MAD Week’s Youth & Kids Camp is a creative, nurturing, inclusive program for rising 2nd  through 7th graders interested in the Irish Arts. Suitable for all levels, students will have the opportunity to build their traditional music and dance skills, explore traditional arts, participate in community gatherings (sessions and ceilis), and collaborate with their peers to build a unique end-of-week presentation. And best of all – have fun!


ELEMENTARY-ages: Rising 2nd - 4th graders

MIDDLE-ages: Rising 5th – 7th graders

We make sure that all students are challenged and engaged. If your child is a more advanced instrumentalist or dancer, they have the option (subject to the decision of faculty) to pursue their instrument in the Regular MAD Week Class Program. They will be escorted to and from those classes, and otherwise participate with their Youth & Kids Camp group.


8:00-9:00      Before care

9:00-10:00    Check in and join circle time, games, songs

10:00-11:30  Beginner Fiddle (with Joe DeZarn) or Tin Whistle


Intermediate or advanced students: can choose a morning (& afternoon) instrument or dance class in the Regular MAD Week Class Program or stay and learn fiddle/whistle with Joe. Each child will be escorted back and forth to class by our staff.

11:30- 12:00 Social dancing and foot work for all

12:00-1:00    Lunch, Games, Outdoor play, Playground

1:00-1:45      Folktales, stories, and creative writing

1:30 – 3:00 Intermediate or advanced students can choose an afternoon instrument or dance class in the Regular MAD Week Class Program and leave the Folktales class at this point. Each child will be escorted back and forth to class by our staff.

2:00- 2:30     Remainder of students will have a choice of various “centers”: fun musical instruments, i.e. bodhran, whistle, lap harp, crafts, or singing

2:30 – 3:00   Drama class

3:00-4:00     All students come back together for a session time or crafts

4:00-6:00     Aftercare 


This year we will continue our commitment to inclusiveness and child safety. Our new venue for camp, The Washington Waldorf School, opens up greater opportunities to immerse, explore, and enjoy these rich experiences.

All children are directly supervised by staff at all times. ID will be required at pickup.


Will I be allowed to stay and watch during the day?

All adults must be registered in a class or as a volunteer in order to be on campus. If you would like to volunteer at MAD Week, please email Volunteers will be required to have a background check.

Is before-care and after-care available?

Yes, morning care runs from 8-9 am at a cost of $65 for the full week, or $15 per day. After care runs from 4-6 pm at a cost of $125 for the full week, or $30 per day.

How will it compare to last year?

We will continue the smashing success of the 2018 Kids Camp with an expanded age range. The kids will spend their week learning, growing, making friends, and having a blast. They will explore (or furthered existing skills in) their instruments of choice, dancing, creative writing. They will learn Irish songs, try their hand at different instruments and crafts, and composed their own Irish mythical stories.

How many spaces are there?

Spaces Limited to 12 Elementary aged children & 12 Middle School children.

Who do I contact with questions?

Please contact Maddy O’Neill-Dean, Co-Director of Children’s Programs, at

Please note: The MAD Week Youth & Kids Camp Program is a self-contained program, running concurrently with MAD Week’s other program offerings. It is not affiliated with the Washington Waldorf School.

MAD Week is a program of the O’Neill-Malcom branch of Comhaltas Celtiori Eireann (CCE). CCE is the Dublin, Ireland-based Irish cultural arts organization.



Activities from 9am - 4pm

Option to purchase a tin whistle if needed

Access to afternoon community sessions

Before and aftercare are available. You can register for the week or the day on the registration page.


Early Bird discount pricing is currently in effect:

Full Time (9:00 am - 4:00 pm): $500.00
late registration after July 17: $550.00

FAMILY DISCOUNT: If at least three people from your family are registered together, then you will receive a discount of 50% off the tuition for the third person (and any additional people) in your family for regular morning or afternoon classes and workshops.  In order to receive the discount the fees for everyone must be charged on the same credit card, along with the first person's registration.  If members of the family need to pay individually (for example, with different credit cards), you must create separate registrations for each and the family discount will not apply.