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Download the 2018 Summer Camp Brochure

Registration Form 2018 Summer Camps (bring this for in person signups)


** Early Bird Night for City Residents (22401):**
Monday, March 19 from 6:00pm-9:00pm at Dorothy Hart Community Center for IN-PERSON registrations ONLY.


IN-PERSON and ONLINE Registrations for All Residents (City and Non-City):

Tuesday, March 20 at 9:00am at Dorothy Hart Community Center and online

Pre-registration is required for all camps. Spaces fill first-come, first-served. Register for all camps at the Dorothy Hart Community Center, 408 Canal Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 or online here.




Summer Camp FAQ's - PDF

How to Set Up and Account for Online Registration - PDF




Birth Certificates:
Copy of birth certificate is required at time of registration for first time registrations. Online enrollments must provide your child's birth certificate before camp signups.


• New this year!! Online Enrollment:  Register for camps online beginning Tuesday, March 20 at 9:00am. Please visit our offices in advance to provide your children’s birth certificate to your online account and to ensure that your online account is all set for registration day.

• Online enrollment notice: YOU MUST have your online account ready in advance with your user name and password. If you’ve joined one of our programs in the past, you may already be in our system but are missing your user name. It can’t be retrieved without calling our front desk. We strongly recommend contacting us several days before camp signups to ensure your account is ready. Call 540-372-1086 ext. 0 or email us now. 

Online registration system is not mobile nor tablet friendly, you must use a computer to access our system.

• How to Set Up and Account for Online Registration - PDF

Read our Summer Camp FAQ's for many answers about our online registration system



Summer Camp Refund Policy:
Individuals wishing to withdraw and/or requesting a refund must do so by contacting the Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation and Events Department.  Individuals must follow up their verbal cancellation request with a written refund request and submit it to Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation and Events Department prior to cancellation deadlines.  A 10% administrative fee will be charged on all refund requests for advanced cancellations.  Cancellation requests less than two weeks (14 days) before camp start date are eligible for a 50% refund. And there are no refunds on cancellations less than 7 days before camp start date.  There will be no refunds given to those who withdraw after program start date.  Refunds will require 4 weeks for processing unless paid by credit card. Credit card refunds will take 5 business days to process.

Important Camp Information:
• Spaces fill on a first-come, first-served basis.
• Please register for the appropriate age/grade.
• Review our Summer Camp FAQ's.
• Register for Fredericksburg Alert > Program Notifications to receive weather cancellation notices.
• Fee waivers available for those who qualify, call our office for more information.
• Must provide own transportation to camps.



2018 Summer Camp Listings:

Tot All Sports Camp
4yrs-6yrs
This camp program features activities designed to promote skill development in a variety of sports, sportsmanship, and a whole lot of fun. Bring wtarer bottle. No age waivers. $10 late fee begins June 12. Location: Walker Grant Middle School
Mon-Fri, June 25-29, 9:00am-12:00pm
$50/$70 (resident/ non-resident)



Safety Town Camp
4yrs-6yrs
Children are always pretending and wishing to be grown up. Safety Town will allow kids to act like grown-ups while learning the basic safety precautions that will keep them healthy and safe. Campers will explore aspects of being in a town where they will learn about personal safety and traffic laws and will have a lot of fun learning what to do in an emergency. They will meet a Police Officer, tour a fire station and an ambulance, and end the camp on Friday with a bike safety day. Instr: P&R Staff at Dorothy Hart Comm Center
Mon-Fri, August 6-10, 9:00am-11:30am
$50/$60 (resident/ non-resident)


Camp Hideaway
5yrs-6yrs
This beloved day camp is filled with adventure! Each themed morning is packed with nature crafts, hiking, discovery, games, story, snack time, and friends! Our small group will enjoy safely exploring, splashing in the creek, and getting upclose and hands-on with the natural world. Campers may register for ONE week only at Alum Spring Park.
(Entering K or 1st in Fall ’18) M-F, 7/9-7/13, 9:15am-12pm
(Entering K or 1st in Fall ’18) M-F, 7/16-7/20, 9:15am-12pm
(Entering K or 1st in Fall ’18) M-F, 7/23-7/27, 9:15am-12pm
(Entering K or 1st in Fall ’18) M-F, 7/30-8/3, 9:15am-12pm
$90/$110 (resident/non-resident)



