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Posted on: May 18, 2022

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Summer Camp Flash

James City County Parks & Recreation has it all - outdoor adventures, arts and pottery, sports, cooking, science and language, camps for youth with disabilities, just to name a few! Full day to half day options all summer long. Camps are listed by week, then age and then camp date. Registration information appears at the end of the camp listing.

Week of June 13 

AG Basketball & Speed Training Camp • Ages 6-12
Monday-Friday, June 13-17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $190
Lois Hornsby Middle School 
We’ll focus on shooting mechanics, one on one defense, scoring, ball handling, passing, mental preparation, fitness, conditioning, speed, agility training and more. A key objective in our academy is to create an intense and fun atmosphere that will enable campers to increase their basketball skills, maximize performance and achieve peak condition. An exciting part of our academy is the implementation of nutritional education, personal development, mentoring activities in decision making, leadership, communication skills, self-image and team building with others. Instructor: Athletes Global.

Campout! • Ages 8-11
Monday-Friday, June 13-17, 9 a.m.-noon, $110
Chickahominy Riverfront Park
Learn the basics of setting up camp, outdoor cooking, hiking, bird and animal identification and geocaching during this outdoor education week. All materials required for the week will be provided. Please note any food allergies or special dietary concerns at registration. 

Week of June 20 

Days of Discovery Summer Camp • Ages 5-22 with disabilities (must have completed kindergarten and be enrolled in 2022-2023 school year)
Monday-Thursday, *June 21-Aug. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
*Program closed in observance of holidays - June 20 (Juneteenth) and July 4 (Independence Day)
$55-$75/week
Matoaka Elementary School
Experience FUN, arts and crafts, outdoor play, gym games and community outings! This exciting summer camp will enhance mobility, socialization and leisure skills. Parents are responsible for their child’s daily pick-up. A typical camper: has a mild to moderate disability; can independently or with verbal cues, feed, bathe and toilet; is able to function successfully within a 1:3 staff to camper ratio; is able to adjust to changes in routine/environment with relative ease; has the ability to effectively communicate needs either verbally or with a communication device. Registration forms are available at the Recreation Centers, Freedom Park and the Satellite Services office in Toano. To guarantee placement, register by May 27. Registrations received after the deadline are placed on a space availability basis. Mail to: James City County Parks & Recreation, Days of Discovery, 5340 Palmer Lane, Suite 1B, Williamsburg, Virginia 23188. A registration fee of $25 must be included. Info: 757-259-5354.

Wildlife Adventures • Ages 7-12
Tuesday – Friday, June 21-24, 9 a.m.-noon, $110
Freedom Park
Open your eyes, ears and minds to the world of wildlife! Through hikes, games and crafts we’ll learn all about the animals that share our parks. Discover the roles these animals play in their ecosystem and the conservation efforts we can take to protect them.
 
Week of June 27 

Little Tykes Summer Camp • Ages 3-5
Monday-Thursday, June 27-Aug. 4, 8:30-11:30 a.m., $65/week
Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School 
A super fun pre-K camp with creative arts and crafts, outdoor play, music and interactive stories! Come join the weekly adventures! Children must be toilet trained. No program July 4 in observance of Independence Day. 

Virginia Legacy Recreational Soccer Camp • Ages 5-13 
Half Day: Monday-Friday, June 27-July 1, 9 a.m.-noon, $130
Full Day: Monday-Friday, June 27-July 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $210
Lois Hornsby Middle School 
Revolving around soccer-related games, activities, trainings and competitions, this camp includes instruction on the fundamentals of soccer and is designed to meet the needs of beginner, developmental, recreational and advanced soccer players. All participants receive a Legacy Camp shirt and free soccer ball! Instructor: Virginia Legacy.  

