Destination Recreation Expo Sat Feb 21, 2015

Your one-stop-shop for everything James City County Parks and Recreation has to offer! Discover your parks and facilities, learn about all the classes and programs offered throughout the year and be one of the first to register for summer camps! Informational booths, interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities are just a few great features of this event. We’ll keep your children engaged while you gather information about summer camp opportunities, sports, outdoor, aquatic programs, special events, parks and facilities, REC Connect, inclusion and therapeutic programs and activities offered through our affiliate organizations. Raffles and discounts for camps, classes and facilities given on the day of event! All ages welcome.

Saturday, Feb. 21: Destination Recreation Expo, Free, 9 a.m.-noon at the James City County Recreation Center

5301 Longhill Rd.
Williamsburg, VA 23188


More info here

Winter Teen Camp at Jamestown 4-H Center

Jamestown 4-H Center is offering an overnight camp for teens (ages 14-19) December 29–31, 2014. This is a great opportunity for Junior 4-H Camp Counselors to participate in their own camp, or for teens that never had the opportunity to participate in Junior 4-H Camp to experience camp!  This camp will include classes, campfires, a talent show, and a dance – just like summer camp. For more information and registration forms visit: Registration is due December 17th, 2014. Parents, this could be a great Christmas gift for some well-deserving teens!

Destination Recreation Expo at JCC Recreation Center 2/22

Tomorrow’s the day! The annual Destination Recreation Expo is Saturday, Feb. 22 from 9 a.m.-noon at the James City County Recreation Center. It’s your family’s one-stop-shop to all Parks and Recreation has to offer! Get your sneak preview of the 2014 spring/summer activity brochure, explore information booths, interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities – see you there



Ed Teer Golf Academy @ Williamsburg National Golf Course

Junior Development Programs ETGA Junior Summer Camps

imageWilliamsburg has been hungry for Junior Golf Development programs that focus on developing individual skills, fostering talent to improve future high school teams and prepare young golfers for the collegiate level and beyond. Ed Teer Golf Academy now offers the area’s only year-long, multi-day program called Journey to Excellence. For the summer time we offer: US Kids Junior Camp and Ed Teer Golf Academy Junior Camps.
ETGA Junior Camps are for ages 10-14. I’ll discuss 9 year olds on an individual basis. Clubs are great to have but not necessary. Please don’t purchase before consulting ETGA. Not all junior clubs are created equal. The Ed Teer Golf Academy will be hosting three US Kids Junior Camps for juniors ages 5-11 and more info will be posted soon on the website for both programs.
The Journey to Excellence program for juniors aged 5-12 is called Rising Stars; juniors aged 11-14 can participate in New Competitive Golfer and more experienced golfers aged 13 and up can gear up for Striving for Excellence. The next session is slated to begin in early June and will be lasting through August on Thursdays and Saturdays(Including Tuesdays for Competitive Golfers and Striving for Excellence groups) but can be joined at any time to accommodate your family’s schedule. To learn more about these programs visit my Junior Coaching page online along with its sub-pages.  

ETGA Junior Summer Camps

Fun, Games and Fitness is the underlying goal of the Rising Starts program. The Basic Forms and Essential Skills to enjoy the game of golf for a lifetime are presented in a fun game like atmosphere. Along the way they will be rewarded for achieving a basic level of proficiency that comes with dedication and practice. Find out more at now!

Adult Instruction

We have a few different group options coming up for adults in the month of June including the Four Week Essential Skills Clinic, Adult Performance Group and Supervised Practice Session. Visit our home page today for a short description.

Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Golf Hosts Junior Golf Clinic / Camp Summer 2013

Colonial Williamsburg’s family friendly Golden Horseshoe Golf Club welcomes junior golfers to its annual Junior Golf Program Clinic and Junior Golf Camp in June and July.  The historic destination commemorates the Golden Horseshoe Gold Course’s 50th anniversary this year and junior golfers and their families are encouraged to join the celebration.
Junior Golf Clinics will be held Mondays (June 17, June 24, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22 and July 29) and are open to girls and boys ages 6 -16.  The 6 -10 year olds meet from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. and ages 11-16 receive instruction from 5 to 6 p.m.  One-hour sessions will be taught by Head Golf Professional Jeff Winters, PGA, and associate PGA Golf Professional Greg Lynch, who will cover fundamentals of the golf swing, use of short and long irons, woods and short game topics of pitching, chipping and putting.  The Rules of Golf and etiquette will be incorporated in each session, which take place at the Golden Horseshoe Green Course’s driving range and practice putting green. The cost is $105 per junior and includes instruction (7 sessions), pizza party and awards ceremony on the final day.
Junior Golf Camp will be held July 22-25 and is open to junior golfers ages 8 to 17. Golden Horseshoe’s golf professional staff has more than 70 years of combined PGA instruction experience and will offer a personal approach (six students-to-one instructor) ratio to assure that each junior golfer receives the individual attention needed to become a better golfer.  Junior golfers will have the opportunity to play golf with counselors each afternoon on the Spotswood Course, as well as the option to play all three Golden Horseshoe Courses with their parents (special twilight green fees available for parents).
Junior Camp includes afternoon golf on Spotswood with counselors (optional), range balls during the session and in the afternoon, instruction Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until noon, refreshments at 10 a.m. daily, play day with prizes on Thursday, golf gift, before-and-after swing video analysis for campers to take home, and golf on Golden Horseshoe courses in afternoons with paying parent at special twilight fees.
On the final day of Junior Golf Camp, Thursday, July 25, the golfers will test their skills and vie for prizes in a nine-hole tournament.  The cost for day campers is $299; special rates are available for Colonial Williamsburg hotel guests and Golden Horseshoe Golf Club members and their families.
The award-winning Gold Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., opened in 1963 and plays to 6,817 yards from the championship tees.  It is noted for its excellent collection of par three holes.  Additional golf experiences include Golden Horseshoe’s Green Course, designed by Rees Jones, and the nine-hole Spotswood, perfect for family golf outings.  Playing to 1,865-yards, the par-31 course includes one 470-yard par 5, two par 4s of 260 and 325 yards, and six par 3s ranging from 90 to 215 yards.
Early registration is encouraged as these sessions fill rapidly.  Deadline for Golf Clinic enrollment is June 16 at 5 p.m.  For more information or to register, call Jeff Winters at 757-565-8697.  For more information about Colonial Williamsburg and its hotels, call 800-447-8679 or visit

New JCC Parks and Recreation Spring Summer Guide is out

The James City County  Parks and Recreation Spring/Summer 2013 Destination Recreation Activity Brochure is now available online. It highlights a variety of new spring and summer offerings as well as your favorite events and activities occurring through September 2013.

Inside you will find Special Events for Family, Outdoors and Health/Wellness

As well as Summer  Camps, Classes & Activities including:


The brochure is also available at the James City County Recreation Center, the James River Community Center, the Satellite Services Office, the Freedom Park Interpretive Center, the libraries and all public County government offices.

VIMS Marine Science Camps-Gloucester & Eastern Shore

Summer camps engage kids

In the words of one youngster, “This was the best camp in the history of camps.” He was referring to one of the weeklong camps on offer again this summer through the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

The camps, led by Education Coordinator Sarah McGuire of the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve at VIMS, bring big smiles to more than 100 elementary and middle school students from in and around Gloucester County each year.

They are made possible by a gift from an anonymous private donor to the VIMS Foundation. The camp program is funded to run for five years (2009-2013)

During each of five weeklong sessions, campers get wet and muddy at sites around the Bay, from the VIMS Teaching Marsh to the Goodwin Islands and the barrier islands of the Eastern Shore. Depending on age, they explore marshes and wetlands; seine in the York River; handle a dip net; collect and examine birds, fish, and plants; use microscopes and field guides; and complete projects that will benefit the Bay.

