An independent, coeducational PK-Grade 12 private school located in historic Fredericksburg, Virginia

FA Summer Camps

FA Summer Camps are where kids go to make friends, build skills, and create memories to last a lifetime.

Pack the Perfect Summer!

See below for descriptions of camps and registration. Contact FA Summer Camps Director Todd Pristas with any questions at: summercamps@fredericksburgacademy.org

Download a copy of the mini-catalog here for an overview of camp offerings by week. Be sure to read our policies and procedures before completing your registration!

Camps and Descriptions

Day Camp

Rising junior kindergarteners (age 4) through rising fourth-graders will take part in a traditional day camp format from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (*half-day options also available), which will feature five sessions of activities designed to keep campers' minds and bodies actively engaged. Campers are grouped by age with the following names:

Rising Junior Kindergarteners and Kindergarteners: CUBS
Rising First and Second Graders: COLTS
Rising Third and Fourth Graders: CHIEFS

Day Camp cost for Rising JK-Fourth Grade is $200 per week.
*9 a.m.-noon half-day options are also available for JK-Fourth Grade. Cost is $125 per week.

Specialty Camps by Week

Please note: The grade-level requirements listed in each camp description are 2017-18 grade levels.

Week 1 - June 12-16

Just Plain Fun (5-8)(9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.) - $275 - This is a week full of FUN with your new and old friends! During this week Fredericksburg Academy's Summer Staff will test your skills on the bowling lanes, get your jump on while you go bouncing around at SKYZONE, show off your putt-putt, laser tag, and arcade skills at Funland, take in a movie at Paragon Cinema, AND spend an afternoon on the Rappahannock River tubing with your peers. These, AND many more FUN surprises await your camper! Come on out this week for some serious FUN!

Outdoor Adventure Jr. (2-4)(9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.) - $350 - *This camp is at capacity and is now closed. We've taken our Outdoor Adventure Camp for the Middle School aged students and adapted it for Lower School students! During this week-long camp, students will enjoy the thrill of scaling walls with a trip to an indoor rock climbing facility, hike trails and get schooled by a Park Ranger in some of the regions most historic national parks, test out your fisherman skills on nearby lakes, and close out the week with a trip to GO APE Treetop Adventure Course. This is a week you will not want to miss!

Goodies and Good Books (K-1)(9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.) - $175 - Join fifth grade FA teacher Arianne Mann for this hands-on camp that takes classic children’s stories and brings them to life with baking. Students will read several stories and then bake the food from the story. Children will not only learn to love reading, but will also gain knowledge in baking. They will work on measuring, safety in the kitchen, how to work together and how to create something complex from simple ingredients. From cookies to thunder cake, campers will immerse themselves in the wonderful world of goodies and good books! *Add an afternoon of Cubs or Colts Day Camp for an additional fee!

Week 2- June 19-23

Archery Camp (2-4)(9:00 a.m.-noon) - Imagine heading off to an archery camp this summer to work with knowledgeable coaches, and do nothing but learn about bows and arrows for 5 days straight. FA Archery Camp is fun and exciting, and will provide participants with an introduction to the sport of target archery. Focus is on safety, fundamental skills, and learning the basics of National Training System (NTS). At FA Archery Camp, every summer camper has the chance to become the next Robin of Loxely (Robin Hood) or even the famous William Tell (though we do not shoot apples off our heads). Each member of our archery camp staff is certified as a National Archery Association Level I instructor. Equipment is available for use by all beginning archers, and this 5 day camp is open to archers in grades 2-4.

SPY Camp (5-8)(9:00 a.m.-noon) - Spy Camp is real. Naturally, we cannot predict what type of Missions our Cadets may be assigned during their time at Spy Camp. Mission Assignments could include any of the following; rescuing a kidnapped scientist and her secret formulas, recovering dangerous toxins from Enemy Operatives, turning a good-guy-gone-bad hacker into a helper, and even interrogating an Operative to uncover key strategies and high-risk materials. Missions require rigorous training and the finest intelligence skills our small spies can muster. Other activities include surveillance outings for video and sound capture, training in the park, team capture games, squirt-gun color wars, catapult targeting and The Big Mission.

