Methodology: Northern Virginia magazine’s annual Best Summer Camps list is determined by a reader poll. We asked our readers to tell us which local camps you love. Once the results were in, our in-house team vetted the winners for quality control. The result is a list of summer camps – both day and overnight – that you can be confident sending your child to this summer. Although some Best Summer Camp winners choose to advertise in the magazine, winners cannot pay to be included on the list. The listing and the advertising sections are separate entities.