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At BASIS Independent McLean, learning and fun don't stop when the regular school year ends! BASIS Independent Summer proudly offers a wide variety of academic and recreation programs and is conveniently located on our school campus and taught by our BASIS Independent expert educators and staff.

 

 

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Summer Camp Basics

  • Open to both BASIS Independent and non-BASIS Independent students entering grades Kindergarten-12 in the fall of 2018.
  • Various programming offered from July 16-August 10 with full day or half day (morning or afternoon) options
    • Full day: 9AM - 4 PM
    • Morning half day: 9 AM - 12 PM
    • Afternoon half day: 1 PM - 4 PM
  • Create your own BASIS Independent Summer experience - choose any individual week or try them all!
    • All multi-week registrations receive 5% discount. All courses need to be purchased in one transaction to be eligible for the 5% discount.
  • Early registration discounts: Register before March 15th and save 10% on every camp purchased.
  • Summer programs are subject to cancellation due to low enrollment.

Registration closes April 30. After April 30, you may request to register for the summer programs with remaining available spaces or be wait-listed for programs with full capacity. REGISTER NOW to select and pay for your programs using our quick and easy online registration system. You can also view our enrollment agreement and waiver document and fees and policies

Questions?

Please email mclean-summer@basisindependent.com
BASIS Independent Summer will be featuring the following camps from July 16-August 10, 2018:

EARLY LEARNING CAMPS

EARLY LEARNING CAMPS

For students entering grades Kinder- 2nd (Ages 4+)

Offers a variety of activities including arts and crafts, music and singing, sports, and many other group-based learning and enrichment activities. These camps take place on the BASIS Independent McLean campus. Our camps are divided into themes. During each individual session, all activities and projects are connected to the overall theme. Students can enroll for multiple themes or even the entire summer!

Times: Full day camps 9 AM - 4PM 

Fee: $495 

*Please note nap time will not be provided.

UNDER THE SEA: 

Are you ready to dive into the ocean this summer? In this camp we will explore plants and animals that make their home in the ocean. We will engage in hands-on, STEM and sensory based activities to facilitate meaningful (and more importantly, fun) learning experiences together!

Dates 

July 16–July 20

 

CHEERLEADING:

Hawks Cheerleading camp is designed for campers who want to learn and advance their cheer and dance skills in a fun, exciting, and safe atmosphere. Campers will learn fundamental cheer techniques, basic to intermediate stunting skills, and most importantly, teamwork! Games, songs, chants, and small drills will be woven into camp to help campers build a sense of camaraderie. A short spirit dance and cheer routine will be performed at the end of the week.

Dates

July 16–July 20
July 23–July 27


ALL STAR SPORTS:

Together we will practice teamwork, sportsmanship and gross motor skills by focusing on a new sport four out of the five days of the week: basketball, volleyball, soccer, and floor hockey! Children will develop athletic skills and discover new interests through a variety of fun team-based activities and games. On the last day, students will have the opportunity to choose from several activities that encompass what we learned throughout the week.

Dates

July 23–July 27


OOEY GOOEY SCIENCE:

Get messy and explore the exciting world of science! Experiment with “goop,” “slime,” “exploding soda,” and “volcanoes.” Do the science experiments even your science teachers think are too messy!

Dates

 July 30- August 3

FRENCH IMMERSION CAMP

FRENCH IMMERSION CAMP

For students entering grades Kinder-4th

Parlez-vous français? Spend some time this summer immersed in the beauty of the French language! Camps available to age groups rising Kinder-1st and 2nd-4th. French will be taught via age-appropriate language immersion activities including, but not limited to: songs, stories, cartoons, arts and crafts projects, and games. We will focus on developing basic speaking and listening skills, as well as an appreciation of French culture. Together we will learn a lot and have fun.

Dates
July 16-20
July 23-27

Times
Half Day Camp
Morning (Grades K-1): 9 AM–12 PM
Afternoon (Grades 2–4): 1PM–4 PM

Fee

$375 

 

SCIENCE EXPLORATION

SCIENCE EXPLORATION

For students entering grades 1–8

In this hands-on and engaging science program, students will conduct laboratory experiments in the fields of chemistry, biology, engineering, and more. Students will deepen their understanding of scientific concepts by working on group-based projects such as building gliders investigating which design goes the furthest, and making ice cream using liquid nitrogen. Additionally, students will end the week-long camp with improved laboratory skills, such as how to properly read a graduated cylinder and how to light a Bunsen burner (older age group only).