Older, sleep-away campers head to VIMS’ Eastern Shore Laboratory, where they visit both the Bay and ocean side lagoons, canoe, bird watch, explore barrier islands and mud flats, collect animals, study dune ecology, and more.

Camp enrollment is by a lottery for the younger students and by a written essay for the older students, with camp size ranging from 15 students to 24 students per session depending on age. Feedback from parents and campers from previous years makes it clear that those selected are lucky campers indeed:

  • Thanks for getting my son really excited about something other than sports and video games.”
  • “It was so fun and it changed my life. I can’t wait for the next one.”
  • “It was one of my best times ever.”
  • “Thanks for letting this camp exist. It’s the best camp ever. My favorite thing was everything”

For details and to enroll, visit

The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the VIMS Summer camp programs.

  • Why is there a lottery system as opposed to signing up first come, first serve?

The lottery system was implemented in 2010 to make the application fairer for all students, schools, and families. Everyone has equal time to find out about the camps and get their applications turned in.

  • What are the times of the camps?

The Sea Squirts, Bay Buddies, and Chesapeake Champions camps run from 9am-4pm. Estuary Explorers will run from 9am on Monday, July 25th through mid day on Saturday, July 30th.

  • Where do the camps take place?

The Sea Squirts, Bay Buddies, and Chesapeake Champions camps are held at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point, VA. Estuary Explorers will leave from VIMS in Gloucester Point, but we will spend the week at the VIMS Eastern Shore campus in Wachapreague, VA.

  • Which camps are day camps and which are overnight?

Only the Estuary Explorers camp for rising 7th and 8th grade students is overnight.

  • I have multiple students in the same age group. Is it possible to sign up all of my students for the same camp?

You may sign up as many students as you would like for a camp. However, each individual student must be selected by either the lottery system (for grades 1-4) or application process (for grades 5-8) in order to be able to attend the camp. That is, if one of your students receives is selected for a spot in the camp, it does NOT guarantee that their sibling/friend also has a spot.

  • I have students in different age groups. Can my 7th grader attend the 4th grade camp so that they can attend camp in the same week?

No. All students must apply for the camp designated for their own age group.

  • Why are there two sessions of the Sea Squirts camp and not two sessions for other age groups?

Last year, the demand for a camp for the 1st and 2nd grade age group was the highest. We are offering two sessions of the Sea Squirts camp to accommodate that demand. Due to time limitations in the summer, we are not able to offer additional sessions of any other camp.

  • When I turn in my application, does that guarantee my student a spot in the camp?

No. Turning in an application does NOT guarantee your student a spot in the camp. For the Sea Squirts and Bay Buddies camp, the application enters your student into a lottery for camp spots. For the Chesapeake Champions and Estuary Explorers, the application will be used by a review panel to select students for the camp. On April 8th you will receive an email notifying you if your student was selected (either through the lottery system or application process) for a spot in the camp.

  • When will I know if my student is selected for camp?

All students will be notified on April 8th if they were selected for camp.

  • I completed the online application for Chesapeake Champions. Is that all I need to do?

No. For Chesapeake Champions and Estuary Explorers, there are Statement of Interest essay questions that must also be answered and emailed to Sarah McGuire at These questions must EACH be 150 words for Chesapeake Champions, and 250 EACH for Estuary Explorers. This is the primary way that we select students for these two camps so please encourage your student to spend some time working on their essays.

4-H Camp in Williamsburg Va

Junior 4-H Camp is our residential week long summer camp program available to youth ages
9-18. Summer camp provides youth countless opportunities for learning more about themselves, their peers, and the natural world around them. This learning takes place through a wide range of camp activities and programs, all of which are designed to allow youth to "learn by doing" through hands-on participation. Days are filled with instructional-based camp classes, unstructured recreation and swim time, flag ceremonies, evening programs, and campfire programs.

