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Session 4A – Let me see your Funky Chicken!

Sunday

Session 4A started off with a pretty amazing campfire: we performed some classic skits including  ‘If I Were Not A Camp Counselor’ and ‘1,2,3,4′ also known as the ‘Funky Chicken’. A memorable moment during this performance was Gary (our SV2 Supervisor from Ireland) dancing around the stage like a leprechaun trying to find a pot of gold! Our new campers learnt how to ‘Jigga’ and give a ‘standing O’ (short for standing ovation).

Monday

Mondays are always exciting at camp – it’s the first full day and our campers get to try out their schedule of activities for the first time. During free swim and snack bar, the campers got to spend some time with their new friends, both in their cabins and from other villages. In the evening, every village had their own campfire and cookout and then it was time for bed to experience another full day of activities tomorrow!

Tuesday

The sun is shining today at camp! Aqua Zumba (one of our new activities this year) has proved massively popular, with two full classes running this week. We can’t wait to try it during Family Camp this summer. The juniors took part in ‘Camp Friendship’s Got Talent’ for their evening activity, where each cabin performs an act for our judges: Balthazar the Wizard, the Dairy Queen (our Junior Girls supervisor in a cow onesie!) and Spiderman! Our senior campers joined together for an SV3 pool party which involved music, inflatables, pool noodles and lots of smiling seniors!

Wednesday

Half way through our week and our campers are progressing nicely in their activities! Our performing arts areas are working on campfire skits for Friday and Glee club is creating a spooky Friday 13th themed mash-up for us. Evening activities were Pool Olympics for our junior campers (biggest splash, smallest splash, most creative synchronized swimming routine!) and a Noodle Hockey tournament for our senior campers.

Thursday

Thursday marks our weekly dance night at camp. This week’s theme was ‘Back to the Future’, where campers and counselors could come dressed as a caveman from the past, or maybe an alien from the future! We also had Marty McFly turn up from the actual film, hoverboard and all! We danced the caveman conga, as well as rocking out to ‘Johnny Be Good’ and of course all the other camp favorites we love.

Friday

It’s Friday, and everyone is getting their friendship bracelets finished to give to their new-found buddies; our media students are finishing up their photography and video projects so they have something to take home and our sport-lovers are making the most of their last day running around playing ultimate frisbee! Our evening activity is of course our closing campfire where Glee got to show us their amazing monster mash/ ET mash-up and the dance classes received standing ovations when their hard work paid off. Our Equestrian campers are lucky enough to enjoy another full week of riding, with the much anticipated horse show coming up on Friday of next week. 

At the end of each Friday night campfire, we celebrate our 5-Year Campers by welcoming them on stage for a giant high five and a well-earned 5 Year Pin. We also sing our bittersweet song ‘Linger’ which shows just how much camp means to everyone that comes to their home away from home.

‘Mmm-mm, I want to linger, mmm-mm, a little longer, a little longer here with you…’

Best Coed Summer Camp In Pennsylvania

Where Is The Best Coed Summer Camp Located?

Camp Friendship is an ACA accredited coed summer camp with over 50 years of experience. Our sleepaway camp is located in Palmyra VA and many of our campers travel from Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C., Maryland, and North Carolina. At Camp Friendship, we provide an unforgettable and unique experience unlike anywhere else.

How Much Does Summer Camp Cost In Pennsylvania?

The cost of summer camp in Pennsylvania varies for each child and is based on their age and the number of sessions attending. However, we offer multiple discounts for early registration, siblings, multiple week registrations, and residents of Fluvanna County. We offer payment plans to ensure that the cost of summer camp accommodates your budget. Our summer camp tuition includes accommodation, daily meals and snacks, camp activities, supplies, and laundry service for campers staying in multiple sessions.

