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American Camp Association Accredited since 1970.
the hills of our
Virginia, where the whippoorwills are calling, where the crystal
springs are flowing, is our Camp Bethel.”
Written in 1927, our old Camp song
evokes the lasting images of this blessed place: the hills
and forests rise to meet the towering Blue Ridge Mountains; the
abundant wildlife scampers through the fields and flits in the
tree tops; the wash of waters gurgles in our streams, our glassy
ponds, and rises to fill the Big Spring; youth and children sing
in a peaceful sanctuary of sun-filled days and star-lit nights.
The Summer Program
Camp Bethel's program was established in 1927 and is
accredited by the American Camp Association. Activities
include swimming, hiking, crafts, environmental education,
singing, camp-outs, cook-outs, Home-in-the-Woods camping skills,
group games, creek-play, campfires, group challenge course,
high ropes course, nightly evening programs and worship, daily work duties, service projects and
daily Bible Study.
Our program offers progression into
more adventure-based experiences for older campers so that
campers are encouraged to return year after year. These
adventures include our high-ropes course, backpacking, canoeing,
caving, equestrian training, horseback riding, mountain biking, rock climbing,
river tubing and white-water rafting.
Our philosophy is a small group emphasis which focuses on creating and nurturing
an intentional Christian community, living as the Body of Christ.
All daily activities are experienced as a family unit as each group learns to work, play, and
worship together. Campers sleep in gender-separated cabins
and huts (girls in "girls' cabins" and boys in "boys' cabins").
Cabins on main campus are air-conditioned during hot weather.
SUMMER STAFF & VOLUNTEERS:
We are very proud of our excellent
summer staff of counselors,
volunteers and support staff and their
commitment to quality programming at Camp Bethel! Each staff member
and volunteer is interviewed, screened, selected and trained by the
Camp Director. After a comprehensive background check and
reference check, staff are hired on the basis of
their Christian character, their ability share their faith and teach
all our camp skills, their love of activity and the outdoors, and
their commitment to helping children and youth.
Camp Director and Summer
Program Coordinators train the summer staff during an
intense, comprehensive, fun, two-week Staff Training prior to the
first camper week. Staff Training includes detailed and complete
preparations in safety, first aid, emergency procedures, prevention,
and all the methods and procedures of our educational goals and camp
activities. All staff are certified in CPR, Basic Life Support
and 2nd-Level Pediatric First Aid. Your campers are sure to have a
safe and fun week living and learning with their counselors.
you or someone you know is interested in joining the 2013 Camp Bethel
Summer Staff, contact Barry for an
application at (540)
992-2940, or e-mail at
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