Sample Activities

  • High-flying Gliders 
  • Rocket Launch 
  • Magnetic Slime
  • Elephant Toothpaste 
  • Investigating Osmosis
  • Bubble Art
  • Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
  • Shaving Cream Name Tags 
  • Colored Rain

Dates
July 16-20
July 23-27

Times
Half Day Camp
Morning (Grades 1-4): 9 AM–12 PM
Afternoon (Grades 5-8): 1 PM–4 PM

Fee

$375

 

FORENSIC CHEMISTRY

FORENSIC CHEMISTRY

For students entering grades 6–8

Forensic Chemistry is the application of science to those criminal and civil laws that are enforced by police agencies in a criminal justice system. Students will be exposed to a hands-on curriculum introducing principles and techniques that are practiced and applied to the analysis of crime-scene investigation.

Both weeks of camp are required. The first week will include learning about the topics, and in the second week students will solve a faux crime. 

Topics include:

  • Physical evidence
  • Glass and soil
  • Fingerprinting
  • Chemical analysis
  • Hair, fiber, and paint
  • Document examination 

Dates
July 16-20 and July 23-27

Times
Half Day Morning Camp: 9 AM–12 PM

Fee

$375

 

ENGLISH ENRICHMENT: THE EIGHTIES: A DYSTOPIAN DECADE

ENGLISH ENRICHMENT: THE EIGHTIES: A DYSTOPIAN DECADE

For students entering grades 5-7

Ever heard of Night Rider, Space Invaders, or the game console Atari?! This course will explore the notion of dystopia through the fictional world of Ready Player One. Along with the dystopian genre focus, instruction will aim to improve students’ grammar, writing, critical reading, and note-taking skills. This course is designed to help students improve their critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them for middle and high school.

We strongly encourage students to register for both weeks of camp.  

Reading List:

  • The Eighties: A Dystopian Decade
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • various short stories and/or poems from Bradbury, Vonnegut, etc.

 

Dates
July 16-20
July 23-27

Times
Half Day Morning Camp: 9 AM–12 PM

Fee

$375

 

ENGLISH ENRICHMENT: SOCIAL JUSTICE

ENGLISH ENRICHMENT: SOCIAL JUSTICE

For students entering grades 8-12

From America’s first African American superhero to America’s first African American president, this camp will explore the theme of social justice in America. This course will examine various essays by Ta-Nehisi Coates and the comic book superhero Black Panther. Students will explore the changes that occurred, ranging the 1960’s up through present day. This is a continuation from Mr. Sharp’s 2017 summer camp focused on the same theme, but students need not have been in that class to love this one. Along with the historical and literary focus, instruction will aim to improve students’ grammar, writing, critical reading, and note-taking skills. This course is designed to help students improve their critical thinking and writing skills to prepare for the SAT, AP exams, and college-level coursework. 

We strongly encourage students to register for both weeks of camp.  

Reading List:

  • We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
  • Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet
  • Between the World and Me
  • The Beautiful Struggle

Dates
July 16-20
July 23-27

Times

Half Day Afternoon Camp: 1 PM–4 PM

Fee

$375

JUMPSTART CAMP

JUMPSTART CAMP

Strongly recommended for students entering grades 6-8

Start your middle school student off on the right foot by enrolling them in our new Middle School JumpStart camp. JumpStart will equip students with the foundational skills and content needed to begin a successful school year at BASIS Independent McLean. We strongly recommend this JumpStart camp for incoming first-year BASIS Independent McLean students, as well as returning students looking to bolster their confidence entering the new year.

We strongly encourage students to register for both weeks of camp. 

Summer Course Highlights
*Students will rotate through the following six classes each week.

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • English
  • History
  • Study Skills

Dates

July 30-August 3
August 6-10

Times

Full Day Camp 9 AM – 4 PM

Fee

$495

 

Fairfax Collegiate

MORE CAMPS ON CAMPUS
Offered by Fairfax Collegiate at BASIS Independent McLean
 

In addition to our wonderful camps with BASIS Independent McLean instructors, we will host Fairfax Collegiate camps for Grades 2-9 from June 18-August 10. Fairfax Collegiate provides two-week summer classes in subjects including writing, mathematics, science, test preparation, public speaking, engineering, robotics, minecraft, programming, art and design, and filmmaking. View course offerings here (under the Tysons location). All camps are run by Fairfax Collegiate. If you have questions about the camps or registration, please contact Fairfax Collegiate directly at 703.481.3080.