Summer camps for natural-minded families

We know some boredom is essential for creative thinking, but if you’re looking at the long summer and rethinking some of your open weeks,  we’ve got a few fun and slightly off-the-grid options you probably didn’t find at a camp fair or in a magazine.

Here’s a quick glance at some great opportunities to get kids outdoors and connecting mind and body.

Please visit the organizers’ sites for complete information and prices.

Woods Wise Camps weekly starting June 12 through August 25. See site for locations, times and levels
Age 7 and up


Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron Street, Alexandria, Virginia
August 14-18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ages 5-11


Unitarian Universalist Church, 1625 Wiehle Ave, Reston, VA
July 17-24 for ages 3-6 and July 24-28 for ages 7-11


Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies Camp – Overnight Camp in Cooper’s Cove Wildlife Sanctuary, West Virginia
Junior Program August 20-26 for ages 8-10
Senior Program July 11-25 and August 2-15 for ages 11-15


3051 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA
July 17-20, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ages 8-12


Nativity Lutheran Church, 1300 Collingwood Rd, Alexandria, VA
July 24-28 and July 31-August 4, 9:00-11:45 a.m.
Ages 4-7 (age 3 may attend with adult)


Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd. Arlington, VA
June 26-30 and July 3-7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lunch is included
Ages 4-9 plus Junior Counselor-in-Training (10-11) and CIT Program (12-14)


June 19-23, July 10-14, July 17-21, July 24-28 and July 31-August 4; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ages 4-6


Land, Sea & Air Camp for ages 11-14: July 10-14 and August 21-25
Backpacking & Poetry Camp for ages 11-15: July 24-28
Explorers’ Camp for ages 9-11: July 17-21 and August 14-18


Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd. Arlington, VA
July 10-14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ages 5-10
See our blog post about Spirit Camp, which is traveling to Virginia from Maine


Summer Cove Nova Camps – various themes
Howard Gardner School, 4913 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, VA
July 10-14, July 17-21, July 24-28, July 31-August 4: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
For rising 6th through 9th graders


If you know of another camp to feature, let us know!
Jessica Claire Haney is the founder, publisher and editor of Mindful Healthy Life and was the founder and a longtime leader of the Arlington/Alexandria Chapter of Holistic Moms Network. Jessica is a writer who is working on her first novel. She also offers copywriting, editing, writing coaching and holistic business consulting services. Learn more at Jessica volunteers on issues related to wellness in public schools, as described in her Mindful Healthy Life Q&A. Follow her on Facebook at on Facebook at MindfulHealthyLife, on @Twitter @MindfulHealthy and on Instagram at @mindfulhealthy. Her personal blog is Crunchy-Chewy Mama, on Facebook at CrunchyChewyMama and tweeting @CrunchyChewy.

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