Hands-on skill sessions may include:

Canoeing & Kayaking 
Arts and Crafts
Counselor In Training (CIT)
Seining & Marine Science
Outdoor Living Skills (OLS)
Challenge Course


Character development is nurtured through:

Campers leave their week-long experiences with:

  • A greater appreciation for the environment and their surroundings
  • A greater sense of self-esteem and self-worth
  • Greater inter-human communication skills
  • A greater sense of personal and community accountability and leadership skills
  • Pride and a commitment towards future participation in regional 4-H clubs and programming
  • The satisfaction of accomplishing independent life skills
  • Campers enjoy delicious wholesome meals served family style. A salad bar is available for lunch and dinner, and accommodations are available for special dietary needs.

Camper Supervision

Teen Leaders, Adult Volunteers and 4-H Center Camp Staff all work together to supervise campers. Teen and adult volunteers are recruited, screened, and trained in their home counties with training support provided by the 4-H Center. Caring, trained 4-H Summer Staff from diverse backgrounds help campers develop a sense of acceptance, self-worth, and security through group living and activities. All 4-H Center Camp Staff participate in more than two (2) weeks of mandatory, intensive staff training prior to the start of camp to ensure your child is offered the safest & enjoyable time. The 4-H Center’s supervision policy includes a minimum of a 1:8 staff to camper supervision ratio. In addition, each week of 4-H Camp features two (2) highly trained, experienced, and professional Camp Directors including your local 4-H Extension Agent (or trained designee) as well as the 4-H Center Program Director.

*For more information on becoming a Teen Leader (14- 18 years of age) or an Adult Volunteer, please contact your local 4-H Agent OR the 4-H Center Program Director.


2012 Junior Summer Camp Schedule

If there is a link for your county, it leads to the brochure for that camping week. If you need any information about registering for a particular week of camp, either contact the 4-H Center at 757-253-4931, or contact your local extension office.

June 11- June 15: Gloucester
June 18- June 22: Hampton, Newport News, Westmoreland, Richmond County
June 25- June 29: James City, Essex
July 2- July 6: Goochland, Hanover, Powhatan
July 9- July 13: Henrico
July 16- July 20: Chesterfield
July 23- July 27: York
July 30- August 3: Middlesex, Charles City, New Kent,
King William, King & Queen
August 6- August 10: Mathews, Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond City

4H Specialty Camps in Jamestown

Cloverbud Camp
June 23-24; July 28-29
Ages 5-8

This 1-day, overnight camp introduces youth ages 5-8 to the overnight camping experience. No previous experience in 4-H is necessary. These programs provide educational and recreational opportunities that are age-appropriate and supervised by Teen Leaders, Adult Volunteers, 4-H Center Camp Staff, as well as Extension Agents and the 4-H Center Program Director. Cloverbud camps are typically held multiple times through-out the year. Campers at this age are full of energy and creativity and we facilitate age-appropriate activities that encourage positive growth and leadership while introducing them to the Camp experience.

Science Camp
October 12-14, 2012
Ages 9-13

"Out of this World" Science Camp is a 2-day overnight camp providing youth ages 9-13 the fun and educational experience of being involved in a variety of science-oriented activities. Past sessions include DNA extraction from strawberries, CSI, Life in a Rotting Log, exploring the 4-H Center reptiles, introduction into the natural sciences, hikes, and much more! Campers will participate in traditional camp activities such as campfire, evening programs, songs, etc. Watch out – this camp fills up FAST!


Teen Weekend
November 9-11, 2012
Ages 14-18

Teen Weekend is dedicated to the teens through-out the Southeast district of Virginia that volunteer their time and leadership skills to so many campers. Although 4-H membership is not necessary, leadership and 4-H curriculum will be covered. The schedule allows for the teens to participate in classes and recreation time while including social time with their peers as well. Teens are directly involved with their peers and the staff while having a fun, educational, and safe experience at the 4-H Center.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Center’s Program Director for more information. For a current calendar of Camps and Programs available, you can also visit our Calendar of Events page.