All of our summer program offerings are listed below!

Our Auxiliary Programs team is happy to answer any questions you may have about our summer programs. Contact them at mclean-summer@basisindependent.com or  (703) 854-1253.

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View our registration information and program policies on our main summer page.

Rising PreK and Kindergarten Camps

Our active and engaging PreK and Kindergarten (ages 3 through 5) camp program is structured around a weekly theme and includes crafts, songs, books, science projects and other activities related to the theme. Our youngest campers may register for a full day, morning only, or afternoon only program. Full day campers will have a short rest period during the supervised lunch break (lunch is not provided). Camp times: Full day: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM, Morning half day: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Afternoon half day: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
  • PreK & K

    Fees:

    • Half Day programs: $250 per week, and $240 for any subsequent half day camp
    • Full Day programs: $500 per week, and $480 for all subsequent full day camp

    Themes:

    June 24-28: Down on the Farm

    July 1-5 (Class will not be held on July 4): Adventures in Outer Space

    • Fee: $50 discount for the week of July 1-5 ($200/$190)
      Fee: 
      $100 discount for the week of July 1-5 ($400/$380)

    July 8-12: Ocean Explorers

    July 15-19: Around the World

    July 22-26: Ooey, Gooey, Messy

    July 26-August 2: Animal Kingdom

    August 5-9: Let’s Go Camping!

    August 12-16: Planes, Trains, Cars, and more…

Rising Grades 1-5 Programs

In grades 1-5, campers choose from half day morning or afternoon sessions in many popular themes. Morning and afternoon sessions are priced separately. Supervised lunch is available at no additional cost for campers who will be attending both a morning and afternoon session. Grades, dates, times, and fees are noted with each description.
  • Ahoy, Matey

    Ahoy, Matey! Let’s set sail on an adventure into the world of mermaids and pirates. Treasure hunts, sand castle building, and mystical ocean discoveries await our sea-faring students. Bury treasure and draw a map to find the treasure later, create a treasure chest, and train a parrot. Adventure on the high seas awaits!

    Grades: 1-3
    Dates:
    August 12-16
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Amazing Athletes

    This fun and active camp will encourage kids to explore and develop a variety of athletic skills through the introduction of 10 different sports. Coaches break down the fundamentals of each sport into simple steps based on each child’s age and ability. The goal is to create a fun environment that establishes lifetime connections to sports and physical activity.

    Grades: 2-5
    Dates: July 15-19 OR July 22-26
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $250

     

  • Arctic Explorer

    Bundle up for a dog sled ride to the artic. Learn about animals native to this region and the countries that surround the Arctic. Make blubber, create an artic habitat, and melt icebergs. It could be chilly, so be sure to bring cold weather gear!

    Grades: 1-3
    Dates: July 29-August 2
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Art Studio

    Campers will explore a variety of artists, art processes, and mediums such as drawing, painting, printmaking, and three-dimensional art.

    Grades: 2-4
    Dates:
    July 8-12
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Basketball

    Beginners are welcome. Camp will include drills and skills, as well as fun games designed to help players improve their game. BASIS Independent McLean’s Junior Varsity coach makes basketball extra fun!

    Grades: 3-5
    Dates: July 29-August 2
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $250

  • BIM Med School

    Calling all future doctors and nurses! Come learn about the systems in the body. Explore the components of blood and what it does in the body, practice splinting a broken bone, learn about the nervous system, build a skeleton, and learn basic first aid.

    Grades: 3-5
    Dates: August 5-9
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Board Games Galore

    Calling all board game lovers! They’ll play games that require teamwork and individual effort. This camp throws in a few games that are not on a table, too, like Twister. Campers will also invent and make their own original board game to take home at the end of the week.

    Grades: 4-5
    Dates: 
    June 24-28
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Broadway at BIM (BASIS Independent McLean)

    Learn, rehearse, and perform a play in one week! This camp will have kids moving, acting, dancing, and singing while having a great time. Our camp leader will help students discover new ways to use their voice, body, emotions, imagination, and communication skills! Parents will be invited to a performance on the last day.

