School’s Outside for Summer

C hildren may be out of the classroom, but that doesn’t mean they have to stop learning. Each day offers a lesson in exploration, adventure, inclusion and self-confidence. Campers at The Hill School are exposed to a mix of arts, sciences, sports, and the natural environment, all designed to strengthen their skills, interests, and character. You’ll be amazed when you see how much a child can grow over one summer.

Located on the beautiful and convenient Hill School campus, children will build self-confidence in an inclusive, nurturing summer camp environment. Our village-like campus encourages a sense of community that serves as a launching pad for an exciting summer at Hill. Hill Camp offers a fun, stimulating, and structured option for children entering Kindergarten through eighth grade.

The summer of 2018 will feature a full day camp program for rising Kindergarten through sixth grade students and many one-week camps sure to keep your children engaged and happy. From June 18th to August 24th, campers can explore the world of music, mystery, nature, the arts, science and the Civil War. The Hill School even has a camp for incoming Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten students! See the Our Camps page to see full descriptions.

Our three-week  day camp begins Monday, July 2nd and ends Friday, July 20th. Each week will be filled with adventure, friend-making, and fun as campers explore our 137 acre campus and many of our region’s attractions. Our day camp operates from 9am to 3pm daily (with Morning and After Care available), and includes a variety of activities to meet the interests of our campers, as well as challenge them. Campers will have the opportunity to use our outdoor amphitheater and explore our ponds, wetlands, woods, and fields.

Our camps will engage your child’s mind while mixing in plenty of adventure! Students build skills, explore interests, have a ton of fun, and actually enjoy learning! Our staff and counselors look forward to creating a memorable camp experience for each of our campers.

For more information please email us at summerathill@thehillschool.org.

Summer @ Hill Day Camp

July 9-13; Theme: “Tropical Paradise”
July 16-20; Theme: “Action and Adventure”
9am – 3pm
Rising Kindergarten – 4th

Each week will be filled with adventure, friend-making and fun as campers explore our 137 acre campus and many of our region’s attractions. Campers are grouped by age and have a camp counselor(s) to lead them through their day. Each day campers will experience a range of activities including art, sports, science, music, and fun! Elective activities such as robotics, creative writing, and rock climbing will be offered from week to week. Campers will swim at the Middleburg Community Center so bring a bathing suit! Before (8am-9am) and After Care (3pm-5pm) is available each week.

LEGOS: The Building Blocks of Fun

June 18 – 22, 9am – 3pm
Rising Kindergarten – Rising 3rd

Come use your imagination while playing Legos with friends. We will explore castles, design a metropolitan city, create spaceships and space stations, design a playground and more all while building with Legos. Each day will start with a new group challenge and end with an amazing finished product. Come see what you and your friends can do.

LEGOS: The Building Blocks of Fun

June 25 – 29, 9am – 3pm
Rising Kindergarten – Rising 3rd

Come use your imagination while playing Legos with friends. We will explore castles, design a metropolitan city, create spaceships and space stations, design a playground and more all while building with Legos. Each day will start with a new group challenge and end with an amazing finished product. Come see what you and your friends can do.

Ready? Set, Go! Camp

July 2 – 6, 9am – 3pm
Rising Kindergarten – Rising 3rd

Lions are roaring at the Hill School this summer! Are you going to join in the fun?! Join Mr. Miller for a week of indoor and outdoor fun and games! Capture the flag, movies, swimming, dodgeball, LEGOs, making art, a barbecue and more… don’t miss your chance to be part of the excitement! We want YOU!!!
Additional costs for campers: $5-10 (for snacks/meal during pool visits)

Outdoor Exploration Camp with Mr. Nisbet and Dr. Lyman

July 9 – 13, 9am – 4pm
Rising 4th – Rising 8th

Outdoor Exploration Camp is designed for students to explore the opportunities for outdoor enrichment within and beyond the borders of our campus. Our goal is to promote personal growth through exposure to new and exciting environments. Activities include hiking, waterfall swimming, bouldering, and a one night camping trip; emphasis will be on how to safely have fun in the woods. All day trips will be within a short drive of Hill School, utilizing the public spaces of Virginia. No outdoor experience is necessary, but an open mind is a must! Participants will bring a bag lunch and water bottle each day. Space is limited to 13 students on a first-come basis.

