Camp Connections – Petersburg

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Camp Connections – Petersburg

Camp Connections

Week 10: August 20 - 24

Family Feud at Camp Petersburg

From the Camp Director

CONNECT. BELONG. ACHIEVE.

At the Y, we believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life and future success. That’s why our before and after-school programs are staffed with people who understand the cognitive, physical and social development of kids, the need children have to feel connected and supported in trying new things and the caring and reinforcement parents and families need to help each other. At the Y, school-age kids make friends, play and have fun, learn new skills and get help with their homework. Most importantly, they learn how to be their best selves. That makes for confident kids today, and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.

Reminders:

  • All campers MUST have a water bottle.
  • Bathing suits must be worn under clothing.
  • Send you camper with things that are easily replaced. While we do our best to make sure they keep track of all their belongings many things are left at camp when they go home.
  • If your camper is missing something please come and look through our lost and found. Any items that are left at the end of camp will be given to the Goodwill on August 24th.
  • NO electronics (Cellphones) and toys from home.
  • Please do NOT send microwavable  food. Campers will NOT be allowed to use the microwave.
  • Please do NOT send any products containing peanuts or peanut butter.

STEM lesson for campers using balloons

Program Highlights

At the Y, we care for kids! with so many demands on today’s families, parents need all the support they can get. YMCA Afterschool programs provide a safe, structured, and fun environment for children right on school campus. With several affordable care options, including financial assistance for qualifying families, YMCA Afterschool meets all of your needs by providing safety, homework support, healthy snack, recreation, hot meals provide by FEEDMORE ( location varies) and enrichment for your child before and after school. Our caring staff and well-rounded curriculum provide opportunities for your child to learn, grow, and thrive through participation in the arts, sports, and community service projects. At the Y, your child’s CHARACTER COUNTS!

Have a WONDERFUL school year and we hope to see you in our after school & teen programs. 

Please visit your local YMCA or visit our YMCA webpage to learn more about our afterschool and teens programs throughout the school year.

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Week 9: August 13 - 17

Campers play a game of volleyball with their feet and a large beach ball

From the Camp Director

There are many great memories that come to mind as we think back on the wonderful times we had with everyone this summer. We will miss all of the fun times, and even more so the 2018 Camp Petersburg Family, who made this summer so special. Thank you again to the entire 2018 Camp Petersburg Family. The bond we all share is everlasting. May the memories, friendships, skills, and confidence you gained at Camp Petersburg be part of your treasures over the year and throughout your life.

Reminders:

  • All campers MUST have a water bottle.
  • Bathing suits must be worn under clothing.
  • Send you camper with things that are easily replaced. While we do our best to make sure they keep track of all their belongings many things are left at camp when they go home.
  • If your camper is missing something please come and look through our lost and found. Any items that are left at the end of camp will be given to the Goodwill on August 24th.
  • NO electronics (Cellphones) and toys from home.
  • Please do NOT send microwavable  food. Campers will NOT be allowed to use the microwave.
  • Please do NOT send any products containing peanuts or peanut butter.
  • Rides In Starts at 7am-9am. Rides out starts at 4:30pm-6pm.

Swimmers prepare for the water

Campers of the Week

Congratulations to Ja’Niya and Amiya for winning campers of the week.

Camper Ranks

Campers are ranking up in swimming/archery/creative arts.

Next Week Highlights

Next week’s Wacky Wednesday’s dress-up theme is Hawaiian Hullabaloo.

Next week’s field trip will be on site on August 22. Campers of Edible Education will be enjoying a fantastic hands on cooking lesson.

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Week 8: August 6 - 10

Camper artwork of superhero hand paintings

From the Camp Director

Time really does go by when you are having fun! We encourage you to join us for our last family night at the Petersburg YMCA on August 17th from 6PM-7PM. Thank you for sharing your campers with us.

Reminders:

  • All campers MUST have a water bottle.
  • Bathing suits must be worn under clothing.
  • Send you camper with things that are easily replaced. While we do our best to make sure they keep track of all their belongings many things are left at camp when they go home.
  • If your camper is missing something please come and look through our lost and found. Any items that are left at the end of camp will be given to the Goodwill on August 24th.
  • NO electronics (Cellphones) and toys from home.
  • Please do NOT send microwavable  food. Campers will NOT be allowed to use the microwave. 
  • Please do NOT send any products containing peanuts or peanut butter. 
  • Rides In Starts at 7am-9am. Rides out starts at 4:30pm-6pm. 

