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3/25/20 COVID-19 Response Update 
At a Special Meeting of the McLean Community Center (MCC) Governing Board today, the Board unanimously voted to cancel all Center-sponsored activities in the months of April and May, including McLean Day 2020. The action came in response to the recommendations of MCC Executive Director George Sachs, who cited the ongoing Centers for Disease Control and Fairfax County Health Department guidelines concerning large gatherings. McLean Day, the center’s largest event, typically draws approximately 10,000 participants.

Absentee voting for the MCC 2020 Governing Board Election, currently underway, will continue through 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13. The McLean Day in-person voting, stipulated in the Center’s Memorandum of Understanding, will be held at MCC, 1234 Ingleside Ave., as scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. Questions? Please call the Center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711.

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2020 Summer Camp Guide

 

Waves of Summer Fun!


Your child can soak up an ocean of new knowledge and experiences this summer by signing up for one of McLean Community Center's camp programs.

Dive into this brochure and you'll find a variety of enriching and affordable options to keep your child engaged and active all summer long.

 

Quick links:

Camp McLean

Camp Shakespeare

Camp Abrakadoodle
Old Firehouse Summer Camp Trips

MPA's Summer Art Camps

Vosler Young Artists' Studio

MPA's Counselor in Training Program (CIT)

 

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For Rising 5th-9th Graders
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
June 15-August 7

With the end of the school year quickly approaching, there's no need to worry about keeping your child active and happy this summer. The Old Firehouse Summer Camp has you covered with eight weeks of fantastic trips and memorable experiences. Be sure to sign up early as these weeks sell out fast.

For your convenience, there are three ways you can register: online, by phone or in person at the Old Firehouse. The Old Firehouse Summer 2020 Participant Contracts should be submitted no later than Monday, June 8, 2020. All other forms and waivers will be sent via email and will also be available at the Old Firehouse prior to your child's camp week.

Camp will be held Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. On certain trips, the return time will be later due to the trip location. Trips depart from and return to the Old Firehouse Center, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, Va., 22101. Campers may want to bring additional money each day for snacks and incidentals.

Please Note:

  • Trips may change due to weather conditions, location availability or other unforeseeable issues. The Old Firehouse will make every effort to ensure replacement trips are as similar as possible to the trip originally planned. 
  • Trips marked with *** may become available for single day purchasing ($90/$80 MCC district residents) on the first day of the camp week, if additional spots become available.

    Key
    * Waiver required 
    ** Lunch included
    *** May become available for single day purchasing

 

Week 1: June 15-19          $450/$400 MCC district residents          8101.120
Monday: Laser Quest **
Tuesday: Splash Island * ** ***
Wednesday: Dave & Buster’s **
Thursday: Speedworld ** ***
Friday: Double Feature **

 

Week 2: June 22-26          $450/$400 MCC district residents          8102.120
Monday: Thrill Zone **
Tuesday: Kings Dominion ***
Wednesday: St. James Entertainment Center * **
Thursday: Massanutten Waterpark *** 
Friday: Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Movie **

Week 3: June 29-July 3          $425/$375 MCC district residents          8103.120
Monday: Splashdown Waterpark **
Tuesday: Busch Gardens ***
Wednesday: Schooner Woodwind
Thursday: Roller Skating & Movie **
Friday: No camp on 7/3.

 

Week 4: July 6-10          $450/$400 MCC district residents          8104.120
Monday: National Harbor ** 
Tuesday: iPlay America ** ***
Wednesday: Treetop Zoofari & Richmond Zoo * **
Thursday: Ocean City, Md. ***
Friday: Upscale Bowling & Movie **

 

Week 5: July 13-17          $450/$400 MCC district residents          8105.120
Monday: Indoor Trampoline * **
Tuesday: White Water Rafting @ WISP Resort * ** ***
Wednesday: Dave & Buster’s **
Thursday: Speedworld ** ***
Friday: Deep Dish Pizza Making at Uno’s & Movie ** ***

 

Week 6: July 20-24          $450/$400 MCC district residents          8106.120
Monday: Muse Paintbar **
Tuesday: Great Wolf Lodge ** ***
Wednesday: Funland Fredericksburg **
Thursday: Philly Food Tour ** ***
Friday: Double Feature **

 

Week 7: July 27-31          $450/$400 MCC district residents          8107.120
Monday: Paintball * ** ***
Tuesday: Indoor Go Karting * **
Wednesday: Bowie Baysox Baseball Game ** ***
Thursday: Ocean City, Md. ***
Friday: Medieval Times & Movie **

