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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.

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. The full-day program runs from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Campers will have a 30-minute lunch and a one-and-a-half-hour nap time. (See lunch section.) For Rising Kindergarten campers who are no longer napping, please see our Grade K-5 camps.
  • Themes Each Week

    Fees:

    • Full Day programs: $500 per week, and $480 for all subsequent full day camp 

    Themes:

    • June 22-26: Under the SeaTeacher: Victoria Hopchas 
    • June 29-July 3: Let’s Go Camping  – Teacher: Victoria Hopchas 
    • July 6-10: Animal Trackers  – Teacher: Victoria Hopchas 
    • July 13-17: Young Artists – Teacher: Lisa Dornan 
    • July 20-24: Tinker Time – Teacher: Lisa Dornan 
    • July 27-31: Action Art – Teacher: Lisa Dornan 
    • August 3-7: Ooey, Gooey Science  – Teacher: Lisa Dornan 
    • August 10-14: Planes, Trains, Cars, and More! – Teacher: Lisa Dornan 
  • Sample Schedules

    • 9:00-9:10 AM: Drop-Off/Library Books 
    • 9:10-9:45 AM: Outside 
    • 9:45-10:10 AM: Morning Snack/Bathroom 
    • 10:10-10:30 AM: 1st Project 
    • 10:30-11:10 AM: Free Choice (Theme-Related Centers – sensory bins, building blocks, etc.) 
    • 11:10-11:30 AM: Imagination Blocks 
    • 11:30-11:45 AM: Storytime 
    • 11:45AM-12:30 PM: Lunch/Bathroom 
    • 12:30-2:10 PM: Nap 
    • 2:10-2:30 PM: Afternoon Snack/Bathroom 
    • 2:30-3:20 PM: 2nd Project/Free Choice/ Outside (depending on weather) 
    • 3:20-3:25 PM: Pack Up 
    • 3:25 PM: Go to Lobby for Pick-Up

Rising Grades K-5 Programs

In grades K-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. (Lunch is not provided.)
  • Week 1 - June 22-26

    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: K-2; 3-5
    Dates: June 22-26
    Time: Grades K-2 9:00 AM-12:00 PM; Grades 3-5 12:30-3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

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    TENNIS

    Come join us to learn a sport that is both fun and healthy! This program introduces your child 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: K-2; 3-5
    Dates: June 22-26
    Time: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Fee: $325 

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    SPORT SAMPLER

    Not sure which sport you prefer? Here’s your chance to try them out and see which one is for you. Join us for our Sports Sampler and you will have the opportunity to spend time learning basketball, tennis, and soccer fundamentals. This program provides campers an opportunity to see which sport is really for them. Campers will also get to spend a day working on trust building and team building exercises.  

    Grades: K-2; 3-5
    Dates: June 22-26
    Time: 12:30-3:30 PM
    Fee: $325 

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    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: K-2; 3-5
    Dates: June 22-26
    Time: Grades K-2 12:30-3:30 PM; Grades 3-5 9:00 AM-12:00 PM 
    Fee: $250 

  • Week 2 - June 29- July 2 (Closed July 3 in observance of Independence Day)

    KIDS ON STAGE

    In this introduction to acting, children will learn the fundamentals of an actor’s craft through fun games, improvisations, and acting exercises, which will build their confidence, self-esteem, and stage presence. The class will end with a short demonstration for family and friends based on familiar poems or stories. 

    Grades: K-2; 35
    Dates: June 29-July 3
    Time: Grades K-2 9:00 AM-12:00 PM; Grades 3-5 12:30-3:30 PM
    Fee: $200

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    ARTIST’S STUDIO 

    Campers will explore a variety of artists, art processes, and mediums such as drawing, painting, printmaking, and three-dimensional art while creating small-scale prints and large-scale installations.   

    Grades: K-2; 3-5
    Dates: June 29-July 3
    Time:  12:30-3:30 PM
    Fee: $200

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    JR. MAKERS/MAKERS 

    Ever wondered how a computer works or what your toys look like inside? In Jr. Makers/Makers, campers will have the opportunity to tinker with tools, dissect the most popular toys, and deconstruct computers, all while learning the magic of how they work through circuitry and programming lessons. 

    Grades: K-2; 35
    Dates: June 29-July 3
    Time: Grades K-2 Jr. Makers 12:30-3:30 PM; Grades 3-5 Makers 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Fee: $200

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    FIT YOGA

    Yogis travel the world, go on fun adventures and meet exotic animals as they learn yoga though games, activities and playful movement.  Social skills are emphasized. This camp focuses on meditation, mindfulness, breath work, strength, posture, and alignment. The camp is very active with an emphasis on partner poses and creativity. 

