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Rivah summer camp guide 2009

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Nothing could be any finah, than summer camp at the Rivah

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Fire Water Camp

Parents loathe to hear the lament “I’m bored” just days into summer break. Well, in the land of pleasant living, where the pace is supposed to be slower, there’s actually no time for boredom.

After nine months of being cooped up in a classroom, learning the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic, kids yearn to be outside. The fish are biting, the athletic fields are green and the breeze in the air is perfect for sailing.

Although summer camps offer an abundance of learning opportunities about nature, art, sports and even agriculture, the best thing about summer camp is its less structured environment. Friendships are nurtured in a fun, relaxing atmosphere.

In the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, there are summer camps for just about every age and every interest from sailing and fishing to painting and history.

So, moms and dads and grandparents, take advantage of all the area has to offer.

Lancaster County

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Chesapeake Academy Camp

YMCA camps
The Northern Neck Family YMCA offers weekly day camps from June through August with activities including swimming, arts & crafts, sports, nature exploration and field trips. A six-week pre-school camp for children ages 2-5, sports camps, teen camps and counselor in training camps are also offered at various times. The YMCA also holds Camp Kekoka as one-week resident or day camps. Activities include sailing, fishing, crabbing, archery, waterskiing and knee boarding. Contact Cassie Leighty at 435-3616 or 435-0223.

Chesapeake Academy Summer Camps
Chesapeake Academy hosts several summer camps including Camp Irvington, a day camp for campers 4-10 years old. Camp runs in weekly sessions from June 15 through July 24. Field trip camp is offered June 29-July 3 and July 20-24 and includes daily field trips and a two-night camping trip. Sports camp is offered from June 22-26 and July 13-17. Water sports camp is a week-long overnight camp with water skiing, tubing and fishing and is offered June 22-26 and July 13-17.  Sailing camp is held June 29-July 3.  Field trip camp, sailing camp, sports camp and water sports camp are open to campers 9-14 years old.  Contact Cynthia Walker at 438-5575.

Rappahannock Art League (RAL) camps
The art league offers morning classes (AM) from 10 to 11:30 for children ages 6-11 and afternoon classes (PM) from noon to 2:00 for children ages 12-17.  AM classes on creating musical instruments and PM classes on peace out projects will be held July 6-10 at the RAL studio gallery in Kilmarnock. An AM puppet workshop and a PM class on colored pencils on the coast will be held from July 13-17 at the RAL studio gallery in Kilmarnock. An AM class on art through the ages and a PM class on acrylic techniques will be July 20-24 at Northumberland Elementary School. An AM class entitled “It’s a jungle out there” and a PM class called “Salads, sandwiches and desserts—yummy art” will be July 27-31 at Rappahannock Community College in Warsaw. An AM class on color, color everywhere and a PM class on creative projects will be August 3-7 at Rappahannock Community College in Glenns. And an AM class about the world of Holly Point Nature Park and a PM class on sketch, clay and paint will be August 10-14 at the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park. To register, call 436-9309.

Northern Neck Montessori School
The Montessori school offers six weeks of camp from June 22 through July 31. Session topics include music, art, Spanish, days of the dinosaur, special people in the community and space camp. Call 435-3503 to register by June 1. 

Belle Isle State Park
The park offers a Junior Rangers program twice during the summer. The first three-day session, Wild about Wildlife, for children ages 6-9 will be held from 9 a.m. to noon July 28-30. The second session, All Wet, for children ages 9-12 will be held from 9 a.m. to noon August 11-13. The cost is $5 per day. Contact Charlene Talcott at 462-5030.

Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Neck
The club offers two-week daily camp sessions from June 15 through August 28. Sessions include swimming, sports activities, a reading program, an agriculture program and field trips. To register, call Wardell Carter at 435-2422.

The Learning Center
The center will offer weekly camps for preschoolers and school-age children from June 22 through August 28. Camp themes include earth art, flight, critters and creatures that crawl, snap, clap, tap and sing, kitchen magic, mysteries of the forest, digging for dinosaurs, weather watchers and water fun. Contact Mary Posey at 435-6221.

Lancaster County Extension Office
The overnight, week-long Jamestown 4-H camp will be held at the 4-H center in Williamsburg from June 15-19. The camp is open to children ages 9-13. To register, contact Julie Tritz at 462-5780.

Northumberland County

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YMCA Summer Camp

YMCA camps
The Northumberland County YMCA offers weekly day camps from June through August. Sports camps and teen camps are also available. Contact Allison Cockrell at 580-8901.

Missoula Children’s Theatre camps
These camps provide a week-long residency for 50 to 60 children in grades K-12. At the week’s end, the cast and crew perform a full-length musical. Contact the presenting organization for times and locations of auditions and performances: the Westmoreland Players in Callao, Pinocchio on June 22 and Shiloh Community Ministries Inc. in Burgess, Jack and the Beanstalk on August 3.

Reedville Fisherman’s Museum
Call the museum at 453-6529.

Cloverbud Day Camp
The Lancaster-Northumberland Extension Service will hold its Cloverbud Day Camp at the Transportation Museum in Heathsville from 8:30 a.m. to noon August 10-14. It is open to campers ages 6-8. To register, contact the Heathsville extension office at 580-5694.

