During the Outdoor Education Center’s summer camp sessions, our West Virginia and DC students have the opportunity to come together and experience something exciting in their 350 acre summer backyard. With camps filled with engaging, hands on activities, adventure programming and occasional field trips, we strive to reduce the barriers to recreating outdoors that exist for our students in their everyday lives. Between June and August, our middle school students from our West Virginia Leaders in Action program and our DC City Leaders program come for one or two weeks (depending on their preference and availability. Throughout their stay at camp, they are given many opportunities to enhance their overall quality of life. Relationships between the students are formed, stereotypes are shattered, fears are overcome, and incredible experiences are gained. Even though the students’ time at camp may be short, friendships still carry on after the campers leave. Even today, many of our students carry on those friendships with their peers, even though they live an hour and a half apart. In addition to our four weeks of middle school camp, we also offer FLOC Leadership Explorers camp to DC students and WV alumni, as well as our introductory FLOC Adventurers camp for FLOC Neighborhood Tutoring Program (NTP) 4th and 5th grade students.
Because this life changing experience impacts them so much, many of our students are eager for the chance to attend summer camp the following year and engage in this exciting program that provides them a fun and educational summer with never ending memories!
Below is a description of the summer camp programs that our students will be enjoying this year…
Wilderness Voyagers Camp: Orienteering, shelter building, fire skills and a variety of other basic outdoor survival techniques make up this exciting 5-day residential camp. On top of learning how to survive using only materials in the natural environment, campers get to participate in team building activities and explore the 350-acre OEC property. You can find out more here
Ridge to River Adventure Camp: In this camp, our students get to explore off site for five days with our trained team of staff and counselors to enjoy some of the most beautiful nature West Virginia has to offer. Students team up with friends, new and old, for fun activities in the outdoors. Whether they’re canoeing on the Shenandoah or Potomac rivers, backpacking along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, or playing interactive Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics games, campers will be sure to have an experience they will never forget. Learn more about this adventure camp here.
Arts on the Mountain Camp: Art is all around us! In nature, in our everyday lives, and at the intersection of both. During this 5-day residential camp, our students are encouraged to explore their artistic sides. Our students can be creative and use their artistic abilities through varying mediums. We’ve included visual art, music, performing arts, sculpture, creative writing, photography, and occasionally culinary arts in this camp. Throughout the week students are encouraged to appreciate the art found in their natural environment, while also noticing the beauty in their everyday life once they leave camp. Learn more about our arts camp here.
STEM Camp: New for summer of 2019, this 5-day residential camp will allow our students to rediscover “indoor” subjects through the lens of the great outdoors. Through nature-based science projects and activities, they will be able to see firsthand the connections between how things operate in nature and how humans have adapted and mimicked these in science, technology, math, and engineering. Find out more about this exciting new camp here.
High School Camp FLOC Leadership Explorers: High school participants in FLOC programming from both DC and West Virginia are invited to explore the West Virginia wilds while working on valuable leadership skills that are transferable beyond the OEC. During this three-day, two-night camp, campers will have the opportunity to participate in service-learning projects, team building on our low and high ropes challenge course, visits to local farms and gardens, take a trip to National Park Service sites and in the past visit universities. This camp aims to empower our high school students to test out their leadership skills in a different venue: the outdoors. Learn more about FLOC HS camp here.
Counselor in Training (CIT): Each summer we create an opportunity for our 10th-12th grade students from both our DC and West Virginia programs who have demonstrated exceptional leadership to return to camp as a peer leader. Our CITs serve as the bridge between our middle school campers and our counselor staff, while learning valuable skills for future endeavors, academic or professional. To find CIT requirements and an application, check here.