Park Authority

CONTACT INFORMATION: Open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
703-324-8571 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!

2024 Camp Registration Underway

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  • Registration for 2024 camps is now open and waitlists are active.
  • Camp Extended Care locations are limited. Please check locations while planning Camp registrations. For more information, please send an email to
  • Use the Camp Spreadsheet to see camps that still have openings. This resource is updated on an ongoing basis throughout the rest of the season.

Registered for Camp — What's Next?

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  1. Download and read the 2024 Parent Handbook
  2. Complete the camp forms included at the end of the 2024 Parent Handbook and bring them the first day of camp.
  3. Some camps/situations require additional paperwork — explore the sections under “Next Steps After Registering” below to determine if you need to submit any additional paperwork.

Join the Fun in Fall Camps!

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When schools close for student holidays or cultural observances, Fairfax County Park Authority has you covered with camp opportunities. Explore the numerous fun opportunities for children to learn new skills and meet new friends this fall:   

  • Thursday-Friday, Oct. 3-4 
  • Monday, Oct. 14 
  • Friday, Nov. 1 
  • Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 4-5  
  • Monday, Nov. 11 


Listen as Emilie Shumate, FCPA Youth Services Section Manager, talks about upcoming camp opportunities on this The County Conversation podcast.

Plan for Summer Camp!

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Search for spring and summer 2024 camps online.

Registration opens at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 23! Use the following resources to prepare:

  • 2024 Camp Guide— Prepare for registration by exploring this publication with thefull listing of 2024 Spring and Summer camps and marking your top choices!
  • Camp Spreadsheet — Use this excel file to sort available camps for children by their age, the week, the type of camp and the location.
  • Camp Planner Sheet — Once you choose a camp, document the Catalog ID on this sheet to use when you are registering online.
  • Camp Search and Extended Care Search boxes — Use the search boxes above and in the Extended Care dropdown below to find your child’s next memorable camp experience.

For additional information and assistance, please see:

  • 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. 
  • Fee $165, no matter how many weeks

Counselor In Training Application

  • 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.


Camp Extended Care locations are limited. Please check locations while planning camp registrations.

Extended Care provides one hour of additional care in the morning and/or afternoon for campers at their specific camp location. Only campers who already are 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. 

Hours and Price

  • 8-9 a.m., $40/week
  • 4-5 p.m., $40/week

*Advance registration is required as space is limited.*

Extended Care Search



Extended Care refunds are given in full if requested prior to the camp week.  No refunds are given once the week begins.

Late Fee

A $1 fee will be charged for each minute after 5 p.m. that parents are late picking up their camper. 


Contact us at 703-222-4664.

  1. Download and read the 2024 Parent Handbook
  2. Complete the camp forms included at the end of the 2024 Parent Handbook and bring them the first day of camp.
  3. Review the other sections below to determine if you need to submit any additional paperwork.

Licensed Camps

Only the Camps listed below require additional documents. These camps are licensed by the VA Department of Education and therefore require an immunization record as well as proof of child’s identity on the first day of camp:

  • Kiddie Camps: Franconia Rec Center
  • Camp Bloom and Grow: Spring Hill Rec Center
  • All About Animals: Frying Pan Park
  • Adventures on the Farm:  Frying Pan Park


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Provide Additional Information about Campers

Help us make your campers’ experience the best it can be. Fairfax County Park Authority welcomes campers of all abilities, backgrounds and experiences. Please let us know if your child has any emotional or behavioral challenges as well as any intellectual or physical disabilities. Please reach out to us at or fill out the Request Accommodations form online with additional details about your camper in advance of the camp start date.

Please provide advanced notice of any accommodation requests. If the request is less than 10 days before the start date, the Park Authority will attempt to provide services; however, we cannot guarantee your accommodation request will be fulfilled.

Camp Search

Best Summer Job Ever!

Work in a Park Authority Camp. Check for job opportunities with our summer camps and Rec-PAC.

Camps of All Types

Our camps, which are designed for children 3 to 16, provide opportunities for new experiences where kids grow and develop socially, physically and cognitively. Whether your child wants to refine their existing skills or try their hand at something new, the Park Authority has a camp that they’re sure to enjoy!


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