Chester Camps

At the Chester Family YMCA, we offer several day camp programs on 25 acres of land, including a large pond for canoeing and fishing. Our well-trained staff provide a safe, nurturing atmosphere through leadership and mentoring opportunities in a beautiful, natural environment. Each camper will learn new skills and build new friendships in an atmosphere that fosters the YMCA's core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

Chester Camps

THANK YOU FOR A GREAT 2018 CAMP SEASON!

Summer camp has come to a close.  But read below what exciting programs we offered.  Program offerings, prices and other details may change in 2019.

Registration for YMCA members begins February 1 and for non-YMCA members on February 15.

 

Camp Red Feather at Chester

Camp Red Feather offers a traditional outdoor summer camp day experience! Our trained and certified staff will work with each child in a small group setting. They will build relationships, foster a sense of belonging and create opportunities for each of our campers to achieve and learn.  We offer a wide range of engaging specialist activities, 30 minutes of reading every day, as well as character development and swim lessons. Every week has a fun and exciting theme with an educational focus and exciting twist. YMCA Camp Red Feather you belong here!

A typical day at Camp Red Feather may include:

  • Arts: creative arts, camp songs & skits, and music & drama
  • Sports:  field games, gym games, and gaga ball
  • Archery and Shooting Sports: archery, slingshots and bbs
  • Nature: outdoor education
  • Boating: canoes and kayaks
  • Aquatics: swim lessons and free swim.

Ages: Rising K – 5th graders
Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dates: 10 one-week sessions beginning June 18
YMCA Member: $169 per week   Non-Member: $239 per week

Save 25% on this camp when you register for a Sports or Specialty camp during the same week. (Discount will be applied after registration.)


After Summer School Camp

If your child is taking summer school this year, they can still participate in YMCA Camp Red Feather!  For students attending summer school at both CC Wells and Ecoff Elementary, enjoy the fun of Camp Red Feather after your school day ends!

Ages: Rising K – 5th graders
Times: Summer School Ends – 6 p.m.
Dates: 4 one-week sessions beginning July 9
YMCA Member: $115 per week   Non-Member: $145 per week


FINAL FOUR at YMCA CAMP THUNDERBIRD

Final Four is our post-camp experience* that happens the week after camp ends and before school begins. It runs Monday through Thursday at Camp Thunderbird!  We offer bus stops at Tuckahoe, Shady Grove, Downtown, Midlothian and Manchester. Come celebrate the end of summer at Camp Thunderbird with swimming, fishing, gaga, crafts, reading and a few more surprises!

THIS CAMP IS LOCATED AT YMCA CAMP THUNDERBIRD

Ages: Rising K – 8th grade
Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dates: August 27 – August 30
YMCA Members: $183   Non-Members: $217

*Camp activities and availability will be adjusted due to staffing during this week.  

Bus Pick-Ups available at the Downtown, Manchester, Midlothian, Shady Grove and Tuckahoe YMCAs.


Leaders In Training (LIT) at Chester

The LIT program focuses on personal development, goal setting and learning to work as a member of a group. The program prepares LITs for leadership roles at camp and in their communities. The LITs participate in typical camp activities but will also have supplemental projects focused on service and team-building.

A typical day at Camp Red Feather may include:

  • Arts: creative arts, camp songs & skits, and music & drama
  • Sports:  field games, gym games, and gaga ball
  • Archery and Shooting Sports: archery, slingshots and bbs
  • Nature: outdoor education
  • Boating: canoes and kayaks
  • Aquatics: swim lessons and free swim
  • Field Trips: twice a week

Ages: Rising 6th – 8th graders
Times: 7a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dates: 10 one-week sessions beginning June 18
YMCA Member: $169 per week   Non-Member: $239 per week


Camper In Leadership Training (CILT) at Chester

The Camper in Leadership Training (CILT) program is designed to teach and inspire rising 9th and 10th graders. Hands-on training experiences and professional development workshops provide the foundation of the program. Participants will learn basic safety, group control, games, camp best practices and engage in activities that provide valuable employment skills, healthy relationship and opportunities to lead.

Ages: Rising 9th – 10th grade
Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dates: 3 three-week sessions beginning July 2
YMCA Members: $240 per session   Non-Members: $265 per session


Chester Sports Camp

Game on with our Sports camps!  Each week, a different sports theme allows campers to try all types of sports and games.  Campers will participate in developmental drills, games and fun activities.

Weekly themes include volleyball, track and field, soccer, tennis, flag football, basketball and combo camps.

Ages: 6 – 10 years old
Times: 9 a.m. – noon
Dates: 7 one-week sessions, beginning June 18
YMCA Member: $54* per week   Non-Member: $103 per week

*Tennis Camp is $62 for YMCA Members and $103 for non-members.

Week of June 18 – Sports Combo Camp
Week of June 25 – Volleyball Camp
Week of July 9 – Track & Field Camp
Week of July 16 – Tennis Camp
Week of July 23 – Basketball Camp
Week of July 30 – Soccer Camp
Week of August 13 – Flag Football Camp

Save 25% on Camp Red Feather when you register for both camps in the same week. Discount applied after registration.


Chester Dance Camp

During this fun filled class, the participants will be taught the proper techniques and movements of hip hop. Each day the dancers will get a chance to review and learn new technique. At the end of the week, the participants will be able to show what they learned by performing a dance routine that will be presented to the parents.

Ages: 8 – 14 years old
Times: 1 – 3:30 p.m.
Dates: week of July 9 – 13
YMCA Member: $55   Non-Member: $115

Save 25% on Camp Red Feather when you attend sign up for both in the same week. Discount applied after registration.


Chester Gymnastics Camp

Gymnastics camp is for children of all skill level. This camp will focus on introducing and strengthening basic gymnastics skills. Campers will learn tumbling, balance and movement in a fun and safe environment. Campers are encouraged to share and take turns while an experienced and USGA certified instructor assists the child throughout the class.

Ages: 5 – 10 years old
Times: 9 a.m. – noon
Dates: week of July 9 – 13
YMCA Member: $85   Non-Member: $125

Save 25% on Camp Red Feather when you attend sign up for both in the same week. Discount applied after registration.


Little Explorers Camp

The little Explores camps is geared towards pre-school age children ages 3-5.  This half-day camp will introduce children to sports, science, kid?s kitchen, swimming, art and crafts as well as introducing them to a foreign language.

Ages: 3 – 5 years old
Times: 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Dates: 2 one-week sessions, beginning June 25 and July 16
YMCA Member: $60 per week  Non-Member: $100 per week


Camp Forms & Contact Information

Most information is now collected during the registration process.  But for the small number of additional forms needed, you can find them on our Camp and Child Care Forms page.

 

For information about summer day, sport, teen or specialty camps, please contact our Camp Directors:

Red Feather Camp Director: Tori McNiff mcnifft@ymcarichmond.org 804.729.4867
CILT Director: Janice Hughes hughesj@ymcarichmond.org  804.729.4869
Regional Director: Daniel Jongleux jongleuxd@ymcarichmond.org
Sports Camps: Steve Sgritta  sgrittas@ymcarichmond.org 804.729.4870