Who runs this camp?
Camp SCA is run through Camp Horizons, located in Harrisonburg Virginia. Camp Horizons is an American Camp Association accredited camp that has been operating for 35 years, running both traditional summer camp programs and year round outdoor education programs. Partnered with Camp Horizons is the Student Conservation Association (SCA). The SCA, whose mission is to “build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land”, has been in operation since 1957.
Located in Luray, Virginia we are a 1.5 hour drive from Washington D.C. Our 130 acre Mountain Campus property boarders the beautiful Shenandoah National Park.
Check In/ check out:
Camper check in and check out will take place at Camp Horizons near Harrisonburg, VA (3586 Horizons Way, Harrisonburg VA 22802). During check-in you can meet and talk with the directors and staff. All medication will be collected during this time.
Many campers arrive by car (2 hrs from DC, 2 hrs from Richmond, 2hrs from Roanoke, 4hrs from Philadelphia). We also provide a shuttle from Washington-Dulles and bus transportation from Northern Virginia for an additional fee. If you have questions about these options, please let us know!
Dulles International Airport: $60 each way or $120 round trip
- Airport Arrival and Departure: Arrivals need to land in Dulles between 10am and 2pm on Sundays. Departures need to be scheduled to leave between 12pm and 4pm on Saturdays.
Northern Virginia: $45 each way or $90 round trip. Bus stop location: Tyson’s Corner Best Buy 8449 Leesburg Pike Tysons Corner, VA 22182
With up to 40 campers at a time, we operate with a ratio of 1 staff member to every 6 campers.
Meals while at camp are designed to be both nutritious and child-friendly. With three meals and one snack every day, we make sure that no camper goes hungry. In addition to the main entrée, we have a salad bar and sandwich bar available during lunch and dinner and a cereal, yogurt, and fruit bar available at breakfast.
We have rustic platform tents which sleep 4-6 people. Tents are centrally located next to a communal fire ring and large dining hall. Bathrooms and shower facilities are a short walk down the path. On property, we also have a nature and arts building, climbing wall, zip line, and large athletic field.
For the protection of all campers, all medications are required to be submitted to our medical staff during check-in. Medications are kept under lock and key and are only accessible by authorized personnel. We stock many over-the-counter medications to relieve parents of the responsibility of having to bring common, non-prescription medications. All prescriptions will be followed according to physician’s orders. Medical staff maintains a medication log that campers are required to initial when taking medications. All medications are returned to you at the end of the camp session.
If you are interested in visiting Mountain Campus before the summer, please contact us to arrange a tour. We would be delighted to meet you and show you around! During sessions, there are no visiting times because it can cause a disruption to the camp experience- not only for you child but for other children as well. We find that visits can bring on sudden bouts of homesickness in other campers who may be jealous they were not visited or realize they are “missing” something at home. That said, if there is a special circumstance, please contact us directly to discuss.
We do not allow campers or staff to have cell phones (or other electronics) with them during camp. We ask that those be left at home or submitted during check-in. Cell phones cause unnecessary distractions from camp life and, more importantly, cause safety concerns for our campers. You may email your child as often as you would like while they are at camp. Emails will be printed out and given to your camper during mail delivery time each day. Of course, old-fashioned, hand written letters are still very popular and very much appreciated by our campers as well!
In the case of serious accident, illness, or other extenuating circumstance, a refund will be provided at the discretion of the Camp Director. No refunds or reductions are made for late arrival or early departure from camp. Any camper whose behavior disrupts the camp program or is harmful to him or herself will be dismissed with no refund. Campers found possessing or using tobacco, alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs or weapons will be dismissed from camp with no refund of fees.
- For cancellations made before May 1, all fees may be refunded, less a $200 processing fee.
- For cancellations made after May 1, the $500 registration deposit is forfeited.
- For cancellations made after June 1, the total registration fee is forfeited.