Summer Camps for Kids in Virginia Nature Camps2019-01-16T23:48:58-04:00

Youth Summer Camps in Charlottesville, VA


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.

2019 Day Camps: Registration for Stepping Stones will open in January 2019

Jun 17 – Aug 16 all-day Ages: 7 - 13
Voted the #1 Day Camp in Charlottesville! The Living Earth Explorers and Themed 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[...]
Jun 17 – Jun 21 all-day Ages: 13 - 17
We’re very excited to introduce our first Teen-Only day camp: Keepers of the Arrow. Experienced bowman Paul Cipriani leads this camp for any camper who is 13-17 and has already participated in one LES day camp. The camp will form a tight knit unit during their week at camp by starting with the basics of[...]
Jun 24 – Aug 9 all-day Ages: 5 - 6
It is now time to have little Living Earth-lings join us for Summer Camp! Do you long to have your younger child connected and at home in the natural world?  We’ve been having parents ask for years, so here it is! Come join the Stepping Stones for fun, first-hand adventures in nature, with caring nature mentors. Our[...]

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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.

2019 Residential / Overnight Camps: Many Specialty Overnight Camps will be announced in January 2019

Jun 23 – Aug 10 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[...]
Jun 30 – Jul 5 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 21 – Jul 26 all-day Ages 13+
Campers must have completed 1 year of Way of the Scout previously to be in the Advanced Scout group. This camp will take a small group of advanced campers to the next edge, adventuring and bonding as a team-unit. While first-time Scout campers are just dipping their toes in, Advanced Scout walks the edges more,[...]
Jul 21 – Jul 26 all-day Ages 12+
Way of the Scout is for campers who have been to at least one Earth Roots overnight camp, plus either a second Earth Roots or another LES overnight camp. Just once every two years, instructors from all over the country and even some from overseas come to Sugar Hollow to collaborate on our Way of[...]
Aug 5 – Aug 10 all-day Ages 11+
In this overnight camp, kids will learn to make their own flat blade hatchet and knife. We will learn to craft metal using annealed carbon steel and shaping the blades using files. After blades are finished, we will heat treat them using a primitive forge. Hardening first and quenching then tempering to soften enough so[...]


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2019 Family Programs:

Jul 26 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 28 @ 3:00 pm Ages 8+ with accompanying adult
This Weekend Camp is designed for families.  Have you dreamed of making and shooting your own handmade bow and arrow, let alone making one with your child? What a gift to be able to do this together and to cultivate this shared skill as a family.  This is for real and this is your chance[...]
Aug 2 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 4 @ 3:00 pm Ages 8+ with accompanying adult
Enjoy family time while you learn earth skills. Come get your hands in gear making your own stainless steel knife with sheath, or leather bags.  Yes, you can do it all and you can use bags that you’ve made your self, or a beautiful hand crafted knife. This is for real and this is your chance[...]