Summer Camps- So much to do! So much fun!

Each Summer the department of Community Recreation offers a variety of summer camp programs from Sports Camps, Sailing programs, science and hands on fun, to include cooking and more. Each Spring our annual camp guide is released to include all of the summer fun in Poquoson.

Camp Discovery programs.

Camps featuring special activities for ages 4 and 5.      Participants must be at least age 4 or 5 as of June 1, 2019. Program runs daily from 9:30am-12:30pm. Campers should bring lunch & snack. Activities will include lots of hands on crafts, make and take activities, and imagination games and stories. Each camp is limited to 12 participants per week.  Registration will be accepted first come first serve with registration paperwork and paid fees. Camp location is Odd Road Community Center unless other wise noted due to the schedule for the daily activities and their respective locations. All Camp Discovery programs run Monday thru Friday.  Camp Discovery Director: JoAnn Rogers

Camp Discovery:  Pirates and Princesses- An Enchanting Adventure

June 17-21 Experience the journey as you pretend to be a pirate or a princess this week. Hunt for treasure and make a floating treasure ship as part of STEM activities. Crafts to include pirate flags, princess wands and more throughout the week. Fee: $125 residents/$135 Non-residents.Program: #412

Camp Discovery: Splish and Splash into Summer Mermaids and Sea Monsters

July 15-19Swim with the sea creatures this week  as you enjoy learning about life under the sea. Learn about sharks, and enjoy shark art. Learn about life as a mermaid, & make a one of a kind sea glass necklace. Enjoy water games & fun as we visit the Poquoson Pool to swim like fish and mermaids on Friday. Parents are invited for swimming during our mermaid & merman pool party!Fee: $125 residents/$135 non-residents.Program: #413

Land of the Dinosaurs! Let’s Roar!         July 29-August 1      Explore the land of the       dinosaurs as you build a terrarium, a volcano, and dig for fossils during this fun week of activities. Learn about these historical & oversized creatures. Enjoy a dino snack, play special dinosaur games and more. You’ll love the week and Roar with fun!Fee: $125 residents/$135 non-residents.Program: #414

Basketball Camp I

Instructor: Todd BowdenGrades: K-4 (must be 5 by start of camp)   July 8-12, Monday-Friday Time: 9am-11am   1 week session   Location: Poquoson Middle School Gym Camp will focus on basic basketball skills & drills for play   fundamentals. Camp includes fun games and shooting techniques. Space is limited for each session. Pre-registration required. Fee: $75 residents/$85 non-residents   Program: #422Deadline:  July 5

Basketball Camp II

Instructor: Todd Bowden Rising Grades: 5-12    Monday-Friday, July 22-26Time: 9am-12pm;  1 week session   Location: Poquoson Middle School Gym.Camp will focus on basic basketball skills, drills for play & fundamental instruction. Space is limited for each session.  Fee: $95 residents /$105  non-residents  Program: #423Deadline:  July 17

Football Camp

Instructor: Elliott Duty &  PHS Football Staff     Ages: 6-18     Monday-Thursday, July 15-18   Friday will serve as weather make-up day if needed.Time:  5:30pm-7:30pm each evening  Location: Turf Field, Poquoson Middle School.  Learn fundamentals of the game and conditioning drills that aim to increase speed, coordination and basic technique. All participants must pre-register. No registration or money taken at the field. Fee: $65 residents/ $75 non-residents Program:  #426 Registration after July 12 is additional $15.00.

Youth Field Hockey Camp

In cooperation with Peninsula Field Hockey Officials Association & Area Coaches    Camp Director: Judi Ragan     Ages: 5-18 Boys and Girls   Date: Monday–Thursday   June 17-20 Time: 8am-10am    Location: Turf Field, Poquoson Middle School.  Increase your field hockey skills & knowledge with instruction from some of the area’s leading coaches. Players must come to camp with stick, shin guards, mouth guard and goggles. Camp t-shirt & daily snack included.Fee: $85 for residents/$95 non-residents     Deadline: June 11Program# 427

Volleyball Camp

Camp Director: Tim HatokAges: 9 and upBoys & GirlsDate: Monday–ThursdayJune 24-27Time: 8am-11amLocation: Poquoson Middle School Gym Camp will focus on all aspects of the game with emphasis on fundamental skill development from the beginner to the more experienced player.Players will be grouped according to experience and ability. The camp will focus on techniques in passing, setting, & serving,Fee: $95 for residents/$105 non-residentsDeadline: June 19Program# 410

Soccer Camp

Instructor: Heather Deaver   Ages 4-8(must be 4 by start of camp)Tuesday-Friday   June 18-21  8:30-10:30amSaturday 6/22 will serve as a weather make-up day only if needed.Location: South Lawson Park Camp will focus on basic soccer skills using drills for play and fundamental instruction. Camp will emphasize skill development with both feet and proper techniques.Fee: $80 residents/$90 non-residents   Program: #420Deadline:  June 11