Core Engineering: Intro to STEM w/ LEGO
5yrs – 6yrs and 7yrs-12yrs
Tap into your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO®! Build engineer designed projects such as Boats, Snowmobiles, Catapults, and Merry-Go-Rounds. Then use special pieces to create your own unique design! New and returning students can explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system. Instructor: PlayWell. Location: Dorothy Hart Community Center
5-6 yrs: Mon-Fri, August 13-17, 9:00am – 12:00pm
7-12yrs: Mon-Fri, August 13-17, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
$145/$145 (residents/non-residents)



Let’s Do Science Camp
6 yrs – 8 yrs
Come experience hands-on science. We will explore different science issues. Students will be allowed to ask questions and explore answers with experimentation. Students will learn 21st century skills such as problem solving, critical thinking and working together. Please send a snack with your child to camp each day. Instructor: Science, Inc. Location: DorothyHart Community Center.
Mon-Fri, June 18-29 , 9:30am-12:30pm
$80/$80 (res/nonres)



Science Snoops
9 yrs – 11 yrs
Science Snoops is an excellent opportunity for students to foster their interest in science. It also helps students to think like scientists as well as crime scene investigators. Science Snoops is an excellent opportunity for students to improve their critical thinking skills and basic scientific knowledge. Please send a snack with your child to camp each day. Instructor: Science, Inc. Location: DorothyHart Community Center
Mon-Fri, June 18-June 29 , 1:30pm-4:30pm
$80/$80 (residents/non-residents)



Stage Door Camps: Creative Drama
5yrs - 8yrs
Young actors will be introduced to the imaginative world of visual and performing arts. We will explore well-known stories and songs using creative movement, puppetry, pantomime, and dance. The week will conclude in a showcase featuring creative movement and scripted scenes. Instructor: Stage Door Staff. Location: Lafayette Upper Elementary School
Mon-Fri, July 16-20, 9:30am-12:30pm
$100/$100 (residents/non-residents)



Kidz R Cookin Camp: Culture, Cuisine & Cooking - Part 1
5yrs - 8yrs & 9yrs - 12yrs
Grab your passports campers! We will be traveling the world in this very special hands-on cooking camp. Every day will be a different culinary adventure. Students will explore exotic spices and international entrees & side dishes. Cooking, music, and arts & crafts from around the globe will all come together. Each day will be centered on a specific country, region & nationality. Recipes and certificates are included! Please include a snack for your camper Instructor: Chef Wendy, Kidz R Cookin. Location: Dorothy Hart Comm Center.
5-8yrs: Mon-Thurs, June 25-28, 10:00am - 1:00pm
9-12yrs: Mon-Thurs, June 25-28, 2:30pm - 5:30pm
$150/$150 (residents/non-residents)



Kidz R Cookin Camp: Culture, Cuisine & Cooking - Part 2
5yrs - 8yrs & 9yrs - 12yrs
Campers, it’s time to grab those passports again! For part 2 we will continue trekking the globe for delicious entrees, exotic spices and culinary adventure! Participants will be traveling to completely different countries and regions in this camp and don’t forget about our awesome culture based arts & crafts! Each day will be a different culinary experience for our participants. Part one is not a requirement to participate in part two. Recipes and certificates will be included! Please include a snack for your camper. Instructor: Chef Wendy, Kidz R Cookin. Location: Dorothy Hart Community Center
5-8yrs: Mon-Thurs, Aug. 27-30, 10:00am - 1:00pm
9-12yrs: Mon-Thurs, Aug. 27-30, 2:30pm - 5:30pm
$150/$150 (residents/non-residents)



Up With the Arts
Children enjoy two weeks of drama activities, arts and crafts, and nature play that all culminates with a “grand finale” performance for family and friends on June 29th.

