Summer Blast

Welcome to SUMMER BLAST!

Summer Blast is a free camp for Henrico residents. Participants must be rising 1st-5th and 6th-8th graders for the 2017-18 school year.

We are excited about another summer that will allow our participants to grow and learn through fun, recreational experiences. Your children will be encouraged to be creative, learn new skills, make new friends, and have a lot of fun! Unplug for a few weeks in an active, safe, fun, and enriching environment while venturing in the outdoors, playing sports, crafting, creating, laughing, and performing!

Summer Blast Registration begins Saturday, April 8 and is for Henrico Residents only.
Summer Camp Registration Form 2017


Parent Handbook

We’ve compiled a 2017 Parent Handbook full of camp details. Be sure to take a look! A few of the topics include Camp Rules & Policies, Helpful Tips for Parents & Participants, and Inclement Weather Policies.

Participant Information and Updates

New for 2017: A photo ID will be required when signing out campers. During the registration process, you will have the opportunity to list individuals authorized to pick up your child.

Any changes (additions or removals) of authorized persons for pick up must be made in writing (e-mail) to the registration section and provided to the Site Coordinator.

Rescue Medications

Only emergency/rescue medication(s) as authorized by a physician are allowed at any county program. If your child requires rescue medication(s) during camp hours (for example, an inhaler or epi-pen), select ‘yes’ for the medication question during registration and call Jessica Rock at 652-1443. A medication consent form must be completed and signed by the treating physician, the parent/guardian and approved by the Medications Coordinator. Medication consent forms must be returned at least ten days prior to the beginning of the program for approval. Medication consent forms are good for one year from the date of physician’s signature. For assistance with the medication process please contact Jessica Rock at 652-1443, or e-mail roc35@henrico.us.

Access and Inclusion

If your child has a disability and will need assistance or special accommodations in order to participate in camp, please call 652-1449 to discuss special accommodations and also select ‘yes’ for the special accommodations question during registration. You will be required to complete a packet which will provide us with the information needed to best serve your child. Packets must be completed and returned by May 12 to qualify for inclusion services. To provide high quality service, it may be necessary to change a participant’s placement if support, assistance, and accommodation can be best provided at an alternative site. For assistance with the inclusion process please contact Mary Stanley in the Therapeutic Recreation section at 652-1449, or e-mail at sta02@henrico.us.

Camp Dates 2017

Camp is held Monday-Thursday from 8:30am-2:30pm.
Seven one-week sessions are available for 2017.  No camp on July 4.
Please, only register for one location per session, per participant.

  • Session I: June 26-29
  • Session II: July 3-6
  • Session III: July 10-13
  • Session IV: July 17-20
  • Session V: July 24-27
  • Session VI: July 31-Aug 3
  • Session VII: Aug 7-10

SUMMER BLAST – Elementary Camps – Rising 1st-5th graders

Summer Blast Sites 2017 Map Hunton Community Center
Adams Elementary School  Kaechele Elementary School
Carver Elementary School Laburnum Elementary School
Colonial Trail Elementary School Maybeury Elementary School
Dorey Recreation Center Mehfoud Elementary School
Echo Lake Elelmentary School Ratcliffe Elementary School
Gayton Elementary School Rivers Edge Elementary School
Glen Lea Elementary School Short Pump Elementary School
Greenwood Elementary School Springfield Park Elementary School
Hidden Creek Recreation Center Varina Elementary School

SUMMER BLAST – Middle Camps – Rising 6th-8th graders


Summer Blast Camp FAQs

  • What should my child bring to camp? Campers should bring their lunch, a snack, beverage, and a refillable water bottle daily. Campers will have reading time, so campers can bring  their own book, if they’d like.
  • What should my child wear to camp? Campers should wear comfortable play clothes that can get messy and closed-toe athletic shoes (tennis shoes, sneakers, etc).
  • What will my child do at camp? Have lots of fun! The staff at each site plans the activities for the whole summer. A calendar will be posted at the site the first day of camp.
  • How does the waitlist work? Should a spot become available, you will receive a call at the phone number provided offering you the opportunity to register for that space.  You will have 24 hours to confirm and register.
  • How do I make changes to my registration? Changes to site location (transfers) and cancellation requests may be sent to recandparks@henrico.us. Transfers are limited depending on the availability of spaces at the site requested.