Washington Summer Youth Experience
Academic overnight camps for middle schoolers located at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA

The Institutes

  • Programs not running in 2020

Our proximity to Washington, D.C., is integral to how we teach and approach our programs. We take a global worldview and incorporate experiential learning and real-life examples of ethics, leadership and the arts at work in our capital, and weave them throughout all of our programs.

How it works

Campers who attend the Washington Summer Youth Experience are here to create, test, impact, and explore. Campers choose one of our programs known as Institutes, to discover news passions and potential career paths while gaining life-long memories in the world's most dynamic city. Each Institute's program culminates in a grand presentation for family, friends and the larger community.

The Photography Institute

The Photography Institute introduces students to the power and impact of photography and how it helps to shape and visualize the world around us. Through the use of Episcopal High School’s state-of-the-art facilities and experiential programming, students will develop their personal photography aesthetic and portfolio.

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The Biotech Institute

The Biotech Institute is an experiential learning program that introduces students to the cutting-edge field of biotechnology. Through hands-on projects, interactive lab work and visits to D.C.’s world-class biotech research facilities, students will gain valuable insight and experience in this growing field.

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The Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute is a character-driven learning experience that further develops students’ leadership skills and values. Through conversations with current leaders in politics, the military, education, business and law, students will explore their personal values and ethics to learn how to be leaders with a positive impact in their own communities.

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