Our vision is to create unparalleled outdoor and recreation experiences right here at home Our mission is dedicated to providing a unique system of parks, trails, and recreational experiences, while being superior stewards of the environment.
Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Summer Recreation Camp
The Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring the Summer Recreation Camp at eight locations. This program is for children ages six to thirteen. The program consists of organized recreational activities, sports, games, contests, arts & crafts, and special events. This program is run in coordination with summer school. • Child must turn six by November 30, 2023. (No Exceptions, this is a daycare license requirement) • This program is open to all children in the age group. • You do not have to attend summer school to attend the Summer Recreation Camp. • Maximum of 100 participants for each location. • All locations will be CLOSED on Tuesday, July 4.
The Albemarle/Charlottesville 4-H Program offers many exciting activities for kids! Join a local club and work on hands-on projects; join us for one of our camping experiences; participate in a workshop or contest; enjoy programs offered through our local schools; or contact us with suggestions of other ways we might bring 4-H to your neighborhood! More specifically, youth can be involved in Albemarle 4-H in four ways:
Botanical Garden of the Piedmont
The mission of the Botanical Garden of the Piedmont is to welcome all community members and visitors to engage in nature, to inspire learning through the beauty and importance of plants, to advance sustainability, and to promote human and environmental well-being.
Camp Holiday Trails
Our Mission: Camp Holiday Trails creates a community that empowers children and teens with medical needs to thrive. Camp Holiday Trails (CHT) is a year-round nonprofit camp in a natural setting at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Central VA. CHT incorporated as a nonprofit in 1973 and since that time has provided over 10,000 kids with medical needs the opportunity to experience a positive camp experience. Our Campers, age 7-17, are welcomed from throughout the United States with the majority coming from the Mid-Atlantic region.
Charlottesville Community Bikes
Charlottesville Community Bikes is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) bicycle shop that promotes environmentally-sound transportation, recycles bicycles, and makes cycling accessible in Charlottesville, VA. We believe bicycles can be a means to social change, addressing issues of equity, access, and inclusion.
Central VA's largest arcade with over 120 games! $12 /person age 4+ Fri 5-10, Sat 1:30-10, Sun 1:30-6
FREE Planet Fitness Teen Summer Gym Membership
Now through August 31st, teens between the ages of 14-19 can work out for free all summer long! Plus, we’re giving away $200,000 to high schools and students! Teens who register can help win a grant for their school and participate in a video contest for a chance to win a scholarship. Don’t wait, register today.
Fry Spring's Beach Club - Scholarships Available
Established in 1921, FSBC uniquely blends modern day life and yesteryear charm. It offers members and their guests a summertime resort in the heart of Charlottesville. Come join the Club and swim, grill, play and lounge with us! FSBC extends full membership scholarships to up to 10% of its families each year. Scholarship families receive full access to the club and may opt to participate in swim lessons and/or swim team as well. Older children may seek employment at the club, a popular avenue for many teens at FSBC. Many children in the area from families with low-income have not had access to pools or swim lessons and feel uncomfortable around the water. FSBC can provide swim lessons for new swimmers in these families or connect them with the Ben Hair Just Swim for Life program, a local non-profit operating out of FSBC. The program’s goal is to “waterproof” participants so that they are first safe around water. Upon learning how to swim, many children are eager to continue swimming and go on to join the FSBC Swim Team. FSBC is seeking to expand its scholarship program through work with community partners and local schools. We encourage under-represented families to apply directly and members to nominate families for scholarships as well.
H.E.R. Sports seeks to address disparities that will overcome obstacles and break down barriers that will forge new pathways for greater engagement in girl sports. Our programs are inclusive to addressing holistic needs of girls at various stages of their personal and athletic development.
Mission: To provide families with a safe, clean, wholesome entertainment venue where they can have an enjoyable experience for a reasonable cost in their own community.
The First Tee of the Virginia Blue Ridge
Our mission is to provide transformational and educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
The mission of the Charlottesville Baseball Group is to promote the game of baseball in Central Virginia by providing a high quality collegiate summer team, a memorable fan experience, and opportunities for players and interns to grow in the game and in character. Every Summer we invite 40+ elite collegiate baseball players to Charlottesville for 2.5 months, 42-game season with the Valley Baseball League. We hire 20+ high school and college interns who help us put on a professional and engaging baseball experience for more than 5,000 fans throughout the summer. We selected the name “Tom Sox” as part of our founding in 2015. We held a public contest and solicited suggestions from our surrounding community. We settled on "Tom Sox" over three other excellent finalists as a blending of Charlottesville’s love for baseball and being the ancestral home of President Thomas Jefferson. We have won three Valley League Championships in our eight-year history - 2017, 2019, and 2022.
Triple C Camp
Triple C Camp is about adventure, friendship, fun, discovery, and challenge. It is a safe place where independence is fostered and trying new things is encouraged. We believe in the “Challenge by Choice” philosophy. Our staff are trained to encourage all campers to participate in all programs offered. However, some campers do not feel comfortable in all settings – at Triple C they have the option to participate, observe their group, or make special arrangements with the Director’s consent. The activities are designed with the campers in mind so that all can have a safe, fun summer. MISSION: Triple C Camp exists to provide children a safe, fun, experience in a traditional camp environment. Everyone at Triple C learns about themselves as well as working with others, all while creating positive lifelong memories.
Virginia Basketball Association (VABA)
The Virginia Basketball Academy is a comprehensive, year-round basketball training program comprised of a variety of learning opportunities for boys and girls of all ages. Our unique program consists of camps, mini-camps, clinics, coaches clinics, weekly skills academies, winter leagues, travel/AAU teams and private and group instruction. Each program is detailed and disciplined in its planning and approach. The VABA basketball teaching curriculum is aimed at helping each participant develop a love for the game of basketball, work toward real improvement on the court and beyond, and carry out the VABA mission of building character and shaping lives through the game of basketball. VABA is a organization based on Christian values and principles. However, there is no aim to proselytize - those of all philosophies/religions are embraced. The basis of our mission comes from a desire to follow a calling to joyfully and humbly serve members of our community and demonstrating proper leadership in character for our youth and their families.
Virginia Discovery Museum
The Virginia Discovery Museum is a small, nonprofit children's museum for families with infants to kids age 8. VDM seeks to foster intellectual curiosity and development for all children in our community through hands-on educational, exploratory, and imaginative play across 6,000 square feet of exhibit space.
Vizion Sports Association
Vizion Sports Association was founded on the principles of providing all youth the opportunity to play their chosen sport while showcasing their talents. The platform that we provide allows your athlete(s) to be exposed to high-level competition and professional personnel, in hopes of securing an opportunity to play at the collegiate level!
Wartime Fitness Warriors
Wartime Fitness Warriors is a gym that operates as nonprofit 501c3 organization with a mission is to inspire youth to gain mental, physical and health benefits by creatively integrating boxing which promotes self-confidence while acting as a safe haven and outlet within the community.
Wildrock’s mission is to promote nature play for health and happiness. Given that nature play is less a part of daily life today than in any previous generation, it is necessary to create enticing opportunities for people to reconnect with the natural world.