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Summer Camps

Summer Fun is Just Around the Corner!

James River Day School has many opportunities for children to have fun (and still learn a bit) over the summer. Check out the list below and choose your favorites. Use the "Buy" link at the end of each camp description to complete your online registration and pay for the camps of your choice.

SOL Boot Camp
Get your brain in shape for the upcoming Standards of Learning (SOL) tests! This three-day session is designed to give a boost to student skills and confidence with intensive, but fun, reviews of the concepts covered by the state-mandated test. Students will receive individualized attention for their specific needs. An optional Thursday extension will be available if students need additional review.
Age: Rising 9th graders
Dates: June 11-13
Time: 9 a.m.-12 noon
Instructor: Gessi Wright
Cost: $125 Buy

The Big Apple Art Camp
Welcome to the Big Apple! Introducing young artists to the colorful world of travel through art: New York City version! Students will learn about the key icons and landmarks of New York City while creating fun, adorable art projects, using construction paper, tempera paints, oil pastels, and air-dry clay. Budding artists will delight in making Central Park landscapes, taxi cabs, Lady Liberty, and New York City skyscrapers. “Travelers” should come to camp with a “New York state of mind!”
Ages: Rising 2nd-4th graders
Dates: June 11-15
Time: 9 a.m.-12 noon
Instructor: Joy Pratt
Cost: $135 Buy

Outdoor Ramblers
Get outside with nature lovers Grace Aguilera and John Gillum in this first-of-its-kind outdoor exploration adventure that combines education with physical fitness. Campers will embark on a different adventure each day, hiking the Appalachian Trail, exploring the James River watershed, learning about our food sources at an eighth-generation family farm, zip-lining through woods, and climbing at a local gym.
Ages: Rising 2nd-4th graders
Dates: July 9-13
Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Pick-up times may vary, depending upon activity
Instructors: Grace Aguilera and John Gillum
Cost: $250 Buy

The Ultimate Outdoor Adventure Camp
Every summer day brings a new outdoor adventure! Join outdoor enthusiast John Gillum to explore local parks, canoe the James River, hike the Appalachian Trail, soar to new heights at the climbing gym, and geo-cache at Holliday Lake State Park. All transportation is provided.
Ages: Rising 5th-8th graders
Date: July 23-27
Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Pick-up times may vary, depending upon activity
Instructor: John Gillum
Cost: $250 Buy

Cardinal Camp-Out
Kick off this summer weekend by spending the night camping in the middle of the athletic field at the Cardinal Camp-Out. Activities will depend on student interest, but could include Castle Ball, Capture the Flag, Flag Football, 4-Square, or any other game from PE class. After plenty of time to run around, campers will feast on pizza. Evening activities may include a movie, Flashlight Tag, or board games. With access to both the field house and the athletic field, this annual event offers something for everyone. And, of course, no camp-out is complete without a campfire and s’mores! In the morning, we will have breakfast together and continue the fun. Camping equipment is not provided; campers are responsible for bringing their own tents and sleeping bags. So, gather a few friends and share a tent for this one-of-a-kind summer event!
Ages: Rising 5th-8th graders
Date: August 18-19
Time: from 5 p.m. on Friday until 10 a.m. on Saturday
Instructors: John Gillum and Sarah Lesko
Cost: $80 Buy

3D Printer Camp
In this unique learning event, participants will work together to tackle engineering design challenges with state-of-the-art tools at their fingertips. Students will learn how mathematics and physics integrate in 3D printing and the product design process by imagining, researching, and creating their own unique models. From idea to tangible product, they will watch their work come to life on James River’s very own 3D printer. This is an essential skill for the future, as 3D printing is revolutionizing industries worldwide from medical to manufacturing to aeronautics. Students should bring their own computers to this camp.
Ages/Time: Rising 4th-5th graders (9 a.m.-12 noon)
Ages/Time: Ages: Rising 6th-8th graders (1 p.m.-4 p.m.)
Dates: July 16-20
Instructor: Nancy Hardison
Cost: $165 Buy

Vamos al Circo (Let’s Go to the Circus)
Step right up! Come one; come all to the greatest show on earth! Immerse yourself in the Spanish language through circus-related activities, games, art, and stories--all designed to teach new vocabulary and communication. This camp is designed for the beginning language learner to encourage both competence and confidence in the target language. Children will spend their day, both indoors and outdoors, engaging with peers, playing, learning, and developing skills that help them become global citizens!
Ages: Rising kindergarteners & 1st graders
Dates: Aug. 13-17
Time: 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Grace Aguilera
Cost: $125 Buy

A Novel Experience in Spanish
Summertime is the perfect time to curl up with a good book! Improve your Spanish language skills by joining Sra. Aguilera and reading a novel in the target language. Reading books, with new vocabulary words and grammar structures, is one of the fastest and most effective methods of learning another language. Students who participate in this enrichment opportunity will be introduced to a new chapter book, hold their own Reader’s Theatre to act out each chapter, and participate in daily book discussions. They will leave with a higher proficiency level, improved communication skills, and enhanced confidence in their abilities.
Ages: Rising 4th-6th graders
Dates: Aug. 13-17
Time: 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Instructor: Grace Aguilera
Cost: $125 Buy

Make and Play Percussion
Students will be introduced to percussion instruments and drumming styles from around the world, while learning how to make their own instruments and play them individually and together. Half the class time will be spent doing drumming exercises and learning how to play in an improvisational style. The other half will involve learning how to make a variety of percussion instruments, which they can play and take with them in a neat package when the week is over. They can then use the techniques learned to make their own instruments at home.
Ages: Rising 4th-8th graders
Dates: July 23-27
Time: 9:30 a.m.-12 noon
Instructor: Mike Twery
Cost: $175 Buy

One-Room Schoolhouse
The nostalgic one-room schoolhouse, which offered students a unique and specialized education, has disappeared from our fast-paced culture. James River has successfully brought back the concept of the one-room schoolhouse to ease the transition into the new school year. We offer specialized instruction in math, grammar, and the Spanish and French languages, and this year, we will also focus on science skills and concepts. This program furnishes students with a jump-start by providing them with individualized lessons and differentiated instruction in the school’s core curriculum areas, plus organizational assistance for students who need that help.
Ages: Rising 1st-8th graders (JRDS students only)
Dates: Aug. 20-23
Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Instructors: Anne Taylor, Anne Royer, Ali Cox, Pam Reams, Gessi Wright, Grace Aguilera, Heather Guard, Betsy Layne, and other faculty.
Cost: $165 Buy