Shady Grove Camps

Whether your camper is in preschool or heading for high school, we have amazing camp experiences to suit you!

Shady Grove 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 Shady Grove

Camp Shady Grove offers a traditional outdoor summer camp day camp 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 Shady Grove you belong here!

A typical day at Camp Shady Grove may include:

  • Camp Arts: creative arts, camp songs & skits, music, drama & dance
  • Outdoor Sports: archery (basic and advanced), sports & field games, gaga ball, low ropes course
  • Outdoor Education: nature, STEM activities
  • Aquatics: swim lessons, free swim

Ages: Rising K – 5th graders
Times: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dates: 10 one-week sessions beginning June 18
YMCA Member: $196 per week   Non-Member: $250 per week

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


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, Shady Grove, Swift Creek (recently added) and Tuckahoe YMCAs, as well as Millworks (across the street from the Midlothian Family YMCA).


Leaders in Training (LIT) at Shady Grove

The LITs of Camp Shady Grove participate in typical camp activities but will also have supplemental projects focused on service and team building. The LIT staff use an experiential learning approach to leadership development. Lessons focus on the progression from personal development and exploring many leaderships styles and learning what works for you.

A typical day at Leaders in Training may include:

  • Camp Arts: artistic expression through camp songs & skits, music, theater, dance, traditional art and crafts
  • Outdoor Sports: archery (basic and advanced), sports & field games, teambuilding activities, gaga ball, basketball, soccer, baseball, ropes course and more
  • Outdoor Education: hiking, Wonders of Wilderness specialist, geography, topography, weather studies
  • Aquatics: water safety, daily swim lessons, and Friday free swim

Ages: Rising 6th – 8th graders
Times: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dates: 10 one-week sessions beginning June 18
YMCA Member: $196 per week   Non-Member: $250 per week


Camper In Leadership Training (CILT) at Shady Grove

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


Shady Grove Sports Camps

Sports Camps provide an introductory, fun experience for participants.  Featured sports include soccer, flag football, basketball, wiffleball, volleyball, kickball, dodgeball, and capture-the-flag.  Campers will be divided by similar ages, will rotate through drill and skill stations, and enjoy Friday Tournament day to scrimmage against other teams!  Bring a peanut/tree-nut free snack, sunscreen, and wear athletic clothes and sneakers.

Ages: 5 – 11 years old
Times: 9 a.m. – noon
Dates: 10 one-week sessions beginning June 18
Member: $95  Non-Member: $155

Click the sport to register.

Week of June 18 – Soccer & Dodgeball
Week of June 25 – Basketball & Wiffleball
Week of July 2 – Flag Football
Week of July 9 – Volleyball & Wiffleball
Week of July 16 – Soccer
Week of July 23 – Basketball & Kickball
Week of July 30 – Flag Football & Dodgeball
Week of August 6 – Soccer & Volleyball
Week of August 13 – Basketball & Capture the Flag
Week of August 20 – All Sports Finale

Save 25% on Camp Shady Grove when you register for both camps in the same week.  Discount will be applied after registration.


Shady Grove Kinder Camp

Kinder Camp is a week of art, singing, games, learning centers, cooking and outdoor play built around weekly themes. Bring a peanut/tree nut-free snack. We provide curbside service. Campers must be independently potty trained.

A complete camp licensing packet must be turned in to the branch to finalize your registration.

Ages: 3 – 6 years old
Times: 9 a.m. – noon
Dates: 12 one-week sessions beginning June 5
YMCA Member: $95 per week  Non-Member: $150 per week

Week 1 Dr. Seuss Week
Week 2 Ocean  Explorations
Week 3 Disney
Week 4 Farmyard Friends
Week 5 Far Out Space Adventures
Week 6 Pirates and Princesses
Week 7 Sensational Science Week
Week 8 Dynamic Dinosaurs
Week 9 Shady Grove Camp Out
Week 10 Shady Grove Safari
Week 11 Animals of the Arctic
Week 12 Construction Zone


Shady Grove Tiny Twos Camp

A great way to introduce your little one to camp or preschool! Activities each day will revolve around a literary theme. Bring a peanut/tree nut-free snack.

Ages: 2 years old
Times: 9 a.m. – noon
Dates: 2 one-week sessions, beginning June 5
YMCA Member: $95 per week  Non-Member: $150 per week

Week 1 – Eric Carle stories
Week 2 – Jan Brett stories

 


Shady Grove Splash and Splatter Camp

Art activities themed around water. Camp will end each day in the water spray park.