What Activities Are Available?

best coed summer camp pennsylvaniaOur overnight camp allows your child to “unplug” from all the electronics and enjoy the beauty of nature and a wide variety of fun activities. We allow our campers to create their own schedule by choosing the things to match their interests or trying something new. Our activities include:

  • Sports – basketball, tennis, volleyball, soccer, badminton, fencing, frisbee
  • Arts – drawing, painting, crafts, bracelet making, pottery, drama, video production
  • Outdoor – archery, mountain biking, yoga, Zumba, mountain boarding
  • Watersports – canoeing, kayaking, swimming, fishing, water aerobics,
  • Adventure – wilderness survival, high ropes, horseback riding

What Ages Attend Coed Summer Camp?

At Camp Friendship we accommodate both boy and girl campers from age 7 to age 16. We understand that it may be hard to be away from home for younger campers, but we will make sure the transition into our summer program goes smooth and safely. We encourage all of our campers to create memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Finding The Best Coed Summer Camp In Pennsylvania

Our team at Camp Friendship are experts in sleepaway camp. We are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding overnight camp, residential camp, or the best coed summer camp in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Washington D.C. Contact Camp Friendship today to get more information or schedule a free visit. Call now 1-800-873-3223.

Session 2A: Campers of the world, unite!

Sunday
Today we welcomed all of our new campers for week 2 of camp – our busiest week this summer! We had a little bit of rain during check in (ok… a lot!) but our lovely staff were out directing all of our families to their villages with a smile. Rain doesn’t get us down here at Camp Friendship, and we still had our outdoor opening campfire!

Monday
After raising the American flag, all of our campers made their way to their first activity of the day. There has been a high demand for a wide variety of activities this week, so our counselors are very busy! Campers can choose to start their day by jumping into a kayak, or take a more relaxing route and begin with yoga. Archery continues to be very popular, thankfully we opened up our second archery range this year so everyone has the chance to try this great sport. After a full day of activities we all headed to cookout. Junior girls made their dinner in their own fairy-light pavilion; junior boys hosted at our bike pavilion with their own fire pit; and our senior villages joined together to cookout at the lake and had a dance party!

Tuesday
On Tuesday everyone continued learning in their five periods and got to know their new friends a little better. Our evening activities were some classic camp favorites: powder fairies for the juniors and counselor hunt for seniors! Who knew dressing up as a fairy and running around a field with a flour-filled sock could be so much fun! (It’s a camp thing.)

Wednesday
How is it already Wednesday? Campers in pottery are perfecting their projects today to make sure they’re ready for the kiln; photography and video production are out capturing moments on camp and drama workshop, dance and glee are rehearsing their campfire skits! Our junior villages took part in ‘Camp Friendship’s Got Talent’ this evening, showcasing the impressive skills our campers and counselors have! We saw some standing Os (like a standing ovation, but way more fun!) and our audience cheered everyone on. Meanwhile, the senior villages headed to the lower fields for the ultimate camp challenge… Capture the Flag!

Thursday
Thursday saw our weekly Camp Friendship dance- this week’s theme was ‘Yo Ho Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life For Me!’ Stripes, bandanas and eye patches everywhere! The gym was transformed into a pirate ship, with sails and pirate flags hung around the room. We danced to the classic songs ‘cotton eyed joe’, ‘wagon wheel’ and ‘the cupid shuffle’.

Friday

Yet another week that has gone by too soon, today our campers finished off their friendship bracelets, had their final jumps off the lake’s high dive and practiced their acts for our closing campfire. It’s always difficult to say goodbye to new friends, but the best thing about camp is that there’s always next year!

Session 1: And so it begins!

Finally, the summer gates of Camp Friendship are open! Our first week of camp has been one to remember, from our hilarious opening campfire (featuring two counselors lip-sync battling to Moana) to our awesome pajama dance party- where we saw some of the best onesies ever created! Everyone here at camp has had a blast, here’s what we got up to this week…

Sunday- A Warm Welcome!
After settling into their cabins, our campers had some scrumptious pizza and headed to International Flag Ceremony. This is where we ask all of our campers and staff from different countries to raise their flags and celebrate the diversity we have here at Camp Friendship. This week we had campers all the way from Saudi Arabia and counselors from New Zealand, not to mention at least 15 other countries! We then moved to our opening campfire, where the campers got to know how funny their counselors can be; the famous “How Animals Eat Their Food” and classic skit “Suzie” were definite favorites!

