Youth Camps

Highland Summer Camp sessions:

Day Camp for ages 5-12July 24-28, 2023
Lookout Camp for ages 7-10July 30-August 1, 2023
Ascent Camp for ages 8-10July 2-7, 2023
Ridgeline Camps for ages 10-12June 18-23, 2023; July 9-14, 2023
Summit Camp for ages 12-14July 16-21, 2023
Peak Camp for ages 13-16June 25-30, 2023
Edge Camps for ages 13-16June 25-30, 2023; July 9-14, 2023
Staff in Training program for those who completed 10th or 11th grade 

2023 Summer Theme: TBD

Information about the 2023 theme will be added here when it is finalized.

What will camp be like in 2023?

Highland Summer Camps will comply with any relevant guidelines from the Virginia Department of Health during the 2023 camp season. We aren’t likely to know what those guidelines will actually be until April or May, but we can guess that requirements are likely to be similar to, or more relaxed than, 2022 requirements (summarized below).

In 2022, pre-camp health screenings were required, with three options to choose from:

  1. Show proof of a negative at-home COVID test 24-72 hours prior to camp and complete the tracking chart for each day after the negative COVID test.
  2. Show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and complete the tracking chart for the 7 days prior to camp.
  3. Complete the tracking chart for the 14 days prior to camp.

In 2022, face masks were optional for campers since the vast majority of the Highland Summer Camp experience is outdoors. Campers may have been asked to wear a mask in certain situations, such as if they started displaying COVID-type symptoms.

In 2022, family members were strongly encouraged to wear a face mask when dropping off or picking up their camper to help avoid introducing extra germs to the summer campers and staff.

More details about activities

Assigned Skill Groups – Includes planned activities like nature studies, the climbing tower, and other challenge course activities.

Elective Skill Group – Cabin groups (younger campers) or individuals (older campers) will select from various planned activities related to the arts (like crafts, dance, or drama), outdoor living (like slingshots, firebuilding, or funyaks), or sports (like street hockey, kickball, or disc golf).

Cabin Action – Cabin groups will choose a simple activity like playing gaga, making friendship bracelets, or playing in the stream.

Evening Rec – Each evening, the whole camp will assemble for various games on the rec field.

Swimming – Campers will have swim time each day, weather permitting.

Jumpstart and Fireside – Worship services are all-camp activities, and they will include singing and Bible-based teaching. The “Adventures with God” Bible study topic will be introduced during morning Jumpstart services, and during the evening services, the Fireside speaker will present a message.

Meals – Most meals will be served on the kitchen deck, with food prepared and served by our kitchen staff. Campers will sit with their cabin group during these meals.

Campfire Breakfasts – Breakfasts will often be prepared over the campfire at your cabin. Counselors will supervise the food preparation.

Arrival/Check-In and DepartureView information about times and procedures