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Youth Programs Newsletter | February 2013 | 

Spring Class Registration Available Now!

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.


Thinking ahead to summer? This catalog also contains our summer camp listings! Registration for recreation center and specialty summer camps begins March 2. School based summer camp registration begins March 16.

A final listing of school camp sites will be posted online as soon as it becomes available.

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Plan Now for Spring Break!


Tennis CampThe 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.

Recreation Center Camps - View Recreation Center Camp Video
Grades K-5 | Your child will stay active and relieve school-related stress by participating in dynamic sports, lively games, indoor swimming, arts & crafts and exciting tournaments. Camps available at Bayside, Great Neck, Kempsville or Princess Anne Recreation Centers.
April 1 - 5 | 7 am - 6 pm | $130 | Register! 
Spring Break Tennis Camp - View Tennis Camp Video
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.
April 1-5 | 9 am - noon | Owl Creek Tennis Center | $140 | Register!

3rd Grade Safety Camp - View Safety Camp Video
Grade 3 | Youth will learn to identify dangerous situations and to recognize proper safety precautions so they'll know what to do when faced with potential danger. Submit completed registration form to any Virginia Beach Recreation Center by March 15.
April 1-5 | 9 am - 4 pm | Great Neck Recreation Center & Great Neck Park | $89
Skateboard Sessions - View Skateboard Camp Video
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.
April 2 - 4 | 9 - 11 am | Mount Trashmore Park | $64 | Register!

Registration continues as space is available. Register your child online using the links above, or stop by any recreation center. For more information, call (757) 385-0409 or email

Play Ball! Get Ready for Girls Softball Registration


Girls SoftballGet your daughter involved in team sports! Neighborhood Recreation Associations will hold girls softball registration on Saturdays, February 16 & 23. Registration sites and times are available here. 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 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 (757) 385-0458, or email
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 March 22.  


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, 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 Office and Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation. Help us recognize youth and adults who are making a difference in our community!

No School Feb 18;  Day Camps Available!


Game RoomVirginia Beach schools will be closed for a President's Day on February 18. If you have to be at work, have your child spend the day at one of our recreation centers where they're sure to have a blast!

Our camps run from 7 am to 6 pm and the day is filled with fun activities like sports, games and arts & crafts. If your child is currently enrolled in one of our before or after school programs, the cost is $25 for the day. For those not currently enrolled in a program, the cost is $35.

Register your child online, or stop by any recreation center. Camps are available at Bayside, Great Neck, Kempsville and Princess Anne. For more information, call (757) 385-0409 or email

Need a Child Care Spending Report?

Did your child participate in any of our Out-of-School Time Programs in 2012? If you need a Child Care Spending Report for tax purposes, please complete this online request form and we'll get one mailed to you. Allow 7-10 business days for processing and delivery of your report.

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


Bow Creek Recreation Center is closed for a long-term modernization project. Expected re-opening is September 2014.  


Seatack Recreation Center will be closed Monday, March 11 through Saturday, March 17 for annual maintenance.


Don't forget that your membership is good at all 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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