FPA offers students interested in Television and Radio production a great outlet to learn, experience, and create. Each summer we offer 1 week Radio and 2 week Television Camps, which certifies participants in the use of our production equipment and as FPA station producers. Once properly trained, participants can begin volunteering and earn production experience throughout the year by helping in the various public access programs created at FPA or even create a show of their own.
The TV 101 Studio Camp (Camp A or Camp B dates available): Our studio TV camp includes instruction in pre-production, script-writing, teleprompting, lighting, camera, set design, audio, floor directing, on-air talent, graphics, technical directing, and editing. Learn the “how to’s” of creating studio television programs and the function of the different equipment needed to put together a half-hour show – a show for, by and about youths, to air on Channel 10. After completion of the STUDIO camp, students become certified as FPA TV Producers and in the use of our studio A and B equipment. Participants will also receive a DVD copy of the final student project. Students are further encouraged to take advantage for their annual FPA membership and volunteer in the various studio shows at the end of the camp to continue improving their skills and gain production experience.
Positions covered in the TV 101 Studio camp include: Studio Camera operator, audio operator, Lighting, Set-Design, Graphics/Green Screen operation, Technical Directing, Floor Directing, Talent, and overview of post-production work.
The TV 101 Field Camp: Our field TV camp includes hands-on training using FPA’s JVC professional grade HD digital cameras and all associated equipment. Students will learn to conceptualize a field program by completing a storyboard, plan their shoots and record footage with FPA’s digital video cameras and accessories. As part of the training participants will review properly care of the gear while learning all about the techniques and the procedures on recording an on-location shoot. Classroom facilities will be booked as part of each session, however, a great deal of time will be spent outdoors gathering the footage for the show. After completion of the FIELD camp, students become certified as FPA TV Producers and in the use of our field gear plus they’ll receive a DVD copy of the final student project. Furthermore, as part of their membership we recommend students to volunteer in the various documentary style field production shows created at FPA to gain further experience.
Positions covered in the TV 101 Field camp include: Field Camera operator, Audio operator, Lighting, Field Director, Production Assistant, Talent, and overview of post-production work.
*After completion of the TV camp and the approval of the equipment certifications students can contact the training department to be included in our volunteer eGroup. The training department will share weekly announcements in behalf of producers looking for crew assistance and information regarding upcoming productions.
FPA WRLD Teen Radio Production Camp: Since its inception, radio has had a significant impact in the culture of the world. Thru the various genres such as music, news reporting, storytelling, and on-air discussions, the impact of RADIO continues to evolve along with the ever-changing digital technologies. In present day, the impact of radio style productions even extends to shows that are podcast and streamed online.
As part of our summer camps FPA invites all students who are interested in experiencing what radio is all about to take part in one of our WRLD Radio Summer Camp. Camp time is a mix of workshops, in class discussions, and hands-on training. During the camp students will understand the needs of each radio show genre and review the specific requirements for each. In addition, students will know how a radio studio works, participate in hands-on use of the radio board and microphones and develop scripts such as news clips, weather reports, and/or music discussion segments. Part of the camp will focus in reviewing tips on how to conduct on-air interviews with their peers and review the basics of post-production audio editing using Adobe Audition. To cover all the content students will rotate and share key production roles as they bring these projects together and create their very own radio Show. The goal for each radio camp is the creation of a 58 minute student lead program, structured and recorded with the collaboration of each student with the aim of airing the final version on Channel 37 (Fairfax County’s community bulletin board and over the air Radio Fairfax channel).Positions covered include in the summer radio camp include: Voice over, On-Air Talent, Radio Producer, radio studio operator, and overview of post-production audio editing.
*After completion of a radio summer camp students are certified as FPA Radio producers and if interested can become certified continue to use the studios to create a radio show of their own. As FPA members, camp students will also have the option to network with our current public access radio producers to observe and shadow their productions to gain more production experience.
The FPA Training department is generally open weekdays from 8am – 4:30pm and members can contact:
Jay Erausquin - FPA Training Directorfirstname.lastname@example.org
Cindy Rauda - FPA Training Coordinatoremail@example.com
2020 Summer Camp Schedule
2020 TV 101 Studio Camp A
2 week camp
Camp orientation: Sat. 7/11, 9am-10am
Mon. 7/13 – Fri. 7/24, 8am-12pm
2020 TV 101 Studio Camp B
2 week camp
Camp orientation: Sat. 8/8, 9am-10am
Mon. 8/10 – Fri. 8/21, 8am-12pm
2020 TV 101 Field Camp
2 week camp
Camp orientation: Sat. 7/25, 9am-10am
Mon. 7/27 – Fri. 8/7, 9am-1pm
2020 WRLD Radio Summer Camp A
1 week camp
Camp orientation: Friday 7/17, 7pm-8pm
Mon. 7/20 – Fri. 7/24, 9am-1pm
2020 WRLD Radio Summer Camp B
1 week camp
Camp orientation: Fri. 7/31, 7pm-8pm
Mon. 8/3 – Fri. 8/7, 9am-1pm
Download the 2020 Summer Camp Forms
TV 101 Registration Form
WRLD Radio Registration Form
Parental Consent Form
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register and pay for a camp?
It is highly recommended to contact the Training department ahead of time to check for camp availability.
Registering for Camp
- Complete camp registration form
- Complete parental consent form
- Mail registration forms and payment to FPA – Attn: Training Dept.
- Completed camp registration forms can also be email or faxed to the training department and the fee can then be completed over the phone.
- Completed registration forms and payments can also be submitted in person at the training department or at the equipment room office.
- Training Department Office Hours: Monday thru Friday: 8:00am – 4:30pm
- Phone: 571-749-1102 or 571-749-1107
- Fax: 571-749-1112
- Email: Jerausquin@fcac.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Equipment Room Hours of Operation: Weekdays 12pm-10pm and weekends 8am-8pm
- Mailing address: Fairfax Public Access -Training Department, 2929 Eskridge Road, Suite S, Fairfax, VA 22031
Where are the camps held?
All camps and orientation sessions are held in our studio facilities at: 2929 Eskridge Rd., Suite S, Fairfax, VA 22031. As part of the TV 101 Field camp, field production exercises are conducted in locations around the station, such as the Alliance Center and the Merrifield Mosaic District centers.
Are there any camp discounts?
The FPA summer camp fee includes the yearly FPA membership cost of $26 dollars. As part of the 2020 camp season, FPA has two early registration discount options: a 10% summer camp discount for enrollments completed before May 31st or a 5% early registration discount for enrollments completed May 31st.
What is the camp withdrawal and/or refund policy?
To withdraw and receive a full refund, your request must be received no later than two business days (48 hrs) prior to the camp orientation start date. After the first session, no refunds will be made. However, if availabilities remain we can attempt to accommodate a student and transfer them to one of the next available camps. Upon confirmation please allow two weeks for refunds to be processed.
For any further questions please contact the Training Department.