    Grades: 4-5
    Dates: July 29-August 2
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Bulls and Bears – SPARK Business Academy

    This program is for grades 5-8.

    Students will learn how they can start investing at a young age and make their money grow! Pick a $10,000 stock portfolio with a cool stock-trading simulation tool using real-time market data. This hands-on experience empowers campers with the tools and mindset to face future investment decisions with confidence and “buy low, sell high”! A solid foundation for successful future investors!

    Grades: 5-8
    Dates: 
    August 12-16
    Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $500

  • Coder Beginnings

    Aspiring coders can take their first steps up the coder’s ladder by building their first games. Through a variety of projects, such as chasing games, mazes, and animated stories, campers will learn and practice the core coding concepts that will help lay the foundation for future coding success. Our unique curriculum and smaller class size allow our instructors to work with each student individually through personalized instruction, helping them progress at their own pace and ensuring they are appropriately challenged. At the conclusion of the camp, children will be able to share projects with family and friends and continue programming at home with their Coding with Kids Scratch account.

    Grades: 2-4
    Dates: August 5-9
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Dance Styles

    Throughout this camp, students will not only learn dance, but the history behind different genres of dance styles. BIM’s Dance Club teacher will teach students the names and meanings of combinations, and genres such as hip hop, jazz, ballet, and contemporary dance. The week will end with an opportunity for students to perform for their families.

    Grades: 3-5
    Dates: 
    July 1-5 (no camp July 4)
    Times: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $200

    Grades: 3-5
    Dates: August 5-9
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Deep Blue Sea

    Bring scuba gear and get ready to dive as deep as campers dare to explore under the sea. They’ll earn about how some creatures survive in the darkest depths of the ocean and why the largest mammal in the world eats such tiny food. Are you smarter than an octopus? Do angelfish have wings? All deep sea questions will be answered as students explore the waters of the world.

    Grades: 1-2
    Dates: 
    July 1-5 (no camp July 4)
    Times: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $200

  • Dinosaurs!

    Calling all future paleontologists! Join this group of dinosaur enthusiasts as we travel through time to rediscover the dinosaurs. The camp will start in the Mesozoic Era to observe dinosaurs in their natural habitats and will end the week in the present day digging for fossils. Join this program for a week full of hands on learning, playing games, and creating crafts.

    Grades: 1-3
    Dates: 
    August 12-16
    Times: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Down on the Farm

    Get out some overalls and boots! Our young campers will learn what it takes to be a farmer, as they explore the animals and equipment used on a farm. We might get a little dirty and we hope to meet an animal or two!

    Grades: 1-3
    Dates: August 5-9
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Europe in a Week

    Ask for a postcard as campers travel through Europe visiting museums and tasting traditional dishes. Carve a clay statue, build the Tower of London, eat a French baguette, dine on delicacies from the Isle of Greece and Italy. A continental adventure of a lifetime packed into five days…and no suitcase required!

    Grades: 3-5
    Dates: 
    July 1-5 (no camp July 4)
    Times: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $200

  • Fairy Friends

    Anyone who loves pint-size flying friends will love this class. Make a fairy garden, build a fairy house, make fairy mud, learn fairy folklore, and read stories of fairy friends. It’s sure to be a magical week of fairies.

    Grades: 1-3
    Dates: 
    July 8-12
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Fairy Tale Fun

    Not just standard fairy tales! Campers will explore different versions of their favorite stories through crafts, games, art projects, and even write their own book with a new twist on a familiar tale. Some possible stories include The Gingerbread Girl, The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig, and A Friendly Old Troll.

    Grades: 1-3
    Dates: 
    June 24-28
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • “Frozen” Wonders

    The cold won’t bother campers and kids won’t want to let go of the fun! Have a snowball fight, create snowmen, learn to braid, and so many more activities linked to Disney’s Frozen movie. If it’s cold or blue, we might do it! Note: Campers will view the Disney movie Frozen during the week of camp.

