Explorers

Grades rising 4th - 6th

This is your chance to choose.  Sports & Games, Art & Drama, Great Outdoors, Challenge Course, or Colt Camp (horseback riding) for the entire week. Each camper will still do a little bit of everything else, including swimming EVERY day.

The 6 guiding tenets of the Explorers Program
1

Developing Skills

This is a time when children are beginning mastery and great interest of individual areas.

2

Identification

Approaching middle school students become very good at identifying the characteristics of a good friend.

3

Critical Thinking

4th-6th graders begin to understand complex social issues like war, poverty, and religion.

4

Conflict Resolution

This is a skill that takes constant practice and refinement. There is no place as safe and respectable as camp to practice these critical skills.

5

Independence

The freedom for decision making and responsibility keeps these campers thriving and excited to help guide their destiny.

6

Talk

Many 4th-6th grades speak their words as they are thinking of them. Thinking before we speak is a skill where camp helps children grow.

All About Explorers

What's special in Explorers

Program Choices

Campers get to choose an area of camp to specialize in each week.  They will spend 60% of their day enjoying their exploration choices.

Why?

As children grow, their desire to get activity-specific is more realized.  Once we realize what we enjoy most and are comfortable our staff can have more impact learning the skill AND relationship skills.  Comfort breeds growth.

Field Trips

Great Outdoors campers go to Walnut Creek to go Canoeing and cook out on even weeks of the summer.  Sports & Games campers go to Walton Middle School or PVCC for tennis on odd weeks.

Why?

The Great Outdoors and Sports programs are enhanced by these out of camp activities.  Campers love to go off site and and have a mini field trip.  The developmental experience of canoeing, outdoor cooking and playing on full size tennis court is the perfect day trip for these Explorer campers.

Explorer Concentrations

Colt Camp

Colt Camp focuses on the equine and will include daily riding instruction, learning to care for and feed the horses, stable management, and horsemanship. Tack and helmets are provided by camp. Campers must be prepared to wear proper riding attire (long pants and sturdy shoes).

Art & Drama

Art and Drama is a combination of creating art projects and mini performances. Campers will sing, act, draw, and paint. Group projects may include designing sets for plays or a mural for one of the camp buildings. Individual activities may include water colors, pastels, sculpture, wood working, and more.

Great Outdoors

Great Outdoors will be a combination of camping, science, and nature activities. This gives campers time to explore our streams, hike the trails, tend the camp animals, and learn outdoor living skills. When it’s time for the overnight, campers will have a great outdoor overnight experience.

Sports & Games

Sports & Games will emphasize both individual and team play. Campers will learn new skills in a variety of sports such as basketball, soccer, tennis, archery, softball, and golf. Other activities will include great camp games like capture the flag, the pursuit relay, British Bulldogs, and much more.

Challenge Course

Challenge Course Team building, experiential education, and individual high challenges on OUR OWN Challenge Course make this Explorer choice a non-stop adventure while building self-esteem, confidence and communication skills. Each camper will have the opportunity to climb our 35-foot tower and ride the 500-foot zipline.

Colt Camp
Art & Drama
Great Outdoors
Sports & Games
Challenge Course

Colt Camp focuses on the equine and will include daily riding instruction, learning to care for and feed the horses, stable management, and horsemanship. Tack and helmets are provided by camp. Campers must be prepared to wear proper riding attire (long pants and sturdy shoes).

Art and Drama is a combination of creating art projects and mini performances. Campers will sing, act, draw, and paint. Group projects may include designing sets for plays or a mural for one of the camp buildings. Individual activities may include water colors, pastels, sculpture, wood working, and more.

Great Outdoors will be a combination of camping, science, and nature activities. This gives campers time to explore our streams, hike the trails, tend the camp animals, and learn outdoor living skills. When it’s time for the overnight, campers will have a great outdoor overnight experience.

Sports & Games will emphasize both individual and team play. Campers will learn new skills in a variety of sports such as basketball, soccer, tennis, archery, softball, and golf. Other activities will include great camp games like capture the flag, the pursuit relay, British Bulldogs, and much more.

Challenge Course Team building, experiential education, and individual high challenges on OUR OWN Challenge Course make this Explorer choice a non-stop adventure while building self-esteem, confidence and communication skills. Each camper will have the opportunity to climb our 35-foot tower and ride the 500-foot zipline.

