Camp is age progressive, to help your camper be more comfortable with the camp experience.
Check summer schedule for dates:
- Day camps (K-2nd) dropoff is between 8-9:00 a.m. and pickup is between 4-5 p.m.
- Day camp overnight. Most families drop off their camper for Thursday day camp, join them at 4:30 for supper, evening activities and overnight, get up and join in on “Morning Watch”, have breakfast, then head for home. Another option is to come with your child at 4:30 p.m. just for the overnight.
- Mini Camp is a two-night camp for children completing 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade. Check summer schedule for dates. This camp may run from Sunday at 6 p.m. to Tuesday at 5:30 with a closing picnic or Wednesday at 6 p.m. to Friday at 5:30 with a closing all camp picnic. (Supper is not served on the first night of camp.) Week-long camps for 3rd grade all the way to 12th grade begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday (eat supper before you come) and end with camp program at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, followed by an all camp picnic.
Yes. Packing list items are specific to each program. Your child will need all items listed on the packing list. Failure to include all items may make your child’s time at camp less enjoyable and may prevent them from participating in certain activities. Camp canNOT supply these items. Feel free to contact the camp office if you have any questions or a special need.
Do I need to pick up my child between sessions of Mini Camp, if I want him/her to attend both sessions?
Yes. Staff are not available to provide supervision for your child between sessions. Housing and storage space for your child’s gear is also unavailable. Additionally many of these younger campers may not be ready to attend two back-to-back sessions of camp. Remember that mini camp is designed to give your 1st, 2nd or 3rd grader a two night stay at camp to prepare them for the next level – an entire week at camp.
No. Brethren Woods operates on the idea of age progression and introducing life at camp to children at their age specific comfort level. Day camp, for children in K-2nd Grade, is a child’s first introduction to camp. They have the opportunity to enjoy all the fun that is camp, without the stress of being away from home and family overnight.
Day camp overnight is an introduction to camp’s evening activities and sleeping at camp with the comfort of mom or dad (or both), or other family member being right there. Therefore, it is necessary for a parent, grandparent or other person significant in the child’s life to be there with him/her for this important introduction to camp life.
A positive experience at Day camp and Day camp overnight can set the stage for a child to enjoy camp for years to come.
We do our best to honor cabin-mate requests for your child and one friend. We understand that a friend can help your child feel more secure about being away from home for a week.
Brethren Woods is “a community in creation”. Our goal is that all children learn what it is like to live in a Christian community where all are loved, accepted and treated with respect, where conflict is lovingly and peacefully resolved. Not all children who attend Brethren Woods have an opportunity to experience that in life anywhere else but here.
Camp is an opportunity to develop life skills, and meeting and making new friends while at camp, and learning to get along with new or different people is very important, not only here, but in many life situations.
While we want everyone to have a good time, and it may sound like great fun for a child to “build his cabin” with 3 or 4 friends, the situation is then set for a child living in the cabin for the week that does NOT belong to the group.
Help us welcome ALL children to God’s love and explain to your child how important it is that everyone is included.
Brethren Woods carefully develops activities and curriculum to be grade level specific. For example, Junior Camp is designed for 3rd – 5th graders, Junior High Camp for 6th – 8th graders, etc. We have found that often, a child that is younger than the specified grade is not ready for the activities, length of stay, housing assignments, etc that go hand-in-hand with that camp. Therefore, we do not allow a younger child to attend a camp designed for older children.
However, we will make exceptions if a child who is one grade older wishes to attend a camp for younger children in order to be with a friend or family member. (For example a 6th grader would like to be cabin-mates with a friend in the 5th grade and wants to come to Junior Camp rather than Junior High Camp with his/her friend.)
1. Accreditation is a distinction. Only one in four camps seeks and earns it. To earn accreditation, our camp complies with up to 300 health, safety and program quality standards. We have reviewed, and are rated, on every facet of our operation.
2. Accreditation isn’t easy and it isn’t cheap. We invest in accreditation because the children we serve deserve our best. It’s a behind the scenes risk-management process that assures us we are prepared for the uncertainties, so we can concentrate on the children.
3. It isn’t just camp directors who put together these standards. The ACA standards program is the result of collaboration and review by experts from many fields – child development, aquatics, risk management, and health care professionals, to name a few.
4. The camp experience is a vibrant, live-action event. While a “good housekeeping” packaged-product guarantee can’t apply, accreditation does guarantee this camp is established on a solid foundation of health and safety standards developed specifically for camps and trusted by parents for 50 years.
Can children and adults who are not members of the Church of the Brethren attend camps or events at Brethren Woods?
Yes. All are welcomed here. Camp is owned by the Shenandoah District Church of the Brethren, so be aware that all devotions and spiritual development studies will be Biblically based and follow the beliefs and practices of the Church of the Brethren.