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 session. Each camper will still do a little bit of everything else, including swimming multiple times per week.

The 6 guiding tenets of the Explorers Program
1

Developing Skills

This is a time when youth want to try a variety of activities. Weekly options allow for joining a group of similar aged campers with similar interests.

2

Identity

Approaching middle school, students are becoming aware of where they fit in a group. At camp they have the opportunity to interact with different personalities on a social level, meet new people and practice being a good friend.

3

Critical Thinking

Being able to practice critical thinking in a safe space allows our Explorers to experiment with analyzing facts, forming opinions, and evaluating evidence. This 21st Century Skill gives campers the confidence to make the best choices for themselves.

4

Conflict Resolution

This is a skill that takes constant practice and refinement. Camp remains a safe and respectable environment to navigate the many tools useful in conflict resolution.

5

Independence

The opportunity to choose a specialty allows our Explorers the freedom to guide their destiny at camp. They are responsible for the choices they make, and the impact of those choices.

6

Communication

Explorers are encouraged to utilize positive communication. They practice thinking before speaking and active listening.

All About Explorers

What's special in Explorers

Program Choices

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

Why?

By 4th – 6th grade our interests are becoming defined. At Triple C that means we allow our campers to choose how to spend their day. By starting in their comfort zone, campers are encouraged to continue to try new things in order to grow.

Extended Experiences

Great Outdoor campers may go to Walnut Creek to canoe & have a picnic during the summer.  Occasionally Sports & Games campers may have the opportunity to play tennis at Walton Middle School or PVCC.

Why?

The Great Outdoors and Sports programs are enhanced by these out of camp activities.  Campers love to go off site and have an extended experience.  The developmental experience of canoeing, water exploration, and playing on full size tennis courts is a great opportunity 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. Helmets are assigned to individual campers for their personal use during the duration of a session.  Campers must be prepared to wear proper riding attire (long pants and sturdy shoes).  Riding equipment will be properly sanitized between each rider and again at the end of the camp day.  Masks will need to be worn anytime a riding instructor must get within 6ft of a rider.

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 watercolors, 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.

Sports & Games

Sports & Games will emphasize both individual and team play. Campers will learn new skills in a variety of sports and games such as basketball, soccer, Alaskan baseball, sprout ball and 500. During competition we focus on celebrating both wins and losses respectfully.

Challenge Course

Triple C Camp’s very own Challenge Course offers daily teambuilding opportunities along with individual high ropes challenges. This constant adventure builds self-esteem, confidence and communication skills. Each camper may have the opportunity to climb our 35-foot tower and ride the 500-foot zipline.  All climbing gear and equipment will be assigned to an individual camper for the session and will be cleaned and fully sanitized after use and between sessions.

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. Helmets are assigned to individual campers for their personal use during the duration of a session.  Campers must be prepared to wear proper riding attire (long pants and sturdy shoes).  Riding equipment will be properly sanitized between each rider and again at the end of the camp day.  Masks will need to be worn anytime a riding instructor must get within 6ft of a rider.

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 watercolors, 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.

Sports & Games will emphasize both individual and team play. Campers will learn new skills in a variety of sports and games such as basketball, soccer, Alaskan baseball, sprout ball and 500. During competition we focus on celebrating both wins and losses respectfully.

Triple C Camp’s very own Challenge Course offers daily teambuilding opportunities along with individual high ropes challenges. This constant adventure builds self-esteem, confidence and communication skills. Each camper may have the opportunity to climb our 35-foot tower and ride the 500-foot zipline.  All climbing gear and equipment will be assigned to an individual camper for the session and will be cleaned and fully sanitized after use and between sessions.

