Summer Camps

Summer Camp Dates

We are planning for and hoping to have our normal overnight camp and day camps available. Last summer day camps were a huge hit, and we’re looking forward to operating them in the same expanded format along side our overnight camps. We don’t know yet what exactly this will look like, but we are confident that given the opportunity, we can do this safely and effectively, just as we have for the past 60 years.

Please read carefully the track options for each week of camp. Tracks are not “add-ons” to Amazing Adventure or Extreme Escape. Choosing a track means that camper forfeits Amazing Adventure/Extreme Escape and will attend their chosen track the entire week.

Week 1 – Boys Only Week (8-17 y.o.) – June 20-25

This is a great opportunity for boys ages 8-17 to simply enjoy being boys with other guys their same age and form bonds that last a lifetime. Campers will enjoy messages from the camp pastor and devotions tailored just for them. 

Tracks Offered: Amazing Adventure, Reel Fish Real Fun

Week(end) 2 Mini-Camp – COED Mini Adventure (6-9 y.o.) – June 25-27

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 designed for their age brought by a camp pastor.

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 3 – Girls Only Week (8-17 y.o.) – June 27-July 2 

Much like the boys’ week, we wanted to create an opportunity for girls ages 8-17 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

Week 4 – Coed 1 (8-17 y.o.) – July 11-16

Our co-ed weeks are the biggest weeks of the summer. This is a great opportunity for campers ages 8-17 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 Outdoor Adventure

Father/Son Weekend – July 16-18

Father/Son weekend is the perfect getaway for dads and sons to spend quality time together. Campers ages 5 and up are welcome to join us for an incredible weekend. All generations welcome, so bring grandpa, too! The guys will get to try new and old activities together, learn about God’s Word, and spend time outdoors.

Our cabins have bunk beds, air conditioning, showers and bathrooms.

The cost is $110 per person and we have plenty of room!

Week 5 – Coed Youth (13-17 y.o.) – July 18-23

We realize that sometimes teenagers need to just be with other teenagers. During youth 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 Sailing

Week 6 – Coed 2 (8-17 y.o.) – July 25-30

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

Tracks: Amazing Adventure, Reel Fish! Real Fun!, True North Water

Mother/Daughter Weekend – July 3-August 1

Our Mother & Daughter weekend is a lovely time to experience some old activities and try some new ones. We have morning and evening worship and devotions tailored to mothers and daughters. There are many options for activities: pool time, ropes course, canoeing and sailing, and archery. Additionally, Saturday features a fun and exciting activity that is sure to be memorable for both mom and daughter. 

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.

Ages: 6-8, and 9-11

Drop-Off: 7:45-8:15am; Pick-up: 4:45pm-5:15pm


Piankatank Pals 1: June 21-25
Piankatank Pals 2: June 28-July 2
Piankatank Pals 3: July 12-16
Piankatank Pals 4: July 19-23
Piankatank Pals 5: July 26-30


All options include lunch and a snack each day of the week.

  • Tier A – $225
  • Tier B – $200
  • Tier C – $175

Overnight Camp Tracks



Ages: 8–17 

Want to do a little of everything? This is a variety of fun and wild activities. Specific activities include swimming, archery, games, ropes course, rock wall, canoeing, and the island camp-out.

No extra fee.



Ages: 13–17

Get away from everyday life and escape to the variety of adventures in this Extreme Escape for our older campers. Specific activities include our ropes course, kayaking, sports, archery, just hanging out with friends, and the island camp-out. 

No extra fee.



Ages: 9–14

Reel in some fun fishing on the Piankatank River. Learn about several different kinds of fishing, kinds of fish and bait, how to safely use fishing equipment, and how to fish. Catch loads of fish on the halfday fishing charter (weather permitting)! 

Fee: $60



Ages: 8–14

Enjoy an awesome week of horseback riding and horse care for the beginner! Saddle Sisters is sure to be an unforgettable girls’ week.  

Fee: $160



Ages: 12–17 

True North Water is one of the classic Camp Piankatank tracks. We love anything that has to do with water, so in addition to some of the normal activities at camp, they also learn more canoeing and kayaking skills. The highlight of this week includes an awesome half-day of kayaking on one of the many waterways around the beautiful Tidewater are of Virginia with a local charter company. 

Fee: $65



Ages: 12–17

This is a more “in tents” time at Camp Piankatank. These campers will get to do some of the normal camp activities, but the main focus for this week is on learning more outdoor skills. They will learn how to pack a backpack, how to build a primitive shelter, how to build a campfire, and more! The capstone of this week of camp is a special backpacking/camping trip. Space is very limited, so reserve your spot early!

Fee: $40



Ages: 13–17

This awesome adventure is an opportunity for our campers to go on a trip outside of camp! We want our campers to be able to experience new and exciting adventures, so this trip changes each year. For 2021 we will be taking our campers whitewater rafting! Space is very limited, so sign up early. 

