Youth Camps

Highland Summer Camp sessions:

Day Camp for ages 5-12July 25-29, 2022
Lookout Camp for ages 7-10July 31-August 2, 2022
Ascent Camp for ages 8-10June 26-July 1, 2022
Ridgeline Camps for ages 10-12June 19-24, 2022; July 10-15, 2022
Summit Camp for ages 12-14July 3-8, 2022
Peak Camp for ages 13-16July 17-22, 2022
Edge Camps for ages 13-16July 10-15, 2022; July 17-22, 2022
Staff in Training program for those who completed 10th or 11th grade 

2022 Summer Theme: You are the Potter, we are the clay

This year’s theme will be based on Isaiah 64:8: “Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.”

What will camp be like in 2022?

May 13, 2022 update:

Based on current guidelines from the Virginia Department of Health, Highland Retreat will operate with the following special health policies this summer:

Pre-camp health screenings are required, but there are three versions of the screening that are acceptable to Highland, and you may choose the one that you are most comfortable with. Choose one of the following options:

  1. Show proof of a negative at-home COVID test 24-72 hours prior to camp and complete the tracking chart (linked below) for each day after the negative COVID test. This is the option recommended by the VDH, since recent COVID variants are often asymptomatic. The at-home tests are generally free or low-cost now.
  2. Show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and complete the tracking chart (linked below) for the 7 days prior to camp.
  3. Complete the tracking chart (linked below) for the 14 days prior to camp.

Here’s a printable list of the screening options with the tracking chart included. A handwritten chart with the same information is also perfectly acceptable if you don’t have access to a printer.

Face masks will be optional for campers. Masks are not required in outdoor/open-air settings, which includes the vast majority of the Highland Summer Camp experience. But note that if local COVID case counts go up dramatically before camp begins, campers may be asked to wear a face mask in the bathhouses or in a camp vehicle (for Peak or Edge campers who have off-site activities). Campers may also be asked to wear a mask at the discretion of the camp nurse if they start displaying COVID-type symptoms.

Family members are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask when dropping off or picking up their camper. Because we are not asking family members to complete a health screening for themselves, we will ask that they wear a face mask while on the camp property, especially when speaking directly to a staff member or when entering a bathhouse or camp cabin. Thank you for helping us keep our campers and staff healthy!

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