Vivid Earth Youth Programs focus on educating our campers in order to build confidence and inspire lifetime pursuits. These are not merely guided trips, but learning experiences filled with fun, games, friends, new experiences, healthy risks, courageous decisions, goal setting, and so much more! With help from our amazing staff, campers will learn to navigate and read maps, tie knots, properly paddle a canoe, and correctly belay a climber, among other skills. We will build a community in the week we’re together and form incredible bonds and friendships. All Youth Programs are available for children aged 11-15.
July 8th-12th- Adventure Abounds- $390
July 15th-19th- Paddle the Valley- $390
July 22nd-26th- Adventure Abounds- $390
Registration is live! See below.
Campers will get to experience a variety of sports and see a wealth of beauty and nature in and near the Shenandoah Valley.
Trips include Rock Climbing, hiking, rappelling, caving, swimming, and canoeing. No experience is necessary as participants will learn skills needed for all these adventures in addition to working together and growing as a team and community.
Participants should be in reasonable physical condition with the ability to carry a day pack, hike up to 6 miles in a day, crawl, climb, balance in a boat, twist, turn, and have fun.
Campers will learn the basics of canoeing on a lake and progress up to moving water and rapids as they paddle 5 different waterways in and around the Shenandoah Valley.
Vivid Earth staff will teach skills with a hands-on approach in beautiful locations with fun games and activities while youth build amazing bonds with their fellow paddlers. Each day focuses on a new skill in a new location. Youth will canoe in 5 different places, swim, play games, and create memories to last a lifetime.
Participants should be comfortable in and around water and have basic swimming skills. They should be in reasonable physical condition with the ability and coordination to balance in a boat and have fun.
Vivid Earth Youth Programs are tech-free. These are days meant to be outdoors, away from a screen so each person can focus on face-to-face interactions and enjoy the bounty and adventure provided in the outdoors. Even while driving, our staff will help cultivate conversations and fun through games, questions, and music. Vivid Earth will contact guardians with any needed updates, and a representative from Vivid Earth will be available by phone if needed. Campers are encouraged to bring non-phone cameras if they wish to document their trips, and remember what Aldo Leopold wrote, “Shining adventure remains forever bright only in the mind.”
What if it’s raining? We’ll find shelter, play games, build skills, set up tarps, or maybe even continue with the activity in spite of the rain.
Day Camp programs will meet daily in Staunton, VA for pickup (8 am) and dropoff (5 pm.) Vivid Earth provides all equipment necessary. Campers should bring a packed lunch each day. Vivid Earth will provide snacks during the day. You will receive a packing list and forms upon registration. If you have any questions, please reach out to us.