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WV Family Magazine’s

8th Annual Summer Camps & Programs Guide and Directory

This directory is a special advertising section, with information provided by each camp or program.  With our camp listings, accompanying advertisements, and our ONLINE CAMP FAIR at (convenient click-through to camp websites), this directory is designed to make your search easy and informed.  Camps tend to fill up early.  If you haven't started looking, now's the time to make calls, check references, and visit camps.  More than 11 million kids and adult staff will attend camp this summer, according to the American Camp Association.

This listing has been compiled by WV Family Magazine to assist you.  It is for information only and does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement of facilities, accommodations, or services.  While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information in this listing, it is recommended  that you contact these programs to check dates, availability, and to request registration information.  WV Family Magazine is not liable for damages arising out of errors or omissions.

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Ace Adventure Resort  Oakhill, WV. 800-787-3982  Don't just send your kids to camp, join them! Whether it's a weekend excursion or weeklong vacation, we'll put together a package of fresh air entertainment that's just right.

Camp Bosco
  Bishop Hodges Pastoral Center, Huttonsville, WV.  304-335-2165.  July 6-12, July 13-19, July 20-26, July 27-August 2.  A catholic adventure camp helping young people fall in love with Jesus and His Church - one camper at a time! The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has operated Camp Bosco (formerly Camp Tygart) since 1965. Online registration for Camp Bosco has now begun.

Camp Independence 2014  The Seeing Hand Association, 750 Main Street, Wheeling, WV  26003-2571.  304-232-4810  email:  Camp location:  Wheeling Jesuit University.  July 13-18.  A residential camp for visually impaired youth between the ages of 12-17 years.  Our 14th year of camp and helping campers achieve quality of life, independence, skills, and leadership. 

Circle Camps (Circle of EKC)  Emma Kaufman Camp, Morgantown, WV.  703-655-8324.  email:  August 17-22.  A free overnight camp for girls ages 9-14 who have experienced the death of a parent.

Horse Camp for Ages 7- & Up at Sunny Creek Stables  Buckhannon, WV.  304-472-5249   Day camp held Monday-Friday. Presentation of skills and riding abilities at the end of the week for family and friends.   July 7-11. Students learn about horse/barn safety, feeding, grooming, horse care, and riding.  $300 with a $50 non-refundable deposit.  Enrollment limited. Spaces fill fast.  Call Helen Dionne at 304-472-5249. 

Jammin Summer Dance Camp
  Lil Jammaz Hip Hop Company, Morgantown, WV.  email:
304-997-0692.  June 23-28.  7:15 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.  $200 includes a week of dance and pool time.  Ages 6-15 Boys and Girls.  Registration deadline is June 9.  Free Jammaz t-shirt included.  7 styles of dance!!  Sibling discount!

WVU Engineering Challenge Camps  West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. 304-293-0399.  The Statler College will be hosting five weeks of Engineering Challenge Camps in July for children in elementary, middle, and high school. Camp registration is now open!  Please see our website for camp information, schedule, and appllication.

WVU 2014 Summer Dance Academy  WVU School of Theatre & Dance, Creative Arts Center, Morgantown, WV.  304-293-2020. website:  June 15-21.  This year marks our 4th year of SDA.  If a young beginner dancer or teenager is looking to study with top faculty, WVU Summer Dance Academy has a program especially for you!  Young Academy - ages 5-11.  Teen Academy - ages 12-18.  Teachers Academy.

American Camp Association  ACA is a comprehensive summer camp resource for families offering expert advice from camp professionals on camp selection, readiness, child and youth development, and issues of  importance to families.  ACA helps you find the right camp for every child.  Visit ACA’s New “Find a Camp” search. 

Born to Sing Showchoir & Friends St. Paul School of Music, LIFE UMC,   1564 Mary Lou Retton Drive, Fairmont, WV.  email:  June 16-20.  3:30-7:00 p.m daily.  Ages 5 – 16.  Experienced and beginners.  All styles of music.  Work with other singers who have the passion and interest to sing.  Work with microphone techniques, learn stage moves and voice production, get rid of stage fright, work with well-known directors and voice teachers, and have a great time.  Excellent instructors.  Come join the fun. 

Camp Alleghany - A Summer Camp for Girls    Lewisburg, WV.  1-877-446-9475  Camp Alleghany for Girls emphasizes character development through experiencing new activities without distractions.  A magical place where girls learn, achieve, succeed, and make friends for life.  Established in 1922 - the oldest girls’ camp  in the Virginia’s.    Celebrating our 93rd summer! 

