everything you want to know
what to expect on camp day…
Arrive early for your child’s surf time. Shortly after participation is confirmed, you will be receiving a surf time from the Surfers Healing Foundation Team in California. It is recommended that you arrive approximately 30 minutes to an hour early for your child’s surf time. This gives your child a chance to watch other children surfing and get acquainted with the experience. In addition, the camp may be running on time or early, and, in an effort to stay ahead, Surfers Healing may begin calling later time slots ahead of schedule.
Upon your arrival, you will check in at our Welcome Table so that we know your child is there and ready for his or her surf session. When you check in, feel free to ask any questions you may have of our volunteers. That is what they are there for and they are happy to help!
Please be considerate of other families when standing on the shoreline. When your child surfs, we want you to have the best view in the house and the best photo opportunities available. For this reason, we ask that you stand back, away from the shoreline when your child is not surfing. This allows all parents a ‘front row seat” to capture the magic of your child catching a wave.
After your child’s surf session: After your child gets out of the water from their surf session, they will receive a medal. While we typically have a team of photographers trying to snap as many pictures of the day as possible, make sure to bring your camera, too, to ensure your child’s smile gets captured.
Parking: You may be able to park your vehicle at your hotel and walk to 4th Street and 5th Street, but if you are traveling to camp by car, we recommend the 2nd Street Municipal Lot, the Rudee Loop lot, or the 4th Street lot. For a map of oceanfront parking, check out Visit Virginia Beach.
Is there a charge for the camp? Nope, there is no charge for Surfers Healing VB thanks to our great personal and community sponsors this event is free to those that are registered. So if you are pre-registered for the camp please show up ahead of your allotted time and be ready to have a great family beach day while your kids surf. Just show up at least 45 minutes before your surf time to check in.
When will they announce the dates for this year’s camp?
This year’s date is nailed down! Camp dates are August 16 & 17, 2019 and registration dates are March 23-29, 2019.
What do we need to bring the day of the camp? Bring whatever you need so you and your children will be comfortable on the beach (towels, sunscreen, toys). We will have drinks, snacks and lunch provided but you may want to bring special dietary food or drinks just to be on the safe side. We provide the surf boards, leashes and life vests.
Where do I park? You may be able to park your vehicle at your hotel and walk to 4th Street and 5th Street, but if you are traveling to camp by car, we recommend the 2nd Street Municipal Lot, the Rudee Loop lot, or the 4th Street lot. For a map of oceanfront parking, check out Visit Virginia Beach.
Can I bring anyone in my family to watch my child surf or just immediate family? Please make it a family day! Bring whomever you like. We try to have enough food for everyone but maybe pack extra snacks/drinks if you are bringing a huge crowd
I would like to volunteer to help out during one of your camps. How do I go about that? We love and appreciate our Surfers Healing Volunteers! Please visit the VOLUNTEER section of our website for more details.
Where can I stay? There are plenty of hotels to choose from at the Virginia Beach oceanfront within blocks of our camp. Click here for a great site to help with hotel options.