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

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

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, fishing
  • 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 15
YMCA Member: $174 per week   Non-Member: $240 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.)

  • A fixed weekly payment will be drafted each Monday, one week prior to the start date.

Weekly Themes:
Week 1: Blast Off
Week 2: Summer Safari
Week 3: Red, White and GLUE (no camp on July 3rd)
Week 4: Space is the Place
Week 5: Superheroes
Week 6: Olympics
Week 7: Wild Wild West
Week 8: Color Wars
Week 9: Sports Extravaganza
Week 10: Invention Convention

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Camp EDGE

Explain, Demonstrate, Guide, and Enable. The Camp EDGE program focuses on personal development, goal setting and learning to work as a member of a group. The program prepares campers for leadership roles at camp and in their communities. The campers participate in typical camp activities but will also have supplemental projects focused on service and team-building. Each camper has one field trip and one service task per week.

Ages: Rising 6th – 8th grade
Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dates: 10 one-week sessions beginning June 15
YMCA Members: $174 per session   Non-Members: $240 per session

  • A fixed weekly payment will be drafted each Monday, one week prior to the start date.
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Leaders In Training (LIT) at Chester

The Leaders in Leadership Training (LIT) 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. Each session contains one association wide meet-up that engages all of our LIT’s from all of our camps into one day of leadership development and fun. While at camp, campers engage in all day camp activities but also get to observe and help counselors, specialists, and leadership staff.

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, fishing
  • Boating: canoes and kayaks
  • Aquatics: swim lessons and free swim
  • Field Trips: twice a week

Ages: Rising 9th – 10th graders
Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dates: 4 two-week sessions beginning June 29
YMCA Member: $184 per week   Non-Member: $206 per week

  • A fixed weekly payment will be drafted each Monday, one week prior to the start date.
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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.

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Specialty Camps

From Dance to Gymnastics to Little Explorers, we’ve got a specialty camps your young one is sure to love!

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Camp Red Feather - Week 11

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!

Theme: Game Show Mania!

Activities may be adjusted due to staffing.

Ages: Rising K – 5th graders
Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dates: August 24 – 28
YMCA Member: $174 per week   Non-Member: $240 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.)

  • A fixed weekly payment will be drafted each Monday, one week prior to the start date.
Register Online

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!

Ages: Rising K – 8th grade
Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dates: August 31 – September 3
YMCA Members: $182   Non-Members: $211

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

Bus Pick-Ups available at the Shady Grove Family YMCA, Tuckahoe Family YMCA and Millworks Center (across Woolridge Rd from the Midlothian Family YMCA).

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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:

Camp Red Feather & EDGE Director: Shannon Parvis parviss@ymcarichmond.org
LIT Director: Olivia Holloway hollowayo@ymcarichmond.org
Week 11 Camp Director: Shannon Parvis parviss@ymcarichmond.org
Regional Director: Suzanne Huffine huffines@ymcarichmond.org
Sports Camps:  804.729.4870