Foxcroft School, hidden beyond the crags and thick foliage of Foxhound Lane near Middleburg, has certainly not sat empty like one might imagine a school campus in the middle of summer.
For five weeks, more than a dozen of its faculty are on the clock and several of its students are up by sunrise to put help run the all-girls private school’s annual summer camp called Fun Days@Foxcroft.
“We decided we wanted to put our own camp on,” Catherine Wolf, Foxcroft’s director of communications, said. “We have all this talent and we have this great facility, so we wanted to make sure that we’re using both to their full potential to serve the community.”
The camp is a labor of love for the Foxcroft community. Most of the counselors are students at the school or children of faculty, and several Foxcoft teachers and administrators tap into their lesser known talents and hobbies to oversee specialty camps—a member of the school maintenance staff leads campers in archery and fishing, the music teacher coaches the tennis camp and the art teacher oversees the ropes course.
“We all multitask here,” Fun Days@Foxcroft camp director Michelle Woodruff said. She should know—Woodruff is also Foxcroft’s athletic director.
Woodruff said she thinks the campers notice that everyone operating the camp is more invested than summer camps held on the school campus in the past because they are a part of Foxcroft year-round.
“This is our home,” she said.
Whatever it is, it seems to be working. The five-week camp sold out early last month with more than 600 youngsters on the roster. It is designed to accommodate busy families, with several options. Campers can sign up for just one week or two weeks or all five, and also choose whether they want a specialty camp (from 9 a.m. to noon), a traditional day camp (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) or an extended day camp (from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
“We wanted it to be flexible,” Wolf said. “It works really well for families who have vacation plans or other camps they want to get to.”
And beyond which schedule works best, campers can select from 15 activities that fit their interests—aquatics, lacrosse, future engineers, musical theater and riding to name a few. The camp is open for boys and girls ages 5 to 12. This summer’s programs run through Aug. 10.