    Grades: 1-3
    Dates: 
    July 1-5 (no camp July 4)
    Times: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $200

  • Fun Fitness

    Campers will enjoy a variety of high-energy and non-competitive games. Safety, team work, cooperation, and fun will be emphasized. Kids of all skill levels are welcomed and encouraged to join. Taught by Nancy Palmer, a well-known area fitness instructor specializing in exercise for children. Note: Children should wear sneakers and comfortable clothes and be prepared to have fun!

    Grades: 1-3
    Dates: July 29-August 2
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

    Grades: 3-5
    Dates: August 5-9
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

    Grades: 2-5
    Dates:
    August 12-16
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Game Shows

    Each day students will participate in various versions of popular game shows. Campers will compete together and against one another in The Price is Right, Minute to Win It, Deal or No Deal, Family Feud, and more. The week will end with campers teaching their peers how to compete in a game of their own creation.

    Grades: 4-6
    Dates: 
    July 22-26
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Grossology

    Not for the faint of heart! From animals that make slime to that stuff stuck in the corner of your eye, the world is full of things that make some people queasy. If a camper enjoys the grossest of gross, this class is for them. We’ll make crafts that will gross out your friends and family and play messy games. Come ready to explore the weird and icky!

    Grades: 4-5
    Dates: 
    August 12-16
    Times: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Harry Potter’s World

    Ready to be sorted? Or already a proud fan of a Hogwarts house? Students will test their knowledge of the Wizarding World with trivia, care for magical creatures, and experiment with potions. They’ll also practice throwing around a quaffle. Find your way to platform 9¾ to join this magical class.

    Grades: 3-5
    Dates: July 15-19 OR July 29-August 2
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Introduction to Dance

    Dancers will be introduced to a variety of dance styles and will practice and prepare to perform a brief dance recital at the end of the week. Led by a college dance major with over a decade of experience, campers will not only dance, but help with making costumes and props for the dance performance. This class is designed to give young dancers a low-stress introduction to the joy of dance.

    Grades: 2-4
    Dates: 
    August 12-16
    Times: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Island Life

    Just like Disney’s Moana, we know the way! Get in an outrigger canoe and let’s explore the islands of Hawaii. Campers might make their own flower crowns and leis, design fish hooks like Maui, or construct their own boats. Come try your hand at opening a coconut and learn a simple hula. Aloha!

    Grades: 1-3
    Dates: July 15-19
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Junior CEOS – SPARK Business Academy

    This program is for grades 5-8.

    How cool would it be for campers to be the boss of Apple, Under Armour, or Amazon for a day? In this unique leadership camp, students can do just that! Campers act as CEOs for leading companies and work in teams to make strategic recommendations addressing real business issues. Campers enhance their problem-solving skills, develop business savvy, and cultivate a strategic mindset as future leaders.

    Grades: 5-8
    Dates: August 5-9
    Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Price: $500

  • Let’s Build!

    Put on a hard hat and let’s get building! From wooden blocks to cardboard boxes, Legos to Tinker Toys campers can build anything they can imagination. Participate in building challenges and learn a bit about architecture and engineering along the way.

    Grades: 1-4
    Dates: July 15-19
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Life Down Under

    Skip the international flight and join Life Down Under camp to learn all about life in Australia! Explore the Gold Coast, Blue Mountains, and Uluru all without leaving the classroom. Australia is home to many unique animals. By the end of the week students will know the difference between a wallaby and a kangaroo, and so much more.

    Grades: 1-3
    Dates: July 29-August 2
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Medieval Times

    Jousting, juggling, and more! Our knights in training will build castles, learn “magic” like Merlin, and play games from medieval times! Other activities include trebuchet contests, a medieval feast, and creating a family shield and a knight’s code.

