Camp Friendship | Safe, of course. Fun, absolutely!

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Camp Friendship sets the benchmark for an exceptional summer camp experience.

Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, Camp Friendship allows campers to explore, discover and grow in a rural setting surrounded by over 600 acres of scenic fields and forests.

Chuck Ackenbom established Camp Friendship in 1966, and the business is still proudly run by the Ackenbom family today.

We call ourselves a traditional camp but don’t be fooled by what others may deem traditional. Our traditions are timeless – steeped in a simple way of life and acceptance for all. Diverse by design, we offer a vibrant environment founded in kindness. Here at camp, we embrace differences. We know being a kid can be hard, but being yourself should be easy.

Camp Friendship has over 50 years of experience working with children and their families. We take pride in being an American Camp Association accredited camp and are active leaders in the camping industry. We never settle and always strive to create the best environment possible for each and every child.

At Camp Friendship, everything goes back to a simpler time, which is particularly powerful with today’s plugged in world. Our campers make a great connection and experience what it’s like to be fully together and focus on what’s important–each other.

Since our start, we have welcomed campers and staff from over 90 different countries. Campers join us for 1-week sessions that can be combined to stay multiple weeks.

We believe in inspiring wonder and empowering children with the opportunity to make their own choices in a safe and supportive environment. With over 35 fun activities to choose from, we encourage exploration and offer a wide range of possibilities for rich and meaningful experiences.

In all our activities and interactions, Camp Friendship focuses on supporting and encouraging each child’s development. Many campers grow with us and return year after year to reunite with friends and try new things. A child-centered philosophy is combined with high-caliber programming to make our summer camp an experience like no other.

Camp Friendship is open for tours year-round and is located just 25 minutes from Charlottesville, an hour from Richmond and less than three hours from Washington DC. Come see us in person!

Contact: Camp Friendship

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