    Grades: K-2; 35
    Dates: June 29-July 3
    Time: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Fee: $260 

  • Week 3 - July 6-10

    CODE MAKERS, JR./CODE MAKERS 

    Learn what it takes to build your own video game worlds. Design and build your own games from start to finish by connecting Lego-like code blocks. Build 2D game worlds, design animated heroes and villains, program game controls and motion, add music, and program game logic. No prior programming experience required. 

    Grades: K-2; 3-5
    Dates: July 6-10
    Time: Grades K-2 9:00 AM-12:00 PM; Grades 3-5 12:30-3:30 PM
    Fee: $250 

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    BASKETBALL 

    Our basketball camp is for the baller who wants to tighten up their fundamentals, become mentally tougher and strengthen all-around skills. Campers will learn how to become a smarter, better basketball player. 

    Grades:K-2; 3-5
    Dates: July 6-10
    Time: 12:30-3:30 PM
    Fee: $325 

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    FLOOR HOCKEY

    Our Floor Hockey camp introduces players to the basic skills of “puck-handling”, passing and shooting during the first half of the class, followed by a fun scrimmage during the second half; age adjusted rules are used as necessary. Emphasis is on fun and learning. All players receive a T-shirt.  

    Grades: K-2; 3-5
    Dates: July 6-10
    Time: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Fee: $325 

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    ASTRONAUT TRAINING CAMP 

    Students work as a team and confront mission scenarios that require dynamic problem solving and critical thinking — 21st century learning skills required in the workplace. Throughout the week, students are immersed in astronaut training techniques to understand what it really takes to make it in space.

    Grades: K-2; 3-5
    Dates: July 6-10
    Time: Grades K-2 12:30-3:30 PM; Grades 3-5 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Fee: $250 

  • Week 4 - July 13-17

    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 investigating 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, growing microbes, strawberry DNA extraction, solar oven development, and examining various chemical reactions.

    Grades: K-2; 3-5
    Dates: July 13-17
    Time: Grades K-2 9:00 AM-12:00 PM; Grades 3-7 12:30 PM-3:30 PM
    Fee: $250 

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    SOCCER  

    Play fun training games, learn soccer skills, make new friends!  Five-day recreational soccer day camp. No playing experience required. Fun learning activities, and lots of games. Players receive a camp t-shirt and soccer ball. 

    Grades: K-2; 3-5
    Dates: July 13-17
    Time: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Fee: $325 

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    FUN FITNESS

    Campers will enjoy a variety of high-energy and noncompetitive games. Safety, teamwork, 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: K-2; 3-5
    Dates: July 13-17
    Time: 12:30 PM-3:30 PM
    Fee: $300 

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    FIBER ARTS: SEWING  

    Sewing is a practical life skill that’s both valuable and fun. Sewing also helps with eye-hand coordination, fine motor skills and much more. Campers will be introduced to the fundamentals of safely using a sewing machine, how to use simple patterns and cut fabric, and basic sewing techniques. Projects will be decided based on camper skill level and desire and may include pill cases, pajama pants, pillows, and more.

    Grades: K-2; 3-5
    Dates: July 13-17
    Time: Grades K-2 12:30-3:30 PM; Grades 3-5 9:00 AM-12:00 PM 
    Fee: $250 

  • Week 5 - July 20-24

    TENNIS

    Come join us to learn a sport that is both fun and healthy! This program introduces your child 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: K-2; 3-5
    Dates: July 20-24
    Time: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Fee: $325 

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    STOP MOTION ANIMATION LAB  

    Campers learn all the elements of film production while producing multiple stop-motion animation films. As a part of the film making process summer campers will learn to develop stories using storyboards, create characters, and film their movies using a high-definition webcam using paper animation or claymation. Then in order to enhance their films, they will learn video editing techniques like voice over, titling, and green-screening. All stop-motion films produced in this film camp are saved on a complimentary USB drive to share with friends and family.  

