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Upper Division - Ages 9-12

Please check back in January for the 2019 Burgundy Farm Summer Day Camp Program information.


Burgundy’s Upper Division is designed for our oldest campers who have identified interests, taken up hobbies, and are ready to have influence over how they spend their camp day. The Upper Division has the widest variety of all our divisions, and allows the camper to truly build a unique camp experience during their time at Burgundy.

Campers will have a full day of activity by selecting either (1) both a morning and an afternoon program from our half-day options or (2) a full-day, two-week camp program. Campers must choose both a morning and afternoon program OR a full-day program; we do not offer half-day registration.

**Please note, our full-day, two-week options are available during weeks 3 AND 4, 5 AND 6, 7 AND 8.

Whatever programs they select, Upper Division campers take on more responsibility during the camp day, give input into the day-to-day activities of their camp, and serve as role models for our younger campers. Upper Division campers are integral in creating the type of inclusive, supportive community we strive for at Burgundy, as this is often created through them leading by example.

All campers swim daily in the Upper Division in Burgundy’s own outdoor saltwater pool. Daily swim time includes swim instruction Monday through Thursday with a free swim session on Friday. Those who choose a full-day program have a designated swim time that remains constant during the session. Those who choose to select from our morning and afternoon offerings will swim with their morning program.


2019 Burgundy Farm Summer Day Camp Dates:

Fee: about $400/week (this is the 2018 fee, check back in January for updated rates) 

Week 1 - June 17-21

Week 2 - June 24-28 

Week 3 - July 1-5* 

*No camp on Thursday July 4th

Week 4 - July 8-12 

Week 5 - July 15-19 

Week 6 - July 22-26 

Week 7 - July 29-August 2 

Week 8 - August 5-9 


Schedule and Options

Upper Division Schedule

8-8:30 a.m. morning drop-off

8:30-11:30 a.m. selected morning program, including daily swimming

11:30-noon lunch with morning group

Noon-3 p.m. selected afternoon program

3 p.m. afternoon dismissal


Build Your Own Camp

Remember, campers MUST be registered for a morning and an afternoon program for each week! Full-day, two-week programs are available during wees 3 AND 4, 5 AND 6, 7 AND 8. 

*These are the 2018 programs and rates, please check back in January for the updated, 2019 programs.  

Upper Division Morning Options (AM Camps) 

**Swimming Included

Lego Mania (Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8)

Fee: $200/week

Building, playing, creating, and constructing are just some of the things that your camper will do during this very hands-on camp. Use Legos to solve challenges, design buildings and other structures, create simple machines, or anything else you can think of. Your are only limited by your imagination in this camp!


Digital Photography (Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8)

Fee: $200/week

Work with a digital camera to capture amazing images around Burgundy's campus. Portraits, landscapes, action shots, and other artistic photos will all come together as your camper edits, applies effects, and creates his/her very own, one of a kind images. Campers are encouraged, but don't need to, bring their own camera.


Science (Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8)

Fee: $200/week

Challenge your mind with creative, fun, and exciting experiments. Areas of study include chemistry, nature and the environment, the barnyard animals, and botany!

Weeks 1 and 5: Earth and Water

Weeks 2 and 6: Aerodynamics 

Weeks 3 and 8: Chemistry 

Weeks 4 and 7: Biology and Zoology 


Dare To Dance (Weeks 5 and 6)

Fee: $200/week

Take journey through an exploration of movement including many styles of dance like ballet, afro-jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, and modern. Campers will enjoy a safe, positive, and creative space while building confidence, healthy hearts and bodies, and increasing motivation and focus. This camp allows children an opportunity to dance all day, make new friends, and participate in all kinds of activities that get their body moving. Campers will be able to grow as artists while taking in all that Burgundy’s beautiful outdoor campus has to offer. This is the perfect camp for enthusiastic and energetic children!


Nature Navigators (Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8)

Fee: $200/week

This exciting, hands-on camp is designed to capture all that is great about our general day camp and pack it into a half-day program. Nature walks, digging in the dirt, working in the garden, exploring the natural beauty of our campus, these are just some of the activities that are special and unique to Burgundy. Campers will be allowed to have fun on our beautiful campus while learning about nature, conservation, and outdoor hobbies. Designed to be a nice bridge for campers moving out of the Lower Division as well as a nice precursor to our very popular Burgundy Outdoors camp. Truly the best of what Burgundy has to offer!


Upper Division Afternoon Options (PM Camps)

Excite Soccer (Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8)

Fee: $200/week

Excite Soccer is a fun loving educational soccer program! Children are encouraged to develop their mental, physical, and social abilities through creative soccer games and other activities taught by highly experienced staff. Participants learn individual skills, teamwork, and most importantly have fun! We emphasize mastering basic coordination and agility with and without a soccer ball, as well as providing an environment that builds confidence.