Ages: 3 – 6 years old
Times: 9 a.m. – noon
Dates: 2 one-week sessions, beginning June 4 and June 11
YMCA Member: $95 per week  Non-Member: $150 per week


Shady Grove Specialty Camps

We have a wide range of specialty camp programs for your young camper this summer!  From American Girl Doll to Chess and Strategic Games to Splash camps.

Check out ALL of our many options on our Specialty Camp Page!


Shady Grove American Girl Doll Camp

Calling all American Girl Doll fans! If you love adventure, helping others, and learning how to be a true friend, then this camp is for you! Campers will spend five days exploring different periods of history with their best doll friend by their side. Both dolls and participants will enjoy period crafts, cooking, games, and a secret adventure! So, bring your doll and join us for a week you will never forget!

Ages: 7 – 11 years old
Times: 1 – 4 p.m.
Dates: 2 one-week sessions, beginning July 30 and August 6
YMCA Member: $160 per week   Non-Member: $185 per week

Save 25% on Camp Shady Grove when you register for both camps in the same week.  Discount will be applied after registration.


Shady Grove Chess 101

Chess is a learning tool for the development of the mind that also happens to be a fun game!  Join us for a week of learning about this fascinating game of strategy.  Chess instruction using a workbook format is supported by video coaching and chess logic puzzles to promote cognitive skills.  This camp is for beginners and will include instruction, guided play, and tournaments.

Ages: 7 – 10 years old
Dates: July 30 – August 3
Times: 9 a.m. – noon
YMCA Member: $160   Non-Member: $185

Save 25% on Camp Shady Grove when you register for both camps in the same week.  Discount will be applied after registration.


Shady Grove Chess 201

Come learn the strategic depth of Chess. This session includes strategies for all phases of Chess Play: Opening, Tactics (middle game), and End game to move your child from a beginning player to an intermediate player. All materials provided. Prerequisite: Chess Camp 101 (this year or previous) or your child knows all the pieces move and basic rules of Chess.

Ages: 8 -11 years old
Dates: June 18 -22
Times: 9 a.m. – noon
YMCA Member: $160   Non-Member: $185

Save 25% on Camp Shady Grove when you register for both camps in the same week.  Discount will be applied after registration.


Shady Grove Game Design

Build the game you’ve always wanted to play! Students will learn about character creation, animation, gaming principles, all while learning elementary coding concepts.

Ages: 9 -12 years old
Dates: July 9 – 13
Times: 1 – 4 p.m.
YMCA Member: $160   Non-Member: $185

Save 25% on Camp Shady Grove when you register for both camps in the same week.  Discount will be applied after registration.


Shady Grove Intro to Coding

Using text-based coding, we will guide students through the basics of programming as they learn about coding and the languages we use to make computers do what we want.

Ages: 9 -12 years old
Dates: July 9 – 13
Times: 9 a.m. – noon
YMCA Member: $160   Non-Member: $185

Save 25% on Camp Shady Grove when you register for both camps in the same week.  Discount will be applied after registration.


Shady Grove Intro to STEM

Give your imagination a boost with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as: Cities, Garbage Trucks, Catamarans, and Dinosaurs. Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Ages: 5 – 6 years old
Dates: August 20 – 24
Times: 9 a.m. – noon
YMCA Member: $160   Non-Member: $185

Save 25% on Camp Shady Grove when you register for both camps in the same week.  Discount will be applied after registration.


Shady Grove Let's Put on a Show

Come explore acting, singing, dancing, imaginative thinking, and project management through play production. All plays offer student’s equal opportunity to shine.  Plays are age appropriate.

Ages: 7 – 11 years old
Dates: August 13- 17
Time: 9 a.m. – noon
YMCA Member: $160   Non-Member: $185

Save 25% on Camp Shady Grove when you register for both camps in the same week.  Discount will be applied after registration.


Shady Grove - Polynesian Paradise Drawing Camp

Get ready for summer as your child explores the wonders of a Pacific paradise. Young Rembrandts provides a wonderful opportunity for your child to discover and develop his or her drawing abilities. Out students will create images from the Pacific and cartoon illustrations inspired by a tropical paradise. A scenic Polynesian landscape, humorous parrot characters and colorful Tiki sculptures are just some of the drawings our students will illustrate. Set sail for this Pacific paradise.

Ages: 5 – 11 years old
Dates: July 23 – 27
Time: 9 a.m. – noon
YMCA Member: $160   Non-Member: $185

Save 25% on Camp Shady Grove when you register for both camps in the same week.  Discount will be applied after registration.


Shady Grove Renaissance Camp

My fair campers, enter a magical week of Renaissance fun with Lady Linda. Learn about knights and maidens, period games, puppet theater, songs and dance and a tasty feast! Lots of hands-on learning, demonstrations, and crafts.

