Rockin' Reunions... Is Your Family Game?

Ah, the holidays... when Great Aunt Mabel and Grandma Sue recall those times when it was easy as pie to get the family together, then turn to the younger generation with encouraging smiles and pats on the shoulder, asking you to make it happen. Sound familiar?

So frequently we hear our summer camp participants wishing they could bring their entire family out here to the 4-H Center. When we tell them that many people do, in fact, hold their family reunions at the Center, they are blown away. Here are some tips on creating a seriously rockin' family reunion with our help!

  • Plan early. We book many of our weekends and events a year in advance, especially those prime weekends. We also have weekends that are blacked out for certain program areas (High Ropes, Pool, Waterfront). To get the most out of the weekend, make sure you get your reservation in early!
  • Know your group. For larger family reunions, we can sometimes want to overbook. Is your family 500+ people who like adventure, or something more like 100 who want to bring their own food? No matter your size or preferences, we can accommodate, but save your own sanity by polling your folks first. Many folks don't mind bringing their own linens for discounted rooms, and still others want to experience the most luxury we can offer. We are a single facility with a single price, and we build in the food and programming according to your needs.
  • Don't underestimate the power of programming. We offer tons of wonderful recreation options as well as programmed classes. Our Program Director, Jessie McKeon, says, "One of my favorite family reunion memories was at Callaway Gardens. My grandparents had booked us rooms at the Inn that came with free entry to all of the learning centers, too. My sister and I took a lot of the cousins to the 'Birds of Prey' show and learned about different raptors like hawks, eagles, and owls. It was incredible!" Just like that prestigious conservation institution, the W.E. Skelton 4-H Center is focused on education and we can offer similar 1-hour experiences for your family. Just ask!
  • Make it unique. From theme parties (70s vibe, anyone?) to a fancy dinner to adopting a trail, there are so many options when you bring your family to a facility that is used to summer camp and week-long conferences. Get creative, and we are right behind you supporting that idea!
  • Ask questions. Don't understand the menu? Ask about it! Want to bring your own grill for Saturday night? Ask about it! You'd be surprised by the requests we receive and are all too happy to help you with.
  • Pack more than you think you need. Groups are responsible for their own toiletries and first aid. Kids always need a snack. Board games are the best bored games! 

To start the conversation about your family reunion or other event out here at the Center, contact Nina Brooks, our conferencing manager: ninabrooks@vt.edu