With so many locations across the Richmond area, we have a variety of camps that your kids are sure to love! And there are a variety of camp options at most of our locations. For details about transportation, staff ratios, what to bring and what not to bring to camp, swim assessment and more, visit our Parents Guide to Camp.
Types of Camp Programs
Traditional Day Camp
For rising kindergarten - 5th graders
Our Day Camp program 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 outdoor specialist activities and focus on character development. Every week has a fun and exciting theme with an educational focus and exciting twist.
For rising 6th - 8th graders
The Camp Edge program takes the traditional day camp experience and magnifies the opportunities even more! This year, our teen campers will be participating in all camp activities, as well as having specific leadership curriculum time throughout each week. Our specialists design activities that are geared for teens! Counselors build a sense of belonging, achievement and relationships in small groups to help campers feel like part of the camp family!
LIT (Leaders In Training)
For rising 9th - 10 graders
The Leaders in Leadership Training (LIT) program is a two-week experience at Camp Thunderbird that is designed to teach and inspire rising 9th and 10th graders. This year, we are expanding our program! Campers will participate in small groups and engage in all the activities that Thunderbird has to offer. Curriculum time includes hands-on training experiences and professional development workshops that provide the foundation of the program. Participants will learn basic safety, group facilitation, games, camp best practices and engage in activities that provide valuable employment skills, healthy relationships, and opportunities to lead. Transportation is offered from 6 off-site locations.
EveryBuddy Camp (Camp Thunderbird only)
For 8 - 17 year olds
EveryBuddy offers children with diverse abilities a traditional day camp experience while in a breathtaking natural setting. Campers are included within traditional day camp groups and offered a lower staff to child ratio (1:3). The goal is to help campers interact with their peers, learn new skills, and to even prepare them to continue in our traditional day camp program. Campers experience 100 acres filled with an expanse of camping attractions like an alpine tower, pools, kayaking, canoeing, hiking and so much more. Staff regularly communicate and provide updates about their camper’s progress.
For 5 - 12 year olds
Combo camps can save you money while letting your child experience multiple camp programs! Combine a half-day sports or specialty camp with a full-day camp. We'll pick up your child from your half-day program and save them a spot in the full day camp program as well!
For all day camps:
- 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
For 5 - 12 year olds
These half-day programs are great for your young sports fan! From flag-football to basketball, soccer to baseball and more, our sports camps are a great way to stay active in the summer months!
For 3 - 10 year olds
Try something different this summer with one of our fun specialty camps! From splash to ninja warrior, acting to science and technology, there's something for everyone at the Y!
Camps By Location
YMCA Camp Thunderbird
Located on 100 acres on nature in Chesterfield County next to Pocahontas State Park, YMCA Camp Thunderbird provides amazing camp programming in the beauty of the nature. Camp Thunderbird is a place where campers have fun and parents find an environment that will help their children grow in spirit, mind, and body. Our activities are designed to provide campers with an exciting, safe, and enriching summer experience that is appropriate to their age, interests and abilities. DISCOVER YOUR BEST SELF this summer at Camp Thunderbird!
Chester Family YMCA
Located off route 10 less than one mile west of route 1, camper can enjoy a wide range of nature, including our very own lake! A typical day at Chester camps may include arts, sports, archery and shooting sports, nature, boating, aquatics and more!
Elizabeth Randolph Lewis Powhatan YMCA
Our summer sports camps are a great way to stay active in the summer months!
Manchester Family YMCA
Behind the Manchester Y off of Hull Street Road is a hidden gem of nature, where campers and counselors make amazing memories at camp! From games and activities, swimming and more, summer has never been more fun!
Midlothian Family YMCA
With field space and wooded areas, the Midlothian Y provides amazing camp programming right near your own home!
Northside Family YMCA
Who says you can't have camp in the city! At the Northside Y, summer is a magical time where camp memories have been made for generations!
Patrick Henry Family YMCA
Nestled in the natural beauty of Hanover County, the Patrick Henry Y takes adventure outside with fun and games to delight every camper!
Petersburg Family YMCA
Camp at Petersburg is a great time for campers! And with our new renovated facility, camp has never been better!
Shady Grove Family YMCA
At Shady Grove, campers experience a wide range of activities including arts and crafts, sports and games, outdoor education, aquatics and even our very own low ropes course! And if you're looking for something more, we have weekly sports camps, specialty camps and even pre-school camps!
Swift Creek Family YMCA
Camp has never been better than at Swift Creek! From marksmanship to swimming, outdoor games to sports, and so much more, your camper will love it here this summer! You can also take advantage of our many sports and specialty camps as well!
Tuckahoe Family YMCA
We've got something for everyone at Tuckahoe! Weekly specialty camps include ninja warrior, gymnastics, drama and acting, technology. Sports camps feature all your favorite sports, and we haven't even mentioned our amazing full-day Camp Tuckahoe!