2022 DCPS Summer Opportunities

Local Academic & Enrichment Opportunities for DCPS Students!

A Message from the Superintendent

On behalf of the School Board and Dinwiddie County Public Schools' staff, let me officially welcome you to the 2022 summer of learning!

Throughout the school year our staff and students are afforded numerous opportunities to learn in new and innovative ways, this past year has been no exception. The successes of these efforts have generated great interest in coordinating learning activities that take place during the summer months. In response to these requests, this flyer is intended to provide the Dinwiddie Community with a resource for accessing learning opportunities offered by numerous sponsors during the summer months.

I hope you will find this to be a unique resource as you schedule your summer of learning. Please be certain to check back often as new activities will be added as they are submitted by event sponsors.

Thank you for your interest in the DCPS' Summer Opportunities. I look forward to hearing about your experiences and spending another season learning alongside you.


Dr. Kari Weston


Cheer Camp Presented by Dinwiddie High School Cheerleaders

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Tennis Camp

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Girls Youth Basketball Campy

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Scholastic Home Base

The Scholastic Summer Reading Promise

We know summertime can provide tremendous opportunities for kids to accelerate reading, to experience the social-emotional impact of good literature and stories, and to make up for any lost learning time as access to instruction and reading has had to be completely rethought due to the pandemic. Research has proven that in a typical year, summer reading supports skill gains, and its absence leads to widening skill gaps. With this in mind, our Scholastic Summer Reading Promise is to help you get books in the hands of kids, support social-emotional well-being, build skills and create community among kids.

Scholastic’s work with all of our partners has changed dramatically this past year, reflecting the dedication of school leaders, teachers and families to address the needs of children in the face of great challenges. Together, we found new ways to get millions of books to children who were unable to attend schools while also supporting remote, hybrid, and in-person learning. We would like to use our proven summer reading resources combined with these learnings to ensure that your children have opportunities for reading acceleration, gain motivation and experience the confidence that reading success brings. Explore this site to learn more and you can also call us at: 1-800-SCHOLASTIC

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Flag Football - Spring

Program Description
Spring 7 on 7 flag football will be hosted by the Chesterfield Quarterback League (CQL). All CQL rules apply to Dinwiddie participants. Dinwiddie Parks and Recreation will provide team(s) in each of the age divisions. The divisions consist of 7U, 9U, 11U, and 14U. Dinwiddie participants need to register through the Parks and Recreation Department.

Ages: 5-14 year olds / Age Cut-Off: May 1
Resident Rate : $60.00 per participant / MUST BE A DINWIDDIE RESIDENT
Season: March through June

Early League Registration: January 31, 2022 -February 4, 2022 (Save $10)
Standard League Registration: February 5, 2022 - March 7, 2022

Program Information

  • Must be a Dinwiddie County Resident
  • Birth Certificates are required

Practice Information

Game Schedules

  • Games will be played on Saturdays
  • First Game will be on April 16, 2022 with the final tournament on May 21, 2022 (May 22 if necessary)
  • No games will be played Memorial Day weekend

Summer Basketball League

Program Description
This league is designed for boys and girls ages 7-17. The purpose of this coed league is for basketball players to continue to develop skills through recreation based basketball games. Instructors: Volunteer Coaches

Ages: 7-17 year olds / Age Cut-Off: August 1
Resident Rate : $35.00
Season: July

Standard League Registration: May 28th - June 28th

Program Information

Season will be July 8th - July 26th. No practices will be held.

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Girls Who Code

2022 Girls Who Code Summer Programs Application

Girls Who Code offers two FREE programs in the summer: the Summer Immersion Program and the Self-Paced Program. Applicants can apply for BOTH programs, if eligible, using this application. However, students can only participate in one Summer Program.

The Summer Immersion Program (SIP) is a live, virtual, 2-week introductory computer science course for current eligible 9th, 10th, and 11th grade US students and international students ages 14-18. SIP participants learn web development with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript while getting an inside look into the tech industry through incredible company partners. In addition to a completely free program, we offer grants up to $500 and tech support for qualifying students.

The Self-Paced Program is a 6-week flexible computer science course for current eligible 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade US students (including SIP alumni and graduating seniors) and international students ages 14-18 who prefer not to adhere to a set schedule. Self-Paced Program participants can choose to earn beginner-level badges in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for web development or an intermediate-level badge in Python for cybersecurity. Students will also have the opportunity to build community through weekly live advisory sessions and Girls Who Code activities.

Questions? Watch our Application Walkthrough Video, review our FAQs, or join us for a Webinar (US Students, International Students). Send us an email at summer@girlswhocode.com.

Let's Get Started! Please click Register to begin. If you already have an account on this platform from a previous application cycle, please click Log In.

