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Youth Programs Newsletter | February 2012 | 
Spring Registration Is Open!


Catalog CoverNo need to wait for a printed catalog, our Spring Catalog is online and registration is available now! You can browse and register for winter and spring classes through EZreg.


This catalog also contains our summer camp listings. Registration for recreation center and specialty summer camps begins March 31. School based summer camp registration begins April 28.

Beat the Weekend Boredom!


Boy with BasketballLooking for something for the kids to do on the weekend without committing to a whole series of classes? We've got some single session classes and clinics in March that are perfect for kids who need to burn off some energy!


Tri Outside In offers kids age 9-15 the chance to climb the vertical rock wall, kayak in the pool and go on a challenging scavenger hunt through Seatack Recreation Center!
Saturday, March 3 | 2 - 4 pm | Seatack | $18 | Register!


March Madness Clinic helps kids age 6-12 improve their ball handling, shooting, rebounding and defensive basketball skills.

Saturday, March 24 | 10 am - 12 pm | Great Neck | $8 | Register! 

Youth Soccer Clinic teaches kids age 6-12 the fundamentals of soccer, including dribbling, passing and shooting.
Saturday, March 24 | 12:30 - 2 pm | Bow Creek | $7 | Register!
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Upcoming Events

2/17 | Movie in the Pool: Cars 2 | Bow Creek   


3/2 | Movie Night: Tangled | Bayside  


3/11 | Float-a-Rama | Bayside


3/16 | Movie in the Pool: Despicable Me  | Princess Anne


4/1 | Cherry Blossom Festival | Red Wing Park


4/6 | Star Party | Mount Trashmore

Teens Can Get Involved with Youth Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Project: Shaping Tomorrow's Galaxy
Saturday, March 31 | 8 am - 5 pm | Larkspur Middle School


TeensHigh School students are invited to attend the free regional Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project (YADAPP) conference. Teens will learn about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse through interactive and educational workshops at this full-day, free conference.

The conference will be held at Larkspur Middle School on Saturday, March 31 from 8 am - 5 pm, with check-in starting at 7:30 am. The conference is open to all Hampton Roads high school students, and requires a team of four with an adult sponsor. Teams should register by March 24. Get a registration form.

Teams will create a project for their community or school in an effort to win the prestigious "Moon Man" Award, given to the most creative and innovative action plan. This action plan may be taken back to their school or community for their use and implementation.

The regional YADAPP conference is sponsored by the City of Virginia Beach Mayor's Youth Leaders in Action, the Virginia Beach Youth Opportunities Team, YADAPP, and the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. For more information about the regional conference, contact Nicky Vasquez at (757) 385-0428 or

Nominate Outstanding Youth & Adults for Best All Around


Best All AroundDo you know youth who demonstrate exceptional leadership, exhibit courage in overcoming adversity, or who promote education or change around social issues? Do you know adults who contribute to the community with outstanding and inspirational work with youth? Is there a business or organization that has created a culture of support and involvement with youth?


If so, consider nominating them for one of Virginia Beach's Best All Around Awards. Completed nominations are due by April 2.  


Nominees must be in one of four categories: 


1. Youth who live in Virginia Beach and are enrolled in grades 1-12; 


2. Youth groups whose focus of activities is in Virginia Beach; 


3. Adults who volunteer or work with Virginia Beach youth (such as a coach, teacher, mentor, social

worker, probation officer, etc.); or 


4. Businesses or organizations located in or operating primarily in Virginia Beach.  


The criteria for Virginia Beach's Best All Around awards are based on the Search Institute's 40 Developmental AssetsŪ, which are positive experiences and personal qualities that help young people grow up to be healthy, principled and caring adults.

The nomination form requires a single typed page which provides examples of the nominee's work in developing the 40 Developmental AssetsŪ.


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!

Plan Now for Spring Break!  

Virginia Beach Public Schools Spring Break: April 9-13   


The kids may be on vacation, but chances are you still have to work! Sign your child up for one of our Spring Break Camps and they'll have a blast while you have peace of mind knowing they are in good hands.   


Spring Break Camps  

(Age 5-12) Your child will stay active and relieve school-related stress by participating in dynamic sports, lively games, indoor swimming, arts & crafts and exciting tournaments.
April 9 - 13
| 7 am - 6 pm | $130  

 Spring Break Skateboard Session

#102037 | Bayside

#102038 | Bow Creek

#102039 | Great Neck
#102040 | Kempsville

#102041 | Princess Anne  


Skateboard Sessions  

(Age 6 & up) Teaches kids the basics of park skateboarding, including safety, park etiquette, and riding techniques. A skateboard and helmet are required; knee and elbow pads recommended.
#105152 | Mount Trashmore | April 10 - 12 | 9 - 11 am | $64 


Spring Break Tennis Camp  

(Age 5-17) If your child is new to the game of tennis, this is the perfect opportunity to learn basic strokes, general rules and proper tennis etiquette. Students are grouped according to experience and all campers end the week with a pizza party. 

#105695 | Owl Creek Tennis Center | April 9 - 13 | 9 am - noon | $145


Registration continues as space is available. Register your child online through EZreg, or stop by any recreation center. For more information, call 385-0409 or email


Play Ball! Girls Softball Registration Begins March 3

Saturday, March 3 & Saturday, March 10  | Locations Vary  


Softball PlayerGet your daughter involved in team sports! Neighborhood Recreation Associations will hold girls softball registration on Saturday, March 3 and Saturday, March 10. Registration sites and times will be available on by mid-February. 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.
    • Most areas sponsor leagues for children under age 10 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 email
Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


The pool at Great Neck Recreation Center will be closed February 17 through March 1 for filter replacement.


The pool at Bow Creek Recreation Center will be closed March 5-15 for valve replacement.


Seatack Recreation Center will be closed March 12-18 for annual maintenance.  


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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