Summer Camp 2014 is going to be our best yet! We have strong staff members returning to camp, new staff members who have shown initiative and potential, and a Christ-centered theme to focus us on what really matters!
Below you’ll find everything you need to know for Summer Camp 2014. Including our theme for the summer, the camp schedule, 2013 prices, the activities your child will do and loads more. To register you child, just hit the ‘REGISTER NOW!’ button.
|Group Name||Grades||Cost||Week 16/18-6/23||Week 26/25-6/30||Week 37/02-7/07||Week 47/09-7/14||Week 57/16-7/21||Week 67/23-7/28||Week 77/30-8/04|
|✔ = Available||✘ = FULL (You may call us to be put on a wait list)|
Details on each activities can be found here.
|Adventurers||Explorers||Trailblazers||Expedition Camp||Jr. High Wranglers||Sr. High Wranglers||Voyagers||Choral Camp||HS High Adventure|
This year we have added a new and exciting program for the Adventure campers. They will be traveling to Day Spring Farm (also located on Steptoe Hill road, less than half a mile from the camp) to view their animals and experience life on the farm. Day Spring Farm is owned by our operation's manager, Sean Baker, and his wife Jessie. The campers will be driven there in Highroad vehicles, and the program will last between 1 and 2 hours. For more information on the Farm, visit dayspringfarmva.com
|400' Zip Wire||✔|
|800' Zip Wire||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|35' High Ropes||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|45' High Ropes||✔||✔||✔|
|White Water Kayaking||✔|
|Zipline Canopy Tour||✔|
|White Water Rafting||✔|
The Camp Store is a fun part of the camping experience and a great way to support Highroad, and it doesn’t need to be a financial drain on parents! Typically $20-$30 is enough for camp store purchases during a week of camp. However, one dollar for each day that your child will be at camp will allow your camper to purchase a snack each time he or she is at the store. A little ice cream goes a long way!
The Camp Store is open during select times Monday-Thursday during Summer Camp.
Here you will find all the forms and lists you’ll need for this years summer camp.
Note: You’ll notice that there is no ‘Medical Form’ button. This is because we have integrated the medical form into our online registration system.
Can I request that my child is paired with their friend?
Yes you can! If you’re bringing a friend to camp, of the same age, and want to make sure you are paired with them for the week. You can let us know during the registration process in the ‘Additional Information’ section.
Can my camper call me?
Yes, but with restrictions. We encourage campers not to call home during the week because past experience has shown that immediate access to a phone encourages homesickness. However, if a camper really feels like he or she needs to call home, we will certainly provide the opportunity to do so. We do ask that campers not bring cell phones to camp because they are distracting and, again, can facilitate homesickness. Cell phones that are brought to camp and are flaunted around other campers or used unnecessarily will be confiscated and returned at the end of the week.
Can I call my camper?
You may call your camper during their week at camp, but please don’t do so unnecessarily. Campers who are enjoying their first experience away from home can be thrown into heavy homesickness by an unsolicited phone call from a parent. That said, please DO call if there is anything (such as an emergency) that you do need to talk with your child about. If you need to talk to your camper during Summer Camp, please call the clinic at 540-657-6274 or the office at 540-687-6262. It might take us a little while to get your camper to the phone, for instance if they’re in the creek or on the zip wire, so setting up an appropriate time for your camper to call you back often works best.
Does the health Form have to be signed by a doctor?
The Medical Form does not need to be signed by a Doctor. However, please make sure it is signed by a parent/legal guardian of the camper.
Where do I get a copy of the Health Form?
We have integrated the medical form into our online registration. Which means you’ll fill it out while registering your camper.
What time should I drop off and pick up my camper?
Check-in time is 6:00 pm on Sunday. Check-out time is 3:00pm on Friday. If you are going to be late to check-in or check-out please call 540-687-6274 and leave a message.
What address do I send mail to?
Send mail to:
Campers Name, Unit, Camp Highroad,
21164 Steptoe Hill Road,
Middleburg, VA 20117
Josh Johns, Explorers 2,
21164 Steptoe Hill Road,
Middleburg, VA 20117
If I forget to mail a letter to my camper, is there another way to send a message?
Sure! Just use our online contact form in the “Contact” section, and put the campers name in the Subject field. We will print your message and hand it out with the rest of the mail.
My camper has food allergies, who do I need to tell and when should I notify them?
