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Serve Camp is the best, most life-giving camp.

Serve Camp is the best, most life-giving camp. A camp empowering kids to make life happen. Serve Camp is a unique, hands-on experience where kids can discover for themselves the power of love to bring life. It’s a camp that inspires and challenges kids to live life as servant leaders. To choose giving over getting. To choose sacrifice over entertainment. To choose love over selfishness. Serve Camp isn’t about “I” but others. It’s a camp driven by the life & message of Jesus who invites the world to join Him in making life happen!  

 

Serve Camp is built on love projects.  Love projects are community service projects designed to meet the needs of a person, family, community, and/or non-profit organization helping others. Through a variety of age-appropriate love projects,kids are exposed to the power of finding common ground with people and loving them at their point of need. Most importantly, kids learn through experience that absolute humility (self-denial) leads to absolute love which produces immeasurable life.

Thousands of young people have already experienced the life giving  & power of love. Will you be next? Make the summer of 2019 your best summer yet by joining hundreds of other teens in making life happen!

New in 2019 for Junior Camp

We recognize 5th grade is a very important transition year for 5th graders so we decided to create a unique program within junior camp to help 5th graders experience what they want: greater challenges & responsiblity including:

 

  • 5th grade only teams
  • Unique & challenging Love Projects including the $100 Challenge where they will be tasked to dream of, create, and implement their very own team project
  • Overnight stay on our SC Campgrounds Thursday night (optional)

2019 Themes

June 10-14

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the Super Servers! This week your child will experience the power of becoming a super life maker! Through daily love projects, small group lessons, and campwide games, our campers will realize the POWER of Making Life Happen. By Friday, each camper will be transformed into a Super Server and will receive a unique Super Server ID card that features their own special life-making superpower. Join our alliance in Making Life Happen!

June 24-28

The tribe has spoken. The challenges have been set. The survivalists will be put to the test to learn how to serve and survive through love project expeditions, small group huddles, and tribe-wide competitions. Use these SERVE-vival skills to inspire others to Make Life Happen and gain immunity for your tribe. Those that choose to not Make Life Happen will be sent to Exile Island. Will you survive?

July 15-19

X marks the spot. The treasure is waiting for those who will seek it. Join the Serve Camp Treasure Hunters as they search for buried treasure and along the way discover the meaning of Making Life Happen on their epic quest. The Treasure Hunters will need to work together to follow maps, solve clues, and perform extreme challenges to lead them one step closer to their prize. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime expedition!

August 5-9

Move over Hollywood! This hit reality talent competition is making its way to Loudoun County. If you are unsure of how you can Make Life Happen, look no further. Our competition provides campers the opportunity to determine unique ways of Making Life Happen that can be used to inspire others. The star-studded cast of judges and staff, will motivate the contestants to embrace their talents through breakout sessions, love projects, and group collaboration. If that’s not enough, you won’t want to miss the end of week performance by our celebrity judges. Audition today!

June 10-14

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the Super Servers! This week your child will experience the power of becoming a super life maker! Through daily love projects, small group lessons, and campwide games, our campers will realize the POWER of Making Life Happen. By Friday, each camper will be transformed into a Super Server and will receive a unique Super Server ID card that features their own special life-making superpower. Join our alliance in Making Life Happen!

June 24-28

The tribe has spoken. The challenges have been set. The survivalists will be put to the test to learn how to serve and survive through love project expeditions, small group huddles, and tribe-wide competitions. Use these SERVE-vival skills to inspire others to Make Life Happen and gain immunity for your tribe. Those that choose to not Make Life Happen will be sent to Exile Island. Will you survive?

July 15-19

X marks the spot. The treasure is waiting for those who will seek it. Join the Serve Camp Treasure Hunters as they search for buried treasure and along the way discover the meaning of Making Life Happen on their epic quest. The Treasure Hunters will need to work together to follow maps, solve clues, and perform extreme challenges to lead them one step closer to their prize. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime expedition!

August 5-9

Move over Hollywood! This hit reality talent competition is making its way to Loudoun County. If you are unsure of how you can Make Life Happen, look no further. Our competition provides campers the opportunity to determine unique ways of Making Life Happen that can be used to inspire others. The star-studded cast of judges and staff, will motivate the contestants to embrace their talents through breakout sessions, love projects, and group collaboration. If that’s not enough, you won’t want to miss the end of week performance by our celebrity judges. Audition today!

We have moved! Our new main location is:

115 Harrison Street NE, Leesburg, Virginia 20176

Camp Hours

Mon-Fri: 9am-4pm

Extended hours available only at our downtown location
Beforecare: 8:00-9:00am – $20 per child/wk
Aftercare: 4:00-6:00pm – $40 per child/wk

Camp Fee Includes

Love Projects
Camp T-shirt
Cinch Bag
Water Bottle
Healthy Snacks
Friday Celebration

Camp Fees

$295 per child/wk

No registration fee, activity fees, or hidden fees.

Drop-off & Pick-up options

115 Harrison Street NE, Leesburg, Virginia 20176

Drop-off- 8:45am

Pick-up- 4:00pm

At one of the 4 transportation hubs:

Drop-off:  8:15 (departing at 8:30)

Pick-up: 4:30pm*

* times may vary depending on the unforeseen circumstance.

Join your campers on the Thursday of your Junior Camp week for a fun family walk-run around our creative course to raise awareness and make life happen! Each lap you and your camper earn will provide meaningful resources to empower non-profits to love people to life. Laps for Life is a priceless opportunity for the whole family to love side-by-side – an opportunity that you will not forget! Save the Date and be on the lookout closer to your week of camp for more details
Laps for Life Weekly Themes:

 

June 10-14:
Food Insecurity

 

June 24-28:
Orphans and Foster Care

 

July 15-19:
Clean Water

 

August 5-9:
Education Empowerment

FAQ’s

Do you have safety protocols for the lake activities?

