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Summer Camp for 2nd - 5th Grade

For these growing explorers, camp provides the perfect balance between adult-driven and child-inspired inquiry. The interests of the children guide the activities within each theme. With a vested interest in what happens at camp, elementary children gain a deep, meaningful knowledge of the thematic topics while they have a great time and develop new friendships.

Every week these campers will have the opportunity to be reading buddies to our younger campers, take pictures and write articles about what is going on around camp for our weekly newsletter, and contribute to other camp projects. These oldest campers are true leaders Under the Trees!

Campers attend one or more weeks, Monday through Friday 8:30 – 1:00 or 8:30 – 4:00.

Children staying until 1:00 enjoy lunch brought from home and a little extra time with their friends! Children staying until 4:00 will enjoy lunch and some extra time to explore the weekly theme.

For campers entering 2nd through 5th grade (2019-20 school year).


(We have camps for 2-year olds3-year olds4-year olds, K - 1st grade, and 2nd - 5th grade.)

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Week 1 (Option 1): Adventure Camp (FULL/CLOSED)

June 3 - 7

Take our outdoor theme to the extreme! Join Mr. Stevens, our Science Specialist, and learn to pitch a tent, build a campfire, practice your orienteering skills and hike safely through the woods. We will also make lunch on a campfire (and s’mores!), blaze a trail, spend time on Goose Creek and more! Take advantage of the natural beauty at Virginia Chance School during this unique camp experience.

Week 1 (Option 2): To Infinity and Beyond

June 3 - 7

A week spent discovering and learning about space! Create your own galaxy, read stories about space, make a constellation, build a rocketship, make your own planet and get ready to meet an alien or two. Trips to faraway galaxies will start our first week of camp with an out of this world experience!

2nd-5th grade camper, Week 1: To Infinity and Beyond

Week 2: A Pirate's Life For Me

June 10 - 14

Let’s travel to the ocean this week as we dive into a unique water experience! We will hunt for treasure, dress up like pirates and mermaids, create treasure maps, build boats, read stories about the sea, and discover lots of cool creatures. Retrieve your anchors and cast your sails as we enter uncharted territory! We will enjoy all this while cooling off from the summer heat!

2nd-5th grade camper, Week 2: A Pirate's Life For Me

Week 3: Once Upon a Time

June 17 - 21

Travel to a land far far away and explore knights, dragons, queens and kings, princes and princesses, fairies, unicorns and much more. Building castles, finding dragons in the woods, reading fairy tales, making costumes, creating magical art, building fairy homes and other adventures await us as we take a step into another land! Welcome lords and ladies, lads and lassies to this magical week!

2nd-5th grade camper, Week 3: Once Upon a Time

Week 4: African Safari

June 24 - 28

Grab your binoculars and hats as we go on a Safari! Explore lions, elephants, zebras, cheetahs and many more majestic animals! This week we will all be zoologists and safari guides as we learn about animals and their habitats. Create your own species, build a habitat, read animal stories, dress up like your favorite animal and go for hikes in the woods to see what animals you can spot!

2nd-5th grade camper, Week 4: African Safari

Week 5: Party in the U.S.A.!

July 1 - 5 (Camp closed July 4th)

Celebrating the United States the week of the Fourth of July seems like perfect timing and who doesn’t love a party! We will enjoy some old-fashioned games and fun such as sack-races, hopscotch, hula-hooping and more! Making musical instruments, creating parade and party decorations, dancing and marching to music, creating flags and streamers and even roasting hot dogs and making homemade ice cream will have us embracing the red, white and blue and celebrating!

2nd-5th grade camper, Week 5: Party in the U.S.A.!

Week 6: Garden Party

July 8 - 12

Will we be using gardening tools and gloves this week as we learn about gardens! Plant your own seeds, learn how to care for plants, find out how vegetables and fruits grow, explore the wildlife that lives in gardens such as bugs, snakes, rabbits and butterflies, create art with flower petals and leaves, explore the Learning Greenhouse located on Virginia Chance School’s campus and go for a butterfly hike. Be ready to roll up your sleeves to dig in the soil and get messy in the dirt!

2nd-5th grade camper, Week 6: Garden Party

Week 7: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

July 15 - 19

Explore all the things you can do with colors as we visit a rainbow our last week of camp! Stomp in colors and create art with your feet, paint the trees, play colorful games, make rainbow sparkle sensory bottles, go on a rainbow hike, make tie-dye t-shirts, create rainbow slime and make your own pot of gold! We will end camp with a popsicle party while wearing our tie-dye t-shirts!

2nd-5th grade camper, Week 7: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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