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2017 Residential Summer Camp Descriptions



  MIDDLER CAMP June 11th - June 17th for Rising 7th - 8th Graders
Whether you are making new friends or getting reacquainted with old ones, this week is LOTS of fun. We sing, work on crafts, play games, swim, worship, enjoy an evening movie and hangout. There are many activities that will challenge you in body, mind and spirit - we will rock climb and rappel, build community and teamwork on the high and low ropes courses, and test endurance on the boul- dering wall. This is a great week of camp with lots of fun and excitement!
  SENIOR CAMP June 18th - June 24th for Rising 9th -12th Graders
What a GREAT opportunity to challenge yourself this summer, and have a fantastic time. We will play some group games, try the low and high ropes courses, have a dance with a live DJ, go rappelling and rock climbing, swim, watch some movies, pray and have plenty of time for making new friends.
  EPISCOPAL YOUTH CAMP June 25th - June 30th for Rising 6th - 12th Graders
We have designed a camp just for rising 6th to 8th graders who are Episcopal youth in the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia. It’s not only great fun, but a wonderful way to hang out with friends from Youth @ Council, the Spring Youth Event, and more!. The week is very busy with arts, crafts, music, swimming, hiking, adventure, low & high ropes challenge course, climbing tower, Episcopal worship, many other camp activities, and LOTS of fun! Registration is limited, so sign up today and join in the adventure!
  OUTDOOR EXPEDITION CAMP June 25th - June 30th Minimum age 13
We will spend two days hiking and caving, two days backpacking, rock climbing and rappelling and a total of three nights camping out. We will explore parts of southwestern Virginia under the ground and up on mountains. Come learn what lives in the caves of Virginia or on the cliffs of the Blue Ridge Mountains. If you’re looking for a new adventure to liven up your summer, sign up today!!!
  FIRST YEAR CAMP July 2nd – July 8th for Rising 5th -6th Graders
We have designed a camp for rising 5th and 6th Graders. It’s not only great fun, but a great way to meet new friends! For many of the children, this is their first experience at a residential camp. Some bring a friend or two, others come and make friends as they go. The week is very busy with arts, crafts, music, swimming, hiking, games, adventure, worship and LOTS of fun!
  ROCK CLIMBING CAMP July 9th – July 15th Minimum age 13
This week will focus primarily on learning how to safely rock climb and rappel, or for the more experienced, to polish those skills. This week will include hiking, camping, outdoor cooking, climbing, and rappelling. ALL climbing and safety equipment is provided. If you have climbing shoes, you are welcome to bring them, but please do not bring any other equipment. This year we will be camping outdoors for the entire week. Join us for a great week of FUN in the outdoors!
  ART CAMP July 16th - July 22nd for Rising 7th -12th Graders
The week will be filled with workshops in photography, drawing, pottery, drama, calligraphy, music, painting, and much more… All of this is in addition to games, swimming, worship, free time, movies, hikes in the woods and spending time with a great staff! Eat, play, create!
  NATURE CAMP July 16th - July 22nd for Rising 7th - 12th Graders
This week will focus on many outdoor and environmental activities including learning how to identify trees, wildflowers, fungi, animal tracks, birds, reptiles, amphibians and more. We will hike at night, explore around ponds, learn about recycling and watch the sky light up with stars. We’ll also do arts and crafts, play games, swim, visit the llama farm, and more!
  OUTREACH CAMP July 23rd – July 29th for Rising 7th - 12th Graders
Have you ever hammered a nail to build a deck? What about used a circular saw to cut a 2X4? During this week we will divide into small groups to work with neighbors to remodel the houses of the elderly and those in need in our community. You will have a chance to try your hand at basic carpentry, painting or landscaping. Imagine building a wheelchair ramp for someone in need, or replacing the porch on a house of someone who is not able to do the work themselves. What about painting an entire house in a week? This service learning program is all about working together with people in the community to accomplish a task none of us could do by ourselves.




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