Pioneers

Grades rising K - 1st

A First Traditional Camping Experience! Our Pioneer Campers participate in a wide variety of activities and programs that encourage personal growth and social and physical development.  

The 6 guiding tenets of the Pioneers Program
1

Physical Development

Our Pioneers are on the move...literally. We don’t sit still very long. Lots to do and a great place to do it allows these campers the chance to develop skills in running, throwing, catch, dance, music and so much more!

2

Social & Emotional Development

Campers are beginning to think about how they look in the eyes of others and we help them find their “comfort zone”. We support and teach good sportsmanship and give the love and support that our youngest campers crave!

3

Intellectual development

Our Pioneer campers love to ask questions and for the most part, we’ve got the answers. We understand they will learn best through discovery and active involvement with the staff, other campers and most importantly new friends.

4

Group Participation

Recognizing our own strengths and how to help others is a big part of the Pioneer program. Also, how our own choices affect our friends is an awakening for these campers.

5

Fundamental Skills

Campers work on fundamental skills such as learning to tie shoes, swim underwater and greet a new friend. It is all part of what our Pioneers do on a daily basis.

6

Routines

Teaching our campers that there is a time, and place and a plan is an important lesson that our Pioneer Counselors connect to a home and/or school experience.

All About Pioneers

Through weekly themes these campers get hands-on opportunities to experience arts & crafts, nature projects, taking responsibility for camp animal care, sports & games, lead line horseback rides, and swimming. This program is designed to meet the unique social, emotional, intellectual and physical needs of a young camper.

Groups are separated by gender and have about 15 campers with two/three counselors. Gender specific groups allows the campers to discover their differences and their similarities in a socially and physically safe fun environment.

All Pioneer Campers have daily swim lessons taught by trained Swim Staff.  These staff are also American Red Cross Life Guards.  Pioneer campers also have ecreational swim time daily.

Activities for Pioneers

Pioneer activities below have more detail under the name

Pony Rides
  • Leadline rides allow Pioneers to get a feel for horse riding in a safe and fun environment
Nature & Animals
  • Playing in the creek
  • Learning about nature
  • Playing with animals
  • Getting dirty
  • Exploring the woods
Arts & Crafts
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Learning new mediums
  • Clay work
  • Weekly craft projects
Swimming
  • Daily lessons
  • Recreational swim time
  • Pool noodles, inflatables, and slide
  • Learning pool safety from certified lifeguards
  • Slide & diving board
Sports & Games
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Floor hockey
  • Ga Ga
  • and more...
Music & Drama
  • Our Pioneers learn new songs and instruments, write their own songs, and get to organize and perform in skits and plays

Pony Rides

  • Leadline rides allow Pioneers to get a feel for horse riding in a safe and fun environment

Nature & Animals

  • Playing in the creek
  • Learning about nature
  • Playing with animals
  • Getting dirty
  • Exploring the woods

Arts & Crafts

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Learning new mediums
  • Clay work
  • Weekly craft projects

Swimming

  • Daily lessons
  • Recreational swim time
  • Pool noodles, inflatables, and slide
  • Learning pool safety from certified lifeguards
  • Slide & diving board

Sports & Games

  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Floor hockey
  • Ga Ga
  • and more...

Music & Drama

  • Our Pioneers learn new songs and instruments, write their own songs, and get to organize and perform in skits and plays

Information for parents

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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.

End of the day swim lessons

Pioneer campers have lessons in their daily camp program. ADDITIONAL LESSONS are offered MON-THURS from 4:00pm to 4:40pm. PM transportation continues as registered. These are semi private lessons available at an additional fee.

Frequently Asked Questions for our Pioneers.

What is Ga Ga?

Over the last several years, Ga Ga has been a favorite amongst our campers, and our staff. It is played in an enclosed court and every one can play. At Triple C, we play with kids our own age with a playground type ball. The object is to keep the ball on the ground and hit it with an open hand. Every player is on their own…no teams. If it makes contact with ANY player at ANY time below the knee, you are OUT.

The campers love it! We hear regularly that this is their favorite game. It is dodge ball on the ground! It is in an enclosed space where the campers are constantly moving. The campers learn confidence, sharing, fears, and the excitement of winning and losing.

See our blog post on Ga Ga and why it is the greatest camp game ever!

How much swimming do the Pioneers do?

Swim lessons and recreational swim take place every day at Triple C Camp!  Group Counselors swim with their campers and help the American Red Cross Lifeguards teach lessons.

How do you handle discipline?

We call it positive discipline.  Our staff make a HUGE deal out of all the positive things our campers do which means we have very little negative behavior.  If something comes up, we work on it together with the campers, staff and also involve the parents. Please call as we are happy to discuss more information on this topic. 434.293.2529.

Why are K-3rd grade campers separated by gender?

It is helpful for girls and boys at younger ages to be in a peer group that is similar to their own. This helps them learn about themselves before they can learn about each other.  This is facilitated with similar gender staff where the girls and boys can be themselves to learn how to be a better friend and make new friends.  Plus, we have daily swims, change clothes and similar genders move us through this experience more efficiently.  Campers do get the opportunity to socialize with the opposite gender through Pioneer dance parties, Trailblazer choice, bus rides, lunch time and other camp games like capture the flag, kickball, Ga Ga, etc.

Will my child get to ride a horse?

Yes, all Pioneer and Trailblazer groups get to ride horses at least once a week, and it is always a choice on Wednesday mornings for Trailblazer choice.

How many campers are in each group?

About 15 campers of the same gender in each group with two/three staff members.

Do you provide lunch and snacks?

Yes, very healthy options.  Lunch: Main course which includes burgers, dogs, mac & cheese, turkey wraps, etc., also a crunch, a fruit, a vegetable, and a leafy green salad are on the buffet every day….PB&J are always an option too.  Or, just P or just J…brown bread or white bread.  Campers are welcome to pack a lunch daily. Snack is normally a healthier item in the morning and a colder or sweeter treat in the afternoon.

General Camp FAQs

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

2014 summer camp schedule and rates.
Overnights begin on Thursday, June 26th
and include dinner, snack, and breakfast.

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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: August 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
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