We are happy to help facilitate the needs of your child! You can help us to do this by letting the office know about food allergies as soon as possible. The sooner that we know that a child has allergies, the better prepared our caterer can be to work with his or her needs. If your child has food allergies. please call the registrar at 540-687-6262, use our online contact form, or send the camper’s Health Form in early.
My Camper is a picky eater, what if he/she doesn’t like the food?
Our menu is very camper-friendly! Meals include entrees like chicken nuggets, pizza, tacos, and hot dogs. Sides generally include items like french fries, macaroni and cheese, and garlic bread. Every breakfast includes the choice of cereal and yogurt, in addition to the hot breakfast items that are served.. Most lunches and dinners include salad and/or other vegetables. Campers are also free to ask for a peanut butter and jelly, or cheese, sandwich.
What will my camper being doing while at camp?
It’s hard to describe a typical day at camp! Campers wake up, have breakfast, go to morning Bible study, do two activity blocks… let’s say nature and pool time… and then have lunch. After lunch, campers have an hour of chill time with their counselors, and then they do another two activity blocks… maybe ropes course and zip wire… before dinner. After dinner, campers engage in evening programs ranging from night hikes to hayrides, campfires to late-swims. It all depends on the age of the groups, the interests of the campers, and the activities that their counselors pick to enhance your children’s time at camp!
What if my child becomes homesick?
Homesickness is, unfortunately, a reality when children spending more time away from their family than they are used to. It’s something that we recognize as an issue, try to prevent from occuring, and will respond caringly to if it arises. The best way to deal with homesickness is to prevent it, and you can help us with that: Talk to your child about what he or she will experience at camp, share positive stories about your own camping experiences and times away from home, don’t overemphasize how much you’ll miss your child when he/she is away, and tell your camper how proud you are that he/she is grown up enough to spend a week at camp. The more excited your child is when you pull up Steptoe Hill Road, the easier it will be for him or her to enjoy the Highroad experience! On our end, we train our counselors to recognize and to deal caringly with homesickness, we strive to create an experience that is so engaging and fast-paced that children don’t have time to focus on being homesick, and we will call you and let you know if your child is exhibiting signs of unrelenting homesickness. At that point, we will discuss with you whether you would prefer that your child stay at camp or come home. Depending on the severity of the homesickness, you may be asked to come pick your camper up. However, that is very rarely necessary!
Where can I find a list of what to pack?
Right Here! Summer Packing List.
Why does my camper need long pants? extra shoes? layers? rain gear?
It never hurts to have a variety of clothes! All clothes that come to camp, however, are subject to dirt, rain, and the combination of those two elements that children love to play in. As you pack for your child, pack clothes that are nearing retirement. It’s more productive to buy new clothes after camp, to replace clothes ruined at camp, then to buy clothes before camp for camp! (That all made sense, right?). Wranglers are required to wear long pants for riding because of the plants that they brush as they ride past them. Long pants are optional for all other camps, but they help prevent scratches and itchyness, so they are useful regardless of which camp your child is in. Extra shoes are a must-have! One of our most popular activities is the creek hike, and campers must wear a pair of shoes while in the creek. Since children will be walking more at camp than they are used to, it’s very helpful for them to have plenty of shoes and socks to prevent hiking with wet feet. Campers still choose to do that sometimes, but it’s nice to know that they had the option of a dry pair of shoes! The best way to stay comfortable is by dressing in layers. Sending a child to camp with only t-shirts and one large coat is like owning a house with only the coldest and hottest setting of the thermostat working. Either way, the child is uncomfortable. Sending an old long-sleeve shirt, a light jacket, and a sweat shirt, allows children to have the option of wearing more layers in the morning and then taking off layers and putting them in their day-packs as the morning turns into afternoon. Rain gear is helpful, especially during long walks from lodges to the dining hall. It is certainly not required, and a trashbag with holes cut in it can make good economical rain gear. What is more important than rain gear, are clothes for children to change into after they get wet… which they will do regardless of whether they have rain gear and regardless of whether or not it rains!
How do you select counselors?
Camp Highroad’s counselors are carefully selected from among a pool of new applicants and returning staff. When interviewing applicants, we look for genuine faith, compassion, and a desire to serve God by ministering to the children and youth who attend Camp Highroad. All counselors must have completed high school and undergo an intensive 10-day training before camp starts. Senior staff members spend time with counselors throughout the summer to ensure they continue to meet the high standards we require.
How much money should I leave my camper for the Camp Store?
Parents generally contribute $20-$30, which is enough money for most things that campers want at the store. However, if your budget is tight then $5-$10 allows children enough money to buy something each time they’re at the store.