Cheer Camp

Instructor: Jessica Ratcliff &Brittany Baker   Ages 5-13Time: 9am-12pmJuly 29-August 1 Mon.-Thurs.Location: PHS Forum  Get in the spirit to cheer this summer & learn new cheers, chants, a dance routine & proper techniques for cheering skills. Plan to bring water & snack daily. Participants should tie hair back. No jewelry. Wear comfortable athletic shoes and clothing.Fee:  $75 residents/ $85 non-residents  Deadline: July 22  Program: #400

Mini Volleyball Camp

Instructor: Colleen Casey     Grades: 4-8     Tuesday-Thursday, July 23-25    5:30pm-7:00pm    Location: Poq. Elementary Gym. Focus on volleyball fundamentals from serving to passing for game play. Camp includes interactive skills & games to put into your volleyball play. Great camp to attend if considering play at the next level.Fee: $65 residents/$75non-residents                       Program: #401                            Deadline: July 17

Tennis Camp

Instructor: Anthony Coccimiglio   Ages: 7-14Monday-ThursdayJuly 15-18 Friday will serve as a weather make-up day only if needed.Times: 8am-10am    Location: PHS Tennis Courts Learn the game essentials including serve basics, developing hand and arm strength, & precision hitting  scoring tactics.  Camp will divide children for skill instruction based on ability and age. Fee: $83 residents/$93 non-residents     Program: #403 Deadline:  July 8

Sports Galore & More - Kid’s Camp All sorts of sports–To Bust Your Summer Boredom

Instructor: Sybil Smith & Darcey Chiappazzi Ages: 6-11 August 2-5  Monday-Friday8:30am-11am (pending field trip adjustments)Location: Poquoson Elementary GymSports Galore is the place for you! Warm-ups each morning, exciting obstacle courses, special guest speakers, kickball, and swimming will all be part of this one of a kind camp week!  Thursday will feature a field trip to go bowling.Friday will be held at the Poquoson Pool. Enjoy new activities, new friends & lots of exercise! Bring snack, water & sun block each day. Fee: $95 residents/$105 non-residents                   Program: #430 Deadline:  July 24

Love to Paint Art Camp 

July 1, 2, 3 Monday-Wednesday  Ages: 7-13Time: 9-12pm Odd Road Community Center    Instructor: Holly Horton  Learn styles of painting from realism to abstract. Using these paint techniques design one of a kind take home projects!Deadline: June 25Fee: $70 residents/$80 non-residents Program: #402

Junior Master Chef Camp

Instructors: Jon Chesney & Lenora Garland August 12-15 Monday-Thursday Ages: 8-13 Time: 9am-12:30pmLocation: Odd Road Community Center   Do you enjoy preparing food for others? Learn food preparation techniques & kitchen safety practices as you prepare a variety of food.Topics will include the science of sandwiches, healthy and splendid salads, and using meat for dinners. Learn from the best, as Chef Lenora & Chef John bring your skills to a new level in the kitchen. Each camper will receive an apron, & campers will eat together the food prepared in the camp as part of lunch prior to the close of camp each day. Campers should wear close toed shoes, and tie hair back for camp each day. Both new campers and returners welcome.Fee: $130 residents/$140 non-residents. Deadline August 6 or until Spaces are full. Limited to 17 campers.  Program: #408

Cupcake Wars

Instructor: Maryann Boho     July 8, 9,11,12 (No camp Wednesday July 10)Ages 7-13    Time:  2-5pm  Location:Municipal Building   Prepare for war…cupcake style! Each day we’ll be creating, baking, & decorating gorgeous cupcakes to enjoy and share. We’ll be teaching baking technique as well as how to work with pastry bags and different tips, and fondant too!Participants should plan to bring an apron and small container with lid to carry home products. Bring a hand   towel and a small snack & water bottle to each class.Fee: $125 residents$135 non-residents    Deadline July 3Program: #406


August 19-23  Times based on age group.Time: 9am-12pm Ages 5-8    Time: 1pm-4pm Ages 9-13  Instructor: Holly Horton    Location: Odd Rd. Community Center  Through the processes of experimenting and working with clay, fabric, wood, metal, and paper, students will learn fundamental sculpting techniques, and make projects using their understanding of three-dimensional art making.Fee: $116 residents/$126 non-residents   Deadline: August 12Program: #404   5-8 ages    Program: #405  9-13 ages

Super Hero Comic Drawing Camp 

July 15-20 Monday-Friday  Ages 8 and Up2:00-4:30pm Location: Municipal Building  Instructor: Holly Horton  Let your imagination take the lead! Campers will create comics and learn to develop their own super heroes. Experiment with drawing classic characters from comics & animated heroes of film & TV.  Learn how to draw expressions, action, and  moods, while putting together a cartoon strip. Small materials list provided at the time of registration includes pencils, sharpener, & drawing pad. Fee: $80 residents/$90 non-residents.Deadline July 9Program: #425

