2016 Outdoor Summer Camps and More

Outdoor summer camps and more - Richmondmom


Active Learning Chess Camps
The camp schedule is structured, but at the same time it is fun. Classroom size for our chess program averages 12-15 campers.  We make every effort to group friends together, but groupings within the chess programs are dependent on the camper’s chess playing ability. Teaching methods and lessons are specific to each instructor, but the main focus is the same: present the chess material in a fun, exhilarating and entertaining way. All necessary equipment is provided.

Blue Sky Fund’s Outdoor Leadership Institute
A two week leadership program for current 8th, 9th, and 10th graders from all backgrounds. The youth will get to experience a 5 day backpacking trip and learn how to serve their community better. For more information, please check out our website at www.blueskyfund.org.

Boy Scouts of America
Scouts participate in camping, swimming, boating, fishing, adventure programs, field sports, handicrafts, and lots of camping fun. 801 Hopeman Parkway, P.O. Box 813, Waynesboro, VA 22980, 540-943-6675.

Camp Accomplish
Camp Accomplish offers options for day and overnight camps. Activities and schedules are designed in a way that all campers get to spend extra time doing what is most interesting and exciting to them. Coupled with a qualified and person-centered group of staff members, a summer at Camp Accomplish will surely be nonstop fun in the sun!

Camp Alkulana
Camp Alkulana’s vision is to be a family that embodies the abounding love of God in a way that transforms the world around us.The camp has been in continuous operation since it began in 1915.

Camp Allegheny
Inspiring growth through honor, loyalty, and friendship.

Camp Blue Sky at Rainbow Station
Camp Blue Sky is divided into three divisions according to the ages of our campers. While each division is involved in our traditional day camp program, all of our activities are designed specifically to meet the developmental needs of the campers in each division. Within each division, campers are put into small groups based on age and gender.

Camp Blue Ridge
Camp Blue Ridge is a Christian Youth Camp that exists to provided a safe place for kids of all ages to come and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation and friendship. We are a resident camp that offers a variety of weekly sessions. Campers may come for one week or as many that apply to their age group.

Camp Chanco
Chanco on the James has one of the most successful youth camping programs in Virginia. The camp program has been running continuously since 1968 and is accredited by the American Camping Association. The residential camp for boys and girls ages 8 to16 years is a place for having fun, making friends, trying new things, and enjoying God’s creation.

Camp Cheerio
Cheerio Adventures offers adventure tripping camp programs for youth, teens, and youth groups. Adventures include rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, canoeing, rafting, backpacking, caving (spelunking), sailing, wind surfing, sea kayaking, and mountain biking

Camps at Chincoteague Bay
The Field Station offers a variety of school break and summer camps and courses that give all campers a hands-on, feet-wet experience. Camps and courses are offered for a variety of ages and interests.

Camp Carysbrook
For girls 6-16, Camp Carysbrook offers all the aspects of a quality summer girls camp that will create lasting memories and friendships for years to come. If you are looking for the best in what a girls’ summer camp has to offer, take a closer look at a summer to remember at Camp Carysbrook.

Camp Friendship
One and two-week sessions for boys and girls ages 6-16. Facilities offer a lake, swimming pool, gym, tennis courts, stables and horse riding, archery, golf, ropes courses.

Camp Gan Israel
Camp Gan Israel is part of the largest and fastest-growing network of Jewish day camps in the world. Our camp enjoys a well-earned reputation as a trend setter with innovative ideas, creative programs, and new activities being introduced continuously. Many a child has been known to wait all year to come back to Gan Israel! From preschoolers to our senior division, campers will enjoy a wide range of exciting activities and field trips in a warm and vivacious atmosphere.

Camp Hanover
Registration is OPEN.  Named Best Overnight Camp for Kids by Richmond Magazine, August 2014. Since 1957, Camp Hanover has offered Christian summer camps — both day and overnight programs — for elementary, middle and high school youth. That’s nearly 60 years of experience in providing dynamic, safe, and meaningful  youth programming. When it comes to summer camp, we got this. It’s what we do best.

Camp Horizon
Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Camp Horizons is an American Camp Association (ACA) accredited, coed residential summer camp in Virginia that is consistently ranked as one of the best residential summer camps in Virginia for boys and girls ages 6-17 years old.

Camp Kesem
Camp Kesem at VCU was founded in 2013 and supports children in the Richmond community by providing a week-long summer camp experience and year-long peer support. Camp Kesem at VCU is operated by 15 student volunteers and serves 30 campers ages 6-16 per year.

