The Recreation and Parks Department is committed to offering safe and high-quality summer camp programming to our participants. In an effort to achieve that goal, staff continues to conduct evaluations of all camp programs in conjunction with guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the American Camp Association (ACA), Governor Ralph Northam, local health and government officials, and local camp providers.
We are excited to announce our revised July camp schedule. Select camp programs will proceed as schedule while others have been canceled or will not be offered in a modified format. The status of each camp was determined following a comprehensive review of the program using the guidelines outlined above.
Download a PDF with the status of all Summer Camps (last updated June 15, 2020).
All camp families should understand that camp will look very different this summer. Campers must first pass a morning health check prior to being permitted into camp each day. Social distancing will be enforced for all campers and staff. For a listing of changes you can expect this summer, download a PDF of our Summer Camp Guidelines 2020 (last updated June 15, 2020).
I forgot which summer camp I registered my child for.
If my camps are canceled will I receive a refund?
All individuals registered for a canceled camp program will receive a full refund of the registration fee. Refunds will be made via the original payment method. Due to the high volume of refunds please allow up to four weeks for processing.
What about camps for children of essential personnel?
Every effort will be made by the Recreation and Parks Department to place the children of essential workers into camp programming. First priority will be given to essential workers employed by the City of Falls Church and Falls Church City Schools. Next priority will be given to essential workers who are City of Falls Church residents. Essential workers are defined as:
What Modified or Virtual Camps will be offered?
The potential for virtual programming and/or alternative modified live programs for canceled camps is being evaluated and additional information will be provided as details are available.
What’s the current plan for August Camps not already canceled?
The Recreation and Parks Department remains hopeful that camps scheduled for August will be offered. Staff will continue their ongoing evaluation process as additional health and safety guidance is made available. A decision on the status of camps scheduled for August camps will be made no later than Monday, July 20. The health and safety of all campers and staff along with compliance with all state and local health policies will continue to guide decisions moving forward.
What if my child is registered in the Summer Fun camp?
Provided that Northern Virginia reaches Phase II in time, the Summer Fun camp is expected to begin June 22 as scheduled. Staff is confident the program can be successfully held following the implementation of proper social distancing, appropriate cleaning protocols, and other safety measures. Enrolled campers will receive detailed information regarding program modifications in June.
Parents of Summer Fun campers can watch a recording of the Camp Orientation video below or on YouTube.
Will extended care be available for campers?
A modified extended care program will be offered for campers enrolled in the Summer Fun program ONLY. The modified program will offer morning care from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 am and afternoon care from 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Summer Fun campers wishing to participate in the extended care portion of the program will need to register online. As a reminder this program is only available to Summer Fun participants during weeks in which they are enrolled in Summer Fun.
Can I cancel my camp registration(s) at this time?
Yes: Cancelations of camp registration(s) can be made HERE (must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the first day of camp).
At this time, as a courtesy the Department of Recreation and Parks is waiving the standard cancelation processing fees and providing full refunds of all registration fees for requests received at least two weeks prior to the first day of camp. Please allow up to four weeks for processing and refunds to post to your account. Requests received less than two weeks prior to the first day of camp will not be granted unless there is a medical reason (doctor’s note required) or for relocation of at least 25 miles from the City of Falls Church.
May I still register for summer camp programming?
You may still register for camps online here. At this time we are opening registration for July camps and only accepting waitlist registrations for August camps. Payment is not required for waitlist registrations. Waitlisted campers will be enrolled as openings become available for each camp. You will be contacted by Recreation and Parks staff for payment processing if enrolled from the waitlist.
I have more questions. Who may I contact?
For questions or further assistance please contact Ryan Amato, Recreation Program Supervisor for Camps and Youth Sports at email@example.com or 703-248-5307 (TTY 711)
We wish you and your families continued health and safety and thank you for your continued patience and cooperation as we navigate through this unprecedented situation.