Ready? Set, Go! Camp

July 9 – 13, 9am – 3pm
Rising 4th – Rising 8th

Lions are roaring at the Hill School this summer! Are you going to join in the fun?! Join Mr. Miller for a week of indoor and outdoor fun and games! Capture the flag, movies, swimming, dodgeball, LEGOs, making art, a barbecue and more… don’t miss your chance to be part of the excitement! We want YOU!!!
Additional costs for campers: $5-10 (for snacks/meal during pool visits)

Washington Nationals All-Star Baseball Camp

July 9 – 13, 9am – 3pm
Boys and Girls Ages 5 to 13

The Nationals Baseball Camps curriculum is designed to accommodate all levels of youth baseball players – from young beginners to travel-team participants, and every player in between, all through the fan experience of a lifetime for any young Nats fan. With a focus on the fundamentals of the game, players of all ability and experience levels can benefit from small-group instruction as it develops and reinforces baseball-specific skills. Over the course of the week, the curriculum builds upon itself to expose young players to new skills, while simultaneously reinforcing the very basics that they’ve seen throughout the week. Beyond the baseball-specific skills of Nationals Baseball Camps, the camp focuses on the development of leadership and character-building skills that translate to success both on and off the baseball field. In addition to the four days of baseball programming, campers spend one day at the MLB All-Star Fanfest for a behind-the-scenes tour, World Series Ring & Trophy experience, and meet-and-greet with a current or alumni player. For more information and to register click here.

Kiddie Camp

July 16 – 20, 9am – Noon
Rising Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten

In Kiddie Kamp, incoming Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten children will meet new teachers, make new friends, and get familiarized with Hill before the start of the school year. Children will enjoy a variety of beach-themed activities including arts and crafts, cooking, and games. We will be sure to take advantage of the summer weather with lots of outdoor play!

Survival Camp

July 16 – 20, 9am – 3pm
Rising 5th – 8th (10 children maximum)

This will be an outdoor week long camp which focuses on childhood passions such as: shelter building, fire starting, cooking over a fire, playing in the creek, whittling with knives, fishing for food, spending a night in made shelters, berry gathering, bow making and more! Come prepared to ‘live in the wild’ and get dirty with Susan McCaskey and Martha Burke! (Overnight date probably Thursday, July 19th, but TBD based on weather of the week!) Camp requires parental permission to learn knife safety and receive knife at the start of camp.

Soccer Camp

July 16 – July 20, 9am – 3pm
Rising 4th – Rising 8th

Join Hill Alum Mia Barreda for a week of soccer skills and fun. Mia brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the camp. She currently plays at George Washington University and played every position but goalie. Bring a lunch – snacks provided. Campers may also be joined by special guest coach and Hill School teacher, Mike Barreda.

Stribling’s Super Camp – FULL

July 23 – 27, 9am – 4pm
Rising 4th – Rising 8th

Tired of the same old, same old summer routine? Well, you’re in luck. Mix up your plans and join Mr. Stribling for a week of engaging activities sure to keep you on your toes. Hiking, paintball, sports, and a day trip into DC await! Limited to 13 students.

Nature Camp

July 23 – 27, 9am – 3pm
Rising 1st – Rising 3rd

Join Mrs. Burke and Mrs. McCaskey in a week of habitat exploration. Days will be spent outside exploring The Hill School campus and local streams doing wildlife observations, playing games, doing crafts, singing songs and telling stories. Oh, and we will get dirty! Space is limited to 14 students.

Harry Potter Camp

July 30 – August 3, 9am – 4pm
Rising Kindergarten – Rising 3rd

This is the perfect camp for kids who love the Harry Potter books or movies. In this camp, children will play quidditch, learn how to read tea leaves to tell the future, and fully immerse themselves in the magical wizarding world of Harry Potter.

