Shiloh Quaker Camp lies on about 400 acres of land in Madison County, Virginia, nestled near the Shenandoah National Park.
What Shiloh Offers
Shiloh offers in-camp and trip experiences. Younger campers will be away from camp for shorter periods of time with less demanding activities than older campers. Trips may take them to various sections of Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia.
Trips may include:
- Backpacking roads and trails
- Canoeing the Rappahannock, Rapidan, James, and Shenandoah Rivers
- Technical rock climbing instruction at several sites mostly within the Shenandoah National Park
- Service projects
In-camp activities include:
- Arts and crafts
- Dance, drama, & music
- Informal sports
- Swimming in the pond, and playing in the creek which runs through the property
- Work projects and chores also play an important part in our community’s life
Life at Shiloh
Every day at Shiloh is lived to the fullest, whether it is spent in camp or on trail. Our in-camp days include time for meeting for worship, age-group activities, chores, choice activities or workshops, a little relaxation time, and lots of singing. Each week, campers and counselors leave for a two or three night camping trip. They are most often hiking or rock-climbing in Shenandoah National Park, or canoeing on a nearby river. They carry everything they need with them, and though they are not back at the cabins, they are still at camp-playing games, laughing and singing.
Typical Day at Shiloh
- 7:45 Wake Up Bell
- 8:00 Breakfast
- 8:45 Breakfast Chores
- 9:15 Meeting for Silent Worship
- 9:45 Unit Activity
- 11:00 General Swim
- 11:30 Lunch Set-up
- 12:00 Lunch
- 12:45 Lunch Chores
- 1:15 Rest Period and Cabin Clean Up
- 2:30 Mail Call
- 2:45 Afternoon Activity
- 4:30 General Swim/Chocolate Cake (second set of afternoon activities)
- 5:30 Dinner Set-up
- 6:00 Dinner
- 6:45 Dinner Chores
- 7:30 Evening Activity
- 9:30 Back to Cabins for Bed
All trips include:
- Campers carry their own gear; backpack, bedding, clothes, mess kit, toiletries, flashlight, some group food and gear (depending on age).
- Sleeping on the ground underneath a tarp with other campers.
- Eating food cooked on a camp stove.
- Campers are pushed to overcome their perceived limits through safe risk-taking.
- Counselors are warm, generous young people dedicated to truly listening to each camper, and pushing them when they need to be pushed and supporting them when they need guidance and structure.
For our hiking trips campers hike between 2 and 12 miles per day, exploring varied trails and backroads, each night stopping to sleep in camp sites along the way. When groups hike, one counselor is at the front of the group; “point” and another follows the campers; known as “sweep”.
Canoeing trips move along the Rappahannock, Rapidan, James and Shenandoah rivers. Campers experience a different pace of life along the river, enjoying time playing in the water, spending time with their canoe partner, and having floating Meeting for Worship. Campers and counselors are required to wear life-vests at all times, and each unit at camp has at least one lifeguard as well as trained canoe instructors.
Rock climbing offers one of our greatest challenges and areas where campers and counselors can push against their own limits. For many, rock climbing creates a safe place to explore and overcome fears. Our rock climbing trips are led by a certified rock climbing instructor.
At Shiloh, meals are served family style at tables in our dining hall where all staff and campers eat together. Kitchen staff are all work grant members, which means that each cook is a family member or friend of a child in the program and has a real interest in making sure the meal goes well. Our experienced head cooks prepare meals with an eye toward food that is both kid-friendly and nutritious. Surrounded by rich farmland, we also buy locally wherever possible.
Vegetarian options are available at every meal. Other dietary needs (no-pork, vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, etc) can be met upon request.
We believe that working together in a way that’s both productive and fun is a great method to create bonding and to help each individual at Shiloh feel that they have investment in and responsibility to the greater community. Many campers are surprised to find that their favorite memories of camp are singing songs while washing dishes or moving benches in the silliest way possible. Parents often don’t mind that their children come home more excited to do chores, either!
Meeting for Worship is a period of silent reflection–typically held at our fire circle – where any person (regardless of religious belief) can pray silently or simply have a quiet moment to reflect on their day and the natural beauty around them. If participants –including and especially campers– have some words of wisdom they would like to share during this silence, they may.
Every day campers have the time for a leisurely dip in the pond. Counselors are available to help campers interested in learning to swim and there are always life-jackets available for those who are not confident swimmers (or who simply prefer them). Certified lifeguards are always present.
Artsy activities may include:
- friendship bracelets
- drawing and painting
- poetry writing
- creating skits
Active activities may include:
- four square
- scavenger hunt
- Jugs (a capture the flag style game)
- running charades
- different types of tag
- many other active team-building games etc.
Nature activities may include:
- day hikes
- scavenger hunts
- natural art
- magic spots
Each week at Shiloh we have a number of “Special Activities”. During our “Special Day” these might include:
- county fairs where groups of campers make their own booths,
- theme days,
- talent shows,
- square dancing
Learning about the natural world around us, becoming comfortable living in nature, and treating the earth gently are important components of the Shiloh curriculum.
Spiritual development is nurtured through daily silent worship at the fire circle, regularly scheduled campfires, and in less formal ways by example and through continuous sharing of love.
Shiloh Camp Physical Address
Shiloh Quaker Camp
4774 Middle River Road
Stanardsville, VA 22973
540-948-5226 (Summer only! Visit our contact page for year round contact info)
Shiloh Camp Mailing Address
Shiloh Quaker Camp
P.O. Box 89
Hood VA 22723
Driving Directions to Shiloh
From DC – From the Beltway go west on I-66 to exit 43. Go south on Rt. 29 for about 55 miles, past Warrenton and Culpeper. Two miles after Madison, turn right on Rt. 230 at the light. There will be a Sheetz convenience store on your right. Go six miles to Hood, bear right on Rt. 613, and go three miles to the end. It comes to a ‘T’ just after you cross a small bridge. Turn right on Middle River Road (Rt. 667), go 1.4 miles to the camp driveway which crosses a wooden bridge on the right just after a sharp left curve. It is directly across from the Shiloh Church of the Brethren. The church sign is easier to see than is Shiloh’s.
From Frederick – Go south on Rt. 15 to Rt. 29 south above Warrenton. Follow directions from DC.
From Harrisonburg – Cross the Blue Ridge on Rt. 33 east. Take Rt. 33 business into Stanardsville. Turn left on Rt. 230, go three miles, turn left on (Middle River Road (Rt. 667). Go approximately 5 miles. The camp driveway crosses a wooden bridge on the right just after a sharp left curve. It is directly across from the Shiloh Church of the Brethren. The church sign is easier to see than is Shiloh’s.
From Richmond – Take I-64 west 71 miles to Charlottesville. Turn north on 29 and go 18 miles to Ruckersville. Turn left on 33 West. After several miles you will turn right at a stoplight for Rt. 33 business towards Stanardsville. As you enter Stanardsville, turn right on Rt. 230, go three miles, then turn left on Middle River Road (Rt. 667). The camp driveway crosses a wooden bridge on the right just after a sharp left curve. The driveway is directly across from the Shiloh Church of the Brethren. The church sign is easier to see than is Shiloh’s.
From Winchester – Go south on Rt. 522 to Sperryville and follow it through town. Turn right on Rt. 231 south and go 18 miles to Madison. Go through Madison and turn right on Rt. 29 south and follow directions from DC. You could take 17 S to 29 S or I-81 if you prefer a longer highway route.