Engineering for Kids STEM Camps (Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8)

Fee: $210/week

Engineering For Kids brings science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), to kids in a fun and challenging way through classes, camps, clubs, and parties. We are proud to inspire children to build on their natural curiosity by teaching engineering concepts through hands-on learning. Engineering is, after all, one of the fastest growing industries in the world!

  • Weeks 1 and 5: Electronic Game Design - The living dead are trying to steal from our vegetable garden! In Electronic Game Design: Vegetables vs. the Undead, we will create our own version of a tower defense game that will pit our prized peas and carrots against an amassing horde of hungry, shambling ghouls! We will use the Engineering Design Process to create a storyboard to outline the rules of play and characters for our game. Then, we will use Clickteam Fusion 2.5® to bring our storyboard to life with programming. At the end of the class, everyone takes home a working Windows-compatible game.

  • Weeks 2 and 6: Robotics - Launching a robot into space takes precision, as the rover has to fly an extraordinary distance before arriving at its destination. Students will use their robots to launch a mini rover into space during this lesson and learn how robots are used for space exploration.  

  • Weeks 3 and 7: Power and Energy Camp! - Power and energy are what everything requires to move, turn on, light up, and make noise. In The Agent of Change camp, students will break up into engineering teams and help each other to create unique ways to harness, manipulate, and use energy efficiently. Each day, students will have the chance to add a power-up light to their power and energy meter by completing that day’s camp challenge.

  • Weeks 4 and 8: Forensic Engineering - Become a forensics engineer and help Kelvin find out who stole the blueprints for his secret, new design. Using principles of investigative science and forensic engineering, students will analyze evidence in the simulated crime scene using math, science, and technology. Embark on a new journey each day to decipher cryptic clues and biological codes, and help us identify the thief through chemical and mechanical analysis. Time is running out, and Kelvin needs your help!


Silver Knights Chess (Weeks 4 and 5) **Brand new Camp for 2018**

Fee: $210/week

Spend a week playing and learning about chess with the Silver Knights! We've taught tens of thousands of children including national champions, but most students are beginners looking to learn and have fun! Campers are broken up in groups by skill level. Each camper receives a T-shirt and a tournament-style chess set. Activities include learning the rules, openings, tactics, endgames, studying master games, and playing lots of games against other students. Campers will take breaks for snacks, lunch and fresh air. Check out their website at www.skenrichment.com.


NOVA Fencing Club (Weeks 3, 6, and 7) **Brand new Camp for 2018**

Fee: $210/week

En Garde! Ready? Fence!  Nova Fencing Camps are a great introduction to the Olympic sport of fencing, which is taught through fun drills and exciting games. Campers will learn basic footwork and blade work skills from experienced coaches who have developed both national and international competitors, including several current Junior Olympians. 

All of our camps will teach and refine the fundamentals of fencing including hand and footwork, drills, and bouting.  Camps end with a team tournament using electrical equipment.  Why choose our fencing camp?  Because fencing is fun!  Campers will love playing fun games, getting fit, and making lasting friendships.

Our camps are for children who have no experience with fencing through intermediate level fencers.  Fencers will be grouped according to their ability. Equipment and uniforms are provided, including protective masks, jackets, chest protectors, and gloves. 

Each camp is taught by instructors under the direction of Head Coach Greg Kaidanov.   All of our coaches are First Aid/CPR/AED and USOC Safe Sport certified.  Camps can be repeated, since every bout brings a new experience.


ARTrageous ARTventures with Pottery Playground (Weeks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8)

Fee: $210/week

Add SIZZLE to your summer with ARTrageous ARTventures at Burgundy Farm Summer Day Camp! Our Art camp is as Art-intensive as you’ll find anywhere in Northern Virginia. Come and take a peek…Val, Kate, and their staff are back and ready to take you and your friends to colorful destinations reserved only for those wanting to explore their creative sides! So, Fire Up your imaginations and prepare to experience a kaleidoscope of Art styles and projects from various cultures and countries.

Campers will explore many Art forms each week and learn FUNtastic techniques that will bring them to life. In addition to the Fired Arts of pottery painting, glass fusion and clay (hand building a variety of pieces), we will explore a wide range of Art mediums, such as the ancient Art of mosaics, canvas painting, drawing, watercolor, collage, oil pastels and candle making! For added fun, we’ve packed LOTS of funky tools like straws, liquid soap, shaving cream, and fuzzy yarn in our creative arsenal. Everything is BRIGHT, COLORFUL and designed for FUN!

