Retreat Center in Virginia

meals3The decision to hold a retreat is the perfect way to unite, revive, and refresh your business or organization. But how do you ensure that your retreat will be successful and enjoyable? The first step is to find the perfect retreat center. Camp Friendship offers an affordable and accommodating retreat center in Virginia for your next retreat.

Remember, this is just the beginning of your retreat planning and there is a lot more to do! If you’re looking for the best retreat center in Virginia, then Camp Friendship is the answer! Call us at 434-589-8950 for more information or to schedule your next retreat at Camp Friendship!

Pick the Perfect Summer Camp

IMG_1176Have you ever considered sending your son or daughter to summer camp? The benefits of summer camp are

infinite, and give you the perfect excuse to sign them up right away! But how can you be sure that you’re choosing the right summer camp for your son or daughter? Meet Camp Friendship, we are a summer camp near North Carolina, and we are here to help you find the perfect camp! Read on for some tips to consider when selecting a camp for your children next summer.

Age

There isn’t necessarily a perfect age to begin sending your son or daughter to camp. It all depends on their maturity and whether or not you think he or she could handle themselves. Find out if there are different programs for different age groups and what a typical day would consist of.

Price

A major piece of the decision making process is what the price of summer camp is. Many camps may seem out of reach due to their price, but always consult with the camp first. They may have some kind of discount that you could qualify for!

Goals

Do you agree with the summer camp philosophy? You should agree with everything that the camp stands for and intends to teach your children.

Staff

Find out about how the summer camp staff is hired and what kind of training they have to go through. Make sure that you are comfortable with the staff and trust that they will give your children the best experience possible.

Activities

The best way to ensure that your son or daughter enjoys camp is by sending them to one that caters to their interests. If there are specific summer camp activitiesthat your son or daughter is interested in pursuing, choose a camp that offers them! Find out what kind of facilities the camp has for this activity and if there are any additional costs for this activity (many camps will charge extra for activities that aren’t held on the campgrounds).

Now, it’s time to get out there and continue the search for the best summer camp near North Carolina for your son or daughter! And you can start with Camp Friendship, call us at 434-589-8950 for more information or to schedule a tour today.

The Final Day of Summer Camp

session9a94It may seem crazy, but we have made it to the final day of the summer! Although the days may be winding to a close, we are as busy as ever here at camp. Last night we enjoyed an Olympics-themed dance before heading down to the drama theater to watch the play, Beauty and the Beast.

The dance was full of patriotism and Olympic excitement! With costumes including the Olympic rings, various athletes and national pride, it was a fun time for everyone.

session9a95During the dance, the campers and counselors involved in the drama production were running through scenes down at the theater. Everyone got into costume, practiced lines and prepared for the rest of camp to arrive.

The play was a definite success! THe special effects, including a fog machine, projector and cool lighting, set the scene. THe acting was excellent, including Junior Girls counselor Kerry Lester as everyone’s favorite Disney villain, Gaston. After the production ended, the audience gave the actors and stagehands a standing ovation before heading back to bed.

Tonight we have the final closing campfire of the summer, and it is sure to be a good one. With campers and counselors alike preparing acts, summer 2016 is sure to be sent off in style!

Fun Adventures at Summer Camp

session8a92As impossible as it is to believe, we are already into Week 8 at Camp Friendship. Although the summer is slowly but surely drawing to a close, we are still having as much fun as ever! With plenty of activities to choose from and fun events throughout the week, the campers are always having fun.

One popular activity area is the ropes course. The high ropes activity, reserved for senior campers, consists of several different elements like the Pamper Pole. To conquer the Pamper Pole, the campers must climb up the long pole to the platform at the top. Once up there, they can jump and try to grab hold of a bar several feet out. In addition to the Pamper Pole, campers can try other elements like the Stairway to Heaven or Jacob’s Ladder. Throughout the week, ropes-trained instructors like Junior Girls supervisor Lauren Lyons teach and encourage the campers to challenge themselves and conquer the elements. It is no surprise that high ropes is quite a popular activity among senior campers!

session8a97Performing arts supervisor Cody Payne and Junior Girls counselor Kerry Lester are already hard at work preparing for next week’s drama production, Beauty and the Beast. With all the roles filled, campers are beginning to learn lines and get into character. Cody and Kerry are also hard at work developing the set and special effects. The play is sure to bring down the house!

