Spy Camp

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Spy Camp is a 3 day program that will engage the participant in skills and knowledge learned by Office of Strategic Services (OSS) trainees during the 1940’s. Skills such as archery, land navigation and Morse code will be taught to all recruits. Instructors will teach age appropriate techniques to recruits for basic first aid, knot tying, and how to create a spy persona. Each day will bring a new experience with challenges to test all recruits. Each recruit will work in a team environment to accomplish tasks. Join us for all the fun and excitement of Spy Camp!

We want to make Spy Camp available to everyone. First time recruits will be given priority on slot selection. However, those who have attended Spy Camp in previous years are welcome to apply for the Cadre in Training (CIT) program. Three CIT applicants will be selected per camp date. CIT's will serve as team leaders and mentors for new recruits, assist staff with setup and instruction, and support camp operations.

Spy Camp Dates and Times:

All sessions are full and we have a large number on the waiting list. If we have vacanices we will reopen the application process. Thank you for the interest in Spy Camp.

Session 1: June 23, 24, and 25, 2020 - all slots are filled

Session 2: July 14, 15, and 16, 2020 - all slots are filled

Time for each day will be: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


New Recruit Application for Spy Camp: Applications are closed for 2020 sessions

Each recruit will need to complete an application and submit the form by midnight on May 18, 2019. First time recruits have priority during the selection process. Selection will be based on when the application is received, first received first selected. After filling in the form, please save the file before attaching, it does not autosave on the file.

The application process will remain open until we fill 30 recruits per session. After 30 will be placed on a wait list in order of when the application is received. After we have 6 recruits on the wait list, we will close the application process.

Download application (Adobe PDF): Camp is full, not accepting applications for 2020
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Cadre in Training (CIT) Application: OPEN

CIT's will be a valuable asset to the success of Spy Camp. These slots are open to individuals who have attended Spy Camp as a recruit, but would enjoy returning to continue the challenge and help others. Three CIT's will be selected for each camp date. Selection will be by random draw. To be eligable for selection; must have attended Spy Camp as a recruit and must not be over the age of 16. Applications are due by midnight May 2, 2020. After filling in the form, please save the file before attaching, it does not autosave on the file.

Download application (PDF file): Spy Camp CIT 2020
Download application (Word Doc): Spy Camp CIT 2020

Who May Apply?

Spy Camp is for students in 4th to 7th grade or 9 to 12 years old.

We offer a CIT program for those who have attending a previous camp and wish to serve as a mentor/leader for new recruits. This program is for 10 to 18 years old and must have attend Spy Camp as a recruit.

How are Recruit's Selected?

Spy Camp is a very popular program at Prince William Forest Park. We receive a large volume of applicants with only 60 total participants. New recruits who have never attended will have priority during the selection process. Applicants are selected based on when the application is received, first received first selected. It is recommended that if a specific camp date is desired that the application be submitted as soon as possible. There will be a wait list in the event of a selected recruit not being able to attend.

What is the Cost?

Spy Camp is FREE. The historic use of Prince William Forest Park (Chopawamsic Recreational Demonstration Area) is to provide a summer camp experience for youth. We are returning some of that history to this program.

What do Selected Recruit's need to bring?

All training materials will be provided. Each recruit will receive a Spy Camp T-shirt, neck lanyard and name badge.

Each recruit will need to bring their own lunch, snacks, and any special drinks. Water and lemonade will be provided.

Last updated: August 10, 2020

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