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First ever SummerFest brings 1,800 fans on hot day


To celebrate the ARCpark, more than 1,800 guests visited on July 9, 2016 for the first ever SummerFest.

At this free event, families could enjoy live music from Dharma Bombs and Red Light Rodeo, sponsored by The RVA Group. Firehouse Bar-B-Que, The Dog Wagon and Kona Ice Richmond parked in the ARCenter lot so guests could purchase refreshments. Merry Bee Photo Company captured event memories, and brought along a face-painter.

ARC staff, board and committee members volunteered as ambassadors to share stories and information with interested guests.

While not an official fundraiser, SummerFest donations total nearly $900 and will be used to support people with disabilities served by ARC. 

Ahoy! The Greater Richmond ARC’s Camp Baker announces summer sessions schedule


--Camp for individuals with developmental disabilities includes boating this year

CHESTERFIELD, Va. ( March 21, 2014)-- This summer, the Greater Richmond ARC’s Camp Baker will sponsor boating outings twice a week for children and adults with developmental disabilities at its neighbor, Pocahontas State Park.

     Accompanied by camp staff, day and overnight campers will have the opportunity  to canoe, kayak and peddle a paddle boat.

     “It promises to be an exciting summer,” said Rob Steele, Camp Baker’s director of camp services.

    “We are grateful for the help and support we’ve received from Pocahontas State Park. For some of our campers, it will be the first time they’ve experienced the thrill being on the water, and being able to view natural surroundings  from the perspective of a boat.”

     Horseback riding is also on the Camp Baker itinerary, along with nature walks, talent shows, arts and crafts, swimming in the Camp’s pool, campfires and cookouts in the covered picnic pavilion.

   Overnight  camp sessions  for adults ages 18 and over will be  June 15-20 and 22-27; June 29-July 4, July 6-11, 13-18, and 20-25;  and July 27-August l. The cost is $800 per week. Camper arrival is on Sundays between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. Each weekly overnight session ends by noon on Fridays.

   Day camp is also available the same weeks for adults with developmental disabilities ages 18 and over from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Friday.  A week of day camp is $400. Day camp is held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.

     For children and teens ages 5 through 17, overnight camp sessions will be held at Camp Baker on August 3 -August 8, and August 10-August 15 for $800 per session. Day camp for children with developmental disabilities will also be available those weeks Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday. The cost for children and teens for $400.