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2017 SUMMER CAMPS GUIDE

Getting outside is good for kids – and adults

The digital age has brought a level of convenience to our lives scarcely imaginable a couple decades ago. But as society continues to explore and inhabit new digital frontiers, are we becoming too attached to our smartphones and tablets? Particularly for our youngest pioneers, does all this screen time have consequences?

According to Marcia Winter, assistant professor of developmental psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, it certainly does. Winter says today’s children don’t spend anywhere near enough time outside and away from electronics.

“Children today spend less than half the time outdoors that previous generations did,” states Winter, via email. “Not only does that lack of outdoor time undermine health and well-being for children, we also know that the habits established in childhood extend well into adulthood.” Winter says studies have shown that the amount of outdoor play children engage in at age 10 – “including free exploration or team sports” – predicted their exercise habits as adults into their 40s. And research shows being outside results in other benefits for children, from better eyesight to increased mathematical and spatial reasoning. It also promotes physical movement, and helps very young children with gross motor development.

“Children, particularly young children, are driven by curiosity and exploration, which is so well-suited to outdoor play,” Winter states. “Being outside, without electronics, requires children to engage their imaginations, which is crucial for cognitive development. Outdoor play also provides opportunities to build problem-solving skills, including social problem-solving skills. Whether they are figuring out how to climb a tree or how to deal with a friend who isn’t waiting her turn for the slide, children are engaging critical thinking skills outside.”

While any time spent outside is beneficial, Winter stresses the importance of unstructured play to childhood development, and of exercise to help fight obesity, promote sleep and lower stress levels in people of all ages.

“More exposure to natural spaces is calming; in fact, some studies have shown that stress levels fall almost immediately when children enter green space,” Winter says. “It’s not surprising then, that more time spent outdoors can help combat inattention and hyperactivity and improve emotion regulation.”

Winter recommends that parents engage their children in outdoor activities, like taking a walk.

“It provides quiet, quality time together, away from distracting electronics,” Winter says. “It’s a learning opportunity for children, both in terms of what is observed and what parents are modeling for them; plus, it can boost vitamin D levels and mood, promote bonding and communication, and it doesn’t cost a penny.” – Rich Griset


Spaces are filling fast.

Registration is required for all camps.

HISTORY CAMPS

CAMP POCAHONTAS I, II

Campers will explore the environment and life of Pocahontas and the culture of the Powhatan people through demonstrations, activities and arts and crafts. In the re-created Powhatan settlement of Ar­rohateck, hands-on activities will include cooking, farming, hunting, house and canoe building, fishnet weaving and making of pottery, arrows and tools. Make-and-take crafts included. For ages 6-10. $200, $185/patrons

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
June 26-30
July 10-14

Henricus Historical Park
251 Henricus Park Road
318-8797
henricus.org

DIGGIN’ IN HISTORY ARCHAEOLOGY CAMP

This camp will provide an adventure into archaeology through engaging, hands-on activities that enable kids to experience what archaeology is all about. Campers will experience site surveys, conduct shovel test pits, screen soil samples, participate in archaeological excavations, engage in artifact repair and reconstruction, uncover clues from the past and take a field trip. Snacks and water provided. For ages 8-14. $100/week

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
July 17-21
Aug. 7-11
Aug. 21-25

Historic Trinity Church
10111 Iron Bridge Road
Bryan Truzzie, 751-4946,
truzzieb@chesterfield.gov
chesterfieldhistory.com

HERITAGE CRAFTS AND GAMES CAMP

Children will have the opportunity to engage in colonial and Native American crafts, including calligraphy, candle-dipping, butter-churning and making soap, dolls, medicine pouches, clay pots and more. Period games also will be played. Snacks and water provided. For ages 8-14. $100/week

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
July 24-28
Aug. 14-18

Monday and Tuesday:
Chesterfield County Museum
6813 Mimms Loop
Wednesday and Thursday:
Magnolia Grange
10020 Iron Bridge Road
Friday:
Historic Trinity Church
10111 Iron Bridge Road
Bryan Truzzie, 751-4946,
truzzieb@chesterfield.gov
chesterfieldhistory.com

JAMES RIVER CAMP

Discover the environmental features of the historic James River as 17th-century Virginia Indians and colonial settlers would have encountered it. Paddle a kayak and identify how the ani­mals and plants of the river were hunted, gathered and used throughout history. Understand the course changes made at Dutch Gap during the Civil War and see how it is used today. For ages 9-12. $120, $110/ patrons

Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Aug. 15-17

Henricus Historical Park
251 Henricus Park Road
318-8797
henricus.org

NATURE CAMPS

NATURE NUTS

Check out the salamanders, snakes, squirrels, birds, and many other creatures that live in Rockwood Park. Discover how each is uniquely adapted for life in its own habitat. Enjoy games, mini-hikes, and hands-on activities each day. For ages 6-7. $85