Activities for Explorers

Explorer activities below have more detail under the name

Nature & Animals
  • Creek Exploration
  • Habitat Education
  • Animal Care Responsibilities
  • Campfire Cooking
  • Nature Specialist
Arts & Crafts
  • Tactile Experiences
  • Weekly Projects
  • Progressive Skills
  • Variety of Mediums
  • Experienced Art Specialist
Swimming
  • Recreational Swim Time
  • Variety of fun Equipment
  • Saline Conversion Pool
  • Experienced Swim Instructors
  • American Red Cross Lifeguards
Sports & Games
  • Sportsmanship
  • Skill Development
  • Triple C Style Sports
  • Multi-Cultural Activities
  • Experienced Sports Specialist
Music & Drama
  • Expand Experiences
  • Songs and Instruments
  • Skits and Plays
  • Personal Expression
  • Experienced Specialist
Challenge Course
  • Safety Prioritized
  • Development of 21st Century Skills
  • High Climbing Adventures
  • Increase Communication
  • Experienced Specialist

Nature & Animals

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

Arts & Crafts

  • Tactile Experiences
  • Weekly Projects
  • Progressive Skills
  • Variety of Mediums
  • Experienced Art Specialist

Swimming

  • Recreational Swim Time
  • Variety of fun Equipment
  • Saline Conversion Pool
  • Experienced Swim Instructors
  • American Red Cross Lifeguards

Sports & Games

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

Music & Drama

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

Challenge Course

  • Safety Prioritized
  • Development of 21st Century Skills
  • High Climbing Adventures
  • Increase Communication
  • Experienced Specialist

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

To maintain compliance with the guidelines and recommendations set by the Virginia Department of Social Services Child Childcare Licensing Department, campers will need to pack their lunch and at least two snacks each day.  Lunches will be eaten outdoors, weather permitting, in their small groups.

Transportation

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 The Park at UVA, Crozet (Western Albemarle High School), Fashion Square Mall, Pantops and 5th St. Station.  To adhere to CDC and Childcare Licensing guidelines, the following procedures will take place: campers will have their temperature and a daily health screening done upon arrival to the camp bus, campers will have assigned seats, one camper per seat unless siblings, masks will be worn at all times, the bus will be unloaded back to front, a full sanitization process using hospital grade broad spectrum disinfectant will take place following every route, and at the end of the day, the bus will be unloaded back to front. *Update as of 05.07.21: Albemarle County Transportation now allows for 2 children per bus seat.

Frequently Asked Questions about our Explorers Program.

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

Explorers choose one area to focus on during their session.  They will spend 60% of their time doing activities associated with this area of focus.  The remainder of each session is spent swimming, engaging in other camp activities, and visiting specialists. Horseback riding is the only Explorer activity that requires Colt Camp registration for participation.

Does my camper need to bring anything special with them for extended experiences?

Being prepared for a regular camp day is all that is needed. Water shoes are an optional addition to campers footwear when Great Outdoors is at Walnut Creek.

Is Colt Camp included in the weekly rates?

Colt Camp is an additional $40 per one week session or $80 per two week session due to the high level of expertise and care horses require.

General Camp FAQs

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

2021 summer camp schedule and rates.

Session
Dates
Pre Camp Session 1
May 31 - June 4
One Week Session. Camp Drop Off/Pick Up ONLY.
Pre Camp Session 2
June 7 - 11
One Week Session. Camp Drop Off/Pick Up ONLY.
Session 1
June 14 - 18
One Week Session. The Park at UVA Bus or Camp transportation ONLY.
Session 2
June 21 - July 2
Two Week Session
Session 3
July 5 - 16
Two Week Session
Session 4
July 19 - 30
Two Week Session
Session 5
August 2 -13
Two Week Session
Session 6
August 16 - 20
One Week Session
Session 7
August 23 - 27
One Week Session. Fashion Square Bus or Camp transportation ONLY .
Mini Camp
August 23 & 24
Monday and Tuesday of Session 7

One Week Session

$395

Two Week Session

$790
*Colt Camp add $40 per one week or $80 per two week session. Transportation available at an additional cost. 6 week or more discount equal to $150.
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