Tomorrow night the Camp Friendship soccer team will square up against the Triple C soccer team in a match down at Lower Fields. The squad, consisting entirely of staff members, has been practicing together all summer to prepare for the game. Campers and other staff members will enjoy a cookout on the field while they watch the game and cheer on their counselors, supervisors and support staff members. With friendly competition and good sportsmanship, it is sure to be a fun night for all!

The week’s fun will not be over after the game, however. On Thursday night we will enjoy a ‘90s themed dance in the gym, and Friday is sure to be full of fun events as well.

Refreshing Activities at Summer Camp

session7a93On the hot summer days we get here at camp, all anyone wants to do is jump into the pool or lake to cool off. For some lucky campers, this is an everyday reality: one activity, waterskiing, allows campers to spend all morning at nearby Lake Anna.

Waterskiing is a half-day clinic run by SV2 counselor Rebekah Pirie and Junior Boys counselor Hagen Abbott. The campers leave at breakfast and head to Lake Anna, where Rebekah and Hagen take them out on the boat. Before any campers are able to try it out, Rebekah and Hagen go out and demonstrate the fundamentals of waterskiing. After that, campers take turns out on the water for several hours.

Throughout the week, campers learn and practice until they are able to stay up in the water. When it isn’t their turn, campers can relax in the boat and enjoy the lake. On Friday, as a special treat, they go tubing instead of waterskiing.

Campers don’t have to leave camp to enjoy aquatic activities, however. Every day, each village has a free swim in either the pool or the lake. In addition, the pool runs water polo and pool swim throughout the day, while campers at the lake can enjoy canoeing, kayaking, lake swim and fishing.

The lake is divided into three sections of water: red water, yellow water and white water. While red water is typically used only for swim checks, the other two sections are full of fun activities. When yellow water is open, campers can fly off the rope swing and shoot down the slide as well as relax in tubes in the water. White water includes the floating dock, diving board, high dive and zip-line. With so many fun options in the lake, there is no going wrong!

session7a92One of our most popular evening activities, slip and slide, also includes water. The slip and slide is stretched out down the mountain boarding hill and covered in water. Campers take a running start and slide down the tarp, shooting off onto the grass at the other end. There is no denying that everyone gets muddy at slip and slide, but that’s all part of the fun!

There is a lot of fun left in the week here at camp. In the next few days we will have a Hawaiian luau dance as well as a horse show. Stay tuned to hear all about it!

Get Ready for Summer Camp near North Carolina

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sessions left for our summer 2016 camp season! We know its stressful to try and cram everything in at the last minute! Stress can pile up easily during this time. From last minute packing to anxiety about leaving home, we have some tips for you to prepare your child for our summer camp near North Carolina.

  1. Living on their own. – Speak with your son or daughter about living at summer camp and taking care of themselves while away at summer camp. Obviously our amazing summer camp staff will constantly supervise campers, but it probably won’t feel the same without a parent being there. Talk about good hygiene and the importance of taking care of themselves. In our summer camp cabins, campers will be living with each other in a smaller space. Go over what it means to be a good roommate and to respect other people.
  2. Summer camp will be over before you know it. – The only downside about camp, is feeling homesick at summer camp. We can’t guarantee that your child won’t feel homesick, but we can do our best to help them adjust to a typical day at camp and camp life. With one-week sessions, summer camp will be over before you know it and we want campers to have the most fun possible. We have found that most campers get over feelings of homesickness on the first or second day of camp and go on to have a great time at summer camp.
  3. Start packing early.- One of the top tips we receive from parents is to start packing about a month early. Hopefully, you have begun packing for summer camp by now, but if not, you can read our tips for packing for summer camp. In short, follow the summer camp packing list, label everything, and keep valuable items at home. Any electronic that can connect to WiFi is restricted at our summer camp.

