Overnight Camp FAQ
Where is Camp Under the Stars Located?
Camp Under the Stars is located in the Prince William Forest National Park in Triangle/Dumfries, Virginia. Camp is in an area of the park that is separate from the public area of the park. Specific location details will be provided after registration.
What are the facilities at camp?
We have a large dining hall, program cabins, a health center cabin, fields for playing, a lake, a creek with waterfalls, lots of wooded space, and living units. Each living unit has sleeping cabins with cots and electric lights, and a building with toilets, sinks, and showers.
Who are the camp volunteers?
Camp Under the Stars volunteers are adult volunteers from the DC metro area and all over the world. Volunteers go through a rigorous application process, extensive training, and background checks. Some of our volunteers are teachers, and most have years of experience working with children in a camp setting.
Who are the campers at Camp Under the Stars?
We welcome all children ages 5-12. Most campers are from the DC metro area. For many campers, this will be their first time at overnight camp. We are happy to provide accommodations and support to ensure each camper has a fun, positive camp experience.
What is the volunteer to camper ratio?
Each camp unit has a maximum of 12 campers with at least 2 volunteers. Additional volunteers prepare meals in the dining hall, lead program activities, and manage health needs.
What do campers do at camp?
Campers and the volunteers in their camp unit are together for most of the day.
Sample daily schedule
7:00 AM: Good morning: time to wake up and get ready for the day
8:00 AM: Breakfast: nutritious breakfast served in the dining hall
9:00 AM: Mindfulness: mindfulness activities including yoga
9:30 AM: Unit chores: for example, organizing cabins and collecting firewood
10:00 AM: Morning: activities may include art, outdoor play, hiking, waterfall walks, and STEM
Nutritious snack: a nutritious snack is served each morning
12:30 PM: Book time: time to read or be read to outside
1:00 PM: Lunch: campers help to prepare and cook a nutritious lunch in the dining hall or over a campfire
2:00 PM: Rest time: quiet time for campers with books and quiet activities available
3:00 PM: Afternoon: activities may include art, outdoor play, hiking, waterfall walks, and STEM
Nutritious snack: a nutritious snack is served each afternoon
6:00 PM: Dinner: campers help to prepare and cook a nutritious dinner in the dining hall or over a campfire
7:00 PM: Campfire: come together around a campfire
8:00 PM: Bedtime: time to get ready for bed
What is the food like at camp?
Camp food is nutritious, delicious, and kid-friendly. Alternatives are available if campers don’t like the meal served. Campers and volunteers eat family style with serving dishes on each table. Nutritious snacks are served in the morning and afternoon. And of course, we have fun campfire desserts like s’mores!
We are happy to provide alternatives for food allergies and dietary restrictions. Alternatives for food allergies are prepared in a separate area of the camp kitchen.
How are cabin assignments made?
Campers are placed in living units with volunteers and other campers who will be the best fit for a great time at camp. In the spring, parents/guardians of registered campers will provide detailed information that will be used to make living unit placements.
Campers are placed in cabins with other campers of a similar age. Cabins are not necessarily separated by gender. When providing detailed information in the spring, parents/campers may indicate their preference regarding the age and gender of the other campers in their child's cabin room.
If your camper is registering for camp along with a friend, please contact us if you would like to request that the campers are placed together. Due to COVID cabin capacity restrictions, we are not able to guarantee that campers will be placed in the same cabin. However, it is likely that they can be placed in the same living unit, which means they can spend nearly the entire day together.
How do parents and campers communicate while at camp?
Campers are encouraged to write letters home to tell their family and friends all about camp. And families and friends are encouraged to write letters to campers. Mail for campers is dropped off at camp when you drop off your camper and will be delivered to your camper throughout the week. As a screen-free and electronics-free camp, campers do not communicate using phones while at camp. However, parents/guardians are welcome to call camp and speak with a camp volunteer anytime!
How are medications handled at camp?
All camper medications, whether over-the-counter or prescription, are kept safely locked in the camp health center. Medications are administered by our camp health center volunteer, usually a nurse. Camp does not provide any medications. Medications brought to camp must be in their original container.
Can I visit camp?
Once COVID is behind us, we look forward to having camp visit days for families to visit camp in the spring. In lieu of a camp visit day for 2021, we will provide a virtual camp tour video!
How do I sign up for camp?
Camper and CIT registration is open. You may register by completing a brief registration form on our website.
What if I have more questions?
We are very happy to answer any additional questions you may have and provide more information about Camp Under the Stars. Please email us email@example.com.