Summer Camp

Our Summer Camp Program is open to all children between the ages of 2 to 9 years, regardless of whether they are currently enrolled at MCDB. We especially love to welcome back MCDB alumni students!

Summer Camp

Our Summer Camp Program is open to all children between the ages of 2 to 9 years, regardless of whether they are currently enrolled at MCDB. We especially love to welcome back MCDB alumni students!

Our Summer Classes

During the summer months, we continue to provide our toddlers with a prepared environment that encourages independent exploration and movement. The children will work with developmentally appropriate Montessori materials to satisfy their inner impulse for learning.

The transition class is geared towards those new to Montessori and those transitioning from the toddler class to the primary class. When the children initially enter the primary classroom, the Montessori trained teacher will introduce them to all the different areas of the classroom. The students will experience what a typical schedule is like in the primary classroom, with the benefit of a smaller teacher/student ratio than in a typical primary class. The students will experience the full work cycle including circle time and independent work time. The smaller class size will help the younger students get accustomed to becoming more independent with snack and lunch time, in addition to toileting and using the bathroom on their own.

Our Summer Camp Program is for children ages four and over. During the summer, we carefully put away many of our Montessori materials, and turn our attention to a variety of exciting, weekly themes. These themes offer a fun way to focus on special areas of interest that we are not able to delve into during the school year. Please take a moment to look at the various themes we will feature this summer.

Please note that we will consider COVID and evaluate the feasibility of field trips and outside speakers as we get closer to the time.

Tuition

Children who have a 12 month contract for school year 2021-2022 will automatically be enrolled in all the summer camps with no additional fee.

The weekly camp fees are as follows (for those children not on a 12 month contract):

Toddler Tuition

  • 8:45am - 11:45am $350/week ($300 for the week of July 4th)
  • 8:45am - 3:00pm $450/week
  • 8:45am - 6:30pm $575/week
  • 8:45am - 3:00pm $1,575/month
  • 8:45am - 6:30pm $1,925/month

The tuition for 2 or more consecutive weeks will be pro-rated according to this monthly tuition.

Primary Tuition

  • 8:45am - 11:45am $325/week ($275 for the week of July 4th)
  • 8:45am - 3:00pm $425/week
  • 8:45am - 6:30pm $525/week
  • 8:45am - 3:00pm $1,525/month
  • 8:45am - 6:30pm $1,865/month

Note: Must be toilet-trained.

The tuition for 2 or more consecutive weeks will be pro-rated according to this monthly tuition.

Summer Camp Events

Put on your western hats and boots for this toe-tappin, knee-slappin, dancin, sing-a-along and line dancing week as we celebrate country music then and now! We will trace the history of this uniquely American art form.  We will investigate how today’s country music evolved from the traditional folk music of the Appalachian Mountains to the country music capital, Nashville Tennessee.  We will learn about some of the most notable country music singers, including Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.   We will explore song writing, musical instruments and costumes.  We will practice a variety of line dances, such as the Boot Scootin Boogie, Achy Breaky Heart and Cotton Eyed Joe in preparation for a week ending performance!  

 

Children of all ages love to blow, watch, chase and play with bubbles.  They are fascinated by the calming nature of the fragile, translucent, rainbow hued, balls floating through the air.   This week we will not only enjoy the beauty and magic of bubbles, but we will learn about the science behind them.  We will study science concepts such as elasticity, surface tension, chemistry, light, and geometry. Through our study of bubbles, we will engage in scientific processes such as observation, experimentation, investigation, testing and discovery.  We will explore a variety of objects to use as wands and make different shaped and sized bubbles!

As budding architects, we will explore what makes a home suitable for its environment!  We will explore traditional building technology and housing solutions from around the world and from history.  We will investigate how materials, economic necessity and local climate dictates how homes are built are all over the world.  We will consider important factors such as minimum/maximum temperature, isolation, rainfall, snowfall, average wind speed and how they shape building decisions.  We will take what we learn and create three dimensional structures representative of homes found all over our country and all over the world.  

Field Trip: Our week will end with a trip to Washington DC to explore the Building Zone at the National Building Museum.

Shadows can be fun, exciting and sometimes scary! In this camp we will learn all about how shadows are produced, the role light plays and how and why they change.  We will make shadow puppets and play shadow games.  We will have fun discovering how shadows create some pretty spectacular creatures.  Throughout the week, the children will practice making their own shadow puppets in preparation for putting on a puppet show for their parents.

 

Over 50 years ago, our nation celebrated the first landing on the moon with Apollo.  NASA now has its sights on traveling forward to the Moon – and this time to stay!  NASA’s new Artemis mission will land the first American woman and the next American man on the surface of the moon by 2024.  Our Campers will learn all about the Next Era of Space Exploration.  We will study the powerful rockets that will take us to the Moon and Mars and the how those rockets will transport the Orion spacecraft, astronauts and cargo supply.  We will learn about the Lunar Gateway, a small spaceship that will orbit the moon and how it will allow us to live and work in space.    Join us as we take a giant leap forward to explore the new frontier – the Moon and Mars! 

Field Trip: Our week will end with a visit to the Smithsonian Udvar Hazy National Air and Space Museum to explore how humans have mastered Space Travel. 

Qatar is preparing to make history in the fall of 2022 by hosting not only their first FIFA World Cup, but the first ever to be staged in the Middle East.  The World Cup is the biggest single-event sporting competition in the world.  The compact nature of Qatar and mild winter weather will make it ideal for players and spectators to enjoy. We will explore the many unique aspects of Qatar’s history, geography and culture: from the desert topography to the rich oil industry. Not only will our campers learn about the culture of Qatar, they will learn all about the game of soccer.  They will practice soccer skills such as dribbling, passing and shooting.    We will exercise our bodies and work together, recognizing the important role that teamwork plays in the exciting sport of soccer.  We can’t wait to see you on the pitch! 

 

We will introduce art and culture from around the world to inspire curiosity and appreciation for other cultures.  We will make origami from Japan, papyrus painting from Egypt, rock painting from Australia, Soap Carving from the Arctic Region of North American, and Rain Sticks from South America.  We will explore how people live around the world and what resources inspire them to create beautiful art, specific to their region of the world.

 Field Trip: Our week will end with a trip to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley to explore the “Origami in the Garden” Exhibit.

 

Congratulations!  You have been selected for a Special Agent Training Session at the MCDBC Spy Academy Headquarters.   This training session will be filled with top secret briefings and activities that will put your sleuth skills to the test.  Junior Spies will create their own secret identity, develop a disguise for cover, make/break codes, create and use spy gadgets, generate invisible messages, navigate an obstacle course, dust for fingerprints, play spy games and more!   Should you choose to accept this mission, please register for Spy camp immediately.  This message is confidential and may self- destruct in 3 . . . 2   . . . 1!