Cruzin' Through Summer
"Now arriving at your final destination..."It's hard to believe another summer of camps have come and gone. Campers and staff set sail aboard the "USSCEJVANV" (USS Camp Explore, Junior Ventures and New Ventures) for a non-stop, activity filled summer.
As Camp Explore traveled, they spent their summer learning cool new things in various classes while enjoying fun theme weeks. Campers enjoyed field trips to the Virginia Aquarium, the Tides baseball game and a day at the Little Island Park beach. Family and friends had a blast from the past at the 50's Sock Hop carnival, with a guest appearance by Elvis himself! It was a bitter-sweet ending to an amazing summer as family and friends enjoyed the many talents displayed at the end of summer Talent Show.
Traveling alongside New Ventures this summer was Junior Ventures, a brand new camp offered for ages 13-16. The Junior Ventures and New Ventures crews kept busy with fun activities, volunteering at various sites and taking outings in the community. For a week, Junior Ventures had the opportunity to spend their mornings with Virginia Beach Extension Master Gardeners, participating in their Junior Master Gardeners program at Woodstock Park. They learned about different types of plants, herbs, insects and reptiles, and had the opportunity to tour the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center. Not only did Junior Ventures get to volunteer at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens twice a week, but they were also involved in learning and volunteering with the Junior Lifeguards alongside Scott Corillo from the Parks and Recreation Aquatics Unit.
The New Ventures crew gained hands on experience at Food Lion assisting with their daily job tasks. Campers also experienced the popular "Drums Alive" fitness program. Fitness Instructor, Linda, led the group in a drum circle, teaching them the different techniques of the high-energy class. Both groups also had the opportunity to go kayaking on Lake Smith with the Outdoor Programming Unit.
This summer was nothing short of spectacular for everyone involved! We are sad to see summer end, but excited to see what fall will bring for Therapeutic Recreation Programs. Thanks to EVERYONE who helped make this summer extra special!