    Grades: 4-5
    Dates:
     June 24-28
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Minecraft

    This camp is the perfect choice for all Minecraft players. Building Minecraft mods is a great way to learn programming, harness creativity, and enhance problem solving skills. Each camper will be given access to their own private Minecraft server where they can customize the game with their own world maps and game features. Students will be coding mods to create new items, environments, non-playable characters, game modes, and more!

    Grades: 2-5
    Dates: July 15-19
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • 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 science teachers think are too messy! We recommend campers wear clothes that can get dirty.

    Grades: 1-4
    Dates:
    July 8-12
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Outdoor Games

    Capture the flag, freeze tag, flag football – campers will leave this class exhausted and happy! Each day, campers will learn the rules and enjoy a new outdoor game or two. They’ll play some familiar games, too and have a day of outdoor water fun. By the end of the week, campers will be able to create their own outdoor game to play!

    Grades: 3-5
    Dates: 
    July 1-5 (no camp July 4)
    Times: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $200

  • Passport to Asia

    Come along on a whirlwind tour of Asia! Explore the culture of countries as diverse as Japan, India, China, Vietnam, and Russia through music, dance, crafts, food, and games. Passport provided!

    Grades: 1-3
    Dates: 
    June 24-28
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Passport to Mexico

    Viva Mexico! Come along as we experience the rich history and culture of our neighbor to the South through Mexico’s annual celebrations like Book Fiesta, El Dia de Los Ninos (Children’s Day), and Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Note: Campers will view Pixar’s film Coco during the week.

    Grades: 4-5
    Dates: 
    July 8-12
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Passport to South America

    No need to grab a passport! It’s provided on the first day and students will experience the beauty and culture of Brazil, Argentina, and other countries through stories, crafts, and more! They might learn to dance the flamenco, make a Brazilian dish, or recognize a piranha as they explore the beauty of this part of the world. Vamanos!

    Grades: 1-3
    Dates: August 5-9
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Paw Patrol

    All campers report to Adventure Bay! The pups of Paw Patrol are ready to save the day with teamwork and the tools in their “pup packs.” Create your own town and character, learn about real-life heroes, and find ways to help take care of animals. This will be a puptacular week!

    Grades: 1-2
    Dates:
    August 12-16
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • PE Madness

    Strap sturdy shoes on and bring a water bottle! PE Madness is exactly what it sounds like –school favorite PE games that are guaranteed to get kids moving, cooperating, and using valuable life skills all day long. There will also be a couple of brand new games that kids have never before seen. This camp is designed to promote physical activity in a positive way in hopes that it continues for a lifetime. Campers will need athletic clothes, athletic shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and a smile.

    *Multiple weeks*

    Grades: 3-5
    Dates: June 24-28 OR July 1-5 (no camp July 4)* OR July 8-12
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $250 ($200 for July 1-5)

  • PE Fun

    Fill up a water bottle and get ready for a week of exercise! PE Fun includes a week packed to the seams with all the fun PE games and activities kids love. In this camp kids will play classic gym and outdoor games. Prepare to sweat, laugh, and of course – HAVE FUN!

    Grades: 1-4, Dates: August 5-9
    Grades: 4-5 Dates: August 12-16
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Percy Jackson Adventure

    Can campers escape Medusa without being turned to stone? Are you wise like Athena or quick like Hermes? Explore the various stories and legends of Greek Gods through fun activities based on the Percy Jackson series of books.

    Grades: 5-8
    Dates: July 22-26
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Pokémon

    Let’s play Pokémon! Test Pokémon knowledge, create new Pokémon, and learn new tricks for playing the game. Each camper will receive a new set of Pokémon cards and campers will have the chance to battle one another through an online platform. Who’s gonna catch them all?

    Grades: 2-5
    Dates: 
    July 8-12
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Science Exploration

    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 investing freezing point depression by making ice cream. 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 include high-flying gliders, rocket launch, magnetic slime, elephant toothpaste, investigating osmosis, bubble art, growing microbes, and colored rain.