Tots Soccer (K-1) (9:00 a.m.-noon) - Do you have a 5- or 6- year-old who wants to play soccer? Maybe your son or daughter isn't ready to handle the pressure and competitive nature of being on a team. Whatever the reason, FA Tots Soccer Camp will be just what your child needs! A Soccer Camp for Kids as Young as 5!! Come join stand out soccer players Austin Rapkins and Zeke McDermott as they help players take their games to the next level. Students will leave with increased confidence and cognitive group skills, as well as learn basic team & sport concepts. Ultimately it’s all about having fun and engaging in games that will promote lifelong physical activity. HAVE FUN AND MAKE NEW FRIENDS @ FA Jr. Tots Soccer this summer!

Born 2 Win Academy (4-11)(9 a.m.-3 p.m.) - Coach Rick Wright is a certified skills trainer, receiving his skills training certification through Ganon Baker Basketball. Coach Rick is the owner of Born to Win Basketball, Head Coach of Fredericksburg Grizzlies, and Head Coach of nationally ranked Fredericksburg Running Rebels AAU basketball team. He truly has love for training at all levels of athletes from athletes who are just beginning to season pros. Coach Rick’s Mission is to inspire every player to become the best player he or she can be. To work hard on and off the court. His number one goal is to help create the best players through hard working, but even more exceptional student and individuals in life.

Anyone child who in enrolls in Born to Win Basketball Camp, will receive help in the following areas:

  • Advanced ball handling
  • Shooting and game like shooting
  • Finishing
  • Play off Penetration
  • Increase Basketball IQ and Proper verbiage of the game.
  • Separation Moves
  • Sharp Stop Separation Moves
  • One-on-one basketball
  • Three-on-three basketball
  • Five-on-five basketball

Week 3- June 26-30

Civil War (5-8)(9:00 a.m.-3 p.m.) - Experience the Civil War with one of the finest history lovers: FA's own Upper School History teacher Keith Wamsley. Take NEW and exciting trips to all of the regions battlefields, learn new and exciting ways to cook and camp like a Civil War soldier, visit several museums, and enjoy a visit from a Civil War actor. We will bring the Civil War to life for your child! Sign up for this one early, seats are limited and this camp fills up quickly!

*Engineering I (1-2)(9:00 a.m.-noon) - Come play and learn to make fascinating creations with some of the best robotics kits available to aspiring engineers! Falcon Club teacher Jake Barber will lead an explorative group through two separate challenges, which will build off of each other. Firstly, we will design, compare, and construct racecars! Once we have an understanding of how the gears, wheels, and motors work together, we will move onto making a tank-treaded bulldozer! Although there are two very clear construction goals, this is a hands on course for every student. Your design is what you build. There is NO instruction manual (just a teacher).

Let’s Get Crafty (3-4)(9:00 a.m.-noon) - Students will get to explore their creative side participating in fun and exciting arts & crafts projects each day. Students will create various projects such as sharpie tye dye shirts, forever summer goddess eyes, beaded bracelets, 80’s-era pins, embroidery floss friendship bracelets, and your own swag bag. Art and craft ideas encourage children to use their imagination. Making something on their own endows them with a confidence in their abilities to make individual decisions and choices. Come out and get creative this summer at FA’s Let’s Get Crafty Camp! *Also includes Stitch It Up Sewing Camp!

Archery Camp (5-8)(9:00 a.m.-noon) - Imagine heading off to an archery camp this summer to work with knowledgeable coaches, and do nothing but learn about bows and arrows for 5 days straight. FA Archery Camp is fun and exciting, and will provide participants with an introduction to the sport of target archery. Focus is on safety, fundamental skills, and learning the basics of National Training System (NTS). At FA Archery Camp every summer camper has the chance to become the next Robin of Loxely (Robin Hood) or even the famous William Tell (though we do not shoot apples off our heads) Each member of our archery camp staff is certified as a National Archery Association Level I instructor. Equipment is available for use by all beginning archers, and this 5 day camp is open to archers in grades 5-8.

Week 4- July 5-7

A Chef’s Table (5-8)(9:00 a.m.-noon) - This is a new and exciting camp that takes you on an inside journey into the mind and abilities of a top chef. You and other campers will have the opportunity to experience firsthand what it takes to prepare and cook like an experienced chef. During these 3 days, students will visit 3 local eateries in the Fredericksburg area and take an inside look at cooking and/or baking at its finest. Enjoy this delicious and delightfully entertaining camp!