Days of Discovery Summer Camp • Ages 5-22 with disabilities (must have completed kindergarten and be enrolled in 2022-2023 school year)
Monday-Thursday through Aug. 4, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., $75/week. Program closed July 4. 
Matoaka Elementary School
 
Week of July 5

Little Tykes Summer Camp • Ages 3-5
Monday-Thursday through Aug. 4, 8:30-11:30 a.m., $65/week. No program July 4.
Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School 

Little Sprouts Nature Explorers • Ages 4-5 
Tuesday-Friday, July 5-8, 8:30-11 a.m., $65
Freedom Park
Explore the great outdoors in this fun-filled week! Join James City County Parks & Recreation and the Virginia Master Naturalists in activities specifically designed for preschoolers to learn about the natural world around them. The camp will be active and participants will spend most of the time outdoors. Please bring sunscreen and water. 

Days of Discovery Summer Camp • Ages 5-22 with disabilities (must have completed kindergarten and be enrolled in 2022-2023 school year)
Monday-Thursday through Aug. 4, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.$55/week. Program closed July 4.
Matoaka Elementary School

Spanish Camp • Ages 7-11
Tuesday-Friday, July 5-8, 9 a.m.-noon, $110
James City County Recreation Center 
Let’s explore Central America! Learn about Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, Belize and Panama! We’ll discover the geography, people and customs as well as make various crafts from that country! Instructor: Paula Harris Guerra. 

Multi-Sport Camp • Ages 10-12
Tuesday-Friday, July 5-8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $100
Lois Hornsby Middle School
Join us for a sampler pack of sports! Campers get introduced to numerous different team and individual sport options including basketball, baseball, soccer, floor hockey and more. Lunch pizza party on Friday! 

Out There with Riverside Outfitters • Ages 12-14
Tuesday-Friday, July 5-8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $245
James City County Recreation Center
Throughout our four days of adventure and team building, campers will travel to Riverside Outfitters in Richmond for a selection of whitewater rafting, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and more. All activities on the river are weather and flood-height dependent and may be subject to change based on river conditions. Bring lunch daily. 

Week of July 11

Little Tykes Summer Camp • Ages 3-5
Monday-Thursday through Aug. 4, 8:30-11:30 a.m., $65/week. 
Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School 

Virginia Legacy Recreational Soccer Camp • Ages 5-13
Half Day: Monday-Friday, July 11-15, 9 a.m.-noon, $130
Full Day: Monday-Friday, July 11-15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $210
Lois Hornsby Middle School
Revolving around soccer-related games, activities, trainings and competitions, this camp includes instruction on the fundamentals of soccer and is designed to meet the needs of beginner, developmental, recreational and advanced soccer players. All participants receive a Legacy Camp shirt and free soccer ball! Instructor: Virginia Legacy.  

Days of Discovery Summer Camp • Ages 5-22 with disabilities (must have completed kindergarten and be enrolled in 2022-2023 school year)
Monday-Thursday through Aug. 4, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., $75/week
Matoaka Elementary School

All Star Football Clinic • Ages 8-13 FREE!
Thursday-Friday, July 14-15, 9 a.m.-noon
Wanner Stadium
Want to learn skills from former college football players? Join us for this hands-on/no pads camp to learn tackling, blocking, passing and other skills to be successful. Former WJCC athletes and local high school coaches will get you ready for tryouts! Lunch provided. 

Youth Running Camp • Ages 8-13
Tuesday-Friday, July 12-15, 9-11 a.m., $70
Greensprings Interpretive Trail
Your child will enjoy this summer running camp led by Greater Williamsburg Distance Running Club on the Greensprings Interpretive Trail. They’ll learn the basics of healthy running, build endurance, speed, agility and motivation. The purpose of this camp is to help youth learn that running can be fun and allow for a healthy and happy lifestyle. Bring water, a beach towel and wear appropriate running attire. Athletic shoes required. 

What’s Your Story? • Ages 10-13
Monday-Friday, July 11-15, 9 a.m.-noon $125
James City County Recreation Center
Have you been waiting for someone to ask what you’re about or what you really think? Participants will take turns sharing and writing about things felt, wondered, observed, and experienced. Camp will borrow from creative writing techniques and journalism. Gain experience sharing your writing, offering and receiving constructive feedback, and use reader’s suggestions to improve your writing. Weather permitting, we’ll get a little outdoor inspiration. All writing levels welcome. Bring a notebook, pen or pencil, and a snack. Instructor: Beth Shamaiengar.  

