The Friends of Virgin Islands National Park offers a suite of a la carte field trip options for summer camp providers to choose from including ranger-led hikes, sailing excursions, kayaking and more – all in your Virgin Islands National Park! For example, we offer a ranger-led “Seashore Walk” that follows the Leinster Bay Trail onward to the historical Annaberg Sugar Mill Planation, which teaches valuable life science and cultural history lessons. The Friends also offers summer camp providers weekly options for hands-on science activities designed to help build knowledge and appreciation for native plant and animal species. These are staged at our campgrounds at Cinnamon Bay and led by park staff and local experts.
Additionally, the Friends is committed to affording the St. John Sports, Parks and Recreation's summer campers the opportunity to participate in all of our eco-camp offerings for free. We do this by providing additional support and resources to help support the camp, including transportation to and from field trip excursions in the park, funding to cover fees for tour operators, and Red Cross certified water safety instructors to lead weekly swim lessons.
The St. John Sports, Parks & Recreation Summer Camp 2020 will enroll between 60 and 100 youth in their 6-week camp scheduled for June 15-July 24th. Through our partnership support, the campers (ages 6-16) will participate in ranger-led hikes on Tuesdays, swim lessons on Wednesdays, and on-water excursions on Fridays for the duration of the camp.