Summer Offerings: Find a Sitter and Cool Camps


I know it is tough to think about summer with yards still covered in snow, but our schedules (and sanity!) this summer depend on finding great care and camps for our kids. Here are four fabulous summer resources I recommend.

My favorite local entrepreneur Andrew Ross has launched an awesome concept: a job board targeted to helping high school kids find jobs (and us parents locate great teens for assistance.) Jobs can be paid or volunteer, anything from babysitting to lifeguarding to interning.  The goal of FORCE is it to be the go-to place for high school students who want work to meet employers who want to hire them. Cool features of the site include
  • free listings to help you find that summer sitter, lawn mower, or administrative intern
  • online video chat so employers and students can screen each other before investing the time for an in-person meeting
  • student privacy – students will not put their personal information (name, phone, address) anywhere on the site, so they can wait until a private conversation before releasing their info to a “screened” employer
  • social media integration – anyone who uses the hashtag #myfirstjob will have their picture on the FORCE homepage

Follow @worktheforce on Twitter and Facebook 

Childcare in Silver Spring/Burtonsville/Olney
Wee Friends Daycare, Alice’s favorite place to hang and my go-to when I need a daycare provider, has room! Full-time and part time options are available for infants-school age kids. In the summer they take field trips and play in the beautiful backyard and school room. Check out my exhaustive post on this fabulous local, loving day care, and contact owner and educator Kathy Peter at for complete information.
Wee Friends Daycare Tuition and Hours of Operation
Wee Friends Daycare Facebook Page

Make/Believe Summer Art Camps
Make/Believe will be running three summer camps this summer in Chevy Chase and Bethesda for ages 6-12. These summer art labs are full of expansive projects such as the making of 3D glasses, forts, animation, and more. Kids will be introduced to a number of contemporary artists and concepts, and work both independently and collaboratively on a variety of projects that include drawing, painting, sculpting, fabricating, writing, and even video production.
June 23 – June 27 at Bradley Hills Elementary; 9am – 12pm
June 23 – June 27 at Chevy Chase Elementary; 1:15pm – 4:15pm
July 14 – July 18 at Bradley  Hills Elementary; 1:15pm – 4:15pm

Victory Basketball: Summer Basketball Camp at Sand Spring Friends School 
Victory Basketball Camp is hosted by SSFS Varsity Head Coach Carl Parker.  They are offering programs for boys and girls going into 3rd – 6th grade and 7th – 10th grade. Dates: June 30- July 3August 4-8August 11-15August 17-22.  Through quality training, classroom instruction, and competitive play, spend your summer developing the skills to be the best. For more information contact Coach Carl Parker at or 301.906.9066

What is your favorite summer activity or child care resource? Leave in the comments! 


  1. My kids ADORE Camp Ahava! They’ve gone for two years and cry at the end of the summer every time. While it’s in a Jewish center, it’s not a religious camp. My kids picked an extra week of camp over a vacation – they love it that much.

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