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Thinking of Summer Camps for 2010 Williamsburg, Hampton Roads and beyond

Its hard to choose between all of the camps available in the area if you want to send your child to summer camp in Williamsburg, VA or beyond. Our son will be attending Nature Camp this year for the first time in the Blue Ridge Mountains of VA. We have had glowing testimonials from many parent whose children have gone there. We’ll let you know what our son thinks when he returns this summer.

Below is just a sampling of upcoming camps: Please verify dates with the individual providers. I am still proofing this list and adding to it.

Please feel free to add personal comments about any camp you children have attended as well as any camps I have missed.

Summer Camps—At the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Open to rising fifth- through eighth-graders, offered by the Chesapeake Bay National Research Reserve at VIMS. Camps include: Bay Tech Aug. 3-7 for rising 5th-6th grades; CBI, Chesapeake Bay Investigators for rising 7th-8th grades July 6- 10; Chesapeake Bay Explorers for rising 7th-8th grades Aug. 10-14. Space is limited. 804 684-7878.

Peak Performance and Developmental Tennis Camp is a resident junior tennis camp for boys and girls ages 9-18. The camp is directed by Peter Daub, Head Men’s Tennis Coach at The College of William & Mary. PP&D was created to help junior tennis players recognize and utilize their mental abilities in tennis while working to become "Complete Thinkers" on the court as opposed to "Hitters". Info here: http://www.ppanddtenniscamp.com/

Summer Historic Camps—Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation offers camps at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center for ages 4 through fifth grade 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. on selected dates. Ages 4-6: Jamestown Adventure Camp June 22-23, June 30-July 1, July 20-21, July 29-30; completed grades 1-2: Jamestown Discovery Camp June 28-29, July 22-23, July 26-27; Yorktown Discovery Camp June 30-July 1, July 20-21, July 29-30; completed grades 3-5: Jamestown Special Faces June 30-July 2, July 19-21, July 28-30; Yorktown Special Faces June 28-29, July 22-23, July 26-27. 253-4731 or  more info here

 Rhythm of Ireland summer camps to be held July 14-Aug. 18. 253-2437.

Summer Dance Camp—At Virginia Regional Ballet Academy designed for ages 4-8. 9:15-2 p.m. June 28-July 2, July 12- 16, July 19-23, Aug. 16-20 or Aug. 23-27. Preregistration required. www.danceVRB.com

Summer Art Camps—For grades K-6 taught by Tracy Bond at Windsor Forest Clubhouse. Take a bagged lunch. July 12-16. $145; Mini-Camp 1 Aug. 18-20, $85; Mini-Camp 2 Sept. 1-3, $85. www.tracybond.com

The College of William and Mary Saturday/Summer Enrichment Program for Gifted Learners- Williamsburg, VA is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning for students enrolled in Kindergarten through grade 9 (Fall, 2009). The program is not meant to supplant the regular school
curriculum; rather, it recognizes the importance of allowing able youngsters to explore additional specialized areas of science, mathematics, humanities, and arts. Course activities are compatible with the expected
achievement of talented students at specific grade and age levels.
For further information about the Saturday or Summer
programs, please contact the Center for Gifted Education, (757) 221-2458/FAX (757) 221-2184. Or : http://cfge.wm.edu/forms/SEP%20SUM%2009.pdf

Makemie Woods Camp and Conference Center Makemie Woods , Near Williamsburg, VA specializes in FUN!, while developing self-esteem and fostering growth in Christ. We offer a wide variety of options for youngsters who have finished the first grade, through Senior High.

  • Residential Christian Camp (Presbyterian/Methodist)
  • Bible study, swimming, canoeing, crafts plus specialty camps: music and drama, dulcimer making, sailing, high-ropes

Pilot Schooner Youth Adventures – Norfolk, VA
Phone: 757-627-7400 / 5 1/2 day voyages sailing the Chesapeake Bay aboard a USCG certified tall ship. 8 professional crew supervise a character development sail training program for teenagers. Depart and return to Norfolk, VA
Website: http://www.schoonervirginia.org

Experience the Bay!
Every summer, students participate in trips ranging from one to two weeks. These trips allow students to travel a tributary of the Bay by boat and canoe, and while fishing, they will explore the Bay’s many habitats and experience its culture. The two-week trips also include time at one of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s 4 residential island centers.

