Summer Camps

Summer Camp Dates

Unfortunately, we aren’t able to offer all the tracks every week. To find out more information about each of the programs and tracks, visit our camp programs page. You can visit our pricing page for that information, and also check out why we offer a tiered pricing program.

Week 1 – Boys Only Week – June 24-29

This is a great opportunity for boys ages 9-17 to simply enjoy being boys with other guys their same age and form bonds that last a lifetime. They will have messages from the camp pastor and devotions tailored just for them.

Tracks Offered: Amazing Adventure, Reel Fish Real Fun, True North Land, Beginning/Intermediate Sailing

Father/Son Weekend – June 29-July 1

This weekend is the perfect getaway for dads who work too hard and find it difficult to spend quality time with their sons. This is for all ages and all generations, so bring your grandparents, too! They get to try new and old activities together, learn about God’s Word, and spend time together. For more information check out this page.

Week 2 – Girls Only Week – July 1-6

Much like the boys’ week, we wanted to create an opportunity for girls ages 9-17 to be able to come to camp and enjoy being at camp with other girls their same age and form bonds that last a lifetime. They also will have specific messages from the camp pastor and devotions tailored just for them.

Tracks: Amazing Adventure, Saddle Sisters, True North Land, Beginning/Intermediate Sailing

Mini-Week 3 – COED Mini Adventure (6-9 y.o.) – July 6-8

This is one of the most fun weekends that we have at camp; some might say because the staff gets to act more their age! With just two nights, this is a great introduction to overnight camp and tons of fun. They will have messages brought by a camp pastor that are specifically for their age.

There are not specific tracks available, but campers get to swim in the pool, climb the climbing wall, go canoeing, and have tons of fun!

Week 4 – Coed 1 – July 15-20

Ahhh, the ever popular coed camp. This is a great opportunity for campers ages 9-17 to be able to interact and form those lasting bonds with everybody. Camp pastors develop messages from Scripture that speak to each of the campers where they are.

Tracks: Amazing Adventure, True North Water, Advanced Sailing

Mother/Daughter Weekend – July 20-22

Much like the Father/Son weekend, this weekend is the perfect getaway for moms who work too hard and find it difficult to spend quality time with their daughters. This is for all ages and all generations, so bring your grandparents, too! They get to try new and old activities together, learn about God’s Word, and spend time together. For more information check out this page.

Week 5 – Coed Youth (13-17 y.o.) – July 22-27

We realize that sometimes teenagers need to just be with other teenagers. This week they get just that, with more “free time”, more choices, and most importantly, messages from Scripture to help answer those burning questions that they are so often “afraid” to ask.

This week is just like week 4, for campers ages 13-17.

Tracks: Extreme Escape, True North Land, Beginning/Intermediate Sailing

Week 6 – Coed 2 – July 29-August 3

Our last co-ed week is a great way wrap up your summer!

Tracks: Amazing Adventure, Reel Fish Real Fun, True North Water, Beginning/Intermediate Sailing

Day Camp Info and Dates

The Day Camp program at Camp Piankatank is a unique opportunity to provide your child with an outdoor experience like nothing else. Day campers will have an opportunity to swim each day, experience some of our exciting activities, participate in an age-appropriate Bible Study, and so much more. Some of the activities offered are the climbing wall, canoeing and exploring the island, v-swing, and lots of fun games. For more information contact us by phone or e-mail.

Drop-Off: 8:00am-8:30am; Pick-up: 4:30pm-5:00pm

Dates:

Piankatank Pals 1: July 2-6, 2018
Piankatank Pals 2: July 16-20, 2018
Piankatank Pals 3: July 23-27, 2018
Piankatank Pals 4: July 30-August 3, 2018

Cost: $140/week
Hot lunch option: $25/week (5 days of hot lunches)

Overnight Camp Tracks

Our overnight camp sessions are the most popular. All but one of the sessions are a week-long, for children ages 9-17. We have one session that’s two nights for younger children that we call our Mini Camp.

Your child has a number of different tracks they can choose from, from our most popular Amazing Adventure track that gives them a “taste” of everything, to any one of our specialty camps.

