2017 Summer Camps and Youth Programs

Building the next generation of stewards.

Our mission is to inspire curiosity, discovery and stewardship through the wonders of the Blue Ridge. Through that mission we envision a world with a deep understanding and appreciation of place. 

We accomplish this by connecting people to nature through immersion programming. Our camps are led by highly skilled guides who understand how to develop curiosity, foster autonomy and be model citizens. With a focus on interest-driven and hands-on learning, and a low staff to child ratio, our campers develop skills and life-enriching hobbies that will pay dividends for years to come.  We utilize a scientific investigative approach to develop critical thinking skills and inspire further engagement. 

Adventure is not the end, but rather a gateway to developing deeper connections with your surroundings. The farther you push the closer you get to discovery.

* Limited need and/or merit-based scholarships are available for all camps. To apply for scholarship assistance please view our Scholarship Application


Discovery Camps

Discover what makes the Blue Ridge such a special place, from salamanders to astronomy, butterflies, botany, birds, fish and more!

Discovery Day Camp  
June 26-30, Ages 5-8 & 9-12
Discovery Camp 
July 31-August 5, Ages 9-12 & 13-15


One of the most rewarding opportunities of the summer is discovering more of the Blue Ridge in the company of our exceptional guides.

New River Expedition  
July 19-22, Ages 12-15

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Skill Camps

Explore new skills, expand your knowledge, and discover the Blue Ridge.

Ornithology Camp  
June 7-10, Ages 9-12
Fly Fishing  
July 24-29, Ages 12-15

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BRDC offers a variety of guiding services focused on the Blue Ridge including: Fly Fishing, Mushrooms & Edible Wild Plants, Birding and more. Contact Us for more information