Aidan's Village of Choice Summer Camp

June 12 through July 28, 2017 - 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 field trips once a week, play games, swim (both instruction and play), and have cookouts with their counselor and teammates each week. They will also 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.


Choose one of the buttons below to get to the right form for your child:

REGISTER a 5-12 year old

For families of students enrolled at Aidan Montessori School in the 2016-17 school year only. Immediately reserves your spot, with payment by credit card.

APPLY for a 5-12 year old

For families of students new to Aidan. Apply for your spot. Upon admission, accept your spot by paying by credit card.

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 (except for full-day field trip days), 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:


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

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.


Children interested in the culinary arts will love the literal buffet of options from Cooking. Get ready to try cooking and eating buried baked potatoes, making chocolate chip cookies, learning about the origins of risotto (and eating it), finding out what a double boiler is, and more.

Hiking & Day Tripping

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").

Music, Drama, & Dance

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.

Science & Exploring

Opportunities abound to play with and learn about bugs, plants, animals, trees, and geographical anomalies in the D.C area. Whether through learning to identify poison ivy, or figuring out what those weird worms inside of acorns are, each period promises to be filled with awe and fun (and maybe some "ew gross!" too).


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.

Daily Schedule*


Early Care Begins: 7:30am

Village check-in: 8:30am

Activity Period selection: 9:30am

1st Activity Period: 10:00am – 10:45am

2nd Activity Period: 10:45am – 11:30am

Free time/village time – 11:30am – 12pm


Lunch** – 12pm – 1pm

Activity Period selection: 1:00pm

3rd Activity Period: 1:30pm – 2:15pm

4th Activity Period: 2:15pm – 3:00pm

Dismissal: 3:00pm-3:30pm

Late Care Ends: 6:00pm

*One day a week, instead of following this schedule, students will go on a Field Trip with their Team.

**Students eat their packed lunches together each day. Two counselors and eight kids eat lunch, spend time talking about the morning’s activities, and do silly games to figure out who will clear the table at the end of the meal.

Pricing and Discounts


  • 15% Early Bird Discount (registration before midnight January 31st)
  • 10% for registering for all 7 weeks of camp (also applies to Early Care & Late Care for all sessions)
  • 5% discount for second child registration (must be same week)***
  • 10% discount for third + child/children (must be same week)***

*** Your discount will be issued as a refund to your credit card, with the highest discount going to the lowest cost registration. Please remember to register all siblings within the same week in order to receive a discount.


8:30am - 3:30pm Day Camp: $500 per week

Early bird: $425 per week

7:30am - 8:30am Early Care: $55 per week

Early bird: $47 per week

3:30pm - 6pm Late Care: $160 per week

Early bird: $135

Early & Late combo: $200

Early bird: $175

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