Camps & Schools

Camps & Schools

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A lock-in party for sixth graders takes place Friday, May 20 at 9 p.m. to Saturday, May 21, at 7 a.m., at Club Phoenix Teen Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. Participants are asked to bring a sleeping bag and pajamas. Tickets are $15 per person and go on sale May 13, at 3:30 p.m. For more, call 703-255-6360.

The Old Oakton High School reunion takes place Sunday, May 22, at 2 p.m., at Oakton Elementary School, 3000 Chain Bridge Road, Oakton. Students, staff, faculty and graduates, and their friends and families, of the old high school are invited to attend. Admission is $5. For more, call 703-938-8605 or 703-938-8176.

Club Phoenix Teen Center hosts an open house for parents on Wednesday, May 25, at 5 p.m., at the center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. The purpose of the program is to give teen center parents an opportunity to view the facility, share information, meet the staff, complete the required registration form and discuss issues and concerns. Parents can also sign up to be teen center volunteers or serve on the Club Phoenix Parent Advisory Committee. For more, call 703-255-5721.

The Vienna Community Center hosts "Sports Night," on May 27, for middle school students from 6-11 p.m., at the center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Drop in for basketball and refreshments. Free. For more, call 703-255-6360.

James Madison High School PTSA sponsors a raffle for a chance to win a 2005 Scion xA. Tickets are $35, and proceeds benefit the annual All-Night Graduation Celebration. Only 600 tickets will be sold, and the drawing takes place June 3, provided that a minimum number of 350 tickets are sold. Participants must be 18 or older. Taxes and fees for the vehicle will be paid by the winner. To order a ticket and see the official raffle rules, visit For more information, call Mary Mainland at 703-242-4655.

Club Phoenix Teen Center hosts a "summer jam" dance for sixth graders on Friday, June 10, from 3:30-6 p.m., at the center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Free. Celebrate the end of the school year with a DJ, food and a dance contest. For more, call 703-255-6360.

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens offers Discovery Creek's Summer Nature Adventure, a day camp for boys and girls ages 4 to 11, from June 13 to Aug. 19. For more information or to register, call 202-337-5111 or visit

The Oakton High School Dance Team offers a Junior Dance Camp this summer for rising first through eighth graders, from July 25-27, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Oakton High School, 2900 Sutton Road, Vienna. The cost is $75 before July 1, and $84 after July 1. For more information and to download the camp flyer and registration form, visit and click on '2005 Summer Camps'.

Volunteer Fairfax hosts its fourth annual Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute Aug. 8 to Aug. 12, at the Mason District Government Center. PYLI is a five-day institute open to high school students that teaches students an array of leadership skills including team building, project leadership, decision making and diversity training. For more, visit or contact Emily Swenson at 703-246-3460 or

Ten students and two advisers from Oakton High School recently flew to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., to participate in NASA's Student Launch Initiative program. The program provides schools with $2,500 to build a rocket that flies to an altitude of one mile and carries a scientific payload. The payload will be measuring the acceleration of the rocket in three dimensions in addition to other tests.

Students from three teams from Louise Archer Elementary were selected as the sixth grade criteria winners for Application of Science, Math and Technology; sixth grade criteria winners for Innovation, Originality and Creativity; and sixth grade criteria winners for Team Collaboration and Communication in the northeast region in the 2004-05 eCYBERMISSION competition. The competition is a Web-based science, math and technology competition sponsored by the U.S. Army, allowing students in grades six through nine compete for regional and national awards while working to solve problems in their community.

Members of the James Madison High School’s Class of 2005 are the first in the school’s history to have their own DVD with highlights of their entire senior year, footage of their June 21 graduation and the All-Night Graduation Celebration.

Girl Scouts. Two age groups open to girls between 5 and 11, and 11 and 17, with activities/events planned all year round. Activities include high-adventure outings such as rock climbing, white-water rafting and back packing, international and national travel, internship opportunities on Capitol Hill, theater, art, science, technology and making friends. For more information, call Betsy Kiger at 1-800-523-7898, ext. 578, Sharon Fontanella at 703-451-4680 or Dale Hook at 703-866-1840. Visit or