Roanoke Valley Family Magazine April 2021

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April 2021 • Volume 9 • Issue 8 • FREE



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Publishers Note It’s finally spring —one of our favorite times of the year here in the Roanoke Valley! Normally, Roanoke is filled with amazing outdoor activities. But this year, most, if not all of those activities have been postponed once again, due to COVID-19. However, One of our favorite activites to enjoy as a family is the Roanoke River Greenway, which is still open! Get out your bikes and enjoy a springtime ride through the heart of Roanoke, and maybe stop at Blue Cow Ice Cream along the way if it’s hot enough. What you hold in your hands marks our ninth annual camp issue. It’s so hard to believe that we’ve compiled this great list of camps for our readers nine times already, but it’s true, and the list gets better every year. Flip through the pages to learn about what camp offerings are out there for your child this year.

We also have an article on how to bring the camp life to you and an article on one of our favorite camps; Code Breakers at The Science Museum of Western Virginia! Some of the these camps will be at the Roanoke Family Expo, which is just around the corner! We plan to have TONS of FUN at the Expo, with one hundred booths, activities for kids, and performances for all ages. Many camps will be there to make sure you can get your child registered for their awesome summer programs. Come join us—it’s April 17th at the Salem Red Sox Ballpark, Salem Memorial Baseball Stadium.

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Inside April 8 News in the ‘Noke 18 Meet Your Neighbor

Meet Joe Stanley, owner of Big Lick Gifts!

20 Summer Camp Guide

From arts, sports, traditional to technology- we have the summer camp information for any kind of adventure you are looking for!

38 Soccer For All

Valley United is out to bring soccer to all in the Roanoke Valley. Find out how this local organization plans to make the sport accessible to everyone.

44 Rachel Reads

The focus of this month’s books blooms every year at this time!

Soccer For All Valley United brings soccer to the valley Read on page 36

36 Code Breakers Camp

The Science Museum of Western Virginia has some amazing camp offerings in 2021 - learn all about them!

16 Parenting and Autism The Science Museum of Western Virginia has some amazing camp

offerings in 2021 - learn all about them!

48 Burchett Homes Camp Life

Get some tips on how to bring the camp life home to your house!

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Ronald McDonald House partners with NFL Prospect Former VT Offensive Tackle, Christian Darrisaw joins RMHC Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Virginia (RMHC of SWVA) is excited to announce a new partnership with Virginia Tech Offensive Tackle and NFL-prospect, Christian Darrisaw. Christian Darrisaw has built a noteworthy football career as an Offensive Lineman at Virginia Tech. As a freshman, Darrisaw earned ESPN Freshman Midseason All-American honors and secured a place on the 247 Sports Freshman All-American Team. In 2019, he was named to the Athlon Sports Second Team All-ACC as well as the Phil Steele Third Team All-ACC. He earned First Team All-ACC honors in 2020 and just before Christmas, declared for the 2021 NFL Draft. Christian Darrisaw is projected by many to be a first-round Draft pick. Darrisaw’s successes on the field are complemented by his desire to make a positive impact on the greater community. Darrisaw’s marketing representative, Terence Tarrer, reached out to RMHC of SWVA to facilitate this new partnership with the nonprofit. Tarrer states, “Christian is a true Hokie at heart and it’s very important to give back to the Hokie Community and [he] wants to be a part of something that helps those going through a tragedy on a ongoing basis.”


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RMHC of SWVA is privileged to team up with Darrisaw as an ambassador to increase awareness and understanding of the local nonprofit. Together, RMHC of SWVA and Darrisaw will continue to further the mission of keeping families close to each other and to the care they need.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Virginia (RMHC of SWVA) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that provides the Ronald McDonald House, a comfortable and supportive home-away-fromhome for the families of sick and injured children who must come to the Roanoke area for medical treatment, and the Ronald McDonald Family Room, a respite area for parents to rest and regroup, steps away from their child’s bedside. RMHC of SWVA is part of global network of 377 Ronald McDonald House programs in more than 45 countries and regions.

Virginia Museum of Natural History finalist for National Medal The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced today that the Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH) is among 30 finalists for the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. In total, 15 museums and 15 libraries are finalists for this year’s award. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that demonstrate significant impact in their communities. For more than 25 years, the award has honored institutions that demonstrate excellence in service to their communities. “It’s an exceptional honor for the Virginia Museum of Natural History to be recognized as a finalist for the prestigious 2021 IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service,” said Dr. Thomas Benzing, chairman of the VMNH Board of Trustees. “Museum leadership and staff strive every day to bring positive impacts to the citizens of the Commonwealth and our local community through STEM-based educational programs, collections-based scientific research, award-winning exhibits, and innovative science festivals. Being recognized for these efforts in such a distinguished manner is truly an honor.”

The Virginia Museum of Natural History is the only collections-based science institution for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the only such institution between Raleigh, N.C. and Washington, D.C. Although a relatively new institution established in 1984, VMNH has amassed millions of specimens and artifacts representing Virginia’s natural and cultural heritage. Even during a world-wide pandemic, VMNH staff leveraged the museum’s resources to serve audiences in unique ways with online tools, safe public hours, and special in-person educational events that kept participants and staff free of exposure. “The revival and reinstitution of the National Medals by IMLS is another signal of recovery and renewal in the nation’s very challenging—but very hopeful—times,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “We are celebrating not only the ongoing excellence of the best of our museums and libraries, but their extraordinary efforts through the pandemic, the recession, the racial justice protests, and national divisions to serve, heal, and bring together our communities. Congratulations to all 30 finalists.” From the onset of the pandemic, the museum quickly adapted new methods of connecting with audiences who were no longer able to visit the museum to tour its exhibits or participate in traditional educational programming. To counter the limitations imposed by the pandemic, museum staff developed new programming, such as the original social media series “Tales

of Ancient Life”, “#BenInNature” and “Museum Minute”, while adapting traditional museum programs, such as its Homeschool Science and Engineering Academy, to virtual offerings. Additionally, the museum placed an even greater emphasis on its Distance Learning programming, while also offering several drive-thru science events to help fill the void of being unable to host its traditional lineup of science festivals, which routinely attract thousands of visitors. Due to

ongoing health precautions and crowd-size limitations, the museum was unable to host its lineup of science festivals in 2020, including the highly popular Reptile Festival and Dinosaur Festival. To help fill the void, the museum offered separate drive-thru events in which visitors could drive their vehicles through the museum’s parking lot to witness a variety of displays, while learning about the specimens on display from museum researchers and education staff. In addition to being held at the museum, the dinosaur-themed drive-thru event was also held in Waynesboro, where a branch campus of the museum is planned to be built in the coming years. “To be nominated by Senator Mark Warner was an honor unto itself, but to be a finalist for the 2021 IMLS National

Medal for Museum and Library Service is exceptional.” said Dr. Joe Keiper, executive director of VMNH. “It shows that the hard work of the board members and staff have shaped VMNH into an institution that is meeting its mission of service to the natural sciences and STEM education, and for that we cannot be more proud.” To celebrate this honor, IMLS is encouraging the Virginia Museum of Natural History’s community members to share stories, memories, pictures, and videos on social media using the #ShareYourStory and #IMLSmedals hashtags, and engage with IMLS on Facebook and Twitter. For more information, please visit the IMLS website ( National Medal winners will be announced in late spring. Representatives from winning institutions will be honored for their extraordinary contributions during a virtual National Medal Ceremony this summer. To see the full list of finalists and learn more about the National Medal, visit the IMLS website. (

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In the CommUNITY By Sandra Pratt

This month I am sharing three of my passions with you – cooking, reading, and gardening. Each of these activities have an important place in my life, bring me joy, provide stress relief and are part of my self-care. April is National Garden Month, and it is the time of year when those of us with a garden are cleaning it up, prepping the soil and planning what to plant (some have already planted some early spring crops – I have kale and broccoli in the ground). Last year when we went into lockdown many people decided to plant gardens whether it was out of a fear for possible food scarcity or just the desire to get back to our roots. I have friends who planted their own versions of a COVID- garden, and it was nice to see them excited about their bounty of tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash. Some even compared this gardening movement to the victory gardens of World War II when Americans grew food to feed their families and support the war effort. When I was growing up we always had a garden, and it was no small garden as we had everything from potatoes, corn, peas, tomatoes, and beans just to name some of the veggies. At the end of summer I was

in the kitchen helping my mom can and put everything “up for the winter”. In those hot summer days when we were hoeing potatoes and canning tomatoes I remember thinking to myself, “when I grow up I will NEVER have a garden” yet here I am. There is something so appealing about digging in the ground and connecting with the growing process from seed to harvest that is just so rewarding and satisfying. Of course, it can be easier and sometimes even cheaper to just go to the grocery store and buy a tomato, but no tomato will ever taste as delicious and juicy as the one you grow yourself.



