So Many Activities To Choose From…
Instructional Activities and Elective Choices.
See the Typical Daily Schedule for details about when these activities are held and how they fit into each day of camp.
Instructional Activity Options
With 30 instructional classes to choose from, campers can truly customize their Sandy Hill experience. Campers choose three instructional activities each week from the extensive list below. Classes meet daily for an hour and fifteen minutes, allowing campers to improve their skills under the guidance of experienced and well-trained instructors. Campers attending for multiple weeks have a different set of three classes each week. Classes are assigned based on the date of registration, so be sure to register as early as possible, as spaces are limited in some activities (especially waterskiing and horseback riding).
Improve your audition! Do you enjoy acting or have plans to try out for a play? Campers select and memorize a short monologue, work on cold reading from a script, and hone their improvisation skills. Break a leg!
Learn safety and skills of shooting a bow and arrow
Try your hand at drawing and painting using different media
Practice fundamentals and play on our indoor and outdoor courts
Improve your skills and take short trips on the Elk River
Teamwork, leadership and adventure on the high and low challenge course.
Climb, belay and repel on the high ropes course and climbing wall (not for one-week JV campers)
Make some cool projects that aren't offered during free time crafts
Learn and perform a modern dance routine
Bring your sticks, shinguards, and mouthguards - no experience necessary
Catch a variety of freshwater fish from the Chesapeake Bay
If you need to get in shape or stay in shape for a sport while you are at camp, be sure to sign up for this class. Daily workouts will be varied and may include running, swimming, stairs, tae bo, kickboxing, strength training, flexibility, and more (not for one-week JV campers)
Learn basic chords and strumming on the acoustic guitar
English-style equitation lessons for beginning and intermediate riders - walk, trot, canter, and basic jumps (additional $85 fee)
Cook, bake, and taste delicious dishes from different countries each day
Join some of our international staff in playing games that are wildly popular in their home countries, such as rugby, cricket, netball, "football"(a.k.a. soccer), and more
A coed version of the game with camp sticks and camp rules (not for one-week JV campers)
Learn and practice the basics of sleight of hand and close-up magic tricks
Outdoor cooking, fire- and shelter-building, orienteering and a special evening campfire in the woods
Learn digital camera basics and practice composing photographs at scenic Sandy Hill
Play group games and have time for free swim at the pool
Learn to sail on Sunfish, Laser Picos and American 14-6's
Work on the fundamentals and play organized games on our full-size outdoor field
Can't get enough of horses? Learn more about them while helping with grooming, feeding and barn chores. For kids who are comfortable around horses. There is no riding in this activity. (not for one-week JV campers)
Play your favorite "All-American" games like kickball, flag football, capture the flag, ultimate frisbee, dodgeball, and more
Learn how much fun tennis can be on six outdoor courts and work on strokes, strategy, and technique
Small classes to develop skills at your level
Practice and play on sand and indoor courts (not for one-week JV campers)
Keep up your training by working out in the camp pool. Not swim lessons - campers must be able to swim 50m freestyle and backstroke. Perfect if you are missing a week of swim team while you are at camp!
Beginning to advanced skiiers are welcome in this popular activity (additional $60 fee)
Electives offer campers the chance to experience a variety of activities in addition to their three instructional activities chosen from above. Each afternoon, campers do a different one of the following electives - a total of four for the week. There are a lot of great choices, so you can’t go wrong!
Horseback Trail Ride
Water War & Mini-Golf