    Campers and counselor of the week 8

Campers of the Week

Congratulations to Phillip and Jahiem for winning campers of the week.

Camper Ranks

Campers are ranking up in swimming/archery/creative arts.

Next Week Highlights

Next week’s Wacky Wednesday’s dress-up theme is “Splish Splash”

Next week’s field trip we’re going to the Maymont Park on August 17. Please make sure campers arrive by 9:15 a.m.

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Week 7: July 30 - August 3

Camper shows off her artwork

From the Camp Director

It’s hard to believe we’re at week 7, and we can’t believe how quickly it’s come around! We made new friends along with everyone who has been coming up for the past six weeks. Look out for some AWESOME photos on our Facebook page.

Reminders:

  • All campers MUST have a water bottle.
  • Bathing suits must be worn under clothing.
  • Send you camper with things that are easily replaced. While we do our best to make sure they keep track of all their belongings many things are left at camp when they go home.
  • If your camper is missing something please come and look through our lost and found. Any items that are left at the end of camp will be given to the Goodwill on August 24th.
  • NO electronics (Cellphones) and toys from home.
  • Please do NOT send microwavable  food. Campers will NOT be allowed to use the microwave.
  • Please do NOTsend any products containing peanuts or peanut butter.

Campers at a waterfall

Campers of the Week

Congratulations to Naomie and Rafin for winning campers of the week.

Counselor of the Week

Congratulations to our week 6 COW is Ms. Laricesa.

Camper Ranks

Campers are working on their back stroke ranks in the pool.

Next Week Highlights

Next week’s Wacky Wednesday’s dress-up theme is “Superhero Showdown.”

Next week’s field trip we’re going to the Flying Squirrels on August 10th. Please make sure campers arrive by 9:15 AM.

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Week 6: July 23 - 27

Campers pose for a picture at Camp Petersburg

From the Camp Director

It’s been another successful week even though it’s been raining for most of the week. Our campers and counselors are experiencing what it means to become lifelong friends with someone you might never have met unless you were at Camp. The day to day camp experience gives all the support they need to have, to grow and cherish all that is “camp”.

Reminders

  • Please remember to bring a water bottle, bathing suit (on under clothes), and a towel each day. Please make sure they are all labeled.
  • If you have not turned in your child (ren) documents please do as soon as possible. We need current physical, updated immunization record, copy of birth certificate or recent report card, and an allergy plan for all allergies listed on the application for their physician.
  • Camp Petersburg is Peanut and Tree Nut free
  • No cell phones allowed.
  • Rides In is from 7 – 9 a.m. & Rides Out is from 4:30 – 6 p.m.
  • Please check the lost and found daily. All items will be given to the Goodwill on August 24.
  • Please remember register online for certain weeks you may in the future. If you need to cancel a week you must give admin a two week notice.

Camp Petersburg artwork

Camp Petersburg artwork

Program Highlight

Earlier this week, we asked some of our camp participants to make postcards highlighting the favorite part about their experience. What we received was nothing short of amazing. Indiya, said she loved camp because she liked to go on field trips, and she shared a drawing of herself getting ready to board the YMCA bus. Azari, another camper  said he enjoyed swimming, and he drew a picture of himself in the pool.

Stories like these make us proud to be able to provide opportunities for young people to thrive, lead healthy lives and reach their full potential. We hope that everyone else in our Summer Camp has had a great experience so far.

LIT Highlight

LITs are discussing basic life skills. They had conversations around building positive relationships with others by behaving in school, associating with positive role models, and making good personal decisions.

Swimmers prepare to swim at Camp Petersburg

Counselor of the Week

Camp Petersburg would like to shout out Kayla This is Ms. Kayla 3rd year with us. She’s a great asset to the team. She’s always willing to help train new staff.

Camper of the Week

Congratulations to Kyri and Mar’Reion for being campers of the week.

Next Week Highlights

Next Week’s theme is “Animation Domination.”  Every Wednesday is “Wacky Day.”  Dress up according to our themes each week.  Next week’s field trip we’re going to Virginia State University in July 30.

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Week 5: July 16 - 20

Campers enjoy making gems and learning geology.

From the Camp Director

It’s hard to believe it’s the fifth week of camp. The summer is flying by and has been full of so much fun.  We’re enjoying our time together and appreciate the never ending support from our parents and campers.