Cooking is something I have had enjoyed for a long time, and cooking for others make me so happy! I am an avid watcher of the Food Network (the actual cooking shows not the competitions), a HUGE Rachel Ray fan (30 Minute Meals changed how I cooked) and during the pandemic I even started my own Instagram

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account featuring my cooking (follow me on whatssandracooking!). I love being in my kitchen fixing meals whether it be meal prepping or cooking Sunday brunch (LOVE brunch – I make a pretty great quiche). When you grow your own food there is nothing more rewarding than seeing it progress from the garden to your table. Fresh food is the best food! If you do not have the luxury of space to have your own garden and it does not take much space – think container gardening – then you can visit the many local farmers markets in our area to enjoy locally grown produce. There is an organization is our area who is a leader in the regional food system and collaborates to create positive change in food, agriculture, and the environment. Local Environment Agriculture Project (LEAP) started in 2009 originally as a project of the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op. Currently LEAP operates the Grandin Village Farmers Market, West End Farmers Market, and the LEAP Mobile Market. All the markets feature locally produced products with an emphasis on organic, sustainable,

and human producers, products, and practices. The products sold at market are produced within 100 miles of their market locations. All of the markets have Healthy Food Incentive Programs (Fresh Foods Rx, Farm Shares) and accept SNAP-EBT (food stamps), Medicaid, and WIC benefits. In addition to farmers markets LEAP also oversees community gardens in Roanoke City and with the assistance of many community partners and funders set up LEAP Kitchen, a shared commercial kitchen and food business incubator. Local food is all about the community: producers, consumers, businesses, community partners, and food advocates. It takes the support of all to sustain a local food system in our area, and LEAP has been a great connector for all! Check them out at So you might be thinking where does the reading part come in? I have always had a passion for reading and it has been a big part of who I am since I was a little girl. Growing up getting books from the traveling bookmobile during the summer was one of the highlights of my week! These past

months I have read more than ever to escape into the pages of a “good book” during the lockdown. I joined national book clubs to connect with people across the country while my local book clubs (shout out to the Van Buren Gang!) continued to meet virtually to stay connected. One of those groups, The Roanoke Change Academy had just started reading The Cooking Gene by Michael Twitty when we went to print. The Change Academy is a group of readers who are exploring topics around racism, inequality, inequities and learning and doing more together to make our community a better place for all. We are working on changing policies, minds, and hearts across the region, and we are becoming more informed to better do it. This discussion is being held in partnership with LEAP as we read about food, place, history, heritage, access, and get ready for another season of local food and connections with the season opening for the farmers’ markets on April 17. The discussion of this book is bringing together so many things that are important to me – history, cooking, sharing food and community. Come join us in this journey!

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Minimalist-ish Mom by Tricia Mikesell

How can a Mom with three small children also be a minimalist? That’s a question I asked myself two years ago when an acquaintance pitched the idea. Did I own way too much stuff? Yes—don’t we all? Was my chaotic clutter and lack of organization adding stress to my life? Absolutely! I was optimistic about the idea, but not overly confident in my ability to adapt to this lifestyle. After a few weeks of researching various online blogs and books, I realized that I could indeed tailor a minimalist lifestyle to work for my family. We could simplify and learn to live with less stuff while keeping the right balance to raise our children. The next four months were intense, to say the least. I decluttered every area of my home. My family was quite suspicious of what items I was discarding, but my husband did enjoy the income generated from selling items. In one weekend, we made three hundred dollars selling items we hadn’t used in years.

not because they needed to change or loved them. I will admit that the sock situation was overwhelming. I did splurge in this area; I discarded all socks and started over with the kids. Each child now has a specific sock style easily identifiable to her—no more mismatched piles to work through week after week. This was a thirty dollar splurge that I highly recommend you take! Throwing away a pile of mismatched socks was one of the most satisfying feelings of the entire process. This journey inspired me to reach out to my social media friends and start a group for other parents intrigued by minimizing on a realistic level. The group is called Minimalist-ish Moms, and my first post included photos of my entire home. I offer tips, articles, advice, and support they can use to simplify their own homes.

One thing I know without a doubt is that my family can live with so much less without even noticing.

My kids loved the simplicity of their clean, spacious rooms that came with a much faster clean-up time. My friends began to notice how clean my home was and regularly complimented the spaces. I cleaned out cabinets, closets, drawers, and shelves. I filled up at least ten construction bags of items to give away or discard, and totes of items to sell. I used my garage as a storage space for anything that did not serve a purpose or hold meaning in our home. Reducing wardrobes to enough clothing for two weeks per season was hard, but reduced laundry for my house of five by at least two loads per week. My kids were wearing clothes because they had them,

Minimalizing has transformed my life. I clean less, buy less, save more, and play more. I love being in my house. I’m continuously finding new inspiration for spaces and adopting a more modern decorating style. Have I relapsed? A little—there are times I can see the house accumulating new clutter. Minimalism is an ongoing process. Step one is removing the clutter, and step two is preventing it from returning. It’s a balancing act. When I shop, I have to ask myself all the time whether this item is something we really need and will use, or whether I can hold off buying it. Is this something I can borrow instead? One thing I know without a doubt is that my family can live with so much less without even noticing. My children love simplicity. When I come across an overwhelmed mom balancing everything, I know this is one area where I can help that will have a huge impact on her life. I simply ask: Have you considered becoming a Minimalist-ish Mom?

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Independence. From the time we are born, we are seeking to increase our independence. From toddlers who want to try everything on their own, to teenagers who want to make their own rules, being able to do things autonomously is the goal. It is the crux of adulthood or “adulting” as the new catchphrase recalls. Even the dictionary states that the Latin​ root of the word “adult” describes a desire to “grow into maturity.” April is Autism Awareness Month, and it is an excellent time to bring focus to this primary need of our children who happen to have autism. More than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder (Buescher et al., 2014), and the highest demand in the United States is for adult services, leading to the vital question: How can we work towards the best outcomes for our children?

young adults with autism deserve the opportunity for independence, just as their peers do. It is often hard for parents and other caregivers to give their children more independence as they grow. For young adults with autism, this can especially be true if they rely on their parents for more support than their peers do. However, this does not mean that the desire is not there; it just means that the individual may need a little extra support to get there.

It is often hard for parents and other caregivers to give their children more independence as they grow.

Our job as parents is to raise our children into independent adulthood. The desire to have autonomy looks different for everyone, and this is true in autism as well. Whether it is aiming to have their basic wants and needs understood, or having the goal of living on their own, our soon-to-be

Independence comes in many forms, whether it be allowing our children to make choices as to what to wear or eat, teaching them to dress themselves, cook simple meals, or hold responsibility for chores. It can also be seen in the form of completing school at age 18, finding a job, seeking a relationship, having a cell phone, driving, etc. All of these are important goals to keep in mind as you raise a child with autism into adulthood. Although you may have to offer more support for a longer time span, the earlier you practice incorporating choices for


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your child to make, the better the outcomes will be for the highest level of independence. “Adulting is hard” is a common phrase floating around these days, and that is true! “Raising” adults means teaching them to take on more responsibility. However, it is important to remember that independence and adulting may look different to everyone, and that is fine! For example, when it comes to raising children who may be limited in verbal communication, but love sorting things in their environment, it may be worth focusing on a daily repetitive practice of sorting, with the idea that they could eventually have a job that will utilize this skill for a wage. For high schoolers with autism who will graduate with an applied studies diploma, it may look like focusing on skills needed for maintaining a household, working toward the possibility that they may live in their own place. For others, it could be learning self-care practices so they can bathe and toilet themselves, allowing them to maintain bodily autonomy and stay safe in the process.

individual to promote independence, possibly even in the workplace one day. For teenagers on the autism spectrum, job coaching services help assess job readiness skills and help individuals find jobs. Job coaches also go into the workplace and help prepare work environments which include supports to make the job achievable. Good services and supports meet these individuals where they are, meaning they can work toward independence, regardless of their disability, with the right people by their side. Bring on the “adulting!”

