Daytime Activities

With a ton of exciting activities to choose from, campers are encouraged to make their own choices in a safe and supportive environment. Campers select activities to take part in each day for a week.

Adventure Activities

One of our teen campers aims down range with her bow as she lines up a bulls eye at our archery range.


Want to rank among the likes of Katniss Everdeen, Hawkeye or Robin Hood? Archery class will teach you how! Spend time at our outdoor archery ranges learning how to handle your bow, knock your arrows and practice the different techniques that will allow you to hit that prized bullseye.

Explorer’s Lab

Step into the world of scientific discovery with Explorers Lab, where each day sparks curiosity and innovation! Join us for a thrilling journey through hands-on experiments designed to ignite young minds and encourage them to embark on a thrilling adventure of exploration and questioning, discovering the wonders of STEM along the way.

Camper mountain boarding at a sleep-away summer camp

Mountain Boarding

The ultimate camp adrenaline rush for all ages, mountain boarding is an exciting cross between snowboarding and skateboarding. Grab your board and take on Overlook Hill with all its challenging mounds and dips!

Girl Camper blows on campfire to keep it burning

Wilderness Survival

Do you think you could be the next Bear Grylls? Get all the skills you’ll need to survive out in the wild. From how to build a fire to how to make a shelter, this activity will prepare you for the unknown!

Aquatics Activities

A counselor leads campers in the pool in a zumba workout.

Aqua Aerobics

Can’t get enough of the pool or dance class? Aqua Aerobics is a high energy, low impact activity that allows you to dance along to popular, fist-pumping music while doing easy-to-master exercises. Suitable for all fitness levels, you’ll get a great workout without ever breaking a sweat!

Two young campers paddle their canoe along Friendship Lake at a coed sleep-away summer camp


Get the chance to explore the entirety of Friendship Lake as a team with your canoe partner and practice a variety of strokes to help you navigate around the fountain, docks and bridges. You’ll learn how to control the canoe from various positions and play awesome canoe games that are bound to have you coming back for more.


Make a splash and learn to dive!  Perfect for beginners, participants will be introduced to a range of dives, progressing from pool-edge plunges to confident leaps off the diving board. Through guidance and hands-on practice, they’ll hone their precision and confidence while learning essential diving techniques – and having a ton of fun!

Senior Village camper holding a fish he caught at summer camp


Are you hooked? You’ll have the chance to catch-and-release Bass, Blue Gill, Sunfish and Catfish at Friendship Lake. Plus you’re sure to see a turtle or two while you wait for the Big One!

Girl kayaking at Camp Friendship coed summer camp


Race around Friendship Lake in your very own kayak this summer, passing under the bridges, swerving around the floating docks and splashing through the water fountain. Kayakers will learn the proper techniques and safety practices through fun and challenging games that encourage individual skill development.

Two campers and a counselor paddle-boarding at Friendship Lake summer camp


Master the art of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) this summer – the latest craze in water sports. Learn how to balance, paddle, steer and race around the lake. You can even test your balancing skills with some Paddleboard Yoga.

Boy ready to pass waterpolo ball in pool to a teammate

Water Polo

Have fun learning the ins and outs of this popular, fast-paced water sport. You’ll learn how to handle the ball, and practice different passing and communication techniques. You’ll get the chance to put all your new skills to the test in mini-matches. (Must be in Senior Village)

Art Activities

A female counselor helps a junior camper with their arts and crafts project during our overnight camp sessions.

Arts & Crafts

It’s time to get creative in Arts & Crafts! Each day presents a new opportunity for you to express yourself through art. There’s tie-dye, beadwork, candle making, dream catchers, nature crafts and more. We can’t wait to see what you create!

counselor teaches young camper dance moves at coed overnight camp in Virginia

Dance Performance

Learn to express yourself through movement and have loads of fun in the process! All levels and styles are welcome. Campers can try their hand at choreographing pieces of their group’s dance and work towards a performance at closing campfire.

Campers perform a play at Camp Friendship summer camp in Virginia

Drama Performance

Whether your style is more Shakespeare or “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” you’ll have the chance to display and develop your talents in this fun drama class. Improv games, acting tips and the chance to perform in front of the entire camp at Campfire…to act or not to act? That is the question.

