2015 Summer Camps
Stratford’s summer camps put the “grand” in “grandparenting.”
This year the camps will, in part, repeat the 2013 camp program in which campers spent the better part of one day at the George Washington Birthplace National Monument—in cooperation with the National Park Service. There they will experience programs and activities, such as surveying like Young George, cooking over an open hearth, 18th-century deportment and Rules of Civility and dancing the Virginia Reel, blacksmithing, and colonial agriculture (including tending the tobacco field, building a zig-zag fence, and thrashing and winnowing wheat). Children love the many animals there, e.g., oxen, horses, sheep, pigs and fowl. Playing colonial games is also a favorite activity.
Back at Stratford, campers will weave baskets, make and lay bricks, spin wool into thread, find shark teeth fossils on the beach, hunt for ghosts in the Great House, dig like archaeologists and much more—including substantial hands-on activities. The three days of fun-filled, educational activities offer a memorable family bonding experience while participants are re-living 18th-century life on a Virginia plantation.
Camps will be offered three times in 2015: June 23-25, July 7-9, and August 4-6. Camps were sold out in 2014, so early registration is recommended to avoid disappointment. The suggested child age is 1st grade completed through age 12, but there is a provision (and a large discount) for teen alumni campers to enroll with their grandparents, as camp assistants. The all-inclusive cost is $375 per person and includes two nights comfortable lodging in the Stratford Inn and all meals in our dining room. The cost for repeat campers and/or family members numbering more than two is $355. Be sure to ask about our $150 discount for local non-residential campers. Additional lodging is available for the night before the camps begin (and the night after) for those who have to travel a considerable distance to Stratford.
Enrollment is limited to only 20 children plus their grandparents, so early registration is strongly recommended.
What previous campers say:
“good value and lots of fun”
“a forever memory”
“excellent program–beautifully paced and organized”
“staff made the program: caring, knowledgeable and professional”
“One of the most meaningful and memorable experiences that I have ever had with my grandchildren.”
Register for our Grandparent/Grandchild Camp below, either by printing out and mailing the form provided or registering on-line. A deposit of $100 per camper is due with each registration. Deposits will be refunded for any under-enrolled programs.
To request a brochure/registration form or other camp information, contact Bill Doerken, Coordinator of Special Programs, at (804) 493-8038 ext. 1026 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.