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Summer Camp Spotlight (Ep. 3)

Here are a few more incredible local Summer Camp opportunities for your children!!

Norfolk Christian Summer Camp


  • Another summer of wonderful camps is quickly approaching. We have eight incredible weeks of full day theme camps and half day specialty camps.
  • Each week of full day camp for grades K – 5 is a different theme. It will keep kids wanting to come back all summer long.
  • New to theme camps is Secret Agent Week! We have planned everything for you including a full day of adventure, competition, fun, field trips and pool visits.
  • Introducing a brand NEW Camp! Worship Team Camp.  This camp is for those who are interested in learning more about the art of leading worship, how to play in a band, and preparation and performance skills.
  •  Open to singers, instrumentalists and your AV team!  Come as a band or come alone!
  •  Where Christian musicians of all talent levels come together for one week to share, develop, grow and minister.
  • Half day camps include Basketball, Soccer, Dance Camp, Guitar and Percussion Ensemble, Summer Theatre, Exploring the World through Food, Photography, Lego Nations and so many more!
  •  Before and After camp care is available to accommodate those working families.
  •  Check out all the camps under the Programs tab! Register Here

Ocean Breeze Waterpark Junior Lifeguard Camp


Sign up for a power packed week of coaching in first aid, water safety, team building, CPR and rescue techniques for just $329.99! Ocean Breeze Waterpark Junior Lifeguard Camp sessions fill up quickly! Act now and ensure your camper learns lifesaving skills this summer!

All sessions are 8 am – 4 pm. Groups are divided between the ages of 9-12 and 13-15. Each camper will receive an official camp rash guard and two snacks each day. Campers will need to bring a packed lunch or purchase our prepaid lunch voucher option. To register, please download and complete the registration forms at the bottom of this page. Note that session spots are not secured until all forms are submitted complete and a deposit is made. Have questions? Call 757-422-4444 ext. 221 or email

ODU Big Blue Summer Camp


The Big Blue Summer Camp is an 8-week day camp for boys and girls ages 6-12 and is an American Camp Association® accredited camp. Here at Big Blue Summer Camp we focus on helping campers develop friendship skills, independence, teamwork, family citizenship, competence, interest in exploration, responsibility, affinity for nature and confidence in problem solving. Every week campers will participate in the following activities: swimming, rock-wall, arts & crafts, and general fun & games. Some weeks will include a field trip to some local attractions.

Mission: Through quality programs, ODU Camp Big Blue develops youth, strengthens and supports families, and creates health and wellness for all.

ODU Camp Big Blue Activities Include: Special Events, Indoor/Outdoor Games, Free Swim, Arts and Crafts, Sports (Soccer, Basketball, Floor Hockey, Badminton, Volleyball, Etc.), Rock Climbing, Kayaking, Field Trips, and Weekly Themes

ODU Camp Big Blue Hours of Operation and Location: ODU Camp Big Blue runs Monday through Friday from 7:30am-5:30pm for extended day and 9:00am-4:00pm for normal day. Camp will be CLOSED July 4th in celebration of Independence Day!

Camp is located in the Student Recreation Center: 4700 Powhatan Avenue Norfolk, Virginia 23529. If coming from 49th Street and Powhatan Avenue – turn left onto 48th street and we are located on the right – please use door in the handicapped parking lot to enter the Center.

Sail Nauticus


Your child can spend an exciting week learning to sail on the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront! Our fun, hands-on camps include water and shore-based activities led by certified instructors. Your child will experience the water in a whole new way while learning the principles of sailing and water safety!

Our Harbor 20s are safe and ideal performance sailboats that are perfect for any type of sailor, and can hold up to 5 campers. Each boat will have a certified instructor on board to provide more personalized training for each student.