Camp Pamunkey Ridge – Girl Scouts Central Virginia
Pamunkey Ridge Girl Scout Camp is located on 240 acres along the banks of the Pamunkey River approximately 25 minutes north of Richmond. A day and resident camp program facility, Pamunkey Ridge features fully-enclosed cabins, modern restrooms, and dining hall equipped with a restaurant quality kitchen, tennis and basketball courts, a swimming pool, equestrian canter, and a large sports field.

Camp Pocahontas I and II
Campers will explore the environment and the life of Pocahontas and the culture of the Powhatan people through activities and arts and crafts. Using our re-created Powhatan village of Arrohateck, hands-on activities will include cooking, farming, hunting skills, house and canoe building, weaving fishing nets and making pottery, arrows and tools. Make & take crafts included. 804-318-8797.

Camp Roanoke
Nestled within 700 acres of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Camp Roanoke’s campers have enjoyed outdoor adventures such as canoeing, field games, hiking, campfires and a challenge course complete with a 44-foot climbing tower. Older campers will enjoy off-site excursions like rock climbing and caving. Younger campers can stay for just the day with free satellite transportation.

Camp Silver Beach 
Camps for kids, teens, and families on the beautiful east coast. It’s just like summer camp, but for the whole family. Evening programs include games, skits, sing-a-longs, bonfires and s’mores. Festivities begin at 7pm on Friday with an board games in the Dining Hall. What a great way to spend time together as a family!

Camp Thunderbird Outdoor Camp (YMCA)
A typical day at Camp Thunderbird may include the following: arts and crafts, camp songs and skits, music drama and dance, outdoor education and survival, hiking, fort building, archery, marksmanship (bb guns for all ages and .22 rifles for children 11+), fishing, sports and field games, canoeing, basketball, team building, swim lessons, free swim, climbing the alpine tower, and riding the zip line. Day Camp is offered for Rising K-7th grades. Free bus stops are provided throughout the Greater Richmond community.  The YMCA is open to all, offering financial assistance to those who qualify.

Camp Tuckahoe Summer Camp
Camp Tuckahoe is proud to present it’s new summer program! Each week is a new experience with its own unique theme. days are jam packed with crazy games, fitness challenges and sports activities that are guaranteed to bring out the athlete in every child (Ages 5-12).

Championship Chess
Chess instruction includes Openings, Middle Game, Tactics and Endgame.  Bring a lunch (Pizza Lunch provided on Friday).  Camp activities include practice using chess clock and taking notation, playing chess using our giant lawn chess set, tournament with prizes, free play and bug house.  T-shirts will be provided.  Register online.

Chess – Dragon Chess Camp 
The Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Chess Club is hosting a chess summer camp for rising 3rd–9th graders. Instructors are experienced players from the Maggie Walker Chess team supported by advanced players from the greater-Richmond community. Chess players of all skill levels, from complete beginners to advanced scholastic players, are welcome. Registration open: visit teachmechess.com for more details.

Collegiate School - Summer Quest

Collegiate School Summer Quest

The summer months offer students of all ages a chance to grow and thrive outside traditional classrooms. Collegiate’s Summer Quest program provides opportunities for youth and adults to have fun, learn and be challenged. We research the latest trends in an array of educational fields to ensure we are developing high-quality and engaging camps that serve as an extension of our school’s mission. At the forefront of each camp are amazing teachers and coaches who love to share their passions and help our campers discover theirs.


Critter Camp
The Richmond SPCA offers week-long Critter Camps throughout the summer for animal-loving children of various ages. From dog training to animal advocacy, there is something for everyone! Camps begin June 20 and registration opens Feb. 8, 2016. For more information visit www.richmondspca.org/camp/ or call  804-521-1327.

Edible Education’s Camp C.H.E.F.
Campers will learn how to make 12-18 recipes using fresh local ingredients with our team of experienced chefs. We offer all day, half day and over night camps which relate to fun themes such as “Open a Bakery”, “Down on the Farm” and “The Science of Cooking” at 11 locations in the Richmond area. If they make it – they will eat it.

Emory & Henry College – Summer Adventure Program
Open to all High School Students & Recent Graduates. Emory & Henry College offers the Summer Adventure Program which extends the College’s popular outdoor experiences to high school students, engaging adventures on the area’s lakes, rivers, cliffs and trails during four week-long camps. Ultimately, participants will experience the freedom and wonder of the beautiful and ancient Appalachian Mountains – all while building backcountry expertise, self-confidence and independence. Visit www.ehc.edu/summer-adventure for more information and to apply. Cost per weekly camp is $750. Contact: Jim Harrison • harrisj@ehc.edu.