Summer Stem Experience

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Black College Institute

The Black College Institute is an academic summer enrichment program by Virginia Tech. It hosts talented, high-achieving and academically curious rising high school juniors and seniors. For 2022, the in-person program will be held over a 5-day period and the virtual program (juniors) will be held over 4 days.

While this program is designed to attract underrepresented and/or first-generation students, we welcome the participation of any student who has a potential interest in Virginia Tech. Our program activities are planned using a multicultural perspective though we place special emphasis on the African-American identity.

Hispanic College Institute (HCI) 2022

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Science Camps at Virginia Tech

Give your student a sneak peek at college life – from residence halls to classrooms to research labs—and help them explore different science majors and careers!

Campers will:

  • Explore different kinds of science, from Physics to Psychology and everything in between!

  • Carry out hands-on activities and experiments

  • Explore science careers-- including those that are newly in demand

  • Tour state-of-the-art research labs

  • Work and talk with Virginia Tech faculty and research scientists

  • Make connections to other students interested in science

  • Live in a dorm and eat at our award-winning dining hall

  • Learn about college and how to apply

Registration is now OPEN!

Click here to apply for a scholarship!

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Explore Science Camp at Virginia Tech

July 10-12 for Rising 7th-9th Graders

This camp is designed to help curious, young teens (rising 7th – 9th graders) explore different types of sciences, including ones not normally taught in middle school and high school. Relevant, fun, hands-on activities will be taught by our nationally recognized Virginia Tech professors and staff. Topics include:

  • Neuroscience—the adaptive brain!
  • DNA form and function
  • Battle of the bacteria—a game of survival
  • Making a solar battery
  • Paleontology—the evolution of ancient life forms
  • Serious fun with physics
  • Nanoscience and Bucky balls
  • Food microbiology
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Creative coding
  • Game theory and experimental economics
  • Behavioral genetics: How our genes and our environment interact with one another

Tentative Camp Schedule

General Information

Click Here to Register!

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Explore Data Science Camp at Virginia Tech

July 17-19 for Rising 11th & 12th Graders

Our modern world captures a HUGE amount of data. Companies, schools and other organizations are clamoring for data scientists to tell them what the data means and help them make good decisions for the future. Data scientists work creatively to capture, maintain, protect, process, and analyze data. They make models to predict outcomes and solutions to global problems and communicate their findings—both visually and verbally. Data science combines technical foundations with the study of human contexts and ethics of data.

This camp is for rising 11th and 12th graders who want to explore data science before going to college! Campers will learn how to use data sets and apply their skills to

  • interesting and important problems, e.g., to:
  • understand how babies acquire language
  • design better drugs to cure cancer
  • track epidemics/pandemics to help protect lives
  • predict when a volcano will erupt or coastlines will sink
  • help sports teams make strategic decisions

You will also get to design, analyze, and test quantum algorithms on prototype quantum computers made available by IBM on the cloud-- without using any math beyond arithmetic!

No previous programming experience is expected for this camp. Campers should have completed Algebra I and one other math class.

Tentative Camp Schedule

General Information

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Explore Physical Science Camp at Virginia Tech

July 21-23 for Rising 11th & 12th Graders

This camp is for rising 11th and 12th graders who are interested in exploring the laws that rule our universe, from how the most elementary particles interact to how the Universe is expanding to new and exciting technologies! This camp will cover some basics (e.g., physics and chemistry) as well as cutting-edge, interdisciplinary fields (geoscience, nanoscience, and quantum information science and engineering). For example, campers will:

  • make batteries that store solar power

  • manipulate nanoparticles to see how changing the size of a molecule/particle transforms its properties

  • work with GPS technology to measure ground movements in response to rising oceans or imminent erupting volcanoes

  • measure star movements and learn about telescopes

  • design algorithms to run on prototype quantum computers!

Tentative Camp Schedule

General Information

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Explore Life Science Camp at Virginia Tech

July 24-26 for Rising 11th & 12th Graders

Life science is the study of anything and everything that lives or once lived or is almost alive (hello viruses), from single-celled organisms to plants and animals to ecosystems. How do living creatures move, digest food, and think (if they think)? How do they compete or cooperate? How do they change over time?

This camp is for rising 11th and 12th graders who want to explore all aspects of life science. For example, campers will:

  • study microbes relevant to food production and safety

  • make renewable solar batteries that mimic photosynthesis

  • monitor the effects of eutrophication on water quality

  • design better drugs using molecular modeling

  • learn and use bioinformatics to identify and characterize new life forms

  • study ancient life forms

  • learn how our brains work and how we make decisions

  • experience how babies acquire language

  • watch bacteria compete for survival in different environments

Tentative Camp Schedule

General Information

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Camp Pocahontas

What did a Powhatan child do for fun during the 17th century? In our re-created Powhatan settlement of Arrohateck, campers will explore the environment and life of Pocahontas and the culture of the Powhatan people through demonstrations, activities, and arts and crafts.

