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Summer day camps available at UREC

UREC offers a wide variety of day camps for children ages 5-14 throughout the summer

Camp UREC 2018
Registration is now open for our fun, active, and educational summer day camps

SUMMARY: Registration is now open for our fun, active, and educational summer day camps

JMU’s expanded and renovated University Recreation Center offers a variety of summer camps to serve a wide range of ages and interests of young people. Located in the heart of campus, UREC offers multiple camp options through its summer day camp program in June and July. If you’re looking for a weekly summer camp that teaches your child healthy lifestyle habits, encourages play, helps your child build new skills, and is most of all fun, friendly, and full of new experiences, then UREC has the camp for you!

UREC offers three different summer camp programs to meet the interest and needs of children. First, UREC offers seven sessions of the traditional Camp UREC for ages 5 to 12. At Camp UREC, kids will spend their days playing in the recreation center, around campus and in the community.

“Camp UREC is a program designed to give the Harrisonburg and JMU community the opportunity to experience University Recreation’s facilities, as well as participate in activities such as swimming, climbing, doing crafts, playing games, and going on field trips,” says Sarah Wright, Coordinator of Informal Recreation and Youth Programs at UREC. “Every Friday the campers take a field trip to different locations to bowl, golf, skate and more. We also take the campers to areas around JMU’s campus such as the Arboretum, the Planetarium, University Park and the Quad.”

“My daughter loves attending Camp UREC! She loves to make new friends, swim in the UREC pool and all of the amazing field trips they go on,” says Lisa O’Fallon, parent of a 2016-17 Camp UREC participant. “She talks about it all year and cannot wait for summer to arrive so she can go again!” 

If your child wants to spend a lot of time outdoors, make new friends, and work on overcoming challenges, then perhaps the Adventure Day Camp or High Adventure Camps are a better fit. UREC offers four sessions of Adventure Day Camp designed for ages 9 to 11. Adventure Day Camp includes team-building games, low challenge course, disc golf and the UREC climbing wall. Weather permitting, Adventure Day Camp includes four off-campus trips each week such as outdoor rock climbing, a swimming hole hike, canoeing and kayaking on the Shenandoah River, geocaching, and a trip to Sherando Lake or Todd Lake.

Then, there are two High Adventure Camps designed for ages 12 to 14 that will be offered this summer: Rock Climbing and Whitewater Kayaking. Each of these camps will include one day of basic instruction in UREC followed by three day trips in the Shenandoah Valley and one overnight camping trip on Thursday night.

Guy deBrun, Assistant Director for Adventure and TEAM Programs, says “Adventure day camps are a wonderful opportunity for children to experience adventure activities including outdoor rock climbing, canoeing, geocaching and more. This is a unique opportunity for kids to begin developing skills in lifetime recreational activities.”

The great thing about Camp UREC is that it’s open to everyone — welcoming those affiliated with JMU and those who are not. Camp counselors are background-checked, trained JMU student employees who are passionate about working with children and creating a wonderful summer camp experience. The lead adventure camp counselors also hold wilderness first aid certifications.

UREC Summer Day Camp Offerings

  • 2018 Camp UREC Schedule: Purple and Gold; $150/week
    • June 11-15 (Theme: Dinosaur Week)
    • June 18-22 (Theme: Mystery Week)
    • June 25-29 (Theme: Space Exploration Week)
    • July 2-6 (Theme: Superhero Week)
    • July 9-13 (Theme: Pro Sport/Athlete Week)
    • July 16-20 (Theme: Disney Week)
    • July 23-27 (Theme: Purple & Gold Week)
  • 2018 Adventure Day Camp  Schedule (Ages 9-11); $250/week
    • June 11-15: Adventure Day Camp
    • June 25-29: Adventure Day Camp
    • July 16-20: Adventure Day Camp
    • July 23-27: Adventure Day Camp
  • 2018 High Adventure Camp Schedule (Ages 12-14); $350/week
    • June 18-22: Whitewater Kayaking Camp
    • July 9-13: Rock Climbing Camp

To register for Camp UREC, Adventure Day Camp or High Adventure Camp, please visit, click on Youth Programs, and select your camp.

To learn more about summer camps at UREC, contact the Coordinator of Informal Recreation and Youth Programs at

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Published: Monday, June 4, 2018

Last Updated: Monday, June 4, 2018

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