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ODU Big Blue Summer Camp

The Big Blue Summer Camp is a 9-week day camp for boys and girls ages 6-12 and is an American Camp Association accredited camp. Here at Big Blue Summer Camp we focus on helping campers develop friendship skills, independence, teamwork, family citizenship, competence, interest in exploration, responsibility, affinity for nature and confidence in problem solving. Every week campers will participate in the following activities: swimming, rock-wall, arts & crafts, and general fun & games. Some weeks will include a field trip to some local attractions.

Mission: Through quality programs, ODU Camp Big Blue develops youth, strengthens and supports families, and creates health and wellness for all.

ODU Camp Big Blue Activities Include: Special Events, Indoor/Outdoor Games, Free Swim, Arts and Crafts, Sports (Soccer, Basketball, Floor Hockey, Badminton, Volleyball, Etc.),Rock Climbing, Kayaking and Canoeing, Field Trips, Weekly Themes

ODU Camp Big Blue Hours of Operation and Location: ODU Camp Big Blue runs Monday through Friday from 7:30am-5:30pm for extended day and 9:00am-4:00pm for normal day. Camp will be CLOSED July 4th in celebration of Independence Day!

Camp is located in the Student Recreation Center: 4700 Powhatan Avenue Norfolk, Virginia 23529. If coming from 49th Street and Powhatan Avenue - turn left onto 48th street and we are located on the right - please us door in the handicapped parking lot to enter the Center.

ODU Camp Big Blue Staff: ODU Camp Big Blue prides itself on providing children with highly motivated and enthusiastic staff who will mentor your child. Candidates must meet strict qualifications that meet and often exceed licensing guidelines. All staff must pass a Virginia Department of Social Services Criminal Background Check participate in several training such as child abuse prevention, CPR/First Aid Training, OSHA blood borne pathogens and other staff licensing training. Staff also adheres to state licensing ratios to ensure that appropriate supervision is maintained throughout the duration of the program.

ODU Camp Big Blue Campers must remember to bring each day: Bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, lunch and a drink, morning and afternoon snacks, water bottle, closed-toed shoes and a BIG BLUE SMILE and an attitude ready to have fun. Please contact Jean Holt, ODU BIG BLUE Camp Director at jholt@odu.edu for more information.

Outdoor Adventure Camp

June 16-20 and July 7-11

The Outdoor Adventure Camp is designed to introduce and challenge campers with a variety of adventures and opportunities. With outdoor education and exploration in mind, campers can expect to climb the rock wall, paddle a canoe, try geocaching, or go on an overnight trip with the ODU outdoor adventure staff! (NOTE: The overnight camping trip is for campers ages 9-12 only).

Cost: SRC Member - $175; Non-Member - $200

Optional Overnight Camping Trip: $10;

Extended Day Fee Per Week: $30 per child

10% sibling discount for each additional child per week (must be registered for the same week)

Wacky Camp

June 30- July 4 (no camp on July 4th)

This is a week to get crazy and let yourself shine through wearing the wackiest outfits you can think of! Each day will focus on a different "wacky" theme such as "crazy hair and hat day" or "inside-out and backwards day". Games, activities and crafts will be as wacky as ever! This week is sure to be a crazy amount of fun!

Cost: SRC Member - $140; Non-Member - $160

Extended Day Fee Per Week: $20 per child

10% sibling discount for each additional child per week (must be registered for the same week)

Sports Camp

July 21-25

While participating in a variety of sport and physical activities, campers will enjoy learning about nutrition, fitness, and healthy lifestyles. Noncompetitive activities include field and team games, yoga, hiking, swimming, and other outdoor lifelong pursuits. The sports camp curriculum is based on the principles of SPARK®, a revolutionary new science of exercise and the brain. Many local and national schools systems have implemented the principles of SPARK in the Physical Education curriculum. This camp will include an optional trip to a Norfolk Tides game.

Optional Norfolk Tides Game: $15;

Cost: SRC Member - $175; Non-Member - $200

Extended Day Fee Per Week: $30 per child

10% sibling discount for each additional child per week (must be registered for the same week)

Hampton Roads Adventure Camp

August 4-8

There is so much to do in Hampton Roads! This camp will be a "Stay-cation" in which campers will explore the many wonders of Hampton Roads. This camp will include field trips to a number of local establishments to see how they work. Examples include, but are not limited to: behind-the-scene tours of the Norfolk Airport, a local grocery store, and a local donut shop.

