Cheerio on the New River is led by three full time directors who bring a combined 32 years of camping experience to our program. Our Camp Director, Jim Hussey began his career with Camp Cheerio in 2010 and has experience working in all aspects of Camp Cheerio’s operations. Jim’s wife, Weldon, joined the Cheerio team in 2021 and is looking forward to bringing her talents from event planning and marketing to the team as our Associate Director. Roark McLean joins us as our Program DIrector as we look ahead to summer 2022. Roark brings many years of camp experience, as well as an extensive knowledge base, and love for all outdoor activities.
Complementing our three full time directors, Cheerio on the New River will employ 25-30 experienced staff. The majority of our staff will have the primary role of being an in-cabin counselor with your child while they teach certain activities throughout the day. A few senior staff members will have training in specific areas of camp to ensure all activities and camp life are both safe and fun. These staff will live outside of the camper cabins and will be there to provide support to both campers and counselors on a daily basis.
All staff who come to work with us will go through an interview process with one of our Directors and go through our own structured training before starting the summer with your camper.
Campers can start coming as rising 5th graders (approximately 10 years old) and age out of camp after 11th grade (approximately 16 years old).
A mix of both land and aquatics activities, all centered around introducing your camper to the great outdoors in a safe and rewarding environment. Our land based activities include mountain biking, target sports (archery), orienteering/GPS, arts and crafts (with a focus on rope work and knot building), outdoor cooking, camping, climbing (on a real rock face), and hiking/backpacking. Aquatics activities will include canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing (and fly fishing), and raft/boat building.
We are excited to be offering many out of camp trips which will include Canoeing and Kayaking down various sections of the New River, Caving, and Rock Climbing. Travel time will be cut down so all trips will be out and back within the same day.
Our camp family firmly believes in camp being a place where your camper feels comfortable to meet new friends, take on new challenges, and find their best self. To this end we believe that offering your camper the opportunity to pick their own activities on Opening Day is of paramount importance. Having a trusted counselor on hand to help explain the activities to them and being able to talk with their friends about what activities they may wish to do together guarantees your camper will design their own unique camp path.
Although Cheerio Extreme will not be formally offered, we now have more opportunities for your child to have “the best of both worlds”. When you register, simply sign up for a session at either location, and follow it up with a session at the second location. We will plan for a fun afternoon/evening for your child and we will provide transportation between the two!
Made possible by the donation of several large tracts of land and the hard work of many volunteers over the last two years, we are thrilled to be bringing our camp focus closer to home. We will continue to provide out of camp trips, but we will spend less time travelling and focus more time in and around camp. This will open up more time in their days to connect with nature and each other in a safe and supervised setting.
Cabins are duplex style with each cabin consisting of space for 14 campers and 2 staff. Cabins are very spacious, and all have a covered front and back porch where campers will spend time creating lasting friendships. All cabins are located in close proximity to all camp activities, and main buildings such as the office and lodge (dining hall).
Cabins are assigned on the basis of age/grade to ensure each camper is surrounded with campers of a similar age, enabling them to easily connect with others.
A camper’s cabin is their home at camp and their cabin mates will become some of their best friends. Knowing this, we strive to set each camper up for success in a smaller group of similar age campers. A typical cabin size will be 10-12 campers with a dedicated pair of counselors.
The camp session cost is an all-inclusive fee, covering the cost of all camp activities, food, evening snack, and out of camp trips.
Cheerio strives to be consistent across both of our camps and continue to update our protocols in alignment with current CDC recommendations. Prior to Opening Day we do require your camper to have been vaccinated or be able to present a negative PCR test within 7 days of coming to camp. This enables us to ensure the safest camping experience possible. While at camp, in circumstances where we are unable to social distance (such as enclosed areas like the Dining Hall) campers and staff will be required to wear a mask to again protect our camp family from Covid-19.