Old Growth camp is designed for participants 12-16 years old. 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, whitewater rafting, 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 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 Oak campers in Old Growth, previous experience is not required.
Old Growth will be from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Camp is held in Forest Hill Park and the James River Park System, Monday through Friday.
9:00AM - 4:00PM
The camp capacities listed below were last updated manually on 5/27/23. For real-time capacities, please click “Register Now” to enter the enrollment portal.
June 12-16 – Waitlist only
June 19-23 – Waitlist only
June 26-30 – Waitlist only
July 3-7 – 9 spots left! We hold camp on July 4.
July 10-14 – Waitlist only
July 17-21 – 5 spots left!
July 24-28 – Waitlist only
July 31 – Aug 4 – 6 spots left!
Aug 7-11 – Waitlist only
In order to give our staff meaningful pay increases this year without pricing out many of our campers, we are implementing a sliding scale for camp payments.
If none of the sliding scale options are affordable to you, please email us at email@example.com to ask about our scholarship program.
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.