Weekly Camp Themes


What is the purpose of a theme in camp? A theme is what helps to create the camp magic throughout the summer.  Each week of camp has a different focus.  Our specialists and camp staff implement traditional day camp activities that relate to that theme. 

Chesterfield Camps and Camp Thunderbird Only

Chesterfield County school year ends earlier than other counties.

June 6 - "Creepy Crawly Creatures"

Bugs, Spiders, Snakes... OH MY! Even though these creatures are sometimes unliked by humans, they are a very important part of our ecosystem.  Spend a week of adventure with the creepy crawlies at camp! We will spend time doing many scavenger hunts and games revolving around all the creatures around us.

June 13 - “DINO-mite!” 

ROAR!! Did you hear that? Sounds like a tyrannosaurus rex! Make some noise and let’s travel back to a time when dinosaurs were alive! We will begin working as archaeologists digging for fossils and playing various games and crafts related to Dinosaurs.


All Camps

June 20 - “Aloha, Summer!”

Say ALOHA to summer! Every day at camp is a vacation for our campers.  Beaches, sun, and the great outdoors will be our focus for the week! Surf into a week of camp with some Hawaiian traditions! Camp will be filled with the positive and welcoming vibes. 

June 27 - “Ready, Set, Match” 

GAME ON! Join us for a week filled with Sports Fun! Be prepared for a week filled of sports activities, ranging from football, basketball, soccer, and traditional camp games! Our goal is for your camper to try new physical activity experiences, so they can be lifelong movers!

July 5 - “Holiday in July” 

Bring on a week of holiday cheer! Any, and all, holidays will be celebrated this week. Do you miss a holiday that might be in the Winter? We will bring it to camp and enjoy it in our day camp setting.  We can’t wait to see what costumes we will see this week!

July 11 - “Paint Me Crazy”

Like getting messy? This week we will be getting colorful throughout camp! We will be all about the colors we see every day, which will include our traditional fan favorite Paint Wars. This week is typically one of the camp favorites, so register early!

July 18 - “Around the World”

Did you know that if we walked around earth it would be 3,938 miles! The truth is that we will never know everything there is to know about it. But let’s learn as much as we can. Get your passports together! We are going to travel around the world and play games, eat food and learn about other cultures! 

July 25 - “SplashTACULAR”

The heat of the summer won’t stop us from having an amazing water themed week! From swimming to other water activities, your camper will love this week at camp.  This is another one of our most popular weeks because of the endless uses of H2O! Get ready to be in the splash zone!

August 1 - “Go Green” 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! It's all about learning the importance of limiting our carbon footprint on earth. Many of the activities this week will be revolved around the use of cardboard boxes and how we can reuse these items for our own entertainment.  We want to challenge campers to think about their environment and how they can make an impact!

August 8 - “Camp-A-Con” 

Calling all superheroes to camp! We need your help to fight off all of the camp villains by leading and creating strategies to protect the entire camp. Learn what it takes to become a superhero.  Use the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility as guides in your adventures!


Non-Chesterfield Camps (Camp Thunderbird is still open)

Chesterfield County Schools begin the school year early this year, so YMCAs in Chesterfield County will not hold camp weeks 11 - 12.  YMCA Camp Thunderbird will still be open.

August 15- “Y Got Talent”

We have so many talented campers that come through our camp doors each and every summer.  The goal is to use your gifts and talents to impact the world around you.  That’s why we want to showcase them! Get ready to take center stage in our talent shows across the Richmond area! We've got spirit, yes we do. We've got spirt, how 'bout you?


Petersburg, Hanover, Camp Thunderbird Only

August 22 - "Blast from the Past"

There is nothing like the last week of summer! It makes us reminisce of all the great times we had. And that’s why we are taking a trip in our time machine back through the decades.  Bring on the bell bottoms and neon clothing! Heading back to the 20s, 50s, 70s, 90s, 2000s and today! What a groovy end to the summer!