Regardless of your child’s interests, or your schedule and budget, the Richmond area offers a variety of camping options this summer. To offer favorable camper to counselor ratios, most programs have limited space. So be sure to register early!
Richmond Youth Jazz Guild’s Summer Jazz Boot Camp
About: Offers instruction in jazz music and improve in the areas of brass, woodwind, piano, bass, and drums. Professional musicians from the Jazz Composers Alliance, Inc. are instructors. Curriculum includes jazz ensemble training, improvisational theory and technique, master classes, jazz history, and how to “jam.”
When? July 14 – 25, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Who? Musicians of all skill levels, ages 10 – 18
Where? Muse Creative Workspace, 6 N. 19th St., Richmond
Contact: Director, Ashby Anderson
Comedy Sportz Improv Kidz Camp
About: Half-day summer camp for children that help them develop confidence, have a blast, and make new friends. Campers learn the basics of improvisation from certified and experienced Comedy Sportz Instructors. Improv helps develop teamwork, trust, accepting of others, and a positive attitude; skills that build character and competence.
Who? Children and teens, ages 8 – 14
Where? 7115 Staples Mill Rd., Richmond
Contact: Christine Walters email@example.com
5-Day Chess Camp
About: World Champion, International Grandmaster Maurice Ashley’s own teaching method is used in this week-long camp. Ashley will attend the entire week, and classes are taught by instructors selected by the Grandmaster himself. Physical activities are also part of the Chess Camp. As a Special Bonus, campers may take advantage of Maymont Park, including the nature center and farm. Also, campers of the full or half day camps get to go rock climbing Friday night, July 25, from 5 to 7. Parents will need to provide transportation.
When? July 21-25, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Who? Ages K-8, all skill levels welcome
Where? Maymont Park, Richmond
An all-ages evening Master Class, Thursday, July 24, 6 – 8 p.m. Tuition is $25. For advanced chess players, this class includes an advanced lesson and suggestions for further study.
Passages Adventure Camps
About: Passages has been voted Richmond’s Best Day and Overnight Camp for 7 years, and they advertise a 5 to 1 camper to counselor ratio.
Experienced counselors lead physical activities and create fun in a supportive environment. Campers build self-esteem and confidence as they enjoy a true outdoor adventure.
Girls Rock! Camp
About: Based on their One Week Sessions, Passages has reserved this one for girls only! In the “Rock and River Master Program,” campers learn the fundamental as well as advanced meth-ods of kayaking, rock climbing and rappelling. Includes a 5 mile river trip.
When? Aug. 4 – 8 Send off: 8 – 8:45 a.m., American Civil War Center, 490 Tredegar St., Richmond
Pick up: 4:45 – 5:30 p.m., American Civil War Center, 490 Tredegar St., Richmond
Who? Girls ages 8 – 15
Tuition: $585, includes gear, snacks, beverages, and lunches
Co-Ed Base Camp One Week Session
About: Indoor rock climbing, swim-ming, energetic games, and Camp Olympics. Each camper will learn the basic skills of rock climbing and team-work and build valuable relationships with both kids and staff alike.
When? Session 1, July 14 – 18; Session 2, July 21 – 25, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Who? Girls and Boys ages 5 – 7
Where? Peak Experiences Indoor Rock Climbing Center, 11421 Polo Cir., Midlothian
Tuition: $325, includes all gear, lunch-es, snacks, and beverages.
Science Museum of Virginia
About: Science and technology classes for children aged 4 through 7th grade. Instruction is provided by experienced teachers and qualified assistants in theme-based science activities. In-cludes a light snack. Classes limited to 12 children per session, so please reg-ister early.
When? Mon. – Fri. 9:30 –11:30 am. Specific dates for selected programs are below.
Who? Ages range from Rising K through 7th grade; see program spe-cifics below.
