03/28 Backpacking 101

Backpacking 101

Interested in backpacking and learning more about long distance
hikes? Join our instructors for hands-on activities related to segment
hiking the Appalachian Trail and other destinations. Topics to be
covered include equipment, proper attire, nourishment, packing light,
orienteering and navigation, wildlife, emergencies. For ages 13 and
older.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, March 28, noon-4 p.m.                $15             Course 29700
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

04/18 Webelos Outdoorsman Workshop

Webelos Outdoorsman Workshop

This workshop for Webelos aged Cub Scouts will focus on the
many fun and useful requirements of the Outdoorsman badge.
Tie some knots, learn about the outdoor code, build and start a
fire, become an outdoor chef and discover what it takes to be safe
and successful in all your outdoor endeavors.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, April 18, 3-6 p.m.               $15              Course 29691
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

06/17 Adventure Sampler

Adventure Sampler
Begin your summer with an Introduction to adventure! This three-day camp will sample a variety of adventure activities including rockclimbing/rappelling, white water paddling/rafting and mountainbiking. For ages 13-15. Drop off and pickup will be at Rockwood Park.
Wednesday – Friday, June 22-24,   8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.        $180             Course 30653
Details: Noel Losen, losenn@chesterfield.gov or 804-748-1129

 

06/20 Sail Camps

Sail Camps
The Greater Richmond Sailing Association on Swift Creek Reservoir offers the chance to enter the exciting sport of sailing. Future sailors age 8-17 can come out for the first time or come back to further enhance their skills. This one week camp is taught by U.S. Sailing certified instructors. The program promotes leadership, self-confidence, sportsmanship, safety awareness and respect for others. Drop off and pick-up at Greater Richmond Sailinq Association, 4301 Wooldridge Road on Swift Creek Reservoir in Midlothian. Bring your own lunch except for Pirate Day which includes a pizza lunch, pirate costumes, and other pirate activities. You can also earn high school PE credits In Chesterfield County. Prerequisites: Mandatory 1 hour introductory meeting and swim test Sunday prior to each session. Must be able to swim 150 feet unaided.
Greater Richmond Sailing Association, 4301 Woolridge Road
Monday-Friday       8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.        $350
Level I:
No experience required! Make new friends, spend the week on the lake, and learn how to sail. Sailors will learn to rig sailboats, Identify parts of a sailboat, trim sails, practice safety, read the wind, and steer the boat. Students will work together to rig, operate and stow Single-handed Optimist Dinghies and double-handed Collegiate 420 sailboats based on their age, weight and experience.
8-12 year olds: (single-handed boats)
June 20-24           Course 30664
July 11-15            Course 30665
13-17 year olds (double-handed boats)
June 20-24           Course 30669
July 11-15            Course 30666

Level II:
Make new friends, spend the week on the lake, learn intermediate/ advanced sailing techniques, and experiment with the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math components of sailing. Build a device to measure the wind, make a boat, and experiment with simple machines on boats.
8-12 year olds: (Single-handed boats)
June 27-July 1      Course 30667
July 18-22            Course 30668
13-17 year olds: (double-handed boats)
June 27-July 1      Course 30670
July 18-22            Course 30671
Details: Frequently Asked Questions available at grsa.org or email the Sail Camp Director: sailcamp@grsa.org

06/27 Horseback Riding Camps

Horseback Riding Camp
These camps are desiqned for beginners and beyond. They are for those who want to learn the fundamentals or improve on the skills they already have. This camp includes proper techniques in handling, mounting, riding, dismounting and maintenance. Each camp culminates with a horse show on the final day. Actual riding times may vary on the last day due to the show. For ages 8 and older.
Hunter Lane Stables, 3578 Hunter Lane
Monday to Friday  8:30 a.m.-noon      $215
June 27- July 1    Course 30724
July 25-29           Course 30725
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov.