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Meet Your Neighbors

Joe Stanley

Owner of Big Lick Gifts

Although he is always working, he uses his creativity and business to support other endeavors in the community. Stanley says they support several causes and organizations ranging from the Miss Virginia Pageant to Healing Strides to the Carilion Children’s Hospital. Outside of his shop, Stanley has raised his now 20-year-old niece Mary. She is what originally brought him back to Roanoke nearly twenty years ago. Stanley says his sister died in 2002 and left behind her 16-month-old daughter, Mary. His parents planned to raise her, but Stanley says just three months later, his mother passed away. Stanley came home to take care of Mary and raised her. He, Mary, and his father now live in Callaway near where their ancestors settled in the 1700s. Stanley’s family’s long history in the area curated his love of history and genealogy. He says he enjoys researching and making connections between individuals and larger social movements. He also collects political memorabilia. Stanley says another one of his favorite activities is curating items to fit his store and developing displays and merchandise that tell a story.

Joe Stanley says he is the happiest when he is making things. He has turned his creativity and love of it into a business! His store, Big Lick Gifts (formerly Upcycled Gifts), is full of his creations and his love for the Roanoke Valley! Stanley not only makes unique items and sells items related to the region, he and his family are unique in the Roanoke Valley. Their family roots in the region stretch back to the 1740s! Stanley says his ancestors settled in Callaway 280 years ago! He and his family now live in the same area, just a quarter of a mile from where his ancestors originally settled. Before living in Callaway, he grew up in Roanoke in Garden City. “It was a wonderful place to be a kid,” he said.

His creative desire led him to start the business. Stanley said, “I was working in an unfulfilling corporate job. I have an innate need to be creative to make things. I took an expired gift card and made a pair of earrings. Folks liked them so I made more and more. I quickly realized how much happier I was making things. When the opportunity arose, I pursued it full-time.” Stanley says the community has given him plenty of support to grow and create. The place where his ancestors settled turned into the best place for his business to thrive. “The Roanoke Valley offers just about anything I would want, but it has maintained the softer edges of a small town. It’s a community that supports emerging artists and entrepreneurs,” he said.

Because of his family’s roots to the Roanoke Valley, Stanley knew this is just where he wanted to launch and grow his business! He started ten years ago with Upcycled Gifts. “The Roanoke Valley is home. My family’s roots in this region stretch back to the early 1740s. The Valley is a great place to launch a business. This community likes to see people succeed,” he said.

Stanley says as a business owner, he is always working, even when he is not at the store. “But that is much of the joy of it. Through our connections with the community, we have made some wonderful friends and participated in more than a few incredible events. When I’m not in the shop, I am always making something or trying a new project,” he said.


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While his shop takes much of his time, Stanley has many favorite spots in the region. He enjoys the wide variety of eateries and the outdoors. He says it is hard to pick just one favorite place! He said, “There are so many! I love our selection of local restaurants, everything from the Cheesesteak Factory to Fortunato. The greenway is a true gem! I love the Mill Mountain Zoo!” Stanley credits the community for his business growth. His new shop, Big Lick Gifts, is opening in April. It is located in Valley View Mall. He says his loyal customers helped him all these years. “They are the best! From the first day I threw out my ‘shingle’ and set-up shop, I have had incredible support from this community,” he said. “I would encourage folks to shop local whenever you have the chance. Every penny that goes through a local business is the fulfillment of a dream!” Stanley says he is pleased his dream is a reality in his hometown! Big Lick Gifts is located on the upper level of Valley View Mall, across from the elevator


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Grab a chef's hat and dive right in. We wii provide everything a child nnds to create healthy and some not so healthy recipes while learning along the way. We'' bring culinary enjoyment to everything we create.

When I grow up Camp June 28-July 1

become a chef that creates yuuy treats, doctors that care for patients using first aid kits we construct, and veterinarians who take special care of fuuy friends. the fun does not stop there, We may have some special visitors from the zz.

Register online at or caa 540-342-5777


SUMMER CAMPS In these unique and dynamic camps, children will build incredible motorized creations, play games and have lots of fun using LEGO® Bricks.



We Learn. We Build. We Play.



775 Hermitage Road, Wirtz, VA (540) 721-2759

2239 Camp Roosevelt Road, Fort Valley, VA (540) 449-0012 We have a place for everyone around the campfire! All are welcome here. You are welcome here. In 2021, Caroline Furnace is offering small group, cohort-based camping each Sunday to Thursday for grades 1-12, plus family retreats each weekend each Thursday to Sunday. A virtual Camp at Home option is offered in two three-week sessions. Overnight camps and family retreats may choose from a wide range of adventure based activities: swimming, canoeing, fishing, hiking, archery, creekwalking, horseback riding, rock climbing, campfire cooking, and more! For over 60 years, Summer Camp has been a place that supports new experiences, close friendships, limitless fun, and faith made tangible. Boys & Girls • Ages 9-1

Summer camp at the Skelton 4-H Center provides countless opportunities for learning more about the natural world around us. Days are filled with instructional-based camp classes, unstructured recreation and swim time, flag ceremonies, and evening programs.

ALTA MONS Boys & Girls • Ages 6-17

2842 Crockett Springs Road Shawsville VA (540) 268-2409

Alta Mons is a United Methodist Camp located in Shawsville, VA (right between Salem and Christiansburg). We seek to serve campers in grades K-12 through summer day and overnight camps. We utilize the small group model and focus on building relationships-- with each other, with God, and with nature. We do this through spending time together-- at the ropes course, hiking to the falls, around the campfire, and much more. Scholarships are available!

CAMP BETHEL Boys & Girls • Ages 5-18

328 Bethel Road, Fincastle, VA (540) 992-2940 Together with God, with each other, and with creation. When we live together in intentional Christian community, even for only one week, we gain person-to-person relationship skills to benefit our families, schools, churches, communities, and world. Hundreds of activities in resident camps, day camps, adventure camps, skills camps, and trips led by excellent counselors in a unique “small group camping” style. Trusted by thousands of Virginia families since 1927. Our year-round events, fundraisers, and facilities are open to everyone. Learn more at

CAMP BLUE RIDGE Boys & Girls • Ages 7-17 529 Old Mill Road, Montebello, VA (540) 466-1583

Camp Blue Ridge offers six different styles of camp to fit your family! We offer everything from aquatic adventure to arts and crafts! We have a Family Summer Camp so that everyone can enjoy the beautiful nature God has given us. Boys & Girls • Ages 6-17

CHANCO ON THE JAMES Boys & Girls • Ages 6-17

394 Floods Drive, Spring Grove, VA 23881 888-724-2626

Chanco on the James has one of the most successful youth camping programs in Virginia. The camp program has been running continuously since 1968 and is accredited by the American Camping Association. Every year since 2014, Chanco has enjoyed the recognition of being voted number one “Best Summer Camp” by Virginia Living Magazine.


800 Chatham Hall Circle, Chatham, VA (434) 432-5605 Every summer Chatham Hall offers programs to introduce girls to some of the best parts of being a Chatham Hall student during the school year. Over the course of five weeks, Summer at Chatham Hall provides girls with fun and enriching classes and activities taught by Chatham Hall faculty. Through a unique blend of innovative and engaging programming girls explore, collaborate, and challenge themselves and one another intellectually and creatively. Our residential program offers the experience for campers to have an enriched opportunity to expand their friendship circles to include girls from different regions of the country and around the world. In a community of trust and responsibility, girls are encouraged to challenge themselves, take risks, and accomplish extraordinary things.

BRICKS 4 KIDZ Boys & Girls • All Ages 2009 Electric Road, Suite J, Roanoke, VA (540) 380-2485

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1631 Blue Hills Drive NE, Roanoke, VA (540) 774-2547 We’re taking some of our favorite shows and movies and we’re bringing them to life, right here, at Creative Kids and all around town! Let’s find The Stranger Things, and put your CSI skills to work! We’ll be Upside Down, experience The Jungle and listen for The Big Bang! We’re all American Idols but that doesn’t mean you can’t Wipe Out! so be careful! And even though you may only have a Minute to Win It, it truly is a Wonderful Life!