Camp Catch Your Breath   United Hospital Center and the American Lung Association of WV - together with their sponsors and supporters are proud to announce "Camp Catch Your Breath" for children ages 8-13 with asthma.  CCYB is a week-long camp from July 20-25, overnight, co-ed summer camp that provides a fun and educational experience for children with asthma - children who might not otherwise get to go to camp.  Camp is held at the beautiful and historic Jackson's Mill State 4-H Camp near Weston, WV.  For more information visit the website above or call Sonny Hoskinson, camp director, at 681-342-1560 or the American Lung Association of WV at 304-342-6600.

Camp Sandy Cove
(Winter address) 60 Sandy Cove Road, North East, MD  21901. 
(Winter phone: 800-234-2683). 
(Summer address) Rt. 1 Box 471 High View, WV  26808. 
(Summer phone:  304-856-2959).

Christian camp for boys and girls, in Highview, WV.  Overnight and Day Camps.  Ages 7-15. Sunday to Sunday.  30 amazing activity choices, including:  horses, circus, trapeze, archery, canoeing, mountain boarding, skateboarding, video, drama, dance, tennis, photography, swimming, guitar, self-defense, chess, air rifle, and more. Scholarship assistance available up to 50% off!

Criminal Justice Camp  Glenville State College, Glenville, WV.  (304) 462-3090.  Dates TBA.  For students in grades 8-12.  Hands-on activities include processing crime scenes and fingerprints, a mock court trial, and a trip to a correctional center.  For more information or to register, contact GSC Criminal Justice Studies Director  Ron Taylor. 

Football Camp   Glenville State College, Glenville, WV.   (304) 462-6230   Dates TBA.  For children in grades 5-12.  (non-pad instructional) For more information or to sign up, call GSC Football Head Coach David Hutchison.    

Guitar Camp   St. Paul School of Music, LIFE UMC, 1564 Mary Lou Retton Drive, Fairmont, WV.      July 14-18 3:30–7:00 p.m. daily.   Ages 6-14.  Excellent instructors.  Come join the fun.  Have a Noteworthy Summer.  Don't miss St. Paul Camps. 

LearningLand Daycare & Preschool  1017 Fairmont Avenue, Fairmont, WV  304-333-0186  Summer care offered 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for ages 6 weeks to 12 years.  Monday-Friday. 

Morgantown Dance Studio Dance Camps & Intensives  5000 Greenbag Road, Morgantown, WV.    304-292-3266   For children 3-6 years old we offer Leap ’n Learn Dance Camps.  For dancers 10 years old and up, we offer Dance Intensives to hone their existing skills and experience new styles of dance.  June and July summer evening classes for all ages.  August master classes and workshops.  

Nature Camp at Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies

3700 Burgundy Road, Alexandria, VA  22303 (Winter address). 
HC 83 Box 38DD, Capon Bridge, WV  26711 (Summer address). 
304-856-3758 (camp) / 703-842-0470 (business office)  
www.   email:  

Campers hike, swim, and hunt for salamanders and butterflies in this eastern WV wildlife sanctuary.  Enjoy variety and laughter in small groups and individual projects. 

Private Music Lessons at Saint Paul School of Music  St. Paul School of Music, LIFE UMC  1564 Mary Lou Retton Drive, Fairmont, WV.    Private lessons are offered for all instruments & voice (guitar, piano, etc... ).  Ages 5 - adult.  Beginner - advanced. Lessons are given year-round.  Registrations accepted anytime. Family rates are available.  No waiting lists. Professional, experienced faculty.  email:  Anne Schooley, Director.  

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge   A free reading program dedicated to stopping the “Summer Slide” and encouraging kids to read every day this summer. Now in its seventh year, the Summer Challenge invites kids to log the minutes they spend reading as they Read for the World Record.  Starts May 5.  Children ages 4-14.  Theme - "Read Under the Stars".   Book lists by age available.  Free resources for parents, teachers, and students.  Sign up as an individual, group, class or district. 

Theatre Camps at The Old Brick Playhouse  329 Davis Avenue, Elkins, WV.  304-637-9090   The Old Brick Playhouse holds three summer camps for students from age 5 through 18 aimed at teaching theatre basics including make-up, set design, a variety of acting styles, and much more.  Camp Kids Playhouse for ages 5-7, Camp Kids Playhouse for ages 8-11, and Studi-oli-o Camp for secondary students.  Registration is limited.  Preregistration is mandatory.  For dates and times, visit our website.

The Starving Artist Summer Art Camp 354 West Main Street, Clarksburg, WV.  304-622-8606  Summer art classes for kids who love making art!  Join us for a variety of interesting projects and serious fun! 

Trinity Christian School Summer Camp  Morgantown, WV  304-291-4659  email:  June 16-August 1.  Monday-Friday.  Designed to provide educational enrichment and recreational activities, our summer camp is provided by a loving, qualified, and dedicated staff.  Students entering 1st-6th grades.  Arts and crafts, Cartooning, Science, Foreign Language, Agriculture Exploration, Social Studies, and Biblically integrated themes.  Before and aftercare are available.  Call or email for registration information. 