Summer Program on the River at Christchurch School – Urbanna , VA- Northern Neck
The location is the Rappahannock River, 10 nautical miles from the open waters of the Chesapeake Bay. The school’s ideal location and its own marine science boats provide students with a hands-on opportunity to learn about the Bay.

Chesapeake Bay Summer Experiences
The Living Classrooms Foundation offers summer programs that include on-board field experience, camping, and navigation and sampling techniques. Click on programs then summer programs for a schedule.

All Arts & Sciences Camp – Williamsburg – VA

At the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg we offer an exciting, quality instruction program in the arts and sciences. Campers experience life on a college campus, attend classes in selected areas of study, and participate daily in physical recreation. Students participate in activities that explore values and good citizenship.

Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
   Phone: 336-334-5414
   Toll-Free: 866-334-2255

iD Tech Camps invites you to join us for our 4th season at our College of William & Mary location in Williamsburg, VA. iD Tech Camps is America’s #1 summer computer camp and one of a handful of elite summer camps in Virginia. Our summer kids camps and teen camps are designed for beginner to advanced learners. Our popular College of William and Mary summer day camps and overnight camps average 6 students per instructor for customized instruction delivered by highly trained adult-only staff.
We offer a variety of cutting edge summer camp courses for kids and teens. View the availability charts below for real-time course and date availability.

Fox Pointe FarmSummer Equestrian Camp Series includes weeklong overnight stays for girls 8-16: June 20-27, July 25 ,Aug. 1, Aug. 1-8. And co-ed day camps for ages 6-11, July 13-17 and Aug. 17-21. 804-932-8710. Williamsburg, VA

Girl Scout camps—Registration open for resident Camp Skimino for girls in grades 1-12. Includes swimming, boating, singing, arts & crafts. Financial assistance available. Weekly sessions through Aug. 24. www.gsccc.org  or 757 547-4405. Williamsburg, VA

Summer Dance Camps—For 4-9-year-olds featuring ballet, tap, jazz, crafts and more. June 22-26, June 29-July 3, July 6- 10, July 13-17, Aug. 3-7 and Aug. 10-14. Register at www.institutefordance.org. Williamsburg, VA

Summer Daze ’09 summer camp—At Walsingham Academy, Williamsburg, VA June 8-July 31 for children entering PreK through eighth grade. Catalog at www.walsingham.org  Direct questions to kdavenport@walsingham.org.

Summer Experience—At Hampton Roads Academy run June 8-July 31 for kindergartners through adults who live on the Peninsula. 884-9117 or kkenne@hra.org for more. Full listing of camps at www.hra.org .

Summer Football Camp—July 20-23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Walsingham Academy, Williamsburg, VA. Open to boys 6-14. $60 fee. Register at http://walsingham.yourmembership.com/page=Summerfootball  or wbarnett@walsingham.org .

Young Shakespeare camps—The Virginia Shakespeare Festival will offer 3 one-week day camps July 13-17 for ages 9-11, July 20-24 ages 12-14 and July 27-31 ages 14-17 (14-year-olds may attend either week). $175 per camper. 221-2683

Old Dominion University Sea Camp, Norfolk (757) 683-4285
http://sci.odu.edu/oceanography/seacamp/index_2007.shtml

Sea Camp for ages 6-17 involves exploration and discovery of marine life in and around our local waters. Activities include daily trips to marshes and beaches, a trip to the eastern shore, collecting live specimens, and classroom activities. The week will end with a trip to the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, linking together what has been learned.

Sea camp for teenagers (ages 13-17) will give teens exposure to all areas of the marine and estuarine environment. The Teen Sea Camp will provide more in-depth involvement in field and laboratory activities, including fish dissections, kayak excursion, sampling on the Eastern Shore, and a boat outing on the new departmental research vessel, the R/V Fay Slover.

Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, VA (800) 659-1727
Summer classes for students cover many science topics, some water-related.

Virginia Air & Space Center, Hampton, VA (800)296-0800, (757)727-0900, ext.780
One week day camps: Astronaut Adventure, Just Plane Fun (airplanes), Aliens are Awesome; all for ages 7-12.