    Please note this is a one-week camp run twice per age group.

    Grades: 1-4
    Dates: July 15-19 OR July 22-26
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $250

    Grades: 5-8
    Dates: July 15-19 OR July 22-26
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Secret Life of Pets

    From rabbits to hamsters to dogs, this class will enrich campers’ love of pets. They’ll learn what animals need to be healthy and happy. Various pets will visit the class and they’ll take a trip to the pet store. Please keep camper’s allergies in mind when registering for this camp.

    Grades: 1-3
    Dates: August 5-9
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Space Explorers

    5, 4, 3, 2, 1, blast off to a galaxy far, far away to learn about Earth and the amazing solar system. Discover all things galactic such as comets, planets, shooting stars, rockets, and more.

    Grades: 1-2
    Dates: 
    June 24-28
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Sports Sampler

    Ever wanted to try soccer, tennis, or rugby? How about basketball or baseball? This camp will give kids the chance to try a variety of sports without committing to a full season. Taught by an experienced PE teacher, this week is sure to be full of fun.

    Grades: 1-4
    Dates: July 15-19 OR  July 22-26
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Summer in a Week

    Those lazy days of summer all rolled in to one week! Have a water balloon fight, read a book, see a movie, visit a museum, make ice cream, put up a lemonade stand – these classic summer activities and more await you in this week of summer fun.

    Grades: 1-4
    Dates: 
    July 22-26
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Super Soccer Stars

    At Super Soccer Stars, we use the soccer ball as the vehicle to help children not only improve their soccer skills, but also develop self-confidence, improve gross motor skills, hone socialization skills and for the development of physical literacy. Dynamic, local, and international coaches work with small groups of boys and girls to develop these skills and teamwork in a fun, non-competitive, educational environment.

    Grades: 1-3
    Dates: 
    June 24-28
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

    Grades: 1-3
    Dates: 
    July 1-5 (no camp July 4)
    Times: 12:30 – 3:00 PM
    Fee: $200

  • Tennis 1-2-3

    Come join us to learn a sport that is both fun and healthy! This program introduces kids to tennis and helps develop: hand-eye coordination, agility, balance, movement, racket skills, and sportsmanship. We develop fundamental strokes: forehand, backhand, volleys, and serves using drills and games in a fun, safe, and friendly environment.

    Grades: 1-4
    Dates: 
    July 8-12
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Things That Go!

    A week of fun exploring all kinds of transportation. From trains, planes, and automobiles to boats, submarines, and rockets you’ll learn about how humans get from one place to another through stories, crafts, games, and building.

    Grades: 1-3
    Dates: 
    July 8-12
    Times: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Time Travelers

    Head back in time to learn about the ancient civilizations of Rome, China, Greece, and Egypt. These cultures influenced so much of our modern world from fireworks to dominoes and we’ll make those connections while having fun with stories and activities. We’ll end the week by traveling to the future!

    Grades: 2-5
    Dates: 
    June 24-28 OR July 29-August 2
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Trash to Treasure Art Studio

    Recycling at its most artistic! Campers will create art similar to Michelle Reader, who uses recycled items to create works of art, creating something fun and beautiful from items that might otherwise end up in a landfill. BIM will be collecting items all summer for this class and campers may bring in anything they want to from home to turn into their masterpiece.

    Grades: 4-5
    Dates:
    August 12-16
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Unusual Animals

    Fossa, okapi, narwhal, oh my! This week students will learn about the more unusual animals in the world, their habitats and habits. Maybe you’ll discover a new favorite!

    Grades: 1-3
    Dates: July 22-26
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Wild, Wild, West

    Get ready, cowboys and cowgirls! Campers and their trusty horse might need to wrangle a bull or find a lost calf. After the animals are safe for the night, they might play the harmonica around the campfire, learn to play horseshoes or rustle up some campfire beans. It’s sure to be a week of rootin’ tootin’ fun.

