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.
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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Bible Study Arts & Crafts Nature
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.
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.