Frequency Camp is a three-day middle school camp at one of the premiere water parks in the state — Great Wolf Lodge! Students will explore their faith through engaging worship, messages and non-stop fun. Our camp gives students the opportunity to deepen friendships and live with friends on the exact same Frequency! Visit our website for more information or contact Teddy Haubner at (804) 763-0231 or journeyfrequency@gmail.com.

Girl Scout Camp
For details on all sessions see our digital camp book online starting February 15. Camp registration begins February 29 through ebiz.gsccc.org.

Good Shepherd Episcopal School
Good Shepherd Episcopal School offers camps for ages 5-14 from a broad variety of providers housed under one roof. We have the largest camp program south of the James. We offer morning and afternoon sessions with bridge care for pre-camp, lunch hour and post-camp for a full-day, 8am-6pm experience, if desired. Camp sizes are small so each child receives individual instructor time. Easily accessible and centrally located in the heart of Richmond. Competitively priced to extend your summer-care budget.
The Youth Summer Program is a recreational program held during the summer at elementary and middle schools throughout Hanover County. Activities include arts & crafts, sports & games, field trips, special visitors (guest presenters) and more.
Our 4-day Irish dance camps will give your dancer a taste of both group and solo Irish dancing. Camps meet Monday to Thursday for 2 hours each day – in one week, your dancer will receive the equivalent of 8 weeks of classes! Beginners will learn the basics of soft shoe dancing and show off their skills at an end-of-week mini Feis on Thursday. Campers in our Advanced Beginner/Intermediate camp will hone soft and hard shoe skills and work on drills and brush-up for the fall semester.
The Heart of Virginia Council offers a number of day camp opportunities in different parts of the Council.  Scouts are encouraged to attend the camp (or camps) having the most convenient dates and location for his family.  Each camp is unique depending on the opportunities afforded by the venue and available staff, but all offer a fun, high quality camp experience at the same reasonable cost.
The Jeremiah Project is a mission ministry specializing in providing short-term mission trips for middle school student participants.

Lewis and Clark Leadership Camps
This summer, Lewis & Clark Leadership is offering three adventure camps: Potomac River Camp, Va Beach/OBX Camp, and the New River Camp.  The leadership activities and discussions during each week of adventure and exploration will serve your school years as well as life!  Learn more about our camps on our website.

Lockhart Family Farm Summer Camp
In 2016, we are hosting three summer farm day camps and one unique farm based experience for children. Children of all ages will  have the opportunity to learn about animals, conservation, cooking, bush craft, and other outdoor activities.

Maggie Walker Dragon Chess Camp 
Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Chess Team is preparing to host Dragon Chess Camp for another summer. This camp, is organized by experienced players on the MLWGS Chess Team, and is further supported by advanced players from the Richmond Community. Open to chess players of all levels, from complete beginner to advanced scholastic player.

Maymont Summer Discovery Camps
Nature calls! Maymont’s wildly popular summer camps offer outdoor adventures, animal encounters, games, crafts and hands-on activities for nature explorers ages 3-rising 6th graders. Maymont members can register early and receive a discount – join today! Volunteer opportunities are available for high school students.

Mercersburg Summer Camp
Create a unique computer graphic and learn how to perform a mind bending card trick. Explore African elephants as part of the Wonders of the World and bike trails at nearby Raystown Lake. Try outdoor adventures in canoeing, horseback riding , and river tubing. Go wild on the Wildcat roller coaster at Hersheypark amusement park and soak up a night at the ballpark. Bond with the best (and most enthusiastic) counselors anywhere! Play flashlight tag, camp out with your friends, and have fun playing wacky games.

Nobel Learning Summer Camp
Our camps feature a unique selection of indoor and outdoor activities and field trips that take advantage of resources in the local area. We also offer optional specialty programs during regular camp hours that cater to any interest.

Overland Summer Camps
For over 30 years, Overland has been more than simply a summer experience—it’s a life experience with value and resonance that extends far beyond the boundaries of a single summer. In everything we do, we seek to show our students how beautiful and exciting, how full of promise the world is.

Pamplin Historical Park
Pamplin Historical Park History Day Camps combine learning, camaraderie and fun. Your child will live the life of a Civil War soldier, in camp, on the march, on the battlefield and at home on furlough at this full day camp. It is an unforgettable experience that brings back campers year after year.  Kids 8-12 can participate in the 3-day History Day Camps to experience the way soldiers and civilians of Civil War-era Virginians lived.  Pamplin Historical Park also offers both a Civil War Adventure Camp. Kids age 8-17 can live the life of a soldier at the Civil War Adventure Camp, complete with uniforms, drills, sleeping quarters, etc.

