Camps Overview

Camps Overview

We are the longest operating camp in Reston.  Generations of Restonians, from campers to counselors, have grown up through RA Camps. 

For over 40 years, RA Camps have provided children with a fun and safe way to explore Reston's natural environment and its recreational opportunities.  Our camps help children grow physically, emotionally, and socially.  They are encouraged to demonstrate respect for themselves, others, and the environment.  At RA Camps, kids can explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lasting friendships and memories.  And, of course, it's fun too.

We are committed to providing your child with a rewarding and memorable experience.  Our safety and supervision exceed the minimum standards for Child Day Centers, as required by the Virginia Department of Social Services.  We hire community leaders for your children who will help build character, positive experiences, and memories that will last a lifetime.

Camp Shirts

Campers at Junior Day Camp, Sportsters, Day Camp, Science Camp, and CIT's are required to wear an official camp t-shirt each day.  Shirts can be purchased online at our website WebTrac or at RA's Member Services, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston.  To pick up your online purchase, please bring in your receipt as confirmation of payment.

Waiting List

If a camp session is sold out, you should add your child's name to the waiting list on-line on the WebTrac website.  RA Camps will contact you if a space becomes available.  You may also contact RA Camps for assistance by emailing or by calling 703-435-6551.


  • Van transportation is available within RA boundaries only.
  • Transportation is available for all camps with the following exceptions: No transportation for Nature Tots, Walker’s Rangers, Camp on Wheels and Junior Lifeguarding. One-way only transportation is available for Sportsters (to camp) and PM Junior Day Camp (home from camp).
  • Transportation is not available between home and Extended Care.
  • Campers may be picked up and dropped off at two different locations. Locations must remain the same throughout the session.
  • Pick Up/Drop Off locations must be a home, place of employment or day care provider.

Extended Care

Day Camp, Junior Day Camp, Sportsters, CIT, Teen Camp – (7:30-9 a.m.)
Day Camp, Junior Day Camp, CIT, Art, Full Day Sportsters, Teen Camp – (4-5:30 p.m.)

Extended Care is provided at our Brown’s Chapel facility.

AM Extended Care is available for all camps, except Nature Tots, Walker’s Rangers, Camp on Wheels and Junior Lifeguarding, Wilderness Camp.

PM Extended Care is available for all camps except Nature Tots, Walker’s Rangers, Camp on Wheels, Half Day Sportsters and Junior Lifeguarding, Wilderness Camp.

As part of the service, RA will transport campers to their appropriate camps in the mornings and get them from camp to Extended Care in the afternoons as needed. These campers will ride the same vans that provide AM and PM transportation from and to private residences and workplaces within RA boundaries. If your child attends Science Camp or Teen Camp, please drop them off at Extended Care by 8:15 a.m., and pick them up no earlier than 4:15 p.m. These recommended times are subject to change.

Extended Care activities are less structured and more independent than regular camp activities. They may include cards, board games, crafts, reading, videos, etc. 

Payment & Refunds

  • A $75 non-refundable deposit per camper per session is required for all camps at registration time.* Deposits may be transferred as a deposit to another RA Camps session within the same camp season. They may not be used toward a camp balance. Deposits are credited toward the total cost of the program. Exception: Nature Tots and Walker’s Ranger’s deposit is $45.
  • Full payment for all sessions and services is required by May 1.
  • Refunds, minus applicable deposits, may be recovered until June 1. See Camp Handbook for complete refund policies and procedures.
  • Transportation and Extended Care fees are refundable and transferable until two weeks before the start of the applicable session.
  • Returned checks will result in a $35 fee.

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