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Coed Summer Camp near Maryland

You may think its too late to be looking for a coed summer camp near Maryland, well it’s not! Check out Camp Friendship located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains! YEs, camp may be starting all over the country, but it’s not too late to sign up for our later coed sessions. Camp Friendship has a special sleep away summer camp program in VA where they can have their own space, be free to be themselves and enjoy a new sense of responsibility. This program is for teenagers who want to explore new interests, learn new skills, and participate in a rewarding summer. A coed summer camp experience can provide teenagers with independence, social values, and confidence. Camper’s develop a sense of accomplishment through activity skills and  enhance their personal growth and independence.

Your teen has the opportunity to meet international campers, build social values and confidence, gain independence and create wonderful memories when they spend their summer at Camp Friendship. To schedule a tour or for more information about our coed summer camp near Maryland,  contact us at 1-800-873-3223.

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Spotlight: Emily Salvant & Friendship Bracelet Making!

Friendship Bracelets

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Besides Target Sports, Friendship Bracelet Making is one of the top activities here at Camp Friendship. Emily Salvant, Junior Girls counselor and instructor, has been making friendship bracelets almost 10 years now. I personally (today!) took her class and learned so much from the empress of friendship bracelets.

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Campers and counselors alike love to get involved with friendship bracelets and make them for one another. Campers also make their friends and are able to take home priceless gifts handcrafted by their friends, and continue to cherish the memories. During off time and cabin time, more campers and counselors than not are seen around camp with their materials. The campers like to sit with their counselors and discuss different patterns, styles, and colors they would like to use next! Boys and girls alike enjoy making and receiving friendship bracelets throughout the week, and often leave with arms covered in bracelets made by their closest friends.

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Hopefully soon I’ll finish my first, and begin working on some for others! Friendship bracelet making here is a positive activity that everyone can enjoy, and random gifts from friends always make the campers’ day.

Upcoming Event: 80′s Rock Dance

This Thursday, June 23, Camp Friendship is hosting the weekly dance for our campers, this theme being 80′s ROCK! Counselors, staff, and campers have already begun looking for costumes, myself included!! Personally, I’m excited and cannot wait for what the campers have in store for us! I’m about to crimp my hair, find the hairband sunglasses and dance the night away along with the kids!

Horseback Riding Camp near Pennsylvania

Does your child love horses, but hasn’t ever had the chance to ride them? Or maybe your child is an avid rider and is just dying to attend a camp where they can ride everyday? Camp Friendship is the place for them, because we are the best horseback riding camp near Pennsylvania, and the perfect opportunity for Pennsylvania campers looking for fun and adventure. Keep reading for more information!

The Equestrian Camp program is for girls ages 9-16 who LOVE horses.  The camp program is designed to provide a fun, safe camp experience involving a full day of horses and is for beginner riders to even the most advanced riders! We also offer a co-ed riding camp program for boys and girls ages 7-12.

Our amazing camp is only hours from Pennsylvania, and a place where campers build positive values, learn important life skills and how to be part of a team! Give your child their best summer participating in all kinds of fun activities we offer.

Contact us at Camp Friendship for more information at 1-800-873-3223. We want you to make the best choice, so schedule a tour and see what we have to offer your child.

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Just The Beginning at Summer Camp!

IMG_3483As Week 1 of Summer Camp begins, both our counselors and our campers are excited to get started! There is always chatter in the dining hall from happy children returning and seeing their friends. The newcomers are sometimes shy, but eager to make friends and get to know their new counselors.

I’ve been here 2.5 weeks so far, and every day is a new adventure for both campers and myself. Watching children grow and expand their skill-set has been a wonderful experience for the both of us. Becoming involved with camp is one of the best things I have chosen to do in my life, and one I definitely will not regret.

At Camp Friendship, every day has the possibility for children (and staff!) to make their own decisions and find what they love to do. Counselors and staff members get to know the children, and help them build confidence in themselves, as well as the opportunity to make many new friends.

Activity Highlight: Target Sports & Ashling Trainor!

Camp Friendship offers a variety of activities and the kids choose what classes they would like to take, the fan favorite this week being target sports. Target sports supervisor, Ashling Trainor, finds ways to keep children both happy and safe during archery programs here at camp. Children enjoy having the experience of shooting targets with bows and arrows. Children always leave the range happy with the experience, and often cannot wait to come back!

