2019 Summer Outside Initiative

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Looking ahead to 2019, Blue Ridge Discovery Center will be launching its Summer Outside Initiative in an effort to connect even more youth to the wonders of the Blue Ridge for an exciting and memorable summer! With technology having such a strong presence in the daily lives of youth in the 21st Century, there has never been a more important time to get outdoors and reconnect with the myriad of benefits provided by this magnificent, natural resource.

What is the Summer Outside Initiative?

The Summer Outside Initiative encompasses multiple outdoor education day camp and overnight camp programs held in various locations throughout Southwest Virginia from June through August. Some camps cover a range of topics while others have focused themes, such as ornithology and fly fishing. Full camp descriptions are available on our website at: blueridgediscoverycenter.org/camps/.

Who can participate?

Youth aged 6-15 are welcome to participate in our camps, regardless of experience. Specific ages vary by camp; see camp descriptions on our website for more details.

What makes the Summer Outside Initiative different?

Our goal, new for 2019, is to offer each of our four week-long day camp programs for FREE. By offering the program at no cost to participants, we are able to reach even more youth in our core service region. This includes: Smyth, Washington, Grayson, Wythe, Carroll, Ashe, and Alleghany Counties, as well as the city of Galax. Every $125 raised will cover the cost of the day camp program for one child.

How can I help?

To raise money for our scholarship fund, Blue Ridge Discovery Center is participating in #GivingTuesday, a national fundraiser event as an antidote to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. As a bonus, Facebook and PayPal are teaming up to match donations made through Facebook up to $7 million. Your contribution could have twice the impact! Donation matching begins at 8:00 am on the 27th and continues until funds run out.

If your own childhood was made up of quests through the woods, catching critters, and playing outside until long after dark, you’ll likely understand how important this opportunity is. If you would like to be an integral part of our mission, please mark your calendar and make a donation to BRDC through our Facebook page Donate button at 8:00 am on November 27th. *Donations made prior to this will not be matched.*

Thank you for your support!