Monday- Here we go!
First day of activities! Today was the first time our campers got to try all the program activities we run here at camp. Archery, fencing and paddleboarding have been very popular choices this year, as well as pottery wheel. Over at our Equestrian Center, the campers met the horses they would all be riding for the week (we have over 80!) and started a full day of riding camp! In the evening, all of the villages had their own cookout and got to know everyone a little bit more; we’ve already had campers promising to write to each other when they’re back at home- which is what Camp Friendship is all about!

On Tuesday, our junior campers played ‘Minute to Win it’, the fast-paced, intense group competition to establish: Who can catch the most marshmallows while blindfolded? Who can get the most steps on a pedometer in one minute? Who can move a cookie from their forehead to their mouth without using their hands and eat it under one minute? As we said… very intense. Our seniors had a massive noodle hockey tournament, and were pretty tired after running around waving pool noodles in the air for an hour!

Wednesday brought us the classic evening activity… Slip ‘n’ Slide! Campers and counselors went sliding down our mountain boarding hill, aiming to knock down some inflatable bowling pins. Human bowling is now a thing at Camp Friendship!

Thursday arrived and our counselors started to see how much our campers have learned and improved in just one week. We had junior fencers parrying and working on their fancy footwork; mountain boarders riding the big hill without any worries; drama students performing in front of an audience without feeling nervous, and so much more! We all dressed up for our ‘Pajama Party’ dance in the gym Thursday evening. There were minion onesies, unicorn onesies, even a giraffe with a tail! Our classic camp routine ‘Everytime we Touch’ got every camper on the dance floor and we all danced until it was time for bed!

And here we are already, Friday. We had a little weather trouble Friday morning, so merged our activities and created the ultimate basketball tournament in the gym- as well as a 10 V 10 volleyball match and our seniors all got to try waterpolo in our pool! As the evening drew in, we prepared for our closing campfire. This time around, our campers were the stars of the show- performing everything they had been working on in the week as well as some village skits they’d created. At the end of our campfire, everyone joined together and we sang our Friendship song, followed by ‘Linger’, which sums up our first week at camp pretty perfectly… ‘This is goodnight and not goodbye.’

North Carolina Summer Camps

Can We Visit North Carolina Summer Camps Before Signing Up?

Yes, of course. We offer multiple open houses and tours each year. All tours are led by our summer camp staff. However, if our open house dates are not convenient for your schedule, please contact our office to set up a private tour with one of our camp staff any day of the week. We want to make sure our camp is the right fit for your child, and they are excited about the thought of attending.

Where Is Camp Friendship Located?

Camp Friendship is a coed summer camp located among the Blu Ridge Mountains in Palmyra VA. We welcome campers and staff from all over the world, which provide opportunities for each camper to learn about different cultures and traditions. Enjoy the beautiful weather in a serene nature setting that will be home to lifelong memories for all of our campers.

How Much Do North Carolina Summer Camps Cost?

The cost of summer camps in North Carolina varies based on specific individual factors such as the type of camp and the number of sessions attending. However, we offer a variety of programs including our junior village, senior village, equestrian camp for girls, and counselor in training programs. All of these different programs have their own rates and fees.

What If My Child Gets Homesick At Summer Camp?

north carolina summer campsIt is perfectly normal for campers to begin missing home, especially if it is there first time being away. However, this can be an important part of their camp experience, as it may help develop a feeling of self-esteem and independence. Luckily, Camp Friendship is a safe place for campers to experience these emotions. Many of our counselors were once homesick campers themselves, so they are understanding and highly trained in working with your child.

