Starting in 2019, Appalachian Headwaters will operate Camp Waldo, an overnight children’s summer camp program focused on science, nature, arts, and adventure. Whether exploring in the woods, rowing a canoe, or hooping on a basketball court, kids truly benefit from being outside. Research shows that outdoor learning sticks with kids, fuels interest in science, and sparks the curiosity that makes kids better learners. It also improves health and wellness, because play outdoors improves children’s mental and physical health. Outdoor education strengthens children’s self-reliance, leadership, and character.
Appalachian students face many challenges. We are giving our kids a much needed boost with a free, fun summer program full of learning opportunities. Our summer camp programming will help prevent the summer learning loss that low income children experience more often than their wealthier peers. One reason for that gap, experts say, is that wealthier families can afford to enroll their children in summer activities that, even if not strictly academic, keep them engaged. The U.S. Department of Education has found that affluent students are five times more likely to attend a summer camp than their economically disadvantaged peers — 7 percent of children living at or below the federal poverty line have access to summer camps compared to nearly 40 percent of kids who come from more affluent families.
Camp Waldo will have all the fun of a traditional summer camp — swimming and canoeing in the Greenbrier River, camping, art, music, hiking, archery, basketball, volleyball, disc golf, soccer and other games. Campers will also enjoy some of our camp’s unique activities, like beekeeping, vegetable gardening, native plant propagation, astronomy, reading and writing stories, ecology, theater and time in our science lab.
Our goal is to give kids in our region a fun experience learning, becoming more self-reliant, and playing in nature.
Learn more at the Camp Waldo website.