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Camp UREC is a weekly children's day camp at the James Madison University Recreation Center. Kids will have full days of fun playing in the recreation center, around campus and in the community. Camp Counselors are trained, background-checked JMU student employees. 

Enrollment is available for children ages 5 - 12 (rising kindergarteners through rising eighth graders). Kids ages 5 - 8 can sign up for Camp UREC "Purple" and kids ages 9 - 12 can sign up for Camp UREC "Gold." Camp is open to everyone, regardless of JMU affiliation. 

2024 Schedule
  • Week 1: June 10 - 14 (Animal Planet Week)
  • Week 2: June 17 – 21 (Superhero Week)
  • Week 3: June 24 - 28 (Nature Week)
  • Week of July 4th: OFF 
  • Week 4: July 8 - 12 (Space Week)
  • Week 5: July 15 - 19 (Purple & Gold Week)
  • Week 6: July 22 – 26 (Wide World of Sports Week)
  • Week 7: July 29 - August 2 (Disney Week)
Example of Daily Schedule
  • 8:30 - 9 a.m. - Drop Off and Informal Play Time in Gym 
  • 9 - 9:30 a.m. - Group Rules and Expectations 
  • 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - PURPLE Pillow Polo in MAC, GOLD Kickball on Turf 
  • 10:30 - 10:45 a.m. - Break 
  • 10:45 a.m. - Noon - PURPLE Climb, GOLD Arts and Crafts 
  • Noon - 1 p.m. - Lunch 
  • 1 - 4 p.m. - All, Local Field Trip
  • 4 - 4:30 p.m. - Pick Up
Registration Information
  • Registration will open Monday, February 19, 2024 at 8 a.m.
  • Camp UREC Cost: $225/week

How to Register

  • Go to and select "SIGN IN" at the top right corner.
    • If you are a JMU faculty/staff/student, your login is your JMU E-ID and JMU password.
    • If you are not currently affiliated with JMU, create a guest account by selecting "SIGN UP."
  • 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 username link on the top right of the page and click "Profile."
    • If you are not logged in, select "SIGN IN" at the top and log in.
    • Scroll to the bottom and click "ADD FAMILY MEMBER." Once this is complete, you will be able to register your child.
  • To register more than one child, choose "continue shopping" instead of "check out" when you get to your cart.
  • Once your registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation email.
Additional Camp Information
  • Please follow the outlined Driver Drive drop-off and pick-up route.
  • By registering your child, you are giving permission for your child to visit locations on and off-campus (in Harrisonburg) with Camp UREC. Please note that each Friday, the bus leaves promptly at 9:30 a.m. Any children arriving at Camp UREC after the bus leaves on Friday must be dropped off at the field trip location site, not left at UREC.
  • Camp Counselors are trained JMU student employees.
  • UREC follows the American Camp Association's recommendations for ratios of adults to participants.
    • One staff member for every 5 campers ages 4 and 5
    • One staff member for every 6 campers ages 6 to 8
    • One staff member for every 10 campers ages 9 to 11
    • One staff member for every 15 campers ages 12 to 17
  • Campers will need to bring their own packed lunch. Drop off (8:30 - 9 a.m.) and pick up (4 - 4:30 p.m.) are both at UREC.
  • Camp is open to both JMU and non-JMU affiliates.
Refund Policy

To cancel registration, please email with the name of child/children and the session(s) you would like to cancel. Refunds are guaranteed if registration is canceled at least six business days before the start of that camp week. Funds will be returned in 7-10 business days from when processed to the original payment card unless otherwise noted. 


Camp UREC is currently exempt from licensure with the Virginia Department of Education.
Contact Us

Questions? Email or call the Assistant Director of Intramural Sports and Youth Programs at 540-568-8739.

View photos from Camp UREC here!

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