458 Camp Eagle Road, Fincastle, VA (540) 473-3117 Boys & Girls • Ages 0-12

CAMP CROSSROADS Girls Only • Ages 6-16

2247 Little Piney Road Lowesville Virginia (434) 277-8465 Journey to CrossRoads to enjoy high ropes, swimming, hiking, arts & crafts, games, archery, climbing wall & much more! Join for the day or purchase a family meal and lodging package. Journey is intentionally designed for guests 8-17, but much of it can be adapted for younger children. Get to know us in 2021 as a family or group and we will see your camper for overnight camp in 2022!

CHILDCARE NETWORK SUMMER CAMP Boys & Girls • Ages 0-12 4335 Brambleton Avenue, Roanoke, VA (540) 989-3459

DIVINE DANCE CENTER Boys & Girls • Ages 3+

3513 Brambleton Avenue, Roanoke, VA (540) 774-0296 Boys & Girls • Ages 5-18

A short drive away from Roanoke, VA, Camp Eagle has been ministering to folks of all ages for more than 30 years through summer camps, retreats, and specialized group events. We desire to use the elements of Christian camping to provide fun and fulfillment for the present, hope for the future, and develop strong, impactful leaders who will turn the world upside down.

CAMP FRIENDSHIP Boys & Girls • Ages 7-17

573 Friendship Road, Palmyra, VA (434) 589-8950 Since 1966, Camp Friendship has been providing summer experiences that foster growth, independence, exploration and community in Palmyra, VA, outside of Charlottesville. Campers in Traditional Camp choose from over 35 activities in the areas of fine and performing arts, sports, aquatics, horseback riding, and adventure. Equestrian Camp is a full day of Hunter/Jumper style program for girls who love horses. One and two-week sessions available.


57 Hemlock Ridge Lane, Catawba, VA (434) 238-4094 GEMS Camp gives middle and high school girls empowering opportunities to learn survival skills, explore outdoor experiences like backpacking, kayaking, rock climbing and more. Your daughter will learn about herself while surrounded by supportive peers and positive role models. GEMS come to camp to expand their comfort zones in the outdoors and grow into courageous, confident, compassionate leaders!

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Various camp locations through Roanoke, Salem and NRV (540) 777-5100

100 Camp Greenbrier Drive, Alderson, WV (304) 445 7168 Girls • Ages 5-17

Girl Scout Camp is an outdoor program designed to give girls a positive and fun experience in the great outdoors. Under the guidance of trained and enthusiastic leaders, each camp provides age-appropriate activities allowing girls to experience a variety of Girl Scout programs in an outdoor setting. Activities include archery, arts, games, nature study, outdoor cooking, hiking, overnight camp-outs and lots more! Some camps offer swimming, boating and/or highadventure activities for teen girls. Summer Camp Leadership Training is also offered for girls currently in the 6th grade and above. Boys Only • Ages 7-17

Camp Greenbrier is a traditional summer camp for boys which has been owned and operated by the same family since 1948. Established in 1898, Greenbrier is located along the beautiful Greenbrier River. Campers get to pick all of their own activities and the food is great! Counselor to camper ratio is 1 to 3. Come join the Tradition of Fun!

HONEYTREE SUMMER CAMP Boys & Girls • Ages 5-12

Multiple Locations (540) 344-4543

The Hive Summer Camp at HoneyTree is for students who have completed kindergarten through age 12. A private swim club, plus special interest groups, arts and science projects, field trips, and more keep The Hive buzzing with activities each weekday. With more than 35 years of service to Roanoke Valley families, HoneyTree provides a quality program in a safe, supportive environment. Treat your youngster to one active summer—and yourself to peace of mind—at The Hive.

GLOBAL YOUTH VILLAGE Boys & Girls • Ages 14-18

1020 Legacy Drive, Bedford, VA (540) 871-0882


Summer Camp kicks off on Monday, June 7th and ends on Friday, August 13th. REGISTER TODAY AND DON’T MISS A SECOND OF IT!!! We’re taking some of our favorite shows and movies and we’re bringing them to life, right here, at Creative Kids and all around town! Our Themes & Field Trips this summer include: Stranger Things Wipe Out Upside Down CK Cares Jungle Book CSI Roanoke The Big Bang It’s a Wonderful Life American Idol Minute to Win It

and so much more!

Creative Kids Child Care 1631 Blue Hills Drive NE Roanoke, VA 24012 540-344-0370 Open M-F 6am-630pm

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and more! Students enrolled in this camp will also get to watch the 2021 MMT summer touring production of Tomas and the Library Lady and do a meet-and-greet with the actors during their camp session.

1 Market Sq SE, Roanoke, VA 24011 540-342-5766

Marvel vs. DC: Middle & High School Acting & Improv (Virtual) May 31 - June 4 from 1:00-4:00pm - Marvel or DC? Acting or Improv? No matter which one you prefer, come join MMT and bust out your comedy skills in this knee-slapping digital camp! Learn essential Acting & Improv skills through fun games and exercises geared towards keeping your audience entertained. Students will enhance their performance skills, develop confidence, and strengthen their acting & improvisation techniques - and possibly have a debate or two about comics! Students will share some of what they’ve created in a culminating virtual performance for family and friends. Boys & Girls • Ages 4-17

Audition Boot Camp - June 14 - June 18 from 6:00pm-8:00pm Want to know everything there is to know about auditions? Want to practice building your audition techniques, learn how to find audition material, create a resume, do dance and movement calls, try out cold read and callback techniques, and more? Then this audition boot camp is for you. Whether you are a student just starting out and learning about auditions for the first time, or a veteran looking to enhance your skills and expand your repertoire, you belong in this boot camp. Don’t miss this opportunity to become the best auditionee you can be, and have tons of fun along the way! Dancing Through the Ages: Beginner Dance Camp (In-Person) May 31 - June 4 from 6:00-7:30pm - Join MMT dance instructors Leonela & AnnElese as they take you on a journey through musical theatre history! Students in this beginner-level class will have a blast learning basic musical theatre style dance techniques and combinations set to songs from different decades in musical theatre. Disney Heroes & Villains: K-2 Acting & Creative Movement (Virtual) - May 31 - June 4 from 9:30am-12:00pm - Join MMT Join us for this exciting, Disney-themed heroes and villains camp, featuring characters from some of your favorite stories! In this 5-day virtual camp, we will sing songs, move our bodies, act out stories, and learn through online creative play. Additionally, campers will receive instructions for fun heroes & villains themed crafts and activities to do at home each day. Harry Potter Camp with MMT & SMWV - June 14 - June 18 from 9:30am - 12:00 (Half Day) or 4:00pm (Full Day) - Back once again by popular demand, join MMT and the Science Museum of Western Virginia for this Harry Potter themed camp collaboration! Think you have what it takes to be the brightest witch or wizard of your age? Grab your spellbook and magic wand and join us for this enchanting camp! During the week, students will be immersed in the magical world of J.K. Rowling’s books, as they get sorted into houses, compete for the house cup, and learn magical skills through theatre and science activities and creative play. This camp culminates with a House Cup Ceremony and students showcasing some of their new wizarding skills. Magic Treehouse Adventures: Elementary Theatre (In-Person) June 7 - June 11 from 9:30am-12:00pm - This summer, elementary-aged students will explore stories from all different times and cultures with our Magic Treehouse Elementary Theatre camp! Come learn essential theatre skills, make new friends, play fun games, and explore new worlds with us as we act, sing, dance,

Musical Theatre Hits: Intermediate & Advanced Dance Camp (In-Person) - June 7 - June 11 from 6:00-8:00pm - Step up your dance game as you join MMT dance instructors Leonela & AnnElese for this fun and fast-paced class! Students in this intermediate & advanced level class will love practicing musical theatre style dance techniques and learning combinations set to some of musical theatre’s all-time greatest hits. Don’t miss this fun and challenging dance camp! Pop Art: Middle & High School Music Theatre (In-Person) - June 7 - June 11 from 1:00-4:00pm - Students will hone their musical theatre skills in this exciting new camp based entirely on pop songs! The class will learn how to embrace the acting, singing, and dancing components of musical theatre performance even when using modern songs they might hear on the radio. Come make new friends and have some fun in this Pop-Art camp for middle & high schoolers! Production Camp: Godspell - June 21 - June 26 from 10:00am5:00pm - Join us for MMT’s third-annual production camp, this year featuring the show Godspell! Middle and high school students of all experience levels are invited to join us for this fast-andfurious camp session in which they will audition for roles, rehearse, and perform a full show, all within one week! Don’t miss this opportunity to build your acting and musical theatre skills and experience while also having a blast with your friends (new and old) and the MMT education team! Technical Theatre Camp - June 29 - July 2 from 10:00am-4:00pm Have you ever wondered how a play goes from the page to the stage, or wanted to learn more about what happens behind the scenes? Then this technical theatre camp is for you! Whether you have worked backstage before or are completely new to the world of technical theatre, this class will introduce you to all the basic elements of tech work, from scene and props design and building, to sound and lighting, to costumes. Students may even get to help work on projects for MMT’s upcoming 2021 season! Don’t miss this fun tech theatre camp for middle & high schoolers!