    Grades: 1-3
    Dates: 
    July 1-5 (no camp July 4)
    Times: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $200

  • Young Diplomats – SPARK Business Academy

    This fun camp helps students develop a global mindset and build international awareness early in life, an important skill in today’s increasingly interconnected world. Students explore cultural differences across countries (including food, clothes, traditions and languages), world currencies, geography games, famous landmarks, current global events, diplomacy, and more

    Grades: 1-4
    Dates: July 29-August 2
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $250

Rising Grades 6-8

Grades 6-8 students have options that get them outside, as well as engage them in fun enrichment opportunities! Some weeks these classes will be held on campus, but many of these offerings are designed to take campers away from campus for a variety of fun activities. These courses may require an additional fee due to the amount supplies required and the travel and admission fees associated with the field trips.
  • American History Explorer

    Travel back in time through a series of field trips to learn and discover American history. Campers will visit Mount Vernon and take a trip to Gettysburg. Each day will be a new trip and provide students a chance to be immersed in history. 

    Grades: 6-8
    Dates: 
    July 22-26
    Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $500 plus additional fee to be announced soon.

  • Bulls and Bears – SPARK Business Academy

    This program is for grades 5-8.

    Students will learn how they can start investing at a young age and make their money grow! Pick a $10,000 stock portfolio with a cool stock-trading simulation tool using real-time market data. This hands-on experience empowers campers with the tools and mindset to face future investment decisions with confidence and “buy low, sell high”! A solid foundation for successful future investors!

    Grades: 5-8
    Dates: 
    August 12-16
    Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $500

  • English Enrichment: Which Dystopian Novel Got It Right: Orwell’s 1984 or Huxley’s Brave New World?

    Sparked by a 2017 New York Times article by Charles McGrath and Siddhartha Deb, this two-week course will answer the question about which dystopian novelist got it correct earlier in the 20th Century: Orwell or Huxley? Students will closely read both works of fiction, focusing on the figurative language, while analyzing the science, technology, and political commentaries of each novel. The course will focus around a seminar-style discussion on topics ranging from “biopolitics” to totalitarian governments to food supplies and climate change. Though much of this course will involve reading and discussing these classical novels, students will focus on practicing their analytical writing skills and developing clear, concise thesis statements. Books will be provided on the first day.

    Provided texts:

    • 1984 by George Orwell
    •  Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

    Grades: 6-8
    Dates: 
    July 22-August 2
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $500

  • Field Trip a Day

    Get ready to explore all the sites the DMV area has to offer. Students will hop on the bus and travel to see the DC monuments, the DC zoo, the Baltimore aquarium, and more! Students’ favorite part of school will happen every day in this camp – field trips.

    Grades: 6-8
    Dates: 
    July 29-August 2
    Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $500

  • Game Shows

    Each day students will participate in various versions of popular game shows. Campers will compete together and against one another in The Price is Right, Minute to Win It, Deal or No Deal, Family Feud, and more. The week will end with campers teaching their peers how to compete in a game of their own creation.

    Grades: 4-6 *note grades
    Dates: 
    July 22-26
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Junior CEOS – SPARK Business Academy

    This program is for grades 5-8.

    How cool would it be for campers to be the boss of Apple, Under Armour, or Amazon for a day? In this unique leadership camp, students can do just that! Campers act as CEOs for leading companies and work in teams to make strategic recommendations addressing real business issues. Campers enhance their problem-solving skills, develop business savvy, and cultivate a strategic mindset as future leaders!

    Grades: 5-8
    Dates:
    August 5-9
    Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $500

  • Life Skills Boot Camp

    Kids can survive or thrive! This camp will teach kids the life skills that will help them while they are at home and as they look toward college and life. Cook a simple meal, perform basic car maintenance (including changing a tire and checking oil), and do laundry. Learn about managing finances, social etiquette, self and home care, and personal hygiene. We’ll even work on creating a first resume and practice interviewing skills. Possible field trips include a grocery store, a restaurant, and an auto shop. Topics may be changed based on the needs and interests of the class.

