Camps

Questions & Answers about 2020 Summer Camps during COVID-19

With summer quickly approaching, we have been receiving inquiries regarding the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the status of camps. We understand there are a lot of questions and wanted to share the following information and updates with you.

While the Recreation and Parks Department remains hopeful that we will be able to offer camps this summer, the health and safety of our participants, staff, and camp partners continues to be our priority. We understand the potential impact that changes to the camp program may have on families and the desire for timely updates. 

Will the 2020 Summer Camps take place?
Under Governor Northam’s “Forward Virginia” blueprint, the reopening of organized youth activities (including daycare and camp programs) is permitted in Phase Two of the plan. Advancement into phase two requires a continued decrease in the percentage of positive tests and COVID-19 hospitalizations following entry into phase one of the plan on May 15. Entry into phase two, along with the City’s guidance/regulations on health and safety, will guide our decisions regarding summer camps moving forward.

When will a decision be made?
By Monday, June 1, we will have a decision on summer camps scheduled for June 15-July 2. By Friday, June 12, we will have a decision on summer camps scheduled for July 6-August 14. These announcements will be shared via email to all registered campers and posted to this webpage.

Will camps be offered as advertised or will there be changes to program formats?
Staff are currently exploring various options as well as coordinating and consulting with colleagues in local jurisdictions and national associations to determine how our camp programs can proceed in a safe, efficient, and successful manner this summer.

If camps are canceled will I receive a refund?
If a camp program is canceled by the department and/or contracted provider for any reason a full refund will be provided to campers.

Can I cancel my camp registration(s) at this time?
Yes, before June 1 you can cancel your camp registration(s) here.

With the uncertainty surrounding the status of camp programs at this time, as a courtesy we are waiving the department’s standard cancellation processing fees and providing full refunds of all registration fees for requests made prior to June 1.

You may have the refund returned to your original form of payment or applied as a credit to your Recreation Department household. Due to the potentially high volume of cancellations, please allow up to four weeks for processing and refunds to post to your account.

Requests received June 2 and after, will follow our standard Refund Policy.

May I still register for summer camp programming?
You may still register for camps online here. At this time we are only accepting waitlist registrations for all 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. When possible, priority will be given to children of essential personnel. These families should contact Ryan Amato (see below) for additional information.

I have more questions. Who may I contact?
For additional questions or further assistance please contact Ryan Amato at ramato@fallschurchva.gov or (703) 248-5307 (TTY 711).

2020 Summer Camps: Waitlists Open


Waitlist registration is open now.  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.   When possible, priority will be given to children of essential personnel. These families should contact me for additional information. 
Summer Camp Brochure

2020 Counselor in Training Program

Our Counselor in Training Program application deadline has passed for the summer of 2020. 
If you'd like to apply next year, please check back in January 2021 for an application. 

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Camp Forms


Emergency Information Form


The Emergency Information form is required for every child in any of our summer camps.
 
  1. Download and complete the Emergency Information Form
  2. Please save your completed Emergency Information form as "Last Name, First Name".
  3. Send your completed Emergency Information form to: Camps@fallschurchva.gov . Make the subject of your email your child's full name. 

Medication Administration Form


If your child needs medication administered during camps hours, we will also need you to complete the Medication Administration Form. This is form is only required if medication needs to be administered to your child while they are at camp with us.

Additional Forms


Additional forms are required for some contracted and adventure camps. This forms will be emailed to you in the welcome to camp email, about a week before the first day of camp.

Childcare Statement & Tax ID


The Falls Church Recreation and Parks Department's Tax ID is 546001271. You can obtain an official record of your child's participation in our programs in your online account.

Your account will enable you to print a Childcare Statement that lists the camps attended, amount of money spent and the Tax ID.

Walk-in


The Community Center is closed do to COVID-19. Please use one of the options below.

Online


Online registration can be found on the internet by visiting www.fallschurchva.gov/Register. Full payment is required at the time of registration and you must use a credit card (American Express, Discover, Master Card, or Visa).

Phone-in


Phone-in registration is closed since the camps are open for waitlist only.

Financial Aid


Financial aid is available for City of Falls Church residents. Forms are available at the Falls Church Community Center or by calling 703-248-5027 (TTY 711).

Cancellation Policy for 2020 Summer Camps


The City of Falls Church Recreation and Parks Department reserves the right to cancel camps and programs for which there is insufficient registration. Camps with insufficient registrations are canceled one week prior to the start of camp. In addition, there is limited enrollment for all programs. 

Before June 1 you can cancel your camp registration(s) here.

With the uncertainty surrounding the status of camp programs at this time, as a courtesy we are waiving the department’s standard cancellation processing fees and providing full refunds of all registration fees for requests made prior to June 1.

You may have the refund returned to your original form of payment or applied as a credit to your Recreation Department household. Due to the potentially high volume of cancellations, please allow up to four weeks for processing and refunds to post to your account.

Requests received June 2 and after, will follow our standard Refund Policy.

Refund Policy


The Recreation and Parks Department will provide a full credit or refund for a camp if the camp is cancelled by the Department, or upon request when schedule or location changes made by the Department prohibit or limit an individual's ability to attend a camp. For any reason other than those noted above, a Request for Refund/Household Credit” form must be completed and submitted at least two weeks before the start of camp.

  • Requests for a refund made at least 14 calendar days before the start of camp will be granted, less a 20% processing fee.
  • Requests for a credit made at least 14 calendar days before the start of camp will be granted, less a 10% processing fee.
  • Requests less than two weeks before camp starts will be granted for medical reasons (doctor's note required) or for relocation of more than 25 miles away from the City.
  • No refunds or household credits will be given if the request for such is submitted less than 2 weeks before the camp starts, nor after it has ended. This also applies to AM and PM Extended care.
  • Inner Quest has different policies which are listed in their description.

Note


If your child has a disability or requires special attention for any reason, advanced notice is appreciated so that we may properly prepare.