Virginia 4-H Conference or Education Centers:

Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, VA

Virginia Living Museum, Newport News, VA (757) 595-1900
The Museum offers half-day and full-day week-long summer programs exploring nature and space for preschoolers and elementary school students. Each child is involved for one week in either a morning or afternoon session. Class size is limited to 10 – 12 children, so sign up today! http://www.thevlm.org/Summer-Childrens-Programs.aspx#field

Virginia Marine Science Museum. VA Beach, VA (757) 437-4949Day camps during school and summer breaks. http://www.vmsm.com/

Wallops Island Marine Science Consortium on Virginia’s eastern shore (757) 824-5636Residential week long camps for 13-18 year olds teach marine biology, ocean studies, experimental science, dolphin behavior, shark biology and more.

William & Mary Center for Gifted Education , Williamsburg, VA (757) 221-2362
Summer enrichment and Saturday programs for PreK-10 gifted/talented students.

New Horizons Governor’s School offers summer camp for students going in grades 5, 6, 7 or 8. [MORE]
NEW Children’s Theatre Workshop, August 10-14, 200, or call 565-0109 [MORE]

For 32 years, the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts has sponsored a week long summer conservation camp for Virginia high school students (currently enrolled in grades 9-12) on the campus of Virginia Tech. The program brings together about 90 interested students for a week of learning about Virginia’s natural resources from conservation professionals and faculty from Virginia Tech. Most of the instruction is hands-on and outdoors.  Details here: http://www.vaswcd.org/youthcamp.htm
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The Virginia Department of Forestry offers the Holiday Lake Forestry Camp . This unique camping experience has introduced young Virginians to the challenges, special skills and knowledge needed for managing the forest resources we use and enjoy every day.  Get answers from our information sheet.

See the preview flyer for Holiday Lake Forestry Camp – 2009

Camp is held at the Holiday Lake 4-H Education Center located within the 20,000 acre Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest. This working forest provides a vast outdoor classroom for interactive learning.

Classes are taught in the woods by professional foresters, wildlife biologists, and conservation resource specialists. Camp: June 15-20, 2009

Nature calls! Richmond  VA’s Maymont’s wildly popular summer camps offer outdoor adventures, animal encounters, games, crafts and hands-on activities for young nature explorers. These camps fill up fast, so register early. More info here : http://www.maymont.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=279

CAMP NAUTICUS- Norfolk VA

Imagine a day of hands-on science activities! Your child will learn that science is involved with everything around us, while performing way cool experiments and creating awesome make-and-takes. More info here: http://www.nauticus.org/summercamps.html

Camp Silver Beach- YMCA – Eastern Shore – VA

With loads of activities packed on 151 beautiful acres of forest, field and wetlands, and 1,200 feet of pristine Chesapeake Bay beachfront, we provide opportunities for campers to build confidence, learn sportsmanship, find potential, grow friendships and develop a healthy independence from family. Lessons about respect and honesty come packaged in water adventures, woodland walks, and campfire sing-a-longs. We maintain a 4-to-1 camper-to-staff ratio with counselors who are highly trained, positive, and enthusiastic role models.
While we don’t spend much time inside, we’re very proud of our structural facilities. Our covered outdoor pavilion, outdoor amphitheater, and lodges are perfect for skits, games and talent shows. Our dining hall boasts a panoramic view of the Chesapeake Bay with magnificent sunsets and is a great place for good conversations. More info here

Nature Camp- Vesuvius VA– In the Blue Ridge Mountains . Once described as a place "where fingertips are taught to see," Nature Camp is an academic camp that emphasizes hands-on, field-based, experiential learning. Campers learn in a variety of settings, including classrooms both inside and out (although even these are non-traditional, such as a semi-circle of wooden benches under a tree canopy), and they can expect to take notes in most classes. But campers also spend much of their time out of doors investigating nature up close: behind the eyepieces of binoculars, knee-deep in a cold stream, running behind a butterfly net, and on hands and knees with eyes peeled on the ground. Nature Camp is surrounded on three sides by several thousand acres of National Forest land, which provides an extensive outdoor classroom of forested mountains and streams. More info here: http://www.naturecamp.net/index.html

Please feel free to comment and add any other camps that you are aware of !

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