Week of July 18

Little Tykes Summer Camp • Ages 3-5
Monday-Thursday through Aug. 4, 8:30-11:30 a.m., $65/week. 
Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School 

Preschool Motor Skills & Sports • Ages 3-5 
Monday-Thursday, July 18-21, 9 a.m.-noon 
$90
Lois Hornsby Middle School
Let’s put those busy bodies to work! Camp introduces motor control skills through a variety of fun and unique games with a focus on movement! Campers engage in brief introductions to popular sports including soccer, basketball, baseball and more!

Days of Discovery Summer Camp • Ages 5-22 with disabilities (must have completed kindergarten and be enrolled in 2022-2023 school year)
Monday-Thursday through Aug. 4, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. $75/week
Matoaka Elementary School

Nature in Your Backyard • Ages 6-9
Monday-Thursday, July 18-21, 8:30 a.m.-noon, $85
Freedom Park
Learn about the plants and animals in your backyard! We’ll explore a different aspect of nature each day, create our own field guide and make our own trail mix! Parks & Recreation staff and the Virginia Master Naturalists will lead participants on nature walks and other fun-filled activities. The camp will be active and participants will spend most of the time outdoors. Please bring sunscreen and water. Snack provided. 

Time Travelers • Ages 8-12
Monday-Friday, July 18-22, 9 a.m.-noon, $110
James City County Recreation Center
Have you ever wanted to be an archaeologist like Indiana Jones? Come and learn about the five ancient civilizations from around the world! We’ll learn about Greece, Mali, Egypt, Rome and China. We’ll map our adventures and discover their unique cultures. Instructor: Paula Harris Guerra. 

Kids Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Camp • Ages 8-10
Tuesday-Thursday, July 19-21, 9 a.m.-noon, $130
Jamestown Beach Event Park
This SUP class introduces kids to a whole new way on the water! Learn all about SUP - the anatomy of the board and paddle, how to paddle out, proper stance and paddling techniques as well as water safety. Life jackets are mandatory. Bring lunch daily. Must be a proficient swimmer. 

Park Passport Camp • Ages 9-12
Monday-Friday, July 18-22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $175
James City County Recreation Center
Join us for a tour of some of the area’s surrounding local and state parks. Each day we’ll highlight a unique activity, excursion or program specific to one of the parks. Camp fee includes transportation to and from all the parks and all park admissions, amenities and excursion fees. Campers are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch, extra snacks and a water bottle daily.   

Week of July 25

Little Tykes Summer Camp • Ages 3-5
Monday-Thursday through Aug. 4, 8:30-11:30 a.m., $65/week. 
Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School 

Days of Discovery Summer Camp • Ages 5-22 with disabilities (must have completed kindergarten and be enrolled in 2022-2023 school year)
Monday-Thursday through Aug. 4, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., $75/week
Matoaka Elementary School

Mighty Girls Yoga! Camp • Ages 7-10
Monday-Thursday, July 25-28, 9 a.m.-noon, $95
Freedom Park
The focus of the Mighty Girls Yoga Camp is to help increase self-confidence while learning to grow in peace as you build strength and resilience from the inside out. We’ll learn the physical, mental and social benefits of yoga and mindfulness practices within a safe, fun, cooperative environment while exploring the beautiful outdoors of Freedom Park. Discover your strengths through journaling, nature walks, yoga games and art activities. We’ll collaborate on becoming agents of peace within the community and leaders in our lives. Classes based on the Little Flower Yoga methodology. Questions? Call 757-259-4176. 

Multi-Sport Camp • Ages 7-10
Monday-Friday, July 25-29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $125
Lois Hornsby Middle School
Join us for a sampler pack of sports! Campers get introduced to numerous different team and individual sport options including basketball, baseball, soccer, floor hockey and more. Lunch pizza party on Friday! 

