of the first session. In addition to regular swim instruction, campers learn synchronized swimming skills during their regular swim classes.
There is a flourishing Drama Program at the camp where girls learn the fundamentals of stagecraft by participating in plays, skits and games. This program is a great aid in developing self-confidence and in learning the art of self-expression.
The woods and streams are a storehouse of knowledge where girls are led to observe their natural surroundings. Here the campers learn to identify trees and plants, build campfires and cook outdoors, and to find their way by compass and map. Overnights and late-stays are planned for those with qualifying camping skills.
Arts and Crafts
The Arts & Crafts department provides many satisfying projects to foster creativity.
We bring girls together in our Gymnastics Program with balance beams, vaulting
boxes, uneven and parallel bars, and trampolines to build strength, agility and poise.
Tumbling and aerobic exercises are also popular gym activities.
Archery and Air Rifle
A qualified Archery and Air Rifle instructor stresses strict range discipline while following the guidelines of the National Archery and the National Rifle Associations. Certification awards are great incentives.
Transportation is provided from Capitol Hill in DC, McLean, VA, Northwest Washington, DC and nearby Maryland. Children within our transportation area in MD are picked up and returned to their neighborhoods each day. Pick-up points are provided for those families living in DC, VA or in MD outside of our transportation area. Parents are sent a list of the pick-up points in their area when they are sent their acceptance letters. Transportation: Our goal is to pick up in the morning between 8:00 and 8:30 and drop off in the afternoon between 4:30 and 5:00. Parents will be notified of more exact pick-up/drop-off times and locations on the weekend before the camper starts. Transportation is included in the tuition.