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Sapling Camp


Sapling Camp

Sapling is designed for participants 6-9 years old. Our tree climbing camps are based on arborist-style tree climbing and high ropes type activities. Kids are always harnessed in and belayed by an instructor while climbing. 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.

Some of the activities that Sapling kids will do include a vertical climb into the canopy of a tree, a limbwalk (walking out on a branch balance-beam style), giant swings, swimming in some of the tamer areas of the James river, and even a whitewater rafting trip on the Class I-II section of the James! Life jackets are always worn in the river. Add in some creative outdoor games, knot tying, tree identification, and friendship, and you’ve got an awesome week of summer fun!

We have two Sapling camps –  Maple Sapling and Birch Sapling. 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. 

Both Sapling groups will be from 8:45 A.M. to 3:45 P.M.  Sapling camps are held in Forest Hill Park and the James River Park System and run Monday through Friday.


Quick Facts



Camp Times

Maple and Birch Sapling are 8:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

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Cost & Session Schedule

2022 Sessions - Monday through Friday.

Birch Sapling

The camp capacities listed below were last updated on 8/13/22. For real-time capacities, please click “Register Now” to enter the enrollment portal.

June 13 – 17 – Waitlist only

June 20 – 24 – Waitlist only

June 27 – July 1 – Waitlist only

July 4 – 8 – Waitlist only

July 11 – 15 – Waitlist only

July 18 – 22 Waitlist only

July 25 – 29 – Waitlist only

August 1 – 5 –  Waitlist only

August 8 – 12 – Waitlist only


Maple Sapling

The camp capacities listed below were last updated on 8/19/22. For real-time capacities, please click “Register Now” to enter the enrollment portal.

June 13 – 17 – Waitlist only

June 20 – 24 – Waitlist only

June 27 – July 1 – Waitlist only

July 4 – 8 – Waitlist only

July 11 – 15 – Waitlist only

July 18 – 22 – Waitlist only

July 25 – 29 – Waitlist only

August 1 – 5 – Waitlist only

August 8 – 12 – Waitlist only

August 15 – 19 – Waitlist only

August 22 – 26 – 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.

  1. Pay what you can. ($450) – The community is supporting you to cover the full cost of camp
  2. Pay your way. ($495)  – This covers the actual cost of running camp
  3. Pay it forward. ($545)  – You are supporting those for whom the full cost of camp would be a significant hardship 

If none of the sliding scale options are affordable to you, please email us at to ask about our scholarship program.

Sapling 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.
  • What is the difference between Birch Sapling and Maple Sapling camps?
    • Birch Sapling and Maple Sapling are separate groups of kids with a different set of counselors, but both groups will have the same programming in regards to adventure activities. They are equally awesome!
  • 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 9 year old could attend Sapling or Oak; 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 do our best to accommodate you dropping the children off at the earlier camp time and picking 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 week 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 even a rafting trip!

Age: 6-9
Price: $450-$545
Oak Camp

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

Age: 9-12
Price: $450-$545
Earth Heroes Camp

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!

Age: 6-9
Price: $450-$545
Mt. Bike Camp

Mountain Bike camp activities include trail rides, self-paced mountain biking skills development, goofy games, river exploration, and natural outdoor fun!

Age: 8-11
Price: $450-$545
Old Growth Camp

Rappelling, rafting, 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: $450-$545
River Shredders 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. Rafting is back for 2022!

Age: 12-16
Price: $450-$545
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