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Arrival

What can I expect upon arrival?

Camp staff will direct you upon arrival to campus to parking just outside our Check-In station. All students will check-in in the lobby of the Barbara Hodel Center, where you will pay off any remaining balance and receive your nametag, room & counselor assignment, meals bracelet, and camp bag & T-shirt. Camp staff will direct you to  your room, where you may leave your bags. Then, either you can join in our "Summer Carnival" outside Check-In and meet counselors, instructors, and other campers, or you can go on the campus tour at 3:30pm with an admissions counselor. Parents may leave right after their student has checked in with camp staff, but they are welcome to stay with campers until 5:00pm, when dinner opens and camp programing begins. All camp staff are happy to answer any questions and are excited to meet you and your family!

 

Housing

What is housing like?

All resident campers will stay in the College's single-gender dorms. Dorms are divided into "wings," with one counselor per wing. Campers will have 1 - 3 roommates, depending on how large each particular camp is. 

The ladies' dorms have 4 rooms per wing and are suite-style: two rooms are joined by one bathroom. The men's dorm is hall-style, with 7 rooms per wing and one bathroom with multiple showers at the end of each hall.

Each room has bunkbeds, two desks, two closets, two dressers, and a vanity. 

 

Camp Schedule

What is free time like?

Free time is from 3 - 5pm, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. During free time, campers may stay in their rooms to rest or work on homework from the class time. Counselors will also be running optional recreational games like soccer, wallyball, racquetball, etc. Campers may enjoy the coffeeshop on campus or work with their teams on different projects such as "counselor imitation skits." Under the supervision of counselors, campers may use the fitness center, or enjoy the student lounge where there is ping-pong, air hockey, foosball, board games, etc.

 

Where do you go on the field trip?

Every camp will include a field trip into Washington, D.C., on Thursday of the camp week. Usually, we will tour the monuments and memorials in the morning, eat a picnic lunch on the mall, and tour a Smithsonian museum in the afternoon. Schedule-permitting, some camps may include special stops relating to their subject matter, such as the National Cryptologic Museum, Supreme Court, Folger Shakespeare Library, Newseum, or National Bureau of Engraving and Printing, among others.

 

Security

How much supervision is there?

Our team of counselors will be overseeing the campers any time they are not in class (when they are under the supervision of the camp instructors). There is one counselor for every wing of campers (4 - 10 campers, depending on the size of each camp). Counselors live in the wings with students and escort campers to meals, evening activities, chapel, the field trip, etc. During free time, counselors are stationed across campus at each dorm and in the recreational buildings.

 

What is security like?

Our Patrick Henry College Campus Safety team monitors campus 24/7, and consists of trained armed and unarmed officers. The on-duty officer can be reached any time at 540-441-8888. In addition, all counselors are trained in CPR, First Aid, and Youth Protection.

 

Meals

How do meals work?

All meals are provided by our dining hall, including a packed lunch for the field trip. Breakfast is from 7:00 - 8:00am, and teams will be assigned a "breakfast time" between 7:00 and 7:30am when they must be in the dining hall. Lunch is 12:00 - 1:00pm, and dinner is 5:00 - 6:00pm. The dining hall provides at least two entrées, a salad and sandwich bar, soup options, and desserts. 

 

I have dietary allergies. Can I still eat in the dining hall?

Yes. The dining hall can accommodate most dietary allergies. There is a gluten-free station in the dining hall, where alternative entrées are provided. During registration, there is a section to list all allergies and dietary restrictions; please list your allergies in detail, so we can prepare accordingly.

 

Can I bring my own food or snacks?

You may bring snacks, but please do not bring food that needs to be refrigerated. Please be conscious of other campers' allergies and do not bring anything with nuts, due to how common and severe nut allergies are.

All meals are provided by our dining hall. In the case of severe allergies, campers may bring their own meals, but please notify us well in advance so we can accommodate food storage.

 

Travel

I am coming to a couple camps in a row. Can I stay over the weekend between them? 

Yes! Campers attending two consecutive camps can pay a $75 weekend fee to stay on campus the weekend between the camps. The fee covers the cost of housing, four meals, and counselor supervision. When registering, please select the weekend fee for the camp that occurs before the weekend you will be staying.

 

I'm flying in. Can I be picked up from the airport? 

Yes! We charge a $12 airport shuttle fee each way for pick-up and drop-off from the airport.

Our shuttles run from the College campus to Dulles International Airport (IAD) from 3:00pm - 5:00pm on Sundays. Please be sure you arrive before 4:30pm, so that you will be able to ride the last shuttle back to camp. 

For drop-off on Saturdays, our shuttles run from 6:30am - 12:00 noon to IAD. Please be sure your flight is not leaving before 7:30am to ensure enough time to go through security and board in time.

 

My child will be flying as an Unaccompanied Minor. What do I need to do?

"Unaccompanied Minor" is a service many airlines offer for children who will be flying alone, for an extra fee. Most airlines do not require this service for children over 14 or 15 years old, but it is usually available up through age 17 if desired. Please notify us in advance if your child is signed up for an Unaccompanied Minor service, as airline policies require us to sign paperwork at pick-up and drop-off and to meet the student at the gate upon arrival and drop them off upon departure. Please make sure the Sunday flight arrives by 4:30pm, as our staff will need to meet the child at the gate, and please make sure the Saturday flight departs before 12:00 noon, so our staff may wait at the gate until the flight has taken off (per airline policy) and still return on the last shuttle at noon. Click here for information on the counselor who will be picking up and dropping off all students signed up for an Unaccompanied Minor service.

 

Academic Certificate

What is the academic certificate fee? And what is it for?

The $50 fee covers the extra time and materials necessary to assess your student's work in the camp and provide documentation (the Academic Certificate) with a course description, letter grade, and proof of attendance. 

 

Payment

Can I get a refund if something comes up and I can't come to camp?

At registration, we require a non-refundable $150 deposit to reserve your spot at camp. You may cancel up until the first day of camp (Sunday) and will be refunded everything you have paid, except for the $150 deposit. If you cancel on or after the first day of camp (Sunday), we cannot offer any refund.

 

How does the early-bird discount work? Do I need a code?

The early-bird discount of $75 per camp is automatically applied to every camp registration up until the early-bird deadline of April 1, 2018. The price is normally $575 per resident camper, but with the early-bird discount, the price will show up on the registration portal as $500 per resident camper until the deadline. You do not need a discount code.

 

Do you have scholarships?

At this time, we do not offer general scholarships.

 

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