Now, relax. Remember that your son or daughter will have an amazing summer at Camp Friendship this year. They will make tons of new memories and friends that will last a lifetime.

If you’re looking for the best summer camp near North Carolina, contact Camp Friendship at 434-589-8950 for more information or to schedule a tour today!

 

A Fun Week Starts Now!

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but we are already halfway through the summer at Camp Friendship! The weeks have really flown by, and our campers are still having as much fun as they did on the first day.session4a-ColorWars92

Last Friday, all of camp was divided into red, white and blue teams for one of the biggest events of the summer, Color Wars. In the morning, campers competed in land events like dodgeball and lake events like biggest splash. The afternoon’s relay race proved to be a very popular event, as all campers were able to participate and help their team towards victory. The relay race ended on the lower fields, where each team’s captains built a fire to snap a rope six feet off the ground. After dinner, the teams presented their song, dance and float. While everyone fought hard for their team, in the end only the white team prevailed. The evening ended with fireworks and music over the lake.

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“Thank You Kitchen Staff”

On Sunday we welcomed new campers and watched performances at Campfire. Although everyone gave wonderful performances, Senior Village 1 stole the show with their act, “If I Was Not a Counselor.” Led by their supervisor, Minou Adriaans, SV1 earned a standing ovation, Camp Friendship style.

One of our most popular activities here is water polo. Typically taught by Junior Boys counselor Joe Hyman, it involves treading water in the pool and trying to throw a ball past the goalkeeper and into the net. Campers love cooling off in the pool and playing water polo.

session4a-ColorWars93Another popular activity is my personal favorite to teach, sports variety. In sports variety, campers can choose different sports, like dodgeball or gaga ball, to play throughout the week. Everyone gets to play their favorite game over the course of the week, and it is fun to change it up from day to day.

On Monday night, each village had a cookout for dinner. While some villages enjoyed hamburgers and hot dogs for dinner, others preferred the ever-popular taco skillet. Prepared by counselors, taco skillet includes meat, tomato, onion and corn served over Fritos. For dessert everyone was able to roast marshmallows and eat s’mores.

There will definitely be more fun later in the week, as camp will host the Royal Ball dance as well as the horse show. Stay tuned for another post describing the second half of the week!

Anabelle

Summer Fun, Rain or Shine!


session4a92 2It has certainly been a very busy week at Camp Friendship! After our campers settled in o Sunday, everyone headed to Council Fire to see performances from campers and counselors alike. Our staff brought out some classic performances for Campfire, including the crowd-pleaser Smooth and Creamy. The night ended with two renditions of the Camp Friendship song before bedtime as everyone prepared for a busy week of activities ahead.

The week started on a patriotic note, as campers and staff celebrated American Independence Day on Monday. Rain and chilly temperatures could not dampen our spirits, as many staff members and campers wore their favorite red, white and blue and even painted their faces to celebrate the holiday. Each village enjoyed a cookout to finish off the day. In my home village of Junior Girls, we enjoyed our hamburgers, hot dogs and s’mores with music, dancing and crafts.

session4a94 2The week’s fun continued as the days passed. On Tuesday and Wednesday the weather cleared up and the skies became sunny. Campers took advantage of the nice temperatures to enjoy activities like mountain biking, soccer and archery. The seniors ended Tuesday on a high note playing a variation of capture the flag, tri-cone ultra, for evening activity. Meanwhile, the juniors cooled off at a pool party. On Wednesday, the seniors enjoyed their own pool party while juniors played the always-popular Chip Cup at Lower Fields. Campers had to search for chips scattered across the soccer field, collect them and trade them in for cups of water to throw on friends and counselors. The big water fight was the perfect way to end the hot day!

session4a95 2There is much more excitement in store for the week. There was a disturbance after flag today and supervisors have been driving around in golf carts dressed very strangely. It almost seems as though they are building up to something… Maybe Color Wars? Tonight campers will head to the gym for the IndepenDance, enjoying one last Fourth of July celebration. I’m positive our questions about today’s disturbances will be answered at the dance tonight. There is sure to be more excitement tonight and a fun day of activities tomorrow!

