Maple Sugaring Open House – March 10, 2018
During Virginia’s Highland Maple Festival, we’re tapping our own sugar maple trees and boiling down the sap to make more of our fantastic Hidden Meadows maple syrup. We’d love for you to join us to watch the maple sugaring process, tour the camp facilities, and of course, enjoy some maple syrup on a stack of homemade pancakes. This is a great opportunity for both new and returning families to visit with the directors and get a feel for life at camp.
Spring Open House – May 5, 2018
Join us for a Saturday afternoon in the spring to tour camp and meet the directors. This is a terrific time for enrolled first-time campers to get a feel for camp and start planning what to bring, as well as for those who are still deciding to explore the camp and visit with the staff and directors.
First time campers come in all shapes, sizes and ages. As parents we understand that sending a child away to camp involves trust and confidence in the program and the people operating it. We take our responsibilities very seriously in providing a setting where children can grow as individuals, make new friends and experience exciting and new activities. Whether it be your first time away from home or your first time at our camp we welcome questions in determining if we are a good fit. Learn more by exploring our website, and feel free to contact us with additional questions.
AMERICAN CAMP ASSOCIATION (ACA) ACCREDITATION
ACA Accreditation means that Camp Hidden Meadows has submitted to a thorough (up to 300 standards) review of its operation by the American Camp Association (ACA) — from staff qualifications and training to emergency management — we take pride in maintaining the highest standards in the camp industry.”
ACA is the only independent accrediting organization reviewing camp operations in the country. Its nationally-recognized standards program focuses primarily on the program quality, health and safety aspects of a camp’s operation. ACA collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices at the camp reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation.
ACA Accreditation says to those seeking a quality summer experience for their children. “This camp has been officially visited and has met or exceeded the most up-to-date standards in camp operation.”
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Camp Hidden Meadows focuses on providing safe activities and developing a community of respect where each individual can feel comfortable that he or she will be accepted as an important member of the community. We have qualified instructors, excellent equipment and thorough safety standards to provide the best possible activity instruction in the safest environment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Camp Hidden Meadows?
Camp Hidden Meadows is located on 250 acres in the Allegheny Mountains which form the Virginia-West Virginia border. North of Snowshoe Mountain resort and 20 miles west of Monterey, Virginia the camp is located in a spectacular area with easy access to some of the more notable recreational areas on the east coast. We are approximately 3.5 hours from Washington D.C., 2 hours west of Charlottesville, VA, 3.5 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours north of Greensboro, NC.
How do campers choose their activities?
Small class sizes and the goal of offering some of the “familiar” along with the “spectacular” continue to make our program unique and special. All activities offered are intended to spark the creative spirit. The Acorns, our youngest campers (ages 7-8) follow a pre-scheduled program traveling from activity to activity with their counselors. Their schedule does allow the choice of an activity each day during 6th period camper choice. They may also sign up for daily horse riding lessons. The Chestnuts (ages 9-11) choose their morning activities each week and participate in scheduled activities in the afternoon within their cabin and age group. The Sequoias (ages 12 -16) choose both morning and afternoon activities each week . Campers appreciate the opportunity to choose their activities and this enthusiasm translates to a quality learning environment for both instructors and campers.
What is the camper to staff ratio and number of campers?
We host approximately 165 campers and a staff to camper ratio of 1:4.
What do I need to bring with me?
Mostly just yourself and a willingness to try new things. We provide all activity equipment and ask that you only bring bedding, toiletries and other personal items.
What if I have never done these activities before?
You do not need to have any previous experience to participate in our programs. We recognize that campers come with different levels of experience and understand that not every activity will be on your top ten list. We will encourage you to try a little bit of everything but there are no requirements to participate in all the activities. Activities are offered to accommodate all levels of experience and interest.
What will I eat?
Meals are nutritious, plentiful and fresh. We take full advantage of our dining hall, where we prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meat eaters will be happy and there is always a vegetarian option. During our backpacking expeditions we have fun cooking our meals on the trail. We are known for our creativity in the field. Using non-packaged meals some surprisingly great dishes are served while backpacking.
How will I get there?
You can drive directly to camp or utilize our Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland shuttle. Campers flying will be met by our staff and utilize the camp shuttle.
Where do campers come from?
Campers come from all over the world, including Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as the Americas. A majority of campers come from the mid-Atlantic states. Last year campers also came from Spain, France, The Netherlands, England, Ireland, Hawaii, Florida, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Will my laundry be washed?
Campers’ laundry will be washed once in the middle of each two-week session. Campers staying for one week will not have their laundry washed.
Where will I sleep and shower?
You will spend each night in a comfortable cabin unless you are participating on one of the optional backpacking expeditions. You will have the chance to shower daily and your fellow campers will be appreciative.
What kind of medical coverage do you have?
All seasonal staff are certified in First Aid and CPR, and a nurse is on duty 24 hours per day. Emergency medical services are less than 10 minutes away. Camp staff will telephone parents or the designated emergency contact person if a camper experiences a medical condition that prevents her from participating in camp activities for more than 24 hours, or if the camper must see a physician for any reason.
Can I stay more than one session?
Of course! Campers can register for as many sessions as they’d like. Campers staying for multiple sessions can join their family for the night in between sessions, or participate in activities at camp.
What are the cabins like?
All cabins are either new or remodeled in the past five years. Cabins have bunkbeds, electricity, and have modern bath facilities either attached or a few steps away. Cabins have two-three counselors and 8-14 campers.
What makes your camp different?
Great camps exist in many places. We believe our small class sizes combined with our range and depth of activities standout. Our location is stunning. Camp sits at an elevation of 3000 ft offering warm days and cools summer nights. CHM children come to camp openminded and ready to experience new and exciting activities. A summer with Hidden Meadows is an opportunity to leave your familiar routines behind and explore the outdoor and creative world in ways so few people get the time to do.