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Hey, Folks!

If our name didn’t already give it away, we’re all about summer camp here at Everything Summer Camp, your one-stop shop for kid’s gear for summer camp and a wonderful assortment of other camping supplies! Summer camp is a big deal to us. That’s why we work with more than 300 camps across the country. And we love shining our camp spotlight on those camps!

We’re swinging our spotlight eastward to the heart of Virginia, about a mile southeast of Charlottesville. Here we find Camp Friendship amidst the verdant forests of the southern East Coast. This is where a former Navy pilot named Chuck Ackenbom founded Camp Friendship back in 1966. The camp is still run by the Ackenbom family to this day.  

With many summer’s from his childhood spent in the Scouts, Chuck was inspired from a young age to start his own camp. After his service in the Navy, he turned his dream into reality and established Camp Friendship.

Camp Friendship offers great adventure activities like Archery, Challenge Course, Horseback Riding, Mountain Boarding, Wilderness Survival, Aquatics: Aqua Zumba, Canoeing, Fishing, Kayaking, Paddleboarding, and Water Polo. They offer great activities in art such as Arts & Crafts, Dance, Drama, Drawing & Painting, Dungeons & Dragons, Friendship Bracelet Making, Music Jam Sess, Pottery, and Zumba. And they also offer fun sports like Aerial Silks, Badminton, Basketball, Flag Football, Gymnastics, Mixed Sports, Soccer, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, and Yoga.

Since its heyday in the 60’s, Camp Friendship has grown from the two, small, original cabins (built by Chuck himself) to nowadays accommodating hundreds of kids. Nowadays, their cabins have bunk beds, electricity, and screened windows. The Junior Villages and Equestrian Village lodgings have their own bathrooms, while Senior Village cabins have bath houses just a short distance away.

Give Camp Friendship a closer look by checking out their website when you click here( and, as always, thanks for reading!


- John


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