Youth Summer Camps in Charlottesville, VA

SUMMER DAY CAMPS

Living Earth Day Camps are for boys and girls ages 7-13. These camps are a unique opportunity for children to truly connect with nature in a safe, nurturing environment.

2018 Day Camps:

Jun 18 – Aug 17 all-day Ages: 7 - 12
Voted the #1 Day Camp in Charlottesville! The Living Earth Day Camps are a one-of-a-kind nature camp experience. We have been voted a favorite summer day camp for over 7 years!!  We will spend the week exploring the mountains, streams and other wild places. Campers work together in small groups learning about the natural world,[...]

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SUMMER RESIDENTIAL / OVERNIGHT CAMPS

We offer several different overnight camps for boys and girls, ages 8-17 years old. Earth Roots is our foundation overnight camp, emphasizing connection with nature thru earth skills, like shelter building, making fire by rubbing sticks and harvesting wild edible plants. We also offer a Teen Wilderness Quest, advanced camps for specific skills/projects (Fire Tenders, Archers, and Wood/Leather/Metal), Ancient Ways, and Advanced Ancient Ways.

2018 Residential / Overnight Camps:

Jun 24 – Aug 11 all-day Ages: 8+
Earth Roots is our foundation overnight camp, designed for both new and returning campers.  Get back to your roots and learn the philosophy of living close to nature, wilderness survival, and nurture your connection to the earth.  We will explore the surrounding forests, swim in mountain streams, as we discover more about the magical world[...]
Jul 1 – Jul 6 all-day Ages 11+
Have you dreamed of making and shooting your own handmade bow and arrow? This is for real and this is your chance to do it! 1 year of Earth Roots is a prerequisite for this overnight camp. This is a camp that has been requested over the years.  There is a limited amount of space in[...]
Jul 22 – Jul 26 all-day Ages: 12+
Advanced Ancient Ways is for ages 12+. Campers must have completed 1 year of Ancient Ways previously. This camp will take a small group of advanced campers to the next edge, living off the land and living as their own tribe.  It is sure to push ones skills in a fun and supportive way.  Are[...]
Jul 22 – Jul 27 all-day Ages: 11+
This camp is for campers who have been to Earth Roots for 2 years.  Here campers will further their knowledge and become a tribe in a sense, living close to the earth and interweaving primitive living skills into daily camp life.  We will spend much of our time living like the ancient ones and moving[...]
Jul 29 – Aug 3 all-day Ages: 12+
This camp is for campers who have attended at least one year of Earth Roots. In this week-long camp.  We will explore fire in depth.  We will learn to make fire with many different methods including bow-drill, hand-drill, flint and steel, fire plow and more. Fire has been a friend to many.  It is at the[...]
Aug 6 – Aug 11 all-day Ages 11+
Make your own knife and sheath and leather backpack or shoes! 1 year of Earth Roots is a prerequisite for this overnight camp. Come join in on this BRAND NEW Living Earth Camp! Soon to be a camper favorite!  Come get your hands in gear making your own stainless steel knife with sheath, and a pair of[...]

SUMMER TEEN EXPEDITIONS

2018 Teen Expedition Programs:

Jun 23 – Jun 29 all-day Ages: 13+
“The inner and outer journey.”  This camp is for campers who have attended at least one year of Earth Roots.  Come alive with adventure and discover the beauties of nature accessible only by foot. We will leave behind the modern world and use only what we carry on our backs, our own resourcefulness and gifts[...]