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The YMCA Loudoun County will hold camp early bird registration Thursday, May 19, from 6-8 p.m., at the YMCA Loudoun County Office in Leesburg. Register your child for camp that night, and the Y will waive the membership fee. Call the YMCA office at 703-777-9622 or visit the Web site at Y camps are offered at JR’s Festival Lakes, Seldens Landing Elementary School, Sanders Corner Elementary School, Horizon Elementary School, Forest Grove Elementary School, basketball camp only and Algonkian Regional Park. The YMCA Loudoun County offers free before and after care at all locations.

Douglass Community Center in Leesburg is enrolling students for the My 1st Preschool Summer camp program, which is licensed by the state of Virginia. It will be held at the Douglass Community Center, 407 East Market St. The camp is open to all children who are at least 3.5 years of age by May 1, and no older than 5. The program will run Monday-Friday for eight weeks beginning June 20 and ending on Aug. 12. Each week has a different theme so chose a favorite. The cost for each week is $70. To register, call 703-771-5913 or e-mail

The Loudoun Museum will hold three summer camps for children ages 8-12. The camps are held Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m.-noon, and preregistration is required. Museum members receive a 20 percent discount on registration fees. Call Janis Golden, director of education, 703-777-7427.

* Needlework Seminar, Leesburg, June 20-24, $100. Members of the Loudoun Needlework Guild host this seminar and teach cross-stitch and other techniques to beginning and accomplished sewers.

* Civil War Camp, location TBD, July 18-22, $200. This camp for boys and girls features instruction by Union and Confederate re-enactors on the daily life of soldiers and civilians during the Civil War, and highlights events and people of Loudoun County.

* Colonial Camp, location TBD, Aug. 15-19, $200. This camp lets children learn about life in colonial America first-hand

through conducting a simulated archaeological dig, learning about the time's cultures and customs, and debating matters of independence.

Ashburn Presbyterian Church invites children to join in the adventure of Serengeti Trek: Where Kids Are Wild About God's Love. The program will provide fun, memorable Bible-learning activities for children ages 4 to fifth grade. Each day will include songs, teamwork-building games, Bible adventures, Bible Memory Buddies and Bible Point Crafts to take home and play with all summer long. Additionally, participants will join nearly a million children in North America and take part in a hands-on mission project that will reach needy children in Africa. Serengeti Trek takes place June 20-24, at Ashburn Presbyterian Church located at 20962 Ashburn Road each day, from 9 a.m.-12:00 p.m., and will conclude with a special program on June 24, at 7 p.m., where the children will come together to tell about their adventure. Community registration is May 15-June 15. The cost is $30 per child; $50 maximum per family. Call our church office at 703-729-2012 or visit the Web site at

Bethel OP Church would like to invite all children ages 4-12 to attend its free vacation bible school - Faith Expedition: God's Treasure Revealed. Snacks and lots of fun learning provided. Monday, June 20-Friday, June 24, from 9 a.m.-noon. Bethel Church is located at 19856 Evergreen Mills Road, about one mile south of Heritage High School, Leesburg. Advance registration recommended, or at the door as space allows. E-mail or call 703-777-4221.

The Douglass Community Center is offering Adventures in Science summer camp for children ages 4-7 years old. Includes experiments and hands-on learning while making take-home projects. Each camp offers different science

topics. Camp is offered two weeks throughout the summer, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, June 20-24, 12:30-1:15 p.m.; and July 25-29, 1:30-2:15 p.m. The cost for each camp session is $38 plus an $18 supply fee, which is payable to the instructor on the first day of camp. Contact Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913 or e-mail at

The Paladin Program at Chesterbrook Academy is accepting registration for the Paladin Academic Summer Camp, to be held at two Chesterbrook locations: 46100 Woodshire Drive, Sterling and 3753 Centerview Drive, Chantilly. For students in need of educational intervention, enrichment, and/or retention of previously learned concepts. It is a highly structured program with a very small student-to-teacher ratio. The camp will run from June 20-Aug. 12 and students can sign up for two-week increments. Contact Katie McGahan, Paladin Program director, at 703-397-0555 or 703-404-0202 or e-mail

Galilee United Methodist Church will be offering a Performing Arts Day Camp for rising second-sixth graders, July 25-29, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The final performance will be 7 p.m. Friday evening. Directed by The Leavening Agency, a Christian organization specializing in creative children's programming in churches and schools. There are no auditions and every participant is encouraged to choose what he or she wants to do: music: singing, hand chimes and rhythm instruments; performance skills: drama and acting; choreography: movement and sign language; stagecraft: scenery painting. The cost is $150 per child. Call or e-mail Galilee UMC, 703-430-2203, The camp will be held at Galilee UMC, 45425 Winding Road, Sterling.

Galilee United Methodist Church will be hosting the Serengeti Trek Vacation Bible School. The dates and times will be the following July 11-15, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon, for 3 years old-fifth graders, (3 years old by Sept. 30.) The main bible point is "Where Kids are Wild About God." The location for the VBS will be at GUMC, 45425 Winding Road, Sterling. The cost is $35 per child. Call 703-430-2203 or e-mail at

KidSpirit Triple Sports Day Camp for rising second graders-sixth graders, Aug. 1-5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Directed by The Leavening Agency, a Christian organization specializing in creative children's programming in churches and schools. All campers will work on basic basketball, soccer and volleyball skills and each participant can choose one of these sports for more advanced instruction. There are no tryouts and every participant is encouraged to choose what he or she wants to do. The cost is $150 per child, early bird special $135 before March 2. The camp will be held at Galilee UMC, 45425 Winding Road, Sterling. Contact Kim at 703-430-2203 or by e-mail at