Mayapple Summer Camp

Our 2021 Summer Camps are made possible through The Appalachian Trail’s Community Impact Grant.

  • All camps have a number of spaces set aside for scholarship campers. Applying for a scholarship has been streamlined and incorporated into the camp registration process. Most scholarship campers can now register and reserve their space at the same time as full tuition campers.
  • All camps are drop off camps (parents do not stay with children).
  • This year, we have camps available from 1 to 5 days long.
  • We offer a variety of age ranges, starting at age 2 and ending at age 15.
  • Camps are located in Montgomery, Giles, and Craig counties, at The Mayapple School and at local farms and outdoor locations.
  • While no two camps are alike, all Mayapple School camps are designed to foster connection to the land and a sense of belonging. Through farm experiences, adventuring and exploration, or creative projects, our nature-rich camps renew camper’s love and excitement for the outdoors.

COVID-19 risk mitigation procedures are currently in effect at The Mayapple School, and include: 

  • Physically distanced, properly masked, drop off and pick up of children. Temperature taking and health questionnaire during drop off. 
  • Smaller group sizes (currently 12 children and 2 adults)
  • Proper mask wearing by all children and adults while both indoors and outdoors (with few exceptions, including during heavy rain and while eating) whenever within 6 feet of another. 
  • Required quarantine periods for any child who travels to a county outside of Southwest Virginia with 25 or more new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people or who participates in an activity determined by the CDC to be a high risk activity, including attending a large social gathering (ex. Wedding, funeral, party); attending a mass gathering (ex. Sporting event, concert, or parade); being in a restaurant, airport, bus or train station, movie theatre or any other place where there are crowds; traveling on a cruise ship or river boat.
    •  If you plan to participate in any of these high risk activities within 2 weeks before the start date of the camp, do not sign up for the camp. We do not predict that the COVID-19 levels will allow us to lift these restrictions by the summer, and your child will not be allowed to attend.
  • COVID-19 risk mitigation procedures will be updated as the changing situation requires, and any additional policies will be sent before summer camp begins. 

Camps at a Glance:

Date(s) and Times of CampName Ages of CampersLocationFull CostInstructors
June 18 (F)

 

8:45 – 11:45 am

Morning at Mayappleages 2 – 4The Mayapple School (Blacksburg)$30Melissa West & Jenna Booth
June 19 (S)

 

9 am – 3 pm

Printmaking Workshop ages 8- 12 The Mayapple School (Blacksburg)$50Melissa West & Abigail Middleton
June 21 – 24 (M – Th)

 

8:45 am – noon

Keffer Dairy Farm Camp –ages 3 – 6Keffer Dairy (Craig County – Sinking Creek Valley)$105Ashton Keffer & Jenna Booth
June 28 – July 2nd (M – F)

 

Drop off: 9 am Monday
Pick up: 4 pm Friday *This is a sleepaway camp*

Appalachian Trail Retreatages 12 – 15Woods Hole Hostel (Giles County)$465Melissa West & Laura Lane
July 6 – July 9 (Tu – F) Mini Animal AdventuresAges 4-73 days at The Mayapple School (Blacksburg); 2 days at Price Park (Blacksburg)$105Jenna Booth & Erika Reid
July 12 – 16 (M – F)Mini Outdoor EngineersAges 6-93 days at The Mayapple School (Blacksburg); 2 days at Price Park (Blacksburg)$145Melissa West & Laura Lane
July 19 – 23 (M – F)

 

8:45 am – 3:45 pm

Animal AdventuresAges 4-73 days at The  Mayapple School (Blacksburg);  2 days at Price Park (Blacksburg)$245Melissa West & Erika Reid
July 26 – 29 (M- Th)

 

8:45 am – noon

Fairies & Gnomes – Nature Fantasy CampAges 3 – 6The Mayapple School (Blacksburg)$105Abigail Middleton & Erika Reid
July 30 (F)

 

8:45 – 11:45

Morning at MayappleAge 2- 4The Mayapple School (Blacksburg)$30Jenna Booth & Erika Reid
July 26 – 28 (M – W)

 

9 am – 2 pm

Flower Farm CampAges 11-14Stonecrop Farm  (Newport, Giles County)$160Gwynn Hamilton & Ashley Utzinger
August 2-6 (M – F)

 

9 am – 4 pm

Outdoor Engineers –Ages 6 – 93 days at The Mayapple School (Blacksburg); 2 days at Pandapas Pond (Montgomery County)$245Melissa West & Jenna Booth

Continue for descriptions of all camps and links to register.