FUN Camp (shortened version-3 days) (5-8)(9:00 a.m.-3 p.m.) - What this camp lacks in days due to the Fourth of July holiday, it makes up for in FUN! During this week Middle School teacher Steve LaMonica will test your putt-putt, laser tag, and arcade skills @ Funland, enjoy some Benny’s Pizza and see a movie at the cinema, AND finally spend a day at the new SKYZONE. This is a week of having fun, making new friends, and meeting up with old ones. Come on out this week for some serious FUN!

Stitch it Up Sewing Camp! (3-4)(9:00 a.m.-noon)

Week 5- July 10-14

Outdoor Adventure (5-8)(9:00 a.m.-3 p.m.) - How does the thought of soaring through the air on a zip line, climbing a rock wall, and river tubing sound? This week will be adventurous as campers will participate in several days of excitement. Outdoor Adventure Camp is designed as an active, engaging series of adventure activities that immerse your child in their camp experience. As a new and exciting addition to this camp, students will travel to Go Ape in Williamsburg, VA and explore their Treetop Adventure Course. Other camp days include visiting Vertical Rock Indoor Rock Climbing facility, partnering with VOC, and much more! This camp is a fun way to bring youth together in a new environment which fosters friendships, teaches life lessons and develops character growth. This is a very popular camp, so sign up early!

FA to Broadway (5-8)(9:00 a.m.-3 p.m.) *2 Weeks - To be a performer on the biggest stages today, you have to be a “triple threat” – in other words, you have to sing beautifully, act powerfully, and dance! This summer camp is aimed toward those young people who want to improve their performance skills in any and all of these areas. Join our wonderful Choral and Music Director Ms. LaMonica for a two-week period where students will get vocal coaching, acting classes, dance lessons, and regular opportunities to perform for their peers. They will participate in daily activities that explore theatrical performance and go through a mock audition process in which they receive instant feedback. The 2 week camp culminates in a full-scale production in FA’s Reed Theater in which all campers participate and share their talents with an audience.

Born 2 Win Academy (4-11)(9:00 a.m.-3 p.m.) - Coach Rick Wright is a certified skills trainer, receiving his skills training certification through Ganon Baker Basketball. Coach Rick is the owner of Born to Win Basketball, Head Coach of Fredericksburg Grizzlies, and Head Coach of nationally ranked Fredericksburg Running Rebels AAU basketball team. He truly has love for training at all levels of athletes from athletes who are just beginning to season pros. Coach Rick’s Mission is to inspire every player to become the best player he or she can be. To work hard on and off the court. His number one goal is to help create the best players through hard working, but even more exceptional student and individuals in life.

Anyone child who in enrolls in Born to Win Basketball Camp, will receive help in the following areas:

  • Advanced ball handling
  • Shooting and game like shooting
  • Finishing
  • Play off Penetration
  • Increase Basketball IQ and Proper verbiage of the game.
  • Separation Moves
  • Sharp Stop Separation Moves
  • One-on-one basketball
  • Three-on-three basketball
  • Five-on-five basketball

Jr. Soccer (2-3)(9:00 a.m.-noon) - Do you have an eager and excited 2nd or 3rd grader who wants to build soccer skills? FA Jr. Soccer Camp is just what your child needs! Come join stand out soccer players, and recent FA graduates, Austin Rapkins and Zeke McDermott as they teach new skills and help your kids improve existing soccer skills. Students will leave with increased confidence and cognitive group skills, as well as learn team & sport concepts. Ultimately it’s all about having fun and engaging in games that will promote lifelong physical activity. Have fun and make new friends @ FA Jr. Soccer this summer!

Week 6- July 17-21

Archery Camp (2-4)(9:00 a.m.-noon) - Imagine heading off to an archery camp this summer to work with knowledgeable coaches, and do nothing but learn about bows and arrows for 5 days straight. FA Archery Camp is fun and exciting, and will provide participants with an introduction to the sport of target archery. Focus is on safety, fundamental skills, and learning the basics of National Training System (NTS). At FA Archery Camp, every summer camper has the chance to become the next Robin of Loxely (Robin Hood) or even the famous William Tell (though we do not shoot apples off our heads) Each member of our archery camp staff is certified as a National Archery Association Level I instructor. Equipment is available for use by all beginning archers, and this 5 day camp is open to archers in grades 2-4.

