REGISTRATION IS OPEN
2017 Registration is Open
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 wak 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.
Campers are introduced to plant and animal life on the camp grounds, which is quite extensive. They learn to find their way in the woods, cook and camp outdoors, and build natural projects. Each session, the groups that can work well together may qualify for a cook-out or an overnight at camp after hours.
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. As their skills improve, campers may learn Eskimo rolls, slalom racing techniques and river running skills. River trips leave camp daily for the nearby Potomac River and are open to those who qualify.
Safety measures are of the utmost importance when campers are climbing our 25’ training wall. Instruction in the use and care of all rock climbing equipment is received by each camper before he gets off the ground. Occasional trips to Carderock will be available to the more advanced climbers who qualify.
Individual attention and instruction are given daily at every level of swimming ability. Classes are based on The Red Cross Learn to Swim program. In the afternoon the campers have a free swim. Older campers progress to more advanced swimming, competitive swimming, and survival skills.
Parallel bars, tumbling, vaulting box, trampoline and gymnastics competition are all part of the gymnastics program. Our experienced gymnasts share their techniques which develop strength and skill.
Our Soccer program encourages team work and cooperation. Instruction in dribbling, passing, shooting and maintaining position are emphasized.
Archery and Air Rifle
A qualified instructor stresses strict range discipline while following the guidelines of the American Archery Association and the National Rifle Association. Certification awards provide a great incentive.
Transportation is provided from Capitol Hill in DC, Northern 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.