Low Cost Environmental Summer Camp Invites New Campers, Counselors in June 2021

Camp Waldo is an environmentally focused, nonprofit summer camp in southern West Virginia. It invites campers and counselors to apply to join us at for a three-week overnight camp from July 10-31. It welcomes any children, boys and girls, who are currently 3rd-7th graders. Camp is $200 for the entire three-week sessionless than 10% of the actual cost of the camp. More info and applications at www.campwaldo.org

What

Camp Waldo is an environmentally focused, nonprofit summer camp in southern West Virginia. Its goal is to connect kids from the region with the environment through outdoor learning and exploration. Campers engage in our ecology and environment program daily, learning to understand our ecosystem and to become wise stewards of our natural resources.

This summer, it will host a three-week overnight camp from July 10-31 with around 112 campers, 30 counselors, and several administrative staff. Campers will spend each morning in an ecology program, designed to connect the campers and staff with nature and thoughtful environmental stewardship. Campers will also enjoy activities like creative writing, music, visual art, theater, basketball, soccer, archery, chess, yoga, gardening, and beekeeping. Campers will explore the outdoors through activities like camping, backpacking, and paddle trips.

Camp will look a little different this year, with several measures in place to make camp as safe as possible and to limit the spread of covid-19. Details on these policies on the website.

Who

Camp Waldo is currently seeking campers and counselors to join Camp Waldo this summer.

  • Campers: Camp Waldo welcomes camper applications from current 3rd-6th graders, both boys and girls. It hopes to continue expanding the camp in the future, adding more capacity, increasing our age range, and adding a second session. It charges families significantly less than the real cost of camp. We also reduce or even entirely waive the fee for any family that cannot afford it.
  • Counselors: Camp Waldo welcome applications from college students or rising college students. Each Camp Waldo counselor is expected to be present from July 10-31. All counselors are paid $1,500 and provided with housing, three hot meals a day, and at least a week of staff training. We also have opportunities for paid internships after camp concentrating on environmental education, pollinator science, organic farming, native plant horticulture and beekeeping.

Where

Camp Waldo takes place at a recently renovated historic camp in the big bend of the Greenbrier River, approximately 15 minutes from Hinton, West Virginia. It has a large dining hall, stages, sports fields, a basketball court, archery range, a garden, a greenhouse, and honey bee yards. Its recently renovated cabins accommodate two counselors and eight campers. Each cabin has two private bathrooms with private showers.

How

More information, photos, and camp applications are available at www.campwaldo.org

A Connection
The West Virginia Highlands Conservancy has a connection to Camp Waldo. To read about that, go the February, 2020, issue of The Highlands Voice, https://wvhighlands.org/2021/01/04/2020/.