FA to Broadway (5-8)(9:00 a.m.-3 p.m.) *2 weeks (see prev week for full description)

Coding with Robots (2-3)(9:00 a.m.-noon) - Meet Dash and Dot, these robots are out of this world! Dash and Dot are award-winning programmable robots that allow students to shape, change, and re-imagine the world around them.

This class is a STEM based interactive learning experience. Students will develop problem solving, creativity, and team-building skills while controlling these robots through code. Each meeting we will face a new challenge big or small where we will find the solution.

Week 7- July 24-28

Future Cities (5-8)(9 a.m.-3 p.m.) - Sustainability is a hot topic in science and the news today. With many environmental challenges facing the modern world, engineers and architects are designing buildings and infrastructure designed to handle environmental risks and extreme climate. In this week-long STEM-themed camp, campers will have the opportunity to choose a city of interest, and design updated infrastructure to protect that city from environmental change. Campers will have the option of creating 3-D models, or designing models electronically using educational software, and are encouraged to bring their laptops with them. Campers will be challenged to think outside-the-box to arrive at innovative solutions, while simultaneously thinking critically about realistic obstacles related to budget, spatial constraints, and physics. Final models will be presented the last day of camp to a panel of judges for a chance to win the Future Cities Grand Prize.

Day 1:

  • Intro to topic
  • Brainstorming
  • Begin building models

Day 2:

  • Ideas from current cities
  • Continue building models

Day 3:

  • Mid-week project critique
  • Use feedback from critique to improve models

Day 4:

  • Final building day

Day 5:

  • Future Cities Competition - Judges
  • Grand Prize Awarded
  • Sustainability Fun Day

*Engineering II (3-4)(9:00 a.m.-noon) - Do you often invent better ways of doing things? Come and build on those skills with our competitive team’s Lego Robotics kits! Falcon Club teacher Jake Barber will facilitate the understanding of two basic engineering concepts: Gear trains used in car transmissions, and pneumatic principles used to operate most construction equipment. Students will apply both of these concepts to machines they create. Although there are two very specific goals in mind, this is a hands on course for every student. Your design is what you build. There is NO instruction manual (just a teacher).

Field Hockey (1-5) (9:00 a.m.-noon) - This camp is perfect for any level of skill. Beginners or players who are already playing in competitive leagues will learn much from Fredericksburg Academy's state championship winning players during this week.

Week 8- July 31-Aug 4

Outdoor Survivor Camp (5-8)(9:00 a.m.-3 p.m.) - So, you think you have what it takes to be a true outdoor adventurer? Using wit, physical strength, social cooperation, and mental determination, campers will be challenged to learn the basics of outdoor survival, while simultaneously competing in daily challenges. Campers will work in teams to tackle outdoor tasks that demand strength, cooperation, and focus. Students will also learn about their local ecosystem and their place within it. Points will be awarded for winning challenges, and a grand prize awaits the team with the most points at the week’s end. Our trip will conclude with an overnight camping trip at nearby Caledon State Park that puts our knowledge to the test.

  • Skills acquired through “Outdoor Survivor Camp” include:
  • Basic shelter building
  • Plant/Animal/Track identification
  • Hiking and cardiovascular endurance
  • Outdoor Survival Techniques
  • Basic Wilderness First Aid
  • Knowledge of local ecosystem
  • Orienteering and basic compass/map skills
  • STEAM skills (bridge, shelter, and raft building)
  • Sensory skills
  • Logical problem solving and resourcefulness
  • Cooperation and collaboration skills
  • Overnight camping skills

Students will need comfortable hiking shoes, a 1 quart water bottle, a small day backpack, and any additional items that they would prefer for long periods outside (sunblock, bug spray, etc). For our overnight experience, students will also need a sleeping bag/pad and tent (if available).