Sail Quest (Ages 12-15) and Sail Quest Jr. (Ages 8-11): $225, M-F 8:30am-1:30pm

June 27-Jul 1                                         Jul 25-Jul 29
Jul 5-Jul 8 (4 day camp)                        Aug 1-Aug 5
Jul 11-Jul 15                                          Aug 8-12
July 18-Jul 22                                        Aug 15-19

Our award-winning flagship summer camp, Sail Quest, will be back in 2016 for another exciting year! Sail Quest is a hands-on sailing and maritime science camp. Students will learn the basics of sailing a small keelboat, including boat rigging, water safety, confidence and teamwork.  Students will participate in various land-based activities focusing on river ecology, maritime science, and STEM, while using the many resources of the Nauticus campus to complement their sailing knowledge.  Sail Quest is a beginner sailing camp, so no experience is required! We will have two age-based camps this year, Sail Quest Jr. (8-11) and Sail Quest (12-15). Both camps will teach from the same curriculum.

Register Here

Sail Voyagers (Ages 10-15): $295, M-F 8:30am-1:30pm

June 27-Jul 1                                         Jul 25-Jul 29
Jul 5-Jul 8 (4 day camp)                        Aug 1-Aug 5
Jul 11-Jul 15                                          Aug 8-12
July 18-Jul 22                                        Aug 15-19

Sail Voyagers is an advanced sailing camp, for students who have prior sailing experience, or who have attended a Sail Quest camp with us in the past. Campers will learn more advanced sailing techniques, including being able to cruise safely in local waters and planning their own voyage. They will refine their skills learned in Sail Quest, while also learning reefing, docking, anchoring, and man over board drills.   While on land, campers will learn chart reading, plotting, coastal navigation skills, and the concepts of currents and how they function.  They will also learn the important role of tides and weather and how to predict them in order to help plan their own sailing expedition. We will be using iPads and Promethean Boards to access up-to-date maritime technology and facilitate learning these important skills.

Register Here

*Due to popular demand, Sail Voyagers will have eight, one-week long sessions this year. This is the perfect opportunity for your child to attend both camps with us, and get a well-rounded and substantial sailing experience this summer! 

Please call us for more information (757) 823-4242.

Virginia Beach Field House

Run N Fun Summer Camp

Click here for more info!

Tidewater Community College Summer Camps












Tidewater Community College’s weekly College and Career Exploration Camps are offered on TCC’s four campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach.

At a TCC summer camp, your child will:

  • be exposed to college life
  • learn from TCC faculty
  • have hands-on experiences in a variety of fields, from science and technology to the arts

They’ll explore things like 3-D printing, computer-aided design, crime scene investigations, creative writing, wildlife and the environment – and much more! Rising 12th-graders can prepare for their transition into college. Camps will have limited enrollment, so your child will have a personalized experience.

As a bonus, every camper will receive a FREE career interest assessment!

Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Summer Camps


Our summer camps will fill your child’s day with fun activities, games, crafts, special events and more! Make a splash at our recreation center camps or hop, skip and jump over to our convenient school-based camps. We also have plenty of specialty camps that cater to your budding athletes, nature-lovers or prospective magicians!

School-Based All Day Camps: Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation offers summer camps at many Virginia Beach elementary schools and select middle schools. Kids learn games and sports, meet friends, and enjoy field trips. These boredom-buster camps are conveniently located at a nearby school.

Recreation Center-Based All Day Camps: Virginia Beach Recreation Centers are an ideal place for kids to attend summer camp. Campers experience the same activities as those attending our school-based camps, with the bonus of all of the recreation center amenities like indoor pools and game rooms. *A current Recreation Center membership is required for the duration of your child’s enrollment in recreation center camps. No camps will be held on July 4.

For more info, CLICK HERE!

Virginia Zoo Summer Camps


Discover nature this summer. The wonderful world of the Virginia Zoo will unfold for campers in the five-day investigation of the animal kingdom. Campers can expect an action-filled week with activities like learning labs, animal encounters, Zoo hikes, behind the scenes tours and much more. Each week long session of camp explores a new theme.

Summer Safari camps offer children grades first through eighth up-close animal encounters, behind-the scenes adventures, crafts, games, zoo hikes and much more fun. Weekly sessions begin June 2016.

For more info and to enroll, CLICK HERE!

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