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Camps & Schools, June 18-24

<lst>Send announcements, which are open to the public at no or minimal cost, to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102 or e-mail to loudoun@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Jennifer Lesinski at 703-917-6454. For additional listings, visit www.connectionnewspapers.com.

Trip camp is an alternative to traditional summer camp. The camp goes to a different destination each day including swimming, theme parks and other locations. Camp starts June 18. The weekly fee includes all admissions and registration fees. There is a camp for elementary- and middle-school students. Elementary camp is $160 a week and middle school is $170 a week. Camp is offered all 11 weeks during the summer. To register, contact the Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913 or e-mail dcc@loudoun.gov.

The Leadership in the Law Summer Camp, kicking off June 22, sponsored by the Loudoun County Bar Association, Rotary Club of Leesburg, Loudoun Law Foundation, Fauquier County Bar Association and other donations from private individuals, exposes high-school students to a variety of activities that involve a broad spectrum of learning and team-building initiatives that are peculiar to the legal profession.

Students take part in several team-building exercises such as tackling the white water rapids of the Shenandoah River and the ropes course at Camp Highroad in Middleburg. Students will also gain a deeper understanding of the legal system when they take a case from its inception and litigate it to final judgment in front of a real judge. After students are introduced to the mock trial issue, local practitioners will teach the students how to prepare motions, take depositions, interview clients and witnesses, prepare opening and closing statements, and will familiarize them with other elements of the trial process.

The Ashburn Presbyterian Church, 20962 Ashburn Road, Ashburn, is holding a vacation bible school from June 23-27, 9 a.m.-noon. Children 4 years old through fifth grade will learn about scripture in a science-themed adventure. To register, contact Dawn Manausa at 703-729-2012 or darmbruster@ashburnpresbyterian.org.

The Loudoun Academy of Arts, 222 South King St., Leesburg, will be hosting summer art camps for children ages 5-16. The camps, which run from June 23-Aug. 15, will teach participants to draw, paint and sculpt. To register, call 703-777-8043 or visit www.loudounacademy.org.

The Abrakadoodle doodlers camp will help children ages 3-5 develop art skills at the Douglass Community Center, 405 East Market St., Leesburg. The program has three sessions, each running Tuesday-Thursday, 2:30-3:15 p.m., starting June 24, July 22 and Aug. 5. Each session costs $60. Call 703-771-5913 or e-mail dcc@loudoun.gov to register.

Children can acquire new art skills at the Abrakadoodle minidoodlers camp. Located at the Douglass Community Center, 405 East Market St., Leesburg, the camp is for children ages 20 months-3 years and is split into three sessions: June 24-26, July 22-24 and Aug. 5-7, from 1:30-2:15 p.m. Cost: $60/ session. To register, contact the Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913 or e-mail dcc@loudoun.gov.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office will hold four weeklong summer camps to keep children from joining gangs. The camp, called Road DAWG (Don't Associate with Gangs), is part of the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program and will be held July 7-11 at Seneca Ridge Middle School, July 21-25 at Stone Hill Middle School, and July 28-Aug. 1 at Round Hill Elementary School. The camps are for upcoming sixth graders. The camp is designed to provide students with the skills they need to avoid gang pressure and youth violence. Ask for an application at your local elementary school or pick-up an application at the Loudoun SheriffÌs Office Administration Building, located at 39 Catoctin Circle, S.E., Leesburg.

Dance Camp. Opportunity for children to learn or enhance skills in jazz, urban funk and rock jams through modern creative choreography at the Douglass Community Center, 405 East Market St., Leesburg. Classes run July 14-18, from 1-3 p.m., and July 21-25, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Bring a snack and water bottle. Camp is for ages 6-12 and the cost is $70 per child. Contact the Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913 or e-mail dcc@loudoun.gov.

Cheer Camp. Learn team building, stunting, spotting and performance skills at the Douglass Community Center, 405 East Market St., Leesburg. The camp runs from July 14-18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and July 21-25, 1-4 p.m. Cost: $85. To register, contact the Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913 or dcc@loudoun.gov.

Abrakadoodle anime camp. Learn the Japanese art of animation at the Douglass Community Center, 405 East Market St., Leesburg. Listen to Japanese folktales and learn Japanese games. The camp runs July 14-18, Monday through Friday, 1-4 p.m. Cost: $185 includes all materials. For children ages 8-12. Contact the Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913 or e-mail dcc@loudoun.gov to register.

Sterling United Methodist Church is holding its annual summer camp program from July 14- Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. daily. Located at the church on 304 East Church Road, Sterling, the camp is open to children age 3 to those completing fourth grade. There will be activities including arts and crafts and field trips. Cost: $125 pe week. To register, visit www.sterlingumc.org, e-mail sumcsummercamp@yahoo.com or call 703-430-6455.-

Abrakadoodle pirate island camp. Create pirate ships, sandcastles, treasure maps, sea monsters, ship flags, doubloon necklaces and more, July 28-Aug. 1. Camp fee: $185 includes all materials. For children ages 3-5. Held at the Douglass Community Center, 405 East Market St., Leesburg. To register, contact the Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913 or e-mail dcc@loudoun.gov.