Pioneers

Grades rising K - 1st

Our Pioneer Campers participate in a wide variety of activities and programs that encourage personal growth as well as social and physical development.

The 6 guiding tenets of the Pioneers Program
1

Physical Development

Our Pioneers are on the move! We stay active all day long. With a full schedule, wide variety of activities, and energetic counselors these campers are developing physical skills in running, throwing, catching, dancing and so much more!

2

Social & Emotional Development

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

3

Intellectual development

Pioneer campers love to ask questions, we help them find the answers! Through hands on experiences, positive interactions with staff and the confidence to problem solve our Pioneers take advantage of countless learning opportunities.

4

Group Participation

Recognizing our own strengths and how to help others is a big part of the Pioneer program. How our own choices affect our friends is an awakening for these campers. We take the opportunity to practice empathy, and positive communication with everyone at camp.

5

Fundamental Skills

Campers work on skills such as learning to tie shoes, swim underwater and greet a new friend. Building independence away from home helps campers feel safe and confident at camp. It is all part of what our Pioneers do on a daily basis.

6

Routines

Following a daily schedule helps our Pioneer campers feel safe. Our intentional programming and well-trained counselors always have a plan to keep our youngest campers on the move, happy, and engaged.

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.

Pioneer campers have daily swim lessons taught by American Red Cross Lifeguards. There is recreational swim time following lessons each day.

Activities for Pioneers

Pioneer activities below have more detail under the name

Target Sports
  • Rock Range
  • Archery
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
  • Interacting with animals
  • Getting dirty
  • Adventuring in the woods
  • Exploring the Nature Playscape
Arts & Crafts
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Learning new mediums
  • Clay work
  • Weekly craft projects
  • Process Art
Swimming
  • Daily lessons
  • Recreational swim time
  • Pool noodles and inflatables
  • Learning pool safety from certified lifeguards
  • Diving board
Sports & Games
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Floor hockey
  • GaGa
  • 9 Square
  • and more...
Music & Drama
  • Interacting with instruments at the Music Circle
  • Singing camp songs
  • Experiencing rhythm & beats
  • Creating/performing songs & skits

Target Sports

  • Rock Range
  • Archery

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
  • Interacting with animals
  • Getting dirty
  • Adventuring in the woods
  • Exploring the Nature Playscape

Arts & Crafts

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

Swimming

  • Daily lessons
  • Recreational swim time
  • Pool noodles and inflatables
  • Learning pool safety from certified lifeguards
  • Diving board

Sports & Games

  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Floor hockey
  • GaGa
  • 9 Square
  • and more...

Music & Drama

  • Interacting with instruments at the Music Circle
  • Singing camp songs
  • Experiencing rhythm & beats
  • Creating/performing songs & skits

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.  Daily lunches include a green leafy salad, fruits and vegetables.  Examples of main courses are chicken nuggets, burgers, hot 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.

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 4:30pm. PM transportation continues as registered. These are semi private lessons available at an additional fee.

Frequently Asked Questions for our Pioneers.

What is GaGa?

GaGa is a favorite game amongst our campers and staff. At Triple C Camp we play with kids our own age and use a playground type ball in an enclosed court. The goal is to keep the ball on the ground while hitting it with an open hand. Every player is on their own. If the ball makes contact with ANY player at ANY time below the knees, they are OUT.

While playing GaGa campers are building confidence, sharing ideas, developing physical skills, and practicing sportsmanship.

See our blog post on GaGa and why campers think it is the greatest camp game ever!

How much swimming do the Pioneers do?

Swim lessons and recreational swim take place everyday at Triple C Camp. Group counselors are actively engaged in the water with their campers, while American Red Cross Lifeguards teach the 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 434.293.2529 to discuss more, we are always happy to partner with parents.

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, GaGa, etc.

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*
*Transportation and Overnights available at an additional cost.
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