Cost: SRC Member - $190; Non-Member - $215 *Field Trip included

Extended Day Fee Per Week: $30 per child

10% sibling discount for each additional child per week (must be registered for the same week)

Hometown Hero Camp

June 23-27

If you had a superpower, what would it be? Get ready for an adventure of heroic proportions while learning what it takes to be a Hometown Hero! Campers will get strong and mighty in the gym, create their own unique superhero name and persona, and design their own superhero emblem on a cape they can take home. In addition, campers will meet Hometown Heroes from the local police and fire departments, and will visit the Virginia Beach Police K-9 Training Center.

Cost: SRC Member - $190; Non-Member - $215 *Field Trip included

Extended Day Fee Per Week: $30 per child

10% sibling discount for each additional child per week (must be registered for the same week)

Pirate Camp

July 14-18

Your young swashbuckler will be learning the way of the sea and the land by doing interactive activities such as using a compass and map and having fun on the high seas (swimming in the ODU SRC pool). The swashbucklers will also be learning pirate songs and creating pirate treasures! Campers will create pirates names, crew t-shirts and flags for the unique experience your camper will never forget! On the final day we will be setting the swashbucklers out on a real treasure hunt around the ODU campus to practice their skills in navigation and puzzle solving!

Cost: SRC Member - $190; Non-Member - $215 *Field Trip included

Extended Day Fee Per Week: $30 per child

10% sibling discount for each additional child per week (must be registered for the same week)

Air and Space Camp

July 28-August 1

Expand your mind and explore the world above. Each day we will soar to the world above for a fun filled day of adventure and exploration. We will play many games, try new activities, and learn a lot about the Universe along the way! This week will include a field trip to the Virginia Air and Space Museum in Hampton.

Cost: SRC Member - $190; Non-Member - $215 *Field Trip included

Extended Day Fee Per Week: $30 per child

10% sibling discount for each additional child per week (must be registered for the same week)

Animal Camp

August 11-15

This is a great week for campers who love animals. In addition to learning about domestic and wild animals, campers will learn about the Rainforest and spend a day at the Norfolk Zoo and /or the Virginia Aquarium.

Cost: SRC Member - $190; Non-Member - $215 *Field Trip included

Extended Day Fee Per Week: $30 per child

10% sibling discount for each additional child per week (must be registered for the same week)


NEW!!! Recreation Team Leadership Camp

Recreation Team Leadership Camp is a week-long camp for boys and girls ages 13-15 which offers a chance to enjoy competitive play while participating in leadership training. This camp is for students who want an overall physical fitness and multi-sports camp experience. Each afternoon is divided into three periods, including fitness training and various sports and games. After counselors teach the rules and basic skills of each game, they will move out of the spotlight to allow campers to choose and organize their own games.

This process gives students a chance to take ownership of their play and make the decisions necessary for a successful game. Camp instructors will supervise all activities, but campers will be encouraged to resolve conflicts, referee their own games, and motivate each other to engage robustly in each activity. This is not a sport-specific program. Students will be grouped according to age and ability. Participants can register for more than one week.

Skills targeted: Participants in Recreational Leadership Camp will develop the skills of physical conditioning, commitment, confidence, character, responsibility, organization, leadership, sportsmanship, and manage conflict through participation in a variety of sports, games, and group activities, including rock climbing, basketball, flag football, indoor/outdoor soccer, floor hockey, and volleyball.


What to bring: Athletic attire; gym clothing, tennis shoes without black soles, and lunch/snacks.

Cost Per Week: SRC Member - $175; Non-Member - $215

Cost includes a camp T-shirt, a copy of "The Team Captain's Leadership Manual" by Jeff Janssen, First Aid/CPR Certification, and All Field Trips

Week 1 July 7 - July 11 9am -4pm - Sports Leadership Camp

Week 2 July 14-July 18 9am -4pm - Sports Leadership Camp

Week 3 July 21-July 25 9am -4pm - Sports Leadership Camp

Week 4 July 28-August 1 9am -4pm - Sports Leadership Camp

Each Camp will have a minimum of 8 campers with a maximum of 14 campers per week.

For more information, please contact Recreation Team Leadership Camp Director Brandon Adams at badams@odu.edu