Kindergarten 4yrs - 5yrs
In this age group we will be singing songs, learning poems, making puppets for our performance.

1-2 Grade 6yrs - 7yrs
Using their imagination with props, costumes and sets that they design, this age group will be acting out short plays and skits.

3-6 Grade 8yrs -13yrs
Our older group will produce a small play start to finish – selecting parts, designing sets and simple costumes, rehearsals, and a final production. Held at Alum Springs Park. Please send a snack with your child to camp each day.

Mon-Fri, June 18-June 29, 9:00am -12:00pm
$70/$85 (res/non-res)



Summer Fun Festival

Preschool 3yrs-4yrs
An exciting two weeks for children who will enter either preschool or Kindergarten in the fall 2018 (must be four by September 30, 2018) – birth certificate required. Your child will play games, sing songs, hear stories, tumble, enjoy arts and crafts and just have a lot of fun! Instructor: P& R Staff. Location: Hugh Mercer Elementary.
Monday – Friday, 9:00am - 12:00pm, July 9 – July 20
$100/$120 (residents/non-residents) ($10 off for 3rd child)


K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th
Each child chooses a track containing six classes (three for each week). Class choices offer a variety of activities to introduce your children to fun different adventures. A separate registration form for class selections is required and will be sent a letter. Class choices are filled on a firstcome, first served basis by who registers soonest. Instructor: P&R Staff. Location: Hugh Mercer Elementary.
Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 12:00pm, July 9 - July 20
$100/$120 (residents/non-residents) ($10 off for 3rd child)



Spa Essentials for Kidz
5yrs – 8yrs & 9yrs – 11yrs
Luxurious body butters, lip balm, moisturizing shampoos, soy candles, and bath bombs are but a few of the awesome toiletries that will be prepared in this camp! Participants will utilize natural, organic and wholesome ingredients to create their own signature products! This will be an awesome, hands on, and fun learning experience for all campers! Additionally students will learn about the properties of all ingredients used. All toiletries will be labeled and packaged for home on the last day of camp. Please include a snack for your camper & note any allergies during registration. Instructor: Chef Wendy of Kidz R Cookin. Location: Dorothy Hart Community Center
Mon-Thurs, July 23-26 , 10:00am – 1:00pm (5yrs – 8yrs)
Mon-Thurs, July 23-26, 2:30pm – 5:30pm (9yrs – 11yrs)
$150/$150 (residents/non-residents)


Horseback Riding Camp
6yrs-18yrs
White Buffalo Horse Farm is providing a horse camp for boys and girls ages 6 – 18, regardless of their riding experience. Students will be getting on a horse every day, working on trail riding skills and horse showing techniques including western and English style. General horse care and grooming will also be covered. Culminating demonstration will be held on the last day of camp. Must wear boots or shoes with a heel. Instructor: Judy Watson. Location: White Buffalo Horse Farm
Mon-Fri, July 9-13, 9:00am-12:00pm
$275/$300 (resident/non-resident)



Camp Wildwood
7yrs-12yrs
Celebrating 25 Years in the woods and along the water of Motts Run Reservoir! Kids, come get immersed in the wild for a week of daily canoeing, hiking, nature crafts, snacks, friends, and outdoor skills like fire-building. Don’t miss out on a great week of discovery—held rain or shine! Campers may register for ONE week only. (Pre-registration required). Motts Run Reservoir.
(Grades 1-3 ’17-’18 school yr.) M-F, 6/18-6/22, 9:00am-3pm
(Grades 2-4 ’17-’18 school yr.) M-F, 6/25-6/29, 9:00am-3pm
(Grades 1-3 ’17-’18 school yr.) M-F, 7/9-7/13, 9:00am-3pm
(Grades 4-6 ’17-’18 school yr.) M-F, 7/16-7/20, 9:00am-3pm
(Grades 1-3 ’17-’18 school yr.) M-F, 7/23-7/27, 9:00am-3pm
(Grades 4-6 ’17-’18 school yr.) M-F, 7/30-8/3, 9:00am-3pm
$150/$180 (resident/non-resident)


