Camp Friendship has long stood as an internationally diverse program. Since it’s founding in 1966, Camp Friendship has welcomed campers and staff from over 93 different countries. Being an American camp we deeply appreciate the opportunity of bringing the world closer together. Our campers learn about foreign cultures and traditions through meeting people of different nationalities.
We individually customize each camper’s program to ensure the best possible experience. Our international campers and staff raise the flags of their respective countries during our camp flag raising ceremonies. This event is always a treat to see, countries from all over the world uniting in peace.
Special services are provided for our international campers:
Camp Friendship provides a great opportunity for those campers who do not speak English or don’t speak it well. We provide an immersive English speaking community where non-English speaking campers will quickly expand their English vocabulary. Camp Friendship believes that everyday communication through games and activities is one of the best ways to learn a language. Campers of the same nationality are assigned to different cabins to ensure complete language immersion.
We also offer an optional English Immersion Activity (ESL), which provides a unique and fun-filled contrast to regular classroom sessions. There is an additional charge for this 2-hour activity.
If you are booking a flight to camp please book them to arrive between 4:00pm and 9:00pm. Camp Friendship meets campers arriving at Washington Dulles International, Richmond International Airport, and the Charlottesville Airport. Departure flights at the end of the session should not leave before Saturday, 12:00pm form any of the airports we transport to and/or from.
Campers will be met in the international arrivals area, after they have cleared through customs. *Camp staff will be wearing a staff polo shirt and will be carrying a Camp Friendship sign when meeting campers* Please note that the journey to camp from Washington Dulles Airport is often over 3 hours depending upon traffic and the number of stops made (food, bathroom etc.).
A packing list will be provided to all of our families on their Camp In Touch Account. The Parent Handbook also contains a lot of valuable information to help you and your camper prepare for the summer.
Campers may receive mail via the United States Postal Service to camp. All letters should be mailed to the camp mailing address is:
Your Camper’s Name (first and last names, no nicknames please)
Village and Cabin
PO Box 145
Palmyra, VA 22963
Camp will only accept letter mail for campers. Mail received in camp after your child has left will be returned to sender.
Emails may also be sent to your camper via your Camp In Touch account.
Detailed information can be found on our Parent Handbook.
International campers will be required to call home upon their arrival to camp via the phone number on file. International Campers will be permitted to call home a second time after their first two weeks at camp for approx. 5 minutes. Your child’s village supervisor will place the call approx. between 9:00am and 11:00am EST. on a Saturday. If they can’t get through, they will leave a message.
PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE CAMP OFFICE upon receiving a message or seeing the Camp Friendship number on Caller ID, the village supervisor will try and call again the following week. There are many internationals calling home, so please allow the village supervisor to call you. If you try and call camp, we will not be able to get the camper to a phone as they are out enjoying their activities.
A key factor in the camp experience is to instill independence and time away from parents is a very important part of the experience.
Detailed information can be found in our Parent Handbook.