YMCA Silver Spring

Summer Day Camps Classes Offered at YMCA Silver Spring

Animals and Farm Games

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Animal Adventures

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Discover the wild world of animals in this roar of an adventure. See animals on daily excursions to the National Zoo, the Reston Zoo and many other exciting destinations where mini-zoologists can learn about the exciting lives of all types of animals. Travel to the Zoo, Local Animal Farms and Parks. Space is limited.
 
 

Aquatic Camps

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Junior Aquatics Instructional

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Join certified lifeguards and instructors in this super fun, outdoor refreshing summer experience.  Campers will swim three times a day including one swimming lesson daily focusing on stroke development.  Other water activities include pool safety, basic lifeguarding skills, water polo, diving and games.  Campers also participate in traditional camp activities such as arts and crafts and variety of sports.  No swimming experience necessary.
 
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Mini Aquatics

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Aquatic camps are designed for beginner through intermediate levels. All campers will receive YMCA swim lessons and depending on the swim level, activities may include stroke development, basic lifeguard skills and water sports. In addition, campers will spend part of their day participating in land-based activities including group games, sports & fitness, hands-on science, arts & crafts and more!
 
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Senior Aquatics

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Join certified lifeguards and instructors in this super fun, outdoor refreshing summer experience. Campers will swim three times a day including one swimming lesson daily focusing on stroke development. Other water activities include pool safety, basic lifeguarding skills, water polo, diving and games. Campers also participate in traditional camp activities such as arts and crafts and a variety of sports. No swimming experience necessary!
 
 

Art Camps

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Adventures in Art

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Craft a creation! This unique, hands-on camp introduces young artists to a vareity of art media that may include drawing, painting, clay creations, plaster of paris, paper mache, and more! Please send campers in appropriate clothing or with a smock to allow for freedom of expression.
 
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Bead-Dazzling Basics

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Design your own personalized jazzy jewelry and accessories. Create jewelry using clay, pre-made beads, and more. Make pins, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and hair ornaments.
 
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Cool Crafts

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Create crafty creations! Develop your creativity with drawing, painting, sculpting and many more cool arts & crafts projects. This hands-on camp will introduce the creative camper to dabbling in drawing, plaster of paris, paper mache, clay characters and more! Please send children in appropriate clothing that allows for freedom of expression or send a smock.
 
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Imagination Creation (arts & crafts variety)

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Let your imagination run wild in this fun and creative art camp. Campers will complete various art projects such as hand puppets, bead bracelets, face mask, body collages, and many more! Each session will end with a Grand Art Exhibit so campers can show off all their creative work.
 
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Lights, Camera, Action

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Campers will learn all the aspects of the theatre from character creation to costumes, and set design to performance. Improvisation, make-up, songs, make props and characterization are just some of the techniques to be learned and practiced. Through creation, writing and performing their own play, campers will gain the self-esteem and confidence to make their Broadway debut!
 
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Paint-Capade

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Go beyond the expected! Discover finger-painting, sponge dipping and other exciting possibilities.
 
 

Dance Camps

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Dance

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Dance like a pop star while incorporating aerobics, jazz and hip hop in this fast-paced, high energy camp. It’s designed for children who love to jump, exercise, and dance. Emphasis is on energy, rhythm and attitude!
 
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Jazz

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This fun camp is appropriate for all levels and incorporates step learning and then integration into dance moves. Jazz camp helps experienced dancers as well as those who are new to dance deepen their understanding of Jazz. By learning about jazz dance techniques, choreography and methodology, campers will be able to put on a small dance show on Friday afternoons for the camp and parents. 
 
 
 
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Tumble & Twirl

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Tumble and Twirl is especially designed for those who would like to try both tumbling and dance. Campers will improve their strength, flexibility, and coordination by being introduced to the fundamentals of both dance and tumbling. Parents are invited to come to a small presentation Friday afternoon to see what their campers have learned.
 
 

Leadership/Teen

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Counselor In Training

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At the Y, we help youth set and achieve their personal and educational goals. They gain confidence as they recognize the Y as a place where they belong and can feel comfortable exploring new interests and passions. A unique program designed especially for teenagers and a careful balance of program components has been created to foster creativity, adventure, peer interaction, leadership skills, values clarification and friendships that will last a lifetime.  
 
 

Outdoor Adventure

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Tracks and Trails Trip Camp

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Campers will visit local nature centers and hike different trails in Northern Virginia and Maryland. Objects in nature, birds and animals will be the focus of this exciting camp. Campers should be prepared for lots of hiking and sightseeing.
 
 

Science & Technology Camps

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Junior Lego Explorers

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Explore the wonderful world of LEGOs. Campers will create towers, build buildings, and use LEGOs to create their own personal creations.
 
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Just Build It

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Calling all junior architects! Construct mini communities, a mini model of your house and other cool buildings. Transform sticks, stones, bricks, and other common supplies into neat looking structures. Learn about architectural concepts and techniques while testing the theory of the three little pigs. Join the Y Town Design Team with the creation of an itty-bitty city.
 
