Aidan's Village of Choice Summer Camp

June 18 through July 27, 2018 - Ages 5-12

What does a day in the Village of Choice look like?

Like our year-round Montessori program, Aidan's summer program emphasizes giving each child a choice in how to spend the day, every day.

Campers will go on trips, play games, swim (both instruction and play), and have cookouts with their counselors and teammates each week. They will also have ample access to our caring and creative staff, with a 1:3 Counselor-to-Camper ratio.

What sets our program apart, though, is that campers individually choose what they'll be doing during special Activity Periods every day.


How it Works

Villages & Teams

Each child is in a large group called the “Village.” The Village is the camper’s home base. Within the Village, children go on field trips, play board games, have cookouts, and enjoy unscheduled time.

Within each Village are “Teams” that are made up of three campers and one counselor. Campers within a Team are within the same three-year age range. The counselor checks in with their children throughout the day, helps them figure out their daily activities, supports them with challenges at camp, is the direct point of contact for parents, and spends a significant amount of time getting to know each of their campers.

For a more detailed understanding of when children will be where, see the daily schedule below.

Activity Periods & Choice

Each morning and afternoon, campers are presented with choices for how they'll spend their activity periods - two in the morning, and two in the afternoon.

Activity Departments

Activities in each of the seven following categories are offered during each Activity Period:

Arts & Crafts

The Arts Department offers a variety of creative opportunities in different media. Those opportunities will include painting, puppet design, clayworking/pottery, glass, drawing, wood, jewelry, photography, fiber/fabric work, and paper art.


Coming Soon!


Each day the Athletics Department offers a selection of traditional and non-traditional athletic games, skill clinics, and physical fitness activities.

Music & Drama

Through Music, we learn to value the music we make ourselves; we sing in groups and as a whole camp, we play in bands, and we listen to music of all kinds. Whether a camper is a budding virtuoso or practically tone deaf, each can discover music as a central and joyous part of camp life.

Through Drama, campers can take part in improv, theater games, skits, and wacky spontaneous activities.


Swimming is offered daily as a "double" craft period ( 1st & 2nd or 3rd & 4th combined). One-on-one and group swim lessons, pool games, lap practice, diving board instruction, and free swim are all options offered daily at camp.

Please note:

  • Swim Department staff are certified lifeguards & water safety instructors. When teaching or playing, additional lifeguards are on duty.
  • 3 to 1 child to adult ratio at all times.
  • Swim test must be passed before a camper may swim without USCG-approved youth flotation device.

Tripping (Day Hikes)

Daily Schedule*

Explore the greater DC area's many wildernesses! Each day a group of campers will have the chance to leave campus and spend the day in nature's beauty. Taking a day to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of the wilderness is something we all benefit from. From the infamous Billy Goat Trail to the nearby Western Ridge Horse Trail, day trippers will adventure on foot and eat an amazing packed lunch on the trail, all the while singing, telling jokes, learning, and (of course) snacking on GORP (although, depending on allergies, maybe no "P").

Village Arrival8:00 AM

Village time, singing, and activity selection


1st Activity Period


2nd Activity Period


Free Time11:00

Rest Time12:15 PM
3rd Activity Period1:00
4th Activity Period2:00
Dismissal3:00 - 3:15 PM


Pricing and Discounts


  • Full Six Weeks (5% discount): $2,555
  • Two-Week Session: $900
  • Late Care per Two-Week Session (3-6 PM): $380

Please note that Camp is closed on July 4 and the session containing it is discounted.

Early Bird Discounted Pricing

  • Expired December 31 - Please look early for great discounts next year!

Sibling Discount

  • A second child signing up for camp at the same time will receive a 5% discount
  • A third child signing up for camp at the same time will receive a 10% discount, as will all subsequent children

Do you have questions about Summer Camp at Aidan? Please email us at

Summer News & Recent Posts

Full Day Information Session Summary

On October 22, Aidan hosted an information session on Full-Day Programming that will be offerer to Toddler and Primary children beginning in the 2020-2021 school year. Thank you to all who attended and here are some responses inspired by the morning’s queries.