Camper works on a painting at sleep-away camp

Drawing & Painting

Get inspired by your beautiful surroundings and enjoy the relaxing art of drawing and painting. Learn how to make use of color, shading and proportion with acrylics, pastels, watercolors, charcoal sticks and pencils.Whether it’s a scenic painting or a self-portrait, your creation is sure to remind you of summer camp!

young camper making a friendship bracelet at summer camp

Friendship Bracelet Making

We are Camp Friendship and friendship bracelet making is what we do! This class is the perfect opportunity to try out different patterns, color combinations and techniques. Make a ton of awesome friendship bracelets to give to your friends.

Off Broadway

Whether you’re an aspiring performer or just love the magic of musical theater, Off Broadway is the perfect activity for you! You’ll learn and practice the fundamentals of musical theater, from acting and singing to dancing and stage production. You’ll have the chance to showcase your skills at Campfire and perform songs from hit shows, while building your confidence and having a blast!

Campers working on pottery at an overnight summer camp in Virginia


Get ready to unleash your creativity at our pottery classes! Seniors can spin clay into bowls and mugs on the pottery wheel, while juniors mold their own creations in Pottery Flat. Add your personal touch with vibrant glazes and paints and take home your masterpiece to enjoy!

Campers and Counselors sing at summer camp residential camp


Get ready to unleash your inner songwriter and let your creativity soar! In this activity, you’ll be guided through a fun and interactive songwriting process that will have you crafting your own original music and lyrics in no time. And not to mention the chance to perform them in front of a camp-wide audience at closing campfire!

Sports Activities

A teen camper smiles holding a badminton racket behind the net during our residential camp.


Roll on up to play this fun, fast-paced racket sport! Learn the rules as well as how to serve and smash that birdie around the court!

Campers playing basketball at Camp Friendship residential kids camp


Could you be the next Michael Jordan or play in the WNBA? Get your start by learning all the skills of the game including passing, shooting, dribbling and dunking!

Counselor teaching a camper about football at Camp Friendship in Virginia

Flag Football

Touchdown! Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a complete beginner, this activity will have you running, dodging, catching, throwing and scoring as part of a team. See how many flags you can grab!

Young camper practicing his balance at coed summer camp

Gymnastics / Obstacle Course Race

All levels of athletes are welcome to flip, tumble, swing, and climb their way through our gymnastics center activities. Spend the week building flexibility and stamina by practicing on our balance beams, rings, bars, and the trampoline before combining your skills to tackle our ultimate obstacle course!

Counselor teaches campers about soccer at Camp Friendship summer camp


Learn to master the most popular sport in the world on Camp Friendship’s athletic fields! Campers learn the techniques of shooting, dribbling and passing through enjoyable drills and games. You will also practice skills in mini-matches throughout the week.

Boy hitting tennis ball with racket at tennis summer program


Rank among the likes of Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal! Receive great instruction from our ace tennis team. Develop your game based on individual strengths and work on stroke, footwork, tactics and match preparation.

A group of seniors jump for a high disc for the winning point on our camp friendship lower field.

Ultimate Frisbee

Combine American football, lacrosse and frisbee – what do you get? This exciting game is far more than just run, catch, throw, repeat. With endless possibilities to get creative by running, jumping, diving or sliding to make that all-important catch, Ultimate Frisbee is an ultra-fun team sport to play with friends!

Girl camper bumping the volleyball over the net


Have a shot at serving, bumping, setting and spiking on our beach volleyball courts. You’ll learn a new skill or improve current skills and get practice working as a team player.

A counselor leads a group of junior and teen campers in a yoga stance on colored mats in our Camp Friendship dance pavilion.


Take a moment to be mindful. Yoga is a great way to start or end your daily activities and helps regenerate your body, mind and soul. Our fun poses work on strength, flexibility and balance. Yoga offers a relaxing way to work out, unwind and streeeetch!

Camp-Wide Evening Activities

The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down! Different activities are offered each evening, where campers get to know each other and have fun together at the end of the day.

  • Campfire
  • Capture the Flag
  • Chip Cup
  • Cookout
  • Noodle Hockey
  • Pool Party
  • Powder Fairies
  • Slip ‘n Slide
  • Themed Dances
  • Project Funway Fashion Show
  • …and more!