 

Week 8: August 3-7          $450/$400 MCC district residents          8108.120
Monday: Great Waves Waterpark **
Tuesday: Turkey Hill Experience & Magic Elm Skating **
Wednesday: Dave & Buster’s **
Thursday: Indoor Trampoline * **
Friday: Upscale Bowling & Movie **

 

Old Firehouse Summer Camp Trips Refund Policy
• All withdrawals, refunds and cancellation requests MUST be submitted in writing to registrar@mcleancenter.org.
• The center will issue a full refund when a camp program is canceled by the center
• Requests for withdrawals and/or cancellations received before Friday, April 3, 2020, will receive a full refund.
• Patrons who submit requests for withdrawals and/or cancellations after Friday, April 3, 2020, will be charged a $100 processing fee, which will be deducted from the total amount paid.
• If a replacement can be found to fill the space vacated by the cancellation and/or withdrawal, the $100 processing fee will be refunded to the patron.
• If a replacement cannot be found, a refund of the processing fee will not be issued.

 

Questions? Please contact Camp Director Andrew Carter at andrew.carter@fairfaxcounty.gov.

 

Camp McLean 2020

Our dynamic Camp McLean program provides a wide array of educational and enjoyable experiences for your children. Children 3 to 10 years old can enjoy day trips, live performances, explore the world of fitness and learn from a wide variety of age-appropriate activities! During each two-week session, our staff of highly trained counselors and specialists will lead campers on some unforgettable adventures and provide enrichment opportunities that will make their summer a time of continual personal growth.

 

Camp will be held at a Fairfax County Public School in McLean. (TBD)

 

Session I       June 22 - July 2 (No camp July 3) 

Session II      July 6 - July 17

Session III     July 20 - July 31

 

Sea Squirrels

9 a.m.–1:30 p.m. 

For children 3–4 years old. (All camp participants must be toilet-trained and have turned 3 years old by June 1, 2020.)

Each session will include one in-house entertainment event and one to two days of water play per week. Campers will participate in arts and crafts, outdoor play, story time, singing, dancing, small group games and other activities. Campers always remain onsite. The camper-to-staff ratio is one adult to six campers. Maximum enrollment is limited to 24 campers per session.

 

Session I (8001.120)

June 22–July 2 (No camp on 7/3) 

$400/$350 MCC district residents 

 

Session II (8002.120)

July 6–July 17 

$425/$375 MCC district residents 

 

Session III (8003.120)

July 20–July 31

$425/$375 MCC district residents 

 

Starfish  

9 a.m.–4 p.m.

For children 5–6 years old. (Campers must have turned 5 years old by June 1, 2020).
Each session includes two trips to a swimming pool, one in-house entertainment event and one field trip. Campers will participate in a wide variety of activities planned by a specialist. The camper-to-staff ratio is one adult to six campers. Maximum enrollment is 24 campers per session.

 

Session I (8004.120)

June 22–July 2 (No camp on 7/3) 

$550/$500 MCC district residents 

 

Session II (8005.120)

July 6–July 17 

$575/$525 MCC district residents 

 

Session III (8006.120)

July 20–July 31

$575/$525 MCC district residents 

 

Pufferfish

9 a.m.–4 p.m.

For children ages 7–8. (Campers must have turned 7 years old by June 1, 2020).

Each session includes two trips to swimming pools, one in-house entertainment event and one field trip. Campers will participate in a wide variety of activities planned by a specialist. The camper-to-staff ratio is one adult to six campers. Maximum enrollment is 24 campers per session.

 

Session I (8007.120)

June 22–July 2 (No camp on 7/3)

$550/$500 MCC district residents 

 

Session II (8008.120)

July 6–July 17

$575/$525 MCC district residents 

 

Session III (8009.120)

July 20–July 31

$575/$525 MCC district residents 

 

Coral Kings 

9 a.m.–4 p.m..

For children 9–10 years old. (Campers must have turned 9 years old by June 1, 2020).

Each session includes two trips to a swimming pool and two field trips. Campers will participate in a wide variety of activities planned by a specialist. The camper-to-staff ratio is one adult to eight campers. Maximum enrollment is 24 campers per session.

 

Session I (8010.120)

June 22–July 2 (No camp on 7/3)

$565/$515 MCC district residents 

 

Session II (8011.120)

July 6–July 17 

$590/$540 MCC district residents 

 

Session III (8012.120)

July 20–July 31

$590/$540 MCC district residents

 

How to Register

Registration begins on Monday, Feb 3, 2020. Spaces fill quickly, so please register as soon as possible to ensure your space.

