Among summer day camps offering computer programs in the Washington area: District of Columbia

American University, 686-6150. Suzanne Nelon. For gifted children grades 7-12.

Beauvoir Summer Programs, 537-6599.

Capital Children's Museum, 543-8600. Public Programs. For children 8-15.

D.C. Public Schools. Details to be announced. Grades 1-8.

Georgetown Day School. Joe Wolfson, director, Adventures in Math and Humanities (AIMATH). Call Layne Thayer, (703) 560-3539, or Art Tenney, (301) 229-4817. Grades 4-12.

Howard University, 636-5633. Dr. James Williams. For gifted children grades 2-9.

Maret School, 483-5710. Robert Camner. For students entering grades 5-12. Separate programs for adults.

National Cathedral School. Joe Wolfson, director, AIMATH. Contacts same as Georgetown Day.

St. Albans School, 537-6450.

Sidwell Friends, 537-8111. Ann Bradley. Seventh grade through adult.

TIC Computer Camp, Mt. Vernon College, 241-5542. Karen Rosenbaum. Age 7-16. Maryland

Computer Concern, Gaithersburg, 840-1242. Norman Burts. Age 7-17.

Electronic Learning Facilitators, Bethesda, 493-9696. Deborah Blank or Carolyn Adler. Age 6-14.

Good Counsel, 942-1155. Sylvia Key. For current 7th-10th graders.

Holton Arms, 365-5300. David Glasser. Age 8-14.

Landon School, 320-3200. Joanna Bezek. Grades 5-9. Evening programs for adults.

Montgomery County Public Schools, 942-8304. Grades 4-12. Virginia

Alexandria City Schools, 998-2122. Donald Dearborn. Grades 3-6.

Arlington County Career Center, 979-6220. Rosalie Arnold. For children finishing grades 4-12.

Burgundy Farm Summer Day Camp, 960-3431, Jack Ryan. Age 8-12.

Community Computers, Easy Entry Computer Center, Arlington. Melanie Graves, 527-4600.

Congressional School, 533-9711. John Cavanagh. For children 3-15.

Fairfax County Schools, 698-7500. Marvin Koontz. For elementary and secondary school children.

McLean Community Center Computer Camp, 790-9248.

St. Stephens School, 751-2700. Doug Adams.

Computer day camp programs range from $33 to around $150 per week. Residential Camps

Atari Computer Camp, at the Oldfield School in Glencoe, Md. For children 10-16; 2 1/2 hours of computer instruction per day as part of a varied program. Two weeks, $890. Call 800-847-4180.

Virginia Tech Computer Camp, 400 War Memorial Gym, Blacksburg, Va. 24061. For children 10-17; 2 1/2 hours of computer instruction per day as part of a varied program. (703) 382-2123. Two weeks, $625.

Legacy International Youth Program, near Lynchburg, Va. Deborah Friedman, (703) 522-1407. Six-week comprehensive learning environment. Computer programming and opportunity to develop "globally oriented software and international amateur radio and microcomputer teleconferencing network."

For information on other residential and day camps, from the traditional to specialized:

* 1983 Parents Guide to Accredited Camps (1983, American Camping Association, $5.95). Order from ACA, Box 100, Bradford Woods, Martinsville, Ind. 46151, or check your local library.

* Summer Camps and Programs by Alice Goldsmith and Adrienne Lansing with Laurie Levy (1983, Harmony Books, $8.95). Available at area bookstores.