Fancy Foods Camp • Ages 7-13
Monday-Thursday, July 25-28, 9 a.m.-noon, $125
James City County Recreation Center
Come make fancy desserts and treats! We’ll make and decorate Petit Fours, Tiramisu (kid friendly style), Fruit Tartlets and other tasty desserts that are fun for entertaining! Please note any allergies at the time of registration. Bring an apron and a small snack each day. Instructor: The Williamsburg Chocolatier, Inc. 

Girls of American (Girl Doll) History • Ages 8-12
Monday-Friday, July 25-29, 9 a.m.-noon, $170
James City County Recreation Center
Come and learn about today’s “American Girl” manners as well as the historical characters from the American Girl® series. Each day, we’ll highlight a different era as we also learn about manners then and now! Fee includes your own NEW American Girl® doll, which you select at the time of registration. Instructor: Paula Guerra. 

Youth Running Camp • Ages 8-13
Monday-Thursday, July 25-28, 9-11 a.m., $70
Greensprings Interpretive Trail
Your child will enjoy this summer running camp led by Greater Williamsburg Distance Running Club on the Greensprings Interpretive Trail. They’ll learn the basics of healthy running, build endurance, speed, agility and motivation. The purpose of this camp is to help youth learn that running can be fun and allow for a healthy and happy lifestyle. Bring water, a beach towel and wear appropriate running attire. Athletic shoes required.  

Reconnect Outdoors • Ages 10-14
Monday-Friday, July 25-29, 9 a.m.-noon, $120
James City County Recreation Center
Campers venture from home base on a different local excursion each day. Activities may include kayaking, geocaching, biking, hiking and more, all while learning about the historical and natural history that surrounds us. 

Week of August 1

Little Tykes Summer Camp • Ages 3-5
Monday-Thursday through Aug. 4, 8:30-11:30 a.m., $65/week. 
Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School 

Days of Discovery Summer Camp • Ages 5-22 with disabilities (must have completed kindergarten and be enrolled in 2022-2023 school year) 
Monday-Thursday through Aug. 4, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., $75/week
Matoaka Elementary School

Hip Hop Dance/Cheer Camp • Ages 6-12
Monday-Friday, Aug. 1-5, 9 a.m.-noon, $125
Lois Hornsby Middle School
Focus on fun cheers and modern hip hop movements with a vivacious urban feel. The hip hop portion of the camp will focus on musicality, finding the count and rhythm of the music and dance skills within a team. Different styles of hip-hop dance will be combined with fun choreography. The cheer portion of the class will teach various dance and cheer combinations, basic stunts and fun choreography. Along with these skills, participants will receive daily take home activities that build teamwork, confidence and leadership skills. On the last day, we’ll perform to showcase all that our participants have learned! Instructor: Athlete’s Global. 

Mighty Girls Yoga! Camp • Ages 7-10
Monday-Thursday, Aug. 1-4, 9 a.m.-noon, $95
Freedom Park
The focus of the Mighty Girls Yoga Camp is to help increase self-confidence while learning to grow in peace as you build strength and resilience from the inside out. We’ll learn the physical, mental and social benefits of yoga and mindfulness practices within a safe, fun, cooperative environment while exploring the beautiful outdoors of Freedom Park. Discover your strengths through journaling, nature walks, yoga games and art activities. We’ll collaborate on becoming agents of peace within the community and leaders in our lives. Classes based on the Little Flower Yoga methodology. Questions? Call 757-259-4176. 

Kids Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Camp • Ages 11-14 
Tuesday-Thursday, Aug. 2-4, 9 a.m.-noon, $130 
Jamestown Beach Event Park
This SUP class introduces kids to a whole new way on the water! Learn all about SUP - the anatomy of the board and paddle, how to paddle out, proper stance and paddling techniques as well as water safety. Life jackets are mandatory. Bring lunch daily. Must be a proficient swimmer. 