Register: 864-1400 or 800-659-1727, press 2
Where? Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad Street, Richmond
“Pyramids, Pharaohs & Fun”
Session 1, July 14–18
Session 2, August 4–8
About: Children search for artifacts on an archaeological dig, become scribes of ancient hieroglyphs, and learn about papyrus making, Egyptian lore, and ancient technology.
Tuition: $90/ $80 Museum Members
Sensational Stories & Science
Session 1, July 21–25
Session 2, August 11–15
About: Science stories that will amaze and encourage young readers.
Session 1, July 21 – 25
Session 2, August 4 – 8, 9 am – noon
About: Hands-on activities led by an experienced educator who makes science fun. Each session focuses on three science topics: Fizz, Bubbles & Goo: Basic chemical sci-ence that yields icky, sticky, weird and wonderful potions. Kids will be able to answer, “What makes it do that?” Once Upon a Science: Imaginations roam as kids get lost inside sensation-al storytelling. Then they discover the science behind the story in hands-on activities. Is it Art or is it Science? As they create their own masterpieces, children learn about historical figures like DaVinci, Audubon, and others who blurred the line between great science and emi-nent art.
Who? Rising 1–3 graders
Tuition: $115 /$105 Museum Members
When? July 28–August 1
Senior Science Explorers
Session 1, July 14–18
Session 2, July 28–August 1, 1: 30 p.m. – 4:30
About: Focuses on two fascinating topics: Future World Explorers: Campers make exciting explorations in tools and in-ventions that are shaping the future, environmental conservation, and at-mospheric processes, like the green-house effect. Each camper builds a model solar-house during a visit to the museum’s new Energy House. Toying with Science: Go learn with your toys! Campers explore scientific prin-ciples behind fun toys, learn about a national toy-design competition for middle schoolers, and more.
Who? Rising 4 – 7 graders
Tuition: $115/ $105 Museum Members
“Diggin’ in the Dirt” Summer Camp
About: A camp developed by Virginia Historical Society and Agecroft Hall, this day program introduces campers with educational activities and crafts. Campers learn how to identify leaves and trees, create garden stakes and pinwheels, and record weather condi-tions and their outdoor adventures in a nature journal. At the end of the week, campers host a Mad Hatter’s tea party for their families. Scouts, bring your badge books. Many of these ac-tivities fulfill Scout requirements.
When? Aug. 11 – 15, 9 am – 3 pm
Who? K – grade 4
Where? Virginia House, 4301 Sulgrave Rd., Richmond
Tuition: $150/ $135 Members
Contact: Tracy Bryan, tbryan@vahis-torical. org
“Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah”: Camps for Parents
Passages Parent Crash Course
About: Ah, the charm of Belle Isle. Scale its granite quarry cliffs, swim the rapids of the James, rappel, challenge the hundred foot slip and slide, claim the opponent’s flag, and your child’s awe!
When? Saturday, August 9th, 8 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Take off: 8 – 8:45 a.m., American Civil War Center, 490 Tredegar St., Richmond
Come in for landing: 4:45 – 5 p.m., American Civil War Center, 490 Tredegar St., Richmond
Who? Must be the parent of a 5 – 17 year old
Tuition: $120, includes gear, lunches, beverages, snacks, and memories
Maurice Ashley MATCH Class for Parents
About: For parents and adults who want to help guide the development of young chess players in their lives. Learn to play, improve your game, and more.
When? Tues., July 22nd — 6 – 7:30 pm
Where? Maymont Park, 1700 Hampton St., Richmond
Who? For Parents and adults who play chess
Hip Hop Dance Classes
About: Get silly while you get in shape and dance to the latest R&B and Hip Hop tracks in a class taught by experienced instructors associated with the Ezibu Muntu Dance Studio. Come slide with Mary! Get closer with Neyo!
When? Friday evenings through Aug. 8, 6 – 7 p.m.
Where? Ezibu Muntu Dance Studio, 418 E. Main St. Richmond
Tuition: Each class is $10
Contact: Shaunda, 431-6177