Please Note: Since our Artventures are week-long sessions, Fired Arts projects won’t be ready for pick up until 10-14 days after we complete them. Clay projects must dry several days before being fired in the kiln. Due to the extra fire time, there will be no Fired Arts projects during the last week (Week 8) of camp. We will, however, include some super fun projects with air-dry clay! Pick up of your projects is very easy! All Fired Arts projects (ceramic, glass, and clay) will be kept securely in the Camp Office until your parent can swing by to collect them. Val will send a reminder note home with you at weeks’ end, letting your parents know when your masterpiece(s) will be ready for you to admire.

While learning about different Art styles is important, it’s YOUR creative interpretation of these styles we value most. We view Art as a process, not a product, and expect you to put your artistic thumbprint on the various Art movements we cover. You will leave camp with more than just an appreciation of Art; you will learn how to overcome obstacles, focus your attention through guided exercises, and use your creative muscle. You’ll likely learn a few silly dances, too, because we love to turn up the tunes and boogie in-between our assignments.New projects are tackled daily and week-to- week, with no activity being duplicated. That means you can come as often as you like while you create the coolest Art gallery in the neighborhood! Projects are always FUN and no prior experience in any of the Art forms is required. All products and tools used are non-toxic and safe for the smallest hands.  Welcome Aboard our creative train! We look forward to seeing you!


Visual Arts (Week 2)

Fee: $200/week

Do you enjoy crafting? Do you see the beauty in nature? Do you have a creative side that is just hoping to be let loose? This free-form art camp not only nurtures your creative side but unleashes it! From painting to collage, sketching to sculpting, you will be creating from day one of this camp. Campers are encouraged to find what moves them, and then create. What will you make? Come join this popular camp and find out!


KSS Programs Tae Kwon Do (Weeks 1, 2, and 8) **Brand new Camp for 2018**

Fee: $210/week

Tae Kwon Do is a Korean martial art involving kicking, blocking, and striking and has truly transcended the place of its birth and become one of the most popular martial arts in the world.  KSS Tae Kwon Do camp will have some fitness, body movement, and martial arts skills incorporated.  The children will get to experience real martial arts without the commitment and cost of a traditional school.  Experienced students will have the opportunity to practice and develop skills.   Through Tae Kwon Do, students gain better physical fitness, coordination, balance, self-esteem and respect for oneself and others while learning exciting skills.


MathTree Camps (Weeks 5 AND 6)

Fee: $405/two-week session

MathTree campers learn new math concepts and master familiar ones while learning the "how" and "why" through individualized instruction and engaging small group activities. As a camper's math confidence grows so does their love of math!

Roots - for rising 4th graders (age 9)

MathTree Roots utilizes real-life situations, physical objects, drawings and narratives to build a strong foundation of math in the minds and the hearts of campers! Fractions and division are the focus of group instruction for this camp, while, individually, campers begin their climb up the MathTree®, our proprietary skill system that customizes to the camper’s pursuit of math skills. Campers should be fluent with single-digit multiplication prior to participating in MathTree Roots.

Goal: The goal is that campers will develop an understanding of fractions and division. Each camper will begin their individual climb through the basic skills that are the foundation of all math understanding.


Upper Division Full-Day, Two-Week Camps 

**Swimming Included

Summer Stage (Weeks 3 AND 4, 5 AND 6, 7 AND 8)

Fee: $785/two-week session 

This camp is designed for your budding actor or actress. Step into the spotlight or work backstage with your fellow campers to put on a show in our brand new Arts and Community Center! From practicing your lines to creating sets and wardrobes, this camp will take you through all the steps of practicing and performing a show. All the hard work pays off when you perform your show for Burgundy campers and counselors, family, and friends. All the glamour, glitz, and fun of Broadway come to life in this camp, where the show must always go on!


Burgundy Outdoors (Weeks 3 AND 4, 5 AND 6, 7 AND 8)

Fee: $815/two-week session

Grab your pack, check your compass, and get ready for adventure! This nature adventure camp program is all about exploring the outdoors, challenging yourself, practicing teamwork, and building self-confidence. Learn how to orient yourself in the wild using a map and compass, pick the perfect campsite and pitch your tent, hike the natural world and learn to identify the wildlife you find, and have fun exploring the great outdoors! This two-week program features a day trip to Hemlock Overlook Regional Park for team building and rope course activities (first Thursday of each two-week camp) as well as an overnight camp-out at Burgundy one night (second Thursday). Parents are invited to join their campers for a cookout dinner before saying goodnight, and will pick up their campers at noon the next day. This program is for the adventurous camper who is looking for more than a regular camp experience!