Fishing Adventures!
7yrs-14yrs
Fishing Adventures! is a popular 2-day camp offered at Motts Run Reservoir. Sponsored by Virginia Fishing Adventures (www.virginiaoutside.com), this intro to freshwater fishing teaches campers the basics of casting, knot tying, baiting hooks, choosing lures, and more. All equipment and tackle provided. Info will be sent to registrants. Location: Motts Run. Thur-Fri,
7/5 & 7/6, 9:00am-12:00pm
$65/80 (resident/non-resident)


Adventure Fishing Camp!
7yrs-14yrs
This week-long day camp, sponsored by Virginia Fishing Adventures (www.virginiaoutside.com), teaches the entire process of fishing from rigging rods, tying knots, canoeing, and baiting hooks, all while introducing campers to the great wealth of fishing in the area. Campers meet at the VA Outdoor Center, then head to private ponds and local rivers. All equipment provided and scouts may earn their fishing badge. Info will be sent to all registrants. (Pre-registration required). Location: Virginia Outdoor Center.
Mon-Fri, 7/9-7/13, 8:30am-4:30pm
$450/$450 (resident/non-resident)


Soccer Camp
7yrs-15yrs
The campers get a chance to work on dribbling, passing, shooting, and game strategy while having lots of fun. Campers are encouraged to wear loose fitting clothes and bring shinguards and a water bottle to camp each day. $10 late fee begins June 5. Location: Dixon Park
Mon-Fri, June 18-22, 8:00am-11:00am
$50/$70 (resident/non-resident)



Field Hockey Camp
7yrs-15yrs
Learn stick handling, strategy, defensive positioning, and goal keeping. Campers are encouraged to wear loose fitting clothes and bring field hockey stick, shinguards and a water bottle to camp each day. $10 late fee begins June 5. Location: Dixon Park. 
Mon-Fri, June 18-22, 8:00am – 11:00am
$50/$70 (residents/non-residents)



Tennis Camp
7yrs-15yrs
Our summer camp offers opportunities for everyone – basics for beginners, repetition for advanced beginners, strategy and competition for intermediates, and challenging drills and mental concepts for the advanced. Bring your own tennis racket. $10 late fee begins June 5. Location: Memorial Park. 
Mon-Fri, June 18-22, 8:00am – 10:00am
$40/$50 (residents/non-residents)


Sky High Basketball Camp
7yrs-15yrs
The Sky High Basketball Camp is five days of basketball designed to increase a player’s skills and court knowledge in a fun and non-competitive environment. Whether your child is a beginner or one who has played since they could walk, this camp is a great way to begin or improve one’s skills. Bring a water bottle. $10 late fee begins June 12. Location: Walker Grant Middle School
Mon-Fri, June 25-29 , 1:00pm – 4:00pm
$50/$70 (residents/non-residents)


Baseball Camp
7yrs-15yrs
During this camp players will learn throwing, fielding, hitting, and work on skills positions. Players need to bring a baseball glove and water bottle. $10 late fee begins July 3. Location: Walker Grant Middle School Baseball Field
Mon-Fri, July 25-29, 8:00am – 11:00am
$50/$70 (residents/non-residents)



All Sports Camp
7yrs-15yrs
Participants will have an opportunity to learn soccer, baseball, basketball, volleyball, football, kickball, and lawn games during this week long camp. Campers will spend time inside and outdoors, so please dress appropriately. Bring a water bottle. $10 late fee begins Aug 17. Location: Walker Grant Middle.
Mon-Fri, August 6-10, 9:00am-12:00pm
$50/$70 (resident/non-resident)



Stars & Stripes Dance Camps
6yrs – 9yrs & 10yrs – 14yrs
This camp is perfect for the young dancer who wants to learn dance styles in a fun, creative environment. Great for the little dancer who has no prior dance experience and ones with some dance experience. Our goals include building confidence, working together with others, and learning basic techniques with music. At the conclusion of camp on Friday, students will perform an original piece for friends and family with an Americana theme. Instructor: Virginia Crimmons. Location: Dorothy Hart Community Center
6-9yrs: Mon-Fri, June 25-29, 9:30am – 11:00am
10-14yrs: Mon-Fri, June 25-29, 11:15am – 1:30pm
$70/$85 (residents/non-residents)