Ages: 6-9

Dates: June 21-23

Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Registration Deadline: Registration for Camp Pocahontas will open in early March

Cost: $160/child, $135/multiple children (same family)

Henricus Members: $135/child

Registration Cancellations: Full refunds are available for canceled registrations until May 24, 2022. Half refunds are available from May 24-June 7, 2022. No refunds after June 7, 2022.


  • Hands-on activities include cooking, farming, archery, music and dancing, engineering, canoe scraping, fish net weaving, and pottery.
  • Make-and-take crafts included.
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James River Camp

Discover the environmental and geological features of the historic James River as Powhatans and the Colonial settlers would have encountered it 400 years ago.

Ages: 9-12

Dates: August 2-4

Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Registration Deadline: Registration will open in early March

Cost: :$170/child

Henricus Members: $145/child

Registration Cancellations: Full refunds are available for canceled registrations until July 5, 2022. Half refunds are available from July 5 – July 19 , 2022. No refunds after July 19, 2022.


  • Paddle a kayak and identify how the plants and animals of the river were hunted, gathered, and used throughout history (weather permitting)
  • Understand the course changes made at Dutch Gap during the Civil War and see how it is used today
  • Conduct science experiments relating to water purification
  • Meet the historic peoples who lived along the banks of the James River and see how they used the river to meet their daily needs

AgDiscovery 2022 Summer Youth Program

Virginia State University JUNE 19–JULY 2, 2022

Explore the Small Ruminant and Food Science Program in the College of Agriculture. Activities will follow an animal science theme through the lens of food production, with a focus on livestock production, food processing, and food safety. You’ll gain experience in the disciplines of animal science, aquaculture, and food science through a series of hands-on activities with small ruminants, farmed fish, on-farm processing, and field and laboratory research. Field trips and guest speakers provide exposure to a variety of related professions in agricultural production and research. You will live in a university dormitory for the 2-week program. The Virginia State University (VSU) College of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Station facilitates this program in collaboration with USDA partners and industry representatives. Contacts Dr. Johnnie Westbrook, (804) 524-5662, jwestbrook@vsu.edu www.vsu.edu Founded in 1882, VSU holds the distinction of being the Nation’s first fully State-supported historically black college or university. With a mission emphasizing the integration of academic instruction, research, and public service, VSU welcomes students of any race, religion, or ethnic heritage. The VSU School of Agriculture has strong programs in small ruminants, food science, and high-value crops. VSU also owns and operates a 416-acre farm and agricultural research center.

VCU Summer Camp in Philosophy

When: July 18-22, 2022, 9 AM to 4 PM daily

Who: Students in grades 9-12

Cost: $100 (scholarships available)

Deadline to apply: May 16, 2022

The VCU Summer Camp in Philosophy is a day camp for high school students interested in asking big questions, learning about new perspectives, and seeing the world in a new way. The camp is organized and led by faculty members from VCU’s Department of Philosophy, and is held in person at VCU’s beautiful Richmond campus.

Students will spend each day at camp digging into a diverse array of engaging activities that introduce them to the exciting world of philosophy. Students will play games, perform theatrical dialogues, create and share presentations, pose questions to expert guest speakers, race around VCU’s campus on a scavenger hunt, and make lifelong friends in deep conversations about timeless questions.


Some of the most pressing and urgent questions in our lives are questions about justice. In order to live together in a way that’s sustainable and fair, we need to work to build communities and societies that are just. But how should we do that? What, in other words, does justice require?

Philosophical thinkers engage deeply with this question about the nature of justice, and about related questions like these:

  • What kinds of wealth inequality (if any) are unjust?
  • What duties do we have to address historical injustice?
  • What kinds of punishment—and what other responses to crime—are just?
  • What are the connections between racial stereotyping, racial discrimination, and injustice?

The VCU Summer Camp in Philosophy in 2022 will be devoted to questions like these ones—questions, that is, about justice. Join us for an unforgettable week of mind-bending discussion about one of the central topics in ethics, political philosophy, and political theory.



VCU’s Summer Camp in Philosophy is open to any student who will be in high school (grades 9-12) in the 2022-2023 school year or who was in high school in the 2021-2022 school year. This usually means that eligible students will be between 14 and 19 years old.

Disability Status

The organizers of VCU’s Summer Camp in Philosophy are committed to making the program available to all eligible students. Students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to apply.