Yes, however, before we share our safety protocols please note that lake activities for junior and teen camp will be very limited as the focus of our days at camp (outside of Friday Celebration days and overnight stays) are on serving. During SC247 young people will have significantly more time available to participate in lake activities.

 

Our general safety protocols include having certified lifeguards on hand, requiring all swimmers to wear life vests when in the water, and shallow areas for non-swimmers to enjoy. Keep in mind, you are your child’s best advocate and safety net, so during registration you will be asked to verify your child’s ability to swim. If you’re unsure and would like us to verify we will do so. Please note that if during lake activities lifeguards, counselors, or our admin team feel your child is not comfortable in water and/or not a proficient swimmer we will ask them to move to shallow areas to enjoy.  Either way they will have a blast!

 

Are the junior camp weeks different?

Yes! Each week of camp is unique beginning with the theme. The theme is our way of conveying the idea of “making life happen” in a way that is age-appropriate & relevant.

 

If you’ve been a part of junior camp before you know how engaging our camp counselors are in their dramas and theme projects (supporting the truth of the day). They have a passion for the campers and it shows on the faces of the kids smiling from ear to ear!

 

Love Projects are unique as well. Serve Camp works hard to make sure kids are exposed to a variety of needs in our community. Based on the schedules of individuals, families, and non-profit organizations we’re often limited to the “when” we can help hence the variety week to week. Keep in mind, there are core love projects kids will participate in each week that do not change. Also, If you’ve been a part of the camp you know that things are fluid come camp week because of how fast (or slow) kids work, weather, changes in non-profits schedules, cancellation of love projects, etc. This is the reality of life and kids experience the necessary serving spirit of “go with it”. It’s not about us, it’s about others and their needs.

Does Junior Serve Camp do the same projects as Teen Serve Camp?

Each camp is unique in the variety of love projects the campers participate in. We work very hard to provide age-appropriate love projects. Our camp teams are divided between 1st-3rd grades and 4th-5th grades and our schedules reflect the unique needs of each grade group. This includes the nature of love projects as well as built in play and break time.

How are teams formed?

Teams are broken up between rising 1st-3rd and 4th-5th grades. There are no exceptions to the grade formation of teams. During registration you will be asked if there are friend requests. We do our very best to accommodate everyone but there are several reasons we can’t including parents indicating the wrong grade during registration, overwhelming same group requests (we limit group sizes for effectiveness to 12-15), parents may request another camper but the other camper may request not to be in same group. Rest assured most often things work out perfectly. We encourage parents to verify directly with other parents if requests are okay and what secondary plans can be made when there’s an overwhelming number of campers requesting the same team.

What is Friday Celebration?

After a hard week of work the junior campers enjoy an awesome party all day on Friday. This is our way of thanking them & celebrating their love. We can’t tell you what the party will be just yet (it’s a surprise!) but trust us they will love it. This is ALWAYS one of the favorite parts of Serve Camp for the kids. Bigger, better is our motto for this party!

What kind of training is required for the camp counselors?

What a great question!  Each camp counselors goes thorough internal training process before they are allowed to become a Serve Camp counselor.  Along with our internal training process, each counselor is required to be certified (and active) in CPR, First Aid, and AED.

How are campers placed in rooms?

Rooms & bunks in lodges will be assigned based on the total number of teens who register including the makeup of male and female ratios. Males and females will sleep in different lodges. We have a policy of not allowing counselors and campers to sleep in the same bed or males and females to sleep in the same room. Middle School students will have separate areas in each lodge. We will assign rooms and bunks prior to the 5th Grade Experience. We will do our very best to accommodate friend requests however as noted in the registration these are not guaranteed.

Where are love projects located?

Camp begins and ends at our camp headquarters, however, campers go offsite for many love projects in Loudoun and the DMV area. Project locations are based on the needs of the individual, families, community or non-profits we are serving. Schedules will be available to view on the first day of camp.

How are campers transported?

We have hired a professional, licensed, and insured transportation company to transport our campers. At times we will recruit licensed and insured volunteers who have passed a background check to transport campers as needed.

What is "Love Crushes Cancer" and how is Serve Camp connected to it?

Love Crushes Cancer is a love project designed to raise awareness and funds to CRUSH childhood cancer with love, and it’s put on by the Serve Camp students!  In 2016, LCC raised $20,000+ that was donated to Inova Children’s Hospital as well as Team Mathis (local organization that supports families and research efforts for childhood cancer).  In 2017, Serve Camp raised $52,000 to help fund the buildout of a pediatric cancer teen center through Pediatric Specialists of Virginia (PSV). Serve Camp has raised $82,000 over the last three summers to help crush childhood cancer. You can find out more about it by visiting the LCC page.

Is Serve Camp a faith based camp?

Serve Camp is a camp based on the life and message of Jesus. Jesus teaches us is that love leads to life. Each day campers are introduced to a truth Jesus gave us regarding how we can make life happen (i.e. love, putting others first, servant leadership, sacrifice). Campers are challenged daily to join Jesus in making life happen by embodying his life and message. During small groups counselors debrief the truth of the day with campers in an age-appropriate way, talk about the reality of living out that truth (how we can live it out and how difficult it can be), and challenge them to be life makers now and as a dream for their life.

Is Serve Camp associated with other organizations?
Serve Camp is a 501(C)3 non-profit corporation in the state of Virginia and is an integrated auxiliary of Common Ground Church.