    Grades: K-2; 3-5
    Dates: July 20-24
    Time: Grades K-2 12:30 PM-3:30 PM; Grades 3-5 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Fee: $250
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     FANTASTIC HUMAN MACHINE

    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: K-2; 3-5
    Dates: July 20-24
    Time: Grades K-2 9:00 AM-12:00 PM; Grades 3-5 12:30 PM-3:30 PM
    Fee: $250
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    SPORT SAMPLER

    Not sure which sport you prefer? Here’s your chance to try them out and see which one is for you. Join us for our Sports Sampler and you will have the opportunity to spend time learning basketball, tennis, and soccer fundamentals. This program provides campers an opportunity to see which sport is really for them. Campers will also get to spend a day working on trust building and team building exercises. 

    Grades: K-2; 3-5
    Dates: July 20-24
    Time: 12:30 PM-3:30 PM
    Fee: $325 

  • Week 6 - July 27-31

    FUN FITNESS

    Campers will enjoy a variety of high-energy and noncompetitive games. Safety, teamwork, 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:K-2; 3-5
    Dates: July 27-31
    Time: 12:30 PM-3:30 PM
    Fee: $325
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    CARDBOARD CHALLENGE

    Our cardboard challenge camp is meant to bring out the imagination, problem-solving, and enthusiasm! Campers will have the opportunity to learn the design thinking process through exciting lessons and challenges. Using tools made specifically for cardboard, campers will work on a cardboard design-build project. Tinkering with cardboard promotes creativity, grit, confidence, creative problem solving, flexible thinking, a failure positive mind-set, with the added bonus that it’s incredibly FUN! 

    Grades: K-2; 3-5
    Dates: July 27-31
    Time: Grades K-2 12:30 PM-3:30 PM; Grades 3-5 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Fee: $250
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    KITCHEN CHEMISTRY

    In this Kitchen Chemistry, kids will learn the secrets of soda-popmake their own whipped creamdiscover the science behind popcornand experiment with many other kitchen concoctions! Put on your chef’s hat, and step into our science lab to see what’s cookin’! 

    Grades: K-2; 3-5
    Dates: July 27-31
    Time: Grades K-2 9:00 AM-12:00 PM; Grades 3-5 12:30 PM-3:30 PM
    Fee: $250
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    FIT RUN  

    FIT Run introduces campers to the sports of cross-country and track & field through exercises and drills, while inspiring a love for running and being active. The fundamentals of body positioning, stride, proper stretching, and cool-down techniques are all covered in this unique program. Participants will put it all together for one fun-filled day at the end of the week at the Red-Tailed Hawks summer track meet! 

    Grades: K-2; 3-5
    Dates: July 27-31
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $325 

  • Week 7 - August 3-7

    DESIGNER DIY  

    Campers will transform into architects and interior designers in this immersive summer camp. Each day, the campers will learn different aspects of interior design, while also building model houses and developing their very own home designs. On the last day, campers will have the opportunity to make a “neighborhood” of homes to showcase to families. There is an additional $25 materials fee for this camp.  

    Grades: K-2; 3-5
    Dates: August 3-7
    Time: Grades K-2 9:00 AM-12:00 PM; Grades 3-5 12:30-3:30 PM 
    Fee: $250
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     FLOOR HOCKEY  

    Our Floor Hockey camp introduces players to the basic skills of “puck-handling”, passing and shooting during the first half of the class, followed by a fun scrimmage during the second half; age adjusted rules are used as necessary. Emphasis is on fun and learning.  

    Grades: K-2; 3-5
    Dates: August 3-7
    Time: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Fee: $325
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    PLAY HARD, GET SWEATY

    Show us what you’re made of at this ultimate fitness camp! Campers will hone skills through group games like Capture the Flag, as well as develop new skills like rock climbing and team building through ropes courses.  

    Grades: K-2; 3-5
    Dates: August 3-7
    Time: 12:30-3:30 PM
    Fee: $325
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    ROBOTICS

    Dive into coding and robotics in this week-long summer camp! Campers will have the opportunity to learn about robots such as OzobotsCubelets, and Sphero, while learning to program them as well. Enjoy robot rallies, races, and leave with a strong foundational understanding of the world of programming and robotics. 

    Grades: K-2; 3-5
    Dates: August 3-7
    Time: Grades K-2 12:30 PM-3:30 PM; Grades 3-5 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Fee: $250 

  • Week 8 - August 10-14

    OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMP

    Join us for one last hurrah filled with exciting outdoor adventures! Campers will take field trips to different outdoor destinations in the area, while also learning the basics of wilderness survival and enjoying traditional camping festivities. 

