Teen Camps

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Teen Camps

Visit our WebTrac online registration system for more information about all Teen Camps.

Counselor-in-Training Camp

Counselor-in-Training (CIT) is an informative but fun leadership camp. Teens ages 14-16 will learn the in’s and out’s of what it takes to be a camp counselor with Reston Association. We teach teens the skills necessary to be a counselor. They get the opportunity to develop leadership and program skills that will hopefully lead to a counselor position in the future. CITs help to organize games and activities with the campers and assist the counselors with daily responsibilities while having short training sessions on proper supervisory skills as a counselor. There are four 2-week sessions.

This camp is through an application process. Interested teens must complete the CIT application, including references no later than April 30, 2014. It has limited slots so please we encourage you to apply early. Once applied you will receive an email to set up a interview time to start the process of becoming a CIT at RA Camps. We have a 36% hiring rate of those CIT participants gaining employment when they turn 16 and apply to be a RA Camp counselor. Upon acceptance, CITs must attend a pre-camp orientation. Applications can be found online or at the Member Services office between the hours of 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Teens then will have a chance to show what is learned in supervised hands on training with our younger campers. CIT’s will be assigned to various camps throughout RA. Transportation to attend this camp is available. So if your teen wants some preparation for a great summer job then this is the camp for you.

Junior Lifeguarding

Teen-aged campers will do the following in Junior Lifeguarding camp:

  • Train side-by-side with American Red Cross certified instructors.
  • Develop communication and decision-making skills.
  • Gain valuable skills to help pass the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course.
  • Meet RA aquatics staff.

Seal Team candidates will:

  • Develop the skills for scuba diving.
  • Earn Seal Team Membership.
  • Participate in exciting, activity-filled Aqua Missions.
  • Learn different activities that involve scuba skills.
  • Receive recognition for each successful Aqua Mission.
  • Enjoy swim time in RA pools.

Teen Camp

Teen Camp participants will spend two full weeks with friends, gain confidence with exposure to a variety of hobbies, interests, and cultural programs. Each day promises a new adventure through field trips, arts and crafts, nature exploration, swimming and boating. This camp may have themes like Day Camp, but there is a lot more adventure and freedom in this program for kids ages 11-14.

This program runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, plus an extended field trip weekly with a late dismissal time depending on the trip. Extended care and transportation for pick-up and drop-off to camp is also available for an additional fee.

  • Morning Circle (example: welcome, wake-up activities)
  • Resource Specialist Time (examples: nature, arts & crafts, boating, or scavenger hunts)
  • Lunch
  • Swimming or Field Trip
  • Group Time (examples: outdoor games, off-site exploration, theme projects)
  • Afternoon Circle (examples: group reports, closing activities, reminders)

Wilderness Camp

This year we’re offering this new camp that is a can’t miss with kids ages 11-16. Wilderness Camp is an innovative and physically challenging week-long experience. Group size on this program is 18-24, with 3-4 trained and experienced instructors during the day’s activities and adventures.  

Do you have the skills or want to learn the skills and prepare yourself for the outdoor adventure you want to take? Develop the ability to rely on intuition as you deepen personal awareness. These skills will build confidence and enhance an appreciation of our natural world. Experience constructing a shelter from forest material and knowing you would be able to spend the night in it. How can we create a simple survival knife from rocks or hone bow and arrow techniques? Or navigate by the stars?  Listen carefully and eavesdrop on what the animals are saying to each other. We have so much planned for this camp we can’t explain it in these short paragraphs. Note to parents: There is no overnight camping, RA will be provide most of the camping and wilderness equipment, however the camper will be asked to supply some camping gear. Please contact the Camp Program Manager for full details.  If you want to learn about life skills then this camp is a can’t miss.  

Transportation and extended care are not offered to this camp offering at this time. If you have further questions, please contact the Camp Program Manager at 703-435-6567.

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