Family Camp at Love Ridge Sunday, June 9th - 15

Kick off the summer with a week of VA Family Camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains! Let us hang with and feed your kids (5 and up) through lunchtime so you can have time to do what you need. Get to know other families who love the outdoors during optional afternoon excursions like exploring Sherando Lake, hikes in the wilderness areas & views along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Fun experiences for parents and kids all week.

kids playing by the falls
beautiful flowers
homestead and garden

Love Ridge Mountain Lodging offers a variety of family sized cabins from cozy to 3-4 bedroom chalets. Our campus is set just below 3000’ in elevation on a gentle ridge above the former town site of Love, Virginia. One hundred years since homesteaders called on Love for trade, supplies & community we are introducing families, couples & individuals to the unique setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

families having fun at camp

Experiential Learning at Love Ridge

VA Family Camp Program Activities

Depending on group size, dynamics and the weather our instructors will choose from the following activities throughout the week. Our goal is to teach some specific skills while focusing broadly on team-building, competence, and confidence all while maintaining a focus on having fun!

  • Orienteering – Learning how to use a map & compass our young scholars will navigate an orienteering course.
  • Forest Ecology & Stewardship – Engaging with and caring for our forest and meadow landscapes will lead to interesting conversations regarding human impacts and our role in nature.
  • Geology – Our campus has large sections of Appalachian bedrock to explore as we learn about geologic time and scale.
  • Survival & Woods Skills – Making a fire, building a shelter and learning basic emergency skills help boost confidence.
  • Edible Landscapes – For centuries humans have lived off the land.
  • Team Building Games & Activities – Experience our low ropes course elements as we help our kids storm, norm & perform.
  • Sensory Awareness – Games and activities structured around movement and observation, leading to a blind guided hike.
  • Cooking and Crafting – Exploring local foods and materials

Staff & Contact Info

Natasha Sienitsky

Natasha Sienitsky grew up in the Catskill Mountains and is life-long forager & adventurer. Although her professional career veered into planning & management, the great outdoors is where your most likely to find Natasha. A master of motivating people of all ages into the woods. As a mother, Natasha has taught kids to ride bikes & ski and how to push themselves just enough to find their own inner grrr.

Oliver Platts-Mills

Oliver Platts-Mills grew up roaming around the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia. Having spent many years serving as a general contractor for construction projects, Oliver is always looking to get back into the woods. Teaching experience includes; wilderness camping, leadership, bike touring, soccer, snowboard & ski instruction and 100s of hours leading his daughters on adventures big and small.

VA Family Camp Sample Schedule

Sunday-

3 pm – Housing & Camping open.
5 pm – Welcome Dinner & Fire (family)

Monday-Thursday

7am- 8:00 am breakfast & morning briefing (kids)
8-12 – Experiential Learning
12 pm – Lunch (kids)
1-2 pm – Play!
2 pm – Parents & Kids reunited
6:30 – Optional Evening Programming
Campfire or Evening Hike

Friday

7am- 8am – Breakfast
8-12 am – Morning programming (kids)
12pm – Lunch & Wrap up (family)

Cabins in Virginia - campfire and marshmallows

Experiential Learning at Love Ridge

We are thrilled to be partnering with the outdoor education experts at experience learning based at Spruce Knob, WV. Experience Learning has been leading children in outdoor adventure for over fifty years. Outdoor based experiential learning creates a unique environment for kids to grow both their competence and confidence and to participate in and practice effective leadership and followership. Our lead instructors trained and taught at Spruce Knob and our curriculum will draw on decades of experience working and playing in the great outdoors.

Experience Learning Vision: Our vision is a world where individuals can and will bring positive change in their own lives, the lives of others, their communities, and the world around them.

Experience Learning Mission: Our mission is to deliver high-quality outdoor programming as a tool to develop competence, confidence, and community for all people of all ages.

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