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Give your kids a week of adventures that they’ll never forget! Our goal with RO camps is to foster friendship, confidence, creativity, and an appreciation for Richmond’s urban river, trails, and forest. Our adventure camps have been helping kids do just that since 2007.
Our camps historically fill up early, so register soon to better ensure your pick of dates for this summer.
Maintaining a balance between paying our staff well and keeping our camps affordable has always been a challenge. We believe that camp should be accessible to everyone. As such, we have always tried to keep our prices low enough to be reasonable for our camp families.
In order to provide our staff meaningful pay increases in light of the rising costs of living, we have updated our camp price options within our sliding scale model.
Here’s how it works:
A sliding scale is a tool to help increase access to experiences like summer camp, while acknowledging differences in financial resources. We ask for your active participation in deciding your contribution. We do not require proof of income but ask that you take a moment to thoughtfully reflect and choose the option that best represents your situation.
We want to give a huge thank you to those who were able to opt for our highest sliding scale tier last year; you helped 111 kids attend camp at a lower rate in 2022.
There will still be an option to donate to the scholarship fund during the registration process. All scholarship funds go directly towards camp spots for scholarship recipients. In 2022, the money raised through these donations funded 7 additional completely free camp spots!
If you do not wish to pay in full upon registration, we offer 2 payment plans:
If none of the sliding scale choices are affordable to you, please email us at email@example.com to ask about our scholarship program. We’ve expanded the program with more options depending on your needs.
We will not be requiring campers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before attending camp this year. We will continue to refer to CDC and VDH guidelines and reserve the right to update our policies.
Sapling activities include arborist-style tree climbing, high ropes activities, giant tree swings, creative games, river exploration and even a rafting trip!
Oak activities include arborist-style tree climbing, high-ropes activities, giant tree swings, stand up paddleboarding, creative games, river exploration and rafting!
Earth Heroes camp activities include exploring Richmond's awesome forests and river, wildly fun hands-on science activities, nature-themed art and games, and natural outdoor fun!
Mountain Bike camp activities include trail rides, self-paced mountain biking skills development, goofy games, river exploration, and natural outdoor fun!
Rappelling, rafting, downriver stand-up paddleboarding, and advanced tree climbing techniques are just some of the experiences you can expect from this camp!
River Shredders campers will have a one-of-a-kind experience learning to paddle a variety of different crafts on the James River, as well as learning about river ecology, hydrology, and river safety.