2019 Camps

Brown Bears (Rising 4th & 5th Grade)

The Brown Bear program is designed for rising 4th and 5th grade, offering week-long programs to our most mature campers. Each week is themed based offering a wide variety of activities with excursions, and swimming daily at the Beauvoir Pool. Program highlights include the Eco Arts Camp and Cathedral Camp with Beauvoir Art Teacher Ms. Hay, Outdoor Adventures camp out and new Escape Room Camp with Beauvoir Teacher Ms. Youse.

The Brown Bears program will offer SEVEN different one-week themed camp options. These options are full-day programs and all include daily swim instruction.
Pre-Week: June 10 - 14 (Beauvoir student programs, Brown Bears pre-week, & C.I.T. Leadership Program)
Week 1: June 17 - 21
Week 2: June 24 – 28
Week 3: July 1 – 3 (Closed July 4 and 5) 
Week 4: July 8 - 12
Week 5: July 15 - 19
Week 6: July 22 - 26
Week 7: July 29 - August 2

Camp Hours
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

For pricing and further details, check individual session tabs at the bottom of the page.

Brown Bears Camp Options (click for pricing and details)

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  • Week 1: June 17 - June 21 - Cathedral Arts Camp

    Cathedral Arts Camp
    Full-Day Camp - $650
    8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., lunch & swimming instruction included

    The National Cathedral is one of the most awe-inspiring structures in the country, but how was it built? How were the stained glass windows and hundreds of gargoyles made? What exactly is a flying buttress? Curious campers will explore these questions and more through expert-led talks and guided explorations of the Cathedral interior and grounds. Beauvoir art teacher, Kaitlyn Hay, will guide campers in creating their own gargoyles, boss stones, mosaics, stained glass windows and models of the Cathedral during this five day session for rising 4th and 5th graders.

  • Week 2: June 24 - June 28 - Eco Arts Camp

    Eco Arts Camp
    Full-Day Camp - $650
    8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., lunch & swimming instruction included

    Curious and creative campers will explore the outdoors and various sustainable art forms under the guidance of Beauvoir art teacher, Kaitlyn Hay, in this five-day session. Each day will consist of outdoor exploration, gardening, creating art using recycled and/or earth-friendly materials, and learning how to care for our earth. The week will culminate with an exhibition of each camper's personal project. According to their own interest, they will combine art and outdoor exploration to promote an appreciation of the wonders of our natural world.
  • Week 3: July 1 - July 3 (Closed July 4-5) - The Art of Cupcakes

    The Art of Cupcakes
    Full-Day Camp - $400    closed July 4 & 5
    8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., lunch & swimming instruction included

    The Art of Cupcakes will have your camper spend three days decorating cupcakes into unique and artful creations during this shortened week of camp. Animal face cupcakes, floral cupcakes, and hamburger cupcakes are all on the menu!

  • Week 4: July 8 - 12 - Trailblazers

    Beauvoir Trailblazers
    Full-Day Camp - 
    8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., lunch & swimming instruction included

    This program is the very definition of trailblazing! Campers will be challenged with fun and exciting summertime activities like rock climbing, kayaking or canoeing at Riley's Locks, hiking, and whitewater rafting at Carderock. Watch your camper develop confidence and lifelong skills while having the summer of his or her life as a Beauvoir Trailblazer! Activities are subject to change.

    Clothing: Participants should wear all purpose clothing designed for water and land. Bathing suits, shorts, dry tops, and water shoes are all highly recommended.

  • Week 5: July 15 - July 20 - Outdoor Adventures

    Outdoor Adventures
    Full-Day Camp - 
    8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., lunch & swimming instruction included
    Cookout and sleepover, Friday, July 19
    * pick up from the sleepover will be Saturday, July 20 at 8:00 a.m.

