All YMCA locations will be temporarily closed until April 24.


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

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 – rising 5th graders
Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dates: 10 one-week sessions beginning June 15
YMCA Member: $204 per week   Non-Member: $260 per week

Save 25% on this camp when you register for a Sports or Specialty camp. (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: Aloha, Summer!
Week 2: Full STEAM Ahead
Week 3: Party in the USA (no camp on July 3rd)
Week 4: Around the World
Week 5: Color Wars
Week 6: Shady Grove’s Got Talent
Week 7: Wet ‘n’ Wild
Week 8: The Grove Olympics
Week 9: Up, Up and Away
Week 10: Summer Throwback

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Camp EDGE at Shady Grove (Previously LIT)

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 – rising 8th graders
Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dates: 10 one-week sessions beginning June 15
YMCA Member: $204 per week   Non-Member: $260 per week

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

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.

Ages: Rising 9th – rising 10th grade
Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dates: 4 two-week sessions beginning June 29
YMCA Members: $187 per session   Non-Members: $206 per session

  • A fixed weekly payment will be drafted each Monday, one week prior to the start date.
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Teen Extreme at Shady Grove

For teens looking for a fast-paced, fun program that combines a variety of exciting outdoor activities, Teen Extreme has it all. The group will participate in field trips that include team-building, character development and leadership opportunities like Ropes Course, tubing down the James River, water parks, paintball, and more.

Ages:   rising 8th – rising 10th grade (MUST be 13 years old by July 6, 2020)
Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dates: 6 one-week sessions beginning July 6
YMCA Member: $255 per week  Non-Member: $335 per week

  • A fixed weekly payment will be drafted each Monday, one week prior to the start date.
  • Teen Extreme campers go to Kings Dominion one time every week. Each camper must have his/her own season’s pass OR a ticket can be pre-purchased through the YMCA. Please contact Ryan Corbin for more information.

Weekly Field Trips: (subject to change due to weather and other circumstances)

Week of July 6: Marine Corp. Museum, Kings Dominion, Colonial Beach, Rudee Rocket, Launch Trampoline Park

Week of July 13: Thunderbolt Karts, Kings Dominion, iFly-STEM, Tubing on the James, Cobblestone Park

Week of July 20: Skycoaster/VA Beach Boardwalk, Kings Dominion, Yorktown Beach, Skyzone, Challenge Discovery

Week of July 27: Lake Anna, Kings Dominion, Colonial Beach, Drive Shack, Bear Creek Lake

Week of August 3: Massanutten Waterpark, Kings Dominion, Ocean Breeze, Buckroe Beach, Pocahontas State Park

Week of August 10: Richmond Raceway Pace Car Ride, Kings Dominion, Pontooning, Splat Brothers Paintball, Splashdown

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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: 4 – 12 years old
Times: 9 a.m. – noon
Dates: 10 one-week sessions beginning June 17
Member: $95  Non-Member: $155

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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 3
YMCA Member: $95 per week  Non-Member: $155 per week

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


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!

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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! Come celebrate the end of summer at Camp Thunderbird with swimming, fishing, gaga, crafts, reading and a few more surprises!

Ages: Rising K – rising 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

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: Amber Holloway
Camp EDGE, LIT & Teen Extreme Director: Ryan Corbin
Regional Director: Kayla Dransfield
Preschool & Kinder Camps: Margina Grow
Sports Camps: Kamren Gilliam
Specialty Camps: Kourtney Boughey