06/28 Eco Adventure Camp – Three Rivers

Eco-Adventure Camp – Three Rivers
Paddle and explore the natural and cultural history of three rivers in Virqinia. Paddle a five-mile section of the Nottoway River,
part of the Chowan watershed, to experience a premier, coastal black water river with towering cypress and tupelo gum trees, resurrection ferns and banks of marine fossils. Next, head to the Piedmont to paddle a six-mile stretch of the James River near James River State Park. Part of the James River watershed, this section features riffles and small rapids along with clear pools to explore for macroinvertebrates. On the third day, paddle eight miles on the South Fork Shenandoah River, part of the Potomac River watershed. Kayak the meandering river, bordered by the Massanutten and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
For ages 12-14
Parks Maintenance Building, 9201 Public Works Road
Tuesday-Thursday, June 28-30      $225     Course 30553
Tuesday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

07/05 Robious River Camps

Robious River Camp
Join us for this exciting outdoor camp along the James River in Northern Chesterfield County. Activities include fishing, kayaking, rock climbing at Peak Experiences Gym, nature exploration and awareness.
Robious Landing Park, 3700 James River Road
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Explorers (ages 7-9): $100 (except week of July 4th – $80)
July 5-8          Course 30659
July 11-15      Course 30660
July 18-22      Course 30661
Aug. 1-5         Course 30662
Aug. 8-12       Course 30663
Adventurers (ages 10-12): $105 (except week of July 4th – $85)
July 5-8          Course 30654
July 11-15      Course 30655
July 18-22      Course 30656
Aug 1-5          Course 30657
Aug. 8-12       Course 30658
Details: Noel Losen, losenn@chesterfield.gov or 804-748-1129

07/05 Stand up Paddleboarding Kids Paddle Camp

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP): Kids Paddle Camp
Black Dog Paddle is extremely excited about expanding its Kid’s Stand Up Paddleboarding Day Camp to three days! This camp is designed for beginners and beyond. Learn the fundamental skills, improve on existing skills and grow advanced skills. Proper technique, advanced moves and endurance will be focused on while swimming and having a blast on the water! Campers should pack a lunch, bring water and sunscreen. All participants will be required to wear footwear and a provided PFD. Ages 12 and older.
Robious Landing Park, 3800 James River Rd.
8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  $249
July 5-7  (Tues. – Thurs.)      Course 30742
July 11-13 (Mon. – Wed.)      Course 30743
July 18-20 (Mon. – Wed.)      Course 30744
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov.

07/12 Eco-Adventure Camp – From Ocean to Mountains

Eco-Adventure Camp-From Ocean to Mountains
Hike, paddle and pedal through the rich and diverse environments of Virginia. Paddle the Blackwater River, where cypress trees and resurrection ferns grow and marine fossils reveal an ancient ocean. Pedal through the remote False Cape State Park, a barrier spit in southern Vrrginia Beach. Finally, hike along and explore the Riprap Hollow in Shenandoah National Park and plunge in the crystal-blue swimming hole. For ages 12-14.
Parks Maintenance Building, 9201 Public Works Road
Tuesday-Thursday, July 12-14    $200    Course 30525
Tuesday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

07/26 Youth Adventure Camp

Youth Adventure Camp
Spend three adventure-filled days exploring Virginia’s wild places. Try stand up paddle boarding with Black Dog Paddling on the James River experience the challenge course then raft the James River with Riverside Outfitters, kayak a local river and hike in the Shenandoah mountains. For ages 10-12. Drop off and pickup will be at Rockwood Park.
Tuesday – Thursday, July 26-28,  8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.    $180   Course 30672  
Details: Noel Losen, losenn@chesterfield.gov or 804-748-1129

08/03 Nature Art Camp

Nature Art Camp

Join our art instructor and master naturalist to play nature games, create art inspired by plants and animals, hike out to sketch plein air, learn about and discover the plants and animals of central Virginia through hands-on art projects using a variety of mediums. For ages 7-10.
Monday-Friday, noon-4 p.m.         $85
Aug. 3-7                                              Course 29733
Aug. 10-14                                          Course 29734
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360