Ages: 7 – 11 years old
Dates: July 16 – 20
Time: 9 a.m. – noon
YMCA Member: $160   Non-Member: $185

Save 25% on Camp Shady Grove when you register for both camps in the same week.  Discount will be applied after registration.


Shady Grove - Space Adventure Drawing Camp

4-3-2-1- TAKE OFF! It’s time to blast into orbit with Young Rembrandts. Young Rembrandts provides an engaging, creative environment where your child will learn how to draw and strengthen his or her art skills. Our students will create cartoons and other illustrations inspired by space. Delightful astronauts, adventurous chimps in space, and fun without gravity are just some of the drawings our students will illustrate. Fire up those rockets and shoot for the moon!

Ages: 5 – 11 years old
Dates: June 25 – 29
Time: 9 a.m. – noon
YMCA Member: $160   Non-Member: $185

Save 25% on Camp Shady Grove when you register for both camps in the same week.  Discount will be applied after registration.


Shady Grove STEAMin' Up Summer Drawing Camp

Calling all artists, scientists, engineers, and math lovers! Young Rembrandts has a new workshop filled with new ways your child can explore the fascinating world of STEAM! This five day workshop will dive into a new discipline every day so that all children learn their possibilities. Students will illustrate different types of Sciences, new technologies, incredible facts of engineering and striking Math principles- all while creating crazy awesome Art. We can?t wait to get started!

Ages: 5 – 11 years old
Dates: July 23 – 27
Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
YMCA Member: $160   Non-Member: $185

Save 25% on Camp Shady Grove when you register for both camps in the same week.  Discount will be applied after registration.


Shady Grove - STEM Challenge

Gear up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as: Forklifts, Houseboats, Mini Golf Courses, and the London Tower Bridge Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Ages: 7 – 12 years old
Dates: August 20 – 24
Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
YMCA Member: $160   Non-Member: $185

Save 25% on Camp Shady Grove when you register for both camps in the same week.  Discount will be applied after registration.


Shady Grove Strategic Games Camp

We will be introducing a class of modern games called Euro-style or German-Style games. Last year we played Small World, Dominion, Carcassonne, and Ticket to Ride to name a few. We will bring back some favorites and have some new games too!

Ages: 8 – 11 years old
Dates: June 18 – 22
Times: 1 – 4 p.m.
YMCA Member: $160   Non-Member: $185

Save 25% on Camp Shady Grove when you register for both camps in the same week.  Discount will be applied after registration.


Shady Grove Summer Camping Forest Fun Drawing Camp

Lace up your hiking boots and pack your binoculars for an adventure through the forest with Young Rembrandts drawing class. Our students will create forest -inspired illustrations and cartoons inspired by animals and the woodlands they inhabit. A colorful forest scene, a detailed color pencil drawing, and exciting woodland animals are just some of the drawings our students will render. Get ready for some campfire fun!

Ages: 5 – 11 years old
Dates: August 6 – 10
Time: 9 a.m. – noon
YMCA Member: $160   Non-Member: $185

Save 25% on Camp Shady Grove when you register for both camps in the same week.  Discount will be applied after registration.


Shady Grove Sunny Summer Sampler Drawing Camp

Calling all creative kids! Young Rembrandts drawing classes are back and a great way to beat the heat. This camp will be filled with a variety of summer themed drawings. We will do cartoons, graphic drawings, a poster and more. We?ve got it all this summer!

Ages: 5 – 11 years old
Dates: June 25 – 29
Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
YMCA Member: $160   Non-Member: $185

Save 25% on Camp Shady Grove when you register for both camps in the same week.  Discount will be applied after registration.


Shady Grove World of Dinosaurs Multimedia Drawing Camp

Travel back in time to the land of the lost. Join Young Rembrandts for a workshop celebrating a favorite topic: Dinosaurs! Every day students will learn to use pastels and other media to create impressive and frame-worthy art. Artists will draw and color different types of dinosaurs in varying artistic styles ranging from realism, graphic and cartoon.

Ages: 5 – 11 years old
Dates: July 16 – 20
Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
YMCA Member: $160   Non-Member: $185

Save 25% on Camp Shady Grove when you register for both camps in the same week.  Discount will be applied after registration.


Camp Forms

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 camps, sports camps, teen or specialty camps, please contact our Camp Directors:

Day Camp Director: Michael Wertz  wertzm@ymcarichmond.org
Regional Director: Pat Scott scottp@ymcarichmond.org
Preschool & Kinder Camps: Margina Grow growm@ymcarichmond.org
CILT Camps & LIT Camps: Ryan Corbin corbinr@ymcarichmond.org
Sports Camps: Josh Carter carterj@ymcarichmond.org
Specialty Camps: Kourtney Boughey bougheyk@ymcarichmond.org