Visitors and Mail


With the exception of direct family members, campers are permitted no visitors during the session. There is no official visitation day during each session, and to allow campers to develop their own independence and self-confidence and to reduce the risk of homesickness, we do not actively encourage visitation. If family members do chose to visit, however, we request that you make arrangements in advance so that we may expect your arrival and provide you with the best times to visit. All visitors must check in at the Office upon arrival and obtain a nametag for the purpose of identification. If a camper needs to leave camp for any reason during the session, including family emergencies, please notify us as far in advance as possible.


Nature Camp maintains a single voice telephone line (540-377-2491) for general business use. Except in the event of an emergency, campers may neither receive nor make calls. We ask that you respect this policy.


Campers do welcome mail during the session, and we encourage campers to write home throughout their stay. Mail should have the camper’s name clearly written above the address:

Nature Camp
316 Nature Camp Trail
Vesuvius, VA  24483

While care packages are always popular, please note that campers may not store food with their personal belongings. Food items brought or received by campers are stored by the staff in a central location and cannot be kept longer than three days. This policy is necessary because of our limited storage space and to avoid attracting mice and ants. Although campers  have access to care packages throughout the day, we do restrict access immediately before meals. In accord with our conservation focus, we strongly discourage the use of packaging which cannot be reused or recycled and request that packages and packaging materials be kept to a minimum.