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Venture Outdoors Summer Camps

Week-long day-camps for grades 1 - 12

Be sure your kids spend time outdoors this summer. Venture Outdoors summer camps are now open for registration in North Park, South Park, and Millvale.

Rising 1st – 2nd Grade

Junior Explorers

A summer camp just for little ones, where kids get to hike, bike, and geocache in South Park.

375

July 17-21 @ South Park

Rising 3rd – 5th Graders

Outdoor Adventure - North Park

Experience all that North Park has to offer! Outdoor Adventure Camp will introduce campers to exciting outdoor activities, including kayaking, fishing, biking, hiking, geocaching, and more.

425

June 19 -23 @ North Park

July 10 – 14 @ North Park

July 24 – 28 @ North Park

August 7 – 11 @ North Park

Outdoor Adventure - South Park

Explore South Park while learning to hike, bike, and geocache. Practice science experiments and engage in team-building with new friends.

375

July 17-21 @ South Park

August 14 – 18 @ South Park

Outdoor Adventure - Millvale

Hike, bike, fish, kayak, and geocache from Millvale – all the ways to the North Shore with new friends and friendly camp counselors.

400

June 26 – 30 @ Millvale

Cycling Through Summer - Millvale

Spend the summer riding trails along Pittsburgh’s rivers. Learn bike maintenance and mechanics. You may also fish, geocache, conduct science experiments, and make new friends.

400

July 31 – August 4 @ Millvale

Rising 6th – 8th Graders

Outdoor Adventure - North Park

Experience all that North Park has to offer! Outdoor Adventure Camp will introduce campers to exciting outdoor activities, including kayaking, fishing, biking, hiking, geocaching, and more.

425

June 19 – 23 @ North Park

Hooked on Fishing - North Park

Want to take your fishing skills to the next level? Learn fishing techniques, create your own fishing lures, and explore the creek and lake in new ways. Campers will also kayak, hike, and explore the trails of North Park.

425

July 24 – 28 @ North Park

Summer on the Water - North Park

Spend a week on the water learning to kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddle board (SUP)!

425

August 7 – 11 @ North Park

Cycling through Summer - Millvale

Explore Pittsburgh on two-wheels! Ride the Three Rivers Heritage Trail from Millvale to the North Shore and beyond. Learn basic bike maintenance and mechanics.

400

June 26 – 30 @ Millvale

Outdoor Adventure - Millvale

From our home base at Three Rivers Rowing, Outdoor Adventure Campers will explore Millvale to the North Shore through kayaking, fishing, biking, hiking, and geocaching.

400

July 31 – August 4 @ Millvale

Cycling through Summer - South Park

Explore South Park on two-wheels! Ride through park trails and learn basic bike maintenance and mechanics.

375

August 14 – 18 @ South Park

Rising 9th – 12th Graders

Summer on the Water - North Park

Spend a week on the water learning to kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddle board (SUP)! Practice kayak leader techniques and learn how to move with proficiency on the water.

425

July 10 – 14 @ North Park

FAQ

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

Cancellation must be given in writing via e-mail to Mandy@ventureoutdoors.org or over the phone at 412-255-0564 x238.
  • If cancellation notice is given at least six weeks prior to the first day of camp: FULL REFUND
  • If cancellation notice if given at least four weeks prior to the first day of camp (but less than six weeks): 50% REFUND
  • NO REFUNDS will be given within four weeks of the first day of camp or after camp has begun.
If a camper does not follow a behavior policy and is suspended or removed from camp, NO REFUND will be issued. Bullying, verbal and physical aggression are not tolerated. Upon registration parents will be prompted to review and agree to our staff’s Behavior Response guidelines to better understand the expectations we have in place to make our camps an enjoyable place for everyone to participate.
In the case of a medical emergency, please contact Mandy@ventureoutdoors.org for refund options.

Do you offer financial assistance?

Camperships (camp scholarships) may be available for those who need financial assistance. Please complete the application using this link – Venture Outdoors 2023 Camp Scholarship Application. Note that an application does NOT guarantee a campership. After you complete it, someone from the office will contact you if we have the necessary funding to provide this opportunity for your child. If you have further questions, reach out to Mandy@ventureoutdoors.org or 412-255-0564 x238.

Can I switch which program my child is in?

We will happily support any changes in a family’s summer schedule. If there is space available in a camp that you would like to switch your child to, we can do so for a $25 administrative charge. If the camp you are switching to is a higher cost camp, you will be expected to pay the difference; if the camp you are switching to is a lower cost camp, we will refund you the difference.

Please contact Mandy@ventureoutdoors.org to make a change.

Are there enrollment minimums for camp to run?

Yes, there are minimum enrollment capacities in order for camp to run. Venture Outdoors reserve the right to cancel, combine, or alter a camp if the camp registrations do not meet the minimum enrollment capacities before the camp start date. In this instance, we will contact you if you have already registered your child with the option for a full refund or change to another camp that has open slots.

Will you offer aftercare after 4:00pm?

There will be no aftercare available this year.

What happens if I pick up my child late?

Parents should pick their child up from camp between 3:30 – 4:00pm. There will be a late pick up fee of $1.00 per minute per child beginning at 4:01pm.

Can I pick my child up early? What if they have to be late?

We may be able to accommodate, depending on the activities we have planned for the day. Please contact Mandy@ventureoutdoors.org to further discuss your needs.

What accommodations can you make for my child?

We encourage all parents to closely review each camp description to consider if a camp is a good fit for your child.
After registration, you (the parent) will be sent a Camper Wellbeing Paperwork Packet to complete for your child, where you can outline special accommodations and needs. We will do our best to provide accommodations providing it does not change the nature of the event activities. There is a minimum of two weeks notice needed for special accommodation considerations.
Contact Mandy Revak at Mandy@ventureoutdoors.org or 412-255-0564 x238 if you would like to discuss further.

What is your cellphone and electronics policy?

We do not allow campers to use cell phones during camp time. Campers will be instructed to keep their cell phone in their backpack during camp time. If a camper is still using their cell phone after a warning from a staff member, the staff member will hold onto the cell phone for the remainder of the day and return it to a parent during pick up time.

We do not allow campers to use handheld electronics during camp time. Campers will be asked to not bring devices (iPads, laptops, Nintendo Switch, etc.) to camp. If they are brought to camp, campers will be instructed to keep their electronic devices in their backpack during camp time. If a camper is still using electronics after a warning from a staff member, the staff member will hold onto the device for the remainder of the day and return it to a parent during pick up time.

What happens if we have bad weather?

Camp is NOT typically canceled due to inclement weather. Inclement weather or water flow may affect which recreational activities your camper will participate during the week. We take weather and camper safety seriously, revising our activity schedule and seeking shelter when needed. All locations have a safety shelter for inclement weather. During periods of inclement weather, campers will participate in indoor activities, like teambuilding, crafts, games and more.

What is your COVID-19 policy?

Participants are advised to follow CDC COVID-19 guidelines and to use the CDC isolation and exposure calculator to determine if quarantine is necessary after exposure. In the case of a COVID-19 or medical emergency, please contact us for refund options.

What should my camper bring?

Your camper should come prepared with:
1. Lunch
2. Snacks
3. Water bottle
4. Sunscreen
5. Bug spray
6. Extra pair of clothes
7. Raincoat
8. Day backpack
9. Any medication
10. Optional – sunglasses, hat
Extra water and snacks will be provided each day.

Questions? Contact

Mandy Revak
Youth Program Manager
mandy@ventureoutdoors.org
412-255-0564 x238

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