June 18 or July 30 – Friday- “Morning at Mayapple”  8:45 am – 11:45 am  ages 2-4 Register Here

Our youngest campers will experience a Mayapple School morning in our outdoor classroom. Campers will play parachute games and sing songs during “Circle Time,”  participate in story time and a process art experience, explore The Mayapple School’s grounds, and meet new friends. This camp is an outdoor camp and is held rain or shine. However, in the case of heavy rain, up to 1/3 of the session may be held indoors. This camp is a drop off camp, and because of COVID-19, parents/guardians may not participate with children. Children must be out of diapers. (Camp counselors will be available to help children get on/off toilet, get soap and wash hands, etc. as needed.) The Mayapple School will provide a snack.

June 19 – Saturday- “Printmaking Workshop” 9 am – 3 pm ages 8 -12 Register Here

This one day workshop will introduce young artists to a variety of printmaking forms, such as gel plate mono printing, screen printing, and block printing. We will use nature forms and images to inspire and create our works. When we’re not making art, we’ll participate in activities that energize our bodies and hone visual skills. This is an outdoor camp, but in the case of severe weather or forecast of heavy or unremitting rain, the camp will be rescheduled (rain date: Saturday, June 26). Prints will not be ready to go home with campers and will need to be picked up at a later date. Campers should bring one snack and one lunch with them.

June 21-24 – Monday through Thursday – “Keffer Dairy Farm Camp” 8:45 am – 12 pm ages 3-6  Register Here 

Experience life on a working dairy in the Sinking Creek Valley of Craig County at the Keffer Dairy, a three-generation farm. Campers will learn about farm animals and crops, insect pollinators, and farm machines from experienced farmers and educators. We’ll take tractor wagon rides, make ice cream, and play games, too! This camp is a drop off camp, and because of COVID-19, parents/guardians may not participate with children. Children must be self-toileting. This outdoor camp is held rain or shine. Campers should bring their own snack.

June 28 – July 2 Monday through Friday – “Appalachian Trail Retreat” ages 12 – 15  *Overnight/Sleepaway Camp* Register Here

At this sleepaway camp, teens will learn powerful practices that help them take a break from the modern world and improve well-being. From our base at Woods Hole (Sugar Run Valley, Giles County), we’ll get ready for a two night backpacking trip by learning about packing, leave no trace principals, and trail safety and etiquette. In our downtime, we’ll experiment with rejuvenating art mediums such as alcohol ink, painting, or printmaking (no drawing skills needed– campers may, but do not need to, consider themselves to be “artists”). Garden-fresh meals, yoga sessions, and campfires will give us further opportunities to recharge. After enjoying the remote and rustic paradise of Wood’s Hole, we’ll set off onto the nearest Appalachian Trail crossing (just half a mile away) for a fifteen mile backpacking trip.

Campers will arrive at Woods Hole at 9 am on Monday, and depart from Woods Hole at 4 pm Friday. Campers will sleep in tents while backpacking and at Wood’s Hole. At Wood’s Hole, modern bathroom facilities including hot showers are available. Campers will carry 20+ lbs on hikes of up to 7 miles per day. Backpacking gear will be made available for campers without personal gear.

July 6 – 9 Tuesday through Friday – “Mini Animal Adventures” 8:45 am – noon ages 4 – 7 Register Here

A four day, half-day version of our “Animal Adventures Camp.” Each day, campers will inhabit the world of a different animal through dramatic play and games that hone special animal skills. Our adventures will straddle the line between appreciation of the real and delight in the imaginary as we make maps, build animal homes, and participate in art and story. We’ll hone our tracking skills as we look for and learn about animals and their signs.

This week, we’ll enjoy two mornings at Price Park, where we will take an aquatic lens to our animal adventures. Our field trip days to Price Park will begin and end at Price Park, where you will be picking up and dropping off your child. The Mayapple School does not transport children. These days will be chosen by the end of the first camp day (Monday) based on the weather forecast.

This camp session is reserved for campers who are not attending any other 4 or 5 day camp sessions through The Mayapple School.

July 12 -16 Monday through Friday “Mini Outdoor Engineers” 8:45 am – 12:15 pm ages 6 – 9 Register Here

A five day, half-day version of our “Outdoor Engineers Camp.” Young architects, engineers, and makers will build structures and solve problems during five STEAM-filled mornings. Campers will experiment with simple machines, solve problems using unlikely materials, and practice teamwork. Some of the activities we may do are looking at how fire works, experimenting with the properties of water (and making it go uphill), building with earth, and exploring the power of wind. Pulleys and ramps, levers and fulcrums, robotic mice, shoes made out of newspaper, magnets, circuit boards, team building games, and a little bit of paint may find a place at this camp, too!

This week, we’ll enjoy two mornings at Pandapas Pond, where we’ll use natural building materials to add scope to our projects. Our field trip days to Pandapas Pond will begin and end at Pandapas Pond, where you will be picking up and dropping off your child. The Mayapple School does not transport children. These days will be chosen by the end of the first camp day (Monday) based on the weather forecast. This camp is held rain or shine.

