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Make New Friends at Summer Camp

IMG_9640One of the highlights of summer for children is spending a few weeks at overnight camp! Here, they have endless hours of fun and adventure that they can’t have anywhere else. So what exactly is the best part about going to an summer camp near Pennsylvania? At Camp Friendship, we believe that it’s all the lifelong friends that campers will make!

When looking at overnight camps, a lot of parent’s main concern is whether or not their child will make friends. But rest assured, by the end of the first day, your child will have met a ton of new people, and likely met one of their new best friends! A lot of campers make new friends by finding other children that have similar interests. That makes our overnight camp activities the prime opportunity to make new friends. Children have to communicate and work with each other to achieve a common goal. By doing this, children aren’t just making new friends, they are also gaining social skills, boosting their self-esteem, and also gaining self-confidence, all while having a fun time! Our safe and supportive summer camp environment is the perfect place for children to discover who they truly are. Therefore, making friends that support them and have similar mindsets. School can be a stressful place, therefore finding time to make friends can often be hard. Allowing overnight camp is the perfect place to make new friends happen!

So are you ready to sign your son or daughter up for the best summer camp near Pennsylvania next summer?! Then call Camp Friendship to get more information or to schedule a tour today at (434)-589-8950.

Life Lessons at Overnight Camp

1426879986_tmp_confidenceEven though the summer just ended at Camp Friendship, we like to think that it is never too early to begin the overnight camp search for next year! When looking for the perfect overnight camp, you should select a camp where children learn, explore, and have fun every single day. And our overnight camp near Washington DC is one of the best places for children to learn about themselves and lessons that will stay with them for the rest of their life! Keep reading to find out about some of the life lessons that come along with sending your son or daughter to Camp Friendship next summer!

  1. One of the most obvious life skills that children learn when they attend overnight camp is how to be independent. Instead of always being with mom and dad, campers are now in a new environment where they have to take care of themselves. Our overnight camp staff is always there to help children and to keep them safe, but now children are completely in charge of themselves. They have to learn how to live by themselves and make their own decisions.
  2. When children participate in many of our overnight camp activities, they learn to socialize and work with others. With all of this new technology, children no longer learn the skills necessary to effectively communicate with others, face to face. Whether it is playing soccer or trying out the high ropes course, campers will learn how to work and communicate with others while at overnight camp.
  3. At Camp Friendship, we are really proud of the safe and supportive community that we have established. Overnight camp is less stressful and more comfortable than school is. This gives children the freedom to be themselves without the fear of judgment or failure.
  4. While having no cell phone service at overnight camp may seem like a nightmare, it actually benefits and creates a better experience for children. Overnight camp gives children a chance to reconnect with nature and the world around them by getting away from technology. Campers can go on an adventure, explore our overnight camp facilities, hang out with new friends, and spend their time more productively.

Are you looking for the best overnight camp near Washington DC for your son or daughter next summer? Look no further than Camp Friendship! Call us at (434)-589-8950 for more information or to schedule a tour of the campgrounds 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!

Riding A Horse Can Be Good For Your Health

If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of riding a horse, then consider this-
Aside from the immense enjoyment, riding a horse can be good for your health!
Riding a horse is good for you physically.
To keep fit: Riding allows you to spend some time outdoors in the fresh air. When you ride a horse, balance is developed. Coordination and motor function is improved. Muscles you didn’t know you had are being strengthened. Riding a horse improves your reflexes, increases joint mobility, increases blood flow and gives your cardiovascular system a boost. Calories are burned while riding a horse. When riding a horse you can experience improved visual perception of space and stimulation of your senses.
Riding a horse is good for you mentally.
To decompress: Being outdoors is good for your mind. Not far into your ride you’ll notice time will slow down a little while you have the chance to connect with nature. Making your way down the trail, you’ll feel more relaxed, gently easing away from the distractions and the stress of everyday living. A horse is a big and beautiful animal. It can be a quiet friend and companion while you take a break from your normal day to day routine.
To exercise your mind: Learning to ride is a challenge, but becomes easier and more fun over time. The most experienced rider can tell you riding a horse is a continual process of new learning opportunities. Continual learning exercises your mind, helps to keep you sharp, focused and feel young.
To build self esteem and confidence: Learning to control, and interact with such a large animal, can really boost your confidence. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment as you succeed in mastering various riding skills and techniques. When you progress in your riding skills enough to go a little faster, there is no comparable feeling to the exhilaration and sense of freedom of the wind through your hair, or hearing the sound of hoofs and the breathing of a horse while your heart races with delight. Getting to share in the camaraderie, of others who love horses and riding, is a great way to build lasting friendships and well…have fun and feel good about yourself!
Riding a horse is fun, and can benefit your child and/or you more than you can imagine. Camp Friendship offers horseback riding weekends for girls each year in the spring and fall. Riding weekends are a great experience for prospective campers, and a fun time for returning campers who just can’t wait for the next summer camp!  Camp Friendship also offers mother/daughter horseback riding weekends. Call to find out more about our horseback riding opportunities. Please contact Skye, our Equestrian Director with any questions at (434) 589-3878 or stables@campfriendship.com. Riding a horse is not just fun. It can be good for your health!
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What a Summer!

session8a92The past eight weeks have positively flown by, but there is no denying it- this is the last week of summer 2016. Although we are nearly done, there is still fun to be had this week at Camp Friendship.

