Kids need more dirt in their life, or so we think. These clubs and organizations will ensure your kids get less screen time and more time with Mother Nature. From adventure clubs to camps to one-times events, there is something happening to get your kids outside — and off the couch — almost every day of the week (even in the rain).
The mission of the Blue Ridge Horse Force is to promote grassroots showmanship and sportsmanship by uniting local open horse shows. BRHF shows are held by organizations ranging from 4-H groups to civic leagues to training stables to charitable organizations. All are able to raise more funds for their groups through increased BRHF member participation. Exhibitors can compete at any of these shows knowing that there will be uniformity in class descriptions and offerings.
Scouting is about building character, developing personal fitness, and learning leadership and citizenship. These goals are achieved in the outdoors. The adventure of hiking, camping, swimming, boating, high-adventure challenges, and touring is woven into the scouting program.
For almost 100 years Girl Scouts have been helping girls discover their self potential. Did you know that 70 percent of women in the U.S. Congress were Girl Scouts? They’re not alone. About 69 percent of female executives and leaders have participated in Girl Scouts.
Girl Scouts has age-appropriate programs that meet the needs of today’s girls from kindergarten to 12th grade. The model is based on three principles:
The Just the Right Gear Junior Team strives to provide a nurturing, fun environment for kids to learn the sport of mountain biking and develop a lifelong love of fitness and the outdoors. The kids cycling team includes 35 boys and girls ranging in age from 5 to 17.
Muddy Squirrel is your gateway to outdoor adventure. If you would like to start trail running, mountain biking, orienteering, or even shooting, they have the tools you’ll need in a fun, risk-free environment. Muddy Squirrel offers women’s only events, guided trips, kids’ birthday parties, and corporate team-building.
Roanoke Slackline is a group with a mission to share the joy of slacklining in public spaces. The group is based on a set of simple ideas:
There’s no formal process to become part of the slacklining group. Gatherings and information are posted in a Facebook group for members. Here’s what the page has to say: “Please join us in sharing time on the slackline in public space in and around the Roanoke Valley. People of all ages, and walks of life are welcome.”
Plus current members already have a few slacklines that everyone can use, so don’t worry about having to bring one if you don’t have one. All levels are welcome. Come learn, come teach, come slack!
The goal of Stay City Cycling is to help kids find the joy of mountain biking and the thrill of competition under the watchful eye of dedicated volunteer coaches. The group strives to create a solid foundation of skills and fitness for all riders and to instill a love of cycling that will last a lifetime.
The team holds weekly practice rides with a focus on confidence building, skills development, fitness, and fun. Practices usually begin with a brief skills session, and then the team hits the trails to apply those skills in real life situations. Over the course of the season, the team will progress through a series of bike handling and racing specific skills. Practices are always led by experienced adult riders and parents are encouraged to participate.
The kids biking team is for boys and girls ages 7 to 17.
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