Activities for Explorers

Explorer activities below have more detail under the name

Nature & Animals
  • Creek Exploration
  • Habitat Education
  • Animal Care Responsibilities
  • Campfire Cooking
  • Environmental Education Specialist
Arts & Crafts
  • Tactile Experiences
  • Weekly Craft Projects
  • Dedicate Craft Center
  • Variety of Mediums
  • Experienced Art Specialist
Swimming
  • Recreational Swim Time
  • Super Fun Pool Equipment
  • Saline Conversion Pool
  • Experienced Swim Instructors
  • American Red Cross Lifeguards
Sports & Games
  • Sportsmanship
  • Skill Development
  • Triple C Style Sports
  • Multi-Cultural Activities
  • Experience Sports Specialist
Music & Drama
  • Expand Experiences
  • Songs and Instruments
  • Skits and Plays
  • Personal Expression
  • Experienced Specialist
Challenge Course
  • Safety Prioritized
  • Team Building
  • High Climbing Adventures
  • Increase Communication
  • Experienced Specialist

Nature & Animals

  • Creek Exploration
  • Habitat Education
  • Animal Care Responsibilities
  • Campfire Cooking
  • Environmental Education Specialist

Arts & Crafts

  • Tactile Experiences
  • Weekly Craft Projects
  • Dedicate Craft Center
  • Variety of Mediums
  • Experienced Art Specialist

Swimming

  • Recreational Swim Time
  • Super Fun Pool Equipment
  • Saline Conversion Pool
  • Experienced Swim Instructors
  • American Red Cross Lifeguards

Sports & Games

  • Sportsmanship
  • Skill Development
  • Triple C Style Sports
  • Multi-Cultural Activities
  • Experience Sports Specialist

Music & Drama

  • Expand Experiences
  • Songs and Instruments
  • Skits and Plays
  • Personal Expression
  • Experienced Specialist

Challenge Course

  • Safety Prioritized
  • Team Building
  • High Climbing Adventures
  • Increase Communication
  • Experienced Specialist

Information for parents

Making it Easy
FAQs
Dates & Rates

Flexibility is the key to camping. We know that families have busy lives, so we try to be accommodating to all families needs.

Lunch is provided

Lunch and snack menus meet USDA guidelines.  We serve food that is nutritious and that kids like to eat.  Lunches include a green leafy salad, fruits and vegetables daily.  Examples of main courses are chicken nuggets, burgers, dogs, turkey wraps, mac & cheese, etc. Peanut butter and/or jelly is available every day. Families are welcome to pack a lunch for their camper any day of the week.

Transportation options

Transportation is provided in Triple C vehicles, camp buses or multi passenger vehicles.  All drivers are licensed, trained and experienced.  Pick up points are at Barracks Road Shopping Center, Fashion Square Mall, Pantops and Piedmont Virginia Community College.  Choose what works best for your family.

Thursday Overnight

Campers stay in our summer cabins with staff members. Dinner, snack and breakfast the next day is provided along with an extra evening swim, field games and campfire.  Oh and of course S’MORES!

Frequently Asked Questions about our Explorers Program.

Can my Explorer sign up for multiple program choices each week?

Explorers choose one area to focus on each week which they spend 60% of their time participating.  The rest of the day is spent swimming, and doing a little bit of the other activities.  Except horse back riding, for that you must sign up for Colt Camp…It’s AWESOME!

Does my camper need to bring anything special with them for Field Trips?

Great Outdoor campers go on field trips every other week to Walnut Creek.  Water shoes can be helpful, otherwise normal camp dress. Sometimes the sports & games campers will go to Walton Middle School or PVCC for tennis.  Normal camp dress is appropriate.

Is Colt Camp included in the weekly rates?

Because of all the extra expenses of horse care, we ask you pay an extra $40.00 for any week in Colt Camp.

General Camp FAQs

For more general camp questions visit our FAQs Page in the Parent Hub.

2015 summer camp schedule and rates.
Overnights begin on Thursday, June 18th
and include dinner, snack, and breakfast.

Wk
Dates
Wk 1
June 1 - 5
Overnight fun ahead!
Wk 2
June 8 - 12
One more week until overnights start!
Wk 3
June 15 - 19
Thursday Overnight: June 18
Wk 4
June 22 - 26
Thursday Overnight: June 25
Wk 5
June 29 - July 3
Thursday Overnight: July 2
Wk 6
July 6 - 10
Thursday Overnight: July 9
Wk 7
July 13 - 17
Thursday Overnight: July 16
Wk 8
July 20 - 24
Thursday Overnight: July 23
Wk 9
July 27 - 31
Thursday Overnight: July 30
Wk 10
August 3 - 7
Thursday Overnight: August 6
Wk 11
August 10 - 14
Sorry, no overnight this week
Wk 12
August 17 - 21
Sorry, no overnight this week
Mini Camp
August 17 & 18
*Mon & Tues tuition is $140 or $145 with Barracks Rd.

* Barracks Rd. Bus or Camp Transportation ONLY for Mini Camp

6 Weeks or More

$290
per week*

5 Weeks or Less

$315
per week*
*Add $40 per week for Colt Camp
Making it Easy
FAQs
Dates & Rates