Oak, our super popular riverside camp, is for 9-12 year olds and is based on arborist-style tree climbing and high-ropes activities as well as river exploration and natural fun. Kids are always harnessed in and belayed by an instructor while climbing. Your camper(s) will experience vertical climbs into the canopy of a tree, a limbwalk more than 15 feet in the air, giant swings, and stand up paddleboarding!
All of our climbing elements are challenge by choice – we encourage kids to set goals for themselves and meet them, but we never force a child to complete a climbing element. Oak kids will also spend time adventuring and swimming in the James river (life jackets are worn in the water), and exploring the parks in Richmond. Add in some creative outdoor games, knot tying, tree identification, and friendship, and you’ve got an awesome week of summer fun! Our goal is for your kids to come away with practical adventuring skills and a deeper appreciation for the outdoors. These activities can be relatively strenuous and require a moderate level of physical fitness.
Although we love to see graduating Saplings in Oak, previous experience is not required.
Due to this camp’s popularity, we have created another Oak section to accommodate that demand! We now offer both White Oak and Red Oak! The two groups will be separate for the majority of the camp day, so if you have campers that would like to be together, be sure to sign them up for the same group. These programs are identical aside from a different set of campers and counselors. They will both be held by the river and other areas of the park systems.
Both White Oak and Red Oak will be from 8:45 A.M. to 3:45 P.M. Oak camps are held in the James River Park System and run Monday through Friday.
White and Red Oak 8:45 A.M. to 3:45 P.M
*Waitlisted weeks updated as of 1/15/21 – subject to change (we try to update the website regularly, but this list is not a guarantee of availability)
June 21-25 *Waitlist only
June 28-July 2 *4 spots left!
June 21-25 *Waitlist only
June 28-July 2
**Cancellation/Refund Policy: All payments are non-refundable. Exceptions made at the discretion of our staff. If we are able to fill your camper’s spot through the waitlist, we will refund you all but a $30 per instance processing fee. See our waitlist policy below.**
** Wait List Policy: If we are filling spaces in a camp more than 1 month out from the start of that camp week, we will call one family at a time from the wait list and give them 48 hrs to accept the spot. After 48 hrs we will call the next family on the list. If we are calling within a month of a camp session, we will call everyone on the wait list concurrently and follow a first come first served policy.**