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!
Star City Cycling is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to youth cycling. The organization believes that mountain biking is one of the most effective ways to promote a healthy lifestyle, encourage a love for the outdoors, and teach kids important lessons in sportsmanship, self-reliance, and determination. JV and varsity competition teams are geared toward kids who love to race, and the Adventure Club is perfect for those who just want to ride for fun without the pressure of competition. Star City Cycling also offers a beginners program for kids who are just getting started in the sport.
Programs are open to boys and girls of all skill levels between 8 and 18 years old.
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