Happy Reading Camp

Welcome to HAPPY Reading Camp!

Summer Day Camps that Focus on Reading

It's summer camp and so much more. HAPPY Reading camps are all about your child.  Each day overflows with variety, hands-on learning, fitness, fun and HAPPY surprises... and each camper's experience is tailored precisely to what that camper needs to excel as a reader.

Kids who attend our camp will make strides in spelling, decoding, fluency, and comprehension. They will discover a deeper appreciation for books and reading... among friends who share their interests.

And they will enhance their overall literacy skills including: Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing!

When and Where: Choose one week, two weeks or more! We strongly suggest at least two weeks to allow time for assessment and implementation of the optimal program for your child. All campers will be assessed at the start of camp, but only those who attend for at least two weeks will receive a full assessment afterwards.

For 2017, HAPPY Reading is hosting camps in central Virginia for a total of 8 weeks. Enrollment is open for school-aged children who are at least 4 but younger than 13 years old. Decide which locations, dates and special themes appeal most to you. All camps are full-day, running from 8:30am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday.

NEW THIS YEAR:There are more themes than ever before! At registration, you will be asked to select a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice for the one theme your camper will experience during that session. All campers will receive their 1st choice, unless we discuss an alternative with you in advance of the start of camp. As in the past, campers will go swimming 3 days each week and will enjoy one field trip during each two-week camp. To cover transportation and admission fees, there will be a $25 OUT AND ABOUT FEE per session, per camper ($10 for campers attending only one week AND not taking a field trip; $15 for campers attending one week AND taking the field trip). The OUT AND ABOUT fee will be due on the first day of camp for all campers, including those attending on scholarship.

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Camp Programs:
All sessions will focus on the fundamentals of excellent literacy skills, but the primary emphases of each themed camp are noted in parentheses.

Session One- All Themes Meet at St. Joseph's Villa, Henrico June 19th through June 23rd and June 26th through June 30th
Reading and Science (Inference and Writing Skills)
It Adds Up to Reading (Beginning Math) (Comprehension and Fluency)
Reading and Service Learning (Imagination and Perspective)
Reading and Sports (Motivation and Preparation)
Reading and French (Decoding and Comprehension)
Reading and Music (Fluency and Spelling)

Session Two- All Themes Meet at St. Joseph's Villa, Henrico July 3rd and 5th through July 7th and July 10th through July 14th (Campers enrolled during the short week will be entitled to two hours of tutoring at a later date.)
Reading Times Fun (Multiplication +) (Comprehension and Fluency)
Reading with a Green Thumb (Motivation and Vocabulary)
Reading and Spanish (Decoding and Comprehension)
Reading for the Young Author (Comprehension and Writing Skills)
Reading and Visual Arts (Motivation and Comprehension)
Reading and Media Arts (Writing Skills and Confidence)

Session Three- All Themes Meet at St. Joseph's Villa, Henrico July 17th through July 21st and July 24th through July 28th
Reading and Computers (Decoding and Comprehension)
Reading for the Young Entrepreneur (Persistence and Focus)
Reading and Spanish II/French II (Decoding and Comprehension)
Get Cookin' With Books (Motivation and Math)
Get a Kick Out of Books (Martial Arts) (Motivation and Focus)
Reading and Performance Arts (Fluency and Confidence)

Session Four- All Themes Meet in North Richmond, Location TBA July 24th through July 28th and July 31st through August 4th
Reading and Courageous Kids (Comprehension and Writing)
Get a Kick Out of Books (Motivation and Focus)
Reading and Puppetry (Decoding and Confidence)
Reading and the Budding Engineer (Comprehension and Confidence)

Session Five- All Themes Meet in Western Henrico/Glen Allen, Location TBA July 31st through August 4th and August 7th through August 11th
Reading and Sports History (Motivation and Preparation)
Reading and Service Learning (Imagination and Perspective)
Reading and Puzzles (Strategy and Comprehension)
Reading and Gaming (Strategy and Comprehension)

Campers may enroll for one week or multiple weeks at any of the camp locations. Please take care that you do not choose the same week at two different camps. We have color-coded the listing so that all themes that are the same color run at the same time, and some differently-colored sessions may overlap with other camps, so please read carefully. The payment scale (shown on our Paypal drop-down menus and on the final page of the registration form) reflects discounts for multiple campers and/or multiple weeks. Weeks of enrollment do not have to be consecutive. To enroll, please complete one Camp Registration and Medical Consent form for each camper. You may pay collectively online or by mailing in a check. But there MUST be a separate registration form for each camper. Early bird registration saves you the one-time, additional registration fee of $25 per camper, which will be due for each camper enrolled after June 1st. The one-time, additional fee increases to $50 per camper after camps have begun on June 19th. This is in addition to the OUT AND ABOUT FEE for transportation and field trips that applies to all campers.

What could be better? Campers will strengthen essential reading skills, dive in to compelling books and stories... and have lots of fun with new friends... while moving, playing, singing, creating... and learning about the things they love best.  Some famous characters may stop by for visits and other special guests will entertain us and educate at the same time. Campers will not only improve their literacy skills and grow in confidence, but also they will have the opportunity to earn incentive prizes for their hard work... prizes that include new books to own! 

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