Ashling Trainor, the Targeting Sports Supervisor, has been involved with target sports and wilderness camping for many years. She began in Ireland, and has traveled all over Europe camping through mountains. Archery is by far her favorite subject to teach, and she specializes in teaching children/young adults. She also teaches children with disabilities archery as well, specializing in children with Autism. Ashling is a caring, loving individual with a passion in seeking challenges.IMG_0657

Ashling Trainor, seen assisting a child in archery

In archery, children are taught how to safely use a bow and arrow, and the program instructors get involved with the kids and show them how to have better accuracy and range. Everyone is involved together, and it stays a fun and safe experience for the campers. Kids shouting “I can’t wait to come back tomorrow!” whilst leaving the archery range is common, and gives campers an opportunity to bond with the other children in their class. Photographing campers’ smiling faces when they begin to understand and do well in activities (as well as the learning process) is one of the best parts of my job.

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As the first week of camp continues, children become happier, more self-confident, and more excited every day. Nothing is as delightful as watching a child experience something new, and see the pure smile across their face as they realize that they can do these things. Camp is a wonderful experience, and Camp Friendship makes it an exciting and interesting place to be for campers of all ages.

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Upcoming Event: Superhero Dance!

This Thursday, June 16, campers and counselors will be taking part in a theme dance, Super Heroes! The dances held by Camp Friendship for the campers get everyone involved (even support staff and interns, yay!) and in tune with their creative side. Personally, I’m excited and cannot wait for what the campers have in store for us! Campers, counselors, and other staff get involved and come up with some great costumes, and the dance gives us all an opportunity to have fun together.

Stay tuned for more information and photos later on!

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!

3 Things to Love About Camp Friendship

Some of our Junior Girls Campers have been enjoying Arts and Crafts activities.

Can you believe that it’s less then a month until the first day at Camp Friendship? It feels like just yesterday that our campers were running around having an awesome time LAST summer. Here at our residential camp near Maryland, we are already counting down the days until we are reunited with our campers to have an even better summer (if that’s even possible)! And to finish off the summer, we thought we would give potential campers, and even returning campers, three things to love about Camp Friendship!

  1. What’s camp without all of the fun activities? At Camp Friendship, we offer campers a variety of residential camp activities to choose from. There’s something for everyone to enjoy! The activities include arts & crafts, aquatics, performing arts, sports, and more. No matter what you’re interested in, Camp Friendship has something for you.
  2. We don’t mean to brag, but our residential camp staff is the best. Our counselors are a group of enthusiastic, motivated, hardworking, and responsible individuals who love to work with children and help them to reach their maximum potential. In addition, all of our staff goes through a thorough hiring process that includes a background check, interview, training, and more to ensure that they are fit and ready to give campers a safe and fun experience at Camp Friendship.
  3. Finally, campers will leave at the end of the summer with a ton of memories and friends that will last a lifetime. One of the best parts about going away to residential camp is all of the friendships and bonds that campers create between one another. Many of our campers say that they have met their best friend at camp, and count down the days until they are reunited again next summer!

Now, if those three reasons weren’t enough to fall in love with the best residential camp near Maryland, then contact us to learn more! Call Camp Friendship at (434)-589-8950 for more information or to schedule a tour of our campgrounds today!

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 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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Benefits of Coed Summer Camp near Washington DC

IMG_8481revisedSummer camp has been a highlight of summers for over a hundred years. Did you know that this year, over eleven million children and adults will attend summer camp? Coed summer camp near Washington DC, provides children will a safe environment where they can have infinite hours of fun with their new friends. At Camp Friendship, we have come up with a few of the endless benefits that come along with attending summer camp.

  • Community- At summer camp, children can feel free to be themselves. We are proud of our safe and supportive community at Camp Friendship where children don’t have to worry about being judged or failing. Our summer camp strives to give children the best summer camp experience ever where they can grow and learn in an accepting and comfortable environment.
  • Social Skills- Summer camp is the best place for children to practice their social skills and learning to live among their peers. Campers will be living in our summer camp cabins where others will constantly surround them. Children will learn to deal with various issues and communicate with others.
  • Unplug the Electronics- There are no cell phones at summer camp. Instead, a typical day consists of various summer camp activities and exploring. Our wonderful summer camp staff is always ready to teach campers a new skill and practice with them.
  • Life Skills- One of the best parts about going away to summer camp is all of the life skills campers’ gain. Children wont even know they are learning at summer camp. Campers will return home at the end of the summer more independent and confident in their abilities. If you don’t believe us, read some of our summer camp testimonials from current and past campers!

Remember, these are only a few of the endless benefits that come along with attending summer camp! If you’re interested in the best coed summer camp near Washington DC, contact Camp Friendship today at 434-589-8950!