Valley Forge Summer Camps 1001 Eagle Road, Wayne, PA.  610-989-1262 or 800-234-VFMC  Valley Forge Summer Camps, where campers grow, discover new abilities, and develop friendships that will last a lifetime.  We offer an all-boys overnight camp for ages 9-13, and our intense fitness camp for males and females ages 14-17. 

Valley Vista Summer Camps  Valley Vista camp, Huttonsville, WV.  304-422-4581 
Adventure Camp  (June 29-July 6) Ages 7-9. Crafts, outdoor activity, horses, and nature exploration.  Swimming lessons provided.  Junior Camp (July 6-13) Ages 10-12. Outpost camping, archery, mountain biking, water activities, rope courses, horses, and more.   Teen Camp (July 13-20) Ages 13 and up.  Variety of  outdoor activities including state-of-the-art challenge course, water activities, horses, and choose options such as crafts or baking.  Fee $230 per camp.  Limited space available.  This year also offering Lifeguard Camp and Family Camp.  For more information or application, visit or call 304-422-4581.

WOW! Kids Summer Fun  The WOW Factory,  3453 University Avenue, Morgantown, WV 
304-599-2WOW (2969)   Summer art camps and workshops offer experiences in pottery painting, mosaics, glass fusing, and clay!  Visit our website for more information to come. 

Wesleyan Summer Gifted Program


West Virginia Wesleyan College,
Campus Box 122, 59 College Ave, , Buckhannon, WV. 
Two-week, overnight, academic, coed camp for gifted and talented youth in grades 5-12.  
June 15-28.  Students attend classes from 9-4.  Study time and activities are planned for evenings and weekends.  Students are grouped by grade level and room with students close to their age. 

WV Christian Youth Camp 425 Youth Camp Drive, Pennsboro, WV  304-659-3244  (Camp location).  207 Fairmont Avenue, Fairmont, WV  304-366-6288 (office).   Serving young people since 1963.  Dedicated to providing a wholesome program of Bible study, spiritual growth, and personal enrichment in a Christian atmosphere.   At WVCYC memories are made that last a lifetime.

WV Reading Camp Huntington    St. John's Episcopol Church, Huntington, WV.  304-525-9105  An intensive one week camp that helps struggling readers (grades 1-4 who are at least one grade behind in reading) learn to love to read, improve study and reading skills and have fun with others who share their goals and difficulties with reading in the classroom.  June 23-27.  8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Register by April 30.

WV Libraries Summer Reading Program 2014- Fizz, Boom, READ!  Contact your local library for days and hours for this summer's reading programs.  The general theme this year is Science.  Kids' theme is "Fizz, Boom, Read!".  Teen theme is "Spark A Reaction!"  A great way to help children improve and maintain reading skills during the summer. Some summer library programs require pre-registration.  Dates and times TBA.  Be sure to sign up early as space is limited. For more information, visit or call your local library, or visit their website.

WV Reads 150+   A fun reading challenge.  Year-long initiative encouraging West Virginians of all ages to read 150 books or more.  Books can be in print, ebooks, downloadable.  Any topic.  Any age. Groups can participate.

WVU Community Music Program  304-293-6946  Summer Registration begins in late May.  Most summer classes and private lesson begin mid-June.  Please visit our website for more information. 

YMCA Camp Soles
  134 Camp Soles Lane, Rockwood, PA.

YMCA Camp Soles is a 263 acre YMCA camp in the Laurel Highland Mountains of southwestern Pennsylvania.  We offer high quality and affordable day, overnight, and family camp programs.  Our campers have the opportunity to try their hand at a variety of activities such as swimming, Ga-Ga, arts and crafts, rock climbing, archery, zip lining, and much more. While camp activities are an important part of a camp experience, they are actually the tools we use to teach campers how to build meaningful friendships, create opportunities for life long memories, and lead in the development of a stronger character.  Our focus is to instill the core values of Honesty, Caring, Respect, and Responsibility among each and every camper.

Youth Health Service, Inc. - Summer Programs  971 Harrison Avenue, Elkins, WV  26241. 
304-636-9450 or 1-800-427-2408.  website:  Summer programs offered for school age children 5 days a week throughout summer.  Educational child care services for children 6 weeks to 12 years.  Parent Education and support services.  Mental health services for children and adolescents. 

This listing has been compiled by WV Family Magazine to assist you.  It is for information only and does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement of facilities, accommodations, or services.  While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information in this listing, it is recommended  that you contact these programs to check dates, availability, and to request registration information.  WV Family Magazine is not liable for damages arising out of errors or omissions.