The Week So Far… Session 7A!

It’s Week 7 here at Camp Friendship in Virginia, and it’s been nothing but fun, friendships and WAR… SV Wars to be precise! This week our Senior Villages have declared war and are out to win in the epic battles of SV WARS. SV Wars is a brand new Village Time activity here at camp where campers and counselors compete in various activities throughout the week – there have been dance offs, ping pong tournaments, fashion shows, volleyball challenges and so much more! Be sure to follow our Camp Friendship Facebook and Instagram pages to find out whether SV1 or SV2 are victorious at the end of the week.

Taking it back a day or two to Sunday, we started Week 7 in the same way we start every week at Camp Friendship, with our Opening Campfire on Sunday night. This campfire is a time for new friends to come together beneath the stars and get to know each other a little better. It’s also a time where we watch our counselors make complete fools of themselves up on stage, and we love every minute!

After an early start on Monday, there was much excitement as everyone received their activity schedules and prepared to try their activities for the first time! Instead of regular dinner in the Dining Hall, our campers and counselors ate outdoors in a camp-wide cookout that was great fun!

After a full day of activities on Tuesday, it was time to cool off with a few camp favorites for evening activity: Slip ‘n Slide for Juniors and a highly competitive round of Pool Olympics for Seniors.

On Wednesday we received some much needed rain which gave us all some time to rest and recover from the high-energy activities we’ve been doing all week.

Rest time didn’t last long though as it was soon time to head Under the Sea for our camp-wide dance. It’s always great fun to see how our campers interpret the dance theme, and this week we had sharks, crabs, fishermen, squid and a whole crew of Spongebob Squarepants characters that made everyone giggle. Needless to say we had a whale of a time!

As we near the end of our week, we still have big plans for camp fun with our camp friends. Thursday‘s evening activities are some camp classics: Pool Party for Juniors and Powder Fairies for Seniors. Our Equestrian Campers will spend the evening preparing themselves and their horses for the big day on Friday: Horse Show Day! At the end of every 2-week Equestrian Camp session, the girls get the chance to perform the skills they’ve learned at camp to their families and friends, and of course their counselors swell with pride at seeing how far each rider has come in just 2 short weeks.

Be sure to look out for photos of your camper on CampInTouch over the weekend, and there’ll be a special Week 7 Wrap Up video to watch on our YouTube channel.

Horseback Riding Camp Washington D.C.

Camp Friendship is the best horseback riding camp, located only a few hours away from home for Washington D.C. campers. What makes Camp Friendship the best horseback riding camp for children, is that we are experts in teaching the fundamentals of horse and rider, as well as providers of the most fun with our horses. Your child can enjoy time with our gentle horses, playing in the river or taking them out on our extensive cross country trails. Whether your daughter is 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.

We look forward to hearing from you to discuss the unique experience that a Camp Friendship Summer can provide your children. We are open all year round for tours and questions. Contact Camp Friendship today at 1-800-873-3223.

Overnight Camp Maryland

Camp Friendship is an overnight summer camp near Maryland! If you and your family live in Maryland, then you are not far at al from our camp location in Palmyra, VA. Camp Friendship is for boys and girls, ages 7-16. Camp Friendship’s overnight summer camp in Virginia offers 6 different summer camp programs such as Junior Village, Senior Village, and even an Equestrian Camp, and activities that make us unique, such as a horseback riding program, color wars, and a ropes course. We also offer traditional summer camp activities such as soccer, volleyball, arts and crafts, and camp fires. We know your child will absolutely love our camp; they’ll have an unforgettable experience, guaranteed! To request more information contact us call 1-800-873-3223.

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!

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!

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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!

Making New Friends at Overnight camp near Washington D.C.

One 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 overnight camp near Washington D.C? 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 overnight 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 overnight camp near Washington D.C.?! Then call Camp Friendship to get more information or to schedule a tour today at (434)-589-8950.

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A Fallen Leaf – A Summer’s Goodbye

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As the seasons change and the leaves begin to fall, things tend to quiet down here at Camp Friendship…but this year we’re keeping the summer dream alive with our Fall Camp Weekend in Virginia!

Campers will have the chance to take in the beauty of the season whilst sampling or re-enjoying some of our most popular activities from the summer.

Perfect for your camper’s first time at sleep away camp, this fun-filled weekend in Virginia will give them a sneak-peek at what camp is all about. If you’re already in-the-know about the wonders of CF, why not bring a friend and share the joy – after all, fall fun is fun for all!

The spook-tacular Halloween overnight camp weekend will take place October 31st – November 2nd and is bound to be a real treat, with a haunted hay ride and other fang-tastic Halloween festivities sure to delight even the pickiest of pumpkins. Get your ghosts and ghouls into the spirit of Halloween by daring them to dress up – best costume wins a prize!

Your camper is sure to return home with a harvest of special memories after meeting new friends and getting to know our fun-loving staff in Virginia.  For more information or to register your camper for the weekend, visit the Upcoming Events page on our website, www.campfriendship.com

We’ll spice up our Archery targets with pumpkins galore, and cozy up by the campfire to cook our s’mores. Our evening activities are sure to be great, just like in the summer but you don’t have to wait. The weekend is set for October 31, get ready for bushels of fun for everyone!

Have a good fall, y’all!

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