Summer Camp Ages 6-8: June 29-July 1/Animal Mythbusters Ages 8-10: July 13-15 & July 27-29/

Zookeeper 101

Ages 10-13: August 3-5 /Junior Zookeepers For more info & to register, visit or call: 540-343-3241 Roanoke Valley Family 26

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(540) 366-3629 502 Santee Road Roanoke, VA


NO REGISTRATION FEE WITH THIS AD, A $100 VALUE. Hot Breakfast!! Hot Lunch!! Snack!! Field Trips!! Every Day!! Lots of Swimming!! Splash Valley!! Skate & Play!! Bowling!! Karate!! Gymnastics!! Crafts!!

Expires 5/7/21

We have a Swim Club with a Diving board & Slide!!! We also have a Huge Moon Bounce Climbing Net, and a Swinging Tunnel!!!



3163 Parsleys Mill Road, Mechanicsville, VA (804) 779-2811

2404 Prospect Rd. SE Roanoke, VA 540-343-3241 Boys & Girls • Ages 6-18

Camp Hanover offers outdoorsy, small-group, faith-based camps for elementary, middle, and high school age youth. Camp Hanover is a place where acceptance of and caring for others is the key aspect of the community we build. Activities include Archery, Arts & Crafts, Bible Study, Canoeing, Campfire Cooking, Climbing Wall, CORCLS, Hiking, Outdoor Living Skills, Nature Appreciation, Swimming, Stand Up Paddleboards, The Mudslide, Worship, and more!

CAMP HORIZONS Boys & Girls • Ages 9-16

3586 Horizons Way, Harrisonburg, VA (540) 896-7600

KIDS SQUARE Boys & Girls • Ages 9-16 Market Street, Roanoke, VA (540) 342-5777 Fizz, Explode and Explore Ages 3-4 June 21-24 Ages 4-6 July 12-15 Fizzing, Exploding and Exploring galore for four days! Explode with excitement as you delve into crazy concoctions,messy mediums and radical reactions. Junior Chef Camp Ages 3-4 July 26-29 Grab a chef’s hat and dive right in. We will provide everything a child needs to create healthy and some not so healthy recipes while learning along the way. We’ll bring culinary enjoyment to everything we create. Boys & Girls • Ages 6-13

Mill Mountain Zoo’s popular summer camps are a terrific way to introduce your child to the animal kingdom or to foster an existing interest in the feathered, furry and scaly critters we share the planet with. Each 3 day camp is designed to encourage a child’s respect and enthusiasm for the natural world through hands-on, fun and educational activities. Besides shadowing and assisting keepers, campers will experience up-close animal encounters, arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, scientific explorations and OH, SO MUCH MORE! There are camps available for ages 6-13. All Camps: $160 Zoo Member - $180 Non-Member Animal Mythbusters - June 29-July 1 - Ages 6-8 When it comes to the animal kingdom, we have come to believe in many myths and sayings. Do elephants really have perfect memories? Do crocodiles really cry? Are bats really blind? Can groundhogs really predict the arrival of spring? Campers will explore these myths and old sayings and many others as they separate fact from fiction.

Zookeeper 101 - July 13-15 or July 27-29 Ages 8-10 Just what does a zookeeper do? Campers will get to explore the various animal husbandry techniques it takes to care for the many birds, mammals and reptiles that make up Mill Mountain Zoo’s collection. The importance of animal enrichment for an animal’s well-being will also be explored. Junior Zookeepers - August 3-5 - Ages 10-13 Junior Zookeepers builds on the information that campers learned in Zookeeper 101. Campers will delve further into how animals are cared for at the zoo as they assist keeper staff with some of their daily duties. Be ready to get dirty! Requirements for Junior Zookeepers:

When I Grow Up Camp Ages 4-6 June 28-July 1 Become a chef that creates yummy treats, doctors that care for patients using first aid kits we construct, and veterinarians who take special care of furry friends. the fun does not stop there, We may have some special visitors from the zoo.

It is preferred that campers have taken Zookeeper 101 this summer or a previous summer. Campers also need to submit a letter stating why they think they would be a good Junior Zookeeper.

CAMP MONT SHENANDOAH Boys & Girls • Ages 7-18

218 Mont Shenandoah Lane, Millboro Springs, VA (540) 997-5994

NIKE LACROSSE CAMP lacrosse/nike/virginia-boys-camproanoke-college-youth Girls & Boys • Ages 5-18

Outreach Camp for rising 7 to 12 graders (July 18 to 24) Day Camps - all are for rising 1st to 4th graders: All Around Camp (June 14 to 18) Art Camp I (June 21 to 25) Swim Camp I (June 28 to July 2) Art Camp II (July 5 to 9) Swim Camp II (July 12 to 16) *campers do not have to attend session I of art and/or swim camp to be able to attend the second session We have scholarships available for those that need assistance. Camp dates and programs are subject to change due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Roanoke College (540) 345-7820


Day camp for boys and girls lacrosse players Girls & Boys • Ages 3-18

ages 7-12

2726 Lee Highway, Troutville, VA (540) 759-1403

NORTH STAR SUMMER CAMP Boys & Girls • Ages 5-12

5407 Peters Creek Road, Roanoke, VA (540) 366-3629 We own a Swim Club! Splash Valley! Skate Center! Karate! Gymnastics! Huge Moon Bounce!

PHOEBE NEEDLES SUMMER CAMP Boys & Girls • Ages 12-18

732 Turners Creek Road, Callaway, VA 540-483-1518 We have camps for multiple ages including day camps and residential camps. Activities for day camps include swimming, arts and crafts, and games. Activities for residential camps include swimming, arts and crafts, hiking, camping, rock climbing, games, outdoor recreation, tie-dyeing t-shirts, caving, and more! Residential Camps: Middler Camp for rising 7th to 8th graders (June 13 to 19) Senior Camp for rising 9th to 12th graders (June 20 to 26) Outdoor Expedition Camp for minimum age 13 (June 27 to July 2) First Year Camp for rising 5th to 6th graders (June 27 to July 2) Rock Climbing Camp for minimum age 13 (July 4 to 10) Art Camp for minimum age 11 (July 11 to 17) Nature Camp for minimum age 11 (July 11 to 17)

RANDOLPH-MACON SUMMER PROGRAMS Boys & Girls • Rising 6th - 8th graders 200 Academy Drive, Front Royal, VA (540) 636-5484

Randolph-Macon Academy offers a Summer Enrichment Camp for rising sixth through eighth-grade students. Campers spend part of the day rotating through fun-filled courses of their choices, ranging from robotics and flight to language arts and science. The rest of the day is spent in engaging activities like sports, swimming, laser tag, hiking, or field trips to local area attractions. The theme for 2020 is Under the Sea Exploration. Also available: Flight Camp and summer school courses, both for high school students.

RIVER ROCK CLIMBING CAMPS Boys & Girls • Ages 5-18

806 Wasena Avenue SW #100, Roanoke, VA (540) 685-2360 Looking for something completely different? We have just the thing at the River Rock!

