(804) 779-2811 info@CampHanover.org

Camp Hanover After School Explorers

Camp Hanover After-School Explorers (CHASE) is a nature-based after school program that focuses on outdoor exploration, creativity, and faith. CHASE is a small-group centered model and creates a space for all kids to get outside and have fun! 

More than after-school care

CHASE is more than something to keep your child busy once school lets out. Being outside is what we do best! We live in a world where access to electronics, screens, or indoor play is the norm. That’s why we prioritize getting our explorers out into nature to have fun and get messy!

Getting outside, building relationships, and showing love to each other are the heart of our philosophy. Our goal is for your child to grow, learn and marvel at the outdoors through fun, hands-on experiences. Our committed, caring staff will get to know your child, and help them thrive. 





Interested in signing up for fall?

Come for a visit

You're invited to tour Camp Hanover on select dates in May. 

Why are we so committed to getting kids outside?

Because we know the long-lasting impacts being outdoors can have on kids. Research has shown that outdoor play can have countless impacts on children as they grow and develop!

Here are just a few of ways being outside benefits kids:

*Research from Claire McCarthy, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing 

Our #1 Priority is getting kids outside to have fun!

CHASE takes place on the more than 600 acres of Camp Hanover, nestled in the woods of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This means there is so much to see and explore! Most of our time is spent outside, with plenty of safe indoor spaces to keep the fun going during inclimate weather. Our instructors facilitate nature-based exploration activities for explorers and create authentic and fun outdoor experiences for kids. All our explorations and activities are rooted in our explorers interests and allow for self-choice and free-play! 

Every day is different.

We take advantage of all of Camp's fun amenities, including archery, the lake, and the vast forests and trails. One day we might build shelters and the next we could make natural bird feeders. We want kids to experience the endless fun that can be found through time outdoors. 

Each day also includes a snack, Bible study, and assisted homework time around the campfire. 

A Place for Every Kid.

At CHASE, we use a child-centered approach, and because of that, we work to create a space that is welcoming and accessible for all children! Our staff have unique training in working with all kids and are ready to meet your explorer where they are. If you are interested in our program and have questions about this, please feel free to contact Reilly McNamara at (804) 779-2811. 

Daily Schedule


2:30 – 3:00
Travel from Schools

3:00 – 3:30
Opening Circle & Afternoon Snack

3:30 – 5:00
Outdoor Exploration

5:00 – 6:00
Homework & Games

We pick up from:

Cold Harbor Elementary

Battlefield Park Elementary

Pole Green Elementary

Don't attend one of these schools? K-5 students from other schools or homeschools are welcome at CHASE with the family providing transportation to Camp Hanover.

Why Choose CHASE for Your After-School Needs

Nature-based play

in the great outdoors

Fun activities

Like archery, canoeing, campfire cooking and more

Small group size

Tons of one-on-one attention

Daily devotions

In a welcoming, accepting, loving, Christian community

Multiple options

Flexible pick-up times and 2-5 day attendance options

Afternoon snack

and homework help

What Parents Say About CHASE

CHASE is a one-of-a kind after-school program. The kids do activies not found in your traditional after-school settings. My kid actually  looks forward to going each day!

Parent of a 2nd Grade Explorer

Being at CHASE sparks my child's creativty. Its a great chance for kids to explore in nature! I appreciate the Bible lessons and time each day for the kids to share about their day at school. The staff is focused on the kids connecting with each other and making friends.

Parent of a 1st Grade Explorer

CHASE is such a unique program that supports the child’s body, mind, and spirit through connections with nature and the surrounding environment. My kids feel “at home” at CHASE, and truly love to be there. Every week at CHASE is filled with activities. These activities have included hiking, making kites with outdoor objects, baking in a sun oven, cooking on a fire, helping in the garden, racing turtles, climbing in trees, playing gaga ball, going across the rope bridge, learning about a compass, making nature sculptures, making bird feeders, and so many others. One time, my sons were able to help dig up potatoes from the garden, and then they were roasted on the fire and served at a family dinner/ gathering. All these activities have led to further discussions and exploration at home, including extending our own garden, making “trails” in our woods behind our house, and going for weekend hikes.

Parent of a 4th Grade Explorer

After-School Adventures Don't Have to Wait

You could start at CHASE as soon as next week! Sign up now to spend the next few months building forts and friendships in the fresh spring air!

If you have questions about CHASE, email Reilly McNamara, CHASE Program Coordinator, or call (804) 779-2811.

Looking Ahead to Next Year?

Registration for the 2024-2025 school year is open now. Reserve your space for fall!

Want to be part of the CHASE team?

Are you interested in being one of our instructors? Want to make an impact on children’s lives every day? Apply now!