Anabelle

Tips for First Time Co-Ed Summer Camp Parents near North Carolina

Teamwork, Positivity, Encouragement for Campers

We are less than a month away until our co-ed summer camp near North Carolina gets underway! With the school year coming to an end, your house must be booming with excitement for a summer of fun at summer camp!! Of course it’s perfectly normal for first time campers (and parents) to experience some anxiety as departure for camp gets closer and closer.

It’s just as normal for a parent to worry about missing their child as it is for a child to worry about missing home. This may be the first time your child will not be home at night and there in the morning when you wake up. But, this is what the sleep away camp experience is all about! It’s a learning and growing experience for children and their parents!

Your children will be in a controlled, worry-free, and safe environment. Just because you aren’t there to watch them, doesn’t mean they will be alone! The great camp staff will be there to make sure your children have the best summer of their lives!

And, this of course is why you decided to send your children to summer camp in the first place! You recognize the value and benefits camp has on children. Camp is a place to grow, learn to be independent, and build long lasting friendships with a new group of children.

Of course, this doesn’t make it any easier on you as a first time camp parent! Here are some tips and ideas to remember as this year’s camp season approaches:

  • As parents, we run into situations where we tell our kids that it’s okay to be nervous. Remind yourself of this very fact! Assure your nervous kids that camp will be a blast, and remember to practice what you preach!
  • Embrace this time away from your children. Focus on a hobby, activity, or project that you’ve been “meaning to get around to”. Maybe there is a class you’ve always wanted to take?
  • Your children will someday go away to college, and this is a perfect opportunity to experience what life will be like!
  • Just think of the joy you will experience when you see that smiling face on your camper when you go pick them up at the end of their time at camp!

Most importantly remember that you don’t have to worry! Your camper is safe and thriving at summer camp. They are learning to make decisions, learning new skills, and gaining confidence in themselves and their abilities!

If you are still concerned, check out our Parent Resources. And remember, camp is only a phone call away, and Visiting Day is just around the corner!

How Residential Camp near North Carolina Can Help in College

FebOften times, going to a traditional camp for the summer is seen as something that can be socially beneficial for a child. It offers a fun pastime over the hot summer months and gives them friendships they can keep for a long time to come. However, at Camp Friendship, attending our residential camp near North Carolina goes way beyond the realm of childish gain. It can be actually be academically beneficial as well!

Recently, it has been found that colleges are accepting students who show they are passionate about something and possess leadership skills. Children can find these skills in the residential camp activities that they will participate in every day at Camp Friendship! Whether it’s playing their favorite sports or interacting with their new friends, campers will have the opportunity to find

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what they are truly passionate about and let those passions shine! Many traditional camp programs fit well with his advice. Children grow emotionally, intellectually and physically during the summer at Camp Friendship. Our traditional camp provides campers with new experiences and exposes them to international culture and global awareness. And most importantly, we take ordinary summers and make them an extraordinary learning experience for every single camper. Taking a child outside of his/her comfort zone often helps to build confidence and self-esteem. And there are plenty of other chances for campers to gain a ton more life skills at residential camp.

Certainly, there are many factors of the college experience that cannot be helped through camp such as academic workloads and time management. But being homesick and missing parents is a natural thing for a child who goes away from home for the first time, and this often occurs at college. Campers at Camp Friendship are given the opportunity to practice coping with this homesick feeling in a supportive, stress-free environment. Campers also gain independence, and social skills from their summers at camp, by learning how to make decsions on their own, make new friends, and simply be out in the world ‘on their own’!

Learning independence, passion, leadership, and confidence are all parts of the Camp Friendship experience, and are undoubtedly important in the preparedness of going away to college. Think of camp not only as a fun summer pastime, but also as a learning experience and a key to success later in life.

If you’re ready to send your son or daughter to the best residential camp near North Carolina and get a head start on preparing college, then call Camp Friendship! Call us today at 434-589-8950 for more information or to register today!

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