Finding North Carolina Summer Camps

In conclusion, our team at Camp Friendship are experts in sleepaway camp. We are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding residential camps and summer camps in Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. Contact Camp Friendship to schedule a free consultation today. Call now (434) 589-8950.

5 Reasons Why… Camp is Beneficial for Kids

In a world where children are plagued with outside pressures and high expectations, camp is a pressure-free world of endless possibilities and fun! As youth development professionals who spend every day thinking about camp, it’s near-impossible for us to simply explain the magic of the camp experience in words, not to mention narrowing down the benefits to just 5. Nonetheless, we’ve given it a go. Here are the reasons why we believe camp is beneficial for kids:

1. Connect without Technology: Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of attending sleep-away camp is that it forces campers to unplug. This is not only beneficial for developing personal connections and practicing social skills, but it helps to relieve social media pressures where popularity and self-worth are measured through the number of likes or followers you have. Kids experience constant pressure from social media to be what others want them to be, rather than being themselves. At camp, kids choose to do what makes them happy because it’s what they want to do, not to impress others or get digital ‘likes’ for doing it.

2. Grow to be Independent: Camp offers a taste of independence that is hard to come by in today’s world. From as young as age 7, campers are responsible for keeping their cabin space clean and making their bed daily. They separate, sort, and put away their own laundry. Sometimes, they are even responsible for tasks that affect their whole cabin such as setting the table or picking up food for their cabin mates. At Camp Friendship, campers are even responsible for arriving at their activities on time. This makes campers accountable for their own actions and teaches the importance of being punctual.

3. Experience Inclusion: No matter which camp your child attends, they are sure to be included in the warm, welcoming and supportive community that all camps provide. Camp Friendship celebrates differences and sends children home with a greater understanding of the world around them and a higher tolerance and appreciation for those who are different from them. The camping industry as a whole is also truly inclusive – there is a camp for every child. There are sports focused camps, artistic camps, music camps, space camps, camps for people with special needs, religious camps and camps for everyone in between.

4. Gain Values: Every camp has a purpose for existing and maintains a set of values that they incorporate into the camp experience. Camp Friendship was founded as a place for children from all over the world to gather in peace. At Camp Friendship, being yourself comes naturally because we celebrate diversity, we focus on connection and we encourage growth. We structure our camp and programs around these values and we love that our campers take these values away with them at the end of the summer.

5. Have Fun! The most important benefit of sleep-away camp is that it’s just downright fun! Kids get to be kids, explore new interests and push themselves to new heights surrounded by role models who want to see them succeed. There’s no better way to spend your summer!

As passionate industry leaders, we could talk about camp until our faces turns blue, but there’s no better explanation than experiencing it for yourself. For adults looking to experience the magic of summer camp, why not register for Camp Friendship’s Family Camp from 20-26 August 2018!

Planning for Camp 2018

In the circus of life, parents are the extreme jugglers: constantly juggling fireballs, curveballs, meatballs and more. As a local business that works one-on-one with parents and their children, we know that you put a great deal of effort into not dropping the ball.

While many of you are still recovering from a jaded January and a far-from-festive February, we want to help you avoid a manic March by offering the following advice when it comes to your child’s spring and summer breaks – start planning now! As the year marches on these holidays loom ever closer, and it’s time to consider the options available to you.

It is our opinion that the time kids spend away from school shouldn’t be filled with meaningless activities. We see this time as an opportunity for children to continue learning, to have meaningful interactions, and to gain new experiences that will continue developing them into the best possible version of themselves. We know that as parents you want the best for your kids, which is why we highly recommend the summer camp experience. While it is your job as a parent to make a decision, it is our job as youth development professionals to make that decision as easy as possible.

Why Camp?

There’s a common saying amongst those who have been hooked by the summer camp experience: they’re living 10 for 2. Once you’ve been bitten by the summer camp bug, the remaining 10 months of the year become inconsequential – it’s all about getting back to camp!