    Outdoor Adventures will take advantage of the great outdoors exploring the best that the D.C. area has to offer. Highlights of this camp are hiking the Billy Goat Trail, exploring Great Falls National Park, and an all-day trip to Adventure Island across from Riley's Lock. The group will cross the Potomac in the "war canoe", experience team-building challenges, rapid swimming, fire building, tree houses, and island games. At the end of this adventurous day,
    campers will return to Beauvoir for a cookout with their family and an overnight campout* on campus. Campers will feel like they are at a sleep-away camp as they challenge themselves on a daily basis with outdoor activities. All of this while forming new friendships and having plenty of time to do one of the most important activities any camp can offer—just being a kid.
    Clothing: Participants should wear all purpose clothing designed for water and land. Bathing suits, shorts, dry tops, and water shoes are all highly recommended.

  • Week 6: July 22 - July 26 - Break Out: An Escape Room Camp

    Break Out: An Escape Room Camp
    Full-Day Camp - $650
    8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., lunch & swimming instruction included

    The clock is ticking! Can you work together and break out of the room before time is up? Each day, campers will encounter complicated padlocks, creative cryptology, invisible ink clues, and logic puzzles as they conquer different escape rooms, all while gathering knowledge about how to create their own. By the end of the week, through teamwork, puzzle design, creative code building, and A LOT of testing and tweaking, campers will have created their very own one-of-a-kind escape room.

  • Week 7: July 29 - August 2 - Hogwarts

    Full-Day Camp - $650
    8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., lunch & swimming instruction included

    Can’t get enough of the Harry Potter series? Then come to Hogwarts Camp at Beauvoir, where magic comes to life! Learn how the fantastical subjects Harry and his friends study connect to our own world. Your child will explore chemistry as they create color-changing potions, discover real-life bizarre plants in Herbology, map the skies in Astronomy, and of course, play Quidditch. Join us and see how reading can open up a whole new world!

  • Lead Counselor Bios

    We are excited to have most of the Brown Bear camp weeks lead by current Beauvoir teachers.

     Hay (Eco Arts and Cathedral Arts weeks) began her teaching career at Beauvoir as a first grade teacher, and transitioned to her current role as visual arts teacher for grades 1-3 two years ago. Art has always been Kaitlyn’s passion from a young age, studying sculpture and art history as an undergrad at Princeton, and architecture as a graduate student at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. As an art teacher, Kaitlyn enjoys doing workshops to deepen her skills in various media such as printmaking, life drawing, stone carving and ceramics. Kaitlyn often visits DC-area art museums, architectural landmarks and cultural centers for inspiration, and is excited to share her experiences in DC and abroad with her campers!

    Carissa Youse (Trailblazers, Outdoor Adventure, Hogwarts, and Break Out: Escape Room weeks) has worked at Beauvoir for the last six years. In her time at the school, she has managed to work in every single grade from PreK to Third in her roles as an Associate Teacher, a Learning Resources Teacher, and a Partner Teacher. Before Beauvoir, Carissa worked at an residential outdoor education school in Little Rock, AR, where she taught elementary school students how to set fires, build shelters, and live respectfully on the land. Carissa graduated from Yale University with a degree in American Studies, focusing on the intersection of Public Policy and Education. When not at Beauvoir, Carissa lives in a house overflowing with piles of books and board games with her husband and her dog.  
  • Swimming at Camp

    Beauvoir campers of all ages have the opportunity to enhance their swimming skills through group instruction. Grouped by skill, campers learn a variety of swim techniques, practice water-safety skills, and play fun water games.

    All Brown Bear Camps include daily swim instruction at the Beauvoir Pool. To view all of Beauvoir Summer's swim options and pricing, click here.
  • Before and After Camp Care

    Extended camp care is available before camp from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. or after camp from 3:00p.m. to 6:00 p.m. During this time, children will enjoy a more relaxed program including outdoor play, snack, indoor arts and crafts, and other games. Time is also devoted to quiet relaxation and group activities. Pre-registration is required and a drop-in option cannot be accommodated during the summer camp. For more information and pricing, click here.

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About Beauvoir

Beauvoir Summer is located at Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School, on the 60-acre Cathedral Close in Washington, DC. Beauvoir is a coeducational Pre-Kindergarten through Third Grade school carefully designed for young learners.