 

Be first in line, register online! Online registration starts at midnight. Click on the activity code you wish to register for. You may also register over the phone or in person at the MCC (703-790-0123, TTY: 711) or the Old Firehouse (703-448-8336).

 

Camp McLean registrations and camper forms will not be accepted prior to Monday, Feb. 3, 2020.

 

Additional Requirements

Camper Forms

Camper forms should be submitted one month prior to the start of camp. This gives parents time to complete any missing or otherwise incomplete forms prior to the start of camp.

 

Note: All forms must be complete and on hand at camp before your child will be admitted to camp. No exceptions will be made.

 

Camper Forms Include:

Camper Information Packet

• A current and completed Certification of Immunization

• A Commonwealth of Virginia School Entrance Physical Examination Form signed by a physician. A copy of the form is acceptable. Any camper under the age of 6 years old must submit a Physical Examination form that is dated after August 3, 2019.

• In accordance with Virginia law, camp staff members are required to witness a document with proof of your child’s age. You must bring one of the following items in when you register your child for camp. Note: Please do not leave the originals.

1. A certified copy of your child's birth certificate.

2. A U.S. Passport (or State Department-Issued Documentation).

3. A Virginia school report card.

 

You may drop the completed forms off to: The Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd. McLean, Va. 22101

 

Camp McLean Refund Policy

• All withdrawals, refunds and cancellation requests MUST be submitted in writing to registrar@mcleancenter.org.

• The center will issue a full refund when a camp program is canceled by the Center.

• Requests for withdrawals and/or cancellations received before Friday, April 3, 2020, will receive a full refund.

• Patrons who submit requests for withdrawals and/or cancellations after Friday, April 3, 2020, will be charged a $100 processing fee, which will be deducted from the total amount paid.

• If a replacement can be found to fill the space vacated by the cancellation and/or withdrawal, the $100 processing fee will be refunded to the patron.

• If a replacement cannot be found, a refund of the processing fee will not be issued.

 

Parent Handbook

The Camp McLean Parent Handbook contains important information about our camp, its policies and the campers’ code of conduct.  For more detailed information, please review the handbook.

 

Questions? Please contact Camp Director Andrew Carter at andrew.carter@fairfaxcounty.gov.

McLean Project for the Arts
Summer Art Camps 2020

For children ages 6–8 and 9–12 years

Morning and afternoon sessions offered each week.

Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. or 1–4 p.m.

Tuition: $235 per session/$220 MCC district residents. (Week 2 is $188/$175 MCC district residents, no camp on 7/3.)


Join us for a variety of imaginative and fun week-long camp sessions! Each week will feature diverse art activities that will ignite your child’s creativity. Taught by MPA’s experienced art educators, students will learn about and create art in the professional DuVal Studio and Emerson Gallery located inside the McLean Community Center.

 

Campers have the option of attending both morning and afternoon sessions for a full-day experience. All materials are provided. Campers should bring a snack, water, or lunch if they attend both sessions (no nuts, please). Included in the camp experience is an ice cream treat and an MPA painting smock.

 

Campers will have the opportunity to show off their work to parents and family in a Student Art Show to be held on the last day of camp, 20 minutes before dismissal.


Morning Sessions
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

Week 1: Magical & Mythical Creatures

June 22–26     6–8 years: 6301.120     9–12 years: 6302.120   
Do you love stories about dragons, fairies, unicorns and other magical and mythical creatures? We will recreate some of these characters in our own imaginative masterpieces! You will use colored pencils, markers, paint, beads, feathers, special papers and other materials to construct 2D and 3D artworks starring your favorite characters, either from literature or entirely from your imagination.

 

Week 2: Crazy, Wacky Sculptures

June 29–July 2 (No camp on 7/3)     6–8 years: 6303.120     9–12 years: 6304.120   
Create sculptural creatures and marvelous mobiles using upcycled everyday materials in this fun mini-session. Beads, fabric, feathers, sequins, yarn, cellophane and other cool materials will all be used to create your most unique sculptural inventions. We will explore the works of El Anatsui, Debra Butterfield and Judy Pfaff.

 

Week 3: The Artist Within

July 6–10     6–8 years: 6305.120     9–12 years: 6306.120   
This camp is all about your own artistic expression. We will explore your dreams and fantastic stories using drawing and painting techniques. We will study and be inspired by great artists, such as Calder, Matisse, Picasso and many others! Through their work and our own, we will discover elements of art, including color usage, shape, texture and composition.

 

Week 4: Exploring Color

July 13–17     6–8 years: 6307.120     9–12 years: 6308.120   
Delve into the world of hue, shade, tint, value and intensity. Starting from the “color wheel,” we will draw and drip paint on paper and canvas with colorful layers of paint, oil pastel and collage. We will experiment with different types of 2D printing and use pencil, pen, watercolor, acrylic and mixed media. We will learn about exciting artists such as Jackson Pollock, Morris Louis and other contemporary artists who use various techniques in their works.

 

Week 5: Hand-Building with Clay

July 20–24     6–8 years: 6309.120     9–12 years: 6310.120   
Explore the exciting world of hand-building with clay. We will also create beautiful decorative patterns with various sculpting tools and stencils. We will learn a variety of techniques including slab, pinch and coil construction. You will also be able to take your projects home, as we are using non-firing clay.

 

Week 6: Pop Art

July 27–31     6–8 years: 6311.120     9–12 years: 6312.120   
We will explore works by “pop” artists Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Claes Oldenburg and others of the 1960s and 1970s. You will then create your own pop art works using found objects, commercial packaging (save those candy wrappers and soup can labels!) and other everyday commercial symbols. Discover color and composition working from everyday objects using drawing, painting and collage techniques.

 

Week 7: Celestial Art

August 3–7     6–8 years: 6313.120     9–12 years: 6314.120   
Explore all things planetary and alien during this week of artistic space travel. We will look closely at some of the beautiful and colorful photographs of space. Deriving our inspiration from the planets, stars, galaxies and other celestial bodies, create your own intergalactic masterpieces using new techniques.

 

Afternoon Sessions
Monday–Friday, 1–4 p.m.

Week 1: Comic Book

June 22–26     6–8 years: 6315.120     9–12 years: 6316.120   
Delve into the world of comics by making your own books and looking at the work of professional comic book authors. You will learn what works both from a compositional and storytelling perspective. You will study some of the most famous heroes and villains in comic book history for inspiration. Beginning with pen and ink drawings for your storyboards, you will add sequential and close-up projects to complete your books. In addition to your classic comic books, you will also construct flip books to create the illusion of motion.

 

Week 2: Around the World

June 29–July 2 (No camp on 7/3)     6–8 years: 6317.120     9–12 years: 6318.120   
Take a trip around the world through the lens of art! You’ll visually venture through different continents, exploring their customs and cultures as a way of understanding both traditional and contemporary art. You will apply themes to your own work through a multitude of mediums, including sculpture, painting and more!

 

Week 3: Under the Sea

July 6–10     6–8 years: 6319.120     9–12 years: 6320.120   
Explore life under the sea through animals, myths and nature themes. You will work with watercolors, sand, recyclable materials and more throughout the week.

 

Week 4: Surrealism: Fun and Fantastical

July 13–17     6–8 years: 6321.120     9–12 years: 6322.120   
This camp is perfect for students with big imaginations as they learn about the wildly creative and unorthodox Surrealist Art movement. You will be inspired by the work of Surrealist artists Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo and other pioneers of the movement. Two-dimensional and three-dimensional media will be explored.

 

Week 5: Book Making

July 20–24     6–8 years: 6323.120     9–12 years: 6324.120   
Books come in all shapes, sizes and materials. You will discover different styles of bookmaking, including accordion styles and scrolls. You will learn the process of making your own paper, binding it and eventually forming your own book or journal that can be used to hold your own stories, thoughts or drawings or appreciated as a sculptural piece of art itself.

 

Week 6: Collage Art

July 27–31     6–8 years: 6325.120     9–12 years: 6326.120   
This camp will provide a gateway to a myriad of artistic mediums and techniques. You will learn to experience and experiment with compositions and many different materials, creating your own stories. Please bring in your own materials, including found objects and pieces of nature. You will discover the art forms that fit your own personal style and interest!

 

Week 7: Printmaking

August 3–7     6–8 years: 6327.120     9–12 years: 6328.120   
Explore the varied and exciting world of printmaking by experiencing various processes including monotype, potato, fish printing and many more! You will learn a variety of techniques that include color blending, layering images and inventive textural treatments, as they create a beautiful series of prints. You will also work from a variety of sources for subject matter including still life, landscape and abstract motifs.


Questions? Contact Briana Clorey at 703-790-1953 or bclorey@mpaart.org.

McLean Project for the Arts
Counselor in Training Program (CIT)  (
6602.120)
For ages 13–17 years
Monday–Friday, 8:45 a.m.–4:15 p.m.
$395 for a two-week program. A minimum commitment of two weeks is required.