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LEGO Robotics

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Design, build, and program robotic cars, animals and creatures! Use Legos to explore, investigate, experiment, question and build engaging hands-on science activities.
 
 

Specialty Camps

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Beauty School

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Come join us for a week of action packed activities, as we learn how to pick the perfect hair style and outfit for that special event. We will be given all the latest and greatest secrets on how to care for our skin to keep it healthy, by our guest beauty consultant.
 
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Delicious Delights

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Campers really get cooking in this introduction to the culinary arts where they learn to create fun things that you can eat! Incorporating cleanliness, nutrition, cooking terms, measuring, helping, creating, sharing and EATING, this camp allows children to become little chefs. From chopping up to cleaning up, it's all food for thought. Please send campers in appropiate clothing or an apron that allows for freedom of expression.
 
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Down on the Farm

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Ever wonder what life would be like on the farm? Campers will travel to some local farms to get a taste of a different world. Pick fruits and veggies, pet an animal, maybe even milk a cow!
 
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Green Thumbs Up

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Get down and dirty in this green thumb camp. Learn all about plants, seeds, & soil as you watch your organic garden grow.
 
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Old School Games

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Come one, come all as we celebrate a different era in time each and every day!  Campers will enjoy this blast from the past as we play old school games like hop scotch, tag, checkers, chess, hula hoop, board games and more.  These old school games are popular today! 
 
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Tasty Treats

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Campers will create dishes daily that are sure to get their taste buds singing. Join us as we learn to cook/prepare delectable desserts, scrumptious snacks, and tasty treats.
 
 

Sports Camps

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Archery

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These camps offer a fun-filled sports environment with an emphasis on team work, sportsmanship, and basic fundamentals.  Part of the day will be spent on your camper’s sport focus where they will focus on stretching, warm-ups, skill and drills, educational games, and scrimmages.  For the rest of the day, campers will experience all the other great activities the YMCA has to offer. Campers will create their next masterpiece in arts and crafts, explore nature and science, take a dip in one of our many pools, and so much more.  This is a great way for campers to add even more variety into their summer camp experience for your future All-American athlete. 
 
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Baseball

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This camp is designed to develop and improve the skills of players from “rookies” to “veterans” in an atmosphere of good sportsmanship and fun! Players will practice the basics and learn new skills. Get ready to “Play Ball!” Campers must provide their own gloves.  This camp is designed for children who are interested in learning how to play the game of baseball, or simply in fine tuning their skills. Included is instruction in the fundamentals of hitting, catching and fielding, as well as strategy in game like situations.
 
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Basketball

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These camps offer a fun-filled sports environment with an emphasis on team work, sportsmanship, and basic fundamentals.  Part of the day will be spent on your camper’s sport focus where they will focus on stretching, warm-ups, skill and drills, educational games, and scrimmages.  For the rest of the day, campers will experience all the other great activities the YMCA has to offer.
 
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Cheer and Step

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We've got spirit, yes we do! We've got spirit, how 'bout you? Come and let your team spirit show in these exciting and active camps. Campers will learn the fundamentals of cheering with chants. cheers, dance, and group formations.
 
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Flag Football

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These camps offer a fun-filled sports environment with an emphasis on team work, sportsmanship, and basic fundamentals.  Part of the day will be spent on your camper’s sport focus where they will focus on stretching, warm-ups, skill and drills, educational games, and scrimmages.  For the rest of the day, campers will experience all the other great activities the YMCA has to offer. At the end of the week, flag football participants will play another YMCA branch in the YMCA Summer Camp Super Bowl!
 
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Junior Sports Festival

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Lace up those sneakers, put on your shorts, it’s time to have a ball with an assortment of sports. We’ve got the FUNdamentals of your favorite sports covered in this safe, pressure-free zone, so come on in and try them out.
 
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Mini Sports Festival

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For younger campers who love sports, games and fitness activities! Includes instruction in a medley of sports, along with additional sport and fitness activities and swimming.
 
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Mini T-Ball

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This camp is designed for younger children who are interested in learning how to play the game of baseball, or simply fine tuning their skills. Included are instructions in the fundamentals of hitting, catching and fielding, as well as strategy in game like situations. We also include a Tee for hitting.
 
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Senior Sports Festival

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Lace up those sneakers, put on your shorts; it’s time to have a ball with a super-fun assortment of popular sports. Campers will learn the fundamentals of a variety of different sports such as basketball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, baseball and more! Everyone plays and learns how to play like a team in this high-energy camp!
 
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Soccer

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These camps offer a fun-filled sports environment with an emphasis on team work, sportsmanship, and basic fundamentals.  Part of the day will be spent on your camper’s sport focus where they will focus on stretching, warm-ups, skill and drills, educational games, and scrimmages.  For the rest of the day, campers will experience all the other great activities the YMCA has to offer. This is a great way for campers to add even more variety into their summer camp experience for your future All-American athlete. 
 
