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Summer Horizons Day Camp (June 17 – August 9, 2019)

Hello Happy Campers! As a part of the NPS family, are excited to celebrate 50 years of laughter and learning at Summer Horizons Camp. Join us on a series of Marvelous Adventures as we spend another summer playing with friends and exploring the world around us!

We are excited to welcome our campers age 3 (Chickadees), 4 (Bluebirds), 5 (Larks), rising 1st - 2nd Grade (Robins), rising 3rd-4th Grade (Hawks), and rising 5th-6th Grade (Eagles) for 8 weeks of summer fun - Marvelous Adventures Await!

Week 1 (June 17-21) - Water Wonders

Let’s kick off the summer with a week of water fun! Explore the many forms of H20 as we learn about the water cycle and perform science experiments diving into density and absorption.  We’ll have a splashing good time painting with ice, making sensory bottles, and getting a little messy with water games. On Friday, we’ll have a wacky water day with inflatable slides, mega bubbles, LEGO water structures, and plenty of other water play activities.

Week 2 (June 24-28) - Safari Spectacular

Journey with us on an eco-friendly safari as we admire the wildlife of Africa. Search for animals around SHC, and learn about conservation efforts and wildlife sanctuaries for endangered species. You might just see a leaping lemur, a towering giraffe, or even a majestic lion! Campers will investigate the features of these creatures and the habitats where these animals can be found. On Friday, Larks, Robins, Hawks, & Eagles will travel to the National Zoo to search for animals there, too! Chickadees and Bluebirds will be treated to a visit from our friends at Squeals on Wheels, who will share desert-dwelling animals from many different continents.

Week 3 (July 1-3) - Make Believe

Where can your imagination take you? Discover your creative side as you work to solve open-ended building challenges. Along the way, we’ll talk about some innovators who changed the world with their work. Then think of a problem you’d like to solve, and envision a solution. We’ll use all of our various building supplies to represent our visions in reality! On Wednesday, Larks, Robins, Hawks, & Eagles will visit the KID Museum in the Bethesda Davis Library to take part in a series of maker activities. Younger campers will participate in a variety of exciting STEAM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Art/Math) activities here at camp. 

Week 3 will run July 1-3. Swimming will run July 1st & 2nd. Summer Horizons Camp is closed for July 4th & 5th; all fees have been prorated for this week.

Week 4 (July 8-12) - Time Travelers

NPS turns 50 this year! We’re going back in time to learn about innovators, artists, and historical figures from the past 5 decades. Explore fashion, music, and cultural icons from a new decade every day. Print your own Pop Art, make floral bead art, or try your hand at classic camp crafts like sewing or yarn dolls. On Friday, all campers will land in the year 1969 to participate in our 50th year anniversary celebration! We’ll have a groovy dance party, tie-dye, and other colorful activities.

Week 5 (July 15-19) - I Spy

Back by popular demand, it’s SPY WEEK! Break out your decoders and slap on a disguise—we are going undercover and breaking out the invisible ink. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to take on a secret identity and test your skills of stealth and observation in a series of intriguing challenges. We’ll master a “laser” obstacle course, make “exploding” bag diversions, and explore many ways to write and reveal secret messages. Learn about famous codebreakers from history and discover how scientists and detectives use fingerprints and other clues to solve mysteries! On Friday, Robins, Hawks, & Eagles will check out real espionage artifacts at the Spy Museum. Chickadees, Bluebirds, and Larks will go on a super-secret mission all around camp!

Week 6 (July 22-26) - Space Odyssey

My stars, we’re blasting off again! SHC is headed to outer space, where we’ll orbit planets, zoom with comets, and rove from galaxy to galaxy. Strap on your spacesuit, because we’re stepping into the shoes of astronauts and taking a walk through the science of space exploration! You might paint a nebula, build a space station, or model the phases of the moon. Learn about constellations, and create your own! What’s out there in the big, twinkling beyond? On Friday, Larks, Robins, Hawks, & Eagles will visit the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC to explore the history of spaceflight.

Week 7 (July 29 - August 2) - Down to Earth

Join us back on the blue marble, our marvelous home, to explore the secrets of the natural world. We’ll get down in the dirt to examine creatures and micro-organisms that live underground, and we’ll talk about what makes up the earth beneath us. When it comes to soil, there is so much more than meets the eye! Study rocks and minerals, sift for fool’s gold, and play with water flow on a sand table. You might design a cave system, build a soil profile, or create crystalline works of art. On Friday, Larks, Robins, Hawks, & Eagles will participate in the SPROUT garden program at the Washington Youth Garden at the beautiful National Arboretum!


Week 8 (August 5-9) - Land of the Dinosaurs

We’ll connect with our planet’s history during this week of dino-mite fun! Let’s continue our tumble through time to learn about different geologic periods and prehistoric animals. Our junior archeologists will explore how our planet was different from today through engaging crafts, stories, and games. We’ll look at vertebrates like dinosaurs and pterosaurs, and even learn about early mammals. How did they live, what did they eat, and how do we know? What was plant life like? On Friday, Larks, Robins, Hawks, & Eagles will travel to the National Museum of Natural History to visit the new fossil hall, Deep Time!

Camp Invention & Specialty Camps (August 12-16, 2019)

Camp Invention

Half-day Ballet

Half-day Soccer

Half-day Sports Sampler

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