Richmond County

YMCA camps
The Richmond County YMCA offers weekly day camps from June through August. Sports camps and teen camps are also available. Contact Meagan Ptucha at 333-4117.

Westmoreland County
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YMCA Summer Camp

YMCA camps
The Westmoreland County YMCA offers weekly day camps from June through August. Contact Brad Rhoades at 493-8163.

Stratford Hall
The historic Lee plantation offers several summer camps including Intergenerational Elderhostel from July 13-17 for adults 55 and older and a young relative or friend ages 9-12. Grandparent/grandchild camp will be offered twice, July 21-23 and July 28-30, and will include lodging and meals. Children should be between 6-12 years old. Adventure camp, for children ages 8-12, will be held June 22-26. Enrollment is limited for each camp. For Elderhostel registration call (877) 426-8056. For all other registrations, contact Bill Doerkin at 493-8038.

Essex County

Aylett Country Day School (ACDS)
The independent, coeducational school offers art camp for children ages 8 and up June 22-26 from 9 a.m. to noon. Technology camp for rising third, fourth and fifth graders, will be held June 22-26 from noon to 3:30 p.m. Wee Kids camp for children ages 3-5 will be held June 22-26. Summer day came for children ages 4-12 will be held July 6-10, 13-17 and 20-24. To register, call ACDS at 443-3214.

St. Margaret’s School
The school in Tappahannock will offer Revolution Field Hockey camp with training on its new athletic fields and swimming in the Rappahannock River July 8-11. It is directed by Nate Franks. The school will also hold GameBreaker Lacrosse camp for girls ages 8-18 July 12-18. Camp size is limited to 150 participants. To register, call 443-3357.

Middlesex County
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YMCA Summer Camp

YMCA camps
The Middlesex Family YMCA offers weekly day camps from June through August. Sports camps are also available. Contact Clark Lasster at 776-8846. 

Christchurch Camps on the River
Christchurch School offers camps for all interests and for all ages. Family camp on the river will be held June 5-7 and includes dinner and dancing. Extreme water camp is offered June 21-27 for ages 13-16 with boarding. Fishing camp for ages 9-15 will be held June 28-July 4 with coed boarding and day campers. Chesapeake critter camp for day campers ages 8-11 and co-ed boarders ages 9-11 will be June 28-July 5. Wet, wild and muddy, for campers ages 12-15, will be from July 5 to July 11 and includes co-ed boarding and day campers. Camps for sailing and crew are offered June 21-July 18 with coed boarding and day campers. Sailing is open to campers ages 9-15 and crew is open to campers ages 12-15. Mattaponi migration is offered for one week, July 19-24, for ages 13-18 with co-ed boarding. Volleyball camp from July 24-26 is offered for girls only, ages 12-16. To register or for more information, contact Amanda Porter at 758-2306.

Camp Piankatank
The camp in Hartfield offers weekly day camp sesssions from June 22 through August 7 for children ages 6-9. Overnight camps are offered for boys only and girls only at various times from June 21 through August 17. Co-ed mini camps for younger campers ages 7-9 are also offered. Overnight camp topics include outdoor adventures, sailing, extreme escapes and water adventures. For more information and session dates, call 776-9552.

Missoula Children’s Theatre camps
These camps provide a week-long residency for 50 to 60 children in grades K-12. At the week’s end, the cast and crew perform a full-length musical. Contact the presenting organization for times and locations of auditions and performances: the Court House Players in Middlesex, Jack and the Beanstalk on July 20.

Horizons Unlimited Early Learning Center and Daycare
The daycare facility in the Urbanna United Methodist Church offers a 10-week session from June 15 to August 21 for children who have completed kindergarten through second grade. The camp is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and offers weekly themes including summer fun, racing, getting to know you and baseball. Field trips are included. Contact Linda Ransone at 758-0711.

Mathews county

Mathews County Boys and Girls Club
The club offers one-week daily camp sessions from June 22 through August 28. Sessions include sports activities, arts and crafts and field trips. To register, call Rick Griffin at 725-4388.

Missoula Children’s Theatre camps
These camps provide a week-long residency for 50 to 60 children in grades K-12. At the week’s end, the cast and crew perform a full-length musical. Contact the presenting organization for times and locations of auditions and performances: the Court House Players in Mathews, Rumpelstiltskin on July 13.

Gloucester County

Gloucester County Parks and Recreation
Gymnastics classes are offered for boys and girls ages 3 and older for all skills levels. Mini camps for children entering grades one through five featuring arts and crafts, sports and special guests are offered in five-day sessions. CSI Gloucester for children ages 11-14 allows kids to investigate and solve crimes. Chrysler summer art camp for children ages 6 and older allows campers to spend a week exploring arts and its mediums. Several sessions are offered. Star camp for children ages 6 and older allows special needs to enjoy arts and crafts, games and swimming. There are several weeklong sessions. To register and learn more about specific sessions call 693-2355.

Missoula Children’s Theatre camps
These camps provide a week-long residency for 50 to 60 children in grades K-12. At the week’s end, the cast and crew perform a full-length musical. Contact the presenting organization for times and locations of auditions and performances: the Court House Players in Gloucester, Cinderella on July 6. 

posted 04.23.2009

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