Cake Decorating Camp 101

Instructor: Maryann Boho Wilton Trained Instructor June 17, 18, 20, 21;no camp 6/19, Wednesday Ages 7-13Location: Municipal Building Time: 2-5pmThis camp is designed to be an intensive hands on session to teach students the basic skills needed to decorate cakes and pastries.  Learn to properly ice a cake, decorate using buttercream icing and other fun skills. Students will get to take home their work and enjoy it. Please inform us of any food allergies at the time of registration.All supplies provided.Fee: $125 residents/ $135 non-residents Deadline: June 10Program: #407

Advanced Builders STEAM Lego Camp

Instructor: Chymaine Brown     August 5-9 Monday-Friday  Ages 9-13  Time: 1-4pmLocation: Community Center   Come discover the endless possibilities with LEGO® parts! STEM-U-Late your mind. Activate your engineering skills to explore and engage in the most wild and craziest builds you could ever imagine! Projects include LEGO® secret coding, mini figure search and build, and the build a car challenge Fee:  $140 residents/$150 non-residents  Deadline: July 29Program: 411

Engineering Camp

Instructor: John Hammons   July 22-25    Grades: 2-8 Monday-Thursday Time: 1-4pmLocation: Odd Road        Community Center  Learn the basics of engineering principles to solve any problem. Learn how to apply the design process to build, to implement and test your own solutions. Students using the engineering process will work with tower building, bridge building, & air powered car construction. Lots of  hands-on learning fun. Fee: $155 residents/$165 non-residents   Program: #429   Deadline: July 12

Robotics Camp 

Instructor: John Hammons July 22-25Grades: Rising grades 2-8Camps Run Monday-Thursday  Time: 9am-12pmLocation: Odd Road Community Center   Campers will be introduced to the basics of robotics, and will build a robot from a kit. Robots will compete in contests just like  battle bots. Lots of construction and problem solving using your robot will all be part of the experience. John Hammons is an area technology education teacher.Fee: $155 residents/ $165 non-residents   Minimum 10; Max of 20 Deadline: July 12Program: #428

Camp Cookies & Brownies

  Instructor: Maryann Boho  August 12, 13, 15 & 16,no class 8/14   Ages 7-13     Time: 2-5pm    Location: Municipal Building   Campers make a variety of cookies & brownies.Learn how to make buttercream icing & a poured cookie icing, color the icing  while baking cookies and brownies. Included in the instruction is recipe reading and measuring for cooking. Take home lots of products from your daily time in our cookie bakery.Please note any food allergies with registration. Long hair must be up and please bring an apron/or hand towel, water bottle and a snack to camp each day. Bring 2 large airtight containers or 2 large cookie sheets. Fee: $125 residents/ $135non-residents   Deadline: August 1Program: #421

It’s More Awesome Lego

Camp Instructor: Chymaine Brown with Brickin It Creations  August 5-9  Ages 5-8 Time: 9:00-11:45amLocation: Community Center Come ready to brick it up with hundreds of LEGO® parts. Explore, imagine and create where everything is awesome! Build and design  catapults, boats, and a car city maze as you collaborate on each of the building challenges.Fee: $140 residents/$150 non-residents  Deadline: July 29 Program: #409

Pop-Up Lego Mini Camp

July 1, 2, 3, Mon-Wed. Ages 5-13    Time: 1-4pm Odd Road  Community Center. Using Legos build, design and celebrate the 4th at this mini camp centered on science challenges and problem solving.Deadline: June 25Fee: $60 residents/$70 non-residents Program:  #424


Dates                       Times          Cost:   (Resident/non-Resident)    Program#                      

June 17-20               9:00am-2:00pm       $225/$235            #200

June 24-27             9:00am-2:00pm         $225/$235            #201   

July 8-11        9:00am-2:00pm                $225/$235             #203 

July 15-18        9:00am-2:00pm        $225/$235                  #204   

July 22-25         9:00am-2:00pm    $225/$235                     #205

During sailing camps all levels of experience are welcome. No prior sailing experience is required. As part of the week’s instruction participants will gain knowledge of boat rigging, basic sailing, water safety & points of sail. Campers may and are recommended to attend camp more than once, as many skills are practiced & reinforced to grasp the fundamentals with boat and water time.Are you an experienced camper? If you are an experienced sailor, we will ask you to tell us about your experience on your health & waiver form. Our  instructors will modify instruction as needed based on this information. Instruction for experienced sailors will include more advanced boat handling maneuvers and as necessary more advanced equipment.  Campers will gain experience on both sunfish as well as other equipment as experience merits. All campers will take a swim test at the start of each camp. Program is led by US Sailing Level 1 instructor, Natalie Ross. Camps will not exceed 10 campers per week to maintain safe ratio for supervision. Swim Test is required to participate, and will be administered on the first day of camp to ensure campers are proficient swimmers and can be safe in the event of a capsize.  Participant spaces fill quickly. To reserve a spot a non-refundable deposit of $75 is due at the time of registration. Camp remaining balance is due 15 days prior to the start of camp.