Day 1:

  • Determine teams
  • Establish team name, logo, motto.
  • Navigate to base camp location in woods
  • Shelter building challenges
  • Begin survival challenges

Day 2 - Day 3:

  • Daily survival challenges
  • Daily reflection on skills acquired/skills desired
  • Ecology and Environmental Science lessons/activities

Day 4 - Day 5:

  • Overnight camping trip to Caledon State Park
  • Final Challenges - Winning team determined
  • Closing Ceremony

*Engineering III (5-8)(9:00 a.m.-noon) - Enjoy doing things YOUR way? Think you can make a machine run better? Come and practice your problem solving skills with our Lego engineering kits and robotics software! Over two days, Falcon Club teacher Jake Barber will teach the basics of programming through the Lego software. The topics covered will provide for an understanding of the many sensors, motors, and coding concepts available to us. Students will be given a couple challenges for their robot to complete. These challenges will remain a secret until they are to begin building and programming. Students can expect challenges that will incorporate basic engineering concepts as well as the successful implementation of the same programming techniques learned earlier. After the instructional period, students will be left to their own devices to conquer the tasks at hand! There is NO instruction manual (just a teacher).

Archery Camp (5-8)(9:00 a.m.-noon) - Imagine heading off to an archery camp this summer to work with knowledgeable coaches, and do nothing but learn about bows and arrows for 5 days straight. FA Archery Camp is fun and exciting, and will provide participants with an introduction to the sport of target archery. Focus is on safety, fundamental skills, and learning the basics of National Training System (NTS). At FA Archery Camp, every summer camper has the chance to become the next Robin of Loxely (Robin Hood) or even the famous William Tell (though we do not shoot apples off our heads) Each member of our archery camp staff is certified as a National Archery Association Level I instructor. Equipment is available for use by all beginning archers, and this 5 day camp is open to archers in grades 5-8.

Week 9 -Aug 7-11

Just Plain Fun (5-8)(9:00 a.m.-3 p.m.) - This is a week full of FUN with your new and old friends! During this week Fredericksburg Academy's Summer Staff will test your skills on the bowling lanes, get your jump on while you go bouncing around at SKYZONE, show off your putt-putt, laser tag, and arcade skills at Funland, take in a movie at Paragon Cinema, AND spend an afternoon on the Rappahannock River tubing with your peers. This, AND many more FUN surprises in store! Come on out this week for some serious FUN!

Born 2 Win Academy (4-11)(9:00 a.m.-3 p.m.) - Coach Rick Wright is a certified skills trainer, receiving his skills training certification through Ganon Baker Basketball. Coach Rick is the owner of Born to Win Basketball, Head Coach of Fredericksburg Grizzlies, and Head Coach of nationally ranked Fredericksburg Running Rebels AAU basketball team. He truly has love for training at all levels of athletes from athletes who are just beginning to season pros. Coach Rick’s Mission is to inspire every player to become the best player he or she can be. To work hard on and off the court. His number one goal is to help create the best players through hard working, but even more exceptional student and individuals in life.

Anyone child who in enrolls in Born to Win Basketball Camp, will receive help in the following areas:

  • Advanced ball handling
  • Shooting and game like shooting
  • Finishing
  • Play off Penetration
  • Increase Basketball IQ and Proper verbiage of the game.
  • Separation Moves
  • Sharp Stop Separation Moves
  • One-on-one basketball
  • Three-on-three basketball
  • Five-on-five basketball

Top Chef Jr (2-4)(9:00 a.m.-noon) - The kitchen at Fredericksburg Academy will look and smell more like a Food Network studio when our campers compete in FA’s new and improved version of Top Chef Challenge. Each day of this week campers will go shopping for ingredients, create a new themed challenge, and work in pairs to create a delicious new recipe to win over the judges. At the end of each day, the panel of judges will determine the “Top Chef” of the day, and the campers will enjoy their lunch made by none other than themselves! The week will end with a Top Chef Challenge!

*These students will eat lunch with the Top Chef class and not the other campers throughout the week.

Coding with Robots II (4-5)(9:00 a.m.-noon) - Meet Dash and Dot, these robots are out of this world! Dash and Dot are award-winning programmable robots that allow students to shape, change, and re-imagine the world around them.

This class is a STEM based interactive learning experience. Students will develop problem solving, creativity, and team-building skills while controlling these robots through code. Each meeting we will face a new challenge big or small where we will find the solution.


Extended Care

Morning and evening extended care options are available.
  • The fee for before-camp care (7-9 a.m.) is $45 per week
  • The fee for after-camp care (3-4:30 p.m.) is $35 per week
  • The fee for evening care(4:30-6 p.m.) is $35 per week

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Additional Forms to Download

If your child is not a current student at Fredericksburg Academy, or is, but needs to update medication information, please complete and return the following pertinent forms prior to his/her first day of Summer Camp: