All branches will close at 7pm Wednesday, November 25 and will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

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Chester Camps

At the Chester Family YMCA, we offer several day camp programs on 25 acres of land, including a large pond for canoeing and fishing. Our well-trained staff provide a safe, nurturing atmosphere through leadership and mentoring opportunities in a beautiful, natural environment. Each camper will learn new skills and build new friendships in an atmosphere that fosters the YMCA's core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

Chester Camps

Health Precautions for Summer Camp Programs

Due to the unprecedented nature that this summer holds, we will be changing our usual safety precautions to correspond with recommendations from the CDC and Virginia Department of Health.

  • We will take the temperatures each day for children and staff as they arrive.
  • Children will wash hands prior to joining their group at the beginning of each day.
  • We will enforce increased hand-washing and sanitizing throughout the day.
  • Children will be in the same group during the day.
  • We will avoid large group gatherings.
  • Equipment and touch points will be wiped down on a regular basis throughout the day.
  • Working with CDC to follow guidelines for Summer Day Camp/Child Care

For more information regarding how we’re changing our camp procedures, visit our Parents Guide to Camp page.


 

Camp Red Feather at Chester

Camp Red Feather offers a traditional outdoor summer camp day experience! Our trained and certified staff will work with each child in a small group setting. They will build relationships, foster a sense of belonging and create opportunities for each of our campers to achieve and learn.  We offer a wide range of engaging specialist activities, 30 minutes of reading every day, as well as character development. Every week has a fun and exciting theme with an educational focus and exciting twist. YMCA Camp Red Feather: you belong here!

A typical day at Camp Red Feather may include:

  • Arts: creative arts, camp songs & skits, and music & drama
  • Sports:  field games, gym games, and gaga ball
  • Archery and Shooting Sports: archery, slingshots and bbs
  • Nature: outdoor education, fishing
  • Boating: canoes and kayaks
  • Aquatics: recreational swimming is now available

Ages: Rising K – rising 5th graders
Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dates: 12 one-week sessions beginning June 1
YMCA Member: $178 per week   Non-Member: $240 per week

Save 25% on this camp when you register for a Sports or Specialty camp during the same week. (Discount will be applied after registration.)

  • A fixed weekly payment will be drafted each Monday, one week prior to the start date.
  • Registration closes Thursday at midnight for the upcoming week. Registrations will not be taken after this time.

Weekly Themes:
Week 1: Pre-camp
Week 2: Pre-camp
Week 3: Camp Red Feather Blast Off
Week 4: Summer Safari
Week 5: Red, White and GLUE (no camp on July 3rd)
Week 6: Space is the Place
Week 7: Superheroes
Week 8: Olympics
Week 9: Wild Wild West
Week 10: Paint Wars
Week 11: Sports Extravaganza
Week 12: Invention Convention

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Camp EDGE (Previously LIT)

Explain, Demonstrate, Guide, and Enable. The Camp EDGE program focuses on personal development, goal setting and learning to work as a member of a group. The program prepares campers for leadership roles at camp and in their communities. The campers participate in typical camp activities but will also have supplemental projects focused on service and team-building. Each camper has one service task per week.

Ages: Rising 6th – rising 8th grade
Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dates: 12 one-week sessions beginning June 1
YMCA Members: $178 per session   Non-Members: $240 per session

  • A fixed weekly payment will be drafted each Monday, one week prior to the start date.
  • Registration closes Thursday at midnight for the upcoming week. Registrations will not be taken after this time.
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Leaders In Training at Chester (Previously CILT)

The Leaders in Leadership Training (LIT) program is designed to teach and inspire rising 9th and 10th graders. Hands-on training experiences and professional development workshops provide the foundation of the program. Participants will learn basic safety, group control, games, camp best practices and engage in activities that provide valuable employment skills, healthy relationship and opportunities to lead.  While at camp, campers engage in all day camp activities but also get to observe and help counselors, specialists, and leadership staff.

Ages: Rising 9th – rising 10th grade
Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dates: 4 two-week sessions beginning June 29
YMCA Members: $187 per session   Non-Members: $206 per session

  • A fixed weekly payment will be drafted each Monday, one week prior to the start date.
  • Registration closes Thursday at midnight for the upcoming week. Registrations will not be taken after this time.
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Chester Sports Camp

Sports Camps are returning!  See the camps we have for the summer!

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Specialty Camps

Specialty Camp are returning!  See the camps we have for the summer!

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Camp Red Feather - Week 13

Camp Red Feather offers a traditional outdoor summer camp day experience! Our trained and certified staff will work with each child in a small group setting. They will build relationships, foster a sense of belonging and create opportunities for each of our campers to achieve and learn.  We offer a wide range of engaging specialist activities, 30 minutes of reading every day, as well as character development. Every week has a fun and exciting theme with an educational focus and exciting twist. YMCA Camp Red Feather: you belong here!

Theme: Game Show Mania!

Activities may be adjusted due to staffing.

Ages: Rising K – rising 8th graders
Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dates: August 24 – 28
YMCA Member: $178 per week   Non-Member: $240 per week

Save 25% on this camp when you register for a Sports or Specialty camp during the same week. (Discount will be applied after registration.)

  • A fixed weekly payment will be drafted each Monday, one week prior to the start date.
  • Registration closes Thursday at midnight for the upcoming week. Registrations will not be taken after this time.
Register Online

FINAL FOUR at YMCA CAMP THUNDERBIRD

Final Four is our post-camp experience* that happens the week after camp ends and before school begins. It runs Monday through Thursday at Camp Thunderbird! Come celebrate the end of summer at Camp Thunderbird with fishing, gaga, crafts, reading and a few more surprises!

Ages: Rising K – rising 8th grade
Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dates: August 31 – September 3
YMCA Members: $182   Non-Members: $211

*Camp activities and availability will be adjusted due to staffing during this week.  

Bus Pick-Ups available at the Shady Grove Family YMCA, Tuckahoe Family YMCA and Millworks Center (across Woolridge Rd from the Midlothian Family YMCA).

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Camp Forms & Contact Information

Most information is now collected during the registration process.  But for the small number of additional forms needed, you can find them on our Camp and Child Care Forms page.

 

For information about summer day, sport, teen or specialty camps, contact the branch:

Phone: 804.638.0768
Sports Camps: 804.729.4870

Camp Red Feather Director: Shannon Parvis parviss@ymcarichmond.org

Camp EDGE & LIT Director: Olivia Holloway hollowayo@ymcarichmond.org

Week 11 Camp Director: Shannon Parvis parviss@ymcarichmond.org

Regional Director: Suzanne Huffine huffines@ymcarichmond.org