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Barrie Camp

Barrie Day Camp, located on the 45-acre wooded campus of the Barrie School, offers quality programming for children age four to fourteen. The award-winning camp is just minutes away from Washington, DC.  

The outdoor summer camp experience, particularly the kind Barrie has to offer, has never been more important for today's child. At Barrie, children can be themselves, safely explore new things, discover the outdoor world, spend quality time with friends, and receive the guidance of caring staff. Our activities develop and strengthen self-esteem and confidence, peer relationships, independence and self-confidence, a sense of adventure and exploration, leadership, environmental awareness, values and decision making, and confidence.

Barrie Day Camp is outdoorsy and the program provides developmentally appropriate, indoor and outdoor activities that kids really like (and need) in the summer. Campers enjoy a wide variety of activities in our day camp or focus on a specific interest in one of our specialty camps. In either setting, campers are hands-on, exploring new things, and strengthening their skills. Older campers can participate in our Counselor-in-Training programs, acquiring leadership skills while earning community service hours.

The Environment - Our forty-five acres of woods, fields, ponds, and streams make Barrie an ideal setting, an oasis of sorts, for unlimited outdoor activity including, nature study, walks in the woods, critter collection, and gardening.  With on-site riding, swimming, and boating, everything can be done on campus without the need for trips to parks and pools. The campus looks much the same as it did when the Layhill “ranch” became the camp's home in 1956.

Staff Guidance and Mentoring - Our staff is comprised of a unique balance of professionals and young adults. The counselors who lead each of our camp groups can establish a special relationship with their campers, unlike the relationships they might have with their teachers or parents. The counselors are close enough to their own childhood years to know where the campers are coming from, how they see the world, and what they like to do to have fun.

Diverse Programming - We can do just about everything at Barrie and along with perennial favorites we are always looking for something new to do. We try to balance the program with some things that are very active and require physical exertion, some that are creative and artistic, and some that require thought and reflection.

A Community of Friends - Our camper population is comprised of children coming from over one hundred and eighty different schools, some from other nations. Friends can be placed in the same group and there are plenty of others in the group who are potential friends.  The social life of campers naturally expands outside of their own school and community.

So Many Ways to Grow - Camp is a great place to hone a skill, learn something new, and try something out. It is also a place to strengthen social skills with fellow campers, establish an identity, and, most importantly, just be yourself.

Respect for Self, Others, and The Environment - T hrough hands-on experiences, collaboration, and diversity of thought and culture, campers are encouraged to be themselves and to explore and try new things, accept challenges, and find joy in all that they do.


Click HERE for the topic page: "Why the camp experience is so important for our children."


Please come to one of our winter or spring Open Houses. The dates and times are listed below. We are sure you will be impressed by the campsetting, the staff, and the variety of activities that only a camp like ourscan provide. Here we let summer besummer and kids be kids!


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An open house for camp families is scheduled for

Saturday, June 14, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  

We urge all families who did not come to an earlier open house to attend.  Feel free to come even if you attended an open House so you can check in paperwork and enjoy the campus.

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