Check out the Summer Camp Dates section to find out when each of these tracks are offered.

 

Amazing Adventure

Ages: 9-14

Kids are amazing! Your children will have amazing adventures during this action-packed track. Campers will participate in activities together like rock climbing, canoeing, sports, and our incredible V-Swing.

Each day will begin and end with interactive worship services led by camp staff and the camp pastor. The highlight of this week is a campout on our island. This is a great opportunity for boys and girls to enjoy the fun of camp in a Christian environment.

Amazing Adventure is the peek of camp excitement! Children in amazing adventure camps experience a variety of all the age-appropriate activities Camp Piankatank has to offer.

 

Extreme Escape

Ages: 13-17

This track is only offered during our Youth Week. This week is for students who wish to escape from their normal routine and experience an awesome camping experience. Explore the challenge course (including the zip-line, v-swing, and rockwall), field games, and the island campout, all with their friends.

Students will be ministered to by dynamic speakers and enjoy spirit-filled praise and worship services. This is a great opportunity for youth to make new friends, meet new challenges, and grow closer to God.

 

Saddle Sisters

Ages: 9-14

Extra Fee: $160

What girl has not dreamed of having a pony? This track is only offered during our Girls Week. Instruction is at a beginner’s level so this camp is for the camper(s) who wants to learn about the basics of being around horses, everything from how to care for horses to riding basics. Campers still get to participate in several general camp activities but spend most of their time at the local ranch.

 

Reel Fish! Real Fun!

Ages: 9-14

Extra fee: $50

Our beautiful location on the Piankatank River is the perfect setting for a fishing program! Campers will catch plenty of croaker, spot, and even some crab in one of our crab traps! The highlight of the week is a 1/2 day fishing charter on a professional charter. Campers always end the week with plenty of great fish stories for the ride home!

If you do not have your own fishing rod/reel and tackle kit we will gladly provide what you need. Please only make use of this option if you do not have the equipment. Providing your own is preferable.

Goals of the Fishing Camp Program:

  • Kids will learn names of fish, types of bait, parts of a fishing pole and equipment.
  • Campers will have the opportunity to fish from a variety of locations to see the different fishing techniques specific to location. Including dock fishing, canoe fishing in the Piankatank River, and charter boat fishing.
  • Campers will grow spiritually through lessons relating fishing to Biblical, life-application lessons.
  • Kids who have never fished before will learn the basics of how to fish.

 

True North

Ages: 12-15

Youth Week: 13-17

Extra Fee: $60

The True North Program will immerse you in the outdoors both on land and on water, depending on the track you choose. You will learn how to canoe, set up camp, and even some wilderness survival skills. All of this while learning about Christ or how to grow in your relationship with Christ in the midst of His beautiful creation. After attending this exciting camp, campers will experience growth in their walk with Christ, outdoor skills, responsibility, independence, social skills, and much more.

Weather permitting, both land and water programs feature an overnight camping trip.

An extra fee of $60 covers the use of camp equipment and the cost of any trips that we take.

True North – Land (ages 12-15):

The land-based weeks of The True North Program will teach campers everything from the basics of setting up camp to some wilderness survival skills. The True North Program is for those campers interested in a great outdoor camping experience.

True North – Water (ages 12-15):

The water-based weeks of the True North Program will teach campers about the fun and excitement of being on the water. Campers will learn how to prepare as well as experience an overnight canoeing trip. The week will have some focus on camping but will primarily focus on canoe skills.

Youth Week Hiking Trip (ages 13-17):

New for 2016, we’re introducing a hiking experience for our Youth Week True North program! We’ll depart Monday morning for the beautiful Shenandoah National Park for a 2-night, 3-day hiking experience. No previous hiking experience necessary as this trip is designed for the beginner in mind. If you have hiking gear, you are welcome to bring it but if not, we will provide a hiking pack, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad. There will be a few items you’ll need to bring, but not much more than what you would bring to camp anyway.

Be prepared to see beautiful waterfalls, gorgeous overlooks and lots of wildlife. Learn how to cook food over a camp stove and how to purify water on the hiking trail. Experience setting our route for the day and growing close to your hiking group. And most importantly, grow in your walk with Christ through morning quiet times and evening sessions at our campsite.

