Our Mission

Since 1981, the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center has offered year-round, research-based programming to the youth and families of Northern Virginia. In addition to its acclaimed camps, the Center hosts a variety of corporate retreats, festivals, team building programs, and outdoor recreation.

Our beautiful setting in Harmony Hollow, just outside Front Royal, Virginia will leave you invigorated and inspired. Home to acclaimed year-round camps and educational programs, we provide facilities and services to groups seeking a relaxed, economical retreat experience. Located on 229 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Center was deeded to Virginia Tech in 1976 and is the site of the historic U.S. Cavalry Remount Center. We are just 1 hour from the suburbs of Northern Virginia and Dulles International Airport and 1.5 hours from Washington DC!

 

  1. Mission
    1. The Northern Virginia 4-H Educational and Conference Center’s mission is to facilitate proven experiential learning programs for youth, families, and adults that educate, inspire and connect.
  2. Vision
    1. The Center’s vision is to improve all aspects of the world in which we live, work and play through recreation, education, leadership, and life skill development. Our vision is put into action through the support of diverse communities, impactful stewardship and the creation of meaningful relationships with those around us, making the 4-H Center a truly sustainable organization.
  3. Core Values
    1. Educate, Inspire, Connect

1976
Founded
Established as a result of receiving 229 acres of government surplus land in 1976. Now operating as a non-profit corporation in partnership with the Virginia Cooperative Extension and govern by board of directors.

1995
Accredited
The Northern Virginia 4-H Center has been accredited by the American Camp Association. Accreditation means that the 4-H Center and other accredited camps care enough to undergo a thorough (up to 300 standards) review of its operation — from staff qualifications and training to emergency management.

2018
Voted Best Camp
Voted one of Virginia’s Best Summer Camps in 2017 and 2018 by Northern Virginia Magazine. The Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center offers year-round, research-based programming to the youth and families.

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Participants

Educate Outdoors

In addition to flexible facility rentals and onsite catering and dining options, we offer programs that develop group dynamics, teamwork, and cooperation. Our Challenge Course and Fire Circle are renowned by generations of visitors for the inspiration and community they have built over the years. We'll work with you to provide a program designed to meet your goals, or simply provide a fun, recreational venue for children, adults or all ages.

Inspire Leaders

Whether it’s at a camp, on our ropes course, or hiking through the Blue Ridge, generations of leaders have started or reinspired their journey here at the Center. We’re excited to share the Center’s tranquil and historic setting with corporate, school, religious, equine, and many other groups.

Connect & Retreat

The Center is ideally suited for weekend retreats, off-site meetings, festivals, or casual conferences for groups of any size--youth or adults. The Center's easy proximity to the Washington DC metro area, Shenandoah Valley and greater Appalachian region make it a convenient and peaceful respite for your group or team to connect and relax.