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Sports Festival

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Lace up those sneakers, put on your shorts; it’s time to have a ball with a super-fun assortment of popular sports. Campers will learn the fundamentals of a variety of different sports such as basketball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, baseball and more! Everyone plays and learns how to play like a team in this high-energy camp!  
 
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TENNIS- ORANGE

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Ages 8-10. Players develop stroke technique and court coverage and will improve shot pace, spin, height, and depth by increasing racquet-head speed. Players will also focus on their service and return game by developing greater serve spin, power, and control while learning to better read the opponent's serve.
 
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TENNIS- RED

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Ages 5-7.
Players learn basic technique and accuracy while developing athletic skills in a fun environment. Players use racquets sized fro small hands and, while playing on a small court, use slower balls that are easier to hit, building confidence in their game.
 
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TENNIS- YELLOW (FUTURE CHAMPS)

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Future Champs is designed for tournament-level players 10 years and older with a sectional ranking of at least 150 in their respective age division or who play high school varsity tennis. Players are expected to play USTA-sanctioned tournaments.  Practices will consist of fitness followed by dead ball training, live ball and consistency work, and supervised match play. Players will learn advanced tactics including how to recognize the offensive, neutral, and defensive phases of a point.
 
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TENNIS-GREEN

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Ages 10+.
Using a rally based curriculum, players will learn how to properly position themselves to hit groundstrokes and volleys with tactical purpose. Players will refine footwork patterns, awareness, and spin mechanics on both the serve and groundstrokes. Players will be better able to execute patterns of play, vary the spin and depth of their shots, and select the correct footwork pattern to strike the ball using their "weapon" to exploit weaknesses in their opponent's game.
 
 

Traditional Camps

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Aloha Splash

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We are celebrating the summer Hawaiian style! Campers will participate in water and land games, learn water safety, make fun beach scene crafts, and learn water science.  
 
 
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At the Movies

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Traditional day camps offer theme-based enriching activities, group games, sports & fitness activities, hands-on science activities, arts & crafts, music, swimming, and occasional field trips centered around the theme.
 
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Captain Y and The Superheroes

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Join the YMCA as we explore the adventurous world of your favorite superheroes! This exciting theme provides children the opportunity to create new superheroes, add new powers to existing ones and visit the many planets and worlds they live on. Buckle up because you are traveling to another dimension!
 
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Catch the Spirit!

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Traditional day camps offer theme-based enriching activities, group games, sports & fitness activities, hands-on science activities, arts & crafts, music, and swimming centered around the theme.
 
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Decades of Fun

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Traditional Day Camps offer theme-based enriching activities, group games, sports & fitness activities, hands-on science activities, arts & crafts, music, and swimming all wrapped around the theme.
 
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Dr. Seuss

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Traditional Day Camps offer theme-based enriching activities, group games, sports & fitness activities, hands-on science activities, arts & crafts, music, swimming and possible field trips all wrapped around the theme.
 
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Escape to Dino-Land

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Traditional Day Camps offer theme-based enriching activities, group games, sports & fitness activities, hands-on science activities, arts & crafts, music, swimming and possible field trips all wrapped around the theme.
 
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It's a Thingamajig

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"It's a what?" "A thingamajig!" Calling all inventors, let's get the juices flowing and start preparing, before we know it the Thingamajig Invention Convention will be here! Campers will use recycled materials to create a new invention or concoct a new use for an everyday item. 
 
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It's Easy Being Green

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Passionate about the environment? Learn how to "go green" easily with fun activities and projects as well as learn about how to support our earth through recycling.
 
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Pirates and Princesses

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Traditional Day Camps offer theme-based enriching activities, group games, sports & fitness activities, hands-on science activities, arts & crafts, music, swimming and possible field trips all wrapped around the theme.
 
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Shark Week

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Traditional Day Camps offer theme-based enriching activities, group games, sports & fitness activities, hands-on science activities, arts & crafts, music, and swimming all wrapped around the theme
 
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Space Invaders

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Traditional Day Camps offer theme-based enriching activities, group games, sports & fitness activities, hands-on science activities, arts & crafts, music, and swimming all wrapped around the theme.
 
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Summer Fiesta

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¡Ay Caramba! Join in on our celebration and let’s have a FIESTA! Try your luck at hitting our piñata, playing fiesta inspired games, and dancing to the Macarena! We will have fun learning about the Spanish culture and let’s not forget about our camp fire nachos! NO SIESTA for this week! PS… Look out for special visitors! Campers may be divided into groups by age. Swim at Watermine.  
 
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Under the Sea

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Dive into ocean discovery!  Explore water, sea creatures, sand and more through crafts, games, science activities and more!
 
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Wild Wild West

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Traditional Day Camps offer theme-based enriching activities, group games, sports & fitness activities, hands-on science activities, arts & crafts, music, swimming and possible field trips all wrapped around the theme.
 
 
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