STEM Camp

July 30 – August 3, 9am – 3pm
Rising 4th – 8th

Do you have a need, a need for aerial speed? This is your chance to build, design, fly and perfect your flying skills while pursuing your aerial passion. During this camp, Jay Hubbard will lead campers in a week of drones and rockets construction. Kids will learn the features of flight and take off towards the “great blue yonder.” All materials and snacks will be provided.

Adventure Camp

August 6 – 10, 8:30am -3:30pm
Rising 4th – 8th

Sports and Adventure Camp offers unique outdoor activities that build self-confidence, leadership, trust, teamwork and responsibility. Whether the camper is completing a 40-foot climb or performing their first “wet exit” they will experience many new challenges that utilize problem solving skills and collaboration. These challenges, along with sports and games that improve cardiovascular fitness, help develop the child as a whole. In its 9th summer, our program offers campers the opportunity to mountain bike, stand up paddleboard, raft, tube, kayak, rock climb, and hike as well as play multiple sports and games. Campers will be spending days on the Shenandoah River, at the waterpark, up on the rocks, hiking or biking trails, or navigating the largest ropes course on the east coast with multiple zip lines. We end the week with a campout where we build a campfire, grill out for dinner and make s’mores. “Manhunt” or flashlight tag ends the camp day on an exciting note. All activities are offered under the “choose your challenge” philosophy where campers are encouraged but not forced to participate in any activity or element.

Art in Nature Camp

August 6 – 10, 9am – 3pm
Rising 1st – Rising 3rd

Join Leland Burke (Hill Class of 2013) for a week of nature-inspired art activities. Campers will be given sketchbooks and have the opportunity to engage in observational nature walks and crafts that incorporate found and recycled objects. Campers will also have time to play outside and participate in running games such as capture the flag.

Harry Potter Camp

August 6 – August 10, 9am – 4pm
Rising 4th – Rising 8th

This is the perfect camp for kids who love the Harry Potter books or movies. In this camp, children will play quidditch, learn how to read tea leaves to tell the future, and fully immerse themselves in the magical wizarding world of Harry Potter.

Adventure Camp

August 13 – 17, 8:30am -3:30pm
Rising 4th – 8th

Sports and Adventure Camp offers unique outdoor activities that build self-confidence, leadership, trust, teamwork and responsibility. Whether the camper is completing a 40-foot climb or performing their first “wet exit” they will experience many new challenges that utilize problem solving skills and collaboration. These challenges, along with sports and games that improve cardiovascular fitness, help develop the child as a whole. In its 9th summer, our program offers campers the opportunity to mountain bike, stand up paddleboard, raft, tube, kayak, rock climb, and hike as well as play multiple sports and games. Campers will be spending days on the Shenandoah River, at the waterpark, up on the rocks, hiking or biking trails, or navigating the largest ropes course on the east coast with multiple zip lines. We end the week with a campout where we build a campfire,
grill out for dinner and make s’mores. “Manhunt” or flashlight tag ends the camp day on an exciting note. All activities are offered under the “choose your challenge” philosophy where campers are encouraged but not forced to participate in any activity or element.

Civil War Camp

August 13 – 17, 9am to 4pm
Rising 3rd – 8th
Minimum of 6 Campers, Maximum of 12 Campers

CDR D. Woodruff will once again offer a daring ride through selected Civil War battlefields for this one week. We will visit Bull Run, Antietam, Gettysburg, two of the Fredericksburg area battlefields, and one other TBD. Our expeditions set out from the site of one of Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters (Hill School Campus) at 0900 hours each morning except for the day trip to Gettysburg when, in order to evade JEB Stuart’s cavalry we must depart at 0830. Returns will be prior to 1600 hours each afternoon except for the Gettysburg campaign when we will require an additional hour in which to comprehend this extensive battleground. Details will be forwarded in orders from headquarters prior to the beginning of the adventure.

