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.

FOOD

We put a great deal of effort into our meals because we understand that a well-fed camper is a happy camper. Our meals are nutritious, plentiful, and fresh. We don’t use any deep fryers and every meal includes a vegetarian option. Meat eaters won’t be disappointed. Family style meals are served in our spacious dining hall and offer a relaxed time to socialize and enjoy quality food, much of which is locally sourced. We have established working relationships with local organic farms and purchase as much of our produce as possible through these sources. In addition, our own organic gardens here at camp help supplement our produce supply. Throughout the summer, campers assist in harvesting our very own lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, kale, asparagus, squash, spinach and other seasonal additions. During our backpacking expeditions, we have fun cooking our meals on the trail and are known for our creativity over the campfire. Our kitchen and health staff are aware that some children have food allergies and we work with families to ensure choices are available. Call us with any questions.

Already Enrolled?

Welcome!

We are looking forward to sharing our summer program with you and your child.  We have many exciting activities planned in a place where life is simple and free from worldly distractions.  We will do our best to make your child’s stay with us a happy and rewarding experience.

The parent’s section is designed to make preparations as easy as possible by providing you with the information you need along the way.   If at any point you have a question please feel free to contact us:

phone – 304-456-5191

email – info@camphiddenmeadows.com

Online Parent Portal

Through the process of enrolling online an account is created.   This is your go-to-place for forms, packing list, updating your contact info, payments and more.  Using the link “Access Your Account” will take you to the sign in page.  The link to this page can be found on our homepage at the top and also under the “Parents” tab.