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2024 Summer Camps (Northern Virginia, Region 4)


  • Arlington County Therapeutic Recreation Summer Camps (Camp Discovery and Project F.I.V.E.) are adaptive summer camps designed for individuals with disabilities, ages 6 - 21. They are recommended for campers who benefit from close supervision and moderate to maximum support with personal care, recreation participation, and social skills.

  • Loudoun County’s Adaptive Recreation Summer Camp (AR Camp) is designed to meet the individual needs of participants who generally benefit from extra support as they strive for daily success within school, leisure and community settings. AR Camp offers participants opportunities to enjoy traditional recreation activities, as well as new leisure experiences. 

  • City of Alexandria Therapeutic Recreation offers innovative, inclusive, accessible and affordable programs to residents age 3-17 with differing abilities. Activities include sports, group games, music and movement, arts and crafts, swimming, weekly field trips and much more! Online registration is not available for Therapeutic Recreation programs. Please contact the Therapeutic Recreation office at 703-746-5422 for more information.

Once a program is chosen, preparing ahead of time. Here are suggestions to ease the transition: 

  • Empower your children by encouraging them to help make the choices about which camps or programs they attend.
  • To ease anxiety, visit the facilities in advance (if possible) and rehearse transitions to and from camp. 
  • Prior to camp, show enthusiasm! Get your child excited about camp and all of the fun opportunities they will have.
  • Avoid focusing on abstract concepts like homesickness or potential relationships and instead focus on concrete details.
  • In addition, check out the Happy Camper: Making Summer Camps Accessible guide from the Disability Law Center of Virginia.

Excerpted from April 2024 E-news from Formed Families Forward


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