What’s Your Story? • Ages 10-13
Monday-Friday, Aug. 1-5, 9 a.m.-noon, $125 
James City County Recreation Center 
Have you been waiting for someone to ask what you’re about or what you really think? Participants will take turns sharing and writing about things felt, wondered, observed, and experienced. Camp will borrow from creative writing techniques and journalism. Gain experience sharing your writing, offering and receiving constructive feedback, and use reader’s suggestions to improve your writing. Weather permitting, we’ll get a little outdoor inspiration. All writing levels welcome. Bring a notebook, pen or pencil, and a snack. Instructor: Beth Shamaiengar.  

Week of August 8

AG Basketball & Speed Training Camp • Ages 6-12
Monday-Friday, Aug. 8-12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $190
Lois Hornsby Middle School
We’ll focus on shooting mechanics, one on one defense, scoring, ball handling, passing, mental preparation, fitness, conditioning, speed, agility training and more. A key objective in our academy is to create an intense and fun atmosphere that will enable campers to increase their basketball skills, maximize performance and achieve peak condition. An exciting part of our academy is the implementation of nutritional education, personal development, mentoring activities in decision making, leadership, communication skills, self-image and team building with others. Instructor: Athletes Global. 

Living in the Past • Ages 8-12
Monday-Thursday, Aug. 8-11, 8:30 a.m.-noon, $85
Freedom Park
The settlers at Hot Water, now the home of Freedom Park, did not have video games, computers or any of the high tech gadgets of today! So how did they get by? Camp participants can get a feel for 18th and 19th century life in Virginia – making their own food and supplies, and learning about the rich history of Freedom Park. Please bring sunscreen and water. 

Youth Running Camp • Ages 8-13
Monday-Thursday, Aug. 8-11, 9-11 a.m., $70
Greensprings Interpretive Trail
Your child will enjoy this summer running camp led by Greater Williamsburg Distance Running Club on the Greensprings Interpretive Trail. They’ll learn the basics of healthy running, build endurance, speed, agility and motivation. The purpose of this camp is to help youth learn that running can be fun and allow for a healthy and happy lifestyle. Bring water, a beach towel and wear appropriate running attire. Athletic shoes required.  

Outdoor Experience with JRA • Ages 10-14
Monday-Friday, Aug. 8-12, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $200
James River Association Education Center
Experience a week of outdoor adventure and education. Campers will canoe Powhatan Creek, learn about and perform seine netting and water quality testing, and participate in fun environmental games about the James River and its watershed. Instructor: James River Association. 

Week of August 15 

Kidz-R-Cookin’ Around the World • Ages 5-8
Monday-Thursday, Aug. 15-18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., $165
James City County Recreation Center
Cooking, music and arts and crafts from around the globe will all come together in this very special hands-on cooking camp. Each day will be a different culinary adventure! Explore culture, food and tradition, with new countries and recipes this year. Certificates and recipes included! Please note any food allergies during registration. Please bring lunch and/or heavy snack daily. Instructor: Chef Wendy, Kidz-R-Cookin’.  

Virginia Legacy Recreational Soccer Camp • Ages 5-13
Half Day: Monday-Friday, Aug. 15-19, 9 a.m.-noon, $130 
Full Day: Monday-Friday, Aug. 15-19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $210
Lois Hornsby Middle School
Revolving around soccer-related games, activities, trainings and competitions, this camp includes instruction on the fundamentals of soccer and is designed to meet the needs of beginner, developmental, recreational and advanced soccer players. All participants receive a Legacy Camp shirt and free soccer ball! Instructor: Virginia Legacy.

Spa Essentials for Kidz • Ages 9-12
Monday-Thursday, Aug. 15-18, 2-5 p.m., $165
James City County Recreation Center
Using only natural and wholesome ingredients, campers can make their own products (body butters, soy candles, bath bombs, bubble bath, shampoo and more). Learn about the properties of all ingredients used. All products labeled and packaged for home. Bring lunch and/or heavy snack daily. Instructor: Chef Wendy, Kidz-R-Cookin’. 