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
July 17-21

Rockwood Nature Center
3401 Courthouse Road
674-1629

STEWARDSHIP CAMP

Help your child become a Super Steward for the environment. Daily activities will encourage and challenge participants to learn more about how to care for their park, their friends, and themselves. Topics and activities will include habitat hikes, history, archery, canoeing, water-quality monitoring and plant identification. For ages 10-13. $100

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Aug. 14-18

Pocahontas State Park
10301 State Park Road
Rebecca Whalen, 796-4255

dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/park-events

SUMMER SPROUTS

Nurture your child’s fascination with the earth’s creatures. Summer Sprouts will spend the week discovering and learning about the animals that hop, swim, fly and crawl through the fields and forests of Rockwood Park. Both sessions cover the same curriculum, so register for only one. For ages 4-5. $85/week

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 19-23
June 26-30

Rockwood Nature Center
3401 Courthouse Road
674-1629

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMPS

HUNTER LANE STABLES RIDING CAMP

For those who want to learn the fundamentals of horseback riding or improve on the skills they already have. Includes proper techniques in handling, mounting, riding, dismounting and maintenance. Each camp culminates with a horse show on the final day. Actual riding times may vary on the last day due to the show. For ages 8 and older. $215/ week

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-noon
June 26-30
July 24-28

Hunter Lane Stables
3578 Hunter Lane
Greg Velzy, 748-1124
velzyg@chesterfield.gov

LEVEL GREEN RIDING SCHOOL

For children who have never ridden to advanced riders. Campers have two daily rides, lectures on horse care, horse shoeing, stable management, veterinary care and more. Campers are involved with the daily care of a horse/pony, which includes feeding, grooming and stable management. Concludes with a riding demonstration on Friday. Transportation on the Level Green bus is provided from two Chesterfield County locations if needed. For ages 7-16. $460/week, $480/with transportation; sibling, multiple week discount

Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
June 5-Aug. 14

Level Green Riding School
3350 John Tree Hill Road, Powhatan
794-8463
ride@levelgreenriding.com

KAYAK CAMP

Start with the new style of sit-on-top whitewater boats, then transition to traditional skirted kayaks. Paddling skills, river reading, general water safety and whitewater racing skills will be taught. Participants will learn wet exits, how to provide safety for others and how to read and run rapids, and will do some river surfing. The program includes two full-day clinics plus five three-hour classes. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to participate in a Richmond regional high school kayak race. Swimming ability is required. Maximum weight is 235 pounds due to equipment limits. Ages 13-17. $220, $250/with rental

Full-day clinics:
Thursdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
June 22 & 29,

Three-hour classes (your choice):
Thursdays, 9 a.m.-noon
July 6-Aug. 10,

Dutch Gap
513 Coxendale Road
Greg Velzy, 748-1124
velzyg@chesterfield.gov
levelgreenriding.com

SAIL CAMP

Future sailors can come out for the first time or come back to further enhance their skills. This adventure-based program promotes leadership, self-confidence, sportsmanship, safety awareness and respect for others. Students must be able to pass a swim test of swimming 50 feet unaided, provide their own life jacket and lunch for the day, and have an adventuresome spirit. Participants can earn high school PE credits in Chesterfield County for this course. Three levels offered, from beginner to more advanced, from June 19 to Aug. 4. For ages 8-16. $350

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Greater Richmond Sailing
Association
4301 Woolridge Road
GRSA Sail Camp Director Kate
Gomes: sailcamp@grsa.org
GRSA Management: admin@grsa.org

STAND UP PADDLEBOARDING (SUP): KIDS PADDLE CAMP

Beginners and beyond can learn the fundamental skills, improve on existing skills and grow advanced skills. Focus is on proper technique, advanced moves and endurance. All participants will be required to wear footwear; a jacket-style USCG-approved PFD will be provided. Prerequisite for whitewater day is the three-day kids SUP camp from this or any of our previous years. Ages 12 and up.

SUP Kids Camp – $289/session

Monday-Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

June 26-28

July 19-19

SUP Whitewater Day – $129/session
Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
June 29
July 6
July 20

Robious Landing Park
3800 James River Road
Greg Velzy, 748-1124,
velzyg@chesterfield.gov

YOUTH ROWING CAMPS

New rowers will learn sculling technique in small, one-person boats. Campers will both row and participate in on-land activities. All rowers will wear a USCG-approved PFD while on the water, but swimming ability is required. Snacks and drinks provided. For rising sixth and seventh grade students. $225/week

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
July 31-Aug. 4
Aug. 14-18

Robious Landing Park
3800 James River Road
Greg Velzy, 748-1124,
velzyg@chesterfield.gov

SPORT CAMPS

DANCE CAMP

Six-week Dance Session – For all ages, styles of dance, and experience levels. Class sessions vary in length. These classes will meet once a week for a six-week period. $100/45 minutes per week to $390 for unlimited hours

