Camps for Kids

Looking for a summer camp? Why leave? With a 550‐acre public park in town, Richmonders can find some outstanding wilderness camps for their children. But don’t take our word for it. Check them out for yourself.

Passages is a popular summer camp held in the James River Park System, featuring kayaking, rock climbing, and a rockin’ 230-foot zip line over the Belle Isle Quarry Pond. Call (804) 897-8283, x 310, or visit for more information. Scholarships are available.

James River Association and Maymont have teamed up to offer Wild about Richmond, a summer camp loaded with fun on the James.

Riverside Outfitters also offers great week-long summer camps that feature tree climbing, rafting, snorkeling, and wilderness tracking in the James River Park System.

Virginia Fishing Adventures offers an array of summer camps for the young fishermen your life. They'll be offering 2 biking programs and along with 2 fishing programs in 2011. Proceeds benefit the James River Park System. To learn more, go to

“James River Explorer” Summer Day Camp Enrichment Program is for rising fourth and fifth graders who seek science/social studies exploration in the great outdoors. Reservations and information, call 804-673-9255 or e-mail



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If you can’t wait for summer, sometimes Park staff bring along some of their animal friends to outdoor events during the year. Look for the FOJRP banner at Earth Day and Dominion River Rock.

Connect kids to nature

The James River Park is Richmond’s big back yard! Kids can connect with nature for free. No need to suffer from nature deficit disorder.

Get tips for connecting children and nature at author’s Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods.