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Wild West and Charlie Make an Appearance at Summer Camp

session6a-295Another week has come to an end, and we are still having a great time at Camp Friendship! After the excitement of Camplified earlier this week, the past few days have been nice and relaxing. On Wednesday, the seniors enjoyed a movie night for evening activity, while the juniors had a pool party. The activities offered the perfect way to unwind after a busy time at camp.

session6a-296It has certainly been busy! Campers in activities like drama workshop, dance and school of music have been preparing all week to perform at closing Campfire tonight. In drama workshop, campers learn some of the fundamentals of drama and acting, play improvisation games and rehearse a skit to perform for everyone else. In dance, campers learn a choreographed dance routine throughout the week. Set to popular current songs, the dances are always a hit at Campfire. Finally, in school of music, campers get to choose a song or selection of songs to sing at Campfire. With all of the preparation going into the acts, they are sure to be showstoppers tonight!

Meanwhile, some of the counselors have been hard at work practicing for the soccer game against our rival camp later in the summer. Sports supervisor Antony Shinks, acting as team captain, has been coordinating the practices and preparing for the game. The contest is only a few short weeks away.

session6a-294Last night we enjoyed the Wild West-themed dance. Riding Camp decorated the gym to perfection, including saloon doors at the entrance and hay bales scattered around. Although almost everyone dressed in cowboy or Western outfits, there were a few outliers- such as a wild Kanye West and a wild Adam West! The dance was a hit, as everyone enjoyed songs like the Cotton Eyed Joe.

Though it’s already Friday, we still have a lot of activity left in the week! After dinner, everyone will head down to the theater to watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Following the play, we will see more performances at Campfire. After the performances are over, everyone will join in a couple rousing renditions of the Friendship song. At the end of Campfire, supervisors will sing everyone off to their villages with “This Little Light of Mine,” the perfect way to end another perfect week at camp!


Games, Music, and Friends at Summer Camp

session6a93The past few days have flown by, so it’s hard to believe that we are already halfway done with Week 6 at Camp Friendship! Our campers have been very busy with all sorts of activities as well as yesterday’s big event, Camplified.

Throughout the summer, various musicians join Camplified and tour at camps across the country. Yesterday was Camp Friendship’s turn to welcome the talented musicians. The event proved to be a big hit with campers, who enjoyed the music, freebies and meet-and-greet. In the afternoon, campers were able to participate in Camplified activities. The juniors loved the record-painting station, where they were able to choose an old record and decorate it as they wished. Other activities included Frisbee, sound-mixing, dancing and a photo-booth. When campers got tired, they could relax in blow-up chairs with a free bottle of Hint water.

session6a96After dinner, the entire camp headed up to the gym for a concert. With music from Jagged Row, Pom Oak, Tyson and DJ Kiss, everyone enjoyed the night. In addition to original music, the bands played current hits like Shake it Off and Stitches. Campers and counselors demonstrated their own talent to the Camplified visitors by showing them the classic Everytime We Touch dance.

Following the concert, there was a short meet-and-greet opportunity. The musicians signed posters and papers and even posed for photos with the campers. It was a great way to end a fun day full of music and activities!

session6a99The week is not over quite yet, though. With the Wild Wild West themed dance and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory coming up, there is more to enjoy coming up at camp.

Anabelle – former camper, former cit, current counselor

A Bit of History at Camp This Week!

Tsession5a95he past few days at Camp Friendship have seen scorching hot temperatures as well as thunderstorms. We have not let the weather get in the way of enjoying another week at camp, though! Campers and staff alike have participated in activities and prepared for upcoming events. 

Our French campers and staff were able to celebrate the French national holiday of Bastille Day this morning at flag. After explaining the significance of the day, they sang the French national anthem, La Marseillaise, for everyone. 

session5a93For the past two weeks, riding camp has been hard at work preparing for their horse show. Campers have the opportunity to ride in front of judges, win ribbons and show the audience the skills they have learned at camp. All the hard work is definitely worth it when campers can show off their talent and win ribbons!