Tuition for VCU’s Summer Camp in Philosophy is $100 per student. Tuition covers all the costs of instruction and materials; it also allows us to provide campers with lunch during every day of camp.

The organizers of VCU’s Summer Camp in Philosophy strongly believe that financial need should not prevent any student from attending camp. Need-based financial aid, in the form of full scholarships, is available. Students can declare financial need in their online application form.

Have a question about financial aid? Please feel free to email Dr. James Fritz at fritzj@vcu.edu.


There are two parts to the application for VCU’s Summer Camp in Philosophy. The deadline for both is the same: they must be completed before May 16, 2022.

Applications for camp may be submitted starting in November 2021.

Students will be notified of their acceptance to camp no later than two weeks after the application deadline. Early applicants may be notified earlier than the application deadline.

Tuition is due two weeks after the date of acceptance.

Part 1

The first part of the application is an online form completed by the student. Students should log into this form already prepared to type a brief answer to the following prompt: why are you interested in participating in the VCU Summer Camp in Philosophy?

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Part 2

The second part of the application, which can also be completed through an online form, is an academic recommendation form. This form should be completed by an adult who has recently worked with the student in an academic capacity.

Recommendation Form

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For 3rd - 5th graders (8+ years old)

ur Day Camp program offers a traditional outdoor summer camp day experience! Our trained and certified staff will work with each child in a small group setting. They will build relationships, foster a sense of belonging and create opportunities for each of our campers to achieve and learn. We offer a wide range of outdoor specialist activities and focus on character development. Every week has a fun and exciting theme with an educational focus and exciting twist.

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For rising 6th - 8th graders

The Camp Edge program takes the traditional day camp experience and magnifies the opportunities even more! This year, our teen campers will be participating in all camp activities, as well as having specific leadership curriculum time throughout each week. Our specialists design activities that are geared for teens! Counselors build a sense of belonging, achievement and relationships in small groups to help campers feel like part of the camp family!

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For rising 9th - 10 graders

The Leaders in Leadership Training (LIT) program is a two-week experience at Camp Thunderbird that is designed to teach and inspire rising 9th and 10th graders. This year, we are expanding our program! Campers will participate in small groups and engage in all the activities that Thunderbird has to offer. Curriculum time includes hands-on training experiences and professional development workshops that provide the foundation of the program. Participants will learn basic safety, group facilitation, games, camp best practices and engage in activities that provide valuable employment skills, healthy relationships, and opportunities to lead. Transportation is offered from 6 off-site locations.


or 8-16 years old

EveryBuddy Unit offers children with diverse abilities a traditional day camp experience while in a breathtaking natural setting. Campers are included within traditional day camp groups and offered a lower staff to child ratio (1:3). The goal is to help campers interact with their peers, learn new skills, and to even prepare them to continue in our traditional day camp program. Staff regularly communicate and provide updates about their camper’s progress.For all inquiries for this program, please contact the Thunderbird office. Online registration is not available for EveryBuddy. For questions or to register, contact the Camp Thunderbird office at:

Email: ctymca@ymcarichmond.org
Phone: 804.748.6714

Astonishing Animal Armor

Week of July 11-15


Your epidermis is showing! Explore the ways that an animal’s skin protects them, whether it’s from the harsh environment or from other critters. How does a chameleon change its color to blend in and how does a shark’s skin affect its swimming? Can grasshoppers get sunburned? How have animals inspired technology and influenced our lifestyle choices? Get curious with us as we investigate these topics and more!


Summer camp is $250 per child per week for members and $300 for non-members. Camp fees include a daily snack, camp t-shirt, water bottle and all camp activities. Campers will need to bring their own lunch to help energize them for our scientific adventures.

Our campers are divided into two groups - rising 1–3 and 4–6 graders - so we can tailor activities for each age group. Camps include opportunities to explore the Science Museum, visit our Dome theater and participate in a variety of Live Science Programs. Campers will also get a chance to experience our summer touring exhibition Planet Shark: Predator or Prey.


Camps will be held from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. After-camp care is available until 5:30 p.m. for $50 per week per child to help make these extraordinary experiences possible for all schedules. Families must register prior to using this service.


For all the nuts and bolts about summer camp, click here for our 2022 Summer Camp Guide. Here you will find details about pick-up and drop-off procedures, what to bring, a sample schedule, health and safety protocols, required forms and more!


This year, the Science Museum is pleased to offer a limited number of weekly summer camp scholarships to its Museums for All member families. If you are a current Museums for All member and would like to learn more about the scholarships, please email info@smv.org. If you are interested in becoming a Museums for All member, click here.

After registering for camp, please send in the completed emergency medical form and media release to summercamps@smv.org.

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