Ages 12-15

Camp SCA

Do you love being outside? Do you have a passion for the environment? Here at Camp SCA we couple learning and fun with community engagement.

Camp SCA is a collaborative effort between Camp Horizons and the Student Conservation Association. Together we strive to get youth outside and involved as stewards of our public lands. Most Camp SCA activities, lodging, and meals will take place at Camp Horizons’ Mountain Campus in Luray, Virginia.

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Spend time this summer surrounded by nature, preserving public lands, and making lifelong friends. Enjoy taking part in hands-on conservation efforts while exploring in Shenandoah National Park. You will learn how to maintain trails, restore habitat, and keep public lands enjoyable for all from conservation professionals. In your session, you will also earn community service hours while spending two days as part of a team helping to improve and preserve a piece of public land. Beyond conservation projects, campers have time to take part in traditional camp activities such as zip lining, canoeing, swimming, and other fun camp games. Roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty, and love every minute during Camp SCA!

Interview with the Associate Director of Camp SCA

Harriet Flynn earned her degree from in Parks and Outdoor Recreation from George Mason University, and has been working in the industry for the past 7 years.

1. Why do you think it’s important for kids to learn about conservation?

I think it is important for kids to learn/be exposed to conservation because it teaches them that what we do and how we treat the environment now will affect how much we can enjoy nature in the future.

2. How do you think what kids learn at Camp SCA will benefit them in life?

Campers that come to Camp SCA will leave with a higher awareness of the environment around them. They will also have made close friends and grown in many life skills. Everything we do at camp helps a camper when they go home, from learning how to get along with new people, trying new foods or learning how to cook over a camp stove, to gaining more independence.

3. Why did you choose to work at a summer camp?

I chose to work at summer camp because of the impact camps had on me as a child. I loved getting to go to camp because I made new friends and experienced new things. Now that I work at camp I still get to do both of those things but it’s even better to help children have those same amazing experiences.

4. What is the best thing about working at Camp Horizons?

I love working at Camp Horizons because of how caring the campers are. Camp Horizons is also really great because we stay up to date with the best practices in camping and are always striving to improve camp and our camper’s experiences. My goat also gets to live here and we love hanging out and running the trails here at camp so that’s an additional reason I love Camp Horizons

5. What is your favorite part of Camp SCA’s Program?

My favorite part of the SCA program is the final service project. The campers get to see all of their skills tie together on a final three day backpacking trip while we help with trail conservation on public lands.

Learning Areas

  • Introduction to Conservation Skills
  • Safe tool use and introduction to tools of the trade such as a Pulaski, cross-cut saw and McLeod
  • Basics of Trail Maintenance, invasive plant removal and habitat conservation
  • Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics
  • Importance of public lands
  • Composting
  • Overnight backpacking
  • River Canoeing

Traditional Camp Activities

  • Large group games
  • Swimming
  • Campfire and s’mores
  • High adventure activities such as zip-line and giant swing
  • Day hike
  • River canoe trip
  • Tie dye

Check out the sample schedule below for more!

Sample Schedule

Day 1

  • Camp check in
  • Get-to-know-you games and activities
  • Opening camp fire

Day 2

  • Team building
  • Fire building/stove usage
  • Giant Swing

Day 3

  • Trail tool lesson
  • Introduction to conservation
  • Rock Wall climbing

Day 4

  • Local Day hike





Day 5

  • Water diversion/ trail construction
  • Tents/ tarps/ setting up a cooking area lesson
  • Swimming in the lake

Day 6

  • New Trail Design and maps
  • Water filtration and safe cooking lesson
  • Zip line

Day 7

  • Overnight canoe trip on the Shenandoah River

Day 8

  • Finish river trip
  • Conservation lesson
  • High Ropes



Day 9

  • Practice trail work
  • Pack for overnight trip
  • Swimming in the lake

Day 10

  • Visitors’ Center
  • Meet a park ranger
  • Volunteer project

Day 11

  • Conservation project

Day 12

  • Conservation project

Day 13

  • Offsite trip (hike or adventure activity)

Day 14

  • Pack up and depart

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