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Camp and playground counselorsare special people. PRCR staff must love working with young people (or we won’t hire them). They are creative, enthusiastic,committed and sincere...plussuper-patient and loads of fun!In fact, many of Arlington’s campand playground counselors havebeen campers themselves, oftenin the programs they now direct.A lot of our committed staff areschoolteachers, college students,or college graduates who hopeto find a permanent job working with kids. They’re a talented andfun bunch, each with loads of experience in his or her specialtyarea, and all committed to help-ing your child to be the best he or she can be. To ensureyour children have a positive andfun experience, Arlington Countyinvests many hours in staff train-ing and development. In additionto meeting the qualifications for their position, all summer staff attends mandatory training that focuses on promoting positiveparticipation; creative expression;cooperative and adaptive games;heart-healthy and wellnessactivities; risk management andsafety; child protective services;procedures and policies; planning activities; positive and produc-tive scheduling; and developing welcoming spaces.
As part of our inclusion philosophy,youth with disabilities are welcometo register for programs of inter-est. We have designated Glebeand Fairington Tot camps, McKinleyElementary Summerfest and TeenSummer Adventure as sites that receive additional services. Thesesites have a lower camp maximum,lower staff to camper ratio andadditional training for staff onprogram modifications, behavior management and inclusion of individuals with disabilities. Alsocheck our TR Camps on page 6.Everyone benefits from ArlingtonCounty programs. Trained therapeu-tic recreation staff can assist you inmaking sure your child has the right support and accommodations, nomatter the special needs. To ensurethat all participants have an enjoy-able, safe and successful experi-ence, upon request we providereasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. Thisincludes, but is not limited to,adapted equipment and tech-niques, sign language interpreters,accessible facilities, and large print and Braille materials. It may benecessary to change a camper’splacement if the support, assis-tance and accommodation neces-sary for participation can best be provided at an alternate site.Contact the Therapeutic RecreationOffice at firstname.lastname@example.org,703-228-4740 or TTY 703-228-4743for more information.
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Throughout the AC Summer CampCatalog you’ll find camps for kidsof all ages and abilities. To ensurefun, select a camp that meetsyour child’s interests, age andskill. See the chart on page 5 for age-appropriate camps.
Camps for Preschoolers (3-5)(page 6)
are unique camps for little ones to stretch their wingsand grow.
Elementary Kids (5-11)
will findcamps throughout all the campcategories…check out the options.Some camps offer great day-careoptions while others are short,sweet and quite the treat!
who are engagedover the summer have the most success during the school year…and in life. Arlington offers clas-sic, sports, arts and overnight camps for teens. Your teen mayalso enhance leadership skills byvolunteering or enrolling in theaward-winning T.E.A.M. program(page 17). Another option is tocheck out the Junior Jam programsat various centers (Page 7).
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Summer was designed to give kids a break from school and help themtry new experiences and grow mentally, physically and socially. Whether your child wants to refine a sports skill, go rafting, be in a play, playmind-adventure games, learn magic….or just plain hang, Arlington hassomething to offer.
Classic Camps (page 6)
offer a variety of programming options, both structured and unstructured, that include art, sports, tripsand more.
Overnight Camps (page 7)
are a combo of a classic camp,nature/adventure camp and sleepover.
Nature, Adventure or History Camps (page 7)
are for kids who love the outdoors and want to learn about and enjoynature…and maybe stretch their limits with challenges such as canoeing,caving and more.
Creative Arts Camps (page 9)
come in every shape andsize, for those who want to learn to paint a picture, act in a play, throw apot, sing a song and more!
Sports Camps (page 10)
are available for the sports enthusiast who enjoys every sport in a sport combo camp, or for the camper who wantsto learn or refine skills in a specific sport camp such as basketball or tennis.
Camps for Individuals with Disabilities (page 16)
are camps specifically designed for individuals with physical, emotional,social or cognitive/mental challenges
Imagination Exploration Camps (page 18)
bring kids with special interests in science, magic, history and imaginationstrategy games together.
Neighborhood-Based Outreach Programs (page 20)
are community center-based programs for those who are looking for flexible, mid-day programs that will engage kids.