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UREC Adventure Camps

Is your child ready for something new this summer? Give them the chance to try new things, spend a lot of time outdoors, make new friends, and work on overcoming challenges!

UREC's Adventure Day Camp and High Adventure Camp are weekly children's day camps for kids age 9-14. Campers ages 9-11 may sign up for "UREC Adventure Day Camp" and campers ages 12-14 may sign up for "UREC High Adventure Camps." Camp is open to both JMU and non-JMU affiliates.

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/kayaking on the Shenandoah River, geo-caching, and a trip to Sherando Lake or Todd Lake. Sessions I/III will feature a different schedule from Sessions II/IV. Campers are welcome to sign up for one week, two weeks, three weeks, or all four weeks!

There are two High Adventure Camps offered Summer 2018.

  • In Rock Climbing camp, kids will learn climbing knots, climbing technique, safety procedures, belaying and rappelling. UREC's state of the art indoor climbing facility will be used for basic instruction on the first day and in the event of inclement weather. The remainder of the days will be spent at different climbing areas in the area primarily in the George Washington National Forest. This camp includes one overnight camping trip on Thursday night at Hone Quarry campground. No prior experience is required.
  • In Whitewater Kayaking camp, kids will learn how to read basic river features, kayaking safety, kayaking strokes, and manuvering in class I/II whitewater. UREC's indoor aquatics center will be used for basic instruction on the first day and in the event of inclement weather. The remainder of the days will be spent on local rivers like the James and Shenandoah. This camp includes one overnight camping trip on Thursday night.  Strong swimming skills and comfort in the water are required. 

Camp Counselors are trained JMU student employees. Lead Adventure Camp Counselors hold a Wilderness First Aid Certification. 

Campers will need to bring their own packed lunch. Drop off (8:30-9am) and pick up (4-4:30pm) are both at UREC!

2018 Schedule

  • June 11-15, 2018: Adventure Day Camp (Ages 9-11)
  • June 18-22, 2018: High Adventure Camp: Whitewater Kayaking (Ages 12-14)
  • June 25-29, 2018: Adventure Day Camp (Ages 9-11)
  • July 9-13, 2018: High Adventure Camp: Rock Climbing (Ages 12-14)
  • July 16-20, 2018: Adventure Day Camp (Ages 9-11)
  • July 23-27, 2018: Adventure Day Camp (Ages 9-11)

Daily Itineraries for Adventure Day Camp 

Sessions I and III Tentative Schedule
Monday: Group Games, Low Challenge Course, Climbing Wall
Tuesday: Outdoor Rock Climbing
Wednesday: Canoeing
Thursday: Geo Caching, Disc Golf
Friday: Lake Sherando

Sessions II and IV Tentantive Schedule
Monday: Group Games, Low Challenge Course, Climbing Wall
Tuesday: Swimming Hole Hike
Wednesday: Flatwater Kayaking
Thursday: Geo Caching, Disc Golf
Friday: Todd Lake

Registration Information

Adventure Day Camp: $250

High Adventure Day Camp (Rock Climbing and Whitewater Kayaking Camps): $350

Click here to register for Adventure Camp! (Ages 9-11)

Click here to register for High Adventure Camp: Whitewater Kayaking (Ages 12-14)

Click here to register for High Adventure Camp: Rock Climbing (Ages 12-14)

  • If you are a JMU faculty/staff/student, your login is your JMU E-ID and JMU password. If you are not a JMU affiliate, please create a guest account!
  • Please note that you will need to add a dependent to your account before registering your child for youth programs. If you are already logged in, click on your e-id name link on the top right of the URECregister.jmu.edu page. If you are not logged in, click here. You will be directed to the “VIEW ACCOUNT” page. Scroll to the bottom and click “ADD A DEPENDENT.” Once this is complete, you will be able to register your child.
  • Call 540-568-8734 with any questions.

Once your registration is complete, we will send you a confirmation letter. Refunds can be made up to six business days before the start of that camp week (a convenience fee for credit payment will not be refunded).

By registering your child, you are giving permission for your child to visit locations on and off-campus with Camp UREC. 

Questions? Contact the Assistant Director for Adventure & TEAM Programs.