Are we open for business? Covid-19 Update (click here)

Old Growth Camp

$425 Per Week

Old Growth Camp

Here’s where we really turn up the heat! This camp is an amazing deal – your kids will get a sampling of all Riverside has to offer – rappelling, kayaking, downriver stand up paddleboarding, and advanced tree climbing techniques are just some of the experiences your kids can expect from this camp. We will also go further in depth with wilderness discovery, including tree identification and river hydrology. All this excitement is rounded out with goofy games and good old fashioned fun! These activities can be relatively strenuous and require a moderate level of physical fitness.

Our goal with this program is to create a passion for adventure, stewardship for the environment, and a higher level of self-efficacy. This is an experience that participants will be proud of and remember. Although we love to see graduating OAKs in O.G, previous experience is not required.

Quick Facts



Pick up drop off Location:

6836 Old Westham Rd., Richmond, VA 23225

Camp Times


Photos + Video

Cost & Session Schedule

2020 Sessions - Monday through Friday. Cost: $425 per week.

*Waitlisted weeks updated as of 7/23 – subject to change

(we try to update the website regularly, but this list is not a guarantee of availability)

Old Growth -June 15-19*waitlist only  
Old Growth -June 22-26 *waitlist only
Old Growth -June 29- July 3 *waitlist only
Old Growth -July 6-10 *waitlist only
Old Growth -July 13-17 *waitlist only  
Old Growth -July 20-24 *waitlist only
Old Growth -July 27-31 *waitlist only
Old Growth -Aug 3-7 *waitlist only

Old Growth Camp Faq's

  • My child is on the waitlist. How likely are they to get into that camp session?
    • I would not count on it. While it does happen from time to time, it is generally unlikely. Please refer to our cancellation and waitlist policy at the bottom of the page.
  • Will my child be in the same group as his or her friends?
    • If they are signed up for the same camp (Old Growth, Birch Sapling, Red Oak, etc) and the same week they will be in the same group.
  • Do you perform background checks on your staff?
    • Yes. We perform annual checks on all of our camp staff through a third party which covers local, state, federal and sex offender registries.
  • My child is turning _______ years old on ________. Can you make an age exception?
    • We almost never make exceptions in regards to our age groups. We have built into our camp structure a one year overlap in camps (i.e. a 12 year old could attend Oak, River Shredders or Old Growth).
  • I am trying to enroll my child in a camp but I’m not seeing the enrollment options for their age group.
    • It’s most likely that the camper’s age was incorrectly listed upon enrollment. Please email us at if you run into this problem.
  • Do you offer extended day programming?
    • Unfortunately, we do not. If you have multiple children in different camps on the same day that have different pick up and drop off times we will allow you to drop the children off at the earlier camp time and pick them up at the later camp time. **Please note- we can not accommodate early drop offs or late pick ups other than in the circumstance listed above.**
  • I’ve forgotten my password and when I try to reset it through the website I am not receiving any emails.
    • Most likely, the email you used to initially register your account is no longer current. Your email address is like a user name in our system so if that changes we need to be notified to change that on our end. If you can think of what email you initially received our confirmations from, that is the account to sign in on and book for the summer.
  • Will pictures or videos be available for parents/guardians at the end of the session?
    • Yes! We send out an email with the link to our photos the Saturday after camp ends. If you have opted out of marketing emails then you will have to contact us for the link.

**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.**

All Camp Adventures

Sapling Camp

Sapling activities include arborist-style tree climbing, high ropes activities, giant tree swings, creative games, river exploration and natural outdoor fun!

Age: 6-9
Price: $425 Per Week
Oak Camp

Oak activities include arborist-style tree climbing, high-ropes activities, giant tree swings, stand up paddleboarding, creative games, river exploration and natural outdoor fun!

Age: 9-12
Price: $425 Per Week
Old Growth Camp

Rappelling, downriver stand-up paddleboarding, and advanced tree climbing techniques are just some of the experiences you can expect from this camp!

Age: 12-16
Price: $425 Per Week
River Shredders Camp

Your 12-16 year old will have a one-of-a-kind experience learning to paddle a variety of different crafts on the James River: sit on top kayaks, stand up paddleboards, and duckies to name a few!

Age: 12-16
Price: $450 Per Week
Explore Camp Stories