Summer Camp

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This time of year, we are usually announcing our theme, schedule, and plans for the upcoming summer camp season, but there has not been much that is usual about 2020!  With continued uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, it is impossible to know at this point what summer 2021 will look like.

While Virginia remains in Phase 3, guidelines continue to prohibit the operation of overnight summer camp programs.  There is no prediction for when the Commonwealth will move into Phase 4, whether overnight summer camps will be permitted to operate in that phase, or what guidelines we will be required to meet to open and have camp, should it be feasible to do so.  Camp staff are exploring options for traditional and alternative summer camp programming, including conducting a camper family survey to gauge interest and preferences back in November.

We anticipate making a summer camp announcement in early spring.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

BRETHREN WOODS MISSION

Brethren Woods exists to provide Christian educational opportunities, facilities, and programs for all ages in an inviting woodland setting; to encourage the formation of Christ-centered living, leadership, and stewardship of creation, leading towards wholeness in the Kingdom of God.

SUMMER PROGRAM

Brethren Woods’ summer camp program is based on small group camping with an emphasis on creating and nurturing intentional community.  Campers learn and practice how to function in a group, sharing feelings, experiences, and their faith.  Each camper is assigned to a gender-based cabin or hogan for sleeping and changing.  Campers are also part of a larger family group that is often co-ed and made up of 10-12 campers and 2-4 counselors.  Most activities are experienced as a family group allowing campers to experience Christian community.  This arrangement also guarantees 100% 24-hour supervision by trained staff who provide individual attention and care for each child.

TRADITIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES

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Swimming                           Group Games                   Recreation
Community Building           S’mores                            Fishing
On-Site Hiking                    Creek Exploration            Service Project
Rest Time                            Family-Style Meal

 

OVERNIGHT CAMPS ADD

Morning Watch                 Vespers                                Cookout over a campfire
Cabin Devotions               Special Evening Worship
Early Morning Options like Polar Bear Swim, Birding, and Fishing               
All Camp Evening Activities like the Water Carnival, Field Games, and a Talent Show

 

 

WEEKLONG CAMPS ADD:

Ice Cream Making            More Cookouts                 Off-Site Hike (to the Falls)
Canoeing on the Lake     Sleepout                            Low Ropes Cooperation Course

 

 

CAMPS FOR 6TH-12TH GRADERS (BASED ON PROGRAM SELECTED) ADD:

High Ropes Course          Zipline                                 Off-Site Hiking (to the View)
Night Hikes                      Archery                                Horseback Riding
Rock Climbing                  Rappelling                          Camper’s Choice
Tubing on the River         Canoeing on the River       Pioneer Program
Backpacking                     Caving                                 Climbing Tower
Giant Swing                      Overnight Hiking Trip        Overnight Canoeing Trip
Off-site Adventure Trips

 

 

 

BRETHREN WOODS LEADERSHIP

The key to a successful, safe, and fun camping program is having quality staff members. Our year-round staff works with summer staff (usually college-age Christians who show spiritual maturity, commitment to safety, and Christ-like joy) and volunteers to create and manage an outstanding summer program. We host an intensive pre-camp training that includes sessions on risk management, appropriate counselor-camper conduct, Christian education and leadership, outdoor living skills, CPR, and first aid. Volunteers often come from local churches and are paired with a summer staff member.  Spiritual leadership is provided by a local pastor, youth leader, or Christian educator.  All volunteers and staff are screened and trained to help ensure a safe and positive camping experience for everyone.

 

Meet our Year-Round Staff!

HEALTH CARE

Campers must complete a health form to turn in at on-site registration and participate in a health screening upon arriving at camp.  Our Camp Health Manager, available each week, will collect and dispense all medications brought by campers.  This volunteer position is held by a doctor, nurse, or EMT.  Campers and staff must carry insurance to cover accidents and illness that may be incurred while at camp and include a copy of their medical insurance card with their health form.  All medications and medical devices must be brought in their original container with a proper label.