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6498 Dry Hollow Rd Salem, VA (540) 387-6114

1206 Kessler Mill Road, Salem, VA (540) 387-6078 Boys & Girls • All Ages

An enriching outdoor adventure day camp, Camp Roanoke’s Discovery program is back for fun in 2021! During each week, campers will engage in a wide range of activities, such as: archery, climbing tower, environmental education, canoeing (ages 9+), team building, arts and crafts, hiking, field games, special events and more. Campers should bring multiple facial coverings, a bag lunch and at least one full water bottle.

ROANOKE CITY SUMMER CAMPS Boys & Girls • Ages 5-13 Girls & Boys • All Ages

Passport to Fun 2021 - Summer Camp returns to Roanoke County in 2021! Your Passport to Fun begins, June 1 - August 6, ages 3 and Up! Visit to view the full list of 2021 Summer Camps from Roanoke County Parks!

SALEM CITY SUMMER CAMPS Girls & Boys • All Ages 110 Union Street, Salem, VA (540) 375-3054

215 Church Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA (540) 510-4056

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WHERE IN THE WORLD? 2021 Summer Camp

Register by April 30th and save $10 per week of camp!

Locations in Roanoke, Salem, Botetourt and Rockbridge!

PASSPORT TO FUN 2021 SUMMER CAMP Summer Camp Returns to Roanoke County in 2021! Your Passport P ASSPORT to Fun Begins, June 1 - August 6, FUNUp! Ages TO 3 and 2021 • Camp Roanoke Discovery Camp • Explore Park Day Camp • Kids In Camp • Pre-K Enrichment Camps • Athletics Camps BRAMBLETON Recreation Center

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2494 Dellinger Acres Road, Edinburg, VA (540) 984-4738

110 Salem Avenue SE, Roanoke, VA 540-342-5760 Girls • Ages 6-17

Camp Strawderman is about riding horseback, swimming in freshwater streams and hiking on mountain trails. It’s about belly laughs and Indian stories, sitting by roaring campfires and igniting lifelong friendships. It’s about cuddling with four-legged friends, climbing mountains, and singing at the top of your lungs. It’s about being who you are and liking who that is.

CAMP TALL TIMBERS Boys & Girls • Ages 5-17

Please note that, along with fun and learning, the health and safety of your camper is our top priority. To learn more about our current health and safety guidelines, please visit https://www. The Museum will follow federal and statewide health guidelines for this camp. Registration is limited at this time to comply with current regulations, which may be subject to change. Boys & Girls • Ages 7-16

$175/week, $150/week for members Pre-registration required - $10 off for each subsequent camp or sibling registration!


Clay Creations - June 14-18 - Ages 5-9 Clay Creations - June 28- July 2 - Ages 8-11 Do you have a budding potter or sculptor in your family? Sign them up for the Clay Creations Camp!

9235 Huntersville Road, Marlinton, WV (914) 345-0707

Campers will learn hand-building techniques, like slab, pinch, and coil, as well as have the opportunity to throw on the potter’s wheel!

1115 Reflection Lane, High View, WV (304) 856-3722 Boys & Girls • Ages 7-16

CAMP TUK-A-WAY Boys & Girls • Ages 8-18

2262 Craig Creek Road, Blacksburg, VA (540) 961-4100 Located on 65 acres in the heart of the Blue Ridge Montains, Camp Tuk-A-Way seeks to provide a clean, wholesome environment for quality Christian camping. We will engage our teens and children in a fun-filled week of physical, mental and spiritual exercises that will help them grow, like David, into the Giant-Killers God has called each of us to be.

The clay projects will connect to the exhibitions, so campers will learn and get inspired in the galleries, create in the classroom, and have plenty of time to explore the Museum! The projects and exhibit connections will be different from the second Clay Creations session offered later in the summer, so campers could do both and have two unique experiences! Instructor: Amy Jackson Paint, Print + Play (Ages 5-9) Get your kiddo’s creative juices flowing with this Taubman Museum of Art multi-media camp! Campers will experiment with watercolors, acrylic paint, and a variety of other unique materials to produce works of art in fun and experimental ways. From exciting art gallery exploration and time for free play, to funky painting styles, there is sure to be a new favorite activity for your camper.Instructor: Amy Jackson

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1 Market Square SE, Roanoke, VA (540) 342-5710 Our Summer Camps combine hands-on activities, thought-provoking challenges and passionate instructors to encourage curiosity-based learning and promote STEAM literacy. With a range of camps across many popular STEAM topics, there is a program suited for every young scientist. By using your child’s favorite STEAM topics, they engage better with the learning principals behind each activity! Register today at

VIRGINIA OUTSIDE Boys & Girls • All Ages Roanoke, VA 540-761-9847

Day and overnight fishing and fly fishing camps and guided trips for kids ages 6-15. Single day, multi-day, week-long, and weekend options available.

CAMP WATONKA Boys• Ages 8-16

328 Wangum Falls Road, Hawley, PA (570) 226-4779


622 Campbell Ave SW Roanoke, VA (540) 400-7795 Join Virginia Children’s Theatre for summer camp! Camps are offered for grades pre-K through 12th and all camps are one week long. Camps will focus on singing, dancing, acting and more! No experience necessary, all skill levels are welcome.

Camp Watonka is the only program in America offering the traditional overnight experience combining crafts, sports, dirt-bikes, adventure and waterfront with a hands-on science program. This unique combination makes us the ideal program for all boys looking for fun summer focused on their personal interests.

Buh-bye, boredom! Hello, Adventure! From caving to kayaking and creating to competing, PLAY Roanoke keeps the fun coming all summer long!

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Boys & Girls • All Ages

Roanoke, Salem, Botetourt and Daleville (540) 342 9622 Boys & Girls • Ages 8-17

11176 Peaceful Valley Road, New Castle, VA (540) 864-6792

Camps at the Y share one thing: they’re about discovery. Kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lasting friendships and memories.

Participants will leave Wilderness Adventure with an increase sense of autonomy. Being able to live in the outdoors for a week, carry all you need in a backpack, and get out of your comfort zone with challenging activities will help participants to know their limits and see how capable they are.

SATURDAY, APRIL17 1:00 PM Tickets are now available at The Grandin Theatre • 1310 Grandin Road • Roanoke, VA 24015 • 540-345-6377

Parents nnd playtime tt. Grab a few friends, make plans to take a hike, float down the river or sit by a ppl while the kids have a day of play at Kids Square. The program's focus is to create an environment where kids can explore, play and learn while developing their social skiis and parents can take a few hours to themselves.

TIME: 9am-2pm AGE: 3-8 years old COST: $20 members/ $25 Guests per day each aaitional child $5 oo limited to 15 kids per day AA participants nnd to be pooy trained. Lather up your kids in sunscrrn prior to aaival. Must wear a bathing suit under clothing. Every child must bring a nut-frr snack and lunch (labeled with the name of the child). Parents wii receive an informational email on Thursday before Parent Playtime Camp.

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Win summer. North Cross School’s Summer Programs offer a wide variety of athletic, outdoor, creative, and academic day camps for all children in preschool through eleventh grade—all summer long. Our schedule is flexible and built around yours, with early morning and evening care. Now, with online registration, we’ve made it even easier to win summer. A sampling of the many camps we offer: • June Jamboree • Discovery Camp • Awesome August

• Baseball • Lacrosse • Soccer

• Tennis • Graphic Design • Drawing

• Embody Love Movement • And more!

COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place for all camps. This includes reduced class sizes, curbside drop-off and pick-up, temperature checks, physical distancing, masks required for both campers and camp counselors, and frequent surface sanitizing. For more information, visit our website below.