     

    Grades: K-2; 3-5
    Dates: August 10-14
    Time: Grades K-2 12:30 PM-3:30 PM; Grades 3-5 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Fee: $250 

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    BEST OF SUMMER 2020

    Get ready for a different camp experience filled with fun, fitness, and friendship! The Best of Summer 2020 round up will feature a sampling from many of our summer 2020 camps. 

    Grades: K-2; 3-5
    Dates: August 10-14
    Time: Grades K-2 9:00 AM-12:00 PM; Grades 3-5 12:30 PM-3:30 PM
    Fee: $250

Rising Grades 6-12

Grades 6-12 students have options for academic enrichment and sport camps during the summer.
  • Enrichment Camps

    CAMP DECONSTRUCTION
    Have you ever wondered if you really need instructions to recreate, duplicate, or make a working model better? What’s the big picture? How do all these pieces make it happen? In this deconstruction camp, campers will dive into deconstruction and reverse engineering by taking things apart! Through different deconstruction projects such as computer deconstruction and toy take apart, campers will learn the function of each part in order to learn to build in reverse and creating one-of-a-kind creations. Let’s go forward in thinking by building in reverse!

    Grades: 6-12
    Dates: June 22-26
    Time12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250
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    THE GREAT ESCAPE
    Love puzzles and strategy games? The Great Escape takes strategy to another level as campers learn logic games and how to navigate strategy of escape rooms as well as build their own! 

    Grades: 6-12
    Dates: June 29-July 3
    Time: 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250
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    OUTDOOR MAKERS
    Survival skills for all! This maker camp provides campers with outdoor survival skills through fire making, tent building, and camp food making. Campers will learn to build a functional flashlight, use a 3D printer to create utensils, and navigate through scavenger hunts with orienteering.

    Grades: 6-12
    Dates: July 6-10
    Time: 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250
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    WORLD PEACE GAME
    The World Peace Game is a hands-on political simulation that gives players the opportunity to explore the connectedness of the global community through the lens of the economic, social, and environmental crises and the imminent threat of war. The goal of the game is to extricate each country from dangerous circumstances and achieve global prosperity with the least amount of military intervention. As “nation teams,” students will gain greater understanding of the critical impact of information and how it is used. 

    Grades: 6-12
    Dates: July 13-17
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $250
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    COMMUNITY MAKERS
    Community Makers will get campers involved in service-related activities to foster community-based learning and promote interest in giving back. We will have an ongoing project with dedicated time each day to which students will contribute. The project will be delivered or finalized on Friday.  

    Grades: 6-12
    Dates: July 20-24
    Time: 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
    Fee: $250
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    PLAY MAKERS
    In this fun and intensive acting camp, young actors will learn the basics of character development through ensemble building games, vocal and physical exercises & scene work from published plays. As they develop their technique for performing on stage, students will learn to ask (and answer) fundamental questions of character study — Who? What? Where? Why? and How? The camp will culminate with a demonstration of exercises and performances of scenes studied in camp. 

    Grades: 6-12
    Dates: July 27-31
    Time: 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM 
    Fee: $250
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    GEO CAMP
    Go see the world without a passport at Geo Camp! Join a former US diplomat as we tour the globe and look at the cultures, geography, history, and politics of every major region in the world. We will combine lectures, videos, and hands on activities to explore strange new lands and civilizations. Students will learn phrases from foreign languages, sample foods from all over the globe, and even role-play as natives from other countries. 

    Grades: 6-12
    Dates: August 3-7
    Time: 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM 
    Fee: $250 

  • Sport Camps

    Our summer Sport Camps for rising grades 6-12 are offered by seasoned professionals to provide a deeper understanding of the game, fundamentals, and necessary skills to grow as a player. Previous experience in the different sports is not required.   

    TENNIS CLINIC

    Grades: 6-12
    Dates: June 22-26
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $325
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    GOLF CLINIC

    Grades: 6-12
    Dates: June 29-July 3
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $325
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    BASKETBALL CLINIC

    Grades: 6-12
    Dates: July 6-10
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $325
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    SOCCER CLINIC

    Grades: 6-12
    Dates: July 13-17
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $325
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    FLAG FOOTBALL CLINIC  

    Grades: 6-12
    Dates: July 20-24
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $325
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    CROSS COUNTRY CLINIC

    Grades: 6-12
    Dates: July 27-31
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $325
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    VOLLEYBALL CLINIC

    Grades: 6-12
    Dates: August 3-7
    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Fee: $325 

Academic Enrichment Programs (Rising Grades 6-12)

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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 15–August 7. 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.