    Grades: 6-8
    Dates: 
    June 24-28
    Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $500

  • Murder Mystery

    There’s been a crime! Not really, but in this hands-on camp, students will learn how police agencies use forensic chemistry in their jobs. As they conduct the crime-scene investigation, they’ll learn about and apply skills in fingerprinting, document examination, and identification of hair and fiber samples to catch the culprit.

    Grades: 6-8
    Dates:
    July 8-12
    Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $500

  • Percy Jackson Adventure

    Can campers escape Medusa without being turned to stone? Are you wise like Athena or quick like Hermes? Explore the various stories and legends of Greek Gods through fun activities based on the Percy Jackson series of books.

    Grades: 5-8 *note grades
    Dates: July 22-26
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $250

  • Play Hard, Get Sweaty

    It’s a week of high-energy fun! One day, students will hike. Another day, they will go to a water park. They’ll visit a paintball park and play laser tag. Finally, they will spend a day at a lake playing games, renting canoes, and grilling. Transportation to and from school will be provided daily. This camp requires an additional fee of $150.

    Grades: 6-8
    Dates: 
    July 1-5 (no camp July 4)
    Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $400

  • Science Exporation

    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 investing freezing point depression by making ice cream. 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 include high-flying gliders, rocket launch, magnetic slime, elephant toothpaste, investigating osmosis, bubble art, growing microbes, and colored rain.

    Please note this is a one-week camp run twice.

    Grades: 5-8
    Dates: July 15-19 OR July 22-26
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

  • The 7 Habits of Highly-Effective Teens

    This camp takes a page from Sean Covey’s book to encourage teens to see their goals, dreams, and plans are in reach. This entertaining class will be full of hands on activities and games designed to help campers apply the principles of the 7 Habits to the tough issues and life-changing decisions they face. Covey provides a simple approach to help teens improve self-image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve their goals, and get along with their parents, as well as tackle the new challenges of our time, like cyberbullying and social media and our instructor will make learning those skills fun all week.

    Grades: 6-8
    Dates: 
    July 15-19
    Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $500

Academic Enrichment Programs (Rising Grades 6-12)

Academic Enrichment Programs are designed to prepare students to begin the school year ready for academic excellence and are offered in the last three weeks of our program. Class grade levels vary and span multiple weeks, see the descriptions for specific dates. BASIS Independent McLean students only: For current and incoming BIM students, we are offering for-credit classes in Economics and World History, as well as non-credit math enrichment programs. Please see our class descriptions for specific details about each class.
  • For Credit: Economics

    BASIS Independent McLean students only

    This course is open to BASIS Independent McLean students in grades 9-12 only and fulfills the BASIS Curriculum Schools’ graduation requirement for 0.5 credits of Economics. This summer economics course will introduce students to the economic style of thinking. This includes learning about many of the basic models in economics, including supply and demand, and later transitioning to more complicated models explaining how specific markets and economies behave. The course will take some key elements from both microeconomics (individual and firm analyses) and macroeconomics (nationwide analyses). By the end of the course, students should be able to use economics as an additional lens to help understand our world, and will be literate in terms of understanding the actions of US government in driving the direction of the country’s economy.

    Grades: 9-12
    Dates:
    June 24-July 12
    Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Fee: $3,500

  • For Credit: World History & Geography

    BASIS Independent McLean students only

    This course is open to BASIS Independent McLean students in grades 9-12 only and fulfills the BASIS Curriculum Schools’ graduation requirement for 0.67 credits of World History. Students typically fulfill this requirement by earning 1.0 credit in grade 8 World History & Geography II. The World History & Geography course will follow the topics outlined in the AP World History syllabus. Students will investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in six historical periods from approximately 8,000 BCE to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; making historical comparisons; utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time; and developing historical arguments. The course provides five themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: interaction between humans and the environment; development and interaction of cultures; state building, expansion, and conflict; creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems; and development and transformation of social structures.

