Summer Camp

The River’s Way 2019 summer day camp for youth and young adults with differing abilities will run for seven weeks from June 3rd- July 26th.  Activities will take place in downtown Bristol and at the Bristol Family YMCA. The downtown/YMCA location allows us to continue with our emphasis on fun, physical activity and inclusion in community based settings while allowing for flexible scheduling for our diverse group of campers.


This year marks the 26th year for River’s Way summer camps! We typically have 10- 12 campers on any given day during the summer. Ages range from 12- 35. We run programs with three well experienced full time staff along with a number of dedicated volunteers.

Monday- Thursday camp activities include downtown walking, a book club at the Bristol Public Library, theater with the Barter Theater staff, art at the Bristol Virginia School Board office, and basketball, yoga and weight lifting at the Bristol Family YMCA. Each Friday we will be gardening at the Vance Community Garden and on some Fridays, we will be cooking and serving lunches at Cafe Central at Central Christian Church in Bristol TN. 


Drop off time runs from 7:30 AM -8:00 AM and pick up time is at 4:00 PM Monday- Thursday. We will be at our office at 10 6th Street in Bristol TN from 7:30 AM- 8:00 AM.  From 8:00 AM on we will be walking at Cumberland Park unless it is pouring rain in which case we will remain at the office. We encourage all campers to be with us by 8:00 AM since walking is a big part of our program and we want to take advantage of the cooler morning temperatures. Pick up will take place at the YMCA at 4:00 PM.


Friday pick up and drop off times are 8:00 AM and 11:30 AM at the Vance Community Garden.  Campers may attend any or all days of camp.  We will not hold camp the week of July 1-5.


Fees and Required Forms:

Fees range from $25 per week to$150 per week based on a family’s ability to pay. We leave it up to families to determine the amount that is fair.


Required Forms (click on a form below to download):


Summer Camp Registration Form

Program Release

Health Information Form

Medications Form (if needed)


Students can turn forms in to their teachers.  Graduates can mail forms to River’s Way or hand the forms to River’s Way staff at program sites. Forms should be turned in by May 16th. The mailing address for River’s Way is River’s Way, 10 6th Street, Bristol TN 37620.


What to Bring:

Campers should wear clothing that is appropriate for the weather and for physical activity.  Tennis shoes are required.  Campers should bring snacks, lunches and drinks along with sun block. Cell phones are only allowed at snack times and free times. We encourage everyone to bring bag lunches as we are not able to take campers to local restaurants during summer program hours.



We can adapt programs to serve individuals with a wide range of abilities. However, we are not able to take campers with fragile medical conditions or those having extreme behavior challenges.



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