Donate to FCPA Camps!

Children at Fairfax County Park Authority Camps.

You can help foster equity and inclusion by providing camp program opportunities to our young neighbors during school breaks and summers!

The goal of Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) camps is to provide children with a safe and enjoyable experience where they can develop new skills, form friendships, and enhance self-esteem. Fun-filled days learning the arts, theatre, cooking, sports, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), chess and more, offer a positive alternative to staying home alone with excessive screen time.

Boy with arms posed as a bird in flight.

FCPA camps, for ages 3-16, are designed to provide opportunities for new experiences where kids grow and develop socially, physically, and cognitively.  Whether a camper wants to refine their existing talents or try their hand at something new, the Park Authority has a camp that they’re sure to enjoy.

FCPA camps provide an opportunity for parents to work or learn valuable skills without having to worry about childcare.  In addition to popular Spring & Summer camps, FCPA camps are offered based during Fairfax County Public School holidays and select teacher workdays. Extended care is offered at several locations. Participants will choose from supervised activities including board games, cards, drawing, coloring, and age-appropriate movies.   Requests are accepted for Access & Inclusion Support and ADA Services (Americans with Disabilities Act) to help meet individual intellectual, physical, and emotional accommodations needed to be successful in a camp setting.

Boy running.

The Park Foundation support of FCPA Camps is so important because it provides a safe and active summer for children in need of structure and connection. Many lower-income and working families have limited transportation and sites are convenient since children can walk to camp at their neighborhood schools and other camp locations. Select sites offer meals for children who qualify for reduced or free lunch to ensure their nutritional needs are met.

We need your help today if we are going to continue to provide these important camp experiences. Please consider donating $1,000, $500, $300, $100, $50 or whatever you can afford to help enrich the camps that are so impactful to the future of our young neighbors.

Children playing tug of war.

Your donation will have a positive impact on a child this summer. One look at the smiles on their faces shows that your gift provides an enriching summer! On their behalf, we thank you for your thoughtfulness.

FCPA RecPAC Summer Camps

Over 89% of parents are very or extremely satisfied with FCPA's Rec-PAC camps. The program also produces significant results. More than 230 older adolescents, often former campers themselves, participated in the Counselors-in-Training program, helping to support staff and serve as role models.

Each participant enrolled all summer long engaged in over 140 hours of rigorous physical activity.  Nearly 100% of the children completed nutrition-related activities that included preparing a fitness activity book with exercises, games, food group information and health facts to share with their families. In "Rec-PAC Gives Back", campers participated in a season-ending finale of community service. They held numerous school clean ups, planted trees, collected canned food for local charities and organized fundraisers for a variety of local groups.

FCPA Camps

In addition to Rec-PAC, nearly 13,000 individual children attended 1,277 individual FCPA Camps held at 48 different locations across Fairfax County. Last year, 35 teens participated in the Counselors-in-Training program for teens 14-17. Camps include a wide range of interest areas including Aquatic/Boating/Fishing, Arts and Crafts, Equestrian/Farm, Nature, Performing Arts, Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM), Adapted, Specialty (Chess, Cooking, Entrepreneurs), Sports and even Virtual offerings that facilitate engagement.

Children and teens facing the camera.

Please make a commitment to help us provide a safe, supervised, summer so all Fairfax County kids can have bright futures. Your contribution will help make high-quality camps a reality for these children. The smiles on their faces will be our biggest thank you!

Here's what some campers said were their favorite things:

  • "Being with my friends."
  • "Playing bumper pool."
  • "Making bracelets and keychains from gimp."
  • "End of summer party!"

Let’s Help Kids – FCPA Summer Camp

"The summers between school years are long ... especially for kids who have no activities planned when all of their friends do. Summer camp has always been my favorite part of the summer. A chance to make great friends, have fun, and get to grow into myself. I want all kids to have that same opportunity!" - Rachel Harris, Let's Help Kids Founder

Summer camp is made possible thanks to the generosity of many donors including the following Fairfax County businesses, foundations and individuals that help FCPA Rec-Pac and a variety of other FCPA Camps.  Every gift makes a difference by provide enriching experiences that foster engagement in our community. Campers build self-esteem though positive activity in summer and throughout the year!

Claude Moore Charitable Foundation logo.
GFWC Western Fairfax County Women's Club logo.
RZ Foundation logo.
Logo of Pediatric Associates of Alexandria.

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