A few important things to understand about the hiking trip:

Campers will be required to carry their own pack and gear along with a few items of group equipment. Pack weight will be approximately 30 pounds or less. However, each day will only involve a few miles of travel with several times to stop and take breaks.

We will be backcountry camping, which means campers will have to use the restroom in the woods. We will teach you different techniques for comfortably going in the woods.

There will be one male and one female staff member. At least one of the staff members will be a certified Wilderness First Responder.

Due to Shenandoah National Park regulations, we are only able to take 4 male and 4 female participants. Registration is on a first come first serve basis with a $75 non-refundable deposit to guarantee a space. If space is full, you will be placed on a waiting list and contacted if a spot opens up. It is highly recommended that you book early to guarantee your spot.

 

Mini-Camp Ages 6-9

Ages: 6-9

Our 2-night, 3-day Mini-Camp is the perfect first-time experience for campers ages 7-9 years old. Campers get a basic experience of what it’s like to be camp, but only for the weekend. Campers attending Mini-Camp can look forward to:

  • Canoeing
  • Rock Wall
  • Swimming Pool
  • Crafts
  • Camp Store
  • Field Games
  • Worship Services tailored to their age

The Mini-Camp experience really is a great way to experience camp for the nervous camper (and nervous parents).

 

Sailing

Ages: 13-17

Extra Fee: $80

Camp Piankatank’s prime location on the beautiful Piankatank River makes us the perfect location to learn how to sail. Both boys and girls learn a lot in these windy weeks. Sailing camps have graduated levels starting at a basic level learning on sidewinders and catamarans, all the way to the advanced level where sailors sail our cabin sailboats.

Every sailing week’s highlight is the overnight sailing trip, spending the night on a cabin sailboat, weather permitting. Sailing campers attend worship services and Bible studies along with the rest of the camp. Spiritual principles are also taught within the sailing lessons and practices.

Beginning Sailing Camp Sailing

Learn how to sail! During these weeks beginning sailors will be introduced to the Piankatank River on a sailboat. Campers will learn to rig and sail one and two-person sailboats. The different parts of a sailboat, basic sailing knots, tacking, jibing, capsize recovery and boating safety will also be taught.

These campers also attend daily worship services, Bible studies, and participate in team-building activities on our ropes course. No sailing or boating experience is required.

Intermediate Sailing Camp

These sailors will review their knowledge from beginning sailing while advancing to sailing solo, and sailing catamarans as they cruise around Stamper’s Bay at top speed! Worship, Bible studies, and a special service on the waterfront await these adventurers. A highlight of the week will be an introduction to the camp’s cabin boats and an overnight sailing trip!

Campers should have attended Beginning Sailing Camp or already know how to tie basic sailing knots and rig and sail small sailboats without assistance.

Advanced Sailing Camp

This week is for those with advanced sailing knowledge. Campers will learn to rig, sail, maneuver, navigate and anchor 22 – 26 foot-long cabin boats while sailing around the mouth of the Piankatank River. Other activities will include worship, Bible studies, and team building.

Applicants must be strong swimmers and have attended Intermediate Sailing Camp.

 

Online Registration

Cabin Buddy Request: Up to four (4) children from the same group can request to be placed in the same cabin. We do our best to honor such requests. Groups with more than four children might be split up with at least one other person from their group.

On-Line Registration: Our new online registration page makes it easy to sign up for camp and fill out your camper’s health form. You will only need to fill out one health form for the summer for each camper.

Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must reach Camp Piankatank three (3) weeks prior to the scheduled arrival date in order to receive a refund of the camp fee. After the cut-off date, refunds of the camp fee will only be given in special cases of sickness or death of an immediate family member or major unforeseen circumstance. The $75 Deposit portion of all registrations is ALWAYS non-refundable and non-transferable. Refunds will be issued within 15 days of the approved request and are non-transferable. Refunds cannot be given in cases of homesickness or going home early

Registration Confirmation: After registering, you will receive an email confirming your registration. You can also log in to your CampBrain account to review your registration details.

Payment Policy: We prefer that you pay in full when registering your camper, but you do have the following options. All payments must be paid in full by June 1st.

