Summer Camp Program
We offer campers a wide variety of instruction and activities in the areas of outdoor adventure, arts and crafts, swimming, boating, horseback riding, farm work, overnight trips, sports, informal games, and music and drama performances. Children experience these activities in an environment fostering personal growth, individual responsibility, and active participation in the camp community.
All Inclusive Camp Fee
Our goal is to offer each camper an opportunity to participate in as many activities as possible. There are no additional fees for out-of-camp expeditions such rock climbing or biking. White water rafting on the New River Gorge is included for ages 12-16 with Class VI River Rafters, ranked by National Geographic Adventure as one of the top adventure companies in the world.
The only additional activity fees are for campers who choose to have horse riding instruction on a daily basis (details on this page) and our Fly-fishing clinic.
Scheduling activities and Structured Choice
Whether you come for one week, two weeks or longer you will participate in a large number of activities. As a camper you will have a lot of choice in what you do at Camp Hidden Meadows.
We do not pre-schedule camper's activities based on cabin assignments. Campers instead help choose many of the activities they will participate in by completing a questionnaire prior to arriving and again part way through each week. Campers appreciate the opportunity to help design their schedule and this enthusiasm translates to a quality learning environment for both instructors and campers.
White Water Rafting
White Water Rafting Trips are for campers ages 12 or older. There is no additional fee for this trip. This is a day trip which involves traveling to the New River Gorge for the best rafting on the east coast. One week participants go on one rafting trip. Two week campers participate in one trip (not two) during their time at camp. Three and four week campers raft twice. Campers staying multiple week may register an additional rafting trip for a fee of $110
New Adventures and Out-of- Camp Expeditions
Campers choose one New Adventure or one Out-of-Camp trip per week.
New Adventures include
- The "Cooking Extravaganza", our popular full afternoon culinary class
- CHM Mountain Boarding competition.
Out-of-Camp trips include:
One and Two week campers have the choice of:
- Rock Climbing Trip to local climbing area. (ages 9 and older).
- Greenbrier River Rail Trail Biking Trips (ages 12 and older).
- Adventure Nature Hikes (ages 7 and older).
- Trip to National Radio Astronomy Observatory (ages 7 and older).
Campers attending Three weeks or longer have the above choices plus the option of either a two day backpacking trip or a multi-pitch climb to the top of Seneca Rocks.
One, Two, Three or Four Week Sessions. Which should I choose?
How long you can join us depends on your summer schedule and other factors. We would love it if you could join us for the entire summer! However, we understand this isn't always possible and have developed a very strong and well organized program to maximize your exposure to a variety of activities. During a one week session campers can expect to participate in numerous in-camp activities, one out-of-camp expedition and for campers ages 12 and older, the white water rafting trip. Two week campers and those staying longer have the opportunity to explore a wider variety of activities or further develop their skills in those activities they have a special interest in.
It also important to remember that with the opportunity to help design your own schedule your time at camp will be packed with wonderful experiences.
Campers choose what they want to do from a large offering of activities
Some of the Activities that campers choose:
- Crafts, pottery, and ceramics workshops
- White water rafting trip on New River Gorge - NO additional fees! (ages 12-16)
- Horseback riding and horse care
- Day and overnight trips -Caving, Hiking, Canoeing, Kayaking, Swimming, Rock climbing
- Mountain biking old logging roads or gentler rail-trail biking trips
- Nature sketching, painting
- Field sports soccer, ultimate frisbee, softball, volleyball and lacrosse
- Drama rehearsals and improvisational theater workshops
- Dance - hip-hop, jazz, modern and salsa
- Model Rocketry
- Organic gardening and farm animal care
- Skills classes in sailing, canoeing, kayaking, wilderness survial, rock climbing, and horse care
- Rock climbing on the indoor climbing wall or at the outdoor climbing tower
- Picking raspberries for homemade ice cream
- Map and compass skills class, Survivor hikes
- Singing, Drumming, Guitar
- Culinary Arts
- Flower drying and pressing
- Pre-breakfast polar bear swims
- Reading and quiet games, ping pong, foosball
- Making ice cream
- Mountain Boarding
- Our famous 1000 foot! Mountain to Valley Zip Line
Additional Horseback Riding Instruction
We have some wonderful horses and offer quality instruction. Campers wishing to spend more time with our horses can choose our optional Horseback Riding instruction which includes four classes per week. The fee for additional horseback riding is $100 per week and $190 for two weeks. We also offer horse care classes to campers at no additional cost. This is a great way to interact with our horses without riding.
Orvis Fly-fishing Clinic
New for 2013 we are offering a 3 hour fly fishing clinic in cooperation with an Orvis endorsed fly fishing guide and outfitter. We have a wonderful trout stream full of fish that runs through the middle of camp. There is an $85 fee for the clinic which includes expert instruction and equipment. We will continue to offer our traditional fishing classes prior to dinner at no additional cost.
Special Events and Evening Activities
In addition to the core program activities each session includes a wide variety of special events and evening activities. The Hidden Meadows Eco-Challenge , egg-olympics, capture the flag, counselor skits, campfires and many other creative and fun evening activities are what camp is all about!