Chester Camps

Located 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.

Chester Camps

Health Precautions for Summer Camp Programs

Our summer camp programs allow for kids to enjoy themselves in the outdoors and camp facilities, while also adhering to the latest guidelines and recommendations from the CDC and Virginia Department of Health. For more information about our camp procedures regarding COVID-19, please visit our Parents Guide to Camp page.

Day Camps

Camp Red Feather

Rising K – 5th graders

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, as well as character development. 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: recreational swimming is now available

CAMP EDGE

Rising 6th – 8th graders

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 service task per week.

LIT (Leaders in Training)

For rising 9th – 10th grade

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 fixed weekly payment will be drafted each Monday, one week prior to the start date.
  • Registration closes Thursday at midnight for the upcoming week. Registrations will not be taken after this time.

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Camp Red Feather & Sports/Specialty Combo Camps

Your child can have the best of both worlds and save you some money at the same time!  With our Combo camps, choose a sports or specialty camp for the morning and enjoy Camp Red Feather in the afternoon.  Your child will enjoy both programs without paying full-price for both!

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Chester Sports Camp

Ages 5 – 12 year olds.

Our half-day sports camps are perfect for your athlete!  From soccer to basketball, field hockey to volleyball, and even sports sampler camps that incorporate multiple camps into one fun-filled week, your child can stay active and have some summer fun!

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Specialty Camps

Our specialty camps are great for children looking for something a little different!  These half-day programs keep kids active and engaged all summer long.

Little Explorers

For ages 3 – 5.

Dance Camp

For ages 5 – 10.

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Want More Camp?

When Camp Red Feather ends, you can still enjoy a week of camp at YMCA Camp Thunderbird during August 16 – 20. You’ll enjoy everything Camp Thunderbird has to offer before school starts up again.

Learn more about YMCA Camp Thunderbird, or click the “Register Online” button below to reserve your spot today!

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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 questions or more information about camps, email us at ygradmin@ymcarichmond.org or call at 804.649.9622.