If registering before June 1st – Option 1) Pay in Full. Options 2) Just send the $75 deposit, which must be included with every registration form. Without the deposit, we will not process your registration. The remainder of your balance will be due June 1 st.

If registering after June 1st – You must pay in full to complete your registration.

Info and FAQ

What is your lodging like? Campers stay in bunk style lodging. All of our cabins are air-conditioned and have showers and indoor plumbing.

Can my child request to be with a friend who is also attending? Yes, this is common and we will grant requests when possible as long as both campers are in the same track. Please make sure you noted your buddy’s name on the registration form.

What are meals like? Our talented kitchen staff cook kid-friendly, nutritious meals for every meal. Meals are freshly prepared daily. We are happy to accommodate dietary restrictions with advanced notice.

Weather Questions: We closely monitor the weather conditions throughout each day. In the event of extreme heat, storms, or other extreme weather we will adjust the schedule and plan special activities to make sure campers still have the experience of a lifetime.

This will be my child’s first time away from home. What will be done if they miss home and what is done to help them feel comfortable at camp? Right away we help each camper make a new friend and get acquainted with the new environment. This helps a lot. It’s natural for kids to miss home a little. Our staff is trained in how to talk the campers through these feelings of missing home. There are many things you can do to help your child be prepared for camp.

Read our homesickness info document (CLICK HERE) for tips on how to prepare for camp (many causes of homesickness are from things that happen before the camper ever arrives at camp). If our efforts to talk your camper through their feelings of missing home do not work and they are not able to enjoy themselves, we will call you and talk with you about what we can do as a next step. Sometimes this is just a little talk with Mom or Dad, and sometimes it’s going home.

What are the worship services like? Interactive and age-appropriate worship services and Bible studies take place in our worship hall.

Does my camper need any extra spending money? No, campers are provided a snack and a drink from our Trading Post each day. We do have souvenirs available for purchase on opening and closing days, including t-shirts, water bottles, mugs, and other similar items. We like to discourage campers from carrying money with them or having it in the cabin because we cannot be held responsible if something does happen to it.

How can I talk to my child while he or she is at camp? Family and friends may write e-mails or send mail and packages to their camper (P.O. Box 435 Hartfield, VA 23071). Campers love to get mail! You may also send stamps and stationary with your camper for them to write to you.

To send an email to your camper, simply log into the same site you registered your camper. There is an email and picture link at the top of the page where you can send emails and look at pictures. Emails are given out at lunch every day. Any email sent after 11 AM will be handed out the following day at lunch.

Can my child have their cell phone at camp? Cell phones are not permitted at camp. This is a great time for your child to be “off the grid” of technology to experience God and nature. The camp will call you if we need you. We believe in letting parents know what’s going on as much as we can. We will call you if your camper is ill, needs medication you have not previously authorized, is emotionally distraught, or we need to consult you on behavior issues. We do our best to communicate with parents anything we think you will be concerned about.

Getting Ready For Camp

 

Check-in and Pick-up Times

Check-in begins at 2:30 and cabins will open at 4. Guests who check in before 4 can hang out in the pavilion until counselors come to take you to your cabin. All campers should be checked in by 5:00 pm.

Here is how it is going to look:

  1. Luggage Drop-off. We will take your luggage to your cabin for you!
  2. Park.
  3. Check-in. Head to Krowe Hall and go through the check-in tables. This is where we check your payments, take medications, and double check health information.
  4. Snack, Shop and Hangout. After you’re all checked in, grab a (free) snack, chick out the camp store and hang out.
  5. Counselor Intro. At 4:00 counselors will take campers to cabins. Listen for the Director’s announcement. We hope you take some time to meet your cabin’s counselors.
  6. Move-in. Help your camper settle into their cabin.
  7. Big cheesy good-bye. Extra points for using pet names!
  8. Peace Out. Head home. Stop by the camp store on your way out.

Pick Up times:

1:30 pm on Friday is the pickup time for all week-long camps. We will have a short (goal is 30 minutes long) closing ceremony.

MINI CAMP pick up is Sunday, June 8 at 10:30 am.