Fee: $100 

Family Weekend Camps

Do you want to have a once in a lifetime experience with your son or daughter? Then checkout our Father/Son and Mother/Daughter weekend camps! These weekends are a great way to grow your relationship with your child, grow in your faith, and to experience new activities that you can’t get anywhere else. We have special activities and menus planned for each weekend that are sure to get everybody excited. Come experience Christ in a beautiful setting with fun activities and away from all the distractions.

These weekend camps are recommended for ages 6 and up. Contact us if you would like more detailed information or if you have any specific questions.

Cost: $110/person

Father/Son Weekend – July 16-18

Mother/Daughter – July 30-August 1


Online Registration

Cabin Buddy Request: Campers may request one cabin buddy each week of camp. Cabin buddy requests must be mutual. If campers request more than one cabin buddy, we will honor the first name listed. Campers must be in the same track and age group for us to accommodate requests.

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 and the request is mutual. 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

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.


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.


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

We partner with a company called Waldo Photos. As always, you can view the pictures for free, and
download pictures. However, Waldo offers a unique facial recognition service that will send you
notifications of new pictures of your camper after you upload a picture. This special service is
completely optional, but your purchase of this also helps to fund our scholarship program.

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 registering early to the program to avoid being placed on a waiting list.

Age Requirements: 15-17 years old

Total Cost: $740-$940 (depending on tiered pricing choice) — includes two weeks of camp, food, lodging, and activities.

Training Week: July 12-17

Shadow Week : July 26-31

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

All applications are due April 1, 2019. Recipients will be notified of any scholarship received by April 15, 2019. 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:

Week 1 Boys Week Base Price

  • Price A – $440
  • Price B – $390
  • Price C – $340
  • Additional fees apply for specialty tracks

Week 2 Girls Week Base Price

  • Price A – $440
  • Price B – $390
  • Price C – $340
  • Additional fees apply for specialty tracks

Mini Camp Base Price

  • Price A – $210
  • Price B – $175
  • Price C – $145

Week 3 Coed 1 Base Price

  • Price A – $470
  • Price B – $420
  • Price C – $370
  • Additional fees apply for specialty tracks

Week 4 Coed Youth

  • Price A – $470
  • Price B – $420
  • Price C – $370
  • Additional fees apply for specialty tracks

Week 5 Coed 2 Base Price

  • Price A – $470
  • Price B – $420
  • Price C – $370
  • Additional fees apply for specialty tracks


Specialty Track Fees:

  • True North Land or Water–  $40 extra covers the use of the camps outdoor equipment.
  • True North Outdoor Adventure – $100 extra covers transportation and a professionally guided outdoor experience.
  • Sailing– $60 extra this covers boat use and maintenance.
  • Reel Fish Real Fun– $60 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 covers daily trips to the horse farm.


Family Weekend Camps
  • $110/person
  • This price includes all activities

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.

Due to the recent Covid-19 pandemic, and the uncertainty surrounding that, we wanted to make a few updates to our cancellation and refund policy. If your camp session must be cancelled due to Covid-19 you will have the option to:

Donate any portion of your existing payments to the continuing ministry of Camp Piankatank.

Transfer paymets to a future program at Camp Piankatank.

Receive a refund minus any credit card processing fees.

If you are financially able it would be very beneficial for us as a small nonprofit, to be able to retain any payments made. This is why we offer the first two options. However, we understand the circumstances, and want to also offer the last option for those that really need it.

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, 2021.

If registering before June 1st, 2021 – Option 1) Pay in Full. Option 2) Just pay 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, 2021.

If registering after June 1st, 2021 – 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 us at

New for 2020 we are offering a “Day of Fun” for your youth or children’s group! We will provide lunch, three activities, and a snack all for $37/person. You will be able to stay together with your group, and you won’t have to worry about coming in contact with other groups. We can accommodate groups up to approximately 20 participants, and you will get to choose from any of our activities, which include but aren’t limited to:

  • Rockwall
  • Nessie (high ropes activity)
  • V-Swing
  • Zip Line
  • Archery
  • Hatchet Throwing
  • Bazooka Ball
  • Canoeing
  • Sailing
  • And More!

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.
  • 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.

To apply for Summer employment, click HERE!



Below are all the forms/waivers that are available for summer 2019. There are paper registration forms that you can fax or mail to us. Our fax number is 804-776-0952, and our mailing address is P.O. Box 435 Hartfield, VA 23071.


Saddle Sisters Waiver

Parents please fill out this form and bring to drop off for camp. Campers who do not have their waivers cannot participate in the Saddle Sisters program



True North Water Waiver

Parents, this form is for campers attending True North Water Week 6. Campers cannot attend the eastern shore kayak trip without this form.



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