Leadership School

Special Notice for 2020

Please note that due to Covid-19, the program will be altered according to state guidelines in 2020 to protect campers and their families while camp is in session, and the information below may not be accurate as a result.  Please contact the camp for more information.

Since 2003, we have offered an Outdoor Leadership School to campers 12 and older, and in 2020, we are expanding the program with Leadership Schools available to older campers for ten weeks in the summer.  With both 1-week and 2-week trips including engaging activities (paddling, climbing, hiking, backpacking), the Leadership School provides engaging and inspiring place-based education journeys that broaden horizons, develop confidence, and deepen and changes perspective on where we live.  The trips all emphasize an ecological and cultural awareness and appreciation of the areas they visit. Students will be taught and have chances to use a variety of “hard” outdoors camping and adventure skills, and they will also be given roles that will provide opportunities for the development of “soft” leadership skills. The experiences are typically fun and rewarding for the students, and generally bring about maturity, responsibility, and self-awareness. We hope your son or daughter will be interested in taking up the challenge this summer!

What we teach:

  • Outdoors skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Enhanced teamwork
  • Leadership skills
  • Understanding of natural environments


  • Backpacking, Camping
  • Canoeing, Rafting, Kayaking, Tubing
  • Geocaching, Questing, Orienteering
  • Rock climbing
  • Low Ropes
June 8 – 12 Sampler Week One of two one-week programs will include introductions to kayaking, climbing, hiking, and challenge elements along with an overnight.
June 15 – 26 AT Backpacking This is our common trip over the years, a two-week M-F camp that culminates in a week-long section hike of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia.
June 29 – July 10 Rivanna River Adventure A two-week M-F program emphasizing paddling on our local river.  The second week of the program will feature a week-long paddling and camping adventure through Charlottesville and on down the Rivanna (note that destinations may change due to river conditions).
July 13 – 24 Dolly Sods Backpacking Another common trip two-week M-F for us over the years, this trip culminates in a week-long backpacking trip through a remote region of West Virginia known for its unique ecology.
July 27 – August 7 James River Adventure A two-week M-F program, with the second week featuring a paddling and camping adventure down the James River (destinations may change due to river conditions).
August 10 – 14 Sampler Week Kayaking, climbing, hiking, challenge elements, and other best-of-the-summer adventures.