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 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 each week.  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.

Field Trips

Great Outdoor campers go to Walnut Creek to go Canoeing & have a cookout on even weeks of the summer.  Occasionally sports & Games campers will 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 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 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

Through hands-on experiences 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.

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 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.

Through hands-on experiences 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.

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

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 The Park at UVA, Crozet, Fashion Square Mall, Pantops and 5th St. Station.  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 each week which they spend 60% of their time.  The remainder of each day 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 Field Trips?

Being prepared for a regular camp day is all that is needed for field trips. Water shoes are optional and can be helpful when Great Outdoors is at Walnut Creek every other week.

Is Colt Camp included in the weekly rates?

Colt Camp is an additional $40 per week 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.

2020 summer camp schedule and rates.
Overnights begin on Thursday, June 18th
and include dinner, snack, and breakfast.

Wk
Dates
Wk 1
June 1 -5
*The Park at UVA Bus or Camp transportation ONLY
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
No Overnight this week. Happy Camping!
Wk 12
August 17 - 21
*The Park at UVA Bus or Camp transportation ONLY
Mini Camp
August 17 & 18
*Mon & Tues tuition is $170 or $175 with The Park at UVA Bus

6 Weeks or More

$365
per week*

5 Weeks or Less

$395
per week*
*Add $40 per week for Colt Camp. Transportation and Overnights available at an additional cost.
Making it Easy
FAQs
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