    Grades: 9-12
    Dates:
    July 23-August 14
    Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Fee: $3,500

  • English Enrichment: The Harlem Renaissance: Then and Now – Exploring America’s “New Identity” in the 20th Century and into the 21st Century

    The Harlem Renaissance was an African-American movement to rediscover and redefine black identity in America at the turn of the 20th Century. This two-week course will explore this movement through literature, poetry, art, music, and architecture and examine the power of works by Langston Hughes, Billie Holiday, Aaron Douglas, and many others. It will also explore its impact into the 21st Century with readings by Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Books will be provided on the first day.

    Sample texts:

    • Cane by Jean Toomer
    • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston
    • The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
    • various speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Grades: 8-12
    Dates: 
    July 22-August 2
    Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $500

  • Music Theory

    BASIS Independent McLean students only

    This morning only, two-week long summer program covers the basic elements of music theory any aspiring musician should have, including basic ear training. From note recognition to scales, intervals, and rhythm, the music theory camp is designed for all types of musicians. Performers will gain the tools for greater understanding of all the elements involved in the music they love to perform and composition enthusiasts will gain the basic tools to start notating their creations. This class also solidifies the basic music knowledge any student needs to be successful in the AP Music Theory class. At the completion of the class, the students will properly read and understand music notation in three different clefs, time signatures and rhythm, key signatures and scales, intervals, scales degrees, and triads. The required book will be provided on the first day of camp.

    Prerequisite: No previous experience required.

    Provided Texts: Tonal Harmony Workbook (This book will also be used in the AP Music Theory class.)

    Grades: 8-9
    Dates:
    July 29-August 9
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $500

  • Preparation for Algebra I and Geometry

    BASIS Independent McLean students only

    This course will be a review of Pre-Algebra and preparation for the BASIS Curriculum Schools’ Algebra 1/Geometry course. Topics include geometry, discrete mathematics, and probability and statistics. Students will hone their skills in areas of: fractions, decimals, mixed numbers, positive and negative numbers, order of operations, percentages, proportions, ratios, divisibility, rounding, place value, unit conversions, scientific notation, data representation, algebraic representation, and solving real-world problems. Students will have short breaks and lunch time (lunch is not included).

    Please note: Enrolling in this course does not guarantee placement into Algebra 1/Geometry. Students must successfully pass the math placement exam to enroll in Algebra 1/Geometry as a grade 5 or 6 student.

    Grades: 6-7
    Dates:
    August 5-16
    Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $1,000

  • Preparation for Algebra II and Geometry

    BASIS Independent McLean students only

    This course will be a review of foundational topics in Algebra and Geometry, and preparation for the BASIS Curriculum Schools’ Algebra 2/Geometry course. Students will review all of the traditional first-year algebra topics while building higher-order thinking skills, real-world application skills, reasoning, and an understanding of interconnecting math strands. The class focuses on multiple representations of algebraic thinking: verbal, numerical, symbolic, and graphical.

    Topics covered will include algebra foundations, basic geometric concepts, functions and relations, linear equations; polynomials, rational expressions and functions, inequalities, systems of equations and inequalities, radical expressions and functions, quadratic equations, absolute-value equations and inequalities, and probability and data analysis. Real-world applications and continual practice/review are fundamental parts of the class and are important for mastery of the material. Students will have short breaks and lunch time (lunch is not included).

    Please note: Enrolling in this course does not guarantee placement into Algebra 2/Geometry. Students must successfully pass the math placement exam to enroll in Algebra 2/Geometry.

    Grades: 7-9
    Dates:
    August 5-16
    Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $1,000

More Camps on Campus

  • Offered by Fairfax Collegiate

    In addition to our wonderful BASIS Independent McLean camps, we will host Fairfax Collegiate camps for grades 2–9 from June 17–August 9. 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 on the Fairfax Collegiate website (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.