Youth Summer Rowing Camps • Middle School Youth, incoming 6-8th grades
Monday-Saturday, Aug. 15-20, Times TBA, $200
Chickahominy Riverfront Park
Rowers will learn the basics of the boats, rowing technique and navigation leading to a Camp Regatta on Saturday. This is great preparation if rowers are interested in continuing the sport in the fall season. Rowers should be able to swim. For more information contact: comm.wbc@gmail.com or visit https://www.williamsburgboatclub.org for updates. Program cost is $200, with 50% applicable towards rowing membership with the Williamsburg Boat Club.

Week of August 22  

End of Summer Bash • Ages 4-9
Monday-Friday, Aug. 22-25, 9 a.m.-noon, $100
James City County Recreation Center
Let’s go out with a bang! Celebrate all things summer as we sculpt summery treats, create tropical works of art and more! We’ll even make a beach scene out of real candy! This is one artsy party you won’t want to miss. Instructor: Kidcreate Studio. 

Masters in Clay • Ages 5-12
Monday-Thursday, Aug. 22-25, 1-4 p.m., $100
James City County Recreation Center
Get inspired by art created by Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Edward Munch and Claes Oldenburg. Re-create famous works of art such as Water Lilies, The Scream and Spoonbridge and Cherry, all in clay. Instructor: Kidcreate Studio. 

Youth Summer Rowing Camps • High School Youth, incoming 9-12th grades) 
Monday-Saturday, Aug. 22-27, Times TBA, $200
Chickahominy Riverfront Park
Rowers will learn the basics of the boats, rowing technique and navigation leading to a Camp Regatta on Saturday. This is great preparation if rowers are interested in continuing the sport in the fall season. Rowers should be able to swim. For more information contact: comm.wbc@gmail.com or visit https://www.williamsburgboatclub.org for updates. Program cost is $200, with 50% applicable towards rowing membership with the Williamsburg Boat Club.
 
To Register 
Unless otherwise noted, please visit us online or call 757-259-4200 for more details and registration information. For the complete list of Parks & Recreation activities, programs and events, check out our Summer 2022 Destination Recreation Brochure! Hard copies of the brochure are available at the James City County Recreation Center, the Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, public Parks & Recreation facilities, the Satellite Office in Toano and at the James City County and Williamsburg libraries.

Inclement Weather/Cancellations
All Outdoor Events are weather permitting. Before heading out, please call the Activities Hotline at 757-259-3232 any changes in schedules.  

Holiday Closure: 
The James City County Recreation Center and the Abram Frink Jr. Community Center are closed Monday, May 30, Memorial Day.  
All County parks, including the Stores/Offices within the parks, are open Memorial Day. 

Join the Parks & Recreation Team! We’re Hiring!
Part-time and Full-time positions available.
Parks: Lifeguards (outdoor pools) ● Park Attendants
Recreation Center: Customer Service Representatives ● Fitness Attendants ● Lifeguards (indoor pools) ● Water Safety Instructors
Programming/Before & After School: Assistant Recreation Supervisors ● Recreation Leaders ● Recreation Supervisors ● Therapeutic Recreation Leaders ● Instructors  
To learn more about current job openings or to apply online, visit jobs.jamescitycountyva.gov or follow us on social media. 

Program Sites
Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, 8901 Pocahontas Trail
Chickahominy Riverfront Park, 1350 John Tyler Highway
Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School, 3131 Ironbound Road
Freedom Park/Interpretive Center, 5537 Centerville Road
Greensprings Interpretive Trail, 3751 John Tyler Highway
James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Road
James River Association Education Center, 1335 Colonial Parkway
Jamestown Beach Event Park, 2205 Jamestown Road
Lois Hornsby Middle School, 850 Jolly Pond Road
Matoaka Elementary School, 4001 Brick Bat Road
Satellite Services Office, 3127 Forge Road, Toano
Wanner Stadium, 4900 Stadium Drive 

Media Contact:
Veda McMullen, Senior Communications Specialist
757-259-5415; veda.mcmullen@jamescitycountyva.gov 


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