MPA's new Counselor in Training (CIT) program has been developed to enrich the experience of older campers at our summer art camps. C!Ts chosen by MPA to participate will experience working with younger children in a day-camp setting. This program is designed to encourage teaching and leadership skills. C!Ts will assist in planning and leading activities for our young campers. This opportunity is ideal for students interested in art, teaching and developing their leadership style under the supervision of MPA's master faculty.


C!Ts who are 13-14 years old, will be paired with campers ages 6-8 years old, while C!Ts who are 15-17 years old will be paired with campers ages 9-12 years old.

For more detailed information or to apply for a CIT position for MPA’s 2020 Summer Art Camps, please visit MPA's website, www.mpaart.org.

McLean Project for the Arts
For Children Ages 3-6 years
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m. or 1:30–4 p.m.
Morning and Afternoon Sessions are offered each week. 

Tuition: $195/$185 MCC district residents (Week 2, $160/$150 MCC district residents).

Materials fee: $35 (Week 2, $28). Make check payable to Abrakadoodle. Fee is due to the instructor on the first day of camp.

This popular series of imaginative art camps for children is based on the learning principles of Jean Piaget. Children create wonderful “masterpieces” using innovative art materials, while exploring artistic styles and techniques. Each half-day camp offers unique experiences designed to foster creativity. Each week of camp will have a different theme.

 

There are no full day options for Abrakadoodle camps. Children must be fully potty trained. Please remember to send a snack and drink each day (no nuts, please).

 

Week 1: Dinos and Reptiles, June 22–26

Morning: 6401.120     Afternoon: 6402.120

 

Week 2: Adventure Park, June 29–July 2 (No camp on 7/3)

Morning: 6403.120     Afternoon: 6404.120

 

Week 3: Young Artists Explorers, July 6–10

Morning: 6405.120     Afternoon: 6406.120

 

Week 4: Kids on Canvas, July 13–17

Morning: 6407.120     Afternoon: 6408.120

 

Week 5: World Art, July 20–24

Morning: 6409.120     Afternoon: 6410.120

 

Week 6: Really Big, Gigantic and Teeny Tiny Art, July 27–31

Morning: 6411.120     Afternoon: 6412.120

 

Week 7: Creative Time Machine, August 3–7

Morning: 6413.120     Afternoon: 6414.120


For more detailed descriptions of Camp Abrakadoodle, visit MPA’s website, www.mpaart.org.

 

Questions? Contact Briana Clorey at 703-790-1953 or bclorey@mpaart.org.

For Rising 6th–9th Graders

Monday–Friday, July 20–July 31, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Final Performance: Saturday, Aug. 1, 10 a.m.

$725/$652.50 MCC district residents

  

Under the guidance of theater professionals, participants stage a performance of a Shakespeare play.

 

At Camp Shakespeare, young actors dive into the world of the greatest playwright in history: William Shakespeare. Under the guidance of theater professionals from the acclaimed, Washington, D.C.-based Shakespeare Theatre Company, participants unravel his plays with text analysis; transform into Shakespeare’s characters through voice, movement and improvisation work; wage battles against mortal enemies with stage combat; and develop fundamental acting skills using classical theater techniques. To culminate the session, participants stage a performance for friends and family in the Alden Theatre of the McLean Community Center.

 

This summer, Camp Shakespeare at the McLean Community Center will explore “Macbeth,” where witches’ prophecies lead to endless tragedy for Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and all who disrupt their ambitions to be King and Queen of Scotland.

 

To register or find out more about Camp Shakespeare, click here or call 202-547-5688. 

McLean Project for the Arts
Vosler Young Artists' Studio (6601.120)
For teens, ages 13–18 years  •  Full-Day, Week-Long Session
Monday-Friday, August 10–14, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
$460/$435 MCC district residents

For any young artist with the desire to learn classical drawing. No previous experience is necessary.


Join us as we welcome back Kerry Vosler and her highly regarded atelier studio for the fifth year! This in-demand workshop will introduce the young artist to a classical atelier program of instruction. Students will learn to draw through direct observation of and critique by master instructor, Kerry Vosler.


Students will draw a series of pictures in charcoal throughout the week, including work from the late 19th century Bargue-Ger6me Drawing Course, culminating in a session with a live model on Friday afternoon. Students will have at least two finished portfolio drawings by the end of the week. Parents and families are encouraged to attend the closing certificate ceremony on Friday.

 

Stay tuned for all the details on our website.