U.S. CHESS CENTER SUMMER CAMPS

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David Mehler, Executive Director

1501 M Street NW

Washington, DC 20005

(202) 857-4922

dmehler@chessctr.org

www.chessctr.org

QUICK TAKE: U.S. Chess Center summer camps teach more

than chess, they teach camaraderie, and most importantly, different

ways to have fun. A trip to Washington, DC, can become

much more enriching for your child if you let him or her

participate in this weekly program.

AGE REQUIREMENT: 10–14

FEES: In addition to programs at the U.S. Chess Center, there

are camps at many DC area schools as well as annual weekend

programs held in eight cities across the United States

Prices range from $70/week to $160/week.

BACKGROUND: The U.S. Chess Center was established in 1992,

three years after World Chess champion Garry Kasparov visited

the nation’s capital and suggested that chess could be

used as a tool to fight drug use among children. That summer,

fifty public housing students participated in a pilot program

that drew rave reviews from the kids. Now, approximately two

thousand children are involved, many from the inner city.

DESCRIPTION: The half- and full-day programs, each lasting

one week, teach children the nuances of chess. They also

provide swimming and other activities. In addition, some fullday

camps offer an after-care problem-solving enrichment program

(for an additional fee). Financial assistance is available.

OUR TAKE: Chess is one of the most stimulating games for

children and adults alike, and any program geared toward

teaching it while simultaneously connecting kids with their

peers gets an A+ in our book. The best thing about this program

is that there are enough locations, dates, and times to

snugly fit into any schedule. Check out the Web site or call for

specific information, but don’t hesitate. Seats go fast.

OUR RECOMMENDATION: For the kid who has some competitive

fire to go with his or her intellect, U.S. Chess Center

summer camps are perfect. For the parent who wants to facilitate

that competitive nature and intellect, they’re even more

perfect.