Meanwhile, the drama production class is gearing up for next week’s play. The production, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is directed by performing arts supervisor Cody Payne with Junior Girls counselor Kerry Lester serving as assistant director. Over the course of this week, campers auditioned for roles and began memorizing their lines as well as practicing onstage. Rehearsals will continue next week until the production is staged on Friday evening. With plenty of campers excited to bring the story to Friendship Stage, the play is sure to be a hit!

session5a96During the hot summer days, our campers love to visit the snack bar, where they can order ice cream and cold drinks to cool off. The snack bar staff- April Moore, Michael Calvelli and Sophia Barsanti- work hard every day to make sure each camper can enjoy their preferred snack and beverage. One of the most popular snacks at camp is the classic Chipwich, which consists of vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies. 

Our 50th anniversary celebrations continued on Wednesday when camp welcomed special visitors to film a segment for the local news. Several staff members and campers as well as the founder, Chuck Ackenbom, were interviewed about their experiences here. The segment aired Wednesday night on Newsplex in Charlottesville. 

As Week 5 winds to a close, we are already looking forward to the coming weeks! With Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and other special surprises happening next week, the fun is sure to continue at camp. 

(Camper, CIT, Counselor)

A Fun Week Starts Now!

It may be hard to believe, 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.


“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!


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!


Best Horseback Riding Camp near Washington DC

Does your child love horses? Do they know how to ride them? Or maybe they just want to learn! Camp Friendship is the best horseback riding summer camp for children ages 7-16 nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.  What makes Camp Friendship the best horseback riding camp near Washington DC, is that we teach the fundamentals of horse and rider, as well as provide the most fun with our gentle horses. Your child can enjoy playing in the river or taking them out on our country trails. Whether a beginner or an advanced rider, Camp Friendship has the perfect program for any horse enthusiast! Our programs are designed to bring the best experience to children during their stay at summer camp.

The Horses: Camp Friendship’s ninety horses can be described as wonderful, versatile, and safe.  They are owned and maintained by the camp year round.  The herd is composed of all different sizes, colors, and breeds so that Camp Friendship is well equipped to best match each rider with a horse that is well suited for them, from the most basic beginner to the advanced rider.

We look forward to hearing from you and providing a unique summer experience for your child. We’re open all year round for tours and questions. Contact Camp Friendship today at 1-800-873-3223.


Lifelong Memories at Sleepaway Camp near North Carolina

IMG_2542 1Fun fact: ten million children attend some kind of camp every summer. How crazy is that? Going to sleepaway camp was the highlight of our childhood summers, and that hasn’t changed for this generation. There are thousands of sleepaway camps all around the United States. Sending your son or daughter to a sleepaway camp near North Carolina, like Camp Friendship, is one of the best decisions you could make for their summer plans and for their future. When you pick up you child at the end of the summer, they will have a million of new stories to tell you about all of the memories they had made that summer.

Speaking of childhood summers, if you attended sleepaway camp as a child, what are some of the memories that you think of? Do the super hot days where going to the lake was the only option to stay cool come to mind? What about hanging out with all of your new friends all day, every day? And then do you remember pick up day where the entire ride home you told your parents all of the cool things you did? Sleepaway camp provided you with some of your fondest childhood memories, and the same goes for children today! Our campers say that the best part about Camp Friendship are all of the sleepaway camp activities that we have to offer. Whether it is winning the pool olympics, participating in the talent show, or our ugliest counselor contests, our campers say that looking back at their summers, Camp Friendship made the top of their lists. Along with all of this, our sleepaway camp counselors strive to give campers a memorable summer. They go above and beyond to ensure that campers are having fun every single day at Camp Friendship. And to be honest, it’s impossible to not have fun every day while you’re here.

If you are interested in sending your son or daughter to the best sleepaway camp near North Carolina to give them the best summer of their lives, then contact Camp Friendship today! Call us at (434)-589-8950 for more information or to schedule a tour.

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.