Reminders

  • Please remember to bring a water bottle, bathing suit (on under clothes), and a towel each day. Please make sure they are all labeled.
  • If you have not turned in your child (ren) documents please do as soon as possible. We need current physical, updated immunization record, copy of birth certificate or recent report card, and an allergy plan for all allergies listed on the application for their physician.
  • Camp Petersburg is Peanut and Tree Nut free
  • No Cell phones ALLOWED.
  • Rides In is from 7AM-9AM & Rides Out is from 4:30PM-6PM.
  • Please remember register online for certain weeks you may in the future. If you need to cancel a week you must give admin a two week notice.

Program Highlight

The campers had a great time at Lucky Lake. This is a family owned business with a flair for making gems and geology fun for all. The kids had so much fun digging for different types of rocks and gems. Please check our Facebook page for picture & videos.

LIT Highlight

LITs are discussing basic life skills. They had conversations around building positive relationships with others by behaving in school, associating with positive role models, and making good personal decisions.

Smiling camper holds her acoustic guitar

Counselor of the Week

Camp Petersburg would like to shout out Ayannah B. This is Ms. Ayannah 2nd year with us. She’s a great leader to the rest our team and a positive role model for her campers. She consistently provides feedback and support to others, while consistently being energetic and loving her camp kids.

 Camper of the Week

Congratulations to Indiya R. and Rex S. for being campers of the week.

Next Week Highlights

Next Week’s theme is “Unleash your creativity”. Every Wednesday is “Wacky Day”. Dress up according to our themes each week Next week field trip we’re going to Virginia Museum of Fine Arts July 23.

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Week 4: July 9 - 13

Camper shows off his hand painting

From the Camp Director
What Happens at Camp Stays…With You!  The Camp Petersburg mission is to “foster the healthy Spiritual, Intellectual, and Physical well being of Camp Participants from varied backgrounds within a nurturing outdoor environment, while creating a meaningful sense of Community among them through an active- and fun- learning experience. I look forward to sharing this genuine sense of belonging and a safe, healthy, and happy camp experience with you!

 Reminders:

  • Please remember to bring a water bottle, bathing suit (on under clothes), flip flops, and a towel each day. Please make sure they are all labeled.
  • If you have not turned in your child (ren) documents please do as soon as possible. We need current physical, updated immunization record, copy of birth certificate or recent report card, and an allergy plan for all allergies listed on the application for their physician.
  • Camp Petersburg is Peanut and Tree Nut free
  • Rides In is from 7 – 9 a.m. & Rides Out is from 4:30 – 6 p.m.
  • Please remember register online for upcoming weeks you may in the future. If you need to cancel a week you must give ydadminteam@ymcarichmond.org a two week notice by email.
  • Send you camper with things that are easily replaced. While we do our best to make sure they keep track of all their belongings many things are left at camp when they go home.

Camper in life jacket prepares to swim

Program Highlight
COMPETITION WITH CHARACTER
 Character is the values, attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors that prepare young people to thrive in learning, in work, and in life. It’s something that is learned on the field or court, but carries you through life. And it’s taught in many places – at school, at home, and at the Y. Mr. Martel has done a great job teaching campers how to have positive attitude if they win or lose a game.

LIT Highlight
Mr. Kennard, and Ms. Diamone have been working really hard with our LIT’s. This week they focused on learning the Mission Statement. They’ve done an EXCELLENT job explaining What does it mean? and How it plays a role in our lives daily. The LIT’s have also been a great help in teaching the younger campers the Mission Statement.

Group of campers pose for picture at camp.

Camper Ranks
The campers are quickly accomplishing their ranks with many getting their certificates for rank 2 this Friday at closing council.

 “COW” (Counselor of the Week)
Congratulations to Verlisha who won Counselor of the week #3.

Camper of the Week
Congratulations to Azari, Calese, and Amara for winning camper of the week.

Next Week Highlights
Next Week’s theme is “Rock Stars”. Every Wednesday is “Wacky Day”. Dress up according to our themes each week.  On July 16 we’re going to Lucky Lake. All children MUST be present by 9:15 a.m. to attend the field trip.

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Week 3: July 2- 6

From the Camp Director
At Camp Petersburg, we strive to provide our campers with opportunities to explore new sports and activities, to create long-lasting bonds with fellow campers and camp counselors, to experience adventure and to discover a lifelong passion for summer camp. My camp office door is always open and I welcome you to please reach out to me at any time if you should have questions or need information about our summer camp program.

