Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Emilie Shumate ,
Youth Services Section Manager

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Learn and Grow at a Park Authority Camp!

Spring and Summer Camp Registration Now Open

Register by May 5 for Summer Camps to save $8.

2023 Summer Camp

Check out camp options for spring and summer 2023. Registration opens Jan. 10 at 9:00 AM. Save $8 on summer camps when you register by May 5.

  • You can search for camps online below or download this simple to use Camp Spreadsheet (if you have Excel) to sort camps by their age, week, type of camp, and location. 
  • Once you pick your camps, organize your summer with My Summer Camp Planner.  Print your planner (or have it open) to use when you register in Parktakes Online.  A timesaver! 

2023 Camp Guide 

General Camp Frequently Asked Questions

Camp Parent Handbook with camp forms 

Search and Register




Plans Changed? - Refunds and Transfers

  • Camp cancellations may be done online through your house account. All cancellations/transfers/refunds/credits require 14 days advance notice of the camp you are cancelling. There is a $25 cancellation fee applied to all refunds.
  • If you cancel your camp within 13 days of the start of camp, you will NOT receive money back, but the system will allow you to drop out.
  • Transfers may not be done online. If you wish to transfer from one camp to another, you can avoid the cancellation fee by contacting the registration desk (703-222-4664) to process the change. Transfers require 14 days advance notice for the camp you are withdrawing from. Transfers cannot be done within 13 days of the start of a camp.
  • You can request a refund or transfer 14 days in advance by emailing us at
  • There are no refunds or credits for missed days due to work/vacation schedules, sick days or other non-emergency reasons.
  • Within 14 days of the start of a camp session, refunds are only approved for medical emergencies with a doctor’s note if it is received before the camp ends.
  • If a medical emergency occurs during camp, a doctor’s note is required within 24 hours for a pro-rated refund. Requests received after the camp session ends will not be granted.


Extended Care

8:00-9:00 a.m. and 4:00-5:00 p.m. $75/week

Dates & locations vary, see website for the most up-to-date details!
This service provides one hour of additional morning and afternoon care for campers at their specific camp location. Only campers who are already enrolled in full-day camps can attend extended care. Camps ending before 4 p.m. are not eligible for extended care. Campers choose from supervised activities including board games, cards, drawing, coloring and age-appropriate movies. Registration for extended care is weekly, be sure to register for two weeks if your child is in a two-week camp.  
*Advance registration is required as space is limited*
online at Fairfax County Park Authority Camps or by phone 703-222-4664 
Refunds/Transfers:  Extended Care refunds are given in full if requested prior to the camp week.  No refunds are given once the week begins. 
Late Fee: $1 for each minute after 5 p.m.   

Waitlisted? What's next?

If the camp you want is full, you can add your camper to the waitlist at no cost.  Staff manages the waitlist and will contact the next in line when a space becomes available. There is no guarantee your camper will secure a space in a camp with a waitlist, so please make sure to register for a second choice.

You can help by making sure to remove your camper from any waitlists you no longer need. This makes the process run much faster for staff.

Counselor in Training (C.I.T.) program

  • Our C.I.T. program is designed for teens, 14 years of age or older, who want to further develop their leadership and communication skills as well as gain experience in planning and instructing activities for young children. 

    Acceptance into this program is based on an application and interview process space is limited. Selected C.I.T.s will be assigned to a counselor and a group of children and be given a list of tasks to complete during the camp session. To be considered for an interview for the summer C.I.T. program, you must first complete the application and submit it to the camp program director at the location you are interested in. C.I.T. interviews may not take place until May. 
  • Application to be available here in April - check back for updates.
  • Fee $160, no matter how many weeks
  • CIT Virtual Training: Tuesday June 6, 6:30 - 8 p.m. (link sent to all accepted applicants)

Next Steps After Registering

Complete Camp Forms. Download handbook, complete forms and bring to first day of camp. 

Need to bring medication at camp? Download the Medical Authorization Forms and bring to first day of camp. 

Want to host a Challenger Soccer Coach? Download the Host Family Information Sheet

Need to Request Accommodations? We welcome campers of all abilities, and have a team dedicated to access and inclusion.  If your camper may need accommodation, or for more information, please visit: Recreation Services for Customers with Disabilities.

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