Shake N Wake
How do we start our camp each day? Each morning all the staff and campers meet in the main auditorium to kick off the day with music, singing, dancing, games, special teaching and instruction for the events of the day. Shake N Wake, guaranteed to kick off the day in the right way.
Let your creative juices flow. Express yourself, paint a picture, build a masterpiece. Each activity is designed to allow individual growth and personal accomplishment, whether constructing your own project or performing in front of your fellow campers.
Drama and Music
With the use of the facility’s media, sound, and production equipment the campers get to experience and learn basic music and drama concepts through interactive games, teaching, skits, and entertaining activities.
Campers acquire and expand their computer skills by spending time in the computer lab that is designed and equipped with age appropriate educational games and activities.
What is better than creating yummy, colorful, delicious treats that you will eventually eat, all while learning about foods, cooking, kitchen equipment, safety, and how to clean up? Campers absolutely love the scrumptious chaos that they can produce while in the kitchen.
Can you imagine, oozing lava from a volcano, or launching two liter soda bottle rockets high in the sky? Mad Science is definitely a hands-on messy experience but all controlled and safe of course. Campers really have a blast exploring how things work and they enjoy this interactive and captivating activity.
We stay on target by focusing on fun, participation, physical fitness, skill development and teamwork.
Activities suitable to the physical abilities of the various age groups include: Archery, Basketball, Soccer, Football, Frisbee, Gaga, 9 Square in the Air, Wall Ball, Street Hockey, Volleyball, Tetherball, Badminton, Obstacle Courses, Four Square, Kick Ball and trips to Burke Lake Park, just four miles north of campus.
Jump in the pool, splash a counselor, or rip down a waterslide, fun in the sun never stops whenever water is part of a camp day. Quality lifeguards and instructors insure a safe and fun environment.
Weekly pool trips to Pohick Bay Pirates Cove Pool are scheduled for all age groups. Plus, throughout the summer special event pool trips to Bull Run Regional Pool, Waterworks Waterpark in Dale City, and the Watermine Family Swimmin' Hole in Reston all take place. Boating and creek adventures at local lakes can happen as well, and watch out for Wet-N-Wild games that happen on campus.
Camp Whatakid staff takes pool safety very seriously. We understand the potential risk with water activities and prepare our staff to provide quality supervision and care. All children must complete a swim test administered by pool lifeguards before being permitted to swim in deeper water. Children will swim in water depth appropriate to their size and swimming ability.
Children who have not learned to swim will stay in either the fenced in 1-foot pool or in the 3-foot pool while wearing a life jacket.
Parents, life jackets are available at the pool (you cannot bring your own life jacket- the parks will not allow it).
Special Event Days
Are we having fun yet? You'll be amazed at the amount of special activities and events that go on each summer at Camp Whatakid. The spirit, energy and genuine emotion found in each camper inspire us to create unique and exceptional camp events. Fridays are an adventure in themselves. Can you imagine...
Wet and Wild Days
Field Day - Sports
Crazy Kids Obstacle Course
Independence Day Picnic
Glow Dance Party
OMC All Week Events & Competition
Way Out Wednesdays [W.O.W.]
Every Wednesday the campers take part in this incredible event, it's an explosion of dynamic media driven and live band music, choreographed dancing, dramatic object lessons, crazy games, plus inspirational and virtuous teaching. Our campers rave about this event and love dressing up for each week’s theme.
OMC stands for Organized Mass Chaos, and that is just what it is. This wild event takes place on the very last day of CWAK. Students are divided into three teams, dressed in their team colors with faces painted equipped with chants and team flags. When the horn blows, mass chaos erupts on the playing field. Loud music, water, shaving cream, hula hoops, tennis balls, and maybe even bananas all become a part of the crazy tasks that every team player races to complete within a designated time period. It is definitely an event that you have to see to believe, your camper will not want to miss this one.
At Camp Whatakid we believe in the value of engaging children's minds, bodies, and hearts with activities and trips away from campus.
Field trips for this summer may include:
The St. James Athletic Center
International Spy Museum
Putt Putt Golf
Wolf Trap Children's Theater in the Woods
National Air & Space Museum & IMAX Theater
Frying Pan Park
Fountain Head Regional Park Boating
Boomerang Pirate Ship Adventure
Let's not overlook the value of having the kids connect to their local community. Each summer our kids and their families join together with The Silo Center to help support some needs in our community. A mid summer food collection and a get ready for school Backpack- school supplies collection are two of our favorites. We are always amazed at how much the kids collect and how they rally together as they give and care for others.