Easy online catalog and registration: 4254 Colonial Avenue • Roanoke, VA • 540.989.6641

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Featured Summer Camp

Science Museum of Western Virginia Can’t pull your kid away from the computer screen? Maybe that’s not such a bad thing! Code Breakers Summer Camp at the Science Museum of Western Virginia uses our youngest generation’s love of technology to teach them valuable skills! Our curriculum breaks down complex topics using teambuilding games and project-based activities that encourage creative input and problem solving, while also limiting scene time. With age-appropriate challenges that allow for self-paced learning, logical thinking, and that use real-world examples, camp attendees will understand tricky concepts with ease! But why is coding so important? Coding is the foundation of computer science, and it instructs computers and machines that we use every day to perform different actions. It’s what we as humans use to create software such as websites, apps, and other technologies. Those that are fluent in code possess the modern world’s most in-demand skills, with programming jobs predicted to grow by

over 30% in the next decade, and averaging six figure salaries. Like with any foreign language, the younger you start learning it, the more likely you are to master the skill! By the end of the week, camp attendees will have the skills that will put them on a path to become the next Google developers, video game designers, web developers, or entrepreneurs who build a business from the ground up. Whatever your child’s future career or current interests, understanding basic programming and coding skills will set them up for a lifetime of success by giving them an edge in virtually every modern day industry. Go to to register your child for our Code Breakers Summer Camp, and to explore our other Summer Camp programs. For more information, call 540.342.5710 or email

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No matter the weather or the season, you can find Valley United players of all ages playing soccer games, honing their skills, building teamwork, and inspiring confidence among individuals. Valley United is considered the largest non-profit soccer organization in Southwest Virginia. Members say they are more than an organization; they are a family - a family they did not know how much they love and need until this past year. The Covid-19 pandemic threatened to temporarily take away soccer, but all involved came together to keep their soccer family together and playing. Valley United is so successful, they are expanding!

manages the non-profit and volunteers support its programs. Stephen Simon, Board President, said, “While our focus is on soccer, playing for the Valley United means so much more than that. Our purpose is to build not just great athletes but strong, humble, and gracious players on and off the field. Our mission is to create the best ‘all around’ player and that doesn’t always mean the most athletic.”

PURPOSE AND PROGRAMS Valley United (formerly known as Valley AFC) has developed soccer programs for Roanoke Valley youth for decades. It started in 1982 to provide recreational soccer in Southwest Roanoke County. Through the years, founders felt a need for more soccer programs and a higher level of play. This led to creating other leagues and travel teams. In 1992, the club became a 5013c non-profit organization. Current programs range from preschool aged Soccer Shots to recreational soccer leagues to travel soccer to the “kid at heart” adult leagues. They have affiliations with the DC United men’s professional soccer team and the Washington Spirit women’s professional soccer team. An average of 1,500 participants per year are involved in all of the programs. The many soccer opportunities are what keep people involved. “Both my wife and I grew up playing soccer and loving the sport. Our kids started out by playing rec and then went onto Star City Soccer Academy. We were looking for a travel league that not only offered a high level of play but also focused on building strong, principled players off the

field,” said Bryon Batty, Valley board member and U13 Girls Green team coach. Valley United is located in the entire Roanoke Valley area with several

outdoor fields and a partnership with the Star City Soccer Center for indoor play. A team of soccer professionals

Board Members say Valley United is recognized as a leading youth sports organization in the region offering top quality opportunities for players. The motto is “Soccer for All.” Cory Carroll, director of soccer said, “I feel privileged for the opportunity to teach these kids lifelong lessons. Watching their personal self-confidence grow and watching their lives change through soccer is why I do this job. Fostering relationships and promoting strong team play is what we are all about.” The relationships and strong play go hand in hand. Ian Rich has played with Valley since he was seven years old. He is currently a U19 Green team player. “I would say that for me as a homeschooler, it’s nice to be able to be a part of a team from a bunch of different schools. I love how the team has bonded over the past few years and how we are always striving to be the best. This has helped me in multiple ways and given me the confidence to be the best that I can be as a teammate and in my personal life,” Rich said. Parents and coaches feel the same way as the players. Some say their children have grown both on and off the field. Board member Matthew Barrette said, “I grew up playing soccer and wanted my kids to have the same opportunity. I started out coaching my son in rec league in the Vinton area, but we started looking for a higher level of play. My son and several of his teammates decided to come to Valley, and we’ve been here ever since. I currently Family • April 2021


help coach my two daughters on the U11 Green team and am so proud of the success I have seen in all my kids on and off the field since joining the Valley family.”

could replace it. Within a week, she was back outside training via Zoom and regaining some control in her life. While this is just one example, I can confidently tell you that our soccer community banded together to give these kids the physical and emotional support they needed to get through this trying time. As a parent, just to see other faces reminded me that we were all in this together and brighter times were ahead,” Carnevali said.

COVID-19 PANDEMIC EFFECTS As a year-round sports operation with thousands of people involved, the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions stopped Valley United in its tracks last year. No one wanted to stop playing and training though. Parent Brooke Carnevali said, “Before the pandemic hit, we had no way really to fully appreciate how much soccer meant to not only the players but their families as well.” Staff and board members say the focus immediately shifted to, “How can we train safely and give these kids a sense of normalcy during this extreme stressful time?” Staff members and volunteers came together and found a way to keep it going despite unprecedented pandemic challenges. They worked with state and local health departments and came up with a plan to offer whatever they could. Coaches rolled out a “train at home” program using Zoom and utilized Zoom for team training. As restrictions relaxed, the club changed and evolved to resuming in-person. They kept playing and training but with safety the first priority. “Providing the kids, families, and community safe, responsible play became the sole driving force of our club during this trying time,” said Simon. “The staff and volunteers had to work twice as hard to keep our organization running. From social distancing markers to temperature checks, everyone was invested in bringing our club through this pandemic stronger than ever. Our players and families were desperate for the opportunity to continue to play safely, and we were committed to providing whatever we could, whenever we could, while following all rules and regulations set forth by the state.”


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The Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) recognized Valley United for its efforts to keep soccer going in the pandemic. The club’s safety plan served as a model for other clubs to help create Covid safe training opportunities.

Parents credit the soccer club for keeping their children going during an isolating time. Parents say Valley United provided a safe outlet when other things were taken away. “I can honestly say that Valley coming together so quickly, safely, and thoughtfully

saved my 11-year-old daughter. She loves her coach, her teammates, and her soccer life. To have that taken away in a blink of an eye was devastating and nothing I could say or do

FUTURE Board members and coaches want more people of all ages to experience soccer and team building, and have all of the same top quality training opportunities. To expand on the “Soccer for All’ motto, Valley United partnered with Carilion Clinic to buy land in southeast Roanoke. The land off of 13th Street was purchased in 2016. Plans are underway to develop a complex at the site. Board members say Valley AFC and Carilion Clinic chose this site to improve the health and well-being of the citizens in an economically depressed area of Roanoke. Simon, president of the board, said, “The land off of 13th Street was purchased five years ago with the goal of developing a fully-functional soccer complex for the Roanoke Valley to enjoy. Our first phase consists of completing two high quality Bermuda grass fields that will hopefully be ready in early fall.” The construction is divided into phases for building and to aid fundraising to pay for it. Architecture plans show once complete, the complex will have 16 fields consisting of youth, FIFA, and NCAA fields. Walkways, picnic and play

areas, bleachers, and parking areas are also included. “This complex has the ability to change lives not only through physical activity but also improve mental health by creating a sense of community for the surrounding neighborhoods. This complex will also stimulate the local economy as we look to host multiple events and tournaments,” said Barrette. Phase One is underway, which includes the creation of the two Bermuda grass fields and basic infrastructure for the complex. Valley United will soon be ready to move to phase two, which is expanded fields, field lighting, asphalt parking and other infrastructure. They say they need funding to get started on phase two. They plan to use donations, grants, and hard work from staff and volunteers to raise money. They also want to partner with local leaders to make this soccer complex a reality in the community.

Valley United staff and participants believe building this new complex will lead to more than just soccer games, but a foundation for many to grow, both athletically and mentally. Board members say despite the pandemic challenges from the past year, the future at Valley is bright. If you are interested in learning more about Valley United or signing up for tryouts, you can visit the website www.valleyunited. us for information.

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Nature’s greatest celebration is underway! Azaleas, tulips, and daffodils are blooming. Trees are sporting bright green leaves. Birds have returned to the valley with cheerful songs. Long days filled with sunshine are here again. Best of all, spring means baby animals. Celebrate spring with your children through these beautiful books celebrating caterpillars, butterflies, ducklings, and tadpoles. New life is all around!