Last Friday, everyone participated in our second Color Wars of the summer. The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows theme meant that the teams were the Elder Wand, Resurrection Stone and Invisibility Cloak. The Elder Wand, captained by SV1’s Claude Kirton and JG’s Antonia Lanaras, wore green all day. Meanwhile, the Resurrection Stone team was led by JB’s David Ross and JG’s Amy Pedlow and favored white. The day included a surprise for me, as I was one of the captains of the Invisibility Cloak team along with JB’s Daniel Hajdar. Our team sported purple throughout the day.

session8a97The day was full of fun competition, even with on-and-off rain throughout the morning and early afternoon. In the morning, campers played dodgeball and volleyball, competed in lake events and worked on the songs, dances and floats for their teams. They earned more points for their teams during silent lunch, with groups of campers and counselors performing silent dances and skits to entertain the supervisors. In the afternoon, it was time for the House Cup relay race. The race ended at the edge of lower fields when the team captains built a fire to snap a rope suspended off the ground. Following the relay race, the teams met at their headquarters so that everyone could learn the songs and dances. After a break for dinner, it was time to head to the drama theater to show off the songs, dances and floats.

session8a98After performances in the theater, everyone headed to Campfire. After acts from various activities and campers, it was time for the big reveal. The captains were called down onstage and the supervisors revealed a Sorting Hat. The Sorting Hat announced that, after a day of fierce competition, the Invisibility Cloak team had won!

There is a lot more to look forward to this week. In addition to the production Beauty and the Beast being staged on Thursday, we have an Olympics-themed dance and the final closing Campfire of the summer coming up.

A Little Competition This Week at Summer Camp


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Competition is in the air here at Camp Friendship this week! Last night, Friendship FC squared up against Triple C in a good-natured soccer friendly at lower fields. Tomorrow, we will have our second Color Wars of the summer.

The soccer game was an enjoyable night for everyone! The counselors who played for the team ran out to the song “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” earning cheers from campers and other staff members. session8a95While the game raged on, campers enjoyed burgers and dogs and rooted for their counselors to defeat Triple C. Although in the end Friendship FC was unsuccessful, it was a competitive matchup. Sports supervisor and team captain Antony Shinks scored a goal for Friendship FC, heading it into the net off of a corner kick. At halftime, a music mashup was played and campers danced around, keeping the energy up for the team.

session8a98We may be done with the soccer game, but we certainly aren’t done with exciting events this week! Many of the counselors and campers have been very excited about last weekend’s release of the script of J.K. Rowling’s play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. This excitement exploded earlier today, when the theme for tomorrow’s Color Wars was revealed. As everyone filed into the dining hall for breakfast this morning, they were surprised with Harry Potter themed decorations. Meanwhile, supervisors were dressed as witches and wizards, complete with their own wands.

Tonight’s 90s-themed dance is sure to hold more surprises about tomorrow. Stay tuned for more information about Color Wars and closing campfire in the next blog!

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.

How to Pack for Summer Camp

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Can you believe that our first session at Camp Friendship is less than two weeks away?! Hopefully, you’ve begun or maybe even finished packing by now. But if not, don’t freak out! We completely understand that packing for summer camp can be a super stressful and frustrating experience, but don’t worry, we’ve all been there! And to help, we have come up with a few tips to help when it comes to packing for our coed summer camp in Virginia!

  1. Get a trunk. Look for a trunk that is guaranteed to last for a couple of future summers at camp. Many of our camper’s live out of the trunk all summer. There are also trunk organizers that you can purchase that make packing a lot easier. Try and personalize the trunk too with some stickers, paint, or vinyl to make it feel a little more “homey”.
  2. The worst part. Start packing. See if the camp has a summer camp packing list or parent packet that you can follow. Follow this list because it is everything that the camp believes your son or daughter will need to have the best summer camp experience.
  3. Labels are a MUST! Every single item no matter how small should be labeled. Many of our families recommend using a laundry marker or waterproof labels. By labeling everything, it helps reduce the risk of an unwanted trip to the lost and found on pick up day.
  4. What summer camp activities will your child be participating in? Find out if he or she needs to pack any kind of equipment or specific clothing.
  5. Medications. If your son or daughter will be required to medications at camp, speak with our Health Center. Our Health Center is one of our summer camp facilities that has certified and experienced health personnel who are there 24/7.
  6. Invest in a shower caddy or waterproof basket. This will ensure that your child will not forget anything when they go to the showers. We encourage good personal hygiene at camp and a shower caddy often helps with that.
  7. All liquids should be packed carefully in some kind of plastic or Ziploc bag. No one wants to have their socks soaked in shampoo.
  8. Feeling homesick at summer camp is completely natural. To help your son or daughter to fight these feelings, pack some reminders of home. A stuffed animal, blanket, or photographs are common items that children will associate with home.
  9. NO ELECTRONICS. Personal electronics that can connect to WiFi are restricted at camp. It takes away from the experience and children will likely be too busy having fun to look at their cell phone! We do however allow older iPods and MP3 players that don’t connect to WiFi to listen to music. But to protect your child’s possessions, we encourage you to keep valuable items at home.

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