 Reminders:

  • Please remember to bring a water bottle, bathing suit (on under clothes), flip flops, and a towel each day. Please make sure they are all labeled.
  • If you have not turned in your child (ren) documents please do as soon as possible. We need current physical, updated immunization record, copy of birth certificate or recent report card, and an allergy plan for all allergies listed on the application for their physician.
  • Camp Petersburg is Peanut and Tree Nut free
  • Rides In is from 7AM-9AM & Rides Out is from 4:30PM-6PM.
  •  Please remember register online for upcoming weeks you may in the future. If you need to cancel a week you must give ydadminteam@ymcarichmond.org a two week notice by email.

Program Highlight
Camp Petersburg would like to give a “SHOUT OUT” to our Aquatics Team. Thank you for always having the best interest of our campers. Your sincere concern for each of your campers is obvious, and we can only hope that you know how grateful we are to have you. Thank you for all the hard work you put in teaching our campers how to swim.

LIT Highlight
Our LIT Campers are having a great time, and they are quite the active group! Theyre full of energy and ideas, they are rocking out our team building activities as we continue to work on our LIT curriculum. Thank you for having your middle schooler join our camp experience – we are so happy to have them!

Camper Ranks
The campers are quickly accomplishing their ranks with many getting their certificates for rank 2 this Friday at closing council.

 “COW” (Counselor of the Week)
Congratulations to Diamone Vincent who won Counselor of the week #2.

Camper of the Week
Congratulations to Ameerah and William for winning camper of the week. 

Next Week Highlights
Next Week’s theme is “Ooey Gooey”. Every Wednesday is “Wacky Day”. Dress up according to our themes each week.  On July 13 we’re going to the Dominion Supply Company. All children MUST be present by 9AM to attend the field trip.

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Week 2: June 25 - 29

From the Camp Director

Camp this year is going great. The campers are working so hard to achieve their ranks. Many campers have made new friends and are always being very encouraging to each other.

Reminders:

  • Please remember to bring a water bottle, bathing suit (on under clothes), and a towel each day. Please make sure they are all labeled.
  • If you have not turned in your child(ren) documents please do as soon as possible. We need current physical, updated immunization record, copy of birth certificate or recent report card, and an allergy plan for all allergies listed on the application for their physician.
  • Please register your child for the following week by Thursday of the current week.
  • Camp Petersburg is Peanut and Tree Nut free

Program Highlight

Campers have been working really hard during swim lessons. Many of them have improved their skills and are working on advancing onto the next level.

LIT Highlight

The LIT’s participated in the second meet-up this week with the Chester Y. They had an AWESOME time bowling with Mr. Kennard and Ms. Diamone.

Camper Ranks

Campers are working hard on their archery techniques. Campers are good at motivating each other and helping one another be better at the skills.

“COW” (Counselor of the Week)

Our counselor is week for the last week was Mr. Jeremiah. He goes above and beyond to make our camp has energy and enthusiasm throughout the whole day. He comes with the best creative music themes projects for the campers and the staff.

Next Week Highlights

Next Week’s theme is “Patriotic Week.” Every Wednesday is “Wacky Day”. Dress up according to our themes each week.

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Week 1: June 18- 22

Petersburg camper poses for instagram photo.

From the Camp Director

We got off to a fantastic start as we welcomed all of our campers to their first week and approaching our second week at camp!  Camp Petersburg would like to give a shout out to Davina Patterson. Ms. Patterson donated over 65 water bottles for our campers on Tuesday morning. Camp Petersburg would like to thank you for from the bottom of our hearts. Thank you so much for your generous donation.

Reminders:

  • Please remember to bring a water bottle, bathing suit (on under clothes), and a towel each day. Please make sure they are all labeled.
  • If you have not turned in your child(ren) documents please do as soon as possible. We need current physical, updated immunization record, copy of birth certificate or recent report card, and an allergy plan for all allergies listed on the application for their physician.
  • Camp Petersburg is Peanut and Tree Nut free

Petersburg campers work with the Girl Scouts

Program Highlight

This week we’re focusing on diversity and inclusion with our campers this week. Special thanks to the Girls Scouts with helping us with this. Campers participated in a fun group activity that empowers diverse stereotypes in today’s society.

LIT Highlight

The LIT’s had a great time roller skating yesterday with Camp Chickahominy.

Camper Ranks

Campers are working hard towards their ranks for the first week and filling up their necklaces.

Camp Petersburg counselor hard at work

“COW” (Counselor of the Week)

Each week, a great counselor is deemed the “COW”. We’ll show their picture here!

Next Week Highlights

Next Week’s theme is “Crazy Creatures.” Every Wednesday is “Wacky Day”. Dress up according to our themes each week.

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