July 19 – 23 Monday through Friday – “Animal Adventures” 8:45 am – 3:45 pm ages 4 – 7 Register Here

Each day, campers will inhabit the world of a different animal through dramatic play and games that hone special animal skills. Our adventures will straddle the line between appreciation of the real and delight in the imaginary as we make maps, build animal homes, and participate in art and story. We’ll hone our tracking skills as we look for and learn about animals and their signs.

This week, we’ll enjoy two full days at Price Park, where we will take an aquatic lens to our animal adventures. Our field trip days to Price Park will begin and end at Price Park, where you will be picking up and dropping off your child. The Mayapple School does not transport children. These days will be chosen by the end of the first camp day (Monday) based on the weather forecast.

This camp is held rain or shine. In cases of very heavy or all-day rain, up to 1/3 of the day may be held indoors.

July 26 – 29 Monday through Thursday – “Fairies and Gnomes: Nature Fantasy Camp” 8:45 am – 12 pm ages 3 – 6 Register Here

The natural world glimmers with magic and fantasy at this summer camp where it’s all about fairies and gnomes! Children will participates in themed read alouds, storytelling, and dramatic play. We’ll also play with size and scale as we make maps of fairyland and build gnome houses. We’ll mix up magic potions, work in the garden, and create art while exploring The Mayapple School’s outdoor classroom and woodland area. This outdoor camp is held rain or shine. Campers should bring their own snack.

July 26 – 28 Monday through Wednesday “Flower Farm Camp at Stonecrop Farm” 9 am – 2 pm ages 11 – 14  Register Here

Experience life on Stonecrop Farm, a flower farm whose terraced fields and greenhouses produce the New River Valley’s finest cut flowers. Campers will have the opportunity to take part in many parts of a bouquet’s journey, from seeding and weeding to harvesting and flower arranging. We’ll also take advantage of Stonecrop’s many woodland trails and make art just as bright as the flowers we harvest. This camp is held rain or shine and takes place outdoors and in the farm’s greenhouses or potting sheds. Rustic outhouse facilities with handwashing stations are provided (no modern bathroom facilities). Snack is provided; campers should bring their own lunch.

August 2 -6 Monday through Friday “Outdoor Engineers” 9 am – 4 pm ages 6 – 9 Register Here

Young architects, engineers, and makers will build structures and solve problems during five STEAM-filled days. Campers will experiment with simple machines, solve problems using unlikely materials, and practice team work. We’ll look at how fire works, experiment with the properties of water (and make it go uphill), build with earth, and explore the power of wind. Pulleys and ramps, levers and fulcrums, robotic mice, shoes made out of newspaper, magnets, circuit boards, team building games, and a little bit of paint all have a place at this camp.

This week, we’ll enjoy two full days at Pandapas Pond, where we’ll use natural building materials to add scope to our projects. Our field trip days to Pandapas Pond will begin and end at Pandapas Pond, where you will be picking up and dropping off your child. The Mayapple School does not transport children. These days will be chosen by the end of the first camp day (Monday) based on the weather forecast.

This camp is held rain or shine. In cases of very heavy or all-day rain, or for specific projects, up to 1/3 of the day may be held indoors.

Refund Policy:

  • Refund requests made more than 4 weeks prior to the start date of camp are subject to a 10% fee per session of camp.
  • Refund requests made 2-4 weeks prior to the start date of camp are subject to 30% fee per session of camp.
  • Refund requests made with 1-2 weeks notice prior to the start date of camp are subject to a 50% fee per session of camp.
  • Refund requests made with less than 1 week of prior notice given are subject to a 80% fee per session of camp.
  • No refunds are given for “no shows” at camp and/or communication on the first day of camp or later.

Scholarship Application:

2021 Summer Camps at the Mayapple School are supported through the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Community Impact Grant Program. In order to provide summer camp programming to campers from families of all income levels, a minimum number of scholarship spots have been set aside for each camp. Full and partial scholarships are available.

Please find out your family’s income as a percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) here.

Sign up for a “SCHOLARSHIP” spot if your family’s income is…

  • 0 – 185% of the FPL (full scholarship).
  • 186 – 205% of the FPL (greatly reduced fee scholarship)
  • 206 – 225% of the FPL (partially reduced fee scholarship)

Limit one scholarship per each child. Enrollment for additional sessions must occur at the “FULL TUITION” level.

If you believe that you have other extenuating circumstances that affect your family’s ability to afford summer camp for your children, please e-mail melissa@mayapple.org for a full scholarship application. You will receive a personal decision from The Mayapple School Board in 4-7 weeks regarding your scholarship award. If you have any other questions please also email melissa@mayapple.org