Quest is a Christ-centered 11-week summer camp available for one or more weeks.  We focus on fun activities that seamlessly incorporate educational components, so young people continue learning throughout the summer.  We are committed to the social, emotional, academic and spiritual development of all young people.  Kids will be exposed to everything from cooking and gardening to outer space and backstage production.  Make QUEST your kids’ summer destination!

Richmond Waldorf School
Our nature-based, homespun program will excite the imagination with creative explorations in baking, gardening, making music and singing, crafting, tye-dyeing and water play!! We engage in activities to stimulate the head, hands and heart, from crafting beautiful letters to performing simple plays with live music and whimsical costumes.

Riverside Outfitters Camps Riverside offers a variety of outdoor summer camp programs. Programs for ages 6 – 15.

A Sabot SummerA Sabot Summer

A Sabot Summer, for children ages 3 – 11.  is designed to combine the structure and novelty of themed morning camps with afternoon child care featuring relaxed, open-ended, and varied experiences. Summer programs include Engineering with Legos, Superhero Studio, Gardening, A Maker Camp,  Forest Camp, Spanish Immersion, and more. Each week-long Sabot Camp offering provides children with engaging opportunities for exploring and developing skills, sparking new ideas and interests, and fostering imagination and enthusiasm for the world around them. Our afternoon program is tailored to the needs of families who need continuity in child care for summer months. Families can enroll for the entire summer, June 20 through August 19 (note, we will be closed the week of July 4 – 8), or for any number and combination of weeks. Sabot at Stony Point, 3400 Stony Point Road, Richmond VA 23235

Shrine Mont Summer Camps
The Diocese of Virginia’s summer camp program at Shrine Mont promotes the emotional and spiritual development of children, youth, and young adults through the fostering of a safe and positive environment for all. It is the goal of this program to encourage the growth of relationships with self, others, and God.

Steward Summer ExperienceSteward Summer Experience

You have to EXPERIENCE it to believe it! With more than 60 camps for ages 4-adults, you are sure to find a camp that suits your needs, in a beautiful, convenient West End setting. With classes in the arts, athletics, academics, and innovation at top-notch facilities, Steward is set up to serve many summer programming needs, including full-day camps to accommodate working parents’ schedules.

A Summer of Discovery
Affordable week long camps designed around themes fostering discovery and old fashioned fun.  Indoor and outdoor activities, field trips and swim lessons available.  We are located at: Discovery Kids 13000 Gayton Road, Henrico, VA  23233  For more information, visit our website: http://www.discoverykidsrva.com/ or contact us at 804-201-8019.

Tall Timbers
Located in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Camp Tall Timbers offers a wide variety of activities to entertain, develop, and  inspire boys and girls ages 7 to 16 . We know what parents expect and what kids enjoy. Every camper is a unique individual with limitless potential  — and Camp Tall Timbers provides the environment to help them to shine!

USA Chess Camp 
Active Learning Services  operates chess camps (thru USA Chess), Gamebuilder Video Game creation camps, Scratch Animation Creation camps, and other enrichment programs designed to stimulate creative thinking, improve  logic and memory skills and give children “thinking alternatives” to sports camps and other summer camps and enrichment programs.

Virginia Outside Camps
From fishing, to kayaking, to mountain biking, to just splashing around in the river, we provide exciting outdoor camps for kids of all ages. Join us this summer on the water or the trails as we explore the most incredible wild places in Virginia.  Locations: Day camps in Richmond, Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, and NOVA. Overnight camps available as well.

Westview on the James

Camp times are the best of times at Westview on the James in Goochland County. Campers ages 6 to 16 enjoy fun and adventure in an atmosphere of Christian love. Challenging activities, camp friends, and awesome counselors will have you wishing you could stay longer. An outdoor ministry of the United Methodist Church.

Young Chef’s Academy
Spring camp information listed for ages 3+. Where else can your child go off to camp and come home with gained culinary skills, new friendships, original YCA recipes and memories to last a life time? You got it, only at Young Chefs Academy’s Camp-Can-I-Cook! Camp Can-I-Cook is offered during summer break.

YMCA Camps
For nearly a century, the YMCA has led the way as the nation’s largest and most respected provider of summertime activities for youth. Based on our core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility, YMCA summer day camps allow your child to grow in a fun, nurturing environment. With 17 branch locations throughout the Greater Richmond and Petersburg area as well as YMCA Camp Thunderbird offering summer day camps, specialty camps, sports camps and summer child care, we have a camp for you!


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