What to pack for camp:

Niki Gourley, one of the Associate Directors, has a quick video about how she packs her kids for camp.

The list:

Printable packing list

We highly recommend using plastic tubs as they are easy to pack, label, transport, and clean. However, tubs are not required and you are welcome to use the luggage you already have at home.

MEDICATION NOTES – Please do not pack any medicine(s) in your suitcase. Please pack all medications (prescriptions, over-the-counter and vitamins) in a plastic zip-top bag with your camper’s name printed on the outside. This bag will need to be turned in at check-in to our health care center.

Clothes – play clothes, write the name on everything. Playing outside means clothes might get dirty. Don’t pack your best clothes.

Shoes – Tennis shoes for the ropes course. Sandals/water shoes for the waterfront, a kind that does not fall off easily.

Bedding – Twin size sheets, pillow, light blanket. Or a sleeping bag on top of the bed will also work.

Towels – 1-2 bath towels and 1-2 beach/pool towels

Bathing suit – 1 is fine for most campers. 2 if doing a water-based track (Sailing/True North Water). One piece only for the ladies.

Sunscreen, bug spray, water bottle.

A Bible

Rain gear – just in case. A poncho or raincoat.

Campout – Either a sleeping bag or a camping hammock (before coming, please practice using and how to put them away). A backpack to bring items to the island.

Toiletries – Pack all toiletries in a bag or carrying caddy that can easily be taken to the bathroom and then back to the bunk. Soap, toothbrush/paste, shampoo, etc. Whatever your child usually uses to care for themselves.

Optional items – Camera, stamps/envelopes/paper for writing home, money for the camp store if it wasn’t added when registering.

THESE ITEMS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT CAMP: (Parents please make certain that your camper does not bring any of these items to camp)

  • Radio
  • Tablets
  • CD player
  • I-Pods
  • Comic books
  • Knives
  • Guns
  • Computer games
  • Walkie talkies
  • Cell phones
  • Laptops
  • Chewing gum, candy, and other snacks

Possession of tobacco products, drugs, alcohol, or weapons is grounds for expulsion from the camp program.

Email and Picture Link
Email

You may email your camper using the form below. Please limit emails to 1 email per family, per day. Emails are printed daily at 11:30am and given to campers at lunch along with any mail.

https://form.jotform.us/71765936565168

Mail

If you’d like to send mail the old-fashioned way you can send it to:

Camp Piankatank
Camper’s Name
PO Box 435
Hartfield, VA 23071

P.S. Singing for your mail is no longer done.

Pictures

We upload pictures daily, starting the first full day of each session (Monday). For camper privacy and security this is a password-protected site. At the beginning of each session, this password is emailed to parents. If for some reason you did not receive the password please give us a call or email or Facebook message.

piankatank.smugmug.com

The SALT Program

SALT stands for Servant And Leadership Training. The purpose of this program is to help train campers to lead like Christ, to be a servant leader. We want to prepare campers, not just to serve and lead here at Camp Piankatank but to serve and lead later in life. We believe that godly leaders throughout our society, and not just in religious jobs, will be the ones to truly make the difference and see more people come to a saving knowledge of Christ. The SALT program is a great experience for the young leader looking to grow even more in their natural leadership. It’s also a great opportunity for the shy camper looking to learn and practice leadership skills.

The first week for the SALT students will be similar to other weeks of camp, except they will learn about the activities that they are participating in and how to facilitate a positive growth experience for the campers. They will have opportunities to talk to other leaders and hear from them about what it means to serve in a Christ-like manner. Finally, they will learn how to lead campers in a devotion and how to talk one-on-one with somebody about Christ.

During their second week of camp, SALT Students will be paired with a mentoring counselor, they will stay in the cabin with other campers, and they will have opportunities to implement what they learned from the first week. Throughout both weeks they will have discussions about everything they’ve learned and be given a journal to help them take what they learned home with them.

Spacing for the SALT Program is limited to the first 12 applicants. We recommend applying early to the program to avoid being placed on a waiting list.

Age Requirements: 15-17 years old

Total Cost: $680 — includes both weeks of camp, food, lodging, and activities.

