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Youth Programs Newsletter | January 2010 |
Spring Break Camps and Activities
Spring Break CampersSpring Break will be here before you know it!  Get the kids off the couch and into one of our recreation centers while school is out!  They'll enjoy sports, lively games, indoor swimming, arts & crafts, exciting tournaments and more all while making new friends! 
Register your child for camp online via EZreg or in person at any recreation center.
  • Camps run from 7:00 am - 6:15 pm, April 5-9
  • The cost for the entire week is $125
  • A membership card or visitor pass is required
  • Held at all six recreation centers
  • Camps are available for children ages 5-12
In addition to our camps, we are pleased to offer a variety of other exciting activities during Spring Break week:
Space is limited, so don't wait to register!  For more information, call 385-0409 or email
New Skate Pass Speeds Entry to Parks
SkateboardingDo you have children who use the Mount Trashmore Skate Park or Woodstock Skate Plaza?  Effective January 2010, skate park participants must sign-up for a free skate park pass. The pass is valid for both parks and will help to speed entry by reducing the need for visitors to complete a liability form at each visit.
On your child's next trip to one of our skate parks, simply complete the skate pass application and bring it the park staff. Participants under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian complete and sign the form. Participants 18 years and over will be required to provide a photo ID and proof of residency for verification.
Once the skate pass is issued, visitors will provide it to the park staff on each visit to receive a wristband to enter the park.  Learn more... 
Join Us for a Friday Night Family Hike
Bundle up the kids, grab your flashlight and head out to one of Virginia Beach's hidden treasures, West Neck Natural Area. Located near the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, West Neck Natural Area is bordered by West Neck Creek to the east and contains multi-use trails that meander through the wooded area. Join us as we hear the sounds of the night, check out the stars and have a warm drink on this fun family night hike. The cost is $3 per participant. Children must be 5 years or older.
Friday, February 5 | 8 - 9 pm | Register!
Friday, March 5 | 8 - 9 pm | Register! 
Nominate Outstanding Youth & Adults for Best All Around
Do you know youth who stand out for their leadership, community involvement, positive influence or who showed courage in overcoming adversity? Do you know adults who contribute to the community through their outstanding and inspirational work with youth? If so, consider nominating them for one of Virginia Beach's Best All Around Awards. Completed nominations are due by March 1, 2010.
Nominees must be in one of two categories:
Best All Around1. Youth who live in Virginia Beach and are enrolled in grades 1 - 12
2. Adults who volunteer or work with Virginia Beach youth (such as a coach, teacher, mentor, social worker, probation officer, etc.)
The criteria for Virginia Beach's Best All Around awards are based on the 40 Developmental AssetsŪ, which are positive experiences and personal qualities that help young people grow up to be healthy, principled and caring adults. A detailed description of the Assets can be found at
Nomination forms are available online at Best All Around program is sponsored by the Virginia Beach Youth Opportunities Team and Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation.
Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation believes all of our diverse citizens have a right to participate in community recreation and we are committed to creating equal access for everyone who may have a challenge or barrier. If your child requires additional support, we can help.  Learn more about our accommodation and inclusion services
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at
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Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is accredited by CAPRA,
the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association.