Camp changes lives! If you were fortunate enough as a child, or visionary enough as a teen, or even wise enough as an adult to experience camp, you can cite first-hand the ways that your life was changed because of your camping experience.
Perhaps you were like Alicia, a 9-year old camper who was quite sure she missed home too much to stay that first night. But Alicia learned that she was more courageous than she thought. She stayed the whole week of 4-H Summer Camp and wasn’t ready to leave at the end.
Or maybe you resemble James, a young adult staff member who thought, if nothing else, working at camp for the summer might be fun. James quickly learned the type of significant responsibility that comes along with working at camp and has since changed his major to Leadership Development.
If we’ve not yet met, I am Jeremy Stanford. I began serving as the Director here at the Northern Virginia 4-H Center in late January 2019. With over 15 years’ experience as a camping professional, I have been able to witness countless success stories like those of Alicia and James. There is a magic to camp that always bespells a perfectly unanticipated blessing. Whether it’s the opportunity to try something new in a safe environment, a coveted 21st Century Skill sought by employers, or an important boost in self-confidence, I know that camp changes lives, because it changed mine!
This year, the Northern Virginia 4-H Center hosted over 2,000 4-H youth and teens for summer camp! We know that youth who participate in 4-H programming are 2X more likely to participate in STEM activities in out-of-school time, 2X more likely to make healthier choices, and 4X more likely to actively contribute to their communities. Simply put, 4-H and 4-H Camp “Inspire Kids to Do!”
In addition to summer 4-H camp, the Center once again hosted Special Love’s Camp Fantastic for children with cancer. Thousands of other children, teens, and adults participated in and benefited from the Center’s Environmental Education, Team-Building, and Retreat programs.
Beyond our program delivery, 2019 has also been a busy year renovating our facilities. We’ve accomplished much needed capital projects on Congressman Hall, Molden Dining Hall, Fairfax Conference Center, and Robinson Lodge. There is more to be done, but feedback from our campers and guests on the improvements made this year has been overwhelmingly positive
The 4-H Center is sustained through operational revenues, grants, and by generous financial gifts. To close out 2019, we hope that you will help us in our effort to support continued camping and educational opportunities for the Alicias, James, and the other nearly 100,000 4-H youth and teens served over the life of the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center.
I hope you will support our year-end campaign by making a 100% tax-deductible contribution.
- A gift of $100 will purchase supplies for a week of Campfire Cooking class.
- A gift of $350 will send one youth to an entire week of 4-H Junior Camp.
- A gift of $1,000 will provide training and certification for FIVE new lifeguards!
- A gift of $5,000 will provide an overnight educational field trip for a class of 50 students!
- A gift of $10,000 will provide a full-time Registered Nurse on-site 24 hours/day during summer camp!!
In today’s world, our youth are surrounded by constant messaging. Please consider providing a gift that will send a positive message of support to our next generation of leaders. Thank you, in advance, for allowing camp to change their lives!
Northern Virginia 4-H Center