The U.S. Chess Center has been running day camps for children since 1992. Organized by David Mehler, the camps provide high-level chess instruction in a fun environment. Our instructors all are adults and are nationally-certified chess coaches. Camps are tentative until on-line registration is available. When camps fill we will note that on this page. Camps in red are full. Camps in McLean and Vienna usually fill first.
For more information, please e-mail, call or write to us:
U.S. Chess Center
410 8th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004
We take about 30 students in each camp, sometimes more in the full-day camps, always on a first-come basis.
Many camps fill, so we recommend registering on-line or by mail as soon as the camp locations have been confirmed.
In addition to teaching chess, we engage in a variety of recreational activities in each camp. We supply snacks each day and organize games like Capture the Flag. We go swimming in some of the full-day camps in the suburbs. Some full-day camps have the availability of an after-care problem-solving enrichment program until 5:00 p.m. for an additional fee. Partial scholarships usually are available for those who need them. Campers receive a T-shirt each summer.
Camp registration fees are refundable until one week before the start of camp with a $10 administrative fee. Between one week and the start of camp, 50% of camp fees will be refunded. After the start of the camp there will be no refund.
Spring Break Camp
April 14 - 17: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Churchill Road Elementary School in McLean, Virginia, for students who know the rules of chess and are in grades 2 - 8. $210. Students are divided by ability for chess play and lessons, and by age for other activities. Aftercare available until 5:00 p.m. for an additional $50.   On-line registration
June Chess Camps
June 23 - 27: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at BASIS DC, 410 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC, for intermediate-to-advanced students entering grades 4 - 9. $200 per week. ($100 per week for students enrolled in BASIS DC) Aftercare available until 5:00 p.m. for an additional $60.
July Chess Camps
June 30 - July 3: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Chevy Chase Baptist Church on the DC side of Western Avenue for intermediate students rising into grades 3 - 8. $200 per week. Aftercare available until 5:00 p.m. for an additional $60. On-line registration
July 7 - 11: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Churchill Road Elementary School in McLean, Virginia, for beginner and intermediate students entering grades 2 - 7. $200 per week. Aftercare available until 5:00 p.m. for an additional $60. On-line registration
July 14 - 18: Full-day camp (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) at Churchill Road Elementary School in McLean, Virginia, for intermediate-to-advanced students entering grades 2 - 9. $200 per week. Aftercare available until 5:00 p.m. for an additional $60. (Rising second and third graders must have prior permission before registering for this camp.) On-line registration
July 21 - 25: Half-day camps at Westbriar Elementary School in Vienna. Mornings (9:00 a.m. - noon) for beginner-to-intermediate players entering grades 2 - 7. On-line registration
Afternoons (1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.) at Westbriar Elementary for intermediate-to-advanced players entering grades 3 - 8. $110 per week. . On-line registration
July 28 - August 1: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Ritchie Park Elementary School in Rockville, Maryland, for intermediate-to-advanced players rising into grades 3 - 9. $225 per week. Aftercare available until 5:00 p.m. for an additional $70. On-line registration
August Chess Camps
August 4 - 8: 9:00 a.m. - noon at Willow Springs Elementary School (Fairfax, VA) for intermediate players. $110/week.On-line registration
August 4 - 8: 1:00 - 4:00 at White Oaks Elementary School in Burke, Virginia, for more experienced (intermediate and advanced) students entering grades 2 - 7. On-line registration
August 11 - 15: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Stratford Landing Elementary School in Alexandria. For all levels of students entering grades 2 - 9. $200 per week. Aftercare available until 5:00 p.m. for an additional $60. On-line registration
2013 Camp ChampionsOrange Hunt: Grant Heidelbaugh
White Oaks: Yoseph Mak
Chevy Chase: Rohan Hegde and Nate Carr
Seven Locks: Douglas Malcolm and Bradley Guo
Churchill Road I: Ashley Xing
Churchill Road II: Isaac Chiu
Westbriar I: John Cox
Westbriar II: Isaac Chiu
Willow Springs: Richard Zhan
Fairfax Villa: Sol Song
Stratford Landing: Edward O'Keefe