The summer camp experience is also described as a ‘bubble’ that children and staff members enter into and never look back. This bubble effect is created in a serene, natural setting surrounded by role models who genuinely care. It’s the type of environment that welcomes you as you are and helps you to be your best self in the most natural, fun-focused way. Campers gain independence by being away from their parents, they learn respect by sharing a living space with others, they learn to challenge themselves by trying new things, and they learn to connect with others by meeting people from all over the world.

Which Camp?

To assist with the endless planning that comes with being a parent, summer camps gather at Summer Camp Fairs throughout the early months of the year. These fairs are typically held at large shopping malls and schools, where parents can browse the various programs on offer and have their questions answered by knowledgeable staff. If you can’t make it to one of your local fairs, search for accredited summer camps on the American Camping Association’s website for parents.

Try It Out!

A number of camps will offer Spring Break Camps for first-timers to get a taste of what camp is all about. To see whether Camp Friendship’s Spring Break Camps align with your child’s school dates, visit www.campfriendship.com.

The summer camp experience is unlike any other youth development activity on offer. Some call it magic, some call it a bubble, but we call it home.

Camp Friendship sets the benchmark for an exceptional summer experience. Founded in 1966, we are a family-owned summer camp that offers year-round tours of our facilities. Give us a call on 1-800-873-3223 or visit www.campfriendship.com to learn more.

Sleepaway Camp: Is Your Child Ready?

At this time of year, families all over the country are asking a similar question with regards to their summer plans – is it time to try sleepaway camp? Although summer may seem like light-years away, Camp Friendship encourages parents to consider these important questions before making any decisions.

Summer camp in VirginiaReady?
First of all, it’s important to note that it’s not only your child that needs to be ready for sleepaway camp – as parents, you need to feel ready too! Your family’s readiness for sleepaway camp depends heavily on your parenting style, your child’s age and temperament as well as their comfort level at sleeping away from home with friends or relatives. If your child has already mentioned the idea of sleepaway camp or has friends that attend sleepaway camps, this is a good sign that they might be ready.

From a young age, children seek ways to develop their autonomy, and overnight camp is an environment that supports this natural development in a completely organic way.

Co-ed summer camp for kids in VASet (the scene…)
With over 7000 overnight camps to choose from, it’s important to pick the camp that fits your child’s hopes and expectations for their first overnight camp experience. Top tip: Involve your child in the decision making process! Studies on homesickness have found that children handle separation best when they feel in control. Giving your child the opportunity to help pick out a camp will boost confidence, ease anxiety and reduce homesickness. As a family, decide whether you are looking for a one week experience or for something longer. Find out from your camper whether they are hoping to try a wide variety of new activities, or specialize in an activity such as gymnastics or horseback riding. To find the camp that’s right for you, ask fellow parents or check out campparents.org – a resource provided by the American Camp Association.

overnight camp VAGo!
Contact the camp to take a tour, or take a virtual tour online. With the season of camp fairs upon us, many parents will visit local malls and schools to meet camp directors and find out more about their summer options. Camp Friendship offers shorter Spring Break or weekend camp experiences to give first-time campers a taste of the overnight camp experience. Family Camp is another sure-fire way to get the whole family on board, and day camps are always a popular first step.

sleepaway camp in VirginiaEven if you decide that 2018 is not the summer for your family, rest assured that parents all over the country are unified in their opinions on the benefits of summer camp. Many parents comment specifically on their children’s increased independence and confidence when speaking with teachers and other adults, as well as improvements in their cooperation with siblings and classmates. One parent shared that instead of investing in private school they opt to send their children to Camp Friendship. They haven’t regretted a single summer!

Unfortunately, sometimes as a parent you will only get a definitive answer on readiness when you arrive to pick your camper up from camp. If you find them crying to stay for longer, chances are your family made the right choice!