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Youth Programs Newsletter | February 2011 | 
Nominate Outstanding Youth & Adults for Best All Around


Best All AroundDo 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.
Nominees must be in one of two categories:


1. 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.

Nomination forms are available online at The Best All Around program is sponsored by the Virginia Beach Youth Opportunities Team and Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation. Help us recognize youth and adults who are making a difference in our community!

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2/11 | Movie Night: How to Train Your Dragon | Bayside


2/12 | Family Nite Hike | West Neck Creek


2/18 | Movie Night: Ramona and Beezus | Bayside


2/25 | Movie Night: Toy Story 3 | Bayside


2/25 | Movie Night in the Pool: Despicable Me | Seatack  

Middle & High School Kids Invited to Youth Forum 


Youth ForumWe know that youth have an important role to play in shaping the vision for their community and their future. The City of Virginia Beach Mayor's Youth Leaders in Action and the Youth Opportunities Team are providing an opportunity for kids to express their ideas at a forum called Youth Out Loud - Tomorrow is Now! on Saturday, March 26 at Larkspur Middle School from 8 am to 3 pm. Their work at the forum begins the process that will ultimately result in the Virginia Beach Youth Platform, developed by youth for use by the community.

During this free event, Virginia Beach youth will work in small groups to discuss the issues that they've determined are important to them and formulate solutions that will create the future they envision. After a break for lunch, the students will share their opinions with community, school and city leaders.


The forum is limited to 200 Virginia Beach middle and high school students. Completed registration forms must be received by March 19. Lunch will be provided. For more information, contact the Youth Opportunities Office at 385-0464, or email

Girls Softball Registration Is Just Around the Corner  


Softball PlayerGet your daughter involved in team sports! Neighborhood Recreation Associations will hold girls softball registration on Saturday, March 5 and Saturday, March 12. Registration sites and times will be available on by February 14.
Please note the following:

  • Recreation Associations charge a registration fee.
  • Online registration is encouraged where available.
  • Proof of age is required.
    • Leagues sponsored by Parks and Recreation are open to ages 10-18 (age as of May 1, 2011).
    • Most areas sponsor leagues for children under age 10 and some offer boys baseball as well.
  • Players must be a Virginia Beach resident and attend school (K-12) to be eligible.
  • High school varsity and junior varsity softball players are not eligible.

For more details, call City-Wide Athletics at 385-0458, or e-mail

Youth Aquatic Leagues Focus on Skill and Fun! 


Water PoloGive your swimmer the chance to try something new! This spring, we're offering two different leagues that emphasize learning in a low-key, competitive environment. These are ideal for youth who are new to the sports, or for those looking to improve their skills.


The Diving League is for kids age 7-15. Teams practice at Bayside and Great Neck on Monday and Wednesday evenings, February 28 through May 7, or at Princess Anne on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, March 1 through May 7. Meets are held Friday evenings with the championship meet scheduled for Saturday, May 7. The Diving League costs $85. Register! 


Geared for swimmers age 10-17 who are interested in more of a physical challenge, the Water Polo League will teach swimmers nuances of the sport. Practices are held at Princess Anne on Monday and Wednesday evenings, March 21 through May 20, or at Bayside on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, March 22 through May 20. Scrimmages are conducted during practice times, with matches scheduled for April 8 and May 20. The Water Polo League is $100. Register! 


For more information about these leagues, please contact an aquatic unit supervisor at any Virginia Beach Recreation Center or email

Spring Break Camp Registration Continues

Virginia Beach Public Schools Spring Break: April 18-22 


Don't forget to make plans for your child during spring break. Registration continues as space is available in each camp. Camps run April 18-22 unless otherwise noted.


Kinderbuddies Camps (Grade K) | 7 am - 6 pm | Kempsville & Princess Anne | $135 | Register!


Youth Camps (Grades 1 - 6) | 7 am - 6 pm | All Recreation Centers | $125 | Register! 


Teen Camps (Grades 7 - 9) | 7 am - 6 pm | Bayside & Princess Anne | $135 | Register!


Extreme Outdoors Camp (Grades 5 - 8) | 9 am - 5 pm | Seatack | $150 | Register! 


Skateboard Sessions (Grades 1 - 6) | 9 - 11 am | April 19-21 | Mount Trashmore | $64 | Register! Soccer Player


Soccer Camp (Grades 1 - 8) | Register at
9 am - 12 noon | Princess Anne Athletic Complex | $155

9 am - 4 pm | Princess Anne Athletic Complex | $230 


Tennis Camp (Ages 5-17) | 9 am - 12 pm | Owl Creek | $145 | Register! 


Register your child online, or stop by any recreation center. For more information, call 385-0409 or email
Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


Bow Creek Recreation Center will be closed February 28 through March 6 for maintenance.


Seatack Recreation Center will be closed March 14-20 for maintenance.


The pool at Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed through Spring 2011 for renovations.


Don't forget that your membership is good at all six Virginia Beach Recreation Centers! If your usual center is closed for maintenance, take the opportunity to visit another center. Use this locator to help you find one!

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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