Summer Camp 2024 Registration Open!


The Outdoor Lab offers a week-long science enrichment camp that provides a number of nature-related activities and experiences to Arlington Public School students. Campers sleep outdoors in platform tents and are offered a variety of activities each day, including:

  • Animal Exploration
  • Boating & Fishing
  • Night Walks
  • Games & Skits
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Nature Hikes
  • Survival Skills

Sessions for 2024

  • Session A-   for students entering 7th, 8th, 9th grade:   June 24 to June 28
  • Session B-   for students entering 5th or 6th grade: July  8  to July 12
  • Session C-   for students entering 5th or 6th grade: July 15 to July 19

Registration- now Live

Parents may apply for their student to attend camp by completing a short Google Form on APS site here.

Applications will be accepted on a first come-first served basis until Monday April 15, or until a session is full.

Applications received after a session is full will be placed on a wait list.

How Do I sign up?

Registration Open Now Go Here

Once a student has been accepted, the family will be sent an electronic invoice for tuition. Payment will be made online.

About Us

The Phoebe Hall Knipling Outdoor Laboratory is a 231- acre facility in Fauquier County that provides a natural classroom for Arlington Public School (APS) students. It has a spring-fed stream, a pond, hiking trails, and an Animal Lab.
Annually, the Lab provides hands-on outdoor and environmental education to more than 10,000 APS students from elementary grades through high school.
The Outdoor Lab educational program is operated and staffed by APS, while the property is owned and managed by the nonprofit Arlington Outdoor Education Association (AOEA).

More Info

Summer Camp 2024 Brochure (English) ; Summer Camp 2024 Brochure (Spanish)

More information about summer camp can be found here: Outdoor Lab – Arlington Public Schools (

Questions about summer camp should be directed to Outdoor Lab Coordinator Rochelle Proctor at or 540.347.2258

Camp Counselors

Apply for Counselor-in-Training (High Schoolers)

The Outdoor Lab welcomes APS high school students in grades 9 through 11 to apply to be a Counselor-in-Training (aka Junior Staff) for one session of camp. These are volunteer positions, but students may earn community service hours for their work. CITs participate in all aspects of camp life: student hikes and activities, night programs, helping to prepare and serve meals, clean up, etc. A cooperative spirit and sense of enthusiasm are required!

CIT/Junior Staff Application

CIT Application link: CLICK for link to application

Applications for the CIT/Junior Staff will be available on February 1, 2024. Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 29, 2024Students currently in GR 9 may apply for one of the Elementary sessions

  • Session B: July 8 – July 12, 2024. (Elementary current grade 4-5)
  • Session C: July 15 – July 19, 2024 (Elementary current  grade 4-5)

Students completing GR 10, 11, 12 may apply for either Elementary session or the Middle School session

  • Session A: June 24 – June 28, 2024 (Middle School  current grade 6-8)
  • Session B: July 8 – July 12, 2024. (Elementary current grade 4-5)
  • Session C: July 15 – July 19, 2024 (Elementary current  grade 4-5)

Questions about applying for CIT positions should be directed to Outdoor Lab Coordinator Rochelle Proctor at or 540.347.2258