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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

Phoebe Needles camps ready to roll for summer

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Phoebe Needles Center is gearing up for its 2014 summer camp season.

The season kicks off with the Middler Camp, June 15 to June 21, for rising seventh and eighth-graders. This camp is all about making new friends or getting reacquainted with old ones.

Campers sing, work on crafts, play games, swim, worship, enjoy an evening movie and hang out. Many activities challenge kids in body, mind and spirit, including rock climbing and rappelling, and the high and low ropes courses.

Senior Camp is set for June 22 to June 28 for rising ninth through 12th-graders.

Activities include group games, low and high ropes courses, a dance with a live DJ, rappelling and rock climbing, and swimming.

First Year Camp, for rising fifth and sixth-graders, is set for June 29 to July 4.

The camp is designed for not only great fun, but to meet new friends and enjoy activities, such as arts, crafts, music, swimming, hiking, games, adventure and worship.

The popular Outdoor Expedition Camp will be held June 29 to July 4 for those at least 13 years old.

This adventure includes two days hiking and caving, two days backpacking, rock climbing and rappelling, and a total of three nights camping out.

Parts of Southwestern Virginia under the ground and up on mountains will be explored, learning all about what lives in the caves of Virginia or on the cliffs of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The Rock Climbing Camp is set for July 6 to July 12, also for those at least 13 years old.

This week will focus primarily on learning how to safely rock climb and rappel, or for the more experienced, to polish those skills. The week will also include hiking and camping. Rappelling will be at Hanging Rock State Park and at Pilot Mountain State Park in North Carolina.

All climbing and safety equipment is provided.

Art Camp will be held July 13 o July 19 for rising seventh through 12th-graders.

The week will be filled with workshops in photography, drawing, pottery, drama, calligraphy, music, painting, and much more. All of this is in addition to games, swimming, worship, free time, movies, hikes in the woods and spending time with a great staff.

The week of July 20 to July 26 will see the Nature Camp, for rising seventh through 12th-graders.

This week will focus on many outdoor and environmental activities that include learning how to identify trees, wildflowers, fungi, animal tracks, birds, reptiles, amphibians and more. Campers hike at night, explore around ponds, learn about recycling and watch the sky light up with stars. Arts and crafts, games, swimming and a visit from the Roanoke Wildlife Rescue included.

Outreach Camp is planned for July 27 to Aug. 2 for rising seventh through 12th-graders.

During this week, campers will divide into small groups to work with neighbors to remodel the houses of the elderly and those in need in our community. Kids will have a chance to try their hands at basic carpentry, painting or landscaping.

This service learning program is all about working together with people in the community to accomplish a task none of us could do by ourselves.

Sign up now for the camps.

Summer Day Camps for rising first through fourth-graders are also on the agenda.

They include the Learn to Swim Camp June 16-20, Art Camp- June 23-27, Learn to Swim Camp June 30-July 4, and Art Camp- July 7 -11.

Those camps are $75 per week and scholarships are available.

The residential camps are $200 a week and scholarships are also available.

The Phoebe Needles Center is located at 732 Turners Creek Road in Callaway. For more camp information, call 540-483-1518, email to or visit the center's website at

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