DMV-area organizations plan for a virtual summer camp experience

Many summer camps are moving to a virtual platform during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the end dates for social-distancing recommendations keep being pushed further toward the end of the year, many DC, Maryland, and Virginia arts organizations are committing to an effort to connect online. Most schools have already cancelled in-person classes for the rest of the year, and colleges are already considering staying closed in the fall, so any organizations that usually offer a summer camp may have to make their offering online.

Some organizations are already registering students for their newly reimagined summer camps. This list was created on May 20, 2020, and will be updated as information is received. The last update was made at 4 PM on May 28.

Photo courtesy of Adventure Theatre MTC.

The Academy is excited to announce digital summer camps specifically created for an online and screen-based mediums, with a live teaching artist to guide your child step-by-step through the process. Each camp is tailored to the age served, through time commitments, goals, and subject material of the class. Any student currently registered for an in-person camp can exchange their registration to an online offering. Grades K through 12 – check website for details and pricing.

Virtual Camp Arena Stage will provide young people ages 8–15 with the opportunity to explore, discover, and create art while building long-lasting, meaningful relationships. This online format allows campers in the Washington Metro area and around the country to participate in this engaging summer experience. Virtual camps are half days—morning or afternoon—and run Monday through Friday for two weeks. Call 202-488-3300 for more information, or you can see all the info on the Virtual Camp Arena Stage website.

The Educational Theatre Company (ETC), a theatre education non-profit based in Arlington, is offering online summer camps for all ages. On Saturday May 30 at 10 AM, they will host a zoom open house where kids can meet the camp directors, ask questions, and get a clear understanding of what camp will be like. The schedule is below. Log on with your kids, introduce them to the camp director for their grade (PreK – 12), and see other kids that might join, too. RSVP on the ETC website to join the Zoom.

10:00am – 10:20am – ETC Beginnings for Preschoolers
10:20am – 10:40am – Creative Drama for K-2nd
10:40am – 11:00am – Acting Out Youth and Teen – All Sessions
11:00am – 11:20am – Musical Debut, Musical Revue, Young Songwriters
11:20am – 11:40am – All Film Camps – Intro to Film, Camp Comedy, Shake the Screen, That’s a Wrap
11:40am – 12:00pm – Twelfth Night: A Shakespeare Camp Youth and Teen Sessions, Page to Stage

Imagination Stage’s summer programs, which start June 8 online, are available now for registration. There are mini-camps and short classes for all ages and attention spans, K-12, and cover everything from hip-hop dance to fundamentals of filmmaking to staged readings.

Keegan has just opened up registration for their half and whole-day virtual summer camps, which will let kids explore storytelling, design, movement, music, games, and more. Keegan’s camps start on June 1.

For the summer of 2020, theatre camps will be held virtually. Round House Theatre Teaching Artists will lead students through LIVE activities in acting, movement, design, and playmaking. Sessions for grades K-3, 6-8 and 9-12 – check website for pricing and details.

Synetic Theater’s Summer Camps are going virtual, and they will send each family who is enrolled a personal “Camp in a Box” specifically designed for that session which will contain everything campers need to have a successful camp experience. This includes art supplies, props, activity sheets, scripts, and anything else required for campers that week. Plus there’s a relaxed schedule with age-appropriate Screen-Time for each group. Grades K-5 & 6-8 – check website for pricing and details.

Summer is here and WIT is heating up its class offerings by launching new virtual summer programs for children, families and teens! Taught by experienced improviser (and parent!) Samatha Watson, these classes will introduce the “fun”-damentals of improv while engaging the imagination and building the valuable life skills of communication and connection. You can find all the details on the WIT website. Have more than one child interested in improv? Sibling discounts are available.

YAA will hold Virtual Summer Performing Arts Intensives, an online version of their award-winning summer musical theater program. The summer intensive will be two different programs, a half-day model for both middle school and high school students, respectively, and a full-day model for high school students and rising college freshmen. Students can sign up for one or both sessions, the first running from June 26 to July 10, and the second from July 11 to July 24. Students will have the opportunity to study acting, dance, and voice in private and small group sessions with top faculty and teaching artists from the region while experiencing a learning environment focused on artistry, excellence, mentorship, and community. You can find more information on the YAA Summer Camp site.



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