Who We Are
It is the mission of Camp Albemarle to nurture spiritual growth in children, youth, and adults through interaction with the wonders of God’s creation and to foster deep relationships with Christ in our churches, communities, and the world.
At Camp Albemarle we believe and value the following:
- That God is Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer over all the creation.
- That teaching about the person and activity of Jesus Christ is central to our camp programming.
- That we are called to exercise sound stewardship for the creation.
- That the physical, spiritual, and emotional safety of our participants—children, youth, and adults—is our utmost priority.
- That the development of spiritual leaders is critical for the church and society today.
- That our camp programming is experiential Christian education, is Biblically based, and is rooted in the Reformed theological tradition.
- That God calls us to reach out and welcome children, youth, and adults of all backgrounds to Camp Albemarle.
- Camp Albemarle is a 501(c)3 organization administered by a Board of Directors who are committed to upholding the mission, ministry and values of the organization.
Today, Camp Albemarle is much more than a summer camp. While summer provides us with tremendous opportunities to minister to children and will always be a vital part of our programming, we have followed God’s calling to be intentional in serving our local community throughout the year. As a result, Camp Albemarle has grown into a year-round center for education, recreation and spiritual growth.
Campers at Camp Albemarle spend their days sailing, swimming, tree climbing, creating masterpieces in creative arts, learning about God’s amazing world and much, much more! Special learning opportunities exist for campers wanting to sail, horseback riding, learn campcraft skills, and leadership skills. Sessions include day camps and residential camps and run from 3 to 10 days in length. We have programs for children from Preschool through Senior High! Check out our Summer Camp Ministries page for more information.
The Nature School at Camp Albemarle!
In the fall of 2016, Camp Albemarle opened the doors of The Preschool at Camp Albemarle. 22 students and 2 staff took advantage of our 29 acres to learn. play and work together, and we hope fall in love with God and with learning!
Today, over 135 children are enrolled in The Nature School. In addition to preschool, the Nature School is a non-public school that provides opportunities for children in kindergarten through 4th grade to participate in a unique leaning experience, almost exclusively in the out-of-doors. Students explore, problem solve, learn and play together in this special community that also focuses on faith.
For more information check out The Nature School Page.
Alby After School!
The Covid pandemic challenged us to think differently about how to help children continue their education and still be able to socialize and learn to work together in community.
In the fall of 2020, Camp Albemarle offered an “Outdoor Learning Community”. Schools in the area had chosen to offer a blend of in person and virtual learning, leaving many parents scrambling to find safe educational opportunities and safe childcare opportunities on the virtual learning days. The Outdoor Learning Community was available to families and operated much like our day camp programs in the summer. Children did have opportunities to log in to the school each day, but all other activities were held in the out-of-doors with special precautions made to keep children safe.
As schools returned to full-time in person education, parents still needed safe after school care for their children and Alby After School came into existence!
Today we serve children from 3 area elementary schools as well as students from the Nature School. The days are filled with activity and opportunities for children to learn to work together. Each day also has a devotional time and a sharing time for children.
For more information about Alby After School, check out the Alby Afterschool page!
Contact us today to learn more about all of the activities available at Camp Albemarle! As a ministry, we work hard to make certain that all of our programs are affordable and that no child is denied an experience at camp because of financial need. This year, we will award over $100,000 in camperships, scholarships and discounts. Please consider supporting us financially so that we can keep our promises to our families and the almost 1500 children who come to Camp Albemarle each year.