Waiting for Wings

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Lois Elhert is a queen of collage and her luscious book Waiting for Wings is a perfect example of her talent. Each page is filled with vivid and rich illustrations of flowers and butterflies. The collages are scientifically accurate and there is even an identification guide included at the end. Lovely rhymes further enhance this tale of the life cycle of a butterfly from egg to adulthood. You don’t want to miss this metamorphosis!

An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Aston: Eggs are full of mystery and potential. They come in all different colors, shapes, and sizes, but each one holds a miracle. An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Aston celebrates eggs in all their diversity and splendor. Readers learn about bird eggs, reptile eggs, amphibian eggs, and even shark eggs. Beautiful (and scientifically accurate) paintings by Sylvia Long add to the wonder. An Egg is Quiet is sure to become a new classic.

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Growing Frogs by Vivian French Growing Frogs is the perfect example of what educational theorist Charlotte Mason called a living book. Living books are non-fiction books written by one author who is passionate about the subject. Living books draw kids in, in a way that textbooks do not. Growing Frogs by Vivian French tells the tale of a young girl who brings home frog eggs and watches their metamorphosis into adulthood. Children will enjoy this story so much that they won’t even realize they are learning! Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey Few books are as iconic as Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. This Caldecott Award winning book tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard raising their eight little ducklings in Boston. Raising ducklings in a busy city is no easy task, but with determination (and some help from a friendly policeman) the Mallards find a way. This enchanting tale of the Mallard family is guaranteed to find a special place in your heart. The Hungary Caterpillar by Eric Carle The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is an enchanting childhood classic. A cute little caterpillar has hatched from his egg and is absolutely ravenous. He has a week-long picnic of delicious goodies before beginning his transformation into a butterfly. Carle’s seminal collages are cheerful and engaging. As an added bonus, the story offers a fun opportunity for little ones to practice counting, colors, and the days of the week. 902 S. College Avenue, Salem Family • April 2021


Access for All: Unifying Early Childhood Education to Prepare Children for Success


ccording to the Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program, about forty percent of the commonwealth’s kindergarten students enter class without the basic skills they’ll need to succeed. Among low-income kindergarten students, half enter school unprepared. By third grade, if a child is not reading at grade level, he or she is more likely to drop out of school without graduating. “The early years present the best opportunities for a child’s brain to develop the crucial connections they need to become healthy, successful adults. Eighty-five percent of brain development occurs by age five,” said Atif Qarni, Virginia Secretary of Education, on a recent visit to Roanoke. “That’s why a big state investment is needed with a focus on really ramping up early childhood programs.” To significantly improve the odds for children, United Way of Roanoke Valley, with Smart Beginnings of Greater Roanoke, is leading an innovative new pilot program benefitting families in the Roanoke Valley region through Virginia’s allocation of the federal Preschool Development Grant awarded in 2019. Known as Smart2Start, it’s a single point of entry collaboration between area school systems, Head Start, and private providers. At the center of Smart2Start is a coordinated system engineered to streamline recruitment, eligibility, and enrollment in early care and education


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programs. “Parents can apply to both public and private programs at once. The family’s needs and preferences come first and foremost in working to find open spots,” said Vivien McMahan, Director of Early Learning Strategies at United Way of Roanoke Valley. “We’re not doing children any good if they’re remaining on waiting lists, so we want to get rid of those and put them in a provider slot as soon as possible.” Previously, parents trying to enroll a child in a preschool or early care program had to fill out individual applications for each location. If the program reached maximum enrollment, they had to search for another option, with a new application. “Not all families have the convenience of finding quality care that fits within their needs. It can be a difficult, expensive, and frustrating experience,” said Abby Hamilton, President and CEO of United Way of Roanoke Valley. “Smart2Start is our way of supporting the call to action from Governor Ralph Northam to give all children the best opportunities, including those who are most at risk.” The program also levels the playing field for economically disadvantaged children by assisting parents as they navigate the process of applying for tuition assistance. The Smart2Start application is supplemented by a list of more than one hundred fifty providers in Roanoke, Botetourt, Franklin, and Craig counties, as well as the cities of Roanoke and Salem.

Chris Chase is the Roanoke Regional Mixed Delivery Preschool Pilot Coordinator at United Way of Roanoke Valley. He talks daily to parents who express appreciation for the one-stopshop approach. “I just talked to a mom who had several questions about the application and was also having computer problems at home and couldn’t fill it out online. We got the paper application to her, and she was so relieved that she was able to get all her questions answered and everything taken care of right on her lunch break,” said Chase. “She said it was a very different experience from what she went through with her two older children.” The Smart2Start collaboration wasn’t designed with just the applicant in mind. Hamilton says it serves the region’s entire economy since more than two-thirds of parents are now in the workforce. It also helps early care providers, many of which are small businesses, to more effectively advertise their services and quickly fill open seats. “Children and their families in our region deserve a better solution,” said Hamilton. “And their success has widespread impact. It influences economic, health, and social outcomes for our entire community.” The Smart2Start application is now available for the 2021 school year. More information can be found at Smart2Start. org.


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Keep the summer camp spirit with your family year round. Curtis Burchett, REALTOR Many families are preparing to send their kids to some form of summer camp activities this summer. With COVID cases down and vaccinations on the rise, a return to normalcy seems to be peeking through the horizon.

kids help you with setting up camp for the night. Depending on their age, you might even enlist their help with researching how to build a tarp tent or shelter and let them take the lead on creating the space.

However, many families may still not be comfortable with gatherings or summer camp experiences and are looking for new ways to make those amazing summer camp memories for their children this year.

While some take the lead on putting together the tent or shelter, allow others to create a snuggly sleeping place on the inside, bring all sorts of pillows and blankets from inside the house and make it a little crazy, and a lot comfortable!

Luckily, creating those types of experiences doesn’t take a lot of equipment or expense, just a little imagination and an open mind for new things. Check the weather forecast and pick a night or two with clear moderate weather, grab a tent if you have one, or a tarp and blankets will do, and let the


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Even the simplest foods taste better when cooked over a fire, hot dogs are easy and even the smallest children can hold a stick over the fire with adult supervision. Set up a small table with toppings and a variety of chips and you’ve got a dinner even the pickiest of kids will eat.

Don’t forget s’mores or other campfire desserts. The internet is full of great campfire dessert ideas that are easy to make and require only a few ingredients that are usually on hand. Lastly, don’t forget plenty of time to just sit around the campfire and enjoy each other as a family. Sing songs, tell stories, take plenty of pictures or laugh over old memories. As the fire dies down, use the darkness to look at the stars and find the big dipper and other constellations. Even if you’ve never considered yourself the “outdoorsy” type, a night of fun under the stars is an easy way get your family to unplug from all their electronic distractions and create those summer camp memories with your children that will last a lifetime.

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5. Place three ¼ cups of water into the fourth cup.

6. Place four ¼ cups of water into the fifth cup.

7. Place five ¼ cups of water into the sixth cup.

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rainbow order, starting with violet and moving through blue, green, yellow, orange and red.

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Charcoal Drawings

Bring the Taubman Museum of Art to you with this fun activity inspired by the exhibition Ansel Adams: Compositions in Nature, on view April 9 - August 1, 2021. Ansel Adams is a photographer famous for his beautiful, black and white photographs of landscapes. Charcoal is a great medium to use to create a drawing inspired by his work!

Materials Needed: Charcoal Pencil Paper Eraser Paper towel Newspaper

CREATE A VALUE SCALE Value defines how light or dark a color can be. It’s best understood when visualized as a scale or gradient from dark to light.

Using a piece of charcoal on paper, press down as hard as you can to create a dark value. As you move from left to right, press down more and more lightly to create a dark gray, light gray, and a bright white.

PRO TIPS • Blend with your fingers! • Use an eraser to create highlights. • Vary your marks to create different textures. Try short lines, curved lines, dots—anything you can think of!




Draw a few lines to create the main sections of the landscape.


Start with the sky and background, using a range of value and marks to add dimension to your drawing. Use light values to create highlights and dark values to create shadows.


Continue filling in the sections with value and texture. Work from the top down to avoid accidentally smudging your drawing. Slowly build up your layers to create depth!

Image Credit: Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984), Banner Peak Thousand Island Lake (Central Sierra), 1923, printed 1927, Gelatin silver print, Courtesy of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Gift of Andrea Gray Stillman. Photograph by Ansel Adams, © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.

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