Stage Door Camps: Improvisation and Comedy
11yrs - 14yrs
Actors will polish their funny bones while participating in comedy sketches, improvisations, and acting games designed for enhancing comedic timing and talent. The week will conclude in a showcase of improvisation, comedy scenes, and original sketch comedy. Instructor: Stage Door Staff. Location: Lafayette Upper Elementary School
Mon-Fri, July 9-July 13, 1:00pm-4:00pm
$100/$100 (resident/non-resident)



Stage Door Camps: Acting Production
8yrs – 10yrs and 9yrs-12 yrs
This acting production camp will include instruction in movement, voice, character development, and dialogue delivery as the students prepare a play. Emphasis will be placed on the rehearsal process and developing the students as capable and creative performers. Instructor: Stage Door Staff. Location: Lafayette Upper Elementary School
8-10yrs: Mon-Fri, July 9-July 13, 9:30am – 12:30pm
9-12yrs: Mon-Fri, July 16-July 20 1:00pm – 4:00pm
$100/$100 (residents/non-residents)



Modeling Camps for Girls & Boys
7yrs – 10yrs & 11yrs – 15yrs
MODELING CAMP invites all boys and girls to ‘discover the model in you’ this summer! Come explore the world of modeling and fashion at this empowering summer camp. Campers will experience the ins and outs of the modeling world. Students will design their own outfit and we will do our own fashion show at the end. Instructor: Virginia Crimmons. Location: Dorothy Hart Community Center
7-10yrs: Mon-Fri, June 18-22, 9:30am – 11:15am
11-15yrs: Mon-Fri, June 18-22, 11:30am – 1:45pm
$75/$90 (residents/non-residents)


Teen Adventure Camp
13yrs-17yrs Teens—unplug and jump into the natural world! We’ll spend two days at Motts Run Reservoir where we’ll enjoy canoeing (including swamping and rescue), and outdoor skills like fire-building and map and compass, team-building games, hiking, nature crafts, and more! The other two days will find us on the Rappahannock River, canoeing a 5+ mile stretch and tubing the Falmouth Rapids, ending the week with a cookout at Old Mill Park! Location: Motts Run Reservoir & VA Outdoor Ctr.
(Grades 7-11, ’17-’18 school yr.) M,Tu,Th, Fri, 7/2-7/6 (no camp 7/4)
9:00am-3:00pm
$150/$180 (resident/non-resident)



Survivor Camp: Basic
9yrs-11yrs & 12yrs-15yrs
Learn new skills to build knowledge and confidence in the woods. Whether it’s a short hike, or a multi-day excursion, campers will leave with a new foundation of skills as they mature as outdoor enthusiasts. We’ll cover priorities in a survival situation, how to regulate core body temperature to prevent hypothermia and hyperthermia, fire building, finding and building shelter, fishing and procuring food, canoeing and signaling for rescue. A list of what to bring will be sent. Location: Motts Run Reservoir.
(Ages 9-11) M-F, 6/18-6/22, 9:00am-4:00pm
(Ages 9-11) M-F, 6/25-6/29, 9:00am-4:00pm
(Ages 12-15) M-F, 7/9-7/13, 9:00am-4:00pm
$210/$270 (resident/non-resident)


Survivor Camp: Intermediate
9yrs-15yrs
PRE-REQUISITE: BASIC SURVIVOR CAMP (no exceptions) Stepping it up a notch, this course will cover everything in basic wilderness survival, but will delve deeper into each skillset. Campers are expected to be more independent when it comes to initiating the next step. We’ll work on leadership, teamwork, and the importance of working together to accomplish a given task or mission. A list of what to bring will be sent. Location: Motts Run Reservoir.
(Ages 9-15) M-F, 7/16-7/20, 9:00am-4:00pm
(Ages 9-15) M-F, 7/23-7/27, 9:00am-4:00pm
$210/$270 (resident/non-resident)