Adventure Camp

August 20 – 24, 8:30am -3:30pm
Rising 4th – 8th

Sports and Adventure Camp offers unique outdoor activities that build self-confidence, leadership, trust, teamwork and responsibility. Whether the camper is completing a 40-foot climb or performing their first “wet exit” they will experience many new challenges that utilize problem solving skills and collaboration. These challenges, along with sports and games that improve cardiovascular fitness, help develop the child as a whole. In its 9th summer, our program offers campers the opportunity to mountain bike, stand up paddleboard, raft, tube, kayak, rock climb, and hike as well as play multiple sports and games. Campers will be spending days on the Shenandoah River, at the waterpark, up on the rocks, hiking or biking trails, or navigating the largest ropes course on the east coast with multiple zip lines. We end the week with a campout where we build a campfire,
grill out for dinner and make s’mores. “Manhunt” or flashlight tag ends the camp day on an exciting note. All activities are offered under the “choose your challenge” philosophy where campers are encouraged but not forced to participate in any activity or element.

Field Hockey Camp

August 20 – 24, 9am – 1pm
Rising 5th – 9th

In the camp, Sydney Bowers, Cricket Bedford, and Caitlin Slater will guide players through a skill building program based on fundamentals, game situations, and conditioning sure to be helpful for girls of all levels. For more details review the flyer.

Camp Name & Grades* Dates  Total Camp Fee Deposit (non-refundable)
Adventure Camp (4th-8th) June 18-22 $485 $125
Lego Camp (K-3rd) June 18-22 $325 $75
Adventure Camp (4th-8th) June 25-29 $485 $125
Lego Camp (K-3rd) June 25-29 $325 $75
Ready? Set, Go! Camp (K-3rd) July 2-6 $300 $75
Outdoor Exploration Camp (4th-8th) July 9-13 $400 $100
Ready? Set, Go! Camp (4th-8th) July 9-13 $300 $75
Hill DAY CAMP (K-4th) July 9-13 $350 $75
Kiddie Camp (JK-K) July 16-20 $175 $50
Hill DAY CAMP (K-4th) July 16-20 $350 $75
Survival Camp (4th-8th) July 16-20 $450 $75
Stribling’s Super Camp (4th-8th) July 23-27 $400 $100
Nature Camp (1st-3rd) July 23-27 $350 $100
Barreda Soccer Camp (4th-8th) July 30-August 3 $300 $75
Harry Potter Camp (K-3rd) July 30-August 3 $350 $75
STEM Camp (4th-8th) July 30-August 3 $350 $100
Adventure Camp (4th-8th) August 6-10 $485 $125
Art in Nature Camp (1st-3rd) August 6-10 $350 $75
Harry Potter Camp (4th-8th) August 6-10 $350 $75
Adventure Camp (4th-8th) August 13-17 $485 $125
Civil War Camp August 13-17 $300 $75
Adventure Camp August 20-24 $485 $125
Field Hockey Camp (5th-9th) August 20-24 $175 $50

*Indicates the grade for the 2018-2019 school year.

Q: Does Hill provide food for my child?
A: We provide a morning and afternoon snack. Campers should bring their own lunch and drink.

Q: Do I have to sign up for the whole summer?
A: You may sign up for any number of weeks as well as any combination of Day Camp or Specialty Camps.

Q: What does a typical day look like?
A: The camp day begins at 9 am. Campers have a set schedule throughout the day that includes activities such as swimming, art, soccer, basketball, science, and electives like robotics, archery, etc. In addition, there are special activities planned by the group counselors. There will also be rest, lunch, and snack periods during the day. The camp day ends at 3 pm.

Q: Can I drop of my camper before 8 am? Can I pick them up later than 3 pm?
A: Yes. We offer morning care starting at 8 am and extended day care from 3 pm to 5pm for a fee. Students will be with counselors who have fun, engaging activities for them.

Q: Is there bus service to camp?
A: Please contact Bee Stribling at summerathill@thehillschool.org if you are interested in bus service to and from camp. Alternatively, you can indicate on your application that you are interested in bus service.

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