June 19-July 28

Two-week Dance Intensive – The Summer Dance Intensive is a two-week program including all styles of dance, designed for dancers who are dedicated and disciplined in the art of dance, and who want to grow their understanding and passion. Ages 8 and older. $495

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
July 10-21

One-Week Dance Camps – Explore different styles of dance, choreography and technique. For ages 6-8 and 8-10. $195/week

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
June 19-23
June 26-30

Legacy School of Dance
2441 Colony Crossing Place
272-9152
legacyschoolofdance.com

GOLF CAMP

Half-Day Junior Golf Camp – Learn full swing with woods and irons, swing and putts for short game, rules, etiquette and course management. For ages 7-12. $150/session

Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 19-21
June 26-28
Aug. 7-9

Intermediate Junior Golf Camp – Kids with one to two years’ experience can build their skills. For ages 13-16. $150

Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
July 10-12

Oasis Sports Park
15300 Cosby Road
739-6833
oasissportspark.com

VOLLEYBALL CAMP

The Richmond Volleyball Club offers half-day and full-day summer camp opportunities for the beginner to advanced volleyball player. With over seven weeks of summer camps for various ages, there is something for everyone. All athletes are grouped based on skill-level and age. For ages 3-18. $110 and up

Varied schedules beginning June 19

Richmond Volleyball Club
2921 Byrdhill Road, Henrico
358-3000, RVC@RVC.net
rvc.net

RECREATION AND EDUCATION CAMPS

AMERICAN GIRLS AND DOLLS CAMP

Challenge Island and Legacy School of Dance invite you and your favorite American 18-inch companion to this combo camp. Spend the morning creating an entire world for the dolls – decking out houses, designing fun furniture and crafting doll clothes. In the afternoon, Legacy School of Dance will present the dance portion of the camp. This camp combines the hands-on creative fun of S.T.E.A.M.-filled challenges with the self-esteem-boosting and confidence-building of learning to dance. $275

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
July 24-28

Legacy School of Dance
2441 Colony Crossing Place
challenge-island.com/midlothian/
programs/summer-camps

KIDS ON THE MOVE CAMP

This fun summer camp is a great opportunity to make new friends while engaging in a wide variety of activities. Locations and registration information available in late April. Ages 6-12.

Monday-Thursday, following the
Chesterfield County summer school
schedule, 1-5 p.m.

Jackie Maclin, 748-1123
maclinj@chesterfield.gov

S.T.E.A.M SUMMER CAMP

Omega Learning Center’s S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) camp will inspire your child’s creativity and build confidence. Hands-on activities include computer technology, robotics, math problem solving, science enrichment, art project and various other S.T.E.A.M.-related instruction. Expand creative thinking skills, foster teamwork and develop new skills in our small group, AdvancED-accredited learning environment. For kindergarten through eighth grade. $320/session

Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
July 10-July 14
July 17-July 21

Omega Learning Center
7061 Commons Plaza
778-7868,
chesterfield@omegalearning.com
chesterfield-va.omegalearning.com

TRINITY SUMMER DISCOVERY PROGRAM

From football to field hockey, college prep to kayaking, and math to music, there is something for everyone this summer at Trinity. Two dozen weeklong programs are available for middle and high-school aged children in athletics, academics, arts and the outdoors. Costs and times vary by program. Visit website for details.

June 12-Aug. 4

Trinity Episcopal School

3850 Pittaway Drive, Richmond
272-5864
trinityes.org/summer

DAY CAMPS

ACAC SUMMER CAMP

Features on-site water park and inflatable waterslides, a huge outdoor turf field, sports camps, field trips and overnights. Open to the community with options for kindergarten through eighth grade. $250 and up, register by April 15 and save 15 percent

June 19-Sept. 1, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

ACAC
11621 Robious Road
464-0997, ml-youth@acac.com
acac.com

A CHILD’S PLACE

Fun activities along with 2-3 field trips each week, including laser tag, swimming, putt-putt and more. Costs vary, contact facility for details.

A Child’s Place
1211 Walton Bluff Parkway

A Child’s Place
11155 Ridgefield Parkway, Henrico
info@acppreschool.com
acppreschool.com

GOOD SHEPHERD EPISCOPAL SCHOOL

Morning and afternoon camps in many categories – science, arts, outdoor, sports, academic, etc. – with early/lunch/after-care options. Costs vary by camp and care options; see website for details.

June-August 2017
4207 Forest Hill Ave., Richmond
231-1452
gsessummercamp@yahoo.com
gses.org

KIDDIE ACADEMY MIDLOTHIAN

Kiddie Academy CampVentures program makes your child’s summer as educational as it is fun. $230/week

Monday-Friday
June 19-Aug. 31

Kiddie Academy
6801 Woodlake Commons Loop
639-3800
midlothian@kiddieacademy.net
kiddieacademy.com/midlothian

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