Training Week: July 15-20

Shadow Week: July 30 – August 3

Scholarship Info

Camp Piankatank is happy to offer financial assistance for families who genuinely require help. We only rarely grant full scholarships. Please contact the camp office at 804-776-9552 for an application or email matt.hunt@camppiankatank.org.

All applications are due April 1, 2018. Recipients will be notified of any scholarship received by April 15, 2018. We can also work with parents on payment plans as needed. It is strongly recommended that you apply as early as possible.

If God has richly blessed you and you would like to help another child come to camp, you can sponsor a child. To sponsor a camper in need please see this link.

Your gifts are tax-deductible, and 100% goes towards helping a child come to camp.

Pricing and Payment information

Included in the cost of camp:

Weekend Camps
  • $120/person
  • This price includes all activities
Week 1 Boys Week Base Price
  • Price A – $410
  • Price B – $355
  • Price C – $305
  • Additional fees apply for specialty tracks
Week 2 Girls Week Base Price
  • Price A – $410
  • Price B – $355
  • Price C – $305
  • Additional fees apply for specialty tracks
Week 3 Mini Week Base Price
  • Price A – $210
  • Price B – $174
  • Price C – $145
Week 4 Coed 1 Base Price
  • Price A – $410
  • Price B – $370
  • Price C – $340
  • Additional fees apply for specialty tracks
Week 5 Coed 2 Base Price
  • Price A – $410
  • Price B – $370
  • Price C – $340
  • Additional fees apply for specialty tracks
Week 6 Youth Week Base Price
  • Price A – $410
  • Price B – $370
  • Price C – $340
  • Additional fees apply for specialty tracks
Extra Fees for some tracks:
  • True North–  $60- this covers the use of the camps outdoor equipment.
  • Sailing– $80 extra- this covers boat use and maintenance.
  • Reel Fish Real Fun– $50 extra covers a professionally chartered ½ day fishing trip. Rod/Reel kits are provided for campers who do not have them. Please bring your own if possible.
  • Saddle Sisters– $160 extra fee, covers daily trips to the horse farm.

Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must reach Camp Piankatank three (3) weeks prior to the scheduled arrival date in order to receive a refund of the camp fee. After the cut-off date, refunds of the camp fee will only be given in special cases of sickness or death of an immediate family member or major unforeseen circumstance.

The $75 deposit portion of all registrations is ALWAYS non-refundable and non-transferable. Refunds will be issued within 15 days of the approved request and are non-transferable. Refunds cannot be given in cases of homesickness or going home early.

Payment Policy: We prefer that you pay in full when registering your camper, but you do have the following options. All payments must be paid in full by June 1st, 2018.

If registering before June 1st, 2018 – Option 1) Pay in Full. Option 2) Just send the $75 non-refundable deposit, which must be included with every registration form. Without the deposit, we will not process your registration. The remainder of your balance will be due June 1st, 2018.

If registering after June 1st, 2018 – You must pay in full to complete your registration.

Church Group Info

We love having children’s and youth groups from churches come to camp. One of the great things about Piankatank is that we don’t require any additional chaperones, so you don’t have to worry about finding adults to take off work to come to camp. When church groups come during the summer they stay with all the other campers, so they get an opportunity to make new friends. The experience of coming to a camp like this allows the campers to be a little more natural than they would be around adults from their church that they are familiar with. If you have any specific questions about sending your church group to our summer camp program please give us a call at 804-776-9552 or e-mail Matt Hunt at matt.hunt@camppiankatank.org.

Our Awesome Summer Staff!

Camp Piankatank has some of the finest staff around! We choose counselors who genuinely seek to serve Christ in a camp setting. Camper-to-staff ratios are kept low (1:8 or less) to assure that every camper receives personal attention from our staff.

We select our counselors and program staff based on certain qualifications, but first and foremost, they must be positive Christian role models who are continually growing in their walk with Christ.

The other things that we look for in all of our staff are:

  • At least 18 years old and one year removed from high school
  • A desire to work with children
  • An ability to